The Industry 4.0 Skillnet network supports companies in the quarry, construction and manufacturing industries across Ireland. The objective of this national network is to support the growth and development of these industries by enhancing skills and knowledge and broadening access to skills development opportunities.
Industry 4.0 is becoming more strategic, more valuable and much more integrated. At the Industry 4.0 Skillnet, we aim to provide opportunities to our members to develop their skills and remain competitive in the quarry, construction & manufacturing industries. We are working to improve obsolete processes and support the workplace to be future-ready through our wide range of industry-focussed training programmes.
Industry 4.0 brings the focus back onto manufacturing. It refers to the marriage of the modern digital technologies with mass manufacturing technologies through the implementation of techniques like automation and data analytics. It is the culmination of advancements in several different fields, each one complementing the capabilities of the next.
The Internet of things (IoT) describes the network of physical objects—“things”—that are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies for the purpose of connecting and exchanging data with other devices and systems over the Internet.
Things have evolved due to the convergence of multiple technologies, real-time analytics, machine learning, commodity sensors, and embedded systems.
Robotic technology will provide the quarry, construction and manufacturing industry with system robots, designs, and deliverable end products. The goal is to develop automating processes within companies, helping to increase both productivity and financial performance.
Virtual Reality is about creating a virtual and immersive environment to replace the real world. Augmented Reality adds layers of data to the real world instead of replacing it.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
Artificial intelligence, smart data, and deep learning company, are all becoming very useful tools in industry. With so much hype around AI today, it can be difficult to see where the real value lies for businesses. We will cover from the fundamentals of how AI algorithms work to building advanced models that outperform human level accuracy.
For industrial manufacturers, 3D printing offers new ways to improve manufacturing processes, develop new business models and drive innovation. While further advancements are still needed to accelerate adoption of the technology even further, such as process repeatability and part quality, as industrial AM capabilities continue to evolve, so to will the applications of the technology within the sector.
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