This month was a busy one for us here at In Mind Cloud, with our participation in SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2018, the SAP Global Partner Summit, the 18th Die & Mould 2018, Automatica 2018, and the 10th APEC SMETC 2018.
Our team spent a lot of time all over the world discussing the future of manufacturing Industry 4.0 and our manufacturing sales solutions, but that doesn’t mean we’ve missed out on some promising news about Industry 4.0.
Here are the news from June that you should know in July:
Additive Manufacturing Takes Over Liverpool
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is one of the most exciting innovations in our current Industry 4.0 scene, and additive manufacturers are proving their dedication by opening factories (and stores, if you read last month’s news) all over the world.
In Widnes, an English town near Liverpool, LPW Technology, a high-quality metal powder manufacturer, is banking on the future of the additive manufacturing industry with the launch of a brand new £20m facility. It will be “the first metal powder production facility in the world dedicated to Additive Manufacturing”, as per The Manufacturer.
With support from Halton Borough Council and the UK government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), the factory will atomise feedstock into fine grade metal power, as well as house “world leading material testing equipment” that can characterise metal powers and 3D printers.
Model Factories To Be Launched In Turkey
Speaking of initiatives that have government support, 10 model factories will be launched in 10 Turkish cities, from Ankara to Istanbul, İzmir and Bursa. These model factories, the first which was established with support from the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology, aim to encourage the digital transformation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Industry 4.0.
A road map was created with the input of public and private sector representatives, and the model factories will “improve the shortcomings regarding efficiency in factories and businesses, will provide a great advantage to SMEs”, as per The Daily Sabah.
The model factories are a public-industry-university partnership, and they will offer applied training for participants, who will learn how to make a plant more efficient through a series of tests that include topics such as lean manufacturing, energy efficiency, and more.
Mercedes-Benz Creates 1,000 New Jobs
If it wasn’t clear in our previous blog post on Manufacturing Sales Automation that Industry 4.0 and Automation won’t take over jobs, Mercedes-Benz is here to back us up. An official topping-out ceremony was recently held for a brand new high-tech engine plant in Jawor, Poland, which will employ over 1,000 people, 500 more than initial announced.
Since the factory will be producing “four cylinder Diesel and Petrol engines for hybrid as well as conventional vehicles and will supply plants of Mercedes-Benz Cars around the globe”, as per Automotive World, 500 additional jobs were create to cope with the projected high demand. Different engine variants will be able to produced at this factory alongside the corresponding crankcases thanks to highly flexible lines, allowing a quick turnaround time when there’s a higher market demand.
The CO2-neutral plant, a first for the company, will take 100 percent of its electricity from renewable engines, but that doesn’t mean that it will skimp on what they need. With 600 sensors recording (and displaying) energy consumption in real time, and future plans to include Augmented reality and Big Data analytics, the high-tech factory aims to start production by the end of 2019.
Atlas Solves The Cyber-Security Puzzle
Cyber-security is an ongoing issue that has caught the attention of manufacturers, especially those that have higher security requirements. Atlas Tool Works, a specialised machining and precision sheet metal fabrication manufacturer, has managed to crack the code by asking for help from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), which directed it to the NIST Cybersecurity Self-Assessment Handbook.
Both Atlas and IMEC worked together to break down their cyber-security needs, which were especially complex due to their position as part of the U.S Department of Defence supply chain. For Atlas, there was a need for them to comply to the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum security standards, which could be ambiguous, causing confusion.
Atlas had to deal with data management and protection, so they had to look at “network setup, policies and procedures, IT system requirements, workforce rules and training”, as per Industry Week. Examples of implementation included passcode protections, tracking, and stricter email encryption.
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