Here at French Gerleman, we host a full complement of educational events to help arm our customers with the latest information they need to make their facilities more efficient, safer, and more profitable. Our recent Process Summit certainly fit that bill and included so much valuable information that we’re presenting a recap in a blog series starting today!
The Process Summit reviewed best practices and future of processes within our industry. Our manufacturer partners shared their insights and expertise with us on a variety of topics. This week, we review the latest standard in Industry 4.0. Burkert explains the advantages of the standard, and how it may apply to your workplace.
Industry 4.0 is a specific German standard for how to implement The Connected Enterprise. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) allows data to cross over from existing devices and standards and be shared. A more common household example is how smart refrigerators can now send data through the IoT. However, when dealing with process plant equipment, the reliability of that connection becomes even more important.
Under Industry 4.0, isolated networks can share data elsewhere, and the more sophisticated networks grant more data so that potential issues can be predicted. Industry 4.0 applies to a variety of industries:
- Mechanization, water power, steam power
- Mass production, assembly line, electricity
- Computer and automation
- Cyber physical systems
Making the Switch
Of course, updating to Industry 4.0 does require some product upgrades. There are a variety of products available, so it’s important to gauge your needs and the appropriate product to match them. Burkert has a wide range of products, such as valves that can communicate through the IIoT, that will move you forward while still being compatible with existing system. Visit our website for more details.
It’s important to keep track of the latest in innovation for your field, as it is already becoming standard. Industry 4.0 is an example of this. Not only is it important to stay competitive, it also features highly beneficial principles such as:
- Interoperability – The ability for equipment and devices to connect and communicate
- Information transparency – The ability to enrich digital plant models with sensor data
- Technical assistance – The ability for systems to support people with tasks that are unpleasant, exhausting, or unsafe
- Decentralized decisions – The ability of cyber physical system to make decisions independently
If you have any questions about this or other process-related information, or which product is right for you as you upgrade, contact us or reach out to your French Gerleman Account Manager. You may also access our Burkert inventory on our website.
Be sure to watch out for our next blog covering Rockwell Automation’s focus on The Connected Enterprise.