Industry 4.0 would not be possible without the automation of processes. This implies, to a large extent, getting the digitalization of equipment and technologies of a factory so that there is bidirectional communication through an Internet connection.

In the industry there are very different technologies that can be automated. Each industry has its peculiarities, but, to name a few, any assembly or processing chain can include some degree of automation, as well as control systems, systems such as 3D printers or robots, or autonomous vehicles that circulate through "Streets" of factories carrying materials or workers.

Even logistics is susceptible, to a large extent, to the automation of processes, from the inventory, through the control of stock or the traceability of goods on the way to their next destination.

Smart factories arrive, populated by what is known as cyberphysical systems, which are nothing more than computer integrations, networks and physical processes. Computers and integrated networks monitor and control physical processes, and at the same time receive feedback from the physical system itself, which is used to review calculations and make corrections, among other things.

A classic example of a cyber-physical system is the Distributed Robot Garden, from MIT, a garden in which multiple robots interact with each other and with pots connected to take care of the plants. Robots can water plants, take inventory and harvest when they are ready.


There is a set of technologies that facilitate the automation of processes in this new connected industry, either because they allow transforming traditional systems into connected systems (Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, predictive analytics, Cloud Computing ...) such as those they allow to increase the operative capacities within the value chain (collaborative robotics, simulation, augmented reality, artificial vision, additive manufacturing ...).


The industry needs to embrace automation to be competitive. The digital transformation is a great opportunity for the Spanish industry because it allows improving competitiveness in a global market, posing challenges while generating opportunities for the sector, which must adapt its processes, products and business models.


Therefore, the modernization of the factories, the introduction of these new connected technologies and the digital transformation are fundamental today. Compared to traditional production, the new 4.0 connected industry offers greater efficiency, more control, cost reduction, the elimination of human error. At Cedesa we have a lot of experience in the modernization of industry and factories, and our customized solutions are the answer to the question of how to improve productivity and increase competitiveness

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