The Role of Industry 4.0 in Defense Manufacturing

The Role of Industry 4.0 in Defense Manufacturing

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, May 12, 2022

The defense industry benefits greatly from the use of emerging technologies in the manufacturing of autonomous systems, robotics, and various other solutions for land, sea, air, and space environments.

FREMONT, CA: Industry 4.0 has a major contribution to accelerating and delivering results. It improves the product's quality and provides the necessary ruggedization, whether from harsh temperature or weather conditions. As a result, implementing Industry 4.0 technologies will enable manufacturing industries to consistently and effectively meet all of their KPIs.

Company leaders are looking ahead to the results of their massive investment in digital adoption as it evolves from experimenting with new technologies to powering the defense sector. The use of digital technologies in the defense sector, like in other manufacturing industries, improves operations and increases revenue. These are the two main factors influencing the ROI.

With these technological advancements, the defense industry faces several challenges, including maintaining a large order book and servicing companies as quickly as possible. This means that they must speed up all deliveries, including faster aircraft assembly, maintenance quality, and after-sales service.

These opportunities can be captured using emerging technologies such as robotics, automation, AR/VR, and simulation to expedite the entire aircraft manufacturing process. Post-production, we use technologies based primarily on the cloud and big analytics to scan all logs, complaints, suggestions, and requests received from aircraft users and quickly categorize and address them. The digital twin is another technology widely used by manufacturers to accurately predict the current state and future state of physical assets by analyzing their digital counterparts. It collects Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data from deployed assets and then asset performance across the fleet based on operational data collected over many periods to optimize the performance and reliability of the assets. Prescriptive analytics uses this data to provide value through condition-based maintenance, availability, and safety adjustments.

Industry 4.0 technologies have aided the sector in making existing products smarter with connectivity and sensors and making the best use of advanced manufacturing.

In the world of Industry 4.0, defense manufacturers may face a critical decision directly related to business success and reap potential benefits such as increased profits, efficiency, security, and satisfaction. However, these characteristics cannot be obtained without the assistance of a software facilitator who assists defense manufacturers in developing and implementing a Defense 4.0 strategy.

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