We’re well into the next industrial revolution, the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry, called Industry 4.0. The revolution is powered by IoT, smart factories, the gathering of tremendous amounts of data, and big-data analytics, among other technologies.
At its core, though, 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 then concludes: “Forward-thinking manufacturing companies are using mobile devices as the platforms through which plant management and workers can access these cloud technologies with ease — and at scale — to create an agile, responsive and truly collaborative environment.”
Anurag Lal, CEO and President of Infinite Convergence Solutions, concurs and says in his blog post “5 Ways Mobile is Driving the Next Wave of Technological Innovation,” that vital to Industry 4.0 is how well IoT and mobile work together: “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.”
Veslabs, which provide solutions for Industry 4.0, visibility into the supply chain, and more, offers a long list of the ways mobile apps are vital to transforming manufacturing 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.
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 Manufacturing Build Mobile Apps for 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 built to help manufacturers digitally transform their businesses. 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 resulting apps 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. Try Alpha TransForm for yourself. You can build your own app or give one of our manufacturing apps a try: for example, our Gemba Walk App or our Non-Conformance Reporting App.