A critical look on Industry 4.0 | Christoph Roser

One of the hottest buzzwords right now (at least in Germany) is Industry 4.0. However, it’s a bit fuzzy what Industry 4.0 is, exactly. In this post I would like to talk about Industry 4.0. This includes very little about all the promises of a wonderful future – you can read that elsewhere. Instead, I will try to give you the big picture. I will talk about how Industry 4.0 came into existence, why it is so popular, what the true current benefit of Industry 4.0 is, and why you should pay attention to clothes.

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Michel Baudin‘s comments:

Thanks to Christoph Roser for information about Industry 4.0. I suspected it was a Hershey Hugs kind of program, and this confirms it. In case you are not familiar with Hershey Hugs, it was a follow-up product to the successful Hershey’s Kiss, except that Hershey’s marketing came up with the name first, and then ran a contest among employees to figure out that the product would be intertwined swirls of white and black chocolate in the same shape as a Hershey’s Kiss.

In his list of previously hot topics, CIM is one I was personally involved with in the 1980s. And yes, I have the same feeling of déjà vu. The promises of Industry 4.0 sound identical to the unfulfilled ones of CIM, but they fall on the ears of a new generation of managers, that has yet to be disappointed. This being said, today’s IT is more valuable than ever and has an important supporting role to play in manufacturing. I just share Christoph’s doubts that a program like Industry 4.0 will do much to develop it.

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  3. yes, eventhough I share much of the doubts and concerns, we cannot deny the supporting role of IT (software & hardware) which are much more powerful and capable than in those years, i.e. the progress rate has been much faster than other conventional industries.
    However, still it is being presented beside Germany in many of the other countries that IT plays the leadingr role, or the triggering for change for miracle type of solutions as opposed to its supporting role! Namely without reaching process stability (e.g. inserts are still inserts, ledges are still ledges on NC-Tools!) we will face the same problem; even measuring 100% with capable in-proces-measument sensors => processing big-data => sorting them out will not help much to improve FPY rates, or reduce the total defect cost. Very few people talk about this, which is strange enough, and this should bethe job of real manufacturing people, the one on the shop floor…

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