MACH IN ERY
They say that necessity is the mother
of invention – when the need for
something becomes essential, you will
find a way of achieving it. It’s because
of necessity that industry and manufacturing has
evolved so dramatically over the last years.
However, the ongoing challenge remains the
same – how can we make the manufacturing
process even better?
When Sir Richard Arkwright, ‘the father of
the modern industrial factory system’, invented
the spinning frame in 6, it changed the way
we manufacture forever. Whereas previously it
had been a long and labour-intensive process to
produce yarn from cotton, Arkwright’s innovation
utilised water and steam power, combined with
machinery, to go into mass production.
It was a real game changer. The huge benefits
of incorporating machinery for faster and
easier production quickly spread and began
to be widely adopted, transforming industry
and transportation. Machinery continued to
evolve and improve until around 1840 when
superior electrical technology saw the advent
of the Second Industrial Revolution and the
development of more sophisticated machines
with even greater production capacity. In
the 1970s, the increasing use of computer
technology ushered in the Third Industrial
Revolution, which saw the use of electronics and
IT dramatically increase the use of automation in
Less than a decade ago, the Fourth Industrial
Revolution changed things again. The rise of
smart technology means that manufacturing
facilities can benefit from machinery and
systems that are able to autonomously exchange
information, trigger actions and control each
other without human intervention.
Major advances in software have been the key
to drive this latest Revolution, or Industry .
as it’s commonly known. After almost years
working for Business Micros, the industry’s bestknown
machinery software company, it was this
exciting transition in automation that attracted
me to make the move to the machinery side of
manufacturing with Kall Kwik.
The opportunities that these advancements
present for the glazing industry are huge.
Utilising smart technology for machine-tomachine
communication, means that traditional
glazing manufacturing and industrial practices
can benefit from increased automation,
improved communication, and self-monitoring.
Issues can be analysed and diagnosed without
the need for human intervention.
The Industrial ‘Internet of Things’, cyberphysical
systems, cloud and cognitive computing,
all combine to provide enhanced sensing,
scanning and monitoring capabilities, utilising
networks and computer-based algorithms
that employ artificial intelligence for advanced
For fabricators to fully benefit from the
opportunities that these technological advances
offer, it’s vital that they have the correct
machinery in place and that it has been set up to
operate at maximum efficiency potential.
The window machinery expertise that we have
at Kall Kwik, combined with my many years of
experience in software, enables us to see the big
picture when it comes to integrating the correct
systems so that fabrication machinery can fully
benefit from smart technology.
As technological advancements become ever
more rapid, it’s important that fabricators don’t
get left behind.
While the first three industrial revolutions
took place over more than years, today’s
revolutions only last as long as it takes for them
to be implemented.
As Industry . becomes the norm, talk is
already turning to Industry . and at Kall Kwik,
we’re here to help fabricators be fully prepared
to take advantage of the next technological
advancements in machinery and software, as
they happen, so that our customers will be
leading the next manufacturing revolution – not
Vive le révolution!
As the speed of change in industry is ever-increasing, Chris Bailey, Kall
Kwik’s UK and Ireland business development manager, talks about how
fabricators can stay ahead of the next industrial revolution.
“As Industry . becomes the norm, talk
is already turning to Industry . and at
Kall Kwik, we’re here to help fabricators be
fully prepared to take advantage of the next
technological advancements in machinery
become ever more
rapid, it’s important
that fabricators don’t
get left behind”