WHAT IS INDUSTRY 4.0?
Industry 4.0 refers to the set of technologies, solutions and services that allow companies in the industrial sector, through digitization, a necessary competitive improvement in a global market, achieving the goal of smartfactories.
These new factories are capable of greater adaptability to the needs and processes of production, as well as a more efficient allocation of resources, thus opening the way to the fourth industrial revolution.
INTERNET OF THINGS
Ability to provide a control system with an interconnection of all the elements that compose it, to store and be able to access its data from the cloud. This technology is called Cloud Communication. There are three important levels / layers in this technology:
- Field elements: ability to communicate and give information to the system.
- Gateway: Secure interface between the field elements and the cloud.
- Hosting Service: applications and programs that allow access to and host information in the cloud
BI Solutions are the set of tools, applications, technologies, solutions and processes that allow different users to access valuable information. This solution facilitates the decision making on the information coming from different sources of data: production, calendars, planning, quality. It creates contextual information that includes real-time information and transactional information in order to cross-query data that generates information. This solution allows the different actors to easily access information by exploiting it.
A set of tools, programs or technologies that allow minimizing system vulnerability to both external and internal attacks. These tools strengthen our system guaranteeing the security and reliability of the data. Deployment of simple countermeasures and / or procedures that allow greater protection of facilities to deepen the protection of infrastructures.
The concept of Digital Plant allows us to define the modeling and operation of the plant during the design phase. This process is called simulation. With the simulation we can detect failures of a process or behavior of an equipment before its manufacture with the consequent minimization of costs.
The advantages of this simulation are the reduction of the time of production since, the interferences of the different systems are detected before their implantation. The processes of design, engineering, manufacturing, instrumentation, electrical engineering and automation of a system are simulated. Another of the great advantages is the Virtual Commissioning that allows to realize tasks of start up of the systems simulating the process
This digital platform offers the possibility of providing, among other advantages, high availability and scalability to computer systems, without relying on physical equipment. This concept offers the possibility of increasing the processing capacity without altering the system.
Virtualization will enable you to reduce your hardware needs by a 10: 1 ratio. Less hardware means that hardware and operating costs can be reduced by up to 50% and energy costs by as much as 80%. In addition to consolidating servers and using less hardware, virtualization enables you to extend the server lifecycle, accelerate provisioning time by 50-70%, and get centralized, automated management.
The integration of systems is the design that is made to establish quickly and easily communication with any device, regardless of the driver used. It exchanges data and information between disparate automation and information systems.
Automation and business management systems can work together now and in the future thanks to the growing and updated communications offer. It can assume the growing demand for communications in an organization without disrupting established communications. Its modular design is scalable as demand provides automation control systems with new and improved functionality to enhance communications.
OF THE CLOUD FIELD DEVICE FOR THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET AND INDUSTRY 4.0
“We do not know your business models for tomorrow, but today we can provide you with the technology you will need for the future.” Hans-Jürgen Hilscher, CEO
Industry 4.0 facilitates the collection and analysis of all the data of an infrastructure through the machines or elements that compose it, allowing faster, more efficient and more flexible processes for the manufacture of higher quality products to a Cost reduced.
The main aspects that make up Industria 4.0 are the following:
- Adapting the production chain in a flexible and automatic way to the demands of the rapidly changing environment.
- Monitoring and mutual communication between products and machines.
- Greater man-machine interaction, which includes new ways of interacting and operating in factories.
- Optimization of production thanks to Internet-enabled communication of Things in Smart Factories.
- The emergence of new business models which will contribute to new and radical forms of interaction in the value chain.
- The fourth industrial revolution or industry 4.0 establishes a real-time communication between the field elements (sensor, actuator, etc.) and the cloud.
This dialog allows secure and effective communication from the system I / O, through its controller and sending the data to the cloud. It is also possible to connect smart components such as mobile devices, tablets, computers, etc. To the system.
Sending the data to the cloud implies a new architecture that is established from any point of the system to the cloud and vice versa, thus being a bidirectional system.
This communication between the lowest level of data and the highest level of storage and management is vertical. Data is sent via the internet to the cloud.
In the cloud the data is managed by applications that are able to organize, manage, disaggregate, cohesion, display and predict data among many other functions. These data are completely safe and at the same time available for worldwide access.
Industrial automation requires 3 levels of connection for this type of communication:
- Level 1 to connected field elements to provide and know information that will become useful data for storing and managing them in the cloud.
- Level 2 controllers or elements that communicate with the cloud to send data in real time.
- Level 3 applications in the cloud where data is stored, managed, studied and viewed.