Connectivity, cybersecurity, and Industry 4.0 were in the focus of an event on shopfloor connectivity, organised by Atos and EIT Manufacturing Central. These hot topics drew more than 50 participants to the Atos Business Technology & Innovation Centre in Munich.
Technology experts and partners of the Atos and EIT Manufacturing networks learned how to implement shopfloor connectivity securely and successfully from exciting keynotes and use case presentations. As the focus was not only on transferring knowledge but also on connecting experts, start-ups, consultants and clients, the networking opportunities after the event were made good use of.
What is shopfloor connectivity and why is it so relevant for manufacturing?
Shopfloor connectivity is the connection between assets like production plants and machines, which are provided with sensors to capture information. These sensor dates enable functions like machine learning, safety mechanisms in real time, digital twins, efficiency control and resource savings. All these functions build the foundation for a smart factory – a self-organising production environment in the sense of Industry 4.0.
However, reality is different, as there are inefficiencies in plants in all manufacturing companies. But efficient processes are particularly important nowadays, as not only the prices for electricity and gas are higher than ever before. Also, raw materials, auxiliary materials and operating materials as well as downtimes cause high costs.
This offers a huge potential: With the data captured in the machines, companies can analyse their production based on resulting insights and optimise their processes. Automated and in real time at its best, to react fast.
From fiddling 4.0 to industry 4.0
After a short welcome and introduction by Matthias Böhmer from Atos and Klaus Beetz from EIT Manufacturing, Johann Hofmann (https://www.johannhofmann.info/) from Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen introduced his „5 laws of nature of digitalisation“. With humorous statements like „instead of Industry 4.0 we have got more of fiddling 4.0“ he illustrated the five nature laws in an entertaining way. By following those guidelines every company can set the foundation for digitisation. Moreover, he offered a guide towards helping themselves.
Johann Hofmann presented the 5 natural laws of digitisation.
Johann’s key message: There is no future for corporates without digitalisation. For this reason, he has developed a 35-steps-plan, which enables companies to successfully step out of the analogue world right into digital spheres.