Industry 4.0 and Industrial visit to ABB Smart Factory

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NHRD Bangalore Chapter had organised a program on Industry 4.0 with an Industrial visit to the ABB Smart Factory at Nelamangala in Bangalore on the 17th Feb 2023.  The Factory HR Head, Ajay MS was kind enough to arrange this program.

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After a Safety briefing they explained to the participants about Industry 4.0 and also took us around the shopfloor to demonstrate how Industry 4.0 actually works on the shop floor.

They shared about the following

Internet of Things (IoT): The IoT involves connecting devices, sensors, and machines to the internet and collecting data from them in real-time. This data can be used to optimize manufacturing processes, identify inefficiencies, and make more informed decisions.

Artificial Intelligence (AI): AI involves building intelligent machines that can learn, reason, and perceive their environment. AI-powered systems can analyze vast amounts of data to identify patterns, make predictions, and even make decisions.

Machine Learning (ML): ML involves building algorithms that can learn from data and improve over time. This technology is critical in enabling machines to make decisions based on data.

Big Data Analytics: Big data analytics involves processing and analyzing massive amounts of data to identify trends, patterns, and insights. This technology can help identify inefficiencies in the manufacturing process and make data-driven decisions.

They explained the benefits of Industry 4.0

Predictive Maintenance: Predictive maintenance is a process where machines and devices are monitored in real-time to detect potential problems before they occur. With the help of IoT sensors and AI, manufacturers can predict when a machine is likely to fail and take proactive measures to fix it. This approach reduces downtime, improves productivity, and saves costs.

Collaborative Robots: Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, are designed to work alongside humans to improve manufacturing processes. These robots can perform repetitive or dangerous tasks, freeing up workers to focus on more complex tasks that require human creativity and problem-solving skills..

Smart Inventory Management: With the help of IoT sensors and big data analytics, manufacturers can optimize inventory management and reduce waste. By tracking inventory levels in real-time and analyzing customer demand, companies can ensure that they have the right amount of inventory on hand, reducing the need for costly overstocking.

Augmented Reality: Augmented reality (AR) involves overlaying digital information onto the physical world. In the manufacturing industry, AR can be used to provide workers with real-time information and instructions, reducing the risk of errors and improving efficiency.

Their Country HR Head, Raman Kumar Singh, briefed the participants on HR supported & enabled to team at the Smart Factory in their journey towards Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is an exciting new paradigm that is transforming the manufacturing industry. By leveraging advanced technologies such as the IoT, AI, and ML, manufacturers can optimize their processes, reduce costs, and improve productivity. We were fortunate to learn about these technological revolutions as well as see them in practice.

As this revolution continues to gain momentum, we can expect to see even more innovative solutions emerge, creating a more connected, efficient, and sustainable manufacturing ecosystem.

Thanks to Raman Kumar Singh, CHRO of ABB India, Ajay M S, HRBP of SMART Factory & his team for a very immersive program and their kind hospitality. We would also like to thank our Sponsors ISBR Business School for making the necessary transport arrangements and also providing snacks on board. And finally thanks to all the participants for having attended this memorable program.

Team NHRD Bangalore ChapterNHRD Bangalore

Republished with permission and originally published at Ramesh Ranjan’s LinkedIn

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