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Past vs modern industry company structure 

 April 22, 2020

By  SCADA World

Past vs modern industry company structure can be very exciting now. Let’s think about the structure of today’s companies. In the era of changes regarding IIOT4.0 we see a certain division into systems created very modernly and those that were created, e.g. 5 years ago. Here are the main features of both cases:

Company structure before Industry 4.0

  • Structure determined by hardware
  • Connection only between production levels
  • Products not integrated into process chain
  • Roles and features tied to hardware
  • Databases on demand (local or server rooms)
  • No real-time improvement
  • Weak possibilities to preventive maintenance
  • Company structure in Industry 4.0

  • Flexible machines and structure
  • Communications between all participants
  • Products are participants
  • Roles are distributed in the whole network
  • Big data and cloud computing
  • Products can communicate with each other – all-time product progress – real-time improvements (e.g. Tesla, BMW)
  • Preventive maintenance
  • ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning – generally, it is the entire enterprise management layer where only coarse data and statistics are needed. We know how many products were produced at what time, what was their cost, etc.

    MES – Manufacturing Execution Systems are computerized systems used in manufacturing, to track and document the transformation of raw materials to finished goods. The MES system is designed to transfer data from SCADA systems to ERP on an ongoing basis.

    SCADA – Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition

    HMI – Human Machine Interface

    PLC – Programmable Logic Controller

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