Maybe AI’s benefit is yet to be fully recognized by companies in various sectors. Anyway, during Hanover Fair 2018, information technology (IT) companies and robotic equipment producers paint a picture of future factories where AI plays a key role in it.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer a vision for the future, as the technology has already been introduced to consumers in the form of virtual assistants in our smart phones, tablets, speakers and computers. But how does it fit into the Industry 4.0 concept?
Two branches of artificial intelligence — machine learning and deep learning — are seen as having the capability of building on the strength of big data to optimize processes, find new solutions, and gain new insights.
Especially for machine learning, it enables predictions to be made based on large amounts of data. This branch of artificial intelligence is built upon pattern recognition and has the ability to independently draw knowledge from experience. For this reason, the technology has found its place in industrial processes.
Because AI enables to connect two machines. If I get the information from a machine then I am able to start to predict an outcome, I can start to predict maintenance, I can start to predict the quality of product, I can start even to predict logistics processes..
At Hanover Fair was showcased a bottling machine that can fill different bottles with different colored liquid instead of just one.
This is quite different from the conventional manufacturing process, which can only produce a certain type of product one at a time. The sensors on the machine collect and send the data to the computing platform, which can then analyze the process and tell the machines how to handle the individual bottles.
Nowadays, every single product on the production line can be individualized, and the cost can be at a level similar to mass production. Some 83 percent of the more than 50 interviewed companies in the sector realize that something has to change, and they assume that AI will play an important role in their future business.