Marketers are always coming up with new words to pitch manufacturers on new (and normally more expensive) technologies. There are several cases where manufacturers have been cut after making bad investments in bleeding edge technologies. Then when the next round of new technologies rolls out, the marketers always say the same thing, “This time, it’s different.”
This time, it is different, seriously
If you laughed a little bit, good. Industry 4.0 is more than a word marketers use. Selling new technology isn’t the only goal. DMG Mori is currently testing out next generation automation on their machines in real world scenarios so that when the time comes for these new technologies to rollout into the mainstream, they’ll be tried and true to their word. Companies like DMG are applying practical, new technology standards in order to get more manufacturers aboard a quickly moving train.
Large manufacturers have the resources to continuously invest in new technology, but the hope is that all manufacturers are part of the upcoming manufacturing evolution success story. What’s occurring in manufacturing technology isn’t just a passing trend. Industry 4.0 is a rallying cry that carries hope of reinvigorating international manufacturing. Success in manufacturing means success for everyone.
Stepping stones to success
The Industry 4.0 Wikipedia page is an enlightening source of information that looks at the topic from different angles. More concretely, it mentions the Design Principles behind Industry 4.0: Interoperability, Virtualization, Decentralization, Real-Time Capability, Service Orientation, Modularity. Besides major players like DMG, startups are beginning to help manufacturers in their efforts towards complete digitalization. MachiningCloud was developed with Industry 4.0 design principles in mind. The app has:
- Interoperability: on Android, iOS and Windows, you can find and share cutting tools from leading manufacturers, build assemblies and jobs and export the data to CAD/CAM systems, ERP, MES, PDFs, Excel, etc.
- Virtualization: while MachiningCloud doesn’t virtualize the whole plant floor, it does aid in virtualizing cutting tools which can then be inputted into virtual plant models and simulations.
- Decentralization: the cutting tools that MachiningCloud recommends take the guesswork out of decision making. CAD/CAM programmers still make the ultimate decision, but the best choices are handed to them.
- Real-Time Capability: all of the data that MachiningCloud uses is the most up-to-date information that is available. This includes local and global stock availability and pricing.
- Service Orientation: MachiningCloud is a cloud based app. After downloading, it connects to Tool Manufacturer’s advice and recommendations so that phone calls aren’t necessary. Service is baked into the product.
- Modularity: the app is a module that fits into the cutting tool workflow. Cloud service means that the App will always improve and update in the background without requiring user input.
If you need an introduction to Industry 4.0 applications, download MachiningCloud and give it a try. The app bridges the gap between cutting tools and software, so you can streamline the machining process to save time and increase accuracy. You’ll see the big picture through an easy-to-use, practical application that simplifies the cutting tool search process and gives you more options. Find the right tool, faster – just one of the many things that will make Industry 4.0 more than just a passing trend. If you’d like to learn more about MachiningCloud, you can continue to: