28.07.2017 : Stephen Witherden

Why you should be paying attention to Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a paradigm shift in the way we live and work, brought about by emerging technologies. It is not a technology in itself, just like the first industrial revolution was not steam.

The first industrial revolution took us out of the farms and into the mines. The second industrial revolution took us out of the mines and into the factories. The third took us out of the factories and into the office. The fourth is going to take us from the office and, I hope, back into our homes.

But the truth is, nobody really knows exactly where Industry 4.0 will take us, but we do know those vehicles that are taking us there. The reason we’re interested in Industry 4.0 is because it is going to fundamentally change the way we work.

It’s not about doing better what you are doing right now, it is preparing for this shift that we believe is coming. And if we do not adapt and modify our behaviour to support this, we will be left behind. Someone else is going to find a way to manufacture things without needing all the processes and systems that you need today.

Which is why we encourage our clients to get on board with Industry 4.0.

So how can we help you do that for yourselves rather than have someone else doing it to you.

Read more about what we're doing to help our clients get on board:


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What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 (the 4th Industrial Revolution) refers to the next evolution in convergence of the digital/virtual and physical worlds (Cyber-Physical Systems) where emerging technologies are enabling a step change in industrial and manufacturing output (hence the 4th Industrial Revolution).

The centrepiece of the Industry 4.0 movement is in building trust between various parties (internal or external) by leveraging data, information and knowledge to facilitate informed decision making within an ever-accelerating landscape.

 

The four stages of the industrial revolution

 

 

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About the Author

Stephen Witherden

Technical Director - Software Engineering

With over a decade’s experience in software development and attendant disciplines, Stephen has had the opportunity to work on projects ranging from enterprise learning management systems to near real-time military software running on an air platform and the usual accompaniment of business systems in between.

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