In the UK manufacturing remains central to the success of the economy overall, accounting for two thirds of overall R&D, 45% of exports, 15% of business investment and 2.7m high value jobs. With annual output of £192 billion the UK remains the ninth largest manufacturing nation in the world.
A new industrial revolution in the form of Industry 4.0 will soon be upon us. Big Data and advanced analytics, the Internet of Things, digital modelling, additive manufacturing, computer-integrated manufacturing—Industry 4.0 not only embraces each of these (and more), but combines them together in order to make a whole that is vastly greater than the sum of its parts.
Energy and environmental data will be an essential part of Industry 4.0.
To ensure that business and energy strategies are successfully integrated, energy data will be required for all the different processes involved in the many ranges and types of production. This will mean monitoring and measuring the energy associated with individual production lines and associated plant and equipment. The data collected will enable the carbon foot printing of not only the production facilities, but also that of the product.
Identifying the high intensity emissions and the causes, from’ goods in’ to ‘goods out’ and distribution, ensures that accurate and timely interventions can be made on a continuous improvement basis.