Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are driving today’s production by combining physical production and operation with smart digital technology. With a strong focus on integration, automation, machine learning, real-time data usage and artificial intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0 brings to mind high-tech industries such as medical devices, aerospace and computer technologies. Definitely not cutting tools, right? Error.

“In the 21st century manufacturing environment companies are adopting industry 4.0 technologies, and access to digital product information is essential to meet the level of accuracy required in the cutting tool industry today,” says Bill Oris. ARCH cutting tools Senior Director – Product Development and Custom Solutions. “We can now export the product information of our products directly to our customers CAD / CAM, ERP and other in-store digital platforms for robust modeling and simulations.”

You might think of a giant jump for a 20th century business. But some historical theories show that this is really evolution.

First of all, what is Industry 4.0? It is the fourth industrial evolution that began around 2000, and the data has become the primary driver of production. The history of industry and manufacturing is summed up in the first three industrial revolutions – mechanization around 1765, then the second industrial revolution in 1870, the industrial production of electricity and the third industrial revolution in 1969 called electronic automation.

So, now is the time for the cutting tool industry to take over, right? It is not a matter of production but of growing and renewing with other manufacturing products. Cutting tools and material removal technology are an essential part of every industrial revolution.

When the commodity was first mechanized, it was not possible to produce standardized, repetitive, and reliable cutting and drilling of spare parts.

As the industry evolved, cutting and removal technology had to take the lead in supporting fast and efficient production. And to capture new and diverse materials as they enter markets.

Now, as a manufacturer of data and digitization, cutting-edge technology is re-emerging – just as it did in the early 1700s and the beginning of the first industrial revolution.

Cutting tools are always “high-tech”, as has been described in every age; And now, like all industries, the high-tech segment is digital, and information-based. It is in this way that the cutting tools industry continues to dominate in manufacturing, and ARCH cutting tools It sets the industry standard by integrating digital, cloud-based customer information and data management, and solutions.

Communication tools with software

Industry 4.0 Cutting Tools is affecting the industry from quote to delivery, according to Oris.

“Tools are becoming‘ intellectual ’because that’s what is needed in today’s industry,” he says. “With sophisticated technology and embedded chips, devices are interacting with software to gather critical data for efficient production. Understanding the information and applying what is learned is the key to success.

The cutting tools industry is traditionally based on ethnic knowledge – they are used effectively to solve new challenges and inspire creativity. But that is changing.

“We have stopped looking back and are working to predict industry 4.0 principals,” he says. “Data collection and management will enable the industry to implement estimates ArchFor example, we have built comprehensive information platforms to predict performance and increase performance and avoid unexpected setbacks and increase our customers’ investment profit.

Does this mean that modern equipment does not need a human body?

“Human intelligence, our experience and understanding, the creative nature of experienced professionals will always be critical to effective AI,” Orris pointed out. “Technology – including cutting-edge technology – cannot exist and improve without human blood, sweat and tears!”

Understanding how to use the information and sometimes finding unintended uses for the information requires the understanding and expertise of experts, he said.

“As data is collected, it becomes stronger and more complete day by day,” says Oris. But in our industry, everything we learn from the data is applied. Experience and industry 4.0 meet standards. Industrial 4.0 tools allow us to make the most of our experience.

The future of the digital cutting tools industry
Manufacturing goals for the future are basically the same as at the beginning of the first industrial revolution – reduce cycle time, reduce errors, increase productivity, improve quality, increase profitability.

“Industry 4.0 principals have helped us reduce our own learning direction,” Orris said. “The pace of change in manufacturing today requires unprecedented ingenuity and innovation. To be ready for anything, we need to commit ourselves to applying our understanding of data.

“Anything” means new materials, or new materials, new production processes, or unforeseen needs or influences on the manufacturing industry.

“We have succeeded. When we can effectively use data to respond to factory challenges, we are more effective than responding,” explains Oris. It’s a subtle difference, but responding leads to a direct solution, and responding wastes time trying to find a solution first. We want to be the first responders in the cutting tool industry in ARCH.

ARCH Cutting Tools has invested heavily in digital processes, says Orris. This is important to create customer value. The demand for design variations is reduced by 50% by ARCH specialists, for example, by implementing refined digital design based on customer information in the production process.

“With Industry 4.0, we are creating devices that are more connected to their applications,” Orris added. “Field tools are misused at speeds of up to 70%. Using our digital process, we focus on reducing that 70% to – conceptually, 0. We are always looking for ways to control variables and increase efficiency.

Bill Oris, ARCH Senior Director of Cutting Tools – Product Development and Custom SolutionsHe is an industry 4.0 expert and a leader in the cutting tool industry.

The Four Industrial revolutions – a historical overview

Industry 4.0 is not a talking point. It is a description of our current fourth industrial revolution – historical evolution; Following the previous three. Here are the four most popular industrial revolutions here (all dates are approximate)

1765 – Commodity production will be mechanized, and the world economy will shift from agriculture to industry. Coal is the main fuel, the main energy is steam. Metal grinding and cutting is standard.

1870 – The industry will be faster and more efficient with the use of electricity. The new fuels are gas and oil – more powerful, more efficient internal combustion engines. With these advanced techniques, metalworking becomes more sophisticated. Iron and newly developed chemical-based materials are beginning to dominate the market.

1969 – Industry enters the nuclear age (major power in Europe, the United States) and is controlled by electronic automation. Materials are becoming more diverse to meet the new, expanding market (aerospace, electronics, etc.) and the handling of materials will become more complex.

2000 – Initial changes in industry and manufacturing are not driven by energy, fuel or materials; But they are driven by information – data is the new driver. In the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digitalization created a real-time relationship between every process and manufacturing component – design / engineering, product line, supply, and even the end of life. Material Industrial Internet, Cloud Technology, AI – These are all integrating the physical and virtual manufacturing worlds.

Source: From the Three Industrial Revolutions | Salesforce Trailhead