What is Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 is the 4th industrial revolution. To give a little history, industries used steam to make the machine work which increased production and reduced cost in the industrial revolution. The next phase of the revolution was the mass production with implementing electricity and assembly lines. The third revolution introduced automation and computers. We are now here in the fourth revolution through digitizing and networking where we can connect the digital world with the physical world.With hassle free wireless networking you educate the machine. Earlier the intelligence lied with the humans and machines just helped with the physical work, but now we can educate the machine and the products itself, also get a virtual image. Using Internet of Things (IOT) you can connect all the physical machines with software, networks and censors and they would exchange data with each other making human life and production much more simpler.How many hours have you spent to hire a mechanic because your machine stopped working and the mechanic failed to understand what went wrong with the machine? With Industry 4.0, the machine will tell you what part has been failed and what has to be replaced. With artificial intelligence, it also tells you which spare parts need to be fixed.Why Transform to Industry 4.0?The Cyber Physical systems enable your product to communicate with your machine. Your product will instruct the machine as to the quantity and the type of product that needs to be produced, and the machine is then produces and labels the products. After detecting the product, you can never go wrong with packaging, also your quality check has been performed by the machine while packaging itself.Industry 4.0 allows you to have a flexible manufacturing process that will better react to customer demands. This new manufacturing technology reduces your cost of production, cost of wastage, reduces errors, increases efficiency due to usage of robotics, yields higher revenue, improves customer service and increases innovation. It also allows you to create a virtual image of the real world using 3D printers and help you test your product and know your contingencies beforehand which would allow you to change the process in order to avoid the contingency before you even start your production.You don’t need to manually check your stock. You can add a censor to your forklift and your products, and while stacking up your goods, you get the data of the quality, description, weights and dimension as well as the location of the product. This would immensely reduce errors and damages.Feed your machines, knowledge of automated systems with this new manufacturing trend and let them communicate with each other while you see your profits rise up high and costs go low.
Although it is perhaps not one of the better known ‘tools of the trade’, it may come as a surprise to many people, how wide the use of the industrial air compressor is in a wide variety of industries.From the health sector to mining, industrial air compressors are playing an increasingly important role in industry. Whilst this may surprise some, there are a good many reasons why this is the case.Compressed air is easy to store and is usually contained in large tanks, taking up little room in a factory or yard. Compressed air can be especially useful, and important, in an environment that is potentially hazardous; a good example of this is in the mining industry, where the use of electrical machinery could ignite explosive gases, causing injury or even loss of life. As they expel only pure compressed air, there are no toxic fumes or other chemicals to be concerned about either, which is one of the more obvious appeals to the health sector.Before buying an industrial air compressor, it is important to consider your actual needs, as buying too large a compressor can be an expensive move. There are a wide variety of sizes to choose from so you should select the one most appropriate to your industry, bearing in mind the amount of usage it will get.We have covered a few examples above, of industries in which compressed air may be used, but in general terms only. Below are a few examples of actual uses of compressed air which will help to emphasise the important role it has to play in many different types of industry.ConstructionCompressed air is used for many on site demolition tools and also for compacting concrete. It is also often used to convey bricks and stones from factories.MiningIndustrial air compressors are used to power drilling machinery such as industrial sized hammers and chisels. It is also used in the mining ventilation system, an obviously important aspect of the industry.AgricultureCompressed air is often used to transport food and grain to the silos, in which it is stored, and also provides ventilation in industrial glasshouses.Health IndustryMany of us will be familiar with the sound of the dentist’s drill; a good example of its use in the dentistry trade. It is also used in hospitals for the extraction of anaesthetic gases and also respiration systems.Traffic IndustryMost of us will probably be aware of the role that compressed air plays in heavy goods vehicle brakes, but it is also widely used in signal systems and rail barriers too.
India has always been affluent with almost all types of natural resources, however its true potential has been identified only recently with the growth of industrialization. The recent rapid growth of steel industry in India ascertains this fact.Press Information Bureau recently has published its report on global steel industry. The organization has acknowledged the contribution of India in global steel industry. It has been ranked at the second from top for crude steel production, and fourth from top for steel production throughout the world. This huge growth in the production of steel in India has been attributed to the huge demand from local and international market. As developments are taking place all over India this time, the demand of steel is much higher than ever this time. As the country is passing through a developing phase, it is expected that there will be huge demand of steel in almost every sector including infrastructure, transportation, construction, housing, and others.The steel production in India was initiated sometime in 1950, with the first manufacturing plant established in “Rourkela”, in the state of “Orissa”. This was a joint venture between Indian government and two German measures “Demag AG” and “Fried Krupp”. This very plant is known as Steel Authority of India (SAIL) today. Its production capacity had grown to 2 million tonnes per year. SAIL is a reputed brand in Indian steel industry today. Two other plants established near around same horizon are in “Bhilai”, and “Durgapur”. Entire steel industry in India was being ruled solely by Indian government till 1990. It was limited to national borders till this time. It was in the last decade of the century when economic policies were liberalized to entertain private players in Industry. This revolutionized the entire potential of steel industry in India and technology was introduced to meet global parameters. This is only last 10-15 years time which has put India ahead among top players of steel industry globally.There have emerged some very reputed names in this industry from India which are shining globally such as “SAIL”, “TATA Steel”, “RINL”, “ESSAR”, “ISPAT” and “JVSL”. The measure public enterprise SAIL has experienced tremendous growth in recent years with its production capacity reaching to the high level of 30 million tonnes approximately. This semi-government enterprise has registered profit more than some giant global international players such as “Nippon”, “ArcelorMittal”, “Bao Steel” and “Posco”.National Steel Policy has predicted the steel production capacity of India to reach 110 million tonnes by the year 2020. If the current consumption rate continues, India is sure to acquire top position in steel production globally. Steel sector therefore is contributing greatly to the economic development, and employment creation in India with brighter future prospects.Steel manufactures in India are very excited with the current performance of industry and their future prospects. Huge investment proposals from global players are lined up to start production facilities in several parts of the country. This has only been possible because of high quality of ores and final product too.