Smart factory: A trend in Industry 4.0
Smart factory with typical applications of industrial revolution 4.0 (IoT, AI, big data, cloud, etc.) is the solution to optimize the operations of production and business. It is considered a noticeable breakthrough of this era. This solution will help people control, operate, and digitalize all production activities.
What is Smart Factory?
As defined by Deloitte Insights, smart factory solution or factory 4.0 is a great breakthrough of Industry 4.0. This enables a traditional automated production system to turn into a system that is connected and has continuously collected business data so that the system can learn and adapt to the changeable demands of the market. As a result, it leads to more efficient & flexible operations, reduced downtime, predictability, and adaptability.
4.0 factory systems can integrate data from various sources. It is considered a great step of the 4.0 revolution compared to the three previous revolutions. This solution will support people to operate and digitalize all activities. The real power of a 4.0 plant lies in its infinite potential and flexibility. Whether expanding the market, updating new products, or changing the organizational structure, smart factories are always capable of predicting, adapting, maintenance, combining new technologies.
In general, the structure of a smart factory model includes machines and automation systems, robots, artificial intelligence (AI) applications, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Big data.
Requisite factors to build a smart factory model in Vietnam
Automation is a prerequisite for building smart factories not only in Vietnam but also around the world. First, the factory needs to own an automated system with the highest rate possible, followed by the applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as physical network systems, IoT, cloud computing, AI, and many others. Since each manufacturing sector has its features, it is necessary to thoroughly understand the information about automation related to that field to apply it efficiently.
Human – Machine collaboration
To build a smart factory, people need to be technologically literate. People will move from manual labor to the one that controls, monitors, and makes decisions. To take on this role well requires data analyzing skills. Many people mistakenly believe that the smart factory model no longer needs human intervention but only modern machines. However, technology, no matter how advanced, cannot eliminate the role of human beings. The role of people and technology is equal in creating the most standardized, intelligent, and efficient system.
This is an important factor in the construction of smart factories in Vietnam. Because developing a smart factory model is a long process, consisting of many steps and needs specific strategies. For the roadmap to be optimal, businesses must be financially proactive, develop a detailed financial plan, and invest in the most suitable solution.
Smart manufacturing technologies
Smart manufacturing ecosystem consisting of a lot of different technologies and solutions such as industrial Internet, industrial robots, cybersecurity, and AI. These directly affect the construction and operation of smart factories. If a factory applies these technologies to its manufacturing process, it will make its operation more efficient and flexible.
5 superior features of factory 4.0
A smart factory is a proactive system with adaptability to the changeable demands of the market. It allows humans to remotely control machines, robots, and equipment; monitor and digitalize operation activities; reduce machine downtime; perform maintenance and troubleshooting timely; and improve predictability. Engineers can rely on the analysis of the system to respond promptly when incidents arise, ensuring safety for manufacturing activities.
Smart Factory possesses the ability to adapt, upgrade and grow quickly throughout its use. Enterprises applying smart factory solutions can actively improve their production systems according to the market demands, even expanding to new markets. As said above, a smart factory also has the predictability to help businesses adopt new technologies and processes in a timely and appropriate manner.
The must-be-mentioned superiority of factory 4.0 is the ability to connect all machines, assets, and resources. This optimizes data processing, increases operational efficiency and productivity. By using the wireless connection of devices, humans can save time and communicate better with machines.
A smart data acquisition network ensures that businesses make more timely and accurate decisions. Thanks to the visual data that is real-time collected, processed, analyzed in the manufacturing process reflecting the up-to-minute production conditions, we could grasp the necessary points, create a big picture, and come up with the optimal solution.
Factory 4.0 brings optimized solutions to many production and business activities, namely improving productivity and asset allocating efficiency, increasing flexibility, streamlining operation, creating a safer working environment, enhancing quality, minimizing risks, and reducing costs.
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Industry 4.0 has greatly affected and changed all aspects of society, and the economy in general and the manufacturing sector in particular are no exception. Smart factory model with typical applications of modern technology (IoT, AI, big data, cloud, etc.) is an outstanding solution to optimize the operation and business process.
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