'Industry 4.0': What's Next for Manufacturing?

July 15, 2013
The Next Revolution Is Intelligent Factories That Use Next-Generation Wireless Automation for All Processes

First there was the invention of the steam engine during the 18th century, then mass production techniques were implemented in manufacturing in the early 20th century. The next few decades to follow developed electronic systems and computer technologies to improve production lines. In the following article, Sam Shead, reporter for The Engineer, asks the question: "What's next?" Industry experts from Siemens Industry and Bosch Rexroth say there is a new period of manufacturing that will arise over the next few decades known as 'Industry 4.0.' Learn how intelligent factories that link up every part of its production chain with next-generation wireless automation could mark a sea change in manufacturing.

Read the full article on The Engineer.

Sponsored Recommendations

Engineer's Guide to Advanced Motion and Mechatronics

This guide will examine the remaining differences between stepper and servo motors, new perspectives on motion control, the importance of both gentleness and accuracy with linear...

eBook: Efficient Operations: Propelling the Food Automation Market

For industrialized food production sectors, the megatrends of sustainable practices, digitalization and demand for skilled employees are underpinned by rising adaptability of ...

2024 State of Technology: Report: Sensors, Vision & Machine Safety

Manufacturing rarely takes place in a vacuum. Workers must be protected from equipment. And equipment must be protected. Sensing technology, vision systems and safety components...

Enclosure Cooling Primer

Learn more about enclosure cooling in this helpful primer.