“The more we think about how to harness the technology revolution, the more we will examine ourselves and the underlying social models that these technologies embody and enable, and the more we will have an opportunity to shape the revolution in a manner that improves the state of the world.”
The concept of industry 4.0 consists of the immersion of digital technologies in our factories.
It is the procedure we have to call the phenomenon of digital transformation but focused on the production industry that had already developed thanks to the automation of those processes in the 70s, with the emergence of the first computers and electronics.
The scope of these great advances make us glimpse great improvements in the jobs, personalized products for each client, intelligent, flexible and more efficient cities and unlimited mobility of the worker.
It also achieves a more efficient management of resources, improvement of all processes and increased profitability. This process of transformation from the current 3.0 industry to the digital one is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
It offers a new vision, supported by technological bases that are currently increasingly developed and that will transform the energy and manufacturing sectors, connecting the product in a fully integrated and transparent value chain.
These technologies include:
- Internet of Things.
- Advanced robotics and artificial intelligence.
- Systems for vertical and horizontal integration.
- M2M communication – data capture.
- Cyberphysical systems.
- Big Data.
- Cloud Computing.
- Digital manufacturing.
- Virtual and augmented reality.
- Machine Learning.
(More information on these technologies will be given in following publications.)
The incorporation of any of these elements in the company’s value chain facilitates the flow of information from the physical world to business decisions in real time. It is not necessary to apply all the technologies to modify our factory to smart, since we will only use what we think is important to us.
The connection of industrial devices to the network makes it possible to extract data in real time and control them remotely. That is why Big Data can become one of our great allies. The analysis and management of the data leads you to the optimization of the different industrial and energy processes.
That is why the convergence between the automation of industrial processes and Information Technologies allow to improve operations, reduce costs, as well as improve the quality of processes.
Evolution expected in the digitalization of the industry in Spain and in the world
Although the movement of Industry 4.0 began in Germany, the fact is that this digitalization is growing notably in other countries such as the United States, Japan, China, the Nordic countries and the United Kingdom.
According to The Economist, the leading companies in the digitalization of the industry are German: BASF, Bosch, Daimler, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, GE, Klöckner & Co. and Trumpf.