The digitalisation of industry dramatically changes the way we produce, do business and work.
Ever since its beginnings, industry has been marked by constant evolution. New innovations and technologies change the way we produce goods. Some of these innovations emerge slowly and gradually, but sometimes they develop rapidly, bringing about a revolution. The development of the mechanical loom – which triggered the first industrial revolution – is a good example for this, as is the use of electronics in mass production. Today, we are on the cusp of the next – the fourth – industrial revolution: Industrie 4.0.
What makes Industrie 4.0 so revolutionary is that it networks industrial production by using state-of-the-art information and commutations technology in a smart manner. Industrie 4.0 combines mass production and the manufacturing of products tailored to the individual needs of customers – and it does so at low prices and high quality. Industrie 4.0 is based on the principle of the ‘smart factory’: connected units such as production robots, transport containers and vehicles interact with one another via digital interfaces and without any human interference. Smart factories therefore combine the benefits of mass production with the objectives of customised production.