How Realizing Water 4.0 Starts on the Shop Floor

Discover how MBrain, a digital production system/next-gen MES, is transforming water treatment with real-time data and automation for improved efficiency and sustainability.


Water management plays a crucial role in the function of societies, and organizations responsible for distributing, filtering, and disposing of water have an outsized impact on the communities they serve. The modern water industry faces demands imposed by limited water resources due to the megatrends of urbanization and climate change while balancing labor shortages in a world of shortening global supply chains. 

Water 4.0 offers a vision for a digitized and modernized water management system that utilizes data from IoT devices and software for real-time monitoring and decision-making. By incorporating advanced technologies such as IoT sensors, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence, water management processes can be optimized and controlled in real-time, reducing waste and improving efficiency. Integrating Industry 4.0 technologies, such as machine learning algorithms, allows for predicting and preventing water-related issues, resulting in a more sustainable and cost-effective water management system.  

Adopting Water 4.0 practices positions companies and governments as leaders in sustainable water management and offers economic and environmental benefits. Water OEMs must increase the flexibility of their production systems to capitalize on these potential gains and comply with various national and regional regulations. MES systems can achieve this by creating predictability and repeatability in processes, digitizing work instructions, and visualizing production systems to identify bottlenecks. 

Modern no-code MES systems offer OEMs a competitive advantage by providing holistic production floor management solutions and valuable data insights without long integration schedules and costly production outages. Additionally, incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies can increase operational efficiency and reduce production costs, demonstrating an OEMs' commitment to sustainable water management.  

Meeting customer needs associated with Water 4.0 presents challenges, such as integrating new technologies within existing systems and modifying products to meet regional standards. Using a method-centric logic, modern no-code MES systems such as MBrain equip OEMs with the flexibility they need to meet these strenuous customer demands. MBrain's capacity for cloud deployments enables OEMs to reallocate production amongst existing factories or roll out new factories without long delays. Additionally, MBrain's digital work instructions make it easier for factories to address skill shortages among employees, with some customers experiencing a 40% reduction in operator onboarding time. Read this article for more details 

Fully implementing Water 4.0 will take years, but already today, governments and municipalities are demanding more from their suppliers as they seek to digitize and integrate existing systems using data. By incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies on their shop floors, Water OEMs can meet this demand for increased product variations and higher quality while reducing waste and becoming more efficient. 

Incorporating Industry 4.0 technologies on a shop floor can be challenging; a conversation with one of MTEK's production experts can help clarify what benefits an MES system can provide to your facility.  

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