The automotive sector leads digital transformation in Spanish Industry 4.0

  • Keyland, a company owned by Vector ITC Group, presents the results of its report “Current implementation coefficient and future trends of Industry 4.0 in Spain”.
  • The implementation of process automation and its real-time vision is very high, but in tools such as augmented reality or the application of Big Data is very low.
  • The Spanish industry faces a risk of loss of competitiveness within 4 or 5 years because of its slow digitization.

Keyland, a company owned by Vector ITC Group, yesterday presented the study “Current implementation coefficient and future trends of Industry 4.0 in Spain”, where it revealed the status of Spanish companies and organizations in terms of digital transformation.

Through this study, conducted from more than 100 interviews, mainly to directors and intermediate managers of the Industrial sector, Keyland has several objectives: to publicize the real situation of the degree of implementation of technological tools; raising awareness of the benefits of these improvements in different processes; evaluate forecasts and priorities for future implementation and provide this information to the industrial sector, to collaborate in their training and awareness raising.

According to the analysis, the industrial sector that leads the evolution towards the digital world is that of Automotive, with a history and philosophy of work closely linked to efficiency and quality of processes, robotics and cyberphysical systems, and with a important need in manufacturing flexibility.

“The coefficient of implementation in Spain is low, similar to the European one, but generates a lower projection or growth trend, we believe that mainly because it presents a major change in processes and industrial automation”, says Jorge Pereira, CEO of Keyland.

Implementation data

Taking into account the technological tools used in different sectors, the study notes that the vast majority of organizations have machines and equipment computerized and connected to systems and processes (6.7 coefficient over 10), so only a 10 is at a level 1, and therefore has no computerization in the plant.

In addition, more than 65% of respondents claim to have full or partial real-time information about their plant (6.1 out of 10) and have great flexibility over the real needs of their customers (6.6 out of 10), i.e. approximately 70% have flexible models to meet fluctuating demands, varying in product quality or characteristics.

Main industry gaps

The study also reveals the major it industry gaps. In this sense, the implementation of virtual and augmented reality solutions lacks prominence in most sectors (3.2 out of 10), just a 7% has made some INITIATIVE of RA or VR.

Nor do they have additive factory solutions, (2.9 out of 10), only 10% of the interviewees have carried out some type of pilot or project of this type, nor have implemented Big Data solutions applied to industrial processes (3.6 out of 10), in this sense, the apparent complexity and lack of expert profiles in Big Data makes penetration into the industrial fabric very low, just over 15%.

One of the tools that has best delved in the Spanish industrial sector is the cloud. Half of respondents have already applied cloud technologies in their organizations. The first step is usually the use of general services in private clouds, or email, to later give way to the scope of applications, such as CRM, EDI, and others, from the least critical or less connected, to finally, those that require connection company’s internal systems.

By contrast, despite recent computer attacks, surveys conducted reveal that half of organizations have not yet solved the cybersecurity problem. In recent years, the advancement of Industry 4.0 and especially IoT has put cybersecurity tools in the process of standardization.

“Spain faces a risk of loss of competitiveness within 4 or 5 years, because although the short and medium term forecasts of implementation are high in some of the initiatives, it is necessary to develop qualified professionals and corporate culture to many of them” Pereira concludes.