Industry 5.0

Towards a sustainable and human-centric industry

The concept of Industry 5.0 is a completion of Industry 4.0 that focuses on sustainability and resilience, with a human-centric approach to enable cooperation between humans and machines.

 

The manufacturing industry is preparing for the 5.0 era with a real game-changing transformation, not only in terms of development but especially in terms of culture. Innovation is the driver of change, but entrepreneurs are realizing how important it is to invest in sustainability and internal resources to give rise to an industry with less waste, better resource management, and which meets the needs of young people and the environment.

 

“Making Industry 5.0 a reality is not just a nice thing to do. Industries must adapt, evolve and embrace the green and digital transition to stay competitive and be drivers of prosperity,” states the European Commission in a dedicated study that focuses on concepts such as human-centric approach, sustainability and resilience.

 

But what does Industry 5.0 mean and what will be the benefits?

What is Industry 5.0?

What is exactly Industry 5.0? Industry 5.0 is often portrayed as a new era or revolution, yet industrial revolutions never started and ended on a specific date, but instead should be seen as a natural and unforced flow. The same applies to Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0, where industries should focus primarily on achieving the full potential of Industry 4.0.

 

In this regard, the European Commission asserts that the main goals of Industry 5.0 are sustainability, the centrality of humans and resilience, pointing out that “Industry 5.0 provides a vision of industry that aims above efficiency and productivity as the only goals, but strengthens the role and contribution of industry to society”. This is because Industry 5.0 is seen as a collaborative industry, meaning a business model characterized by human-machine cooperation, with the goal of giving, on the one hand, a central role to humans within the factory and, on the other hand, added value to production by creating customized products that respect the needs of consumers and also the environment.

Industry 5.0 and the impact on companies

Industry 5.0 will strongly impact the production organization models of companies. As stated, at the core of the new industrial production model are human-centric approach, sustainability and resilience.

 

Towards a human-centric industry

According to the European Commission’s vision, all innovative solutions, if applied correctly, will make workplaces more inclusive and safer for workers. Therefore, when we talk about a human-centric approach, it implies that technology will be used to adapt the production process to the needs of the worker and that the systems and platforms will not interfere with the fundamental rights of workers.

 

Industry 5.0 therefore places humans at the center of the production model, and this more social and humane aspect ensures that the use of technology does not violate workers’ fundamental rights, such as the right to privacy, autonomy and human dignity.

 

Resilience: a key aspect for industries

The European Commission report highlights how the ability to adapt to adverse situations arising from external events, such as geopolitical changes and natural events that challenge the stability and solidity of industry, becomes one of the key pillars of the new Industry 5.0.

 

Industry 5.0 becomes a tool for ensuring resilience, or the ability to resist and adapt to change. Moreover, an industry that is inherently resilient can make an important contribution to the resilience of society by ensuring the continuity of production and employment.

 

The challenge of sustainability

Sustainable development has long been at the center of European policies, firmly anchored in the Union Treaties. Therefore, Industry 5.0’s focus on this issue is on enabling circular economy and energy efficiency models.

 

Developing production systems based on renewable energy is one of the requirements promoted with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 2030. In this regard, the European Commission points out in its paper that industry must be sustainable to meet the Planet’s limits. For this reason, it recommends developing circular processes that reuse and recycle natural resources, reduce waste and minimize environmental impact.

sedApta: smart manufacturing 5.0

sedApta highlighted the needs of Industry 5.0 already about a decade ago, building the company around O.S.A. – Orchestrator, Skillaware, and Analytics, a software suite that enables the identification and adoption of the right technologies for collaborative management of business processes among multiple users located in different facilities and locations, ensuring a sustainable strategic advantage for the company.

 

Thanks to the use of innovative technologies and the importance of always placing individuals as a central hub for process automation and digitalization, sedApta supports companies in the perspective of migrating towards the Industry 5.0 paradigm through the OSA+ solution.

The OSA+ architecture is a next-generation web ecosystem based on analytics standards capable of providing new ‘capabilities’ in terms of production capacity, supply chain management, and change management, all constantly monitored and optimized by artificial intelligence

The innovative tools provided by OSA+ are:

  • Orchestration of processes, tasks and activities, modeling and execution through standard workflows expressed in BPMN notation and application interfaces, referring to catalogs of processes and tasks, both predefined and customizable, designed to meet the specific needs of companies operating in the Smart Manufacturing context.
  • Support non-expert users who need to perform new processes, tasks and activities during the adoption phase of new software systems and applications within their organizations enabling the “On-the-Job Training” process.
  • Analysis of the overall performance of the cyber-physical system to assess execution, report ROI, and drive continuous improvement of production and supply processes throughout the company. Through a customizable Control Tower for each individual user, results are optimized from a business, financial, and sustainability perspective.
  • Monitoring of the supply chain environment and provision of information and insights to users through the assistance of sedApta’s artificial intelligence-based Digital Manager, Mrs. Elisa, which enables:
    • to obtain accurate information in the shortest possible time
    • to take charge of executive and control functions, freeing the workforce from complex and repetitive tasks
    • to minimize possible errors in performing procedures.

All the functionalities offered by sedApta allow manufacturing companies to harness the collaboration between machines and the unique creative potential of human beings, reaching the highest levels of sustainability.

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