The next industrial revolution is returning the “smart” in smart manufacturing back to human intelligence.
Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0
Industry 4.0 is the revolution of connectivity. A digital transformation that connects us through “smart” technologies like cyber-physical systems, the cloud, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things.
Similar to our current corona-economy, it has brought information together virtually, creating “chains” of information.
By linking production data with different intelligent devices, allowing systems to learn from each other. Production is optimized through the shared data by providing new methods to collect real-time data and create value.
As we look ahead to the next steps, we are looking for ways to find value through connected virtual and human experiences. Industry 5.0 is paving the way; bringing those experiences together to meet our needs.
What Is Industry 5.0?
Industry 5.0 is advancing the collaboration between humans and machines as a response to increased customization in products.
Once Industry 4.0 established the “intelligence” of machines to recognize and optimize repeatable processes, it unlocked a new opportunity for personalized production.
“Where Industry 4.0 put smart technology at the forefront of manufacturing, 5.0 will be increased collaboration between humans and smart systems. Marrying the two will merge the high-speed accuracy of industrial automation with the cognitive, critical thinking skills of humans,” explained Cab Atwell from machinedesign.com.
This new collaboration between man and machine allows for quality creativity. Production is able to meet the needs of consumers, providing a unique experience for each product. At the same time, a portion of the process will remain standardized.
Personalization of Production
Surpassing just personalized products, this new revolution is personalizing performance on the production line. Higher value jobs are being created as production responsibilities shift back to workers.
As Ben Rossi from raconteur.net put it, “The operative within the manufacturing cell starts to become more involved in the design process rather than the manufacturing process, which is more or less automated. It allows freedom of design to work with you and enables products that are more bespoke and personal.”
By returning trust into worker’s performance, they will be more engaged in their work and have higher morale. Workers seeing their performance contributing to a larger goal will help increase retention and create more interest in prospective employees.
Connections have grown exponentially over the last year. And while companies are still finding ways to incorporate digital connections, it is important to keep in mind that we are returning to “hands-on” experiences.
The way to stay “smart” is to start creating a balance between the two in your factory now.