The answer might surprise you, but they actually don’t share too much. The only thing that we could come up with is that just like you peel an onion bit by bit, you should also follow a gradual approach when preparing your assets for the fourth industrial revolution.
Industry 4.0 is all the buzz right now and the fact that every expert out there is warning you not to miss out, might tempt you to rush into it head over heels. While we are also convinced that the fourth industrial revolution has the power to change business as we know it, we urge you to slow down a bit. Making your plants future-ready is an enormous undertaking and there is no one-size-fits-all approach for it. That’s why we would advise you to work lean: start with just a few machines and a limited set of features, test what works and what doesn’t, make some changes if needed and once you’re confident about what works for you, you can scale up rapidly.
Combining smart sensors and advanced analysis bears a huge potential: yield optimization, reduced downtime, product quality increase, reduced maintenance costs, improved procedures...
The main risks of launching a full-fledged industry 4.0 approach that does ‘everything’ at once are not trivial:
Face it: you don’t have a clue of how broadly the outcome of all this monitoring and data analysis can be applied (not saying you don’t need a roadmap)
It will require a large program, with serious investment and an unknown ROI
Once such a project has entered a certain stage it will be very expensive and time-consuming to make even small changes.
There are likely gonna be some (minor) problems during the adoption phase. If these take place on multiple machines at the same time, your plant’s efficiency can be impacted significantly.
Rolling out such a big project requires some serious change management skills as some employees might oppose and even sabotage the implementation.
The main advantages of a limited installation on individual assets, but with an inherently scalable platform are:
- You will discover roadblocks in an early stage and you will be able to work around them.
- You will be able to create the approach that works best for you since you can test and validate almost continuously.
- The impact of rolling out a smaller project on your production is limited.
- You will give your employees the time to adapt and they will feel empowered as their is room for them to collaborate on the project and make suggestions for improvements.
One such platform is our InfraLytics platform. It has been proven to make advanced predictive maintenance possible on only your most critical machines, but it can just as easily be rolled out factory wide.
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