Why do we need a smart industry?
The world around us is accelerating more and more. We strive to increase the dynamics of processes in every area of life. This also applies to industry.
Time is becoming the most desirable and valuable element of the functioning of the world. However, we are not talking about buying time in the sense of human life. We want to look at time in relation to the implementation of tasks and processes that aim to achieve a certain effect. Customers are demanding ever shorter lead times. Often, the systems at our disposal do not cope with as many variables as they occur in the processes. Until recently, it was estimated that we would need 10-20 years to develop the first system that would control the production itself. However, it turns out that the realisation of this vision is already very close. The race has started. The race for intelligent industry.
Current IT systems, even the most advanced ones, are no longer able to calculate and process as much data as we expect. All processes must be very fast and must allow access to data at all times. To meet these expectations, we are reaching for new solutions from intelligent industry. This concept, also referred to as Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Intelligent Factory, has been stimulating the imagination of production planning and management engineers for many years. What do we actually expect from a smart industry? All in all, this cannot be described in one sentence, because there are many expectations and they are still evolving during dynamic development. Aspects such as automatic adaptation to continuous change, high resource efficiency, communication between machines, seamless integration of production processes and even, going further, all processes within the company are inherent in a smart industry. All of this creates intelligent networks that optimise themselves at any time in the process. The above assumptions are complemented by an element that distinguishes the intelligent industry in particular, which is autonomous decision making and independent control of resources by the system, and not, as before, by people.
Intelligent industry covers many branches of life and is still gaining new ones. Process automation is growing rapidly. Optimization of logistic, production and decision-making processes becomes a key element of the functioning and development of every company. For a company, intelligent industry means minimizing human error, flexibility, easy adaptation to dynamically changing market conditions and speed of action. These are one of the most important features that currently determine the success of enterprises on the market.
Therefore, the solutions of intelligent industry are used by other sectors: mechanical, food, furniture, etc. Wherever machines and equipment work for us, it is possible to improve processes through intelligent solutions.
What can we gain from smart industry? Are you sure this is what my company needs? These and many other questions are of concern to entrepreneurs. New technologies are an investment for the company. Such a change guarantees dynamic development of the company, strengthens the market position, and thus, increases the level of competitiveness in relation to rivals. Companies investing in new technologies gain a lot in the eyes of their customers, who are looking for trusted business partners, appreciate short lead times and low risk of errors.
Intelligent solutions! A modern manager cannot remain indifferent to this trend. Even in a small company, it is worthwhile to look at the company’s processes in terms of how their optimization may affect faster lead times and lower production costs. What can still be a source of competitive advantage today will be a necessity tomorrow!