What Is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 is the digital transformation of manufacturing and production processes that is driving the fourth lap of the Industrial Revolution.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines smart manufacturing as systems that are “fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs.”
Smart manufacturing leverages advanced information systems and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies. This creates a flexible and agile physical process closely aligned to meet the needs of a dynamic market.
“Lights out manufacturing” is a highly automated environment that requires little or no human intervention to carry out manufacturing activities.
One of the biggest advantages of lights out manufacturing lies in the network it creates. It systematically streamlines machines to gather and report information at each step by interconnecting every aspect of the factory. Everything is as seamless as clockwork. This is a very unlikely feat for humans to achieve on the same scale.
In the United States, “lights out manufacturing” is transforming the process of plastic injection molding. This has put the businesses in the front seat by offering a competitive advantage in terms of precision, cost, turnaround time and improved quality on a global scale.