12. Industry 4.0 implementation – painlessly

Industry 4.0 implementation rapidly and first-time-right – a timeline
There are essentially two components in an Industry 4.0 system:
1. A machine monitoring system that collects data electronically from the machine, and stores it in a database (picture 1).
2. Software that automates or improves various activities with the data stored in the database (picture 2).
The Database of machine activity created by the machine monitoring system in picture 1 is used by various software modules in picture 2.

Picture 1 : Machine monitoring in Industry 4.0

Picture 2 : Industry 4.0 applications using data obtained from machines

To implement Industry 4.0, the very first requirement is to start collecting data electronically from your machines and storing the data in a database. Once this is done, you can then start using the data for various Industry 4.0 applications.
Vendors for the two components are typically different, because they involve two very different technologies. The first component involves Hardware sensors, IIOT, Cloud computing and Big data management. The second component involves software for running organizations – finance, stores, HR, logistics, etc. It could also be specialized software for preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance, SPC, part traceability, etc. In fact, you probably already have most of the software in the second component, in ERP or other software.
The implementation is ideally done in multiple phases. As you get each phase going, you learn from your mistakes and fine tune the system so that the organization is ready for the next phase. Luckily for us, Industry 4.0 lends itself beautifully to implementation in phases.
Here is an Industry 4.0 implementation plan that you can use as a starting point. The time frames may vary from firm to firm based on its size and working culture.

So where do you start ?
Phase 1, 2 and 3: Install a machine monitoring system that can provide data to other software. Implement the low hanging fruit in Phase 2 and 3 – production and productivity monitoring and improvement.
LEANworx   

does Phase 1, 2 and 3. It monitors machines 24/7, sends the data to a database on the Cloud, and does these two Industry 4.0 functions:

1. Production tracking, reporting and alerting.
2. Productivity tracking, reporting and alerting.
Phase 4: Improve the functioning of your existing ERP or other software by getting them to interact with the database of the machine monitoring system
The software for Phase 4 is something that you already have, as various modules in your ERP or as independent software. LEANworx enables all this software to easily interact with its database, so you can expand your Industry 4.0 applications at your own pace.
Want to know more about how LEANworx can help you implement Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing rapidly and economically ? Click here.

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Breakfast garnished with some quirky humour
When I feel like a big carnivorous breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, etc., one of my favourite places in Bangalore is Church Street Social. Portions are big (important for a gourmand like me), there’s humour in the décor and the menu, and it’s a fun place. Your napkin is a roll of toilet paper; some of the seats are old wooden ones from some demolished movie theatre; you can buy merchandise with their brand at a counter labelled Maal.

The menu has its bit of humour too – note the ‘Hungover breakfast’, with a discount for ‘those who were here last night’ (and presumably got drunk there).

Occasionally (when the craving for this kind of food hits me), I land up there late-ish on Sunday morning. After a heavy breakfast I waddle out of the place, my paunch leading the way, and head out to whatever the rest of the Sunday has in store for me.
By the way, here’s the difference between Gourmet and Gourmand (both words of French origin).
Gourmet: a person of refined taste and passion, who enjoys eating high-quality food
Gourmand: a person who enjoys eating a large quantity of food (like your truly).
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