Advanced Engineering: The Simulation and Technology Perspective
The fourth industrial revolution, or ‘Industry 4.0’ has the ability to create impressive, new and sometimes unimaginable opportunities for those involved in design and manufacturing. The use of connected, automated technologies and robotics can increase productivity and reduce in cost. The challenge lies in the exploration of such systems and technologies to create the single connected system. Modelling and simulation and Model Based Engineering Systems (MBSE) present the opportunity for the exploration of viable Industry 4.0 technologies.
Described as the process of modelling artefacts, behaviors and processes, the cost-benefit of MBSE is well understood, especially within industries such as aerospace and automotive. There is little doubt that Industry 4.0 is complex, and the benefits of digitising design and manufacturing are clear, though the path to achieving the vision propelling Industry 4.0 will be different for every organisation.