Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing. While the concept of Industry 4.0 is gaining acceptance throughout business territories, companies are struggling to implement the right solutions to support it. From our perspective, IBM Maximo 7.6 is one of the key elements to make Industry 4.0 work for you.
Let’s first go back to the start. What does Industry 4.0 stand for? The term is derived from the big industrial changes. The first major change was triggered by the discovery of water and steam power at the end of the 18th century. In the early 20th century, assembly lines and mass production constituted the second industrial revolution. The 1970’s then brought the third wave of industrial change by means of digitalization.
Industry 4.0 is all about the 4th major turning point in industry development, in which digitalization is the enabler for a sector and technology transcending process and system integration. It sets new standards in working life and, at the same time, it calls for new standards.
Industry 4.0 creates a so-called “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world, and make decentralized decisions. Over the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain. As such, it presents the 4th wave in the industrial revolution.
Originally initiated by the German government to promote computerization in manufacturing, the idea of interconnecting all elements in your factory environment has been gaining increasingly more acceptance. However, it is a big step from realization to actual implementation.
It is the firm belief that IBM’s Maximo 7.6 can play a crucial part in making Industry 4.0 a success for those organizations. Not only does Maximo provide the most extensive software solution in maintenance management, it also presents the highest configurability of all systems. Not to mention, the advanced and open integration platform that permits you to interact with all those sensors and chips that monitor your equipment and quickly enables you to ACT on their data and information. Maximo lets you bring all the essential parts come together and thus prepares you to set up both your preventive and predictive maintenance.
Is IBM Maximo the single holy grail in the landscape? No, despite its vast capabilities Maximo is not the “one source”. Then again, in the Internet of Things, there is no one source that can do everything. It is about interconnecting elements and using the strongest capabilities of the elements in your system to your advantage.
Maximo is part of a product range that will enable you to capture every aspect in the IoT framework. Think of IBM Watson Analytics, a cloud based solution that is a great help in identifying trends and predicting developments. Cognos, the complete business intelligence tool from IBM, also comes free with IBM Maximo, permitting you to perform in-depth analyses from every angle. The earlier mentioned advanced Maximo integration module provides seamless interfacing with Cognos and Watson Analytics.
No, there is not a single tool that will support you in implementing Industry 4.0 in your business. IBM Maximo can play a crucial role in it by acting as the hub in a great number of spokes. We at MACS are continuously working with clients to help them in controlling the game. Are you interested in controlling the game in your business? Let us know your challenge and we will engage ourselves to the fullest.