The 4th D stands for Distance. Robots are able to quickly complete tasks, allowing humans to perform more value-added functions in addition to distancing them from hazards. Alternately, an operator working with a collaborative robot can also distance them from dangerous situations.
The 4th D also incorporates the ability to monitor equipment and processes remotely, allowing technicians to diagnose and make informed decisions on corrective action. Remote monitoring of assets can prevent catastrophic system failures and provide customers virtual and immediate access to expert technical staff.
Augmented reality tools, including interactive display technology, remove the distance barrier between technical experts and customers. Additionally, customers and technicians are provided the latest documentation and procedures for remote diagnostics and problem solving.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data collection, and the ability to network industrial equipment, enables a technical resource to better assist customers. Remote monitoring through IIoT, coupled with advanced software, facilitates the quickest dispatch of the appropriate technician.