Industry 4.0 is about smart manufacturing systems. On the plant floor, machines and sensors on the production line can share operational data with each other and with a central system located on-site or in the cloud.
Across North America, there are more than 2,500 processing plants in the gas processing, oil refining, bulk petrochemicals, and chemicals markets. This plant population represents a large number of frontline engineers and technical managers whose professional lives will become increasingly impacted by the growing adoption of disruptive digital technologies and digital platforms.
Last month, EPLAN, PILZ, Rittal and WAGO, four companies dedicated to automation and advanced manufacturing, based in Canada with their headquarters in Germany, hosted Canada’s inaugural German Technology Days.
The revolutionary approach of Industry 4.0 should not be seen as a one-time fundamental change, but as openness to permanent change. Connecting to the internet boosts the functionality and performance of an industrial plant and machinery – thereby permanently adjusting and improving seamless integration and in the form of digital, value-added networks.
While the digital transformation known as Industry 4.0 began on the factory floor, not all of today’s manufacturers are ‘smart’. In fact, according to a recent study by Deloitte, just 20.7% of manufacturers surveyed rated themselves as ‘highly prepared’ for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Multi-Carrier-System, a configurable transport system, has been announced by Siemens. In this configurable transport system, the transport carriages, which are driven by linear motors, are flexibly moved to the individual units such as a filling, closing or labeling unit.
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