This week I learned that the German government has launched a program named Industry 4.0.
I’m used to see terms as “4.0” in the www, but no in other industries. Then I learned there is a clear definition of the different phases of the industry revolution. We are now in the 3.0 and navigating to the next one.
How? Well, I do not know the other countries, but Germany has a roadmap and four pillars to go on the next phase of the manufacturing revolution.
A very good document I have to read is this one.
The first three industrial revolutions came about as a result of:
- 1st revolution: mechanization,
- 2nd revolution: electricity,
- 3rd revolution: IT.
Now, the introduction of the Internet of Things and Services into the manufacturing environment is ushering in a fourth industrial revolution. In the future, businesses will establish global networks that incorporate their machinery, warehousing systems and production facilities in the shape of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).
Cyber-Physical Systems comprise smart machines, storage systems and production facilities capable of autonomously exchanging information, triggering actions and controlling each other independently.
The vision is to build smart factories that improve to the industrial processes
involved in manufacturing, engineering, material usage and supply chain and life cycle management.
Smart factories will promote:
- Individual customer requirements.
- Dynamic business and engineering processes: enable last-minute changes to production and deliver the ability to respond flexibly to disruptions and failures on behalf of suppliers, for example.
- Optimized decision-making process.
- Address resource and energy efficiency.
- Urban production.
- Demographic change.
The Industrie 4.0 Working Group believes that action is needed in the following eight key areas:
Standardization and reference architecture.
- Managing complex systems.
- A comprehensive broadband infrastructure for industry: Reliable, comprehensive and high-quality communication networks are a key requirement for Industrie 4.0. Broadband Internet infrastructure therefore needs to be expanded on a massive scale, both within Germany and between Germany and its partner countries
- Safety and security.
- Work organization and design: the role of employees will change significantly, implementation of a socio-technical approach to work organisation will offer workers the opportunity to enjoy greater responsibility and enhance their personal development.
- Training and continuing professional development.
- Regulatory framework: protection of corporate data, liability issues, handling of personal data and trade restrictions.
- Resource efficiency.
In the same way on IT we have capacity plans for data storage, server capacity and other forecasting processes, on the supply chain processes there is the RCCP.
RCCP verifies that you have sufficient capacity available to meet the capacity requirements for your master schedules. Typically there is an application that implement these processes.
Marketing/sales department and production department use this data to balance required and available capacity, and to negotiate changes to the master schedule and/or available capacity. Basically your rough cut capacity plans are a statement of the capacity required to meet your gross production requirements.
Good schema to remind the standard.
The 3 processes in IT governance that focus on adding value to the business and mitigating risks are:
- Resource management
- Performance management
- Compliance management
Enterprise architecture (business processes and technology) is an emergent and popular area that is increasing the importance on the government frameworks.
I have assisted during the last month to this workshop that was so much useful to learn about the purchase life-cycle and the way to focus the messages.
An useful place to look into documentation is here.
The main topic we have been working on is the elements to construct the sales message with respect the emotional level of the customer and the evolution of the deal.
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with regulatory and executive tasks in the field of civilian aviation safety.
Production Organization Approvals (POAs) are managed by EASA in accordance with Subpart G of Regulation (EC). The agency is responsible for:
The management of all applications from non EU countries (or from an EU country upon request of that country) for production organization approvals (POA).
- The issue of related certificates and their continued surveillance.
I have assisted to a web session named “Added-value IS modules”.
A tour across Aero-webb, that is a software suite for aircraft and equipment maintenance. The modules shown during the webinar have been:
- Master hub (MSN parts structure).
- Fleet management.
- Maintenance Forecaster & Optimizer (maintenance scheduling, simulations).
- Aircraft maintenance (Maintenance execution).
For me a very productive session to learn about how the end users are working and interacting with the systems. Yes, basic knowledge I need to acquire!
Aero-Webb is provided by 2MoRO, that provides solutions dedicated to Aviation industries. CIMPA and 2MoRO signed an important partnership agreement with CIMPA.
Clients want industry knowledgeable consultants who look and feel a part of the company.
There are companies that mainly focus their efforts in platform knowledge and process standardization. There are other brands that focus their efforts in industry specific applications and e2e delivery of processes.
It’s easy to figure out which companies have a clear differenciation.