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Engineering and Manufacturing

Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? It’s already happening and if you are a manufacturing business you need to be involved.

The First Industrial Revolution introduced machines in a move from manual production to powered engines in the eighteenth century. The term factory started to be used. This was followed by the Second Industrial Revolution (1870 to 1914) which made use of communications such as telegraphs and railroads. Its defining characteristic was mass production. The Third Industrial Revolution or the Information Age (usually dated from 1950 onwards) introduceddigital technologies in production with a shift from analogue/mechanical systems to digital automation.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) refers to the current trend of further automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It introduces Cyber-Physical Systems comprising of smart machines, storage systems and production facilities capable of autonomously exchanging information, triggering actions and controlling each other independently. It includes the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. This facilitates fundamental improvements to the industrial processes involved in manufacturing, engineering, material usage and supply chain and life cycle management.

If you are a manufacturing organisation and are wondering how this applies to you, you might be interested in the Manufacturing 4.0 Review offered by the Scottish manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS). A number of local companies have already made use of this to look at how they could modernise their manufacturing capability. For further details of this and other help available from SMAS, click on the link below.


Posted on Friday 1st March 2019