Factory 4.0 – creating added value
When people talk about Industry 4.0 and its impact on future factory design, many decision makers still have only a vague idea of what that really means. By contrast, a more concrete and useful conclusion is that future production will be shaped by greater product customization and significantly shorter product life cycles. The implications for a factory system are therefore very wide-ranging, as are the trends with respect to digital transformation, which range from energy efficiency, transformation ability, decentralization, and modularization to ergonomics and smart buildings.
Digital transformation and holistic networking
There are various areas of focus that define a Factory 4.0. It is important to establish or increase adaptability and flexibility through standardized interfaces, modular system elements, plug-and-produce solutions, and the avoidance of rigid structures. Failure to do so means that there is no guarantee of future competitiveness. In addition, an intelligent building can be created through the interaction of sensors and actuators, predictive maintenance, smart building materials, and indoor positioning systems, all of which can contribute significantly to an optimized value chain. Together with an efficient approach to resources and energy, a focus on people and the design of working environments are further aspects that play a role in future-proof factories.
Transparency at all levels thanks to digital technology and complete networking of factory systems are milestones on the way to fully exploiting the advantages of a smart factory: the ability to handle increasingly complex products and production, the optimal integration of new technologies, resource efficiency and reduced use of materials, jobs that are appropriate for people of different ages (including older workers), and smooth cooperation between people, technology, and the organization as a whole. Of course, another crucial benefit is the increase in added value.
Technology as driver of Factory 4.0
With respect to Industry 4.0, it is advisable to consider a conversion, an extension, or even a new factory building. Planning and implementing structural measures contributes significantly to the development and growth of a company and secures its long-term competitiveness. New technologies in particular can drive change at a rapid pace, and they need to be implemented smoothly if they are to exert their full effect. Big data, advanced analytics, visualizations with augmented and virtual reality, and various platforms for collaboration and communication are not futuristic visions that may one day become relevant. On the contrary, these tools already exist and can be used to stand out from the competition.
Ingenics – experience and foresight in factory planning
During planning and the construction phase, we recognize problems before they arise so that they can be tackled immediately. With our excellent interface management, we also ensure that the requirements of different parties involved in a project are reconciled on-site in order to adhere to deadlines and budgets.
Many companies value our expertise in this area because we offer a detailed understanding of processes and methods in projects as well as our extensive technical expertise, which is becoming more highly prized as a result of digital transformation. Here it is crucial that we have the necessary foresight and understanding of individual clients to make future factory systems an efficient source of added value.