Innovative information and communication systems allow digitization of value creation chains from start to finish. Using of s-net® technology in production combines wireless communication, localization, and sensoring with application logic and know-how of processes on a single platform.
The term “Industry 4.0” refers to the fourth Industrial Revolution – a new stage in organizing and controlling the entire value creation chain across the life cycle of a product (development, manufacturing, use, maintenance, and recycling). The vision of Industry 4.0 is that tomorrow’s production will be completely networked, flexible, energy efficient, and scalable. Data will be generated in real time, integrated into products and processes, and networked along the value creation chain. The aim is universally digitized value creation by means of such measures as increasingly digitized production in which all steps of production are linked together digitally.
Cyber-physical systems (CPS)
Implementing the vision of Industry 4.0 in the value creation chains in question requires cyber-physical systems (CPS). In a cyber-physical system, IT and software components are combined with mechanical ones to make the entire production cycle easy to see and monitor. This is where the localization, networking, and identification technologies from Fraunhofer IIS come in. Intelligent objects operating within the framework of CPS can thus detect their application and environmental situation and, together with users, interactively affect the situation. They can also control their behavior with regard to the situation in question.
Internet of Things (IoT)
The long term aim of allowing smart objects to communicate with one another completely automatically is, ultimately, what the Internet of Things is all about. Here, smart objects are connected to the Internet so that they can communicate and act autonomously.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
The “Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT),” on the other hand, represents the industrial concept of an “IoT” and is intended to improve business effectiveness. With intelligent industrial systems and more flexible production techniques, the “IIoT” can be implemented in the manufacturing sector as well as in agriculture, healthcare or even distribution and logistics companies. The companies can generate more growth and improve their competitiveness, thus securing their own future.