The content-related drivers for the advance of Industry 4.0 solutions require interlinking of different disciplines that, even though known, have so far been viewed in isolation. In order to be able to fulfill increasing requirements for production systems and machines, numerous generally known catchwords are known:
- Digital Production
- Smart Service World
- Cost reduction
- Real-time feedback
- Big data
- Individualization of products
- Shopfloor Management
- Batch size 1
- Internet of things
- Man/machine interface
Such interlinking also takes place outside production halls. It is implemented along the entire value chain – from design and manufacture through to logistics. At component or module level, the challenge of Industry 4.0 is to link these disciplines in a purposeful manner to ensure the required integration of functions.
Productivity increase through functional integration
In automation technology, functional integration means to apply procedures and solutions for optimization, configuration, diagnosis and information gathering on your own and in real time. As a result, processes, plants and entire productions can be designed in a more customized, flexible and faster and thus more efficient manner. SMC aspires a sustainable production increase and thus cost reduction for our customers.
Accelerated innovation through tailored servicesSMC offers integrated product and system solutions. They help our customers create innovative solutions that offer explicit added value over the entire lifecycle. This means that we optimize the respective development result by offering product and process specific services – such as Customized Services, Customized Solutions and support in the area of machinery safety.
- Support during the planning of your machines
- Individual product and system concepts with innovative technology
- Optimization and modernization of your plants
… for your added value:
- Reduction of your lifecycle costs
- Reduction of your operating costs
- Concrete competitive advantages
Evolution through innovation
We at SMC are committed to implementing above described topics in our daily work today and in future. We regard Industry 4.0 as a continuous and innovative development of existing solutions and technologies, and not as something that will only be available at some point in future. With small steps, it is already possible to successfully produce positive changes in industrial daily life towards Industry 4.0. Improvements in relevant areas are achieved through, e.g.:
- Quality guarantee
- Productivity increases through data capturing and analytics
- Minimizing downtimes
- Preventive maintenance concepts and solutions
- Improved forecasts
- Efficiency increases through real-time data analysis
An illustrative example of this is the integration of a vacuum sensor into a conventional pick-and-place vacuum system. The capturing and processing of relevant parameters is possible due to integrated sensors. This linking will eventually result in process reliability, efficiency increases and productivity increase.