The term Industry 4.0 covers all opportunities for digitally networked production – including all steps from assembly, maintenance and repair, to marketing and disposal. A smart factory where individual modules make decentralized and autonomous decisions based on the digital data.
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From Industry 1.0 to Industry 4.0
The first industrial revolution (Industry 1.0) is closely tied to the invention of the steam engine around the year 1800. For the first time, things could be moved by using the physical power generated from steam and water. Before this invention, people were dependent on the muscle power of humans and animals, or on the primary energy of water.
Approximately 100 years later, in the late 1900s, electricity conquered the industrial drive technology. Thus, Industry 2.0 is the start of mass production using electrical energy. Piecework and assembly line work were introduced to production facilities.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." When Thomas Watson, Head of IBM, spoke these famous words in 1943, he could not have guessed how wrong his prognosis would turn out to be. In the 1970s, the third industrial revolution introduced the age of computer-assisted automation. This has causes production rates to increase significantly.
What is Industry 4.0?
The term Industry 4.0 covers all the new opportunities related to digitally networked production, such as assembly, maintenance, repair, marketing and disposal. This includes machinery and components that are no longer just networked and centrally controlled (Industry 3.0) but also make independent decisions decentrally based on digital information and incorporate them into the overall production system. Adaptive systems will be created over time.
In discussions relating to Industry 4.0 or digitalization, a number of terms are frequently used. Here are three topics that are important in this context: