A tan­gi­ble In­dustry 4.0

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As va­rious au­to­mo­ti­ve pro­fes­sio­nals ha­ve com­men­ted in re­cent months, In­dustry 4.0 was a reality in cer­tain pro­ces­ses long be­fo­re a na­me was found for the con­cept. Alt­hough it is true that the­se af­fir­ma­tions are li­mi­ted to con­cre­te ca­ses, the in­ter­ac­tion bet­ween the pa­noply of tech­no­lo­gies span­ning this phi­lo­sophy is in­crea­singly evi­dent. Bea­ring in mind that the con­cept ori­gi­na­ted in Ger­many, it is no sur­pri­se that fac­to­ries li­ke the Daim­ler plant in Spain are al­ready alig­ning their pro­ces­ses with this trend with the “aim of ob­tai­ning a com­pe­ti­ti­ve ad­van­ta­ge,” stres­ses Emi­lio Ti­tos, Ge­ne­ral Ma­na­ger of Mer­ce­de­sBenz Es­pa­ña’s Vi­to­ria plant, in an in­ter­view with Au­toRe­vis­ta. The need for In­dustry 4.0 to per­mea­te the in­dus­trial fa­brics of ex­tre­mely va­ried sec­tors is re­flec­ted in new events li­ke Ad­van­ced Fac­to­ries (held from 4–6 April in Barcelona). This fo­rum will ser­ve to show­ca­se the la­test de­ve­lop­ments in spe­cia­li­ties li­ke au­to­ma­tion and sen­sor sys­tems — a de­ter­mi­ning fac­tor in this era of trans­for­ma­tion — and will al­so fea­tu­re in­dus­trial me­tro­logy, which plays an in­crea­singly re­le­vant ro­le. The ef­fects of this re­lentless re­vo­lu­tion will con­ti­nue to tric­kle down un­til fi­nally reaching the re­pair-shop and af­ter-sa­les do­mains, which — in so­me way — will bring the ma­nu­fac­tu­ring world clo­ser to this sig­ni­fi­cant part of the va­lue chain. A glim­pse of what to ex­pect will be pro­vi­ded at this year’s Mo­tor­tec Au­to­me­cha­ni­ka Ma­drid.

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