Industry 4.0 Case Study

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Comprehensive note on Industry 4.0 (CODE: EN493502)

By: Nirmalya Mukherjee (5328) & Subhadip Narayan Mazumder (7474)

1.0 Introduction:

Around the world, traditional manufacturing industry is in the throes of a digital transformation that is accelerated by very fast growing technologies (e.g. smart sensors, robotics, additive manufacturing, communication etc.). The pace of these new technology-driven changes are generally following ’Moore’s law’ (Moore's Law is a computing term which originated around 1970 by Intel co-founder Gordon Moore; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years). It is imperative for the companies to embrace these new technological
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An Industry 4.0 working group was established by the German federal government. Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) define Industry 4.0 as:

“INDUSTRIE 4.0 connects embedded system production technologies and smart production processes to pave the way to a new technological age which will radically transform industry and production value chains and business models.”

In general, the term Industry 4.0 refers to the combination of several major innovations in digital technology. These technologies include sophisticated sensors, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, Big data & data analytics etc. and the embedding of all these elements in an interoperable global value chain.

These technological innovations are still in early stages of development. But it is already transforming manufacturing. Companies that have already adopted Industry 4.0 concept in their manufacturing set up, are beginning to collect data by tracking from the individual components to the
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• Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), which takes a more cross-domain approach to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT).

Both groups developed reference architectures to help streamline standardization and adoption of corresponding standard. While similar in some respects, they also differ on many points.

i) Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA)

Founding and contributing members of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) include Bosch, EMC2, General Electric, Huawei, Intel, IBM, SAP, Schneider Electric and over 150 other companies. It primarily focuses on developing standard reference architecture to address the overall enterprise.

Industrial Internet Reference Architecture (IIRA) was first published in 2015 and is a standard-based architectural template and methodology that IIoT system architects can use to design their own systems, based on a common framework and concepts. It addresses the intelligence and connectivity of the sensors,

actuators and other devices deployed in a variety of applications, including smart manufacturing, smart grid, smart transportation and many

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