The megatrends for the fourth Industrial Revolution are virtualisation and networking. For the successful implementation of the requirements of Industry 4.0, new roles will need to be introduced in many areas of the company. Perhaps the best example here is the “paperless factory”, which is a goal many companies are now aiming for. While cost effectiveness and environmental aspects both have major parts to play, security and plant maintenance also present another key argument for the transition to a “smart factory”.
The strategy for a successful solution
An efficient and streamlined data structure can be implemented with a Quality Management System that is fully integrated into production. In this way, data can be stored and managed centrally on a server. All of the data and information relevant to manufacturing can be accessed by any member of the production team, while the server-based solution ensures that this data is always up-to-date. The sheer size of data networks and the numbers of computers connected to them is making centralised IT infrastructure increasingly desirable. The new zero client solution from CRE Rösler Electronic GmbH is an excellent choice for exploiting the potential of the smart factory.