• Industry 4.0: undiagnosed, no prescription can be issued

    Industry 4.0: undiagnosed, no prescription can be issued

    Read more...

 

Industry 4.0: undiagnosed, no prescription can be issued

Terms such as Industry 4.0., Digital Factory, Connected Industry or Factory of the Future have been gaining voice in recent months. They form part of the universal mantra of digital transformation. Yet, are industrial firms truly aware of this change? And, more importantly, are they clear about how and with whom they must tackle this process?

The major technological consulting firms are warning that the modernisation of the manufacturing sector is not an option or a trend, moreover, it is a train which you must board if you wish to remain in the market.

Against this backdrop, successful executives from the world of the organisation of industrial manufacturing have plunged into the digital ocean, with results of all types. There are those who have spared no costs to seek out standard solutions offered by major technological  companies to embark upon transformation in a comprehensive manner. While others, with less resources on-hand, though with certain urgency, have chosen to digitise or automate processes simply because it must be done. The result: a more modern factory that is equally productive. 

The first question that the industrialists should ask themselves is: why is it vital to become digitised?

What has been referred to as the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ is idiosyncratic insomuch as it has reached individuals before companies, something that had never happened beforehand. When the steam engine was invented, nobody had one in their homes and its usage was restricted to mass transportation and large-scale industries. The first computer took up an entire room and was in the possession of a major company. However, nowadays, we carry a mobile in our pockets equipped with a powerful GPS and full HD video camera, broadcasting and receiving data incessantly.

The crux of the matter is that taking technology to industry might involve an enormous revolution in both spheres: the process and the product. With regard to the first, technology can help us to manufacture more with the same resources or produce the same in less time. Sometimes, both are the result. The sensorisation of a productive plant will contribute to its enhanced maintenance, foreseeing mistakes and errors on the part of the machinery and streamlining the decision-making process by having access to greater information. Automation is accomplished via robotics and provides security, quality and reduced processing times.

Yet it is of the utmost importance to tackle transformation from a holistic approach. If the process is not optimised per se, even if it is digitised, it will remain insufficient, albeit digital. This means that technology is not always the solution, indeed, most of the time it is merely the icing on the cake.

One must study very closely which case applies to business, as what experience suggests is that the majority of the savings or inefficiencies can be solved through actions that would be described as “analogue”.

With regard to the product, the imagination is the limit. There are already highly interesting success stories, such as the mix of cereals a la carte or connected sports shoes. In foodstuffs, it is unusual for a product not to come with a QR code on the label that transports you into an environ of customer loyalty through promotions, discounts or information. Shifting from mere marketing to genuinely useful information for the production chain is much more complex and costly, though this must by the final aim.

A wise decision when seeking out a good partner for digital transformation of industry is to look for companies who are well-versed in the activity, who know how to identify issues within the plant from an engineering-based perspective and who boast the specialist technology that can convert these inefficiencies into opportunities from which digital transformation can be tackled.   

Proper management of the change, starting with the process instead of technology and tackling the issue from the real case-study of the business are the sole ingredients with which Spanish industry can forge its own digital future.

 

Industry 4.0: undiagnosed, no prescription can be issued

Terms such as Industry 4.0., Digital Factory, Connected Industry or Factory of the Future have been gaining voice in recent months. They form part of the universal mantra of digital transformation. Yet, are industrial firms truly aware of this change? And, more importantly, are they clear about how and with…
Avatar de autorPedro Sanz

An expert in IT systems for utilities

¿What are the generation systems used for? The generation systems that we provide support and maintenance for are relevant so that all the energy that can be produced both in a thermal power, fuel, gas, combined cycle or even hydraulic plant enters the grid and can supply the service that…
Avatar de autorComunicación

Keys to bridge design and maintenance

The proper design of a bridge, tunnel or highway is of the utmost importance, yet no less important is their conservation. Pasquale Giordano, Head of the Structures Department at Ayesa, gives us an overview of the world of maintenance for infrastructures. What risks do bridges display and what factors must…
Avatar de autorComunicación

