Data Strategy and Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is the next chapter in manufacturing. Over the years, there have been many technological improvements that have advanced manufacturing to where it is today. Things like automation, servo motors, motion control, and the like have been improving machine capabilities in a physical respect. However, Industry 4.0 looks to advance manufacturing through data and communication. That’s why it’s important to have a data strategy.

Servo motors were groundbreaking when first introduced to manufacturing. They greatly sped up production, increased plant efficiency, and lowered overall production costs. Manufacturing wouldn’t be, as we know it today, without the use of servo motors. Industrial automation is made possible by servos, and automation is fundamental to modern manufacturing. But it takes more than automation to ensure that your plant is running as efficiently as possible.

But Industry 4.0 goes beyond the physical capabilities of the machinery. Industry 4.0 brings brains to manufacturing’s brawn. This new movement in industry relies on strategic use of information.

Any good business owner knows that having a plan or a strategy is necessary for success. It’s not likely that you can just bumble your way through business decisions, flying by the seat of your pants, and expect your business to survive. You have to know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

While strategy is always important, it is even more so in Industry 4.0. The reason being, success in Industry 4.0 is dependent on the information that you gather and how you then use that information. You can have the most efficient machinery on the planet, but if you don’t have a data strategy, you will fall behind.

With the ever-improving Internet of Things (IoT), and Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0 is driven by the collection, sharing, storing, and application of useful data and information.

The key word here is useful. There’s an incredible amount of information that you could gather from your machinery, but you only need the information that is useful to your data strategy. But at the same time, you have to know what you’re going to do with all of that data once you have it. Information is useless if you don’t know what to do with it.

While you prepare for Industry 4.0, we can ensure that all of your machinery is running properly and up to the task. If you need Indramat service or repairs, we’re the people to call.