How Would You Describe The Penetration Of Industry 4.0 Practices?Fri, 12/01/2017 - 14:48
A new transformation promises to reshape manufacturing. Labeled Industry 4.0, or advanced manufacturing, this latest revolution is transforming systems across companies, industries and countries. It is progressing at an exponential pace and with a global scope. Advanced manufacturing consists of the implementation of new, optimized processes and practices, while reducing production costs in any sector, including aerospace.
Industry 4.0 is not exclusively limited to automation. To develop the best manufacturing process, companies have to accumulate and control an abundance of data. Any machine producing high volumes of parts must have all the information gathered about performance, efficiency, labor, tools, maintenance and statistical data calculated before it starts operating. Industry 4.0 is important and, when well implemented and integrated into processes, tremendous success is achieved. Mexico is integrating this knowledge competitively and strongly moving forward. Automotive parts that must be produced in millions per year, will greatly benefit from savings, productivity, efficiency and performance. In aerospace, the advantage of this is quality and being able to define how efficiently you will be able to manufacture this with the required quality and delivery performance.
The sector is implementing Industry 4.0 practices, which simplify manufacturing and communication. It is now possible to design a part and to share the design instantly all over the world without exiting the platform. This improves offices’ communication with their manufacturing plants. Mexico is gradually turning into a critical manufacturing location, supplying the main offices of major OEMs and Tier 1 companies. The country has qualified professionals but as more of our clients establish manufacturing centers in the country, the need for local designers increases. Dassault Systèmes has a network of PLM centers in Chihuahua, Queretaro and Aguascalientes to train students to use these platforms for the aerospace industry. This network was created with the support of the Ministry of Education.
Industry 4.0 encompasses much more than just the Internet of Things. It involves Big Data, virtual reality, cyber-security and much more. The company is designating a lot of resources to technology development. We are generating associations with institutions to develop ecosystems that foster technological improvements. Adapting to Industry 4.0 practices is not only about developing new products, but also about updating and adapting our manufacturing processes. We have just inaugurated a plant in Scharnhausen that works following Industry 4.0 practices. Software and Hardware developers are in a race to take leadership in Industry 4.0 practices. Both types of developers are trying to venture into each other’s business.