Industry 4.0 . . . 5 Signs of Smart Construction Manufacturing

15 May 2024Construction, Digital Transformation, Manufacturing, Offsiteconstruction manufacturing, Industrialized Construction, offsite construction, Onyx, smart manufacturing



Written in collaboration with Tania Dhami


Industry 4.0 is the latest wave of innovation in manufacturing, where digital technologies enable smarter and more efficient production. It involves the integration of intelligent digital technologies into manufacturing and industrial processes for more efficient responsiveness in a rapidly evolving technological landscape. Industry 4.0 encompasses a set of technologies that include industrial IoT (Internet of Things) networks, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, robotics, and automation.

Following are five signs of Industry 4.0 smart construction manufacturing:

1. “Smart” processes

The principles behind Industry 4.0 – interconnected systems, data transparency, automation, and sustainability – are transforming the entire supply chain. The spectrum of Industry 4.0 encompasses everything from smart factories and warehouses to smart logistics and delivery that incorporate AI capabilities. Improvements to the supply chain are critical to the construction industry because they address pain points restricting productivity in a time when market demands are intensifying for increased production.

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2. Industry evolution

  • Industry 1.0: Starting in the late 18th century in Britain, the first industrial revolution helped enable mass production by using water and steam power. Goods were built with machines rather than painstakingly produced by hand.
  • Industry 2.0 (technology): A century later, the second industrial revolution introduced assembly lines and the use of oil, gas and electric power. These new power sources, along with more advanced communications via telephone and telegraph, brought mass production and some degree of automation to manufacturing processes.
  • Industry 3.0 (digital): The third industrial revolution, which began in the middle of the 20th century, added computers and advanced telecommunications to manufacturing processes.
  • Industry 4.0: We are now in the fourth industrial revolution. Characterized by increasing automation and the use of smart machines and smart factories, data helps inform decisions for producing goods more efficiently and productively across the value chain.

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3. The rise of tools that enable Industry 4.0

Ideally, the tools that enable the fourth industrial revolution take advantage of global connectivity and data democratization. These are central to Industry 4.0. The primary aim is focused on the use of cloud-based solutions for product data management.

Additionally, every stakeholder, regardless of their location across the globe, should be able to tap into the manufacturing pulse through Industry 4.0 tools, facilitating a seamless, interconnected digital ecosystem. Connectedness has become a driving philosophy.

4. Enhanced global processes and workflows

  • Data sovereignty – The concept of data sovereignty in the cloud ensures robust data management protocols that empower global teams.
  • Worldwide adoption – The most useful tools mirror the international diversity of users and offer versatile, multi-lingual platforms.
  • Flexibility – Manufacturers can better meet customer demands using mass customization for efficiency.
  • Transparency – Collecting more data from the factory floor and combining it with other enterprise operations data improves information transparency and results in better decisions.
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5. Connecting design through construction

An example of a tool that enables Industry 4.0 is Strucsoft Onyx. Onyx serves as the connective tissue among many facets of manufacturing, from initial design to the final construction phase.

Onyx provides:

Cloud infrastructure: A robust and adaptive cloud environment that gives omnipresent data access, echoing the globalized nature of contemporary construction practices.

Precision: CNC-prepared outputs from intricate Revit models that extend the limits of file accessibility and manufacturing precision.

Custom capabilities: A CNC editor that boosts performance and lays the foundation for enhancing custom fabrication capabilities, supporting multi-functional CNC machines.

Advanced design: The generation of complex multi-wall assemblies, addressing advanced design demands and providing unmatched flexibility in panel production.

Materials logistics: Innovation in packaging and shipping prefabricated components through 3D-enabled stacking and bundling features, optimizing material logistics from factory floor to construction site.

In the wake of the fourth industrial revolution, Strucsoft Onyx has emerged as more than a product; it has become a pivotal enabling force for redefining global accessibility in the construction manufacturing industry. Onyx bridges the gaps among geographically dispersed production facilities and the intricate data they require, aligning with the ethos of Industry 4.0 and fostering a world where data and digital collaboration transcend physical boundaries.

Reach out today to learn how Onyx can streamline your construction processes and improve efficiency for smart manufacturing: Production Management Software.  



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