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Industry 4.0 - Are you ready for the next generation of industry?

Are you ready for the next generation of industry?

Industrial revolutions have been so far defined as follows;

  • Generation 1 - The introduction of mechanical water or steam-driven production facilities (first mechanical loom in 1784)

  • Generation 2 - The introduction of electrical equipment in mass production (first conveyor belt in 1870)

  • Generation 3 - Automation using electronics and IT (first programmable logic controller in 1969)

So what’s Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 now describes a further fundamental change in the production world. Modern information and communication technologies are merging with classic industrial processes to form so-called cyber-physical systems. Driven by the Internet, the real and virtual world is increasingly growing closer together.

Markets and production systems can be networked across national and continental borders.

Here are industry 4.0 provides new possibilities.

  • Distributed production can be carried out maintaining a 24/7 working principle, with respect to specific demands of needs and requirements

  • Capacity and resources are used optimized

  • The necessary data and information are synchronized via cloud services and at any time

  • By components which crosslink automatically in an intelligent way to configure itself and which are capable for plug and produce, the equipment may be the ever-changing demands immediate justice

With Industry 4.0, humans and technology are getting even closer together. The robotics of the future will interact with humans and get out of their way using intelligent sensor technology. Due to increasing intelligence, these machines represent an ever decreasing risk when dealing with humans and furthermore help them with their daily work by relieving them of heavy tasks, for example in the assembly process.

Technology is becoming more intelligent and more adaptive and is increasingly able to adjust itself to changing conditions and also to human intervention at any time. We will not have fully automated processes everywhere. Instead there will be variable processes, and this is where the ability of humans to communicate directly with technology is called on. That means technology must understand humans, whilst humans must understand the technology and do so intuitively.

Employees can use mobile devices to access customized information and in this way they will be sensitized to the production facilities’ important key variables. For example, they can continually monitor energy consumption, intervene immediately in case of irregularities and thereby optimize consumption. Industry 4.0 will undergo quite different development processes in the various enterprises and sectors, with different requirements on their employees.

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