Transforming the process industry
Industry 4.0 uses technologies to connect parts of a process that once relied on human communications, enabling adopters to collect, analyse and use data instantly. This industrial revolution also encompasses automation and mixed reality.
These tools enable predictive and prescriptive maintenance of industrial assets to be carried out, significantly increasing the performance achieved by human operators and making production more flexible.
These are vital changes the process industry needs to make to stay competitive and agile in its approach to manufacturing. An industrial plant cannot perform well without fully functioning enabling assets such as energy systems, process water systems or logistics.
As such, the concept of industry 4.0 affects the full production chain, from the front gate to the back office, to ensure compliance, safety, and effective and sustainable operations. By taking a holistic approach to transformation, industrial sites of the future can optimise their impact on society too.