Most maintenance professionals are aware of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in theory. However, applying them in practice is still somewhat elusive.
Martin Davis, the managing partner of DUNELM Associates, and Jim Gavigan, president of Industrial Insight Inc., present a practical view of these two interrelated concepts. They discussed how to apply these principles in real-world industrial maintenance environments, in the Accelix Best Practice Webinar: “How industry 4.0 and IIoT drive a new world of maintenance.”
The Latest Industrial Revolution
Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is the trend toward smart, autonomous systems that turn real-time data from your equipment into information and insights to improve your processes. The IIoT encompasses the enabling technologies to support that strategy. This webinar explores how to put both concepts to work to benefit organizations of all sizes.
Both presenters have extensive experience in helping clients develop a strategy to turn operational data from their production equipment into manufacturing intelligence that guides them to enhance processes, increase product quality, and reduce unplanned downtime and costs.
After distinguishing the difference between preventive, condition-based, predictive, and prescriptive maintenance, Davis and Gavigan address several common questions about Industry 4.0 and IIoT, including:
- How do I justify the cost of buying extra tools to upper management?
- Why do I need to know about Industry 4.0 and IIoT?
- What new components do I need to add (if any) to be able to implement Industry 4.0?
- How do I avoid building a Frankenstein of incompatible components?
The presenters note, following Industry 4.0 tenets helps you detect and resolve problems early and quickly. Leveraging IIoT technology reduces unscheduled downtime and repair costs. Along the way, Gavigan and Davis describe various methods of acquiring the data needed to achieve early detection.
Real-world Examples of Industry 4.0
Davis and Gavin shared detailed real-world examples of how to implement those methods in actual use cases they’ve encountered. They described how a historian-system was expanded with a bi-directional interface between it and real-time systems. It now evaluates multiple parameters to provide a more complete picture of asset health.
Furthermore, they explain how a customer was able to transform a manual compliance report that took eight hours a month into an automated real-time reporting solution.
After watching this webinar, you’ll have a better idea of what is easily accessible today within the Industry 4.0 framework as well as a roadmap for more advanced tools that are just around the corner.
Industry 4.0 Key Takeaways
- How to identify and avoid potential pitfalls.
- Start small. Use data you already own and add to it as needed based on the criticality and cost of equipment.
- The key questions to ask when choosing an IIoT platform, sensors, and/or analytics systems.
- Make sure you have high-quality data from the right sensors before you invest in more advanced technology.
To get the broader picture of how to get started with Industry 4.0 and IIoT, view the webinar, “How industry 4.0 and IIoT drive a new world of maintenance.” Additionally, check out these additional resources:
- Website: www.dunelmassociates.com
- Website: www.industrialinsightinc.com
- Accelix Best Practice Webinar (Jan. 8, 2020): Preparing your people for transitioning to Industry 4.0