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What is Industry 4.0 and what does it matter to my company?

Before our eyes, the fourth industrial revolution takes place, known as “Industry 4.0”. It is the subject of many fairs and scientific and industrial conferences around the world. The slogan “Industry 4.0” is also associated with the term “Internet of Things” and “Industrial Internet of Things”.

The first industrial revolution

The first industrial revolution began at the end of the 18th century. The progress of civilization has resulted in the invention of several key inventions. The most important event occurred in 1769, when Watt invented his steam machine. The next inventions were a spinning machine and a weaving machine, thanks to which the emerging enterprises were able to start mass production in the textile industry. The rapid development of metallurgy, mining and the textile industry led to machine development. The steam engine was used to build a steam locomotive and steam engines. Industrialization has covered not only England, but also the United States and France, as well as other European countries.

Second industrial revolution

The second industrial revolution was initiated by a series of inventions at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1852, Łukasiewicz developed the first methods of refining crude oil, which meant that it began to be used as fuel. Thanks to the bulb invented by Edison in 1879 electricity was popularized, and thus lighting. The next breakthrough was the construction of diesel engine by Diesel. Oil displaced less useful and less calorific coal, and aluminum and copper metallurgy developed.

The third industrial revolution

The next revolution is described as a scientific and technical revolution, also called the third industrial revolution. The great changes in technology, science and industry that have been initiated have been going on since the 1950s. A characteristic feature of this revolution is the close interdependence of changes introduced in all fields. The most important aspects of the Third Revolution include computerization, the use of alternative energy sources, the automation of work processes, the development of production of synthetic materials, as well as the improvement of telecommunications and transport means.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a concept in which processes, people and machines integrate to increase production flexibility. The fourth industrial revolution was initiated by several new technologies. It is possible to mention here the so-called “Internet of Things” or “Internet of Things”. The Internet of Things is connected with sending huge amounts of data and advanced methods of their processing. Therefore, large data analysis technologies (Big Data) are developing.
The Internet has changed industry, business, financial services, media and our everyday life. The Internet of Things, through the global network, will communicate with each other everyday objects and appliances, for example fridges, washing machines or clothes. The industry will use its industrial version, or “Industrial Internet of Things”. The global reach of the Internet will result in increased interaction between machines as well as between machines and people.

How does IoT touch every company? 5 aspects

For the industrial Internet of Things application we include those that will replace traditional methods of data acquisition. The advantages of this type of solution are certainly reduced costs, better use of employees and increase the efficiency of the process of obtaining information.

Research on the course of production processes

1.First of all, the Internet of Things can also be used to study the course of production processes. The analysis identifies the causes of fluctuations in performance indicators, potential sources of failure and the effects of decisions made. The data from the IoT network can also be used to maintain the movement on the production hall and read the parameters of the machines and devices that characterize their performance.

2. Intelligent tools
Production and assembly of complex products is a complicated task, consisting of hundreds or thousands of consecutive activities. Errors are difficult to avoid and costly mistakes. Intelligent tools that fit into the IoT concept are designed to prevent this.

3. Analysis of personnel activities
Thanks to various types of sensors that record the actions of the personnel, companies get the opportunity to analyze their activities. Then, smart devices adjust their settings to the needs of the task, saving the results in the database. The latter are analyzed in the next steps in terms of performance improvement.

4. Intelligent products
The Internet of Things offers an extension of the range, enabling the production of intelligent products. Such products can be with their manufacturers by sending them various information, such as environmental conditions, information about the condition of products or how they are used.
Based on this information, the manufacturer will be able to offer its customers new, improved services, such as remote monitoring, which will be used to inform the user about problems, provide notifications about actions that he should take in a given situation and advise on the use of the product. Intelligent products will also be able to communicate with others.

5. Big Data
Large data sets (Big Data) often make their collection and analysis go beyond the analytical capabilities of the company. Advances in memory technology and computing power of processors enable implementation of methods for processing large data sets, thanks to which we can detect trends, hidden patterns or correlations between them. Shortages in the company’s IT infrastructure will be overcome thanks to the computing cloud.

Thanks to the fourth industrial revolution, we can achieve new results that have not been possible until recently. Industry 4.0 is a fashionable concept accompanying the changes that affect the industrial sector today.

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