Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution
Industry 4.0 is a concept that refers to radical changes to traditional industry in which technology and digitalisation play a pivotal role.David Pocero, Director of the Engineering and Innovation Department at Ferrovial Services Spain, said: "We are in the midst of a new industrial revolution — what we call Industry 4.0 — involving the convergence of a range of new technologies: data analysis, IoT, robotics, automation, virtual and augmented reality, and new communications."
Ferrovial Services has achieved numerous digitalisation milestones to enhance industrial processes with its clients, including Alestis, Iberia and Ford.
Enhancing industrial processes with Industry 4.0 solutions:
- Digitalisation of industrial assets: Broadspectrum and subsidiary ICD are using asset digitalisation to create digital twins of buildings, plants and assets. These accurate representations can be used to create asset databases, as-built plans and immersive 3D simulations, with the aim of correcting errors and improving processes. Watch the video.
- Technology for the logistics sector: Through its logistics subsidiary Maviva, Ferrovial Services has developed new solutions such as a robot adapted for windshield assembly, which provides excellent levels of productivity. The organisation also has a 3D laboratory to carry out controls in pursuit of the highest quality in parts. Watch the video.
- Automation in the aeronautical industry: The company's project with Alestis Aerospace is based on automating the production of carbon fibre parts for use in the Airbus A320 aircraft. This results in a semi-automation process that combines robotics and digitalisation with human workers. Watch the video.
- Energy management to reduce costs: At its Energy Control Centre, Ferrovial Services integrates telemetry systems installed in facilities, data storage in a proprietary database, and energy management software. This solution enables the company to manage more than 4,000 supply points and 2,500 telemetry devices in Spain, the US and Australia. Watch the video.