The rise of industry 4.0 – Act now to avoid being left behind

Today, as the tech revolution penetrates every sector across the globe, manufacturing could miss adoption opportunities that could propel them forward, saving time, money and enabling them to make smarter business decisions.

 

 

With the implementation of technology being rapidly adopted to respond to the on-demand economy in sectors such as retail and transportation, the warehouse is being left behind. To remain competitive, manufacturers need to act now. They have to think about when, not if.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is leveraging cutting edge innovations such as IoT (internet of things) to determine asset location through RFID tracking, enhancing manufacturing capabilities and enabling a competitive edge that not only automatically senses the location of assets and inventory, helps improve the safety of staff and streamline the production line, but also allows organisations to ramp up productivity, boost efficiency and grow their business.

Imagine a “connected” car part, or aeroplane wing. You can see where it is, what it’s made of, and when it needs to be included in the manufacturing process. From an active tag and with a connected device, organisations can track their assets in real time.

Does your business have assets that meet these four critical descriptors?

  1. Is it mobile?
  2. Is it mission critical?
  3. Can you track it?
  4. Is it expensive?

If so, it is time to think about Industry 4.0 location solutions. Jade Solutions provides a complete service offering with products such as Zebra MotionWorks™, which gives organisations real time visibility of their operations. This insight leads to foresight so that organisations are able to anticipate their needs and make actionable decisions, allowing supply chains to ramp up efficiency, productivity and clamp down on workplace accidents.

MotionWorks™ automatically senses the location of assets and inventory, helping improve employee safety, streamlining production lines and delivering actionable insights to increase productivity and efficiency. It is based on Zebra’s industry-leading RFID technology. For example, the company is the “Official On-Field Player Tracking Provider” for the NFL which demonstrates how this technology delivers real time visibility insights RFID for organisations, from the goal line to the assembly line and everywhere in between.

Powered by Savannah™, Zebra’s data intelligence platform, MotionWorks™ is a portfolio of flexible and customisable end-to-end solutions that integrate operation and edge data from multiple sources – including Ultra-Wideband (UWB), UHF RFID tags, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and cameras – to create insights that mobilise action to solve business needs. This technology allows organisations to improve asset visibility, material flow and enables plant floor automation.

Save, innovate and stay competitive with asset tracking

Real life scenarios currently exist where it can take two staff members up to five hours to find an asset which could easily be found in five minutes by technology.

Manufacturing plants may have to manage thousands of assets; being able to pinpoint in an instant is critical to speeding up the locating and action on a moving asset. By installing wireless infrastructure within the warehouse and putting asset tags on valuable assets, they are not only able to track these items, but information can also be stored on the tags. This allows their users to see which assets have expiry dates, defects, or whatever else helps to determine where they need to go, or what needs to be used first. These insights help to boost productivity and efficiency.

Imagine a car coming down a production line; the technology knows the location of the component. The MotionWorks ™ Material solution helps manufacturers manage and automate the flow of material for their business. With seamless integration into other plant floor and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, it provides valuable insights into smarter material usage and helps ensure just-in-time delivery, creating operational efficiencies and reducing costs. A European automotive manufacturer saved $750,000 in inventory carrying costs, improved labour productivity by almost 20 percent and decreased on-hand inventory from local suppliers from seven days to two days with this solution.

With the introduction of automation, there is continuous reporting on what is being used, when and how much is left. This means alerts can be activated when paint, screws, parts, etc. are running low. With all of this information available to be analysed, the re-stocking process is ready to be optimised, working out best flow required to replenish all of these materials.

Tracking assets, translating data and transforming operations – this is what Industry 4.0 is all about.

The future is now

Industry 4.0 allows organisations to track all of their vital assets; what this is applied to is limited only to the imagination. It could be physical parts, job packs, or anything critical needed to get the product built efficiently.

Connecting your assets to IoT allows for innovation and optimisation, more than just tracking, these tools offer manufacturing plants actionable insights through the collection of data to aid in smarter decision making around staffing, material flow and innovation.

Manufacturers need to invest in the right technology to meet the on-demand economy challenge to stay competitive. As Zebra’s sole certified UK MotionWorks partner, Jade Solutions can help facilitate this through cutting edge technology, ensuring organisations stay ahead of the curve.