SMART FACTORY and INDUSTRY 4.0 technologies of the future
Enter a new era - collect production data digitally
You do not need massive investments to set out on a journey to a smart factory. You can do it step by step. It is important to start digitising and set basic principles, even if to a small extent. This sums up the main idea of the 6th annual international conference PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT 2016 that took place on October 25th and 26th, 2016 at Holiday Inn Hotel, Žilina (SVK).
The event was organised by IPA Slovakia, one of the leading companies operating in the field of consultancy, education and research for industry. It focuses primarily on the improvement of performance and corporate culture.
During the two conference days, ANASOFT, being a main partner, introduced at its booth the newest features of its EMANS solution - Manufacturing Execution System (MES).
Additionally, the senior production managers taking part at this prestigious event were engaged by ANASOFT in a survey on digitisation of manufacturing companies.
Survey results have shown that companies expect digitisation, often put in relation to Industry 4.0, to bring about the effectiveness and productivity growth.
Game over for production paperwork
The first essential step on the way to SMART FACTORY is to start collecting data. Through the survey we wanted to find out what is the level of production digitisation and integration of information systems in the manufacturing companies. According to the results, 63 % of the companies use software capable of collecting production data. However, only 33 % of the companies have their production process coordinated, where the essential production equipment is interconnected via the production software and production data gathered are saved in the central electronic storage. Unfortunately, 21 % of respondents said that their production data is kept in paper forms.
Interconnect your production equipment
71 % of the companies are planning on to follow the production digitisation trend in the following years. Within 3 years, they are planning on to implement at production sites the information system that displays the working procedures, and they want to eliminate the use of paper in production via automated collection of production data. 17 % of the responding companies are considering installing the autonomous robots or other production equipment (industrial trucks, storage systems, etc.). 24 % of the manufacturing companies want to implement, in medium term, the information system for operative planning and management of production or coordination of production equipment. They are considering creating other channels through which data from all the machines, equipment, products, warehouses or other parts of a manufacturing company could flow.
Pressure on suppliers
As Industry 4.0 is being launched, the manufacturing companies put pressure on their suppliers. The influence of global supply chains rises, life cycle of products shortens and products are becoming even more complex, as the consumers require individually produced products and services.
57 % of the responding companies said they are considering improving the accurate identification and localisation of individual products and components. One third of the respondents want to dedicate, for the 3 following years, to processing of production data and its subsequent analysis for the purpose of forecasting of the future trends. They want to use software which not only collects all data, but also evaluates and analyses it and draws conclusions from it. As such, a pile of data will become smart and ordered.
Replace your feelings and needs with a reality
Production management conference 2016 offered many inspirations. Two days long event once again brought together more than 230 directors, production directors and managers that participated in order to learn and draw inspiration from the speakers as well as from each other.
The conception of this Production management conference represented future technologies, conditions of achieving the Industry 4.0 vision, or building SMART FACTORY. The speakers presented a production management in a Japanese management company, focusing on production quality and efficiency, top concepts for bespoke production, or development of lean culture.
At the conference, ANASOFT introduced the latest generation of EMANS solution - Manufacturing Execution System. Via a logical game, the conference participants had a chance to try the “assembly“ process themselves, using a detailed electronic instructions for separate „assembly“ steps. Via this game we demonstrated how EMANS solution works at the individual assembly sites.
If you wish to know how the EMAN solution benefits your company, please contact us. We will demonstrate the use of EMANS solution for the purpose of fulfilling the main idea of INDUSTRY 4.0 or other processes in manufacturing companies directly at your company.
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