Automotive industry | © baranozdemir - www.istockphoto.com Source: Automotive industry | © baranozdemir - www.istockphoto.com INDUSTRIE 4.0 is the name given to the German strategic initiative to establish Germany as a lead market and provider of advanced manufacturing solutions.
One of 10 “Future Projects” identified by the German government as part of its High-Tech Strategy 2020, the “INDUSTRIE 4.0” project represents a major opportunity for Germany to establish itself as an integrated industry lead market and provider.
So-called because it will usher in a fourth industrial age, INDUSTRIE 4.0 is set to revolutionize manufacturing and production. INDUSTRIE 4.0 represents a paradigm shift from “centralized” to “decentralized” smart manufacturing and production.
“Smart production” becomes the norm in a world where intelligent ICT-based machines, systems and networks are capable of independently exchanging and responding to information to manage industrial production processes.
This brave new world of decentralized, autonomous real-time production being pioneered in Germany has its basis in two things:
- Germany’s continued role as one of the world’s most competitive and innovative manufacturing industry sectors.
- Germany’s technological leadership in industrial production research and development.
Germany has the ideal conditions to become a global leader in innovative, internet-based production technology and service provision. Technological leadership and vision in the fields of manufacturing, automation and software-based embedded systems, as well as historically strong industrial networks, lay the cornerstone for the long-term success of the INDUSTRIE 4.0 project.