Reata Engineering is proud to be an early adopter of Industry 4.0 technologies.
Industry 4.0 has taken our contract manufacturing shop from automated to connected. In other words, our machines can now talk to each other.
This connectivity delivers mountains of data for us to analyze and act upon, putting our continuous improvement efforts into hyperdrive like never before.
We’ve seen notable improvements in efficiency and part quality thanks to this new level of insight and agility, and we are pleased to know our customers are already reaping the benefits.
What Is Industry 4.0?
Widely known as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 ushered in the age of the smart factory.
Through the power of interconnected smart machines and data-driven dashboards, contract manufacturing professionals can now work in lockstep with their equipment.
Smart factory capabilities enable us to view and analyze what’s happening on our shop floor so we can easily identify opportunities for repair and improvement.
4 Benefits of Industry 4.0 in Contract Manufacturing
Industry 4.0’s key asset is data. With our machines interacting in digital ecosystems that continuously collect and analyze data, we have real-time visibility into our operations. This visibility gives us the power to improve our processes and customer service in critical ways.
1. Less downtime, better efficiency
We can respond to issues quickly and schedule maintenance during the least disruptive times possible, reducing downtime and improving efficiency.
2. Real-time status updates
Our interconnected digital ecosystems enable us to check in on the status of our projects at any time, giving project managers instant insights into a project’s status that they can then share with customers.
3. Supercharged continuous improvement
With deep insight into our operations—from prototype machining services to assembly—we can unearth opportunities to continuously improve our systems and deliver better services to our customers.
4. More time for strategic thinking
Automating our processes gives our team more time to apply their expertise to project strategy and improvements that impact our business and, most importantly, our customers.
Reata’s Industry 4.0 Journey: Leading the Way
Reata is a trailblazer in implementing Industry 4.0 technologies in contract manufacturing.
One of our first investments in Industry 4.0 technology was machine monitoring software. Since then, our shop has added a cloud computer, installed a new robot, and adopted additive manufacturing for quick fixtures and prototypes. Our latest effort involves transitioning to a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, which we are very excited about.
Experience the Benefits of Industry 4.0
We constantly evaluate our operations to ensure that our shop is up-to-speed with the latest and greatest complex CNC machining capabilities.
Our investments in Industry 4.0 connectivity support our team’s ability to practice agile thinking in continuous improvement efforts and deliver a best-in-class customer experience.
We want you to benefit from the transparency and efficiency Industry 4.0 has brought to our workflow. Request a quote to work with us!