My tourist guide is a robot

Behind every innovative project, there is always an IT consultant at the helm, mixing the necessary technological ingredients to bring the vision to life. In the case of the new digital edition of the Repsol Guide, Ayesa has been the firm in charge of developing and implementing the digital platform…
Avatar de autorComunicación

Three key technologies for energy transition

Spain is en route to unveiling a Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, with which the Government wishes to guarantee the commitments sealed with the EU as part of the Paris Agreement on Energy and Climate. At the present time, this standard is still in the draft stage, although…
Avatar de autorComunicación

IoT and big data, antidotes for electronic fraud

Utilities are incorporating technology at great speed and expanding it into areas where it was little feasible until now like medium and low voltage networks. However, with the mass emergence of IoT and big data, the capillarity of the power distribution lines is no longer an obstacle. In this context,…
Avatar de autorManuel Fernández Dana

Blockchain: the decentralised platform

In addition to providing the cryptographic mechanism which the current speculative cryptocurrency maelstrom is built upon, Blockchain technology is all set to break through into technological ecosystems and make some serious waves. The new paradigm offered by Blockchain technology is based on decentralisation: in order to use the technology, process…
Avatar de autorJosé María del Molino

The Smart Revolution Reaches the Water Sector

Water management is becoming one of the biggest challenges facing humanity, not only for economic progress, but also for sustainable development. Population growth, the tendency to concentrate in urban centres, the change towards more intensive consumer patterns and the effects of climate change, which is causing increasingly longer dry seasons…
Avatar de autor Antonio Galán

Energy forecasting for the new energy horizon

Years have passed since the appearance of the first home solar panels. This technology, destined to revolutionise the electricity market, did not have the impact we were all expecting. So what happened? First of all, we have the problem of not being able to generate energy at night and secondly,…
Avatar de autorÁlvaro Sánchez Castañeda

Ayesa projects (a series): a landmark in the water industry

In 1982, Ayesa won the tender to design the La Serena dam. This was to be the largest reservoir in Spain, with a capacity of 3,219 hm3, which came hand in hand with a highly unusual requirement: that the dam be built within the pre-existing Zújar dam, which would need…
Avatar de autorJosé Luis Manzanares Japón

Bringing engineering to life with 3D

Digital transformation has now well and truly arrived in engineering. In the age of Industry 4.0, nobody wants infrastructures to get left behind, and a new model for creating and managing construction project life cycles is about to take the sector into the world of 3D. This model is called…
Avatar de autorComunicación

Smart education policies

Nowadays, when we read articles about new educational trends, we cannot help but think that we are going to read about new teaching and learning methods, and about how technology is supporting these new ways of learning.
Avatar de autorRosa María Romero

A road simulator: or, how to use virtual reality in BIM

If we consider the involvement of BIM technology (seeing things in 3D) in infrastructural projects to be a big step forward for engineering, then the use of virtual reality in road designs is somewhat of a revolution.
Avatar de autorComunicación

High-flying manufacturing engineering

Is it more expensive to assemble a piece of furniture yourself, or buy it ready-made from the shop? The answer to this question is simple if we just look at the price tag, but it’s not so easy if we ask ourselves how much our time is worth.
Avatar de autorPedro Sanz

In search of ways to reduce power loss

Every year, electricity companies work hard to establish how much power is lost from their networks, which – according to the latest figures – amounts to over €150m in Spain alone.
Avatar de autorManuel Rodríguez Urbina

Our blog

El conocimiento es el emblema de Ayesa y este blog pretende ser un lugar donde los empleados compartan su experiencia en los ámbitos de la ingeniería, la transformación digital y la tecnología Smart.

Estamos comprometidos con la innovación, la calidad de vida y los avances tecnológicos.