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Amatrol – Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0, also referred to as Smart Factory, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and other names, is the interconnection of industrial technologies to produce big data analytics, which promotes applications like predictive analysis (technology alerts you to a problem before it happens), prescriptive analysis (technology allows you to generate solutions before a problem occurs), and more.

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Industry 4.0 was developed by subject matter experts in conjunction with real-world feedback from industry and educational institutions to ensure that students with no background in manufacturing can begin with the basics like industrial safety, hand tool skills, etc. and build to industrial competencies in areas like PLC troubleshooting, mechatronics, and data analytics, as well as learning to program and operate a FANUC robot.

The world is in the early stages of a fourth Industrial Revolution that holds the potential for a massive impact on industrial efficiency and productivity. It goes by a variety of names and terms: the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the Industrial Internet, Industry 4.0, and Smart Factory, to name a few.

The terms work together to create a working definition of Industry 4.0, which can be described as the combination of cyber-physical systems, automation, and the Internet of Things to create a smart factory environment. Imagine a factory in which robots and self-driving vehicles communicate with each other and the workers overseeing them to report on a wide variety of information, such as throughput, cycle times, mechanical breakdowns, and predictive maintenance.

Smart sensors and smart devices possess the ability to create an enormous amount of data that can be shared via cloud technology to not only monitor real-time production status but also to predict future maintenance needs and even order parts in advance of when they’ll be required.

Smart factories are not just a thing of the future. They exist now, and Industry 4.0 pioneers are leading the way across a broad cross-section of industries, pushing competitors to use the Industrial Internet as a tool to take them to the next level.

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