The Offroad industry is facing many challenges with assembly processes. There is a low degree of flexibility and potentially costly human errors, while the expansion of technological advances and agricultural mechanization in existing and new markets continues to evolve. An increasingly digital and connected assembly process will vastly benefit manufacturers – and reduce their costs.
Industry 4.0 represents the new industrial revolution where the Internet of Things (IoT) and the resulting big data flow converge with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in order to make predictions and avoid errors in production. Add opportunities derived from augmented reality (AR) and additive manufacturing (AM), and the potential is remarkable, with lower costs, higher efficiency and fewer human errors in the process.
No need for worry; the entire process doesn’t need to be fully automated using robotics to produce vast amounts of data to be analyzed and turned into business opportunities. Smart connected tools are a first step towards moving into a data-driven assembly process.
The digital potential is huge.
A lot of companies already collect data, but there are still doubts about what to do with this data. By using proper analytical software tools, a plant manager can know within seconds if an operation is below the desired standards. From the data, we can engage in proper training activities as well as providing the end-customer with detailed statistics regarding tightening quality in their assembly process.
This is how Atlas Copco pictures the smart manufacturing concept. Maintenance will be performed at the right time, in a reliable way and with an easy configuration for each application. This will help our customers increase uptime, handle new product introductions easily and reduce defects, among other benefits.