The attainable vision of smart factories in the fourth industrial revolution

April 27, 2021

Since the Industrial Revolution and the development of mass production through machinery, factories have made steady progress in how they automate the production of goods to improve efficiency and potential revenue generation. But with the rapidly evolving technological capabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the roll-out of 5G networks, factories have the potential to take a significant step forward. Organisations across the globe are starting to develop the first generation of truly ‘smart’ factories – moving from traditional automation to fully integrated and flexible systems. Industry 4.0 is merging operational, information and communication technologies with cyber-physical systems, enabled by advanced wireless communication and Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) services. the smart factory of the future is no longer a distant ideal. It is a very real, achievable vision that is available to all companies that are ready to embrace the technologies behind Industry 4.0.

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