The pandemic of the new corona virus has been a major challenge for businesses. The need for rapid change because of force-force major reasons has stoouded the need for acceleration of industry 4.0. In this challenge, as in other similar occasions, science is looking for answers and quick solutions. Thus, there are several teams seeking a solution to the current problem, certainly joining efforts of science and technology to mitigate the impacts as a whole. And Industry 4.0 is a concept that can be applied to deal with the current situation in various segments of our market. Even before the pandemic, Industry 4.0 was already undergoing a promising advance. But we need to reshape Industry 4.0 in times of pandemic. Historically, every great change is preceded by events that cause a huge social and economic rupture. With that in mind, we developed this content to explain how industry 4.0 is a partner in tackling Covid-19!
Role of Industry 4.0 during the pandemic
In a survey presented by SENAI and FIESP in 2018, we were able to conclude that around 90% of companies that industry 4.0 can increase productivity and is an opportunity. 30% of companies already invest in industry 4.0 and 25% are planning their implementation. As in previous crises, major transformations have been consolidated in companies, the current pandemic has equal potential for a historical transformation in the productive system. The combination of physical and virtual production infrastructure is one of the characteristics of Industry 4.0. In this way, the time has come to combine the technological infrastructure with the IT and engineering forces of the companies, thus ensuring the continuity of activities. In other words, the use of cyber-physical systems can help in the daily lives of industries. After all, with the isolation measures imposed by the pandemic, companies had to adapt and adapt their production processes. In a moment, the 4.0 industry is indeed accelerating and this is entirely remarkable when exploring the current landscape of its technologies.
How Industry 4.0 Can Help In Covid-19 Times
Undeniably, the crisis caused by the corona virus marks the whole world, however, promotes an acceleration in the fourth industrial revolution. After all, new times, new challenges, new solutions. Industries that have not yet begun, or are in the early stages of transitioning to Industry 4.0, will face more difficulties. Today we see Industry 4.0 as a strong ally of companies during the pandemic. Through IoT (Internet of Things),it is possible to combine the technology infrastructure and production processes and ensure a remote performance of the teams. With AI (Artificial Intelligence), in turn, it creates, develops and implements mechanisms that perform a series of processes, without the need for human intervention. With Big Data you can capture, store and manage a large amount of data and information. In this way it is possible to promote a better analysis of information. Through 3D printers and several other automated machines, Industry 4.0 has provided the production of millions of PPE for the use of the population. Humanity's way of life tends to evolve in situations like the one currently faced, is our ability to adapt to survive by speaking louder. And industry 4.0 has been instrumental in keeping the world very busy during the period of social distancing.
Industry 4.0 helping to address the effects of COVID-19
Mitigating supply chain unpredictability, connectivity, and accessto data has become more important than ever. As well as the ability to have complete visibility throughout the manufacturing process. Industry 4.0 enables the correct use ofdata, ensuring greater predictability for companies and the possibility of making strategic decisions. In this way, the delivery of real-time data to the right person at the right time is one of the advantages of Industry 4.0. Thus, Industry 4.0 allows dynamic and proactive decisions in real time to the changes imposed by the current crisis. Today, we can understand that the better the automation and quality of the data we receive, the better the decisions for the success of the business.
Areas that will undergo major changes: Industry 4.0 and COVID
In the midst of crises, it is possible to reinvent ourselves, which makes us find new ways to live life and continue with our activities. And with the pandemic of the new coronavirus will be no different, new trends become clear, and some areas already indicate major changes such as:
Education, health and remote work
A reality experienced previously only by a few companies, usually in the technology sector, now gains an unprecedented scale. Because of the pandemic, we realize that it is not essential that we are all in the same place. Meetings, business trips, classes, job presentations have turned into a virtual conversation. The use of telemedicine has been accelerated due to the current moment and has changed the way we are accustomed to treating our health. We have become more effective, and with this, we generate more time for other activities that were previously not possible.
Food and drink
A rapid change in consumer behavior requires a flexible and agile production system. A system that has the ability to respond immediately to the new demands of the food and beverage industry. Thus, the operation with smart factories already registers a production equal to or greater than prepandemic periods.
We have a world forecast connected in its entirety for 2022, no longer being mere entertainment and becoming an essentiality and tool for business success. We are in The Age of Industry 4.0, where everything is connected and practically a click away. Investment in connectivity has become a differential for the business. It is connectivity that allows work, study and even access to health services remotely.
With the pandemic outage, several countries in Europe are experiencing a fall in atmospheric emissions. In addition it is already possible to contemplate the beauty of crystal clear waters in Venice. On the Brazilian coast, the visit of sea turtles has become a new attraction. In short, the world will never be the same after COVID-19 in many respects. The pandemic has brought positive impacts to technology, becoming a great ally in the development of society. In conclusion, digital transformation is already present in the production model of many industries, however, from now on, it becomes a strategic and decisive factor and not just an optional resource. And is your company ready for the new normal? Talk to our experts and understand how Industry 4.0 is a partner in tackling Covid-19.