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AlCircle - COVID-19 Impact: Importance & Emergence of Industry 4.0

Monday, August 10, 2020

COVID-19 ArticleRead our interview in AlCircle where Peter Unwin, Global Industry Manager - Metals discusses his views on the importance of Industry 4.0 during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. 

AlCircle: Please brief us your views on the importance of Industry 4.0 during this on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Unwin: "In my view, during this on-going pandemic, industry as a whole depends on getting accurate data from systems and providing this to management within companies to enable them to make data-driven decisions. Industry 4.0 facilitates this by allowing for decisions to be made quickly and remotely.

This has been emphasised by the pandemic in industries such as textiles and aluminium which are particularly in demand at the moment – they are operating in a very fast turnaround situation e.g. producing PPE. Systems need to be in place to solve problems fast and allow them to transform their processes to respond quickly to changes in demand.

It has been a proving ground for Industry 4.0 during this period for a lot of companies, with many businesses having seen the benefits. However, for AMETEK Land and Surface Vision, being in the instrumentation industry, it has simply been a continuation on a theme that we have been working on for many years. We have found that many companies have the data but do not know how to manage and use to their advantage; this is where we come in."
Read the interview in full (pages 45 to 49) in AlCircle July-August 2020.