Production process are becoming increasingly connected, and thus more intelligent and flexible. Already today, all elements of the production process – people, workpieces, and machines – are linked with each other by modern IT infrastructure. This way, all production-related data and information is exchanged in real time and is available to the workers and systems. This results in dynamic and self-organized value networks that are continuously optimized and always adapted to the current needs.
Examples of Industry 4.0 in action are machine-to-machine communication, fence-less collaboration between humans and robots or the globally connected business models of the future.