INDUSTRY 4.0 – THE NEXT STEP
AM PROM… YOUR PARTNER FOR THE NEXT REVOLUTION… INDUSTRY 4.0
The first industrial revolution started with the
development steam engine. It took place from
the 1760’s until the 1840’s and included going
from hand production to machines, new chemical
manufacturing and iron processes, increase of
the usage of steam power, the development of
machine tools and the rise of factory systems.
The next steps were Industry 2.0 with the introduction
of the production line, technological
electrification, mass production and the start of
Industry 3.0 brought us the internet, digital manufacturing
and the moves towards automation and
With Industry 4.0, the next step of the industrial
revolution is now knocking on our doors. But what
is the hype all about?
Smart Factory, Cyber physical Systems, Internet of
Things… what is all of that and what does it mean
for you? Forbes magazine provides an overview in
its article from the 20. June 2016 ‘What Everyone
Must Know About Industry 4.0’ but as for a quick
snapshot Industry 4.0 must include a few critical
For a factory or system to be considered Industry
4.0, it must include:
• Interoperability — machines, devices, sensors
and people that connect and communicate with
• Information transparency — the systems
create a virtual copy of the physical world
through sensor data in order to contextualise
• Technical assistance — both the ability of the
systems to support humans in making decisions
and solving problems and the ability to assist
humans with tasks that are too difficult or
unsafe for humans.
• Decentralised decision-making — the ability
of cyber-physical systems to make simple
decisions on their own and become as
autonomous as possible.
With every opportunity there are challenges and
the Forbes magazine outlines them in its article.
One of the challenges coming along is the lack
of experience and manpower to create and
implement these systems.
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To support customers on this journey, Amada has
taken the next step and joined the Industrial 4.0
movement. Amada V-Factory supports systems
like the visualisation of factory production. Machine
and job status, create or adjust schedules to
guarantee in time delivery and match actual
production are just some of the capabilities that
V-Factory provides, and all available on your
mobile device so the information is never more
than a fingertip away.
Furthermore, with V-Factory your machines will be
monitored with the aim to reduce down time or
if necessary have scheduled down time. Things
like parts shipping and onsite services can be
organised before down time occurs.
The question, then, is not if Industry 4.0 is coming,
but how quickly? As with big data and other
business trends, early adopters will be rewarded
for their courage jumping into this new technology,
and those who avoid change risk becoming
irrelevant and left behind.
For more information around Amada’s V-Factory,
scan the code, get in touch or go and see AM
PROM at EMEX 2018, where Am Prom will be
presenting this, and more.
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24 March 2018