Are you prepared to succeed in the world of Industry 4.0? Value is drifting away from legacy commoditized products to the value within the data that those products generate. Productivity has also been looking for ways to go beyond the plateau reached using standard processes and legacy solutions in industrial manufacturing environments. To effectively optimize production through automation, organizations must look to leverage technology in new ways. Werner Electric offers a variety of digital solutions and services that will provide your organization with the tools needed to succeed in your digital transformation journey.
Simulation Software with Maplesoft
Maplesoft products provide modern, innovative solutions to meet today’s challenges, from exploring math concepts on a smartphone to reducing development risk in complex engineering design projects.
Proactive Maintenance with Fiix
Fiix software is a CMMS system that allows maintenance teams to better organize the way they plan, track and execute on maintenance. It allows maintenance teams to do their jobs wherever they are inside a facility.
Werner Electric and EPLAN
EPLAN is the global leader in electrical engineering software. EPLAN is one of the founding members of the Rockwell Automation Digital Partner Program, and the company recently partnered with Werner Electric to assist with customers' electrical design needs.
Emulate3D - Rockwell Automation
Emulate3D is Rockwell Automation's digital engineering platform. It is used to build models of machinery and then use those models to do simulations and analysis of the capabilities of the models.
System Design Software
Bring engineering and design elements into one standard framework that enables you to optimize productivity and reduce commissioning time.
Say goodbye to complex, expensive on-premise software. Fiix’s cloud-based CMMS connects your maintenance team to everything and everyone they need to effectively and efficiently manage maintenance on critical assets. Stop wasting time with spreadsheets, whiteboards and hard-to-use maintenance management software. Fiix’s CMMS software is here to put an end to your maintenance headaches and empower your team.
Emulate3D products are productive engineering tools for the design, layout, improvement and implementation of material handling systems. Automation system providers, integrators and consultants seek to develop more cost-effective and appealing solutions, demonstrate them to their clients, optimize their use and ensure their safe and robust operation. Emulate3D technology saves time and money in the production of high-quality presentations, in performing accurate operational analyses and in the creation of robust control systems. Whether they need emulation, simulation or demonstration capabilities, the virtual approach provides demonstrable advantages to achieving a good solution.
EPLAN software packages, for electrical controls design and consultant services, are tailored to provide efficiencies in electrical, fluid and automation projects. “Efficient engineering” is the focus of EPLAN solutions, which can streamline challenging engineering processes. EPLAN is for both small or large enterprises and enables customers to apply their expertise more efficiently. Machine builders, panel builders, system integrators and end user clients can all benefit from the use of EPLAN software.
EPLAN creates transparency in engineering processes and allows customers to work on engineering projects in an interdisciplinary manner. EPLAN provides insight into what is happening at all stages in a project. The EPLAN Platform always provides real-time information.
EPLAN provides software and service solutions in the fields of electrical, automation and mechatronic engineering, including the world’s leading design software solutions for machine and panel builders. EPLAN helps to streamline challenging engineering processes.
Standardized and customized interfaces to ERP and PLM/PDM systems ensure data consistency along the whole value chain. EPLAN provides boundless communication across all engineering disciplines.
EPLAN saves time, reduces errors, reduces scrap on backend builds and automates the creation of bills of material, wire lists, connection diagrams and many more typically labor-intensive reports.
Buzzwords are annoying. They’re phrases that don’t mean much to your day-to-day life. If you’re going to walk the walk when it comes to Industry 4.0, it’s important to understand what all these terms actually mean and why they matter. Click below to learn more about these buzzwords.
Big Data describes the huge amount of information we’re able to collect, analyze and use to find trends and associations in the way we live. Big Data is often characterized by the way data is used, its ability to determine cause and effect and its implications for decision-making. For example, analyzing the health records of thousands of people with the same diet might tell you that certain food makes people more prone to heart disease. With this knowledge, people can choose to stop eating this food to be healthier. The conclusions made from Big Data come from large sample sizes and are therefore more accurate and more valuable. When manufacturers are armed with insights from Big Data, they can identify the root causes of inefficiency and waste to reduce costs and streamline processes.
The Industrial IoT connects machines, data, and people. First, it takes a network of industrial devices, like sensors and maintenance software, and allows them to share information with each other. This provides a platform to track, collect, exchange, access and analyze large chunks of data more efficiently. The insights obtained from this data are then used to improve manufacturing procedures. Instead of collecting data from several sources separately and trying to connect the dots, IIoT does this for you. Imagine all the assets and software programs in your facility speaking to each other, sharing information and spitting out numbers that give you deeper insight into your operation. This is the power of IIoT.
Machine learning is teaching a computer to learn on its own by finding patterns in a large amount of data and making conclusions based on these patterns. It’s a quicker way to parse information and uncover new insights that can be used to improve processes. It’s like how Netflix learns from all the previous movies and tv shows you have watched and uses this knowledge to suggest more viewing material, or how doctors can introduce a computer program to a series of x-ray images and corresponding symptoms so they can find common patterns and better diagnose illness or injury. Don’t worry if you’re a little puzzled about the difference between AI and machine learning. Although the two are very similar, there are key differences. AI is a culmination of different technologies to help computers achieve a higher level of thinking and reasoning. Machine learning is one of these technologies with a singular program and a specific goal. In this way, AI is like a bridge and machine learning is one of its pillars. Another pillar might be the Internet of Things or Big Data. All these technologies come together to bridge the gap between what’s possible for humans and what’s possible for computers.
The definition of artificial intelligence is a moving target. More generally, AI is when a computer gains the ability to think and reason like a human and, in doing so, is capable of doing uniquely human tasks, such as speech recognition or decision-making. The way this definition translates to the real world is also constantly changing. A calculator was once considered AI, since math was something only the human brain could perform. Today, we have digital assistants, like Siri or Alexa, or generative design programs that solve complex engineering problems in manufacturing.
Article Accredited to:
Marc Cousineau, Senior Marketing Manager
Fiix Software, a Rockwell Automation Company
The future of maintenance: A practical guide to Industry 4.0. Accessed 25 March 2021.