System Integration and Industry 4.0
The world is currently experiencing a fourth iteration of the Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0, which merges computers and automation to enhance efficiency in the manufacturing industry and also includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (Iot) and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 takes into account all kinds of technologies and machines, from smartphones and tablets to cars, whitegoods, web-enabled televisions and more. It has laid the foundations for what is called ‘the Smart Factory’, where cyber-physical systems detect and learn physical processes. They then develop a virtual copy of the physical realm and make decentralised decisions that implement those processes. The Internet of Things is the platform on which cyber-physical systems work and interact with each other as well as with humans in real time. Ultimately, the purpose of Industry 4.0 is to improve production through connectivity and enhanced data flow, and this can best be achieved through System Integration.
What is System Integration?
System Integration is a process commonly implemented in the fields of engineering and information technology. It involves the combination of various computing systems and software packages in order to create a larger system, and this is what drives Industry 4.0 to work at its optimum. System Integration increases value to a system by creating new functionalities through the combination of sub-systems and software applications. Examples of System Integration include the automation of home appliances and electrical systems.
What Does Industry 4.0 Mean for Engineers?
The emergence of Industry 4.0 is quite significant for engineers. The merging of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) will require engineers to develop their automation skills so they have the capabilities to be able to design, set up and commission smart factories. In addition to expanding their skills in automation, they will need to develop their non-technical project management and business skills.
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