Reshaping the business of building products
Industry 4.0 is the manufacturing movement that’s changing everything. Defined by unparalleled machine intelligence and connectivity, it introduces cyber-physical systems and IoT on the factory floor.
Our advanced manufacturing investments are driving rapid progress in this field.
Enabling greater efficiency, quality and sustainability
Industry 4.0 advances traditional manufacturing with the connectivity and computing power of the digital world. The benefits are transformative as smart automation plays a major role in increasing efficiency, quality and sustainability. We’re excited to bring the power of Industry 4.0 technologies and capabilities to you.
A lot goes into successfully bringing high-quality, reliable products to market. This includes simulation – the process of modeling a real phenomenon through a set of mathematical formulas or algorithms. Simulation and modeling tools enable you to virtually model a process in detail without having to spend the time, resources or capital to physically test that design in a real-world environment.
Automation and robotics
We increase quality and efficiency by applying our deep expertise in automation and robotics across our factories. This includes integrating smart technologies, wherever possible. On our factory floors, we take advantage of robotics to automate repetitive tasks, as well as those difficult for humans due to physical constraints. We also use robotics to ensure employee safety, such as ergonomics issues or the release of gas, chemicals or fumes.
We focus on getting real-time data where it needs to be – from a product level to scale across all factories and related customers. Everyone has the same level of data and the same experience. We then use this same extraction technique at additional levels, including our central enterprise data warehouses, our production lines and production machines. This contextual data layer integration provides us with the full genealogy of your product.
Real-time supply chain
We rely on leading-edge digital technology to act as our 24x7 distributed decision-making system. It integrates feeds from our customers’ supply chain, as well as what’s happening around the world – anything that could impact our industry from shortages and new tariffs to natural disasters and health scares. Our technology turns insights into actions to navigate any crisis. We reduce risk in real time, while improving supply chain efficiencies through increased visibility and velocity.
We optimize your designs via additive manufacturing for better functionality, product customization and parts and cost management. Making parts on demand, you reduce lead times and minimize excess inventory. We offer technical and application support at any stage of the product lifecycle. This includes feasibility studies to qualify technologies and determine what’s best. In each region, we provide a full suite of in-house industrial additive manufacturing technologies.
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