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Industry 4.0 is essentially a blueprint for digitalizing the value chain from factory to customer. It combines logistics, production, IT, engineering, production to digitize business operations. Technologies included are the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Services, which in turn create the Smart Factory.
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Industrial manufacturing and production is set to undergo a fundamental transformation. Cyber-physical systems, intelligent M2M communication and the Internet of Things pave the way to a new age of production.
‘Smart production’ becomes the norm in a world where intelligent ICT-based machines, systems and networks are capable of independently exchanging and responding to information to manage industrial production processes.
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The Future of INDUSTRIAL AGILE PRODUCTION
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The new Reply platform enables business logistic systems to take advantage of the next-generation Industry 4.0 technologies.
The platform facilitates the development of new services for businesses and customers, seamlessly merging the boundaries of enterprise level solutions and opening them up to users who are not necessarily part of the organisation or directly to customers. Based on real-time contact methods, these services provide secure access to information and applications in a mobile context.
Changes in purchasing methods (eCommerce and mobile commerce) also entail significant changes to the distribution chain (drop shipment) and the returns process. This promotes the development of new delivery models (home delivery, pick-up points, etc.) and new point-of-sale management models (in-store logistics).
Mass customisation and the availability of smart factory systems raise the required level of interaction and collaboration in the supply chain (supply chain collaboration). This in turn implicates the availability of streamlined supply chains responsive to change, with greater pressure on integration (supply chain visibility) and JIT (real time tracking, IoT and sensors).
The diffusion of hardware and software agents maximises the need for man-machine interaction and cooperation. Although in its early stages, the man-machine collaboration represents a huge step forward allowing human beings to cooperate harmoniously with robots.
The logistics sector is subject to a growing demand for precision and flexibility of deliveries. In the future, load support systems, means of transport and the merchandise itself must be intelligent. Thus, new business models emerge, often centred on digital, mobile, and share economy concepts, with impacts that disrupt established production and supply chain processes and dynamics.
Click Reply™ suite ensures effective warehouse operations and accurate control of supply chain processes for logistics, distribution and manufacturing. Click Reply™ is a suite of flexible and scalable solutions. It is rapidly deployable and designed to optimize the supply chain management.
SideUp Reply™ is an “as-a-service” suite of solutions for warehouse and inventory management, hub, cross-docking, track-and-trace and delivery operation execution. SideUp Reply™ is an innovative cloud-based solution able to increase the efficiency of logistic chains and to provide real-time visibility and collaboration among all the stakeholders.