Challenges of industry 4.0

4.0In order to make the most of the new possibilities offered by big data, cloud farming, 3D printing, machine learning and augmented reality, and to turn them into a new way of doing business that is more profitable, scalable and competitive maintenance is a key factor in Industry 4.0. This is one of the main conclusions drawn at the first meeting of the Committee of Experts of the MIC-Maintenance Innovation Conference, which took place at the end of January.

The challenge of innovating in a complex context of digitalisation of industrial processes, which many people call the “fourth industrial revolution”, will be one of the main topics in the conference’s programme. A tentative programme including contents and speakers for the conference has already been planned. Furthermore, the MIC-Maintenance Innovation Conference will take place at the same time as BIEMH, the Machine-Tool International Exhibition. The programme for the first day includes sessions such as “Global Vision of Industry 4.0 and Maintenance”, “ISO 55000: Optimal Management of Assets and Life Cycle Analyses”, “Reliability. Inspection with Robots. Life Cycle”, “Predictive Maintenance” and “Big Data: Advanced Analysis and Fleet Management”, as well as a Technological Solutions block in which practical experience and success stories will be presented.

The topic of the second day is “Challenges and Trends in Maintenance of Machine-Tool and Capital Goods”, and it will focus on the relationship between the Technical Support Services (TSS) and users. There will be talks on “Monitoring Machine-Tool” and “Maintenance Service: TSS & Industry 4.0.” amongst other topics, and there will be a panel discussion with leading manufacturers and users. On 3 June there will also be a space to present practical experiences and success stories in terms of implementation of new technological solutions.

The direct knowledge of the members of the Committee of Experts regarding real technical and strategic needs of maintenance professionals has been essential in order to carry out this work. The members of the Committee include the Director of the Smart Information Systems Unit at IK4 TEKNIKER, the Project Manager in Instrumentation and Smart Systems at TECNALIA, the Head of Maintenance and Industrial Services at INDUSTRIA DE TURBO PROPULSORES – ITP, the General Manager of SISTEPLANT, the Head of Maintenance at PETRONOR, the Operations and Maintenance Director at EDP NATURGAS ENERGÍA and the Head of Maintenance at BAHÍA DE BIZKAIA ELECTRICIDAD.

There will also be an exhibition area at MIC- Maintenance Innovation Conference, which will be a place for information, to discover first hand all about the latest products and services, and for brand promotion. Networking will also be encouraged during lunch and at the gala dinner, which will be attended by the most influential people in the sector from Spain and abroad. The event, therefore, will be a unique place to foster relationships between sectors, as it will be taking place at the same time as the Machine-Tool Biennial, which is the largest industrial exhibition in Spain.

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