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Advancing Industry 4.0

Maximise asset performance, minimise asset costs

Much has been written and presented on the topic of Industry 4.0. Fuelled by technology such as AI and Edge computing, new opportunities started to exist for discrete and process industries introducing new business models and productivity potentials.

Data is at the base of these new innovations but, besides the adoption of data driven manufacturing and maintenance strategies by organisations, more is needed. needs to work together on simplifying the adoption of these new technologies and creating a common framework that producers can use.

As an asset owner, be it in discrete or process industry, you do not have just one single supplier for the apparatus that supports your manufacturing processes, but a of suppliers. Becoming fully data driven is an integration nightmare and may block Industry 4.0 initiatives.

To address this challenge the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance was formed. The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance aims to congregate leading industry partners to drive the digitization of the factory, plant and warehouse domains. Ultimately, OI4 creates an ecosystem by linking Information Technology with Operational Technology, while bridging the divide between operators and manufacturers/OEMs.

Today the members pragmatically build demonstration systems integrating sensors/equipment to PLCS/Edge, cloud and manufacturing cloud systems, while in parallel easing the integration of the data and system silos that are present in many companies. As a result of this work integration specifications are published and supported by the 70+ members.

Keep an eye out at the Hannover Messe Digital (#HM21) for more exciting news on the integration breaking initiatives the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance is working on!