Industry 4.0 (otherwise known as connected manufacturing) was developed in Germany as a proposed way for SME manufacturers to remain competitive and relevant in the future. German business leaders recognised that their factories could not compete with low-cost manufacturing abroad, so they decided to develop new and innovative techniques to stay competitive.

Industry 4.0

Christoph Roser at AllAboutLean.com

KEY FEATURES OF INDUSTRY 4.0:

  • Digitally connected production systems
  • Paperless factories with less overheads
  • More responsive manufacturing businesses
  • Process automation that speeds manufacturing processes
  • Supply chain automation to integrate with customers and suppliers

KEY RESULTS OF INDUSTRY 4.0:

Software, Hardware, Integration & Support Service

  • 30% boost in productivity, as a result of increased machine up-time and usage.
  • Reduced time to market for new products.
  • Competitive advantage, through meeting customer demand with ‘make to order’ products.