What is Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 (or the fourth industrial revolution) refers to the convergence of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) to create smart factories that use enabling digital technology such as:

Internet of Things (IoT) 
Sensors, software, and other technologies are embedded in physical objects so they can connect and exchange data with other devices and systems.


Internet of Things (IoT) infographic

Big Data
This refers to large data sets that can be digitally analysed to reveal trends and associations in human behaviour and interactions.


Big data infographic

Digital Twin Software
A computer programme that replicates processes to collect data and predict the performance of a specific product or process.


Digital Twin Software infographic

Cloud Computing
The delivery of services through the internet (i.e., servers, databases, data storage, software) so files can be saved to a remote database and retrieved on demand. 


Cloud Computing infographic

Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM)
Otherwise known as ‘3D Printing', ALM refers to a computer-controlled process that creates three dimensional objects, typically by layering materials.


Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) or 3D Printing image

Robotics & Automation
In simple terms, this refers to the automation of a physical task or process that was previously carried out by humans, for increased productivity and the reduction of repetitive, manual tasks for employees. 


Robots and automation infographic

Artificial Intelligence
Computer systems that can perform tasks which normally require human intelligence (such as visual and speech recognition, translation between languages, and decision-making capabilities).


Artificial Intelligence (AI) infographic

To learn more about Industry 4.0 and how SWMAS can help, please get in touch.