MS-96, a major technological asset for Industry 4.0

From the rise of mechanization to the digital revolution, the industry has gone through different periods over the centuries, all marked by major technological advances. From Industry 1.0 in the 18th century, characterized by the mechanization of production processes, to the current era of Industry 4.0, where the fusion of digital connectivity, advanced automation and artificial intelligence is transforming production models driven by technology.

With the challenge of radically transforming manufacturing and industrial management processes, this new industrial revolution is based on the integration of advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), advanced robotics and of course, 3D scanning, which the MS-96 mobile laser scanner from Viametris is integrated into.

Understanding the challenges of Industry 4.0 in 4 points

Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, is characterized by the interconnection of machines, systems and production assets. The manufacturers targets: increasing productivity, reducing production costs to improve their competitiveness, and adapting their industrial model to standards of sustainability and social responsibility. A whole program summarized here in four points:

  • Heading towards digitalization: Industry 4.0 involves the digital transformation of industrial processes, where machines, systems and products are connected and communicate with each other via the Internet of Things (IoT).
  • Advanced Automation: Intelligent automation based on technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning allows systems to make autonomous decisions and adapt to changes in real time.
  • Interconnection and real-time data: 4.0 factories are interconnected, which allows the collection and analysis of large quantities of data (Big Data) in real time, thus facilitating proactive management and informed decision-making.
  • Customization and flexibility: Through personalized production and increased flexibility of production lines, Industry 4.0 meets individual customer demands while maintaining high operational efficiency.

By integrating digital technologies across the entire value chain, this new approach enables more flexible, efficient and personalized production. Factories are becoming smart through cyber-physical production systems that monitor physical processes, create virtual copies of the physical world (digital twins), and make decentralized decisions.

What is the role of Viametris MS-96 in this transition to a 4.0 Industry?

Essential ! Indeed, from the data scanned by the Viametris MS-96, it will be possible to create a precise 3D model of the physical environment of the factory. This digital twin, a virtual replica of the factory, can then be used to simulate, analyze and optimize production processes. The details captured will allow every aspect of the factory to be faithfully reproduced, from machine layout to workspaces, facilitating better planning and resource management. Shared with the teams and their various partners, this data will also facilitate remote decision-making for large industrial groups located in the four corners of the planet. This 3D data will also be essential for developing other points, namely:

  • Optimization of production lines: Thanks to the digital twin, it will be possible to analyze production flows and identify bottlenecks. For example, by manipulating MS-96 data, different simulations to test the impact of reorganizing machines or adding new equipment can be carried out. This will not only optimize space and resources, but also improve the efficiency of production processes.
  • Team training: The digital twin can also serve as a training platform for new employees. Using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), operators can train in a simulated environment, learning how to operate machines and follow safety procedures without risking equipment damage or injury.
  • Continuous Improvement: By having a clear and precise vision of the factory, engineers and managers can continually look for ways to improve processes and reduce costs. Changes can be tested virtually before being implemented, minimizing risk and disruption.

An industrial revolution still in its infancy

  • A Promising Market: According to a study by MarketsandMarkets, the global Industry 4.0 market is expected to grow from $52.17 billion in 2023 to $182.01 billion by 2028, registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR ) by 28.4% during the forecast period. – Link to the study.
  • A revolution still in its early stages: PricewaterhouseCoopers, in its “Digital Factory Transformation Survey” study carried out in 2022, highlights that more than 64% of manufacturing companies in the world have already made investments to ensure their digital transformation. But only 10% of companies have fully implemented digital solutions on the factory floor. The majority are still in the initial stages, highlighting the challenges of digitalization at scale. Furthermore, companies invest more than $1.1 trillion annually in digital transformation, mainly in Asia and Europe. Digital champions, investing at least 3% of their net income, achieve double-digit returns on investment. – Link to the study.

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