Mexican companies are increasingly integrating smart machines in their production processes. Systems, machines, workers and processes are interconnected, this opens the path for new business models.
Since the invention of the steam machine which started with the first Industrial Revolution to the current cyber-physical interconnection of systems that generated the Industry 4.0, companies have experienced changes seeking to be more efficient and competitive.
Mexico Industry interviewed international experts leaders in that matter and advisors for specialized companies that started with the trend since it emerged in Germany.
Manuel Gutierrez Novelo, inventor of the Blue Ray 3D and of Virtual Reality, member of the Industrial Cluster 4.0, said that Industrial Revolution 4.0 is strong in the states of Jalisco and Nuevo Leon, but it is still not so visible and it is a process that has to go slowly to evolve.
“Industry 4.0 is taking a very important boom in Jalisco and in Monterrey definitely, I think Jalisco is ahead, many things have been done to be prepared on industry 4.0, in the industrial part, Government supports, digital transformation, Chamber of Commerce, Endeavor, we have a series of organizations that are taking concrete actions preparing Jalisco in this transformation, what I see with good eyes, it is a process, it will take time, tomorrow we will not be ready yet, we all have to participate in this change, said the entrepreneur from Jalisco.
Gutierrez Novelo considers important to train employees in technological areas, there should not be fear of workforce disappearing, but that they will join the automation by programing and generating solutions.
“We have an specific approach, in disruptive technologies within the Industrial Cluster 4.0, we are talking about virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotics, nanotechnology and biotechnology those are our main interest areas because we believe that with all those tools many things can be done, which will in fact place technology at human beings service,” he said.
To join this Industry 4.0 movement, Gutierrez Novelo recommends approaching the Industrial Cluster 4.0.
“I recommend you to join the Industrial Cluster, the website is www.industrial-cluster.com there you can contact us and we will be pleased to help you transform digitally, be ready and begin adopting different techniques and technological innovation processes, leave us the innovation part and focus on your product and service,” he noted.
THE FOUR PILLARS OF INDUSTRY 4.0
In order for companies be efficient in their resources and achieve entering the ecosystem of the fourth transformation they need that the four pillars of the Industry 4.0: Internet of things, cyber-physical systems, fulfilling culture and Manufacture 4.0.
TATA Consultancy Services has three important centers focused on innovation and digital transformation, software development and support and cloud security.
Keiichi Harasaki, coordinator of business 4.0 and industrial solutions of TATA Consultancy Services, detailed the importance of incorporating the pillars for companies not dying obsolete.
“We have many opportunities, even TATA wants to bring the concept of 4.0, use the pillars that are encouraging the 4th Industrial Revolution and to extend in the world of business, use the cloud, take advantage of artificial intelligence, make more agile working days, automatize, these are the four pillars we are bringing for our customers and even in Mexico we had the opportunity of implementing some concepts, we are still at the beginning, using IoT (Internet of Things,) whereabouts, augmented reality to decrease training time for example and optimize the assembly processes,” said the senior manager.
“We started by bringing the concepts and make the integration between Information Technologies and Operation Technologies, for machines from industrial plants can connect to cyber-physical systems, and thus make that account though the Internet of Things, we make this integration work and introduce predictive analysis, predictive maintenance and support our customers in migrating in pro cloud, that is the initial stage we have with our customers.”
INDUSTRY 4.0 FOR SMEs
Industrial Revolution is for everyone, regardless the size of the company or the profits they generate, at least this is how Anoop Balachandran considers it, business manager of Robert Bosch Mexico and specialist in Industry 4.0.
Balachandran gives two options for industrials willing to join the movement, both accessible and economic, additionally supported by one of the companies that started the Revolution in Europe.
“For small and medium companies, Bosch brings two programs to Mexico, one complemented with the Government, low cost advisory for SMEs, in order for all companies work together, and with this program they can determine which path to take, the other option is an applications platform with solutions for small and medium companies, not much have to be spend in order to start as Industry 4.0.”
OUTLOOK FOR MEXICO AND INDUSTRY 4.0 IN 2020
Experts coincided in that within two years Mexico will consolidate as an example of emerging economies and its development will be promising, growing Industry 4.0 in the country.
Anoop Balanchandran, Bosch expert, anticipates the nation as power, but to achieve these different sectors must be supported: public, private and academic.
“Mexico’s perspective for 2020 is very good, they have great potential, the challenge lays in infrastructure investment, Government support is required, from the industry, universities, etc., because if the correct technology is implemented, you will unite the people for them to be the support of technology, and it is necessary to inculcate students be involved this way,” said the engineer from India.
Meanwhile Manuel Gutierrez Novelo, at the moment NASA advisor and of the United States army, returned to Mexico to encourage inventors and entrepreneurs, with the objective of not having more talent leaks and his vision for Mexico in a short term is positive.
“We think that in the year 2020, we have to make clear that Mexico is capable of demonstrate worldwide that we are capable of developing and adapt by ourselves these disruptive technologies, at par and at the same speed that other countries from the first world,” he ended.