Industry 4.0 Maturity Model

This model is designed to measure the Industry 4.0 maturity of manufacturing companies. It is based on a combination of Industry 4.0 research and practical experience. Industry 4.0 is the subset of the fourth industrial revolution that relates to Industry. Broadly speaking it is the use of cyber-physical systems, strategies and processes to improve industrial … Continue reading Industry 4.0 Maturity Model

Manufacturing in a COVID-19 world

A webinar for the JDI Roundtable on Manufacturing in conjunction with UNB. On May 11, the JDI Roundtable on Manufacturing Competitiveness hosted a webinar exploring how manufacturers can adapt their operations for a COVID-19 world and how they can prepare for changes that may come after the pandemic. Click the link below to see more … Continue reading Manufacturing in a COVID-19 world

Rethinking Smart Manufacturing for the New Normal by Brian Buntz

Smart manufacturing has surged in relevance. But making the concept a reality requires cultural consensus. Brian Buntz recently discussed this with me and his take was recently published in IoT World Today. Key Takeaways from This Article: As the global economy stalls, manufacturers have an opportunity to plot a future course. Smart manufacturing programs have … Continue reading Rethinking Smart Manufacturing for the New Normal by Brian Buntz

Practical View on the Role of the PI System in Industry 4.0+ and AI for Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 & AI has been the talk of the town. OSIsoft PI System infrastructure combined with the advent of "edge" and IIoT-enabled devices provide a rich set of telemetry on operational assets (manufacturing shop floor machines, manufacturing robots, AGVs, etc). I4.0 Maturity Models have now become more prevalent. We will provide a reality check … Continue reading Practical View on the Role of the PI System in Industry 4.0+ and AI for Manufacturing

Manufacturing in a COVID-19 World

COVID-19 has led to many changes in our daily lives and has similarly had massive impacts on the majority of businesses. Some have been forced to close down, others to radically change how they work. Their supply chains have been disrupted and their workers are concerned about coming to work or are staying home. In … Continue reading Manufacturing in a COVID-19 World

Is IIoT causing siloed data and suboptimal performance?

While IIoT deployments can deliver considerable value, less-successful IIoT initiatives are burdened with data silos that ultimately result in suboptimal industrial performance.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that IIoT alone is enough to meet Industry 4.0 goals

Following on from my previous post highlighting the differences between Industry 4.0 and IIoT, I came across this article in IIoT World where they reinforce that point. "Don’t be fooled into thinking that IIoT alone is enough to meet Industry 4.0 goals. To realize the all the potential benefits, companies must also apply continuous improvement … Continue reading Don’t be fooled into thinking that IIoT alone is enough to meet Industry 4.0 goals

What are Industry 4.0 and IIoT?

How is Industry 4.0 different from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? Industry 4.0, Digital, Industrial Internet and IIoT have become common terms recently and are often confused or over-used. What are Industry 4.0 and IIoT? The term Industry 4.0 (or Industrie 4.0) originated in Germany as a government initiative to improve their industrial competitiveness. … Continue reading What are Industry 4.0 and IIoT?

Industry 4.0 – a simple definition

Industry 4.0 Conceptually There is a lot of talk about Industry 4.0 but what does it really mean? History Industry 4.0 is the cyber-physical transformation of manufacturing. The name is inspired by Germany's Industrie 4.0, a government initiative to promote connected manufacturing and a digital convergence between industry, businesses and other processes. (TechTarget) Wikipedia Definition … Continue reading Industry 4.0 – a simple definition