The Factory of the Future, Industrial 4.0, and the smart and connected factory: Regardless of what it is called, the transformation of how companies are accelerating innovation represents a dramatic change in process based on new technologies. Among the catalysts are artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G, enabling the next turning point in modern industrial history. We need only look to the rapid growth springing forth from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to become aware of the tremendous potential that lies before us.
Recently, I wrote about how connecting machines is a bridge to the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). What’s exciting is how that bridge can enable the factory of the future, creating a dynamic workplace, where machines are networked together for smarter production. As we approach Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, I’m excited to share a sneak peek at a couple of the demos we have planned for our booth in the Digital Factory Exhibition, Hall 7, D12.
Industrial Wearables: Smart and Connected Workers
Every manufacturer strives to make workers more productive and safer. Now, with connected wearable technology, you can provide them with the right data at the right time in order to improve efficiency and avoid safety hazards. Want warehouse workers to pick faster and with fewer errors? IoT-enabled smart glasses and headsets allow workers to access an inventory list, locate items, validate pics, and track progress – entirely hands-free. These wearable devices can also help other types of workers, like field service engineers sent out to repair equipment.
At Hannover Messe, visit the Intel booth to explore connected worker wearables like Recon Jet Pro smart glasses and consider how augmenting worker capabilities in the field can streamline and may even eliminate the need to send additional support to a site.
Automated Factory: Miniaturizing the Smart Factory with FPGAs
Like other manufacturing scenarios, factory automation has helped Intel increase throughput and the precision of its factory processes. In the future, higher levels of automation are expected to enable autonomous manufacturing, which will eliminate nearly all manual steps needed to operate and reconfigure production lines. Internet of Things (IoT) is a key enabler for many automated factory imperatives, such as open standards-based automation solutions, information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT) convergence, business intelligence, and dynamic collaboration.
Intrigued? At Hannover Messe, we’re teaming up with Exor to show how smart factory solutions can employ reconfigurable FPGAs that can adapt to changing protocol standards like time-sensitive networking. Join us to see how this can enable industrial solutions that are quick to assemble, robust, complete, and flexible.
Predictive Maintenance: Managing and Visualizing Factory Data
Unplanned downtime can bring production to a grinding halt, which is why situation operations managers do a lot of preventative maintenance in order to avoid equipment breakdowns. At regular intervals, whether needed or not, service engineers run diagnostics, great parts, and swap out components, even if they’re still good. Predictive maintenance is a potentially lower cost alternative that continuously monitors equipment health using IoT sensors to measure temperature, vibration, throughput, and more. Meanwhile, machine learning algorithms differentiate normal wear from problematic behavior for individual pieces of equipment. The result is that warnings can be sent when equipment maintenance needs are imminent.
At Hannover Messe, we’ll be showing a Fujitsu manufacturing solution that can monitor factory data in near real-time using a dashboard that consolidates, manages, and visualizes large amounts of data to make the manufacturing space more efficient.
Make Intelligent Connections at the Intel Booth
Join us at the Intel booth at Hannover Messe (D12, Hall 7) in Hannover, Germany, April 24- 28, 2017 and discover how Intel is powering the new IoT-enabled industrial revolution. We look forward to seeing you in Hannover.