Industry 4.0 is a paradigm shift that redefines work structures within companies. In the “fourth industrial revolution”, the factory organises itself. Products control their own production process. Workpieces are sending their production plan to the factory plant via wireless technology. The workpieces become active control components in the factory of the future.
In many German companies, Smart Factory and Industry 4.0 are already an integral part of the corporate strategy. In practice, only a few companies have implemented concrete projects and initiatives. Read on to find out what Weidmüller thinks as one of the leading pioneers.
Dr. Peter Köhler, Chief Executive Officer of the Weidmüller Group
“The production facilities of the fure will gradually change. Individual value creation chains will be turned into value creation networks. Instead of production being centrally controlled in a passive system, the production processes will organise themselves as part of a decentralised procedure. The advantages are clear to see. Intelligence will translate into more flexible and more efficient production.”
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Prof Dr Henning Kagermann, President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech
Prof Dr Henning Kagermann, President of the National Academy of Science and Engineering – acatech – explains how the Industry 4.0 Smart Factory is becoming the new economic paradigm and calls for cooperation across industrial sector boundaries – for a brave entry into the world of Smart Services.
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Dr Jan Stefan Michels, Head of Standard and Technology Development
With own developments and involvement in working groups and standardisation committees, Weidmüller is playing a decisive role in driving the topic of Industry 4.0 forward. Dr Jan Stefan Michels, Head of Standard and Technology Development, explains how Weidmüller is currently pushing intelligent networking of production – both at a technological and a personal level.
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