What is Smart industry and how can you assure that new technologies do make your business smarter? Mark Peters, IJssel Technologie, will explain at ISN Conference, Nov 15

Mark Peters, IJssel Technologie, will speak about “Smart Industry and Intelligent Sensors, a practical approach on how new technologies can make your business more competitive” at Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference, November 15, 2016, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Continue reading “What is Smart industry and how can you assure that new technologies do make your business smarter? Mark Peters, IJssel Technologie, will explain at ISN Conference, Nov 15”

Industry 4.0 has evolved from a disparate set of high-flown ideas around connectivity into a real practice

It goes by many names – Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but whatever you call it, the idea of connected manufacturing is becoming increasingly pervasive. Indeed, it’s risen to such prominence that 2016’s Hannover Messe, where Industry 4.0 was the central theme, was opened by two of the world’s most powerful leaders – Barack Obama and Angela Merkel. Continue reading “Industry 4.0 has evolved from a disparate set of high-flown ideas around connectivity into a real practice”

Industry 4.0 is today’s most dynamic business opportunity

Industry 4.0 is today’s most dynamic business opportunity

Industrial revolutions are momentous events. By most reckonings, there have been only three. The first was triggered in the 1700s by the commercial steam engine and the mechanical loom. The harnessing of electricity and mass production sparked the second, around the start of the 20th century. The computer set the third in motion after World War II (see “The Man Who Made the Computer Age Possible,” by Jeffrey E. Garten). Continue reading “Industry 4.0 is today’s most dynamic business opportunity”

UK and global companies are investing massively for Industry 4.0 success

UK and global companies are investing massively for Industry 4.0 success

Around 74% of UK firms1 expect to drive high levels of digitisation and integration by 2021, according to a new global report by PwC, Industry 4.0: Building the Digital Enterprise.

As manufacturing firms increasingly focus on Industry 4. 0, PwC’s survey of over 2,000 global companies across nine industry sectors reveals that 33% of global firms already rate their level of digitisation as high, with this value rising to 72% when asked for a five year prediction. Continue reading “UK and global companies are investing massively for Industry 4.0 success”

European Commission announces action plan to support Industry 4.0

Our challenge is to ensure that all industrial sectors make the best use of new technologies and manage their transition towards higher value digitised products and processes, commonly known as “Industry 4.0”. In order to reach this goal, I propose to take action in four key areas:

1) Digital innovation hubs

Our ambition should be to empower any business, wherever it is located in Europe, and especially SMEs, to master its digital transition. Regions and local authorities have a key role to play in this effort, with digital research and competence centres leading the way. Continue reading “European Commission announces action plan to support Industry 4.0”

How Manufacturers Handle Big Data Is Key to Boosting Productivity

How Manufacturers Handle Big Data Is Key to Boosting Productivity

Manufacturers have always had to sift through large quantities of data from their production lines in order to understand how their businesses are performing.

But with the increasing use of sensors and instrumentation to monitor, measure and automate the production process, the sheer quantity of information that manufacturers are now faced with has risen dramatically in recent years. Continue reading “How Manufacturers Handle Big Data Is Key to Boosting Productivity”

German Companies Using Industry 4.0 Applications Expect Lower Costs as a Result

Almost half (47%) of industrial companies using Industry 4.0 applications or planning to use them expect lower costs as a result, according to a recent survey conducted among 400 companies with at least 100 employees from the automobile sector, mechanical engineering, the chemical industry and the electrical industry, on behalf of IT association Bitkom. Continue reading “German Companies Using Industry 4.0 Applications Expect Lower Costs as a Result”