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We are trained consultants who embrace manufacturing excellence by implementing the tools and philosophy of the Toyota Production System (TPS), widely referred to as ‘lean manufacturing’. We embrace ...

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Industry 4

Revolution

is defined as a dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized or in people’s ideas about it.
Source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/revolution

Evolution

is defined as a gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.
Source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/evolution

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0, Industrie 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution,[1] is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things and cloud computing.

Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry_4.0

Benefits

According to a survey from PwC Management Consulting in Munich (January 2015) the companies are expecting following benefits from Industry 4.0

  • Increase in turnover attributable to Industry 4.0 cumulated, incremental growth in 5 years of 12.5% (2.5% per year) [European companies expect more than €110 billion additional revenue per year attributable to Industry 4.0]
  • Improved satisfaction