How Industry 4.0 is Transforming Sheet Metal Manufacturing

How Industry 4.0 is Transforming Sheet Metal Manufacturing

Sheet metal manufacturing is applying Industry 4.0 so that it can decrease manual work and increase productivity.

FREMONT, CA: Industry 4.0 is ruling in every sector, starting from conferences, tradeshows, to consumer media. The manufacturing industry is also entering the fourth industrial revolution. Today there is a sheet metal shop where the cart carrying metals have small puck devices that can communicate with the shop software. In the offices' employees can study 3D models that have been uploaded by the customers to a web-based quoting system. Most people can view the parts that require special attention, and the standard orders are followed with little human intervention.

The machines that have sensors and predictive maintenance technology have significantly less break down. Therefore, connecting the on-site sensors and software to the cloud-based data analytics have made predictive maintenance more intelligent. The industry 4.0-based solutions can maintain the minute details behind the operations like cutting, bending, and quoting reliably and productively. This factor can transform the overall business of metal sheet manufacturing that even consists of life at the small shop representing the most sheet metal manufacturing operations.

OEE and Machine Availability

Several shops gather data for the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and machine utilization calculations. In most cases, it is the first step towards Industry 4.0. This step is easy to apply even for the traditional equipment with a simple online-capable ammeter, which can evaluate the machine's status. Utilizing software to analyze these data offers operational transparency and provides a better view of the entire performance.

Manufacturing Execution Systems

Most of the time, the small shop owners are well organized as the managers and owners are too devoted to their business, and employees come up with a creative solution for any issues. But they also lack in resources, even if they want to difficult for them to find an accurate worker. The manufacturing execution system (MES) can push orders and programs with exact priority and quantity directly to the machine control. The system also decreases the function of the indirect work operators like confirming orders. With MES's help, the process manager can focus more on optimizing the factory in real-time as it will drive orders to the fully connected equipment and manage every indirect procedure.