AAT and Industry 4.0

There is no denying that we are currently experiencing considerable transformation when it comes to the way that products are produced. This is because the manufacturing process is being digitized. In fact, this change is such a significant one that has been labeled as Industry 4.0. This basically means that it is the fourth revolution that has taken place in manufacturing. With that in mind, read on to discover everything that you need to know about it below. 

What is industry 4.0?

To get a better understanding of industry 4.0, you need to comprehend industry 3.0. Industry 3.0 happened when computers were first introduced into manufacturing. This was disruptive because it meant that entirely new technology was being implemented into the world of technology.

We can see that this is now happening again, as we have taken significant steps forward when it comes to the technology being utilized in the realm of manufacturing.

Now, and as the future for Industry 4.0 unfolds, computers are communicating with one and other. They are integrated and have the ability to make decisions without humans being involved. Industry 4.0 has become possible because of a combination of the Internet of Systems, the Internet of Things, and physical systems. Today, smart factories are becoming more and more prevalent as a result.

Thanks to this, smart machines are ensuring data is being used in a powerful way to make factories less wasteful and more productive. 

What can you expect from Industry 4.0?

o Increase manufacturing efficiency through detailed process monitoring 

o Clear visualization of the entire manufacturing process through data sharing from each step of the manufacturing process

o Sharing of Big Data to drive efficient decisions and predict manufacturing problems

Ultimately, industry 4.0 involves a network of these machines, connected to one and other digitally so that information can be shared and you can make the most of this data to empower your factory. 

As connected machines gather a huge volume of data that can inform performance, maintenance, and other problems, as well as assessing the data to determine insights and patterns that humans simply would not be able to do in a reasonable timeframe. Because of this, we are given the ability to optimize our operations in an efficient and repaid manner knowing what requires attention. 

There are so many benefits and applications that we can expect during this revolution, e.g. equipment to optimizing supply chains and logistics.

So there you have it: an insight into industry 4.0 and what it means for the manufacturing sector. We hope that this has helped you to understand the massive digital transformation that is going on in the world of industry at the moment. There are certainly exciting times ahead and it is important to get on board to drive your company forward with solutions geared toward industry 4.0 like those provided by Applied Automation Technologies. 

AAT & Industry 4.0


Full metrology feedback for true Industry 4.0 Adaptive Manufacturing

AAT & on-machine measurement industry 4.0 loop diagram

AAT & Industry 4.0
A High-End metrology platform like CappsNC can perform all CMM tasks directly on a CNC machine for efficient om-machine metrology, while CappsDMIS can perform quality lab CMM metrology.
CappsNC uses a separate PC that is connected to the NC machine tool. This dedicated PC performs all of the measurement calculations.
CappsNC is utilized to create complete measurement programs offline in familiar DMIS language with collision avoidance and program simulations.
As soon as features are measured, CappsNC can calculate results compliant to ISO and ANSI standards and use that data to provide direct feedback to the manufacturing process.

AAT’s Industry 4.0 philosophy is not to determine if the part is good or bad as this is reactive instead of proactive.
Rather, our goal is to be proactive; improving the process by capturing data quickly and directly from the NC source through on-machine measurement.
CappsNC converts metrology data gathered on-machine into manufacturing parameters in real-time by smart systems. CappsNC uses closed-loop real-time feedback to adapt the manufacturing process and store metrology data in a database to create big manufacturing distributed metrology data. The ability to automatically produce metrology data on the NC machine tool with on-machine metrology with a CMM software is essential for adaptive machining and Industry 4.0.

On-machine metrology data gathered from the part being machined is converted into useful machining parameters. CappsNC can feed this data back to the NC controller to help the machining process adapt to changing conditions. This closed loop metrology feedback enables ’Smart Machining’ to automatically control the machining process and produce good parts regardless of changing conditions.
Regardless of machining and environmental factors, CappsNC and on-machine metrology can dynamically correct the machining processes using a ’cut-measure-cut concept’ to always produce good parts while minimizing cost and effort.

AAT & Industry 4.0

Metrology data is an indicator of every factor that effects manufacturing, thus our concept measures and stores all metrology data gathered from NC manufacturing.
This real-time metrology data is converted into relevant manufacturing parameters and used to adjust the NC manufacturing process by enabling the quick search of cases from previous data to make comparative & predictive decisions.
By using on-machine measurement we can quickly analyze the data and predict future changes in the NC machining process and take precautions against them, rather than react to them after the process has gone out of control.

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