A transformation towards the digitalization of the production system.

Industry 4.0 would not be possible without process automation. This involves, to a large extent, achieving the digitization of equipment and technologies in a factory so that there is two-way communication through an Internet connection.


In industry there are many different technologies that can be automated. Every industry has its peculiarities, but, to name a few, any assembly or processing line can include some degree of automation, as well as control systems, systems such as 3D printers or robots, or autonomous vehicles that circulate the “streets” of factories carrying materials or workers.

Even logistics is largely susceptible to process automation, from inventory, to stock control, to traceability of goods on their way to their next destination.

Thus come the smart factories, populated by what are known as cyber-physical systems, which are nothing more than integrations of computing, networking and physical processes. Embedded computers and networks monitor and control the physical processes, while receiving 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 MIT’s Distributed Robot Garden, a garden in which multiple robots interact with each other and with connected pots to care for plants. The robots can water the plants, take inventory and harvest when they are ready.


There is a set of enabling technologies for process automation 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…) or because they allow increasing the operational capabilities 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 will have to adapt its processes, products and business models.


That’s why modernizing factories, introducing these new connected technologies and digital transformation are essential today. Compared to traditional production, the new connected industry 4.0 offers greater efficiency, more control, cost reduction, elimination of human error. At Cedesa we have a lot of experience in the modernization of industry and factories, and our tailor-made solutions are the answer to the question of how to improve productivity and increase competitiveness.

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