We are experiencing a fourth industrial revolution which is leading to the creation of what has been dubbed ‘Industry 4.0’ or I4.0.
The benefits which I4.0 can deliver for industry – and thus ultimately for consumers – include lower costs, faster production, better resource efficiency, higher quality control and greater product and component traceability.
The two key enabling technologies that will allow I4.0 to deliver these benefits are the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cyber-physical systems.
The IIoT enables multiple devices (as simple as a single sensor or as complex as a machine tool) to exchange data using Internet and Ethernet based technologies.
Manufacturers need to consider the current levels of manufacturing plant automation and network architecture that exists within the plant today. Adopting the principles of I4.0 and smart manufacturing requires high levels of automation and network infrastructure so the road to digitalisation can require high levels of investment.
This whitepaper from Mitsubishi Electric Factory Automation sets out to explain the background, consider the challenges and offer solutions to the adoption of I4.0 related technologies and solutions.
Read this WhitePaper to find out:
• Industry 4.0 (I4.0) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
• Opportunities and challenges with I4.0
• The current and future state of I4.0
• I4.0 network requirements and solutions
• The road to digitalisation
If you want to read the Whitepaper, please click here.