A rapidly developing manufacturing landscape, known as Industry 4.0 is revolutionising how companies manufacture, improve, and distribute their products. Manufacturers are leveraging to build more efficient production lines and facilities.
From the subset of Industry 4.0, non-destructive evaluation (NDE) 4.0 has emerged. The digital transformation is shifting the industry into performing new inspection and maintenance processes, to leverage an efficient production line.
But what exactly is NDE 4.0? In short, NDE 4.0 allows manufacturers to rely on automated machines and sensors, to collect smart data, which they can ultimately learn and make production decisions from. NDE 4.0 is seeing inspections take advantage of emerging technologies, such as:
Big Data helps to integrate systems so that manufacturers can obtain a complete visualisation of the inspection processes, through automated collection and analysis.
AI is a system that optimises manufacturing processes and automates complex tasks, by interpreting data and images.
A digital twin is a virtual copy of a real-world component in the manufacturing process. The digital replica mirrors the real component’s status interaction and functionality with other devices.
Cloud manufacturing allows you to monitor and record and store each process on a secure server network.
Internet of Things
Data, machines, and sensors are connected through IoT. IoT enables the greater access to data in a faster and more efficient way.
Manufacturers are developing blockchain implementations, to streamline processes, gain greater visibility and track assets. With blockchain, data cannot be changed without detection, which helps to improve traceability.
Advantages of NDE 4.0
Manufacturers can harness the power of this digital transformation. At JetSoft, we have deployed NDE 4.0 techniques into our solutions, to automatically analyse inspection and manufacturing data. Our OverSeer solution can detect anomalies within production output and correlate them directly to the upstream processes that created them. JetSoft’s solutions are helping manufacturers; stay competitive in the market, drive the reduction of scrap and become efficient within their operations.
Easier Data Transfer
Inspection and testing creates a huge amount of data, which is typically recorded through paper-based processes. Utilising the OverSeer solution means manufacturers can switch to digital processes. Managing and centralising digitised data from a range of sources into one accessible place helps create a highly efficient process and ensures nothing goes amiss.
Improved Data Evaluation
NDE 4.0 makes direct feedback possible. OverSeer utilises AI technology to perform assessments to detect anomalies and patterns within the data. Using legacy formats, our cutting-edge technology can even analyse historic data to instantly detect anomalies and defects.
Production Process Improvement
The inspection of manufacturing data can be challenging, due to the complexity of the data retrieved. NDE 4.0 and OverSeer provide a solution to this. If an anomaly or defect is highlighted within the data, action can then be deployed to fix the problem, without interfering with the production line.
The integration of NDE 4.0 platforms into manufacturing processes, is leading the way to automate inspection practices and provide enhanced customer experiences. AI techniques also mean when early detection of anomalies is pinpointed, it reduces waste and scrap by minimising the ongoing use of defected machinery or materials.
Blurring the line between NDE and Agile Development
NDE 4.0 is helping the industry achieve huge milestones. However, looking at the smaller benefits of NDE 4.0 is allowing manufacturers to gain more traction and wins, than falling into the trap of trying to deploy everything at once. Traditionally, production steps are followed one after the other, with no back-and-forth until the final product is obtained. In an agile model, manufacturers work on sprints by dividing feature sets into sub-features and concentrating on those before developing the next set of features.
The typical structure follows a plan, develop, test, deliver and assess format. Agile development allows manufacturers to reduce the time lag between business needs and technological developments, to create a stronger focus on rapid response to the customer. Planning a development roadmap in an agile way reaps better benefits overall, as you always remain flexible and open to changes. The goal of an agile development life cycle is to create and deliver products as soon as possible and turning speed and agility is a key competitive advantage, in today's fast-moving marketplace.
At JetSoft we have seen customers reduce their scrap rates by over 60%, and saved in excess of $2m a year, by adopting our solutions. We have a proven methodology of incorporating NDE 4.0 through an agile process to gain commercial benefit by delivering value quickly and return on investment earlier.
NDE 4.0 is accelerating the industry to the next level of manufacturing and JetSoft can help you get there. Speak to our experts to find out more.