Smart Products: Industrie 4.0

Smart Products: Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0

Germany Trade & Invest "GERMANY. SMART SOLUTIONS. SMARTER BUSINESS." campaign message highlighting the role of the Internet of Things, Data and Services in driving the fourth industrial revolution (Industrie 4.0) which will transform manufacturing and production.

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What are smart products and what does "Industrie 4.0" mean exactly? Smart products or Industrie 4.0 is the technological evolution from embedded systems to cyber-physical systems. Put simply, Industrie 4.0 represents the coming fourth industrial revolution on the way to an Internet of Things, Data and Services.

Decentralized intelligence helps create intelligent object networking and independent process management, with the interaction of the real and virtual worlds representing a crucial new aspect of the manufacturing and production process.

Industrie 4.0 represents a paradigm shift from "centralized" to "decentralized" production - made possible by technological advances which constitute a reversal of conventional production process logic. With other words, this means that industrial production machinery no longer simply “processes” the product, but that the product communicates with the machinery to tell it exactly what to do.

Industrie 4.0 connects embedded system production technologies and smart production processes to pave the way to a new technological age which will radically transform industry and production value chains and business models (e.g. "Smart Factory").


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Industrie 4.0

Industrie 4.0 represents the coming fourth industrial revolution on the way to an Internet of Things, Data and Services.

Cyber-Physical Systems

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are enabling technologies which bring the virtual and physical worlds together to create a truly networked world in which intelligent objects communicate and interact with each other.

Smart Factory

The deployment of cyber-physical systems in industrial production systems gives birth to the "smart factory."



The Technological Revolution Continues - INDUSTRIE 4.0

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