The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Among Us

Feb 26, 2017

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a fusion of automation and data exchanged that will soon create "smart factories" across the globe. This connectivity combines networks of inlligent systems, programmed to work together to enable humans and machines to cooperate and communicate with each other and among themselves. This industrial revolution will help to optimize costs and increase the connectivity and thus productivity across the board.

Industrial Robot

The Fourth Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion, also known as Indus­try 4.0, the Fac­to­ry of the Future, the Smart Fac­to­ry, the Indus­tri­al Inter­net, Indus­trie 4.0 and the 4th Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion, is quick­ly emerg­ing and affect­ing our lives in new ways. It is help­ing to stream­line robots and their auto­mat­ed oper­a­tions, while also opti­miz­ing costs, turn­ing the poten­tial for enter­prise-wide auto­mat­ed busi­ness trans­for­ma­tion a reality. 

This 4th indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion is the new fusion of automa­tion and data exchange that has cre­at­ed the per­fect envi­ron­ment for these smart fac­to­ries.” It is a new con­nec­tiv­i­ty that com­bines and net­works all of the advance­ments in our tech­nol­o­gy world: intel­li­gent sys­tems (cyber-phys­i­cal sys­tems), the Inter­net of Things, and cloud com­put­ing. All of these items are pro­grammed to work togeth­er to enable humans and machines to coop­er­ate and com­mu­ni­cate, with each oth­er and among them­selves, in real time and even remote­ly. All of the devices, sys­tems, and peo­ple in the pro­duc­tion chain are linked and able to deliv­er data in the right form when­ev­er and wher­ev­er necessary. 

Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion 4.0 is con­tin­u­ing to prove that humans are unstop­pable in their inno­v­a­tive solu­tions towards a more effec­tive and intel­li­gent soci­ety. Since the begin­ning, humans have been on a con­stant search to con­tin­ue inno­vat­ing and find­ing new solu­tions that make cre­at­ing prod­ucts more afford­able, smarter, and also make our lives a lit­tle eas­i­er. The rev­o­lu­tions of the past (water and steam pow­er, elec­tric pow­er, and dig­i­tal pow­er) have tru­ly trans­formed the soci­ety, gov­ern­ing struc­tures, and human iden­ti­ties in which they are found. All of these indi­vid­ual rev­o­lu­tions have aid­ed the man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness­es to con­tin­ue their unvary­ing search for bet­ter and more eco­nom­i­cal­ly fea­si­ble solutions. 

The First Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion began to use fos­sil fuels and mechan­i­cal pow­er for ener­gy sources. The Sec­ond Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion brought elec­tri­cal dis­tri­b­u­tion, wired and wire­less, and new forms of pow­er gen­er­a­tion. The Third Rev­o­lu­tion brought rapid advances in com­put­ing pow­er, enabling new ways of gen­er­at­ing, pro­cess­ing, and shar­ing infor­ma­tion. It also used these elec­tron­ics and IT sys­tems to fur­ther the automa­tion of man­u­fac­tur­ing. All of these rev­o­lu­tions were dri­ven not only by the researchers, inven­tors, and design­ers, but more impor­tant­ly the peo­ple who adopt and employ them in their every­day lives. The arrival of Indus­try 4.0 real­ly has been a reflec­tion of the desires of its cit­i­zen’s and their choices.

So the new indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion we see today is real­ly of no sur­prise. Reliant on all of the rev­o­lu­tions that exist­ed before it, the Fourth Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion is offer­ing entire­ly new capa­bil­i­ties for peo­ple and machines and ways in which tech­nol­o­gy becomes embed­ded with­in soci­eties. The lev­el of man­u­fac­tur­ing agili­ty could make it pos­si­ble to con­nect cus­tomer needs with the abil­i­ty for the com­pa­ny to deliv­er a prod­uct, poten­tial­ly on demand. Man­u­fac­tur­ers will be able to lis­ten and then act to bet­ter adapt to the con­sumer’s demands as they can access real-time intel­li­gence and ana­lyt­ics, on-demand. 

If we have the courage to take col­lec­tive respon­si­bil­i­ty for the changes under­way, and the abil­i­ty to work togeth­er to raise aware­ness and shape new nar­ra­tives, we can embark on restruc­tur­ing our eco­nom­ic, social and polit­i­cal sys­tems to take full advan­tage of emerg­ing technologies.

It is clear that the Fourth Indus­tri­al Rev­o­lu­tion is here to stay and if you are in the man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness, sit­ting on the side­lines is no longer a good idea. Robot­ic tech­nol­o­gy is well on its way to rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing how the suc­cess of a busi­ness, the ben­e­fits are increas­ing­ly clear and attain­able to those of all sizes. 

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