A major topic that is now increasingly grabbing the attention of SMEs is digitalisation and Industry 4.0. "Once again here the focus is on reducing costs, increasing efficiency and optimising processes," says Reinhard Bösl, Director for System & Industries at SICK AG, based in Waldkirch. "SMEs expect solutions that are tailored to them, that offer a clear benefit, that have low maintenance requirements and that guarantee secure exchange of data."
Visitors will get lots of new ideas and be able to marvel at technological innovations at CeMAT. SICK will be presenting its entire portfolio of sensor technology specifically for intralogistics with regard to Industry 4.0 in Hanover.
"The focus is on the area of data networking and data collection, so reliable identification and processing of data. Our sensors record and communicate data, but real added value only arises if the recorded data can be utilised as a decision-making basis for improvements."
After all, particularly in logistics, where several million packages are moved through facilities each day, companies really do have to deal with "big data". This data holds great potential – as well as a great challenge: to use sensor intelligence to process data in such a way that the right decisions can be made. This applies to both big companies and SMEs.
"Industry 4.0 concerns not only machinery and systems, but also software," adds Oliver Wolf, Head of the Software Engineering Department at Fraunhofer IML in Dortmund. "It’s now all about creating IT-based networking of the widest range of data sources in order to exploit the added value that Industry 4.0 can offer."
SMEs require secure standards in order to be able to reliably implement Industry 4.0 in their value creation chain. To this end, Fraunhofer is currently developing the necessary tools and standards as part of Industrial Data Space.