Quality 4.0: Digitizing for tomorrow's industry

The application of quality in Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 marks an era of digital transformation, where quality 4.0 and data-driven business management play a central role in boosting plant competitiveness. The digitization of forms and data analysis not only optimizes production processes, but also significantly improves quality and operational efficiency. This article explains the concept of Quality 4.0 and the practical applications of these technologies.

In this article discover :

1. What is Quality 4.0?
2. Implementing the principles of Quality 4.0
3. Quality 4.0 in Industry
4. Get ahead of the competition

What is Quality 4.0?

Basically, Quality 4.0 represents the digital revolution in manufacturing.

The evolution of Quality is aligned with the industrial revolutions. In the days when industrial production relied on the motive power of water and steam, quality controls were mainly visual, favoring quantity over quality. Gradually, with the advent of electricity, computer-controlled machines and the reduction of manual labor, the focus shifted to improving customer satisfaction and adopting standardized quality management processes.
Today, we have arrived at the era of Quality 4.0, marked by the adoption of automation and artificial intelligence for data processing and analysis.

Implement the principles of Quality 4.0

How can these principles be implemented? Quality 4.0 plays out on several levels in industry. First of all, technologies are constantly evolving, but tools are essential for implementing Quality 4.0 principles. These include:

  • cloud computing, enabling the dematerialization of many internal company services
  • big data, for processing and analyzing the mass of data collected by IT systems
  • IoT sensors for real-time infrastructure status monitoring

The human factor is crucial, with education in digital culture and training in digitalization tools forming the first level of implementation.

Finally, the shift to the automation of digital operations via cutting-edge solutions such as chatbots, generative AI and machine learning form the final lever for achieving this Quality 4.0.

Quality 4.0 in Industry

The digitization of processes by this new technology enables all your activity to be transformed into data, for more reliable management. Good connectivity means that information can be fed back in real time, and interventions can be targeted, reducing maintenance costs and ensuring compliance with safety and environmental standards. It also enables better communication between operators, with a clearer distribution of tasks. Digitized internal management means that information is centralized and no longer dependent on external contingencies. It also simplifies transparency and the adaptation of changes to scale.

Applying all these processes is necessarily a challenge for heavy industry, but in the end, Quality 4.0 is essential to reduce maintenance costs, increase productivity, comply with standards and satisfy customers.

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Get ahead of the competition

A final argument for taking the plunge and reaxing digitalization back into the spotlight, a 2019 study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and ASQ gathered the opinions of manufacturing managers, which produced the following insights:

  • Only 16% of companies have integrated Quality 4.0 tools and initiatives
  • Among the companies surveyed, 63% have not developed a strategy for using Quality 4.0 initiatives

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