(Strategic initiative Industry 4.0)
Automation has improved productivity exponentially, over the decades.
Disruption of production, reduced outputs and cost control measures enabling the need of Integrated Factory for real time data making it a purposeful day to make proactive decisions to reduce disruptions.
In 1938 Henry Ford famously said,
“Why is it every time I ask for a pair of hands, they come with a brain
Unlike previous generations in automation the new era of automation is not transition but transformation where technology encroaches the decision- making at higher levels to replace humans.
Hence, preparing the factory for future otherwise termed now as Smart
factory is vital which is fueled by the advancement of digital technologies
bridging the physical and virtual world.
Smart Manufacturing System Readiness Assessment
Technologies for creating Smart manufacturing systems or factories are becoming increasingly abundant. Consequently, manufacturers, large and small, need to correctly select and prioritize these technologies correctly.
On top of this, manufacturers may need to implement O organizational and process improvements to realize the full benefits from these technologies.
Medium and Small companies typically will have challenges to invest to do
the same unlikely bigger companies
Hence, Smart Manufacturing System Readiness Level (SMSRL) index can have bench marked on critical based on their factories to
1) Help manufacturers determine their current level and
2) Develop a customized improvement plan.
An organization can use the (SMSRL)scale to indicate the maturity/capability of its respective technology as well as
1 Supply Chain Data Exchange with Customers & Suppliers
2. Design and Engineering of parts, processes, and tooling
3. Digital Factory Floor & how data is distributed/captured
4. Cyber security.
The manufacturing transformation strategy (MTS) provides a framework based on to prepare an organization for Manufacturing-Operation Management (MOM)
Smart factory predominantly relies on Technologies adoption in
- Shop Floor
- Business domains including Business Processes
- Organization Structure, Personnel Skill Sets
Smart Industry Readiness Index allows the companies to conduct self-assessments so that they can systematically and comprehensively align themselves with Industry 4.0.
Companies’ self-assessment shows a significantly positive correlation among process, technology, and organisation.
Majority of the companies still appear to be immature or partially mature, and needing much improvement and the re-evaluation of their transformation strategies related to Industry 4.0.
Technology Adoption Curve
My experience in using technology for two decades taught me a few lessons .
Any new trends are hyped . It depends on investor smartness to adopt as
- Early adopter
- Early Majority
- Lat Majority
It is important to note that major users of technology fall in the Early adopter or Lat Majority.
Successful organizations will capitalize on opportunities faster, less expensively, than their competition. Costs required to create or change a solution undermine business logic supporting IoT adoption, posing the real scalability challenge.
Naraiuran support its customer to conduct self-assessments to find the gap on implementation of Industry 4.0
Naraiuran will innovate the ways to increase value for our existing customers exploring new businesses by embedding ourselves in new market trends to capture opportunities outside our traditional business.
- Control & Automation
- Handling system — Robotics
- Plant Integration
- Cloud Integration &
- IoT for tracking system and monitoring
“Our solutions deliver intelligence, control , optimization with seamless integration.”