Category: Industry 4.0

Smart Factory
Industry 4.0 Innovation Manufacturing Engineering Risk Management Strategy Technology

The Smart Factory: what risks and what challenges?

What will be the risks and challenges in implementing a Smart Factory, a structure capable of adapting autonomously to market needs, to the production volumes variations and to the mass personalization? The technological evolution within our production systems, also known as Industry 4.0, will lead to a new way of producing goods, more automated and…

efficiency of the production system
Industry 4.0 Lean 4.0 Manufacturing Engineering Manufacturing technologies Technology

Efficiency of the production system: how to measure it?

One of the metrics, also called Key Process Indicators (KPI), which are often used to calculate production efficiency is the so-called OEE, an acronym for Overall Equipment Effectiveness. This metric has now become an industrial standard and therefore widely spread in the factories and implemented in the various MES. However, this metric is mostly used…

Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems
Industry 4.0

Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems: how to enable flexibility

Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMS) are attractive options to handle mass personalization, as the system can be continuously reconfigured in accordance with the demanded volumes and products, although the development of Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems is a particularly challenging task compared to the development of a traditional manufacturing system. Indeed, mass personalization can be considered one of…

industry 4.0 and gear manufacturing
Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Engineering

Industry 4.0 and gear manufacturing

How to apply the principles and technologies of Industry 4.0 to gear manufacturing? Traditionally, gears are produced by using well-established processes in the field of machining, special processes – including heat treatments – and inspection methods. Following, some production limits related to the gear manufacturing are presented and how new technologies can lead to more…

benefits form 3d printing
Additive Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Innovation Manufacturing Engineering Strategy Technology

How to get benefits from 3D Printing in a production site?

If you are an industrial engineer or you work in a factory, you may have wondered: How to get benefits from 3D Printing in a production site? Although 3D Printing has been formerly invented in 1982 and it is considered a well-established technology, yet it is still not very used at its full potential. In…