Industry 4.0 is a concept encompassing radical changes with respect to traditional industry, in which technology and digitalization play a pivotal role. Ferrovial Services has achieved numerous digitalization milestones in order to enhance industrial processes with its clients. Specifically, the company is developing various technologies in industrial processes at clients such as Alestis, Iberia and Ford.
“We are currently in the midst of a new industrial revolution — what we call Industry 4.0 — involving the convergence of a range of new technologies: data analysis, IoT, robotics, automation, virtual and augmented reality, and new communication means,” said David Pocero, director of the Engineering and Innovation Department at Ferrovial Services Spain.
Enhancing industrial processes with Industry 4.0 solutions:
- Technology for the logistics sector: Through its logistics subsidiary Maviva, Ferrovial Services has developed solutions such as a robot adapted for windshield assembly, which provides for excellent levels of productivity. The organization also has a 3D lab to carry out controls in pursuit of the highest quality in parts. See the video here.
- Automation in the aeronautical industry: the company’s project with Alestis Aerospace is based on automating the production of carbon fiber parts for use in the Airbus A320 aircraft. This results in a semi-automation that combines robotics and digitalization with human workers. See the video here.
- Digitalization of industrial assets: Broadspectrum, via its subsidiary ICD, is using asset digitalization to create digital twins of buildings, plants and assets. These accurate representations can be used to create asset databases, as-built plans and immersive 3D simulations, with the aim of correcting errors and improving processes. See the video here.
- Energy management to reduce costs: At its Energy Control Center, the company integrates telemetry systems installed in facilities, data storage in a proprietary database, and energy management software. This solution enables it to manage more than 4,000 supply points and 2,500 telemetry devices in Spain, the US and Australia. See the video here.
- Artificial intelligence in waste treatment: the company analyze the implementation of robotics to sort and select municipal waste. To develop it, it has been installed the ZRR robot, produced by Finnish startup ZenRobotics, at the Ecoparc 4 waste treatment plant in Barcelona. Using artificial intelligence, the robot sensors scan the waste stream continuously and it learns to identify different types of material in real time. The robotic arms can pick out fractions of varying size, shape and material, at a rate of up to 4,000 picks/hour. See the video here.
- Efficiency in waste treatment: the project implemented by Ferrovial Services and Ford none of the waste produced at the Almussafes (Valencia) plant ends up in the landfill; consequently, it can be reused. The project avoids dumping of 15,000 tons of waste per year from Ford’s Valencia plant. See the video here.