The concept of “Industry 4.0” is becoming increasingly important. Industry 4.0 is a term used to describe the concept of the “Smart Factory,” – i.e., one in which the process of manufacturing is automated and “cyber physical” systems are able to communicate with one another and work together to achieve a common goal. This fourth industrial revolution is made possible via the “Internet of Things” – a network of physical objects (the “things”) embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enable all of these objects to communicate with one another.
Industry 4.0 is a key concept in the world of electronics manufacturing. There are four main characteristics of Industry 4.0:
- Vertical networking of smart production systems
- Horizontal integration via a new generation of global value chain networks
- Through-engineering across the entire value chain
- The impact of exponential technologies
Saline Lectronics has fully embraced the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. In our newest blog series we will address the four main characteristics of Industry 4.0 and how Saline Lectronics has embraced each characteristic in its electronic manufacturing process. Stay tuned for the first post in January 2016!