Industry 4.0 is all about automating industrial processes for efficiency and scale. Historically, automation has been accomplished by combining various means of mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic, and IT. But Industry 4.0 will take automation to another level, one where machines talk to each other to get things done. Not only will robots be coordinating tasks, they will integrate forecasting, production scheduling, and supply chain management for a dynamic and efficient production environment.
More efficient, sure, but dynamic?
Yes. The day will come when the device being manufactured will communicate with the production environment, giving instructions on configuration and options, resulting in each device being “custom mass produced”. This, of course, will be enabled by adding significantly more IT capacity. And I’m not talking about just leveraging centralized cloud computing. I’m talking aboutedge computing.
How enterprise IT, edge IT, and the cloud work together in Industry 4.0.
The new white paper starts by looking at the cost of downtime in different manufacturing environments, then it highlights key emerging technology innovations in Industry 4.0.
The paper also focuses on how IT and OT are converging to enable smart enterprise control and how to deploy edge IT to the lower levels of the automation hierarchy to drive efficiency and scale. The paper outlines how enterprise IT, edge IT, and the cloud work together in Industry 4.0. It also covers the challenges of deploying edge IT in manufacturing environments, and the best practices to achieve resilient edge computing, including physical infrastructure hardware and management software.