Leverage connected workers and machines to better protect them and optimize their activities
What is industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 (a.k.a the fourth industrial revolution) is something much deeper than the hyped "Internet of Things" for customers who are supposed to buy at any cost useless smart & connected objects.
As shown below, the 4th revolution is related to the hyper-connected industrial area where traditional machines and workers (unfortunately, as often, the worker has been forgotten in this wikipedia image) are transformed into smart & connected workers and machines. By doing so, new usages and new services are possible.
What are concrete examples of new usages and services?
Industry 4.0 apps are currently at early stage and it's impossible to write an exhaustive list even though we know that PRODUCTIVITY and SECURITY/SAFETY are the 2 first main pillars of this revolution.
Nevertheless, there are already real and concrete examples, for instance:
- Monitor a turbine using strain gauges coupled to local decision-making edge board in order to get the maximum operational efficiency without compromising on security and maintenance.
- Send a real-time alert to a worker when a machine close to him is about to fail.
- Produce highly personalized product on-demand on local distributed small production units using additive manufacturing (industrial version of 3D-printing).
What is required to enable the 4th industrial revolution?
Industry 4.0 solutions (mainly connected "machines") are as complex as past industrial revolutions. Several factors are required to be succesful. Among them:
- Security and Privacy - The new services 4.0 will make intensive use of data, in particular in relation to worker day-to-day operations
- Local analytics and decision-making - Real-time and local decision-making is key for industrial critical operations. Remote cloud servers are not acceptable in this context.
- Maintenance and evolution - In most of cases, it will be very difficult or even impossible to upgrade the devices through a local physical connection. As a consequence, it is necessary to give options for remote updates and evolution.
- Cost-efficiency - Making an industrial plant into a 4.0 plan will require hundreds if not thousands of industrial edge and nano-servers. Cost-efficiency and economies of scale are a key success factor for massive roll-out.
- Autonomy in terms of telecom and energy - Resilience and energy-efficiency are increasing concerns for public and private actors.
- Multi-applicative platform - Android and iOS are 2 examples of successful ecosystems but other platforms dedicated to Industrial IoT will be required for industrial app (or "apps 4.0").
Intellinium solution and benefits
Intellinium has been investing in R&D to achieve a full coverage of the previous requirements to enable a fully industrial IoT.
Since September 2016, we have a complete end-to-end industry 4.0 platform that can be used by industrial and integrators.
We have been involved in some concrete projects, such as for instance using our technology in:
- hydroelectric turbines coupled to strain gauges to optimize and maintain
- shipping box to monitor temperature or tilt incident