Build Smart Sensors Skills for Industry 4.0 Workers


Smart sensing technology enables Industry 4.0

In Industry 4.0, physical processes are seamlessly integrated with software and computational processes into “cyber-physical systems”. Such systems typically involve intelligent sensing technologies at the data measurement and monitoring level of the system architecture.

Smart sensors provide operators, technicians, and engineers with real-time, meaningful information to increase productivity, efficiency, and flexibility of manufacturing sector. Since they are a basic tenet of Industry 4.0, they are an inescapable topic when preparing people to work in new manufacturing environments, whether training future workers or upskilling current workers. 

Smart sensors bring about new tasks, that require new skills

Working with smart sensor technology involves more skills than working with regular sensors. A thorough understanding of the advantages and characteristics of smart sensors, in addition to industrial network communication and IT skills, is necessary in order to reap their full benefits. 

Our suggested learning path for smart sensor technology prepares skilled technicians able to manage, investigate, repair, and troubleshoot I4.0 systems to maximize operation and control.

The right tools to build IO-Link smart sensors skills

To efficiently prepare students for advanced learning in factory automation and mechatronics, we developed a new equipment set, TP 1312 Smart Sensors, that combines industrial components with project-based learning activities.

 Students will learn to: 
- Select the right smart sensor for the right application
- Setup IO-Link communication
- Parameterize, monitor, and adjust smart sensors
- Define predictive maintenance parameters
- Integrate sensors into layers of industrial networks



Integration of sensors in a realistic industrial network

Connectivity is a key characteristic of smart sensors. They make the data collected and processed available through all layers of the network (machines, PLCs, SCADA, MES, ERP, Cloud) using a communication protocol.

The components of the new equipment set TP 1312 reproduce a simplified version of such a network, as shown in this graphic:

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Information resources:




"Smart sensors: how they impact on skill requirements for manufacturing workers"

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FAQ for teachers

"How to Integrate Smart Sensors into Factory Automation Training Programs"

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