The Fourth Industrial Revolution – Industry 4.0 - is driving manufacturing
into the future

In 2011, at the Hanover Fair, the term ‘Industry 4.0’ was used publicly for the first time. It has quickly become a synonym for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with the Internet of Things (IoT) as its enabling technology. Industry 4.0 is about the de-centralized control of production processes enabled by cyber-physical-systems, a tight and finely-grained integration of horizontal and vertical value chains, as well as new smart services.

Then in 2016, the World Economic Forum published their definitive view on what Industry 4.0 is, and how it will change almost every aspect of our economic and social life. It outlined a vision of a ‘hyperconnected’ world and the possibility that billions of people and things will be connected.

The transformation that’s happening across manufacturing represents not just another stage of the Third Industrial Revolution, but an entirely new and distinct one. The Fourth Industrial revolution will have an impact on velocity, scope, and systems. And, unlike the previous revolutions, it is evolving at an exponential rate, and disrupting almost every industry in every country. The breadth and depth of these changes herald the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance.

Fujitsu is leading the way

Manufacturing is at the cutting edge of that new world, and so is Fujitsu. According to leading analysts, manufacturing has the highest share in terms of spending on IoT. The same applies for Artificial Intelligence (AI) which will see an eight-fold increase from 2017 to 2021, while in 2018 investment in Fast IT (IoT, AI, Cloud etc.) will surpass the spending on Classical IT and will be three times as high by 2021.

Fujitsu has taken the lead in linking the idea of hyper connectivity to business. Our concept of The Hyperconnected Business is unique. We co-create it with you, on your terms, and to achieve your specific objectives.

Industry 4.0 and the Hyperconnected Business

Industry 4.0 will be a revolution and a disruption. Its ultimate target is to achieve individual production down to lot-size one at costs close to mass production. To do that requires a tight value-network integration within the production line but also with suppliers via de-centralized control of production processes. IoT and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are mandatory to delivering that outcome.

And that’s the big difference between the recent past and the future: connectivity is set to become deeper and more widespread. You need new ways of deriving valuable information from all the data collected through the various means like sensors. A typical example is predictive maintenance for machines in the production line or for the installed base of products. Manufacturers must become part of a broader and more integrated value chain based on an ecosystem of the right partners. And, they may have to refresh their business models to cope with disruptors and get even closer to their customers.

Open the data pipeline: Create new ways to make and sell things

See more, see it faster, and be able to act decisively and creatively, and you can get closer to customers, focus on their evolving needs, and create lasting relationships that deliver value over the long term.

What you make is important, but how you make it work for your customers is now far more important in a hyperconnected world. You need to think about provisioning enhanced or entirely new services and offerings. And that takes data. You need to be able to capture, analyze and act on it swiftly. That means the customer gets the outcome they expect, and you get to share in their success which is based on your excellent engineering and production.

Co-creating: How we work with you

Our co-creation strategy is based on a fundamental concept: human-centric innovation. Industry 4.0 is a huge opportunity to enrich the lives of both workers and customers, as well as, generate growth and real business value.

We collaborate with our customers to ensure that their approach to Industry 4.0 is a holistic one. Digital technologies can help us make things in new ways and serve individual customer needs beyond the physical item itself.

We work hard to partner technologies like robotics and AI with people, so they can focus on what they do best supported by the advantages of technology. Repetitive and heavy tasks can be done by software or robots, while skilled workers can be freed to add value in creative and innovative ways.

We do that by applying three critical dimensions: Human empowerment, creative intelligence, and connected infrastructure.

IoT is the foundation of the hyperconnected manufacturer

As our global CTO and CIO (Tango Matsumoto) said not so long ago, “The hyperconnected world is driven by the next generation of the Internet – the Internet of Things.” IoT’s potential is huge. No one disputes that. The point is to make the most of that potential now.

IoT is the foundation of a hyperconnected business. It creates seamless flows inside and outside your organization, so you can see what’s happening and guide your business in the direction you desire it to go. You can also react with greater agility to trends, internal and external, so you’re always ahead of the curve. And IoT is even more powerful when combined with other key technologies.


Top Opportunities and Challenges

Download our white paper and explore the top challenges and solutions Industry 4.0 brings to manufacturing.

The key-topics covered by this white paper are:

  • Smart production by design
  • People and machines at the heart of automation
  • Employees should be the focal point of digital transformation
  • Ensuring the best customer experience and service
  • Awareness and approach to cyber security in manufacturing

Real Time Tracking in Manufacturing

Making decisions requires visibility

Where are the points of value in your manufacturing processes and supply chain? Are they in the right place? Do they work? We believe you won’t know until you have visibility.

By getting a better grip on this sort of information, just think about the improvements you could make to your manufacturing processes: better quality output, faster production, and lower costs.

Watch the video to learn more about real time tracking in manufacturing. Speaker: Tim Moody Head of Globeranger Product Management & Pre-Sales Fujitsu. Read this blog to find out more about how visibility at the edge is mandatory in an Industry


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