New software study: Industry 4.0 gaining momentum
56 percent of companies surveyed already use Industry 4.0 software solutions
More than half of the manufacturing companies surveyed in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland already use connected software solutions. And even more of them, namely 66 percent, said they were planning to implement Industry 4.0 software solutions within the next 12 months. These findings are from a Bosch Software Innovations survey of 181 production managers at manufacturing companies, including some Bosch plants. Currently, Industry 4.0 software solutions are primarily used to monitor machine and production process data with the goal of improving important production KPIs.
Bosch believes in Industry 4.0
Overall, Bosch plants use Industry 4.0 software solutions far more frequently than the other manufacturing companies surveyed. 73 percent of Bosch plants have already deployed Industry 4.0 technologies. “This finding underlines the major emphasis that Bosch puts on the future of manufacturing, both as a leading provider and a leading user,” says Daniel Hug, Head of Vertical Manufacturing and Logistics at Bosch Software Innovations. “As well as developing solutions for connected manufacturing, we are also applying targeted solutions very successfully in our own plants. Thanks to our unique synthesis of production and IT expertise, we know exactly what the market wants and can implement applications that provide genuine benefits.”
Data monitoring for greater transparency
Among the companies already using Industry 4.0 software solutions, the most popular applications are those for monitoring production processes and data. These include the monitoring of machine data (72 percent), process and quality data (70 percent), and logistics processes (58 percent). A similar pattern was evident among companies that are planning to deploy Industry 4.0 software solutions. Predictive maintenance will play an even bigger role in the future at the companies surveyed, with 50 percent already planning to introduce Industry 4.0 software solutions in this field. “Predictive maintenance was one of the first application scenarios discussed regarding Industry 4.0,” says Hug. “It appears the time is now ripe for the first pilot applications.”