Industry 4.0 Blog

Overall Productivity Increases by More Than 14% in a Cheese Factory

Since Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL) began using TileBoard, real-time monitoring on 5 production lines has increased the plant's overall productivity by 14% by increasing yield using the same amount of resources.

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Julie-Maude Arbour
Smart Factory

Working smarter with TileBoard

In the software world, we are often confronted with busy customers who lack resources and whose priorities are their day-to-day operations, and maintaining gains from older projects.

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Julie-Maude Arbour
Smart Factory

Skills in Demand by Innovative Manufacturers

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the workplace. And while it is creating a multitude of opportunities, it is also posing a number of challenges for innovative manufacturers, such as strategic-skills management.

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Myriam Laganière
Smart Factory

Top 10 qualities for a digital champion in smart factories

The 4th Industrial Revolution is profoundly changing our work environments. Automation, robotization, increasing use of data are just some of the ways workplaces are becoming more productive and employees, more responsive. New areas of employment are emerging and shaking up the labor market. And Industry 4.0 manufacturers need to find new ways to operate. Sound, skillful change management is critical if this transformation is to be successful. Whatever the goal, organizational change has to involve people, those individuals who make up the company. This blog post will outline several of the challenges faced by innovative manufacturers and will recommend workable solutions, including identifying a change champion.

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Myriam Laganière
Smart Factory

A Wood-Door Factory Increases Its Productivity by More Than 20%

Portes Baillargeon has been able to improve efficiency and decrease labor costs by substantially increasing availability.

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Julie-Maude Arbour
Smart Factory

The Corporate Funeral – Part Two

I thought it was behind me and that I would move on to write about companies jumping on board with technologies and dying if they don’t. It’s now been over 2 months and I have visited and talked to many different manufacturers.

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Richard Boisclair

OzPak digitises packaging operations to increase efficiency and productivity

Adelaide, 30th November 2017: OzPak has partnered with Ailytic and Worximity to manage and improve operational performance at its packaging facility in the Victoria, Australia. OzPak has implemented the Worximity Smart Factory suite comprising TileConnect sensors and TileBoard software on two wine bottling lines, giving real-time monitoring and control of metrics such as Availability, Performance, Downtime and Efficiency to assist management in driving efficiency and productivity gains.

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Julie-Maude Arbour
Smart Factory

7 Benefits Innovative Manufacturing Businesses Get from IIoT

For businesses in the manufacturing sector, IIoT has been a game changer. The new age of manufacturing that has been brought about by IIoT technologies has enabled manufacturing processes to become more efficient, interconnected, automated and customer-centric. In fact, in the US alone, total IIoT spend in the manufacturing industry totaled $178 billion in 2016 and will account for 15% of total IIoT purchases by 2020.

It is therefore clear that manufacturing businesses are utilizing industry 4.0 technologies to become more efficient and effective in their daily operations. Innovative manufacturers can stand to benefit greatly from IIoT. They can incorporate these technologies into their plants in an innovative manner and leverage their efficiencies in order to remain competitive.

There is a reason why so much spending has gone into these technologies and we will show you why. Here are 7 ways that innovative manufacturing through IIoT can be of benefit to manufacturing businesses.    

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Claude Archambault
Smart Factory

Industrial Revolution 4.0: 7 Things You Must Do to Get Onboard

The manufacturing industry has been continuously evolving. It all started with the invention of the steam engine in the 19th century, which led to the onset of mechanization. As time moved forward, so did the technologies that were used in manufacturing. This has ultimately led to the onset of the 4th industrial revolution, commonly referred to as industrial revolution 4.0.

This new era in manufacturing is marked by 4 key components: instrumentation, inter-connectivity, inclusivity, and machine intelligence. With industry 4.0, manufacturing plants are incorporating interconnected devices into their factories in order to collect, analyze and share data in real time. Also termed as IIoT, these technologies can be placed on individual machines to track performance and to monitor relevant KPIs.

As a manufacturer, it is important for you not to be left behind in this industrial revolution 4.0. To get onboard, you need to embrace new technologies and use them to increase the efficiency of your plant operations. This means promoting inter-connectivity of devices throughout the plant, collecting and sharing data in real time, and making decisions based on real-time visibility of the factory.

So what should you do to make sure you get onboard the 4th industrial revolution? Here are 7 key steps you must take.

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Gabriel Roy
Smart Factory

5 Tips to Simplify the Way You Are Collecting Data