Is carbon footprint reduction compatible with Industry 4.0?

Realize a rejuvenated, carbon-neutral factory floor in favor of a cleaner future with the right digital solution.

The manufacturing industry is no stranger to change. Throughout the decades—from the industrial revolution all the way to Industry 4.0—factory floors have experienced the introduction of many revolutionary approaches to create the best products possible.

As global manufacturing techniques begin to transform to address the challenges of climate change, the industry will have to contend with a complete rejuvenation of the factory floor in favor of a cleaner future. However, traditional approaches to factory floor optimization will not suffice. Contemporary challenges will require modern solutions in the form of digitization to create digital factories.

Are You Ready for the Future of Manufacturing?

Want to understand the future of manufacturing? In this ebook, we’ll dive into how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform powers the new, digitized manufacturing experience geared for improved sustainability and efficiency.

According to this PwC survey, 90 percent of respondents agreed that digitization offers more opportunities than risks, but the firm warns that a “coherent and consistent strategy (for digitization) is absolutely critical,” requiring support from a network of strategy champions extending from top leadership to workers or team leaders on the factory floor.

But, what concessions to fossil fuels remain, and how will that transition play out in the years to come with the emergence of the digital factory? And how will the manufacturing industry actually realize a carbon-neutral future for the factory floor?

The factory floor of a digital factory

In a word, the digital factory is centered on efficiency. The same PwC report describes it as a place where:

Factory systems are connected internally and externally to foster communication and collaboration

Cobots, digital twins and various other digital technologies are leveraged to improve processes and deliver higher-quality products

Predictive data analytics and artificial intelligence are used to inform better operational decision-making to improve competitiveness

The factory workforce is digitized and humans and robots work closer than ever before

Invariably, this focus on efficiency carries over onto ensuring that factory floor operations result in much lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, keeping operations in harmony with the environment. Manufacturers that are on the front foot with reorganizing factory floor operations to be more sustainable can access the frontline of technological innovation when they adopt greener machinery, better waste management systems and a digital-first mindset.

Even as manufacturers look to accelerate their journey towards realizing the goal of digitizing their factory floor, fossil fuels still form important part of manufacturing as it is still being used as an effective source of power generation.

While the tide is turning toward cleaner sources, such as solar and wind energy, manufacturers need to integrate with initiatives such as the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative progressively towards the milestone year of 2030. Until then, manufacturers need to find ways to minimize their GHG emissions while using fossil fuels as they transition towards these cleaner energy sources.

The solution for a carbon-neutral factory floor on the path to 2030

Over the next decade, organizations will strive to create cleaner measures on their factory floors through supportive initiatives and protocols. These include analyzing GHG emissions and then instituting changes to mitigate their effect, such as creating more lean manufacturing models, as well as working toward a circular approach to resources.

A digital factory floor requires the right digital solution to help manufacturers achieve their carbon reduction goals. Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform is that solution and it has the tools you’ll need to accelerate your journey towards sustainable manufacturing.

The solution for manufacturers helps them model their factory floor and makes it easy for them to optimize development processes and introduce changes without having to disrupt operations. It also enables manufacturers to combine product design technology with the creation of specialized tools, increasing energy efficiency in manufacturing, and, through the precision of these instruments, ensure waste reduction.

What’s particularly useful for global manufacturers is that the 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s cloud capabilities breaks down location constraints and helps businesses fulfil their ambition to digitize their factory floor and make it more sustainable wherever it is. Ready to learn more about the future of the factory floor and Industry 4.0? Get our exclusive ebook today.

Read our latest Manufacturing articles

Explore our Industry Solution Experiences

Learn more about how our industry solutions can help you to achieve your professional ambition and business objectives