Machinery

Expanding Industry 4.0 (June 12 - 18)

13 May 2022
Source: Adobe/Blue Planet Studio

Slowly but surely, global manufacturing is moving toward complete automation and optimization.

Myriad sensing, data acquisition, software and computing, and robotics and automation technologies are converging to build the factory of the future — a place where humans mostly just monitor production from HMIs and screens, and are able to allocate resources where they will be best leveraged. Meanwhile, production itself happens in a completely dark facility, because if there are no humans on the factory floor, who needs lights?

Industry 4.0 is gradually disrupting manufacturing as a whole. It is creating unprecedented efficiency, so manufacturers are creating parts and products with less waste and downtime than ever before.

At the heart of this change lie a few key technologies.

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