A popular concept of production plants relying on innovative solutions is a smart factory that also takes the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” into account. Generally speaking, it is a factory that integrates both the physical and digital world and interacts with them. How to build it? What are its features?
How to build a smart factory?
Building a smart factory can mean something different for every company. However, in many cases it refers to a gradual change in selected areas such as:
- the role of employees and their skills,
- production hall equipment,
- IT systems and important data,
- various processes.
Smart factory – preparing a logistic project
A smart factory is proactive, which means that it takes action in advance in order to mitigate potential negative effects. This type of factory is also flexible in order to meet the expectations of many customers. For this purpose, it is worth considering the lowest cost of an order, fast lead time, or reducing the waiting time to the shortest possible period. Factory flexibility can also be evaluated at the logistic model preparation phase. Thanks to virtual reality created in Flexsim, you can check and analyse how all planned processes will look like. Simulations of logistic projects allow you to verify project assumptions quickly and accurately. We offer professional advice based on many years of experience in intralogistics. Our experts will prepare a logistic project for you, which will include simulation modelling and cover the operation of the entire plant or a selected area.
Complete automation and robotisation
A smart factory uses the latest solutions offered by technology. Automation and robotisation ensure an excellent optimisation of processes in the factory. A modern factory is made up of properly selected machines and industrial robots integrated with conveyor systems and supplemented by automated guided vehicles (AGVs). All processes in the factory are organised and complement each other. Here, transparency means creating a given history of goods, which ensures that information on machines and employee involvement can be obtained. It should also be noted that a smart factory is mainly characterised by high digitisation and smooth flow of information between production, planning, storage, and maintenance departments.
To sum up, it can be concluded that building a smart factory brings a number of benefits that help streamline the operation of the entire company. Contact our technical consultant and find out how to implement the concept of Industry 4.0 in your company.