In search of breakthroughs in Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Systems
Industry 4.0 has been considered as the fourth industrial revolution. If it is a revolution, it mandates novel breakthroughs. This talk takes another dimension in addition to Automation Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AIR dimension), which are considered as powerful weapons for this revolution. This dimension focuses on three novel breakthroughs to enable this revolution to come true. The first breakthrough is “Finite element cyber-physical digitization.” A factory is decomposed into finite elements (physical twins) of man, machine and material for most cost-effective creation of corresponding digital twins through industrial wearables. Physical and digital twins, called cyber-physical holons, and their interactions and interoperability are captured through cyber-physical visibility and traceability. This breakthrough significantly innovates a method for systematically digitizing Industry 4.0 factories.