What the 4th Industrial Revolution is all about

By Diana

Hannover Fair 2014

I recently read a blog article written by Alex Enderle (@Alex_Enderle) about the 4th Industrial Revolution and how her company (BOSCH) considered that the real revolution was the business model and not the concept of connected industry.

When we have been setting up our positioning regarding the 4th Industrial Revolution a few months ago it was clear to us from the beginning that the “Industrie 4.0″ (in German) highlighted a part of the 4th Industrial Revolution but that other key aspects needed to be covered as well.

The introduction of smart machines to create a smart and connected production and potentially enable more flexibility and, therefore, customization is definitely the future of the industry. However, this needs to be combined with 2 other critical aspects, which are the Socialization and Servitization of the industry.

In fact, the 4th Industrial Revolution is not only based on technological progress, it is highly inspired by trends that are now part of our day to day lives. Yet, in the 21st century people want to communicate live anywhere and anytime with their peers and even with brands. Confronted with an endless flood of information and a need to get things done quickly, people no longer buy a product for its design or cost but more and more for the services it provides.

The two best-selling smartphones would not be as successful without strong operating systems like Android and iOS.

The former low cost airline company Easyjet would not have managed to succeed in the “business trip” market without a strong service offering

Connected machines and factories are tools, just like smart phones. What really matters is how we use them.

This is the reason why we consider that communication and collaboration combined with a strong flexibility and service offering are key aspects of the 4th Industrial Revolution:

Share new ideas and speed up existing projects, create the best customer experience with customized machines and services, finally guarantee more profit for their company.

The 4th Industrial Revolution is about Social, Smart, Flexible production, with High Value-Added Services. We can help you lead the way!

If you found this article interesting we would be pleased to meet and discuss with you at our booth at the Hannover Messe from April 7-11, 2014. Let’s meet at the Digital Factory Hall 7, Booth D 28.

Don’t worry about the entrance fee, it’s on us! Here is your free ticket to Hannover Fair 2014. See you there!  :D (below are a few pictures from last year)

Boost efficiency by streamlining digital communication

By Olivier

If you’re more into comics, check out directly the bottom of this post :wink:

From our recent case study about Jakob Müller, thinkers of the international Industrial Equipment (IE) and manufacturing sector say that to satisfy customer requirements companies must be able to rapidly transfer development and production of a product to any of its globally located sites. A key element of companies’ demand and supply equation is easy access to data regardless of where it is located. It is a matter of efficiency. Any effective leader understands this especially in a world that is more connected than ever. But while being connected facilitates communication and opens new channels for consumers to express their needs it also puts pressure on companies to satisfy their customers’ growing expectations and still make a profit. Customize and cater to local preferences, yes, but not at any price.

A dilemma.

But not for everyone. IE companies in the know can produce more products tailored to customer expectations while keeping costs in check by using tools that provide all need-to-know actors with easy access to product data, previously designed components, intellectual property, and workflows from anywhere in the world, seamlessly and naturally. Products are released to market faster because bottlenecks inherent with inefficient management of a multi-site development organization are avoided.

Not possible you say?

Well, as a matter of fact, it is possible by working with a single source of product truth in a unique and unified environment. No more wasting time looking for information. No more errors because decisions were made based on outdated data. Single Source for Speed Industry Solution Experience is the answer for IE companies with a global footprint that deal with the complexities of industrial machine production in a digitally connected age and that need to integrate various disciplines like mechanical, electrical, piping and structural in the same data model. All actors can share, collaborate, exchange ideas and work as a community from anywhere on a single source of 3D product data. Utopic, you say? It is already being done thanks to 3DEXPERIENCE  :-)

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