The transition to Industry 4.0 will depend on a successful adoption of many new technologies. To accelerate smart manufacturing, digital twins of machines and operations will be a necessity, as will real-time control of equipment and tasks. For instance, Ericsson’s factory in Tallinn has demonstrated that with augmented reality (AR) troubleshooting, the average fault detection time reduction combined with better ergonomics and faster information sharing, can boost productivity by up to 50%.
As the amount of data rises to connect more things and workers, production and assembly lines must also manage fast change-overs and reduce lead times.
Industry 4.0 will help make smart machines smarter, factories more efficient, processes less wasteful, production lines more flexible and productivity higher. Built on the foundation of smart, secure, wireless connectivity there are opportunities to extend machine life through predictive maintenance, support rapid material handling, monitor every detail of the shop floor, and leverage collaborative robots simultaneously with mobile communication.