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Industry 4.0
What does the factory of the future look like? You don’t have to build a time machine to see it. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. From rapid prototyping to worldwide distribution, a new wave of groundbreaking technologies will completely change the way products are manufactured and delivered.

Industry 4.0 is the buzzword for this new era of cyber physical systems which integrate information technology with manufacturing. Programmable logic controllers (PLC) automate complex processes while sensor rich factories relay data in real time to workers as products move through production and distribution.

The fully digital value and supply chains allow engineers and managers a holistic view inside their entire operation, increasing efficiency and flexibility, utilizing fewer resources and minimizing defects according to Enterprise Tech.
Amazon, Hewlett-Packard and Tesla are just a few of the companies making a buzz by embracing this new paradigm but the growth of smart factories in the next 5 years is estimated to be between $67 billion and $246+ billion dollars.

According to a recent article on Industry Week, “One in five (manufacturers) today admit their factory operations are offline completely, this will drop to near zero in five years.”

Key advances within the technology will allow for information interoperability, data standardization and precise manufacturing analytics. This industry convergence with information technology is also being labeled the manufacturing internet of things (IoT) by tech companies looking to capitalize on the trend.

Amazon's Drone Fleet

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HPE CTO Martin Fink & The Machine

Industry 4.0

Among the early adopters, Amazon boasts faster fulfillment times by adopting a fleet of robots which greatly increase efficiency both in the fulfillment centers and in route to deliver goods directly to customers with ground and aerial drones.

Another wave of robots dubbed cobots, or collaborative robots, perform complex tasks working alongside people to do everything from precise assembly to heavy lifting. The cobots are designed to be safe and can be taught physically how to perform tasks or programmed to work completely autonomously.

Taking advantage of these advances in automation on a smaller scale at factories, distribution and fulfillment centers is possible now but a wider scale adoption has been challenging the current information infrastructure throughout worldwide networks.

Until about 1900, the amount of information in the world doubled about every 100 years. By the 1950’s, that rate had dropped to every 25 years. In 2015, information doubled in one year and IBM stated the build out of IoT would result in information doubling every 12 hours.

The current infrastructure isn’t capable of processing this exponential growth in big data.

The volume of information gathered by sensors within the entire supply chain will be so massive, only large corporations will be able to afford the hefty price tag for the data centers capable of storing and processing the data. For this reason, there has an explosion of companies seeking 3rd party solutions in the cloud, a global network of data centers which offer a-la-carte pricing and on-demand use known as the Internet of Services.

Big data companies, including IBM, have invested billions of dollars to expand data centers throughout the world in an effort to meet the demand. These networking hubs require a massive amount of energy to power and cool. Microsoft and other companies are trying to find creative solutions to deal with the problem and have flocked to colder climates like Finland to help reduce the cooling costs. These expansion projects have seen runaway growth in an effort to keep up with the increase in information but it is not enough.

Despite all of the advances in robotics and automation, the challenges they create require the creativity and experience of dedicated human thinkers to break down barriers and usher in new ideas and solutions.

In 2014, Hewlett Packard Enterprise CTO, Martin Fink, introduced The Machine at a Discover conference in Las Vegas. The Machine was a complete architectural redesign of the computer using a new type of digital memory they developed called the memristor and the utilization of light photons for data transmission. The new technology was touted as having the ability to record one’s entire life on a device the size of a cell phone.

The Machine is a quantum leap in performance and efficiency which HP stated would change everything. They essentially broke Moore’s law, the observation that through the history of hardware development, the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubled every two years, increasing the computer’s ability to process data. Computational power is no longer limited by the architectural density of transistors. This is the era of the quantum computer.

It took about 50 years from the development of the first modern computer before it became ubiquitous; 25 years from the development of the personal desktop computer; 10-15 years from the development of the mobile phone. HP stated it would take only 5 years for The Machine to permeate the entire cloud into what they call the mesh.

If the Third Industrial Revolution was also known as the Digital Revolution, what will Industry 4.0 be known as? The Quantum Revolution? The Ionic Revolution? 

When the Fourth Industrial Revolution is paired with this second Computer Revolution, big data is not only collectible and accessible but that through this increase in computational power, it can create actionable intelligence, leading the way to the next generation of industry and technology that will transform society.

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Our home office is centrally located just outside Dallas. Over the years we have built a nationwide presence by completing many projects throughout the U.S. We specialize in automation, equipment & conveyor installations, rigging, mezzanine & structural steel fabrication and erection, machine moving & rigging, plant equipment decommissioning, and plant maintenance. Our projects range from half-day preventative maintenance procedures to turnkey assembly/production line installations.

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