As US manufacturers continue to experience a workforce skills gap and labor shortage, companies have begun to look for programs and methods, including remote support, monitoring, and maintenance programs, to save time, money, energy, material, and human resources, and improve quality.

What was once a system enhancement and offering for the customer’s internal use, and Industry 4.0 implementation is a means to leverage technology to satisfy these needs.

AGR’s Director of Technology Development, Dr. Brian Romano, shares these topics as well as how i4.0 supports LEAN manufacturing at the NE LEAN Conference.

What is i4.0? [00:02:51]

9 Pillars of i4.0 [00:07:06]

AGR Uses 7 Pillars [00:10:08]

Links to LEAN–Sharing the Same Objective [00:10:34]

AGR Enables Machines for i4.0 [00:13:20]

What OEMs Are Seeing [00:15:10]

Why and What Is Missing in Industry? [00:17:00]

What Is Needed to Make Transition to i4.0? [00:17:50]

IIoT Integration Considerations (Expose Data>Collect>Apply>Analyze) [00:22:00]

Leveraging AR and AI [00:35:50]

Components of An i4.0 Support Program [00:40:20]

Questions from the Audience [00:40:45]

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