Complaints arise everywhere (supplier, internal, customer); these insights must be incorporated back into the process at various points. Therefore, there is a closed loop that pursues the CIP concept optimally. The hub and communication center is an integrated action management that is used by all processes and distributes events purposefully according to the requirements mentioned above. monitors and ensures the checking of the effectiveness of the actions.
If information is not just collected but also used to control the processes, there is not just complete traceability, but also the possibility on occurrence of a defect to react in real time: dynamic replanning is triggered, actions, complaints or alarms are generated. Known defects are avoided strategically, so that each defect that occurs is an unknown defect whose cause is made known through systematic analysis and via a control loop in the FMEA and planning. Thus, in the future, this defect can be avoided.
Internet, mobile devices, and cloud technologies offer the potential for changing industrial processes decisively in this respect. In addition to the integration of as many processes and systems as possible as described above, in the future, thanks to high-performance small computers that are integrated into objects, products and machines will be able to exchange information independently and therefore complement the overall process. The industrial process will no longer be organized centrally from the factory, but rather it will be decentralized and controlled dynamically. Production will organize itself — insofar as this is possible. All people participating in the processes must especially monitor, analyze, decide.
This strategy is not easy to realize simply by flipping a switch; rather, it requires a step-by-step implementation starting from where the pain is the greatest and the customer’s needs reside. A systematic weighing of the benefits and cost savings, which inventory systems should be integrated, and how in the case in question you go from defect revelation to defect prevention strategy. These are the central tasks.
The following criteria are crucial for the selection of a partner with whom you want to go down this path:
- Standardized functions with fixed prices, customizing as exception and not as the rule
- Quality and production management are standard and from a single source
- Pragmatic project plans are comprehensible and allow realistic planning
- Obligation to support uniform logging and communication standards
With the right partner and a clear idea of your goal, the ideas of Industry 4.0 can be implemented practically without time-consuming and expensive consulting projects and productivity and flexibility can be increased significantly.