The path to a smart foundry for Quality 4.0
“I would define Foundry 4.0 as anything to do with new emergent technologies, processes, procedures, and systems, that have a socio-economic impact on how foundries are currently operated,” affirms Hideki Gebken, engineering manager for Standard Manufacturers Services Limited (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).
From this quote by Gebken, it is to understand that Foundry 4.0 is a subset of Industry 4.0 and centers around smart manufacturing, powerful computing force, connectivity, and digitalization of the physical world and workflows. Therefore, Foundry 4.0 considers many aspects such as robotics, artificial intelligence, data, process automation, and the digitalization of manufacturing and how this will affect employees’ interaction with each other, machinery, and customer relations. The core of Industry 4.0 also concerns a new perspective of quality for increased productivity, additive manufacturing, mass production, smart machines real-time data, which belong to the concept of Quality 4.0. LIMS can, in this case, depending on the specific laboratory’s needs, support, and improve the quality processes. Quick, good, cheap: this is how the high-tech workflows of Quality 4.0 in Industry 4.0 technology should be.
These applications require specific measurement methods such as optical emission spectroscopy (OES), X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF), spectroscopy, tensile test, and hardness test. Therefore, the right laboratory software can optimize, improve, and digitalize your measurement methods and laboratory workflow. This software is LIMS, and through its installation, it is not just possible to coordinate your analyses and sample management but also make your lab devices interact with each other.