Industry 4.0 (I4.0) is a new trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It creates a connected eco-system for manufacturing, integrating computing, networking and physical processes.
On the production floor, each machine, robot, component, and the final product itself has a digital model, connected through data that is shared on cloud. This allows for real time monitoring, control and optimisation. With demand coming from global and regional markets, Singapore manufacturers expanding overseas should embrace this transformation to stay relevant.
Enterprise Singapore helps your enterprise work towards I4.0 in your global expansion process. We work with you to identify market demand and technology sources that your business can co-partner for overseas operations.
Enterprise Singapore is also looking at forming consortiums between solution providers, pooling together your offerings to provide clients with an outlet that can address their issues.
An assembly factory of the future may look like this:
The transformation does not end on the production floor, but involves the entire process. For example, product design and engineering could go entirely digital with the help of advanced simulations, allowing teams in different geographical locations to collaborate and co-share resources. Spare parts can be ordered automatically and delivered with improved just-in-time logistics. Even the product itself can communicate with the manufacturer after being delivered to the clients, who could monitor the operating status and predict maintenance requirements. Such data could also be used to optimise designs of future models.
The manufacturing industry is impacted in two ways:
I4.0 is essential for manufacturers competing in international markets. Many companies have only implemented a limited level of automation. This is due to reasons such as rising cost, a lack of trained manpower for overseas operations, competition from lower cost countries, and higher requirements in turnaround speed and flexibility from global customers.
By moving towards I4.0, your enterprise can:
Beyond precision engineering manufacturers, I4.0 is also relevant for other forms of manufacturing such as textile, food, semiconductor, and electronics as your business competes in global markets.
To help manufacturers take the first step on their transformation journey, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) developed the world’s first Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI) and its accompanying Assessment Matrix to help manufacturers start their transformation journey. SIRI comprises a suite of frameworks and tools to help manufacturers – regardless of size and industry – start, scale, and sustain their manufacturing transformation journeys.
The ESG-NAMIC Open Grant Call for Parts Analysis and Design for Additive Manufacturing is an initiative to support local companies in evaluating and adopting additive manufacturing technologies for their business. The initiative focuses on part identification and analysis supported by NAMIC Tech Hubs, as well as feasibility assessments on areas such as prototyping, testing and certification, lead time and cost analysis, identification of gaps, and training.
The Centre of Innovation for Electronics & Internet of Things (COI-EIoT) supports local enterprises with developing capabilities in product innovation by harnessing new-generation systems and technologies such as Internet of Things, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and analytics.
The centre of innovation also facilitates partnership networking activities to encourage innovation sharing and collaboration, assists in manpower training, and facilitates funding access.
As you embark on your I4.0 journey, your business can consider adopting standards to optimise efficiency, quality & assurance, as well as speed & flexibility.
Standards can support you in the adoption of I4.0 technology. Some examples include:
Aligned with the Smart Industry Readiness Index (SIRI), the Standards for Industry 4.0 tool is a guide on key standards, use cases, training courses and more to support you in adopting I4.0 solutions in your business.
Find out more here.