Wednesday September 16, 2020 – IIoT, Industry 4.0 and Quality 4.0: The relationship between Technology and Quality in the Digital Age
11:00 AM, Room W192-A
The introduction of interconnected technology is a primary driver of Quality 4.0 as a subset of the Industry 4.0 movement. Digital alternatives to manual inspection gauges and tools move the production floor closer to becoming a smart factory. Yet even today many of the basic tasks at the beginning of the quality phase, identifying individual dimensions and tolerances from the design drawing remain a manual function. That approach continues at the inspection phase where results are frequently recorded on paper then transferred to a spreadsheet for later analysis.
As we edge closer towards Quality 4.0, companies need to migrate to a more automatic and connected model. The process must change from manual and analog to automatic and digital. Just as product development has migrated from pen and paper to CAD for product design, Quality must follow. The path is clear. Automating the quality process directly from the CAD drawings must extend to the inspection plans, digital gauges, connected CMM/VMM for inspection in-process and final assembled parts. IIoT extends to all forms of inspection gauges and tools weather hard wired, wireless or Bluetooth these devices bring a level of connection that reduces interpretation and manual intervention to the inspection process. Automated or at least singe point data collection with near real-time SPC tracking gives manufacturers a fundamental start to reaching Quality 4.0 goals. Creating a single, centralized database of useful information provides a single repository of quality knowledge from which to base the automatic generation of reports. Enter information once, use as many times as needed without additional manual manipulation or frequent data entry.
This presentation discusses how to move to a digitally connected model for improving the quality inspection and reporting process. It focuses on effectively using automation and collaboration to reach Quality 4,0 goals.