Measurement 4.0 - How measurement technology contributes to a new era of digital manufacturing.
Technological progress shapes the new production lines of the so called smart manufacturing or industry 4.0 era. With IT and automation already well known and settled as part of modern production facilities, these basic principles are raised to a new level of both possibilities and challenges by the drivers of industry 4.0. Connectivity, advanced robotics and big data are among these drivers that not only set manufacturing itself in motion but also challenge the closely related quality assurance and measurement technology.
The challenge includes the harmonization of requirements that at a first glance seem to contradict each other: Driven even closer to the production line measurement technology has to satisfy both an increased need for flexibility and mobility as well as the necessity for a closer integration into processes and existing infrastructure. A growing demand for automation includes machine learning and autonomy on the one hand as well as the necessity for human robot collaboration on the other hand.
The growing complexity of automation, measurements, inspection and documentation has to be simplified for end users in the form of intuitive operations and fast comprehensible visualizations and decisions.