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Why Manufacturing Industry 4.0 Is Powered by Mobile

Mobile: The Secret to Industry 4.0 Success in ManufacturingWe’re well into the fourth industrial revolution and the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry. Called Industry 4.0, it's powered by advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality, IoT, and smart factories that drive the gathering of tremendous amounts of real-time data and big-data analytics.

At its core, Industry 4.0 is powered by mobile. Without mobile tech, Industry 4.0 would be impossible. 

Perhaps the most succinct explanation of the importance of mobile in Industry 4.0 comes from Samsung executive Josh Gibson, who in a blog post describes the important cloud technologies that are transforming manufacturing and concludes: “Forward-thinking manufacturing companies are using mobile devices as the platforms through which plant management and workers can easily connect and communicate with these cloud technologies — and at scale — to create an agile, responsive and truly collaborative environment.”

Anurag Lal, CEO and President of Infinite Convergence Solutions, concurs in his blog post “5 Ways Mobile is Driving the Next Wave of Technological Innovation.” Successful Industry 4.0 depends on how well business processes, IoT, and mobile work together:

Lal writes: “The key to staying competitive in this new era of innovation is the confluence of IoT and mobile. With IoT’s ability to combine data generation with connected devices, manufacturers can mine through more data than ever before. By combining that data generation with mobile’s ability to provide networks, mobile and IoT will enable increased visibility within the manufacturing market.”

5S Audit apps can reduce waste and increase efficiency, when used regularly..Veslabs, which provide solutions for Industry 4.0 and visibility into the supply chain offers a long list of the ways mobile apps are vital to transforming the manufacturing process in its blog post, “Mobile apps in Industry 4.0.” Among the ways are asset management, eliminating paper-based systems, better assigning the right number of employees and resources to specific tasks, collaboration, and actively measuring the productivity of employees.

One example is a 5S Lean Audit app that tracks workplace organization, with the goal of reducing waste and increasing efficiency. When conducted regularly, 5S audits result in continuous improvement -- reducing production costs while increasing productivity, safety, and employee satisfaction.  

The post offers this overall insight into how mobile apps can help digitally transform factories: “Industry 4.0 is characterized by decentralized intelligence. All parties can communicate with one another, with machines, machine with machine, or with higher-level processes… Industrial apps will play an essential role to ensure this type of communication. The reasons are clear: apps are easy to use, cost-effective, and available everywhere in a user-friendly format.”

 The Best Platform to Help Build Mobile Apps for Manufacturing Industry 4.0

To build mobile apps that achieve Industry 4.0, manufacturers must choose an app development platform with sophisticated data integration capabilities and room to grow.

Alpha TransForm is quality management software designed to help manufacturers digitally transform their quality control and quality assurance processes. Alpha TransForm allows manufacturing employees to craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. The company has a range of quality management solutions, including quality control and quality assurance.

Apps built with Alpha Transform can then tie into any corporate system of record to make the data available for use immediately, or to power workflow processes that initiate an emergency stop, take corrective action or trigger order replacement. You can build your own app or give one of our manufacturing apps a try: for example, our 5S Lean Audit app, our Gemba Walk App or our Non-Conformance Report Template.


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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.