The Industrial 4.0 Concept
Industrial 4.0 or the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ – not to be confused with the evolution of new industrial technology – combines industrial-related technology, sales and product experience to establish flexible, efficient and ergonomic intelligent plants, which are based on the integration of intelligent sensor control systems and the IoT (Internet of Things). Industrial 4.0 enables organizations to create an intelligent industrial world with perceptual consciousness, leveraging Big Data which directly generates product solutions for customers (demand customization); timely and accurate production or relocation of existing resources with consideration for conditions such as weather conditions, public transportation and market research data in its calculations ultimately reduces unnecessary costs and eliminates waste.
As a leading company in steel wire transformation and coating technologies, Bekaert established the first Joint Venture plant in China in 1992. They introduced global production standards, modern technology and equipment into the Chinese market and were one of the first Belgian companies invested in China. Bekaert’s leadership in China’s manufacturing industry earned them a huge share of the market plus global recognition for advancing Industrial 4.0 practices. They have already started to upgrade plants realizing benefits from the intelligent control of production processes; optimization of resource allocation and improved production efficiency. Jiangyin Bekaert Alloy Material plant, which produces new alloy materials for semiconductor radio technologies, became the first plant to trial this concept in the China Bekaert Group.
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