Industry 4.0 is presented as a new era in which applied technology will allow the industrial sector to make a very significant qualitative leap. The combination of key factors such as the digitization of processes, IoT (Internet of Things) or Big Data leads us to speak of a new revolution. In addition to the opportunities it offers, this new scenario also presents challenges, such as connectivity in remote work. In this regard, the use of virtual or digital assistance systems capable of responding to these new challenges is noteworthy.
The complexity of some industrial processes made it unthinkable a few years ago that a problem could be diagnosed remotely and solved without the need for travel.
Technological advances now allow qualified technical personnel to remotely guide operators step by step through complex operations. This is possible thanks to the use of digital assistants which however must have some fundamental characteristics to be really effective.
Emerging technologies and Industry 4.0
This new context is usually presented as the fourth industrial revolution. Technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR), or in combination, Extended Reality (XR), as well as artificial intelligence (AI) offer infinite applications in the development of Industry 4.0.
According to Deloitte, organizations must identify the technologies that best meet their needs in order to invest in them. In this regard, it warns that if companies do not understand the changes and opportunities brought about by Industry 4.0, they risk losing market share. In addition, They underline that the digital integration of information from different sources and locations makes it possible to conduct business in a continuous cycle.
Skylife Engineering’s digital assistant
Skylife Engineering has put its experience of more than 10 years in high-tech development in the aerospace sector at the service of Industry 4.0.
The digitalization area of the company, located in Seville’s Cartuja Science and Technology Park, has developed leading-edge technology digital assistants based on augmented reality, IoT, artificial intelligence, computer vision, cloud services and automation.
By using augmented reality, for example, staff receiving virtual or remote assistance can perform the operation while having a positive experience in their relationship with the technology. This can have an impact on increasing productivity and achieving optimal results according to the objectives set.
Technical staff receiving advice through digital tools immersively experience a reality with layers of extra information that will help them make the most appropriate decisions in each case.
What advantages do digital assistants offer in Industry 4.0?
The digital assistance developed by the Andalusian company Skylife Engineering allows the following advantages, among others, to be obtained:
- Guaranteed greater work efficiency
- Establishment of standards
- Improved worker safety
- Increasing the quality of operations
- Automatization of processes
- Data registering with guaranteed security
- Assistance without the need to travel
- Facilitate step-by-step understanding of technically complex operations or processes
- Ensure an immersive experience for making decisions based on reality
- Avoid sustained interruptions in the development of industrial activity by providing instant assistance, without the need to wait for specialized technical personnel to arrive