Updated: Apr 25
We are well into the day and age where advances in digital technology, computing power and data storage are transforming the manufacturing landscape. Industries all over the world are deploying smart machines and interconnected systems to push boundaries for intelligent, optimized production. An environment conducive to innovation, and the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) along with a host of other technologies have set off what has been called a Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Each of the previous industrial revolutions, from the steam-powered first to the automation-driven third, has channelled the development of global manufacturing, commerce and trade. The most recent also referred to as Industry 4.0, combines the current trend of digitalization with the dynamism of the marketplace to take manufacturing to a whole new level. The demands of the modern consumer - in the form of faster delivery times, higher product quality, solid user experience, greater customization and lower costs - have led to the creation of a ‘Smart Factory’ that offers a more comprehensive, adaptive and connected approach to manufacturing.
SMART FACTORY - A PRODUCT OF INDUSTRY 4.0
The Smart Factory is the most notable and practical framework of manufacturing technologies resulting from the fourth industrial revolution. It implies an integrated ecosystem of machines, devices and plant equipment that continuously collect and share data to learn and self-adapt to new demands.
The scope of the Smart Factory extends beyond production within the four walls - the interaction between machines and that of man and machine allows the shop floor to connect with the top floor, to a global network of similar factory setups, and a broader digital supply chain. It upholds the essence of Industry 4.0 by emphasizing interconnectivity and data exchange over and above the isolated automation observed in a conventional factory.
Smart factories allow operators to interface with the building, with cognition and problem solving as well as assembly and processing distributed between the two. A combination of various technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Big Data Analytics and Industrial IoT aid manufacturing and communication across departments, products and people to make the smart factory "come alive".
SMART ENERGY POWERS A SMART FACTORY
An emerging energy-conscious culture has shifted concerns around industrial activity from “Are we producing enough?” to “Are we consuming too much?” The focus of global infrastructure and policy is now on addressing energy wastage and fostering sustainability.
Factories are among the highest users of electricity and fossil fuel-based energy in the world. Consequently, they are one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. So energy and resource management becomes pivotal in these power-hungry hubs of production.
Enerlly is a flexible, futuristic IoT-based Energy Management System (EnMS) designed for factories and manufacturing plants that are committed to sustainable growth with the uptake of new-age technologies. By using embedded sensors and AI-enhanced devices to monitor and manage energy consumption data across the factory floor in real-time, Enerlly supports every aspect of your Smart Factory energy management.
Our software performs data tracking, dash-boarding, and analysis, enabling asset optimization, predictive maintenance, and cost savings for a truly smart factory. This data can also be used to intelligently reduce waste in your factory and help ensure compliance with green and lean manufacturing practices.
SMART PEOPLE FOR A SMART FACTORY
As the smart factory takes centre stage, questions are looming large around the role of people in the manufacturing process. Well, the term ‘smart’ factory does not only mean a matrix of connected software and devices to support production but also ‘smart’ people who are capable of operating them.
It’s people who will take on more complex roles and remain at the heart of the innovative process, decision-making affairs and management. Machines will perform tasks that are repeatable, high-risk or cramped by a labour shortage. In fact, several industries are reportedly impeded in their ability to draw skilled manpower required to implement today’s smart factory technologies. Companies will need to start investing in workforce development training as embracing Industry 4.0 will demand competency in data handling and analysis.
At Enerlly we assist in up-skilling and capacity building of personnel. By throwing light on industry best practices and focusing on computational proficiency, we enable them to make sound decisions using the analytical information at their disposal.
ENERLLY HELPS YOU BECOME FACTORY SMART
Growth in the evolving era of Industry 4.0 may be impossible if you’re not responsive to technological change. The impacts of digitalization have been profound, its potential remains even greater. Although the greatest penetration of smart factories is noticeable in the developed cities of the world, their functionality is gaining merit among local businesses, manufacturers, plant owners and governments.
Enerlly can play an important role in your transition to a smart factory through smart solutions for optimization, connectivity, energy efficiency, digital literacy and personnel management.
Interested in building your smart factory with Enerlly? Get in touch today.
About Us: Enerlly is an organization rooted in industrial automation that deploys Internet-of-Things (IoT) based controllers and online platforms to create sustainable eco-conscious brands through real-time energy monitoring, energy data analytics, and consultancy Energy Auditors.