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Industry 4.0: Building The Digital Enterprise

Manufacturing has undergone several eras of change from the first industrial revolution (use of steam power and mechanical production), to the second (use of electricity and mass production) and a third era defined by increased automation of manufacturing processes due to the use of information technology (IT). A fourth era of change – Industry 4.0 – is driven by trends on connectivity, service orientation, advanced materials and processing technology, and collaborative advanced manufacturing networks; networks of advanced manufacturing devices controlled by computers combining them into a physical – digital environment.

This change includes the entire value chain from raw materials to end use to recovery, impacting business and support functions too (e.g. supply chain, sales). Industry 4.0 creates new design principles along which the industry can organize itself, these include: increased interoperability between manufacturing networks through increased connectivity, virtualization of manufacturing processes by linking sensor data (from monitoring physical processes) with virtual plant and simulation models, decentralized decision making, real-time capability to collect and analyze data and provide insights, flexible adaptation to changes by reconfiguring individual modules and an increased services orientation.

Consequently, Industry 4.0 will create opportunities for new business models, solution offerings, and new products. As manufacturers consider reasons to pursue an Industry 4.0 strategy, at some point in the future, the transition will challenge an organization’s ability to adjust. These challenges will come in many forms, likely linked to the incorporation of new IT capabilities, the impact of exponentially increasing amounts of data from sensors and connected devices in the operating environment, suppliers, and from the distribution network as we see the emergence of self-regulating and adapting supply systems. At the same time, risks will emerge related to data security associated with increased connectivity.

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