The first industrial revolution, which is often referred to as “THE” Industrial Revolution, is actually just the first of four revolutions so far.
- The 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 moved from manual to mechanical by harnessing steam and water power, replacing raw muscle.
- The 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 took advantage of electricity and the assembly line to generate mass production.
- The 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 took off using electronics and software, the most iconic example of these two coming together being the computer—and the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) in the industrial setting. This gave rise to an era of high-level automation.
- The 𝐟𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 is the revolution happening right now, according to this study. The physical world, the digital world, and the virtual world are colliding together, creating smart products, procedures and processes, and smart factories.
This current revolution ( Industry 4.0 ) is being brought on primarily by 𝐜𝐲𝐛𝐞𝐫-𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬 and the 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 to create a highly intelligent, integrated, and automated manufacturing ecosystem that spans far beyond the traditional “factory floor.”
This means Industry 4.0 is not merely a matter of connecting machines and products through the Internet. It’s a paradigm shift in how we organize, manage, and approach business.
The concepts inspired by Industry 4.0 boil down to 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, telling business leaders what to do and when to do it.
The goal of most Industry 4.0 initiatives, therefore, are to identify opportunities for automating operations and use data analytics to drive better agility, increase efficiency, improve quality, and reduce a company’s time-to-market.
About the Author :
Mr. Jeff Winter
Industry Executive, Manufacturing
Jeff Winter is an Industry 4.0 & Digital Transformation Enthusiast | Business Strategist | Avid Storyteller | Tech Geek | Public Speaker
Jeff Winter is an Industry Executive for Manufacturing with Microsoft where he acts as an industry advisor helping manufacturers across the US digitally transform at scale. With over 15 years of experience working for different industrial automation product and solution providers, Jeff has a unique ability to simplify and communicate complex concepts to a wide range of audiences, educating and inspiring people from the shop floor up to the executive board room. As part of his experience, Jeff is also very active in the community of Industry 4.0.
He currently is a part of the International Board of Directors for MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association), the leadership committee for the Smart Manufacturing & IIoT Division of ISA (International Society of Automation), a U.S. registered expert for IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) as a member of TC 65, and part of Purdue University’s Smart Manufacturing Advisory Board.
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