08 Jan Trends in Industry 4.0 in 2021
We are starting a new year and with it will come new trends that will be very present from now on in the industrial sector. Therefore, we bring you in this post a summary of the main trends of Industry 4.0 in 2021.
There is no doubt that Industry 4.0 is a revolution as it can improve business operations and revenue growth, transforming products, the supply chain and customer expectations. In addition, it is capable of bringing about new products and services based on new needs. Let’s discover trends of Industry 4.0 in 2021!
Growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Industrial automation is enhanced by the application of Artificial Intelligence with uses ranging from initial design, comprehensive preventive maintenance systems and artificial vision. The application of Artificial Intelligence allows important improvements in many fields of industrial automation, from the initial design to more precise preventive maintenance systems and application to artificial vision systems.
In the case of the edinn Platform, a very important application of Artificial Intelligence is the combination we make of statistics and Artificial Intelligence to achieve a useful technology, which makes predictions. It avoids costs and problems, knowing the main breakdowns sufficiently in advance before they occur.
In this field, Artificial Intelligence is tremendously useful for reducing costs by anticipating possible problems in production processes, which at the same time represents a great competitive advantage for organisations.
Digital twins allow companies to create digital replicas of their products and productive ecosystems in such a way that they can predict virtually everything that will happen in the physical world.
Using real-time information on the plant, the history of operations and maintenance, and the application of Machine Learning techniques, a model is achieved that perfectly represents a real system. This disruptive technology maximises the benefits of the digital transformation that will intensify in 2021.
Safety of people
As in many sectors, a trend that must be mentioned for the coming year is the safety of people. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced companies to transform and adapt the way they work to avoid incurring health risks.
Consequently, this has led to the implementation of social distancing measures in production plants, measures for the hygiene of the workplace and the monitoring of the traceability of people. In addition, this has to do with controlling the entry and exit of people and interaction with equipment. To this end, advanced biometric recognition systems have been developed, for example, which are capable of identifying people by better controlling their movements.
The well-known Connected or Intelligent Factory aims at intelligent working models of people that allow them to carry out their tasks from remote areas by using advanced technology that keeps users connected to each project.
In conclusion, it could be expressed as the ultimate goal of production digitalization. Many also know it as a highly digitised workshop that collects and distributes data with the help of connected machines, devices and production systems.
In this field the Internet of Things, AI, and other forms of digital automation will have a lot to say to us as part of the industry 4.0 trends in 2021.
IoT (Internet of things)
Talking about connected industry is talking about IoT as this technology has positioned itself at the forefront of the sector. It involves the union between Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things and brings enormous benefits to companies. Moreover, the ability to obtain accurate data on all processes, machinery and products provides valuable information that can be used to optimise the various activities and processes involved under a prescriptive analytical framework.
Its main advantages are: cost reduction with consequent savings in costs, greater productivity, quality optimisation and acceleration of production due to the speed of data.
Some experts even point out that the IIoT market will reach 751.3 billion dollars in 2023.
Advancing to the 5G
Consumers are switching to 5G on their personal electronic devices and factories are doing the same with their production.
With this move to 5G technology the systems will increase their speed in production thanks to a fast internet connection. Workers will be connected to the tools they need to complete jobs, and the machines will be able to take advantage of increased bandwidth.
The use of the cloud will also be positively affected as more and more factories use it.