In 2019, we’re well entrenched in what has become the fourth industrial revolution, better known as Industry 4.0 (or i4.0). This industrial age is very much focused on the use of internet and digital technology as a means of improving systems automation and adopting the use of cloud computing as the primary form of digital storage.
There are numerous facets to Industry 4.0, including predictive maintenance, which describes a machine’s ability to evaluate the present performance capacity of an operational machine and determine whether urgent maintenance is imminent or not necessary for a while. One of the key processes that came from the development of predictive maintenance is self diagnosis, using self diagnostic devices that would not have been created without the emergence of i4.0. These devices offer a wealth of benefits that are worth exploring.
Taking a Look at the Benefits
The use of self diagnostic devices in an Industry 4.0 powered work environment offers a wealth of benefits that can have flow-on effects into other areas. The advantages of using self diagnostic equipment in your industrial machinery set-up include:
- Reduction of maintenance costs should unforeseen repairs need to take place
- Increased productivity due largely to the ability of the device to pick up on any potential issues before they become major problems.
- Decreased risk of workplace injury, as any self diagnostic devices connected to specific machinery will be able to alert the user/operator
If you’d like to discuss the importance of self diagnostic devices in this Industry 4.0 world, contact HYDAC today.