Why You Should Embrace Manufacturing 4.0

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Manufacturing in the United States is evolving. Digitalization, improved monitoring and sensors, and faster computing and data networks have created a new, smart factory environment. This evolution has been described as Industry 4.0, the merger of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, automation, and other smart factory technologies.

The problem with the current definition of Industry 4.0 is that it ignores or discards the role of human knowledg and creativity. It is a weak argument that more data alone is enough to evolve manufacturing, or that robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) can analyze and solve complex issues the way a human can. Tesla's CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted on April 13, 2018, in response to production issues, "Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be prceise, my mistake. Humans are underrated."

Facotry employees aren't going anywhere soon. The question is, what role do they play going forward?

We maintain that the future of manufacturing is to activate plant floor workers and IoT and then leverage plant floor workers' ability to analyze the right data at the right time in the right places. Add in the use of integrated Lean principles, and manufactureres will create a culture of sustained continuous improvement (CI). We call this Manufacturing 4.0. It's what Industry 4.0 should be.

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Achieve a Common Plant Floor Standard

Our Lean Execution System, CloudDISPATCH, is a Manufacturing 4.0 solution. It creates a common plant floor standard that harmonizes your existing disparate factory systems. At the same time, our real-time visualized data enhances problem solving, the best way to analyze and improve your OEE challenges, create a culture of systained continuous improvement and deliver improved KPIs.

Common Plant Floor Standard

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