Strategies are encouraged in the country, aimed to deploy industry 4.0 to face new challenges


Industry 4.0 is integrated into organizations with advanced technologies for process of production, robotics, digitalization, data management, analytics, internet of things and the own artificial intelligence.


The industrial sector is increasingly demanding an acceleration growth rhythm, higher quality, less production time and accessible costs.  Traditional companies are in risk of disappearing if they do not use the advantages of this new Industrial Revolution in competitiveness matters.


Before this scenario was held the II Industry 4.0 Congress, held by the German – Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CAMEXA, by its Spanish initials) together with the German Embassy in Mexico, aiming to provide accurate information to businessmen and the way of implementing those new technologies on SMEs and big companies.


Edmund Duckwitz, president of CAMEXA, explained that the concept Industry 4.0 was born in Germany 2011 alluding an economic and government policy based on strategies and high technology characterized by automation, processes digitalization and the use of electronic technologies and manufacturing information.


“Nowadays is a very important subject around the world and its implementation is fundamental to assure competitiveness in a country worldwide.  Changes in Fourth Industrial Revolution impact and will affect all business life and environmental field, and modify structures and operations of private companies, institutions, federal entities, as well as cultural change in new generations,” said Duckwitz.


He underlined that to achieve this cultural change digital gap must be fought, implement new technologies and create cooperation by promoting experiences exchange, knowledge and tools.


Meanwhile, Peter Tempel, German ambassador in Mexico, emphasized that Mexico, in public sector as well as in private, has taken great interest in industry 4.0 and has proven that industry digitalization in the country continues being considered a priority. 


“Outlook here is more mixed that in Germany.  One of the main challenges is personnel continuous training, Germany and Mexico are working since 2015 on implementing the dual formation model on medium higher level,” he referred.


Five years ago, Germany began addressing this issue, Industry 4.0 platform was born there which includes more than 300 actors and 500 organizations aimed to attract the most important actors in the Industry.


COOPERATION IN INDUSTRY 4.0


In Hannover Messe 2018, Mexico was guest of honor and an understanding memorandum was celebrated on industry 4.0 cooperation which anticipates alliances in cybersecurity, SMEs support, among others.  Currently next steps are being planned to continue this agreement.


Leonardo Alvarez, general director of Innovation, Services and Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economy (SE, by its Spanish initials) said that contribution and participation of the German business community has been valuable in Mexico in terms of investment and technology, as today the Fourth Industrial Revolution is presented as an opportunity to transform society and economy.  For this collaboration is needed of all agents immersed on the industrial ecosystem.


He held that this new trend brings great changes, data, information and technology adoption, are the main engines of productivity, competitiveness and growth.


“I4.0 permeates our lives every day, new business models appear based on internet of things, smart phones and data analysis.  To incorporate new technologies we must be clear of the path we will be following,” he noted.


TRANSITION IN MEXICO


He added that Mexico’s transition into Industry 4.0 settles higher challenges; among them is academy participation, Industry and Government working together, workforce preparation with skills required by this new model, and channel specific solutions for each region of the country according to their productive vocations.”


The Ministry of Economy encourages strategies routed to Industry 4.0 deployment in Mexico to face new challenges, as well as transition of companies to digitalization.


Together with this, Gerardo Perez, expert in digitalization from Siemens Mexico, said that in the country, Industry average is beginning to move from electrified mechanisms to smart connectors, and that the big challenge of this trend is speed of new technology and new business models.


“Industry 4.0 concept will change according to the branch of the sector, but in general there are nine isolated technologies.  The first one is big data, cloud, cybersecurity, advanced robotics, augmented reality, additive manufacturing and simulation,” he added.


Manufacturing is key of Industry 4.0, integration of technology in processes, commercialization facility, market speed, flexibility and security.


Through Automotive Cluster in Estado de Mexico, the company Monarch lectured a conference about industry 4.0, since today companies are seeking an infrastructure to help reducing operative costs, as well as allowing connectivity in the entire company to increase productivity.


In Industry 4.0 is provided a technological wellbeing status, where systems communicate among them converging on a connected, automatic and very smart ecosystem, capable of making decisions on its own or apprise human capital on how to interact with it.


Julio Lara, executive director of Monarch, together with its team, revealed the competitive advantages of having a connected system in manufacturing plants for higher productivity and efficiency.


Likewise, Elisa Crespo, president of CLAUTEDOMEX, said that it is necessary to strength knowledge and concepts that allow obtaining better understanding on trends and evolution of platforms where digitalization is present.


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