How Significant is Cloud Computing in Industry 4.0?

By Ranggi R.

Published on May 12, 2023

Welcome to Industry 4.0. Through smart technologies, the digital industry has risen.

This is the time for automation and monitoring to be revolutionized. This is when everyone can work productively with machines.

The question is “What kind of technology can fully automate and assist human tasks?”

Industry 4.0 Supportive Technologies

Industry 4.0 cannot be implemented as it is now if it is not built on a sophisticated technology foundation.

There are nine pillars and we list them below:

1) Big Data AI analytics

The combination of structured data, unstructured data, and semi-structured data that contains large volumes play a vital role in IIoT. To analyze, artificial intelligence (AI) powers analytics, which is eventually applied to the data. It is beneficial, especially in supply chain management.

2) Horizontal and vertical integration

Horizontal and vertical integration fills the void in their own style. Horizontal integration has an impact on the field, while vertical integration has an impact on the organization.

3) Augmented reality (AR)

Being the core concept of Industry 4.0 proves to everyone that AR cannot be taken for granted. Every employee is now equipped with more sophisticated technologies and devices, such as smart glasses. 

4) Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Powered by the IIoT, everything related to the supply chain is more advanced. Because of it, we are familiar with smart warehousing, logistics, and even manufacturing. Of course, it is such an innovative move to involve digital technologies more.

5) 3D printing

It’s used differently now, obviously in a good way. With the help of virtual inventory, products can be saved as design files. This shows that 3D printing is about more than just making prototypes.

6) Autonomous robots

Robots come to the rescue! They have arrived now to perform tasks that are difficult for some people.

7) Simulation

Simulation allows businesses to analyze, and improve performance as well as assisting companies in maintenance.

8) Cybersecurity

Cybercriminals are everywhere. Therefore, those who run a business are more likely to be attacked by phishing, hacking, malware and more. Implementing cybersecurity in today’s organizations is highly recommended as it helps companies minimize the risks of data breaches and the like.

9) Cloud computing

Cloud computing is often cited for its role in Industry 4.0 and digital transformation. Industry 4.0 requires storage with flexibility, scalability, and of course features that are easy to use. Cloud computing provides it all.

Industrial Automation Success Story

Komatsu is one of the largest manufacturers of construction, mining, and industrial heavy equipment that has successfully transitioned to a digital business model. 

With the help of IIoT and cloud computing, they can remotely control heavy equipment: Excavators or dozers. In short, Komatsu customers will find it easier to use the machine in difficult places such as mountains, forests or other fields.

In 2022, Komatsu has $35 billion in assets, $24.5 billion in revenue, and $1.8 billion in profits. This means the company can survive any circumstances, especially in Industry 4.0″

Furthermore, smart manufacturing has increased industries’ revenue generation and business value.