10 Advantages of Industry 4.0

In previous MESbook blog articles we have talked about what Industry 4.0 is and how it is impacting today in the main companies of the sector worldwide. 

This is a hot topic that is arousing a lot of interest among investors, producers and end customers alike. In order to delve a little deeper into this breakthrough, we are going to discuss some of the main advantages of Industry 4.0, as well as some of the disadvantages of its implementation.

Read on to find out more about them!


What are the advantages of Industry 4.0?

Although it is difficult to simplify the advantages of Industry 4.0 in the business landscape, we can conclude that the following are the 10 most important blocks among all the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution that we can obtain and that in turn are broken down into more aspects to take into account:

  1. Process optimization: thanks to its implementation, we will be able to control at all times what happens in the industrial processes and apply possible corrections.
  2. Data analysis: with tools such as MESbook we will have at our disposal all the information in real time of our processes.
  3. Traceability: we know at all times where bottlenecks or possible failures in the execution of tasks occur.
  4. Automation: we will be able to set up automatic systems for the most dangerous and delicate tasks.
  5. Quality control: this will make it easier for us to comply with the standards we have established for the final results.
  6. Cost analysis: we will have absolute control of costs in each of the activities of our industry.
  7. Sustainability: reduces energy consumption by optimizing process performance and costs.
  8. Improved decision making: with all the information provided by tools such as MESbook, our decisions will be more focused and, therefore, more accurate. Undoubtedly, a great advantage of Industry 4.0.
  9. Personnel management: it allows us to assess the functions of our team and the points in which they perform better or worse.HR software adapted to Industry 4.0 in HR is here to stay.
  10.  Connectivity: promotes the connection between the virtual and real environment and even between different plants to work in the same direction more efficiently.
Now that you know its advantages, we encourage you to read about the applications of Industry 4.0 in another of our articles.

Disadvantages of Industry 4.0

But beyond the great benefits of Industry 4.0, it is necessary to take into account some parameters that may limit or hinder its application in some way.

In reality, it is this aspect, the pure execution, and not so much the consequences. It must be taken into account that there is a significant lack of personnel prepared to make the most of this type of innovation and that it will require training the bulk of the current workforce. Therefore, Mesbook starts the digital transformation project by managing the change, training the teams and ensuring the correct use of the tool.

In addition, it should not be forgotten that one of the pros of Industry 4.0 is the process automation and that, for better or worse, means that some of the industry's personnel will see their activity reduced. Another way of looking at it is that the workforce will dedicate its activities to providing value and will reduce administrative tasks, and new tasks may be given to these workers.

Finally, another disadvantage of Industry 4.0, like any innovative technology, is that we are talking about a world that is constantly changing and that, therefore, it will be necessary to keep abreast of new applications and improvements. However, digital transformation in SMEs and large companies is here to stay. 

The future of Industry 4.0 in factories

There is no doubt that Industry 4.0 is here to stay and many companies are already using software such as MESbook to implement it. But what is the future of factories in this regard?

We are talking about what for many is already the fourth industrial revolution, which is already representing a major leap in quality for all companies that are getting on board this new way of understanding the sector.

There is confidence that the way forward for factories in the medium term lies precisely in following this trend, in which automated processes and the union between machine and man will further enhance current performance.

This, undoubtedly, has to go hand in hand with the development of a conscience and work ethic that allows linking both aspects, in addition to, of course, training specialists to develop it to its maximum expression.

Be that as it may, the truth is that we are facing a magnificent opportunity to anticipate a process of change that will be mandatory in the coming years. You already know that at MESbook we are experts in this type of tools and we will be happy to give you a hand to help you achieve it.

Contact us and we will show you all that our software can offer to your business and you will see first hand the benefits of Industry 4.0.

Marta Cejudo

Product Manager at MESbook

Marta Cejudo

Industrial organization engineer with 4 years of experience in real-time factory management as KAM.

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