ARE YOU READY FOR THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION?
Steve Martin, Head of the Glass Sector, Siemens UK & Ireland, says that glass manufacturers need to ready themselves as the digitalisation of industry gathers pace. Connected, flexible and intelligence-led technology solutions are set to drive marked manufacturing productivity and performance improvements, but the glass sector must embrace all that Industry 4.0 entails and take the first strategic steps on a digital journey that can underpin future success.
The ongoing intrigue, speculation and comment surrounding the impact of Industry 4.0 shows no sign of abating. As the descriptor for available digital technology solutions designed to optimise productivity in manufacturing, the anticipated digital revolution described by Industry 4.0 will be a new dawn for the so-called ‘factories of the future’.
In the words of Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK, such a step change will for example, “utilise vast data volumes to enable manufacturers to ultimately produce batch sizes of one - but at mass market prices - and allow for the customisation of all manner of consumer and industrial products to meet market demand, made possible by flexible, highly connected and intelligence-led manufacturing processes.”
Respected commentators are in no doubt as to the untapped potential of Industry 4.0. Professional services firm, Accenture said: “an industrial-scale version of Industry 4.0 could add $14.2 trillion to the world economy over the next 15 years, and the UK alone could benefit by up to $531 billion.” While the creation of pivotal industry events, such as the forthcoming and highly significant ‘Industry 4.0 Summit’ (Europe’s first dedicated exhibition for the 4th industrial revolution, to be held in Manchester in 2017) signifies another milestone on the digital journey that will see a fundamental change in the way manufacturing businesses operate in the future.