Industry 4.0 or Smart Factory - what is it? And how can LOOMDATA contribute the implementation in your company?
What means Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 - the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution - describes the combination between the current information and communication technologies and the existing manufacturing and automation technology.
- Rapid adaption of production to changing customer requirements
- Linking of production with high quality services
- Improved processes and procedures
- Improved production utilization, higher plant availability and better documentation
- Increase in production
- Faster implementation of customer requirements, up to batch size 1
- Lower production costs
- Better planning of maintenance windows
- Ensuring consistent quality
- Increasing the capability of employees
- Application of RFID for piece identification
- Development of innovative products and services
If these objectives are realistic and can be implemented strongly depends on the product to be produced, as well as the respective industry. Nevertheless, a delegate should take the time to become familiar with the approaches of Industry 4.0. Even the partial implementation and the consideration of the operational processes, as well as their revaluation and organization usually result in a profit for every company that should not be underestimated.
LOOMDATA and Industry 4.0
LOOMDATA considers to be a complete software and hardware solution for the industry. The main focus is the collection of production and quality data of the connected machines. This data is stored in a central database and visualized by the LOOMDATA desktop or portable applications. Thanks to our own hardware and sensors even older machines can be connected to LOOMDATA.
LOOMDATA can be integrated into existing or future Big Data structures via our efficient OpenSystem interfaces.
Permanent communication with the machines enables real-time planning of orders at all production stages. Bottlenecks are detected and displayed at an early stage. Complete feedback of production events ensures that raw materials are planned and purchased according to requirements. Orders are directly entered by the Sales department and transferred to the Material Management online. The proposal board provides the responsible person with an overview of the ordered articles and forwards the quantities to be produced to the shop floor via departmental production orders.
The production orders are smartly displayed and monitored in the planner. Status colors and alarms signal delays and production bottlenecks.
The integrated warehouse management supports the common methods of stock management, such as First In - First Out, Just-in-time, Just-in-Sequence, etc. Tickets and order documents are created by the users with the Ticket-Print-System and the document management. In combination with the suported mobile devices, bookings are made and documented promptly.
All data is stored object-related. This guarantees full traceability of used raw materials and executed production steps.
Further information about Industry 4.0
Machine to machine communication
Industry 4.0 intends the direct and indirect interaction of humans in the production process. That allows effective operation and control of the machines.
Internet of Things / and Services
This term was used by Kevin Ashton in 1999 for the first time. It stands for a new age and relates to Industry 4.0: connective technology intends to support people in their activities.
The Internet of Things refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.
Finally, we would like to refer to the expert group for Industry 4.0 of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB) in Germany. Our partner in Germany, Mr. Jürgen Matern, is part of this group.
The BiBB created a questionnaire, which has been answered by different textile companies. The gained knowledge is taken into account in the training regulations for machine and plant operators in textile technology and textile finishing.
Einführung und Umsetzung von Industrie 4. by Armin Roth