What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is an initiative of the German Government, to promote a digital overhaul of industrial production. The aim is to create a networked and highly integrated manufacturing landscape for industrial companies. This is often referred to as the Internet of Things.

The internet of things is not only a german topic – it is a topic for every company worldwide, because networking, globalization and especially the risks of disruption will lead us all – sooner or later – to new business models.

The backbone of this initiative is the Internet, which is responsible for the networking of Smart Factories with each other. Through the consistent and dynamic use of the skills of distributed Factories, industry 4.0 requires an infrastructure which not only allows for dynamic interaction but actively supports it. In particular a telecommunication infrastructure is needed that provides the appropriate bandwidth, availability, safety and adaptability.

„As for the global economy, it is intertwined. “ Kurt Tucholsky, 1890-1935

After the mechanization with water and steam power the Digital followed the mass production with the help of conveyor belts and electrical energy, subsequently revolution, ie the use of electronics and IT for further automation of production. In the center is the virtualization of production in order to make dynamic and complex (Dynaxiity) manageable.

Companies must adapt innovations faster and faster, therefore an organizational structure is needed that reacts dynamically, which is not meant in the way of dynamic as yearly two-time restructuring, but to create a structure that can respond to dynamic without permanently reorganize themselve. Modern companies follow the newer management paradigms and create new structures to attack incumbent industry giants.

The transition times between economic eras are those in which the entrepreneurial spirit flourishes. Today we are in such a period. John Naisbitt (*1930)

Even if these concepts still seem like distant visions, we must now begin our planned and structured first steps to move in this direction in order to later be equipped adequately against disruptive business models.

For years, we have already been using dynamic models and artificial intelligence ourselves; to improve our analysis for instance. Through our experience in the telecommunications, IT, manufacturing and logistics we will develop your Smart Factory or the Future Net Structure.