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DIGITAL INDUSTRY


Overview

The next Industrial Revolution is coming

Technology advances have blurred the boundaries between the digital and physical worlds. Intelligent, interconnected systems now seamlessly support activities along the entire value chain.

What does this mean? It means reduced costs and improved efficiencies. It means greater speed and scale. It means smarter products and services. It means evolving from disrupted to disruptor. Are you ready for Digital Industry 4.0?

Background


What is Digital Industry 4.0?

Connected, intelligent products that communicate with users, new digital business models that harness collected data to offer additional services and as-a-service products, products on the assembly line that tell shop floor machinery how they are to be processed. The core of Digital Industry 4.0 is highly intelligent connected systems that create a fully digital value chain, the 4th industrial revolution enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things.

Three key trends are changing the way of life for industrial companies and their employees today.

Digitize

Production processes in all sectors, from high tech to industrial equipment, are being transformed by digital technologies.

Industrialize

Leading companies are already integrating these technologies to improve and evolve pillars of their value chain.

Optimize

Innovative manufacturers recognize that enhancing the manufacturing process for even simple products presents new opportunities for growth.



The Next Industrial Revolution



Digital Industry 4.0 is based on cyber-physical production systems that combine communications, IT, data and physical elements. These systems transform traditional plants into smart factories. Here, machines "talk" to products and other machines, objects deliver decision-critical data, and information is processed and distributed in real time resulting in profound changes to the entire industrial ecosystem.
















Technologies Enabling The Smart Factory




Social Media/

Data Velocity

Collaborative


The Smart Factory


Cloud

Analytics/

"Connected

Sensor & Actor


Big Data

Everything"

Networks

Social Media/
Collaborative
Data Velocity


The Smart Factory

Cloud
Analytics/
Big Data

"Connected
Everything"
Sensor & Actor
Networks





Several technologies underpin today's smart factory. The cloud enables new levels of scalability, flexibility and responsiveness. Analytics and big data allow insights to be derived in real time from massive volumes of data.

"Connected everything" creates new ways of automated and personal interaction. Self-steering sensor and actor networks control mechanical activities. Social Media drives new ways of collaboration within and beyond the organization. And data velocity technologies enable real-time decision-making based on analytics.​