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In a previous article, Process Historian for Small Businesses, we have talked about the disruption that is occurring in industry, where the use of open technologies and open source, is extending the tool belt of every production manager and plant engineer. Using new technologies, we can provide a Process Historian that was previously only affordable for large companies in captital-intensive sectors - such as Oil and Gas, and the Pharmaceutical industry.

However, a Process Historian is still an investment, of both time and money, that requires a clear and thorough evaluation of its value, to answer the important question:

“What will we gain using a historian?”

Factry joined the InfluxDays 2018 in London last week, where we were introduced to a new and exciting addition to the Influx ecosystem: Flux. Flux is a new functional language that will allow users to gather complex data from the Influx database. As it sparked our enthusiasm immediately, we wanted to share our excitement with you in the form of a short introduction.

The principle behind the founding of Factry was to make the power and efficacy of the Process Historian non-exclusive to multinational corporations, and to make it accessible for small and midsize businesses as well. In this article, we will outline why the time is ripe to bring the new Industrial Revolution to these businesses, and how the Factry Process Historian will be the solid foundation on which our customers will be propelled into the future.

Why operator involvement is key to Industry 4.0

  by Frederik Van Leeckwyck on 2017-09-27

Ever since the term Industry 4.0 was coined in 2011, it has taken the world of manufacturing by storm. Business and market drivers like production reshoring converge with technological advances such as ever cheaper sensors. Even though lots of attention is going to the technologies that enable Industry 4.0, the importance of employee involvement in general and operator involvement in particular is greatly underappreciated. As a consequence, operations managers are at risk of outpacing the adaptive capacity of their operators, resulting in a state-of-the-art manufacturing apparatus with uninvolved and unmotivated operators to run it.