Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Industry 4.0: from evolution to revolution

Plastics News Europe

In this feature for Plastics News Europe David Vink surveys the debate around Industry 4.0, a major theme at Fakuma 2015, and how manufacturing could start to look quite different from how it does today.

The term “Industry 4.0” first emerged in Germany in 2011 to describe a transformation in manufacturing that is expected to happen over the next few decades. It covers a number of technological and operational developments, but essentially it foresees the creation of smart factories in which cyber-physical systems (including the products being made) can communicate with each other, the factory and its staff via the internet.

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