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Industry 4.0

February 25, 2022

Industry 4.0

The digital transition

The consistent increase in data for all modern companies is one of the most important recent drivers towards the digital transition. Companies that do not yet collect data from their internal and external processes and for the various business units (from production to administrative offices) are destined to lag behind in the global competition.

At the same time, companies that have equipped themselves with modern machinery and latest generation sensors, which generate data relating to all the company's activities, realize that these data need to be further enhanced, compared with each other, and structured to obtain valuable information for the individual business. Among the most widespread enabling technologies, the Internet of Things (IoT) plays an increasingly important role.

The applications made possible by the IoT are many:

  • Control of production and preventive and/or predictive maintenance, in real-time (Smart Factory);
  • Logistics support in product traceability (Smart Logistics);
  • The optimization of the development process (Smart Lifecycle).
  • Industrial IoT, the new challenges to face
  • The Industrial Internet of Things (I-IoT), or the connection to the Internet of the various machinery and equipment used in the production processes of industries, is profoundly changing the way of producing, even enabling new business models.

An industrial machine connected to the network, in fact, constantly releases data and information relating to a series of parameters (speed, energy consumption, oscillations, etc.) that can be used to optimize the production process, making it more efficient.

Doing industry, in the current economic and global context, is much more complex than in the recent past: consumers require less and less standardized products, and demand is characterized by little linearity and the presence of peaks. In the background, finally, there is a growing competition of actors from developing countries.

At the same time, environmental regulations are being strengthened, requiring producers to pay further attention to the characteristics of their production process.

In this context, the industrial machines necessary for production are required - on the one hand - to operate at a fast pace, in order to respect delivery dates, and - on the other - to possess the right degree of flexibility to respond to any input. external.

There are also indirect costs, but no less important: they are production stops for example, which can result in delays in deliveries, not to be underestimated in times of globalization and increased competitiveness. Finally, it is important to underline the importance of integration between production systems and systems dedicated to management (ERP): the former, in fact, are often in line with the commercial and accounting part, but not integrated for Planning and production ( MES).

The solution

Sensoworks in support of the Industry 4.0 paradigm

The Sensoworks I-IoT platform includes all the components that make the connection to the machinery and, in general, to all the objects to be monitored in the IoT world (machinery, sensors, production line trolleys, final production products, etc.) .

The platform can be logically divided into two areas:

  • The Edge, which includes all the components that make the connection to the machinery;
  • The Core, which includes all the centralized components, where the data taken from the monitored objects are stored and analyzed, accessing the functionalities that constitute the true business value of the solution.

What are the functional benefits of the Sensoworks platform?

  • Edge architecture: modular, extensible and vendor neutral;
  • Possibility of having customized adapters, to connect the systems used in the company together;
  • Almost unlimited data storage capacity. The platform stores the detected data in the BigData and DataLake components, which allow you to scale the platform without limits. The importance of having a database with a consistent history of data is necessary in the topics of efficiency analysis and above all in prediction issues.
  • High reliability and resilience of the cloud infrastructure;
  • Integration capabilities - API exposure to platform functionality and data. It allows third-party software to integrate the functions and data present on the platform

The functional advantages can be translated into Operational Benefits for the company:

  • Automation and continuous monitoring of operational processes;
  • Sharing and transparency of information in automated processes;
  • Easy integration with your business tools in just a few clicks.

How to digitize your company

In light of a fertile scenario of opportunities and digital innovations such as the one described, the need for technological support in the company is evident, capable of optimizing processes, identifying processes to streamline and sometimes even new business models more suited to new business habits. consumption.

Sensoworks is the ideal partner, able to offer targeted solutions for companies that want to start their digital transition path. To simplify the adoption of new technologies, Sensoworks has created a synthetic adoption plan, which ends in just 4 days from the start of the process, and makes the company completely independent in the use of its digital platform.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW THE NEXT STEPS?

Book an appointment with Eleonora Stragliotto, Head of Sales in Sensoworks (link to calendar). Choose the days and times that are most convenient for you directly on the calendar.

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If you want to deepen the subject with other technical details, download our paper, entirely dedicated to the digital transition and solutions designed for industry 4.0.

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