Winfactory 4.0 may sound as the fourth revision of the renown Piovan’s Winfactory supervisory software – instead it is a brand new application for plant wide supervision ready for Industrie 4.0, the group of protocols and technologies being implemented that constitutes the core of the fourth industrial revolution: digital manufacturing.
Industrie 4.0 has been initiated as a strategic German government project for the technological evolution and optimisation of industrial processes. Aimed at implementing a detailed system that allows for maximum production efficiency, the best use of energy and the highest possible goods customisation even in a mass production context, Industrie 4.0 encompasses the four basic principles of the Smart Factory:
- Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS): guaranteed interoperability via a global network created by businesses that include machinery, logistics, structures and operators that are interconnected and continuously dialogue through the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of People (IoP).
- Integration of data to the context: using information systems able to aggregate the raw data received directly from the machines during the production process in the full context, the more timely needs can be fulfilled.
- Digital Interconnection during the entire process: from the end user to the manufacturer and vice versa, the process engineering allows for the customisation of the product through the system that independently collects the information needed to perform the required task.
- Decentralisation of decisions: components and connection integrations allow the CPS to perform their tasks autonomously notwithstanding exceptions, interferences or continent needs.
The integration between production, distribution and information structures of the manufacturing industry is the key Smart Factory concept. Piovan has implemented this with the evolution of its process control and management software based on the Industrie 4.0 guidelines, developing WInfactory 4.0 well ahead of schedule (2020) to allow for connections between the various parts of the technological ecosystem.
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