Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 walking side by side

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Industry 4.0 is strongly marked by the digitization of information and physical elements, transforming business operation and production.

With new technological solutions being highly sought, the logistics area must inevitably accompany these evolutions, by entering phase 4.0.

Today we will understand how industry 4.0 and logistics 4.0 go hand in hand, the impacts on logistics and how efficient 4.0 logistics should be!

How does Industry 4.0 and Logistics 4.0 go together?

The fourth industrial revolution, namely Industry 4.0 has as its main characteristic cyber-physical systems (CPS) that integrate computing, communication and control.

These systems allow companies to represent physical environments, machinery and products in digital spaces, thus being interconnected and gaining autonomy.

This is due to technological solutions such as Business Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) that have challenged traditional logistics.

Conventional management systems will soon fall out of use as they do not exceed the limits of the new approaches, and only 4.0 logistics will be able to accompany industry 4.0.

What are the impacts of Industry 4.0 on Logistics 4.0?

Logistics 4.0 impactedby industry 4.0 has high connectivity through IoT, improved data collection and software that promise numerous benefits such as:

  • Process automation;
  • Improved data collection;
  • Greater transparency in management;
  • Optimization of time and resources;
  • Cost reduction;
  • Increased security.

Innovative solutions continue to emerge in industry 4.0 and only by incorporating them into logistics 4.0 will it be possible to develop smart grids within companies.

What is needed for efficient Logistics 4.0?

According to an article published in Science Direct for logistics 4.0, in order to be strong and efficient, it needs to incorporate the following applications:

1. Resource planning: increases productivity in general and will allow greater flexibility and agility in the necessary changes in the logistics area.

2. Warehouse management systems: The adoption of intelligent management capable of monitoring, communicating and tracking the entire supply chain, with automatic and autonomous processes.

3. Transport management systems (TMS): with the use of GPS that allows locating and monitoring vehicles accurately, it contributes to route planning, consolidation of shipments and cost reduction.

4. Intelligent transport systems – ITS: facilitates the planning of deliveries and synchronization of different intermodal transports in the logistics operation.

5. Information security: technological solutions present vulnerabilities, reason for companies to evaluate the most effective and adequate control of information security for their users.

It is advisable for companies that want to go through the 4.0 transformation process, to make this implementation gradually, so as to prepare everyone involved in the process.

Human resources need to assimilate and train themselves to deal with these changes, which will require analytical capacity and adaptation to technological innovations.

Finally, the trend shows that priority is the necessities of customers, demanding greater flexibility and efficiency, characteristics that Logistics 4.0 already offers to companies.

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