Industry 4.0 is a term to describe how nine cutting-edge technological concepts converge to connect machines and equipment producing smart factories. As a result, machines and equipment can now talk to each other, share information, diagnose problems, fix issues, optimize processes, enhance scheduling, and decrease delivery times.
WHAT IS INDUSTRY 4.0?
Industry 4.0 has been brought on by a series of nine recent technological advancements outlined below, especially the advent of sensor technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), that when used together in conjunction with each other connect machines and equipment.
The Nine Technologies in Industry 4.0
Internet of Things
Extended REALITY (XR)
XR is the umbrella term that encompasses all things AR/VR/MR.
In this episode Brad breakdowns the components of XR by looking at each technology individually; Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed reality and how they are impacting businesses and industries all around the world.
A digital twin is a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity. Digital twin refers to a digital replica of potential and actual physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems and devices that can be used for various purposes.
In this episode, Brad takes a look at Digital Twins, how they are created and how they are currently being used and the advantages that come with that.
AUGMENTED REALITY (AR)
Augmented Reality is utilizing digital/computer generated assets in a real world environment using a smart phone, tablet or other hardware. In this episode, Brad explores what Augmented Reality is (AR) and how it is currently being used in Industry.
INDUSTRY 4.0 ACCELERATOR GRANTS
Centrepolis Executive Director Dan Radomski joined Brad Waid in the inaugural webcast event on May 7 to discuss the Industry 4.0 Accelerator Dan explained the Industry 4.0 Accelerator program—the first of its kind in the U.S. with the goal to help small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing companies along their digital transformation journeys.
The Industry 4.0 Accelerator program is a $2.5 million investment fund made possible through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) with $1.3 million currently available for early-stage companies as well as established firms looking to commercialize products, services or technologies within the Industry 4.0 sector.
Brad will discuss future Industry 4.0 shows and welcomes any input from the audience on areas they would like to see covered.
REMOTE SUPPORT SOLUTIONS PART 1
In response to the C19 crisis, most OEM and Tier companies have their employees working remote in home offices for safety, security reasons and now, travel restrictions.
Not all business activities can be relocated to a home office and in many cases, on-site presence is still required in service, production, inspections or troubleshooting on machines. These new challenges will require you to implement new 'safety rules and processes'.
REMOTE SUPPORT SOLUTIONS PART 2
In response to the C19 crisis, most OEM and Tier companies have their employees working remote in home offices for safety, security reasons and now, travel resrictions.
In Part 2 we explore REFLEKT ONE, an easy-to-use Augmented Reality content platform that enables enterprises to create interactive manuals and documentation for maintenance, operations and training based on existing CAD data.
Internet of Things (IOT)
The Internet of things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
Connected machines and objects in factories offer the potential for Industry 4.0, and experts predict more than half of new businesses will run on the IoT in 2020.
In this episode, Brad explores IoT and takes a look how it is impacting business and industries all over the world, with a staggering 26 Billion+ connected devices in use today.
Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
'3D Printing' is the layman's term for additive manufacturing. It is the construction of a three-dimensional object from a CAD model.  The term "3D printing" can refer to a variety of processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object,  with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together), typically layer by layer.
In this episode, Brad takes a look at Additive Manufacturing and its’ advantages to businesses and industry.
'LOW CODE' AR DEVELOPMENT
What is low-code AR development?
Low-code is a visual development approach to application development.
Low-code enables developers of varied experience levels to create applications for web and mobile, and now augmented reality, using drag-and-drop components and model driven logic through a graphic user interface.
Low-code platforms relieve non-technical developers from having to write code while still supporting professional developers by abstracting tedious plumbing and infrastructure tasks required in application development.
Working together, developers in the business and IT create, iterate, and release applications in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional methods. This low-code application development enables production of a full range of app types for disparate use cases. These app types range from upgrading legacy applications to IoT-enabled smart apps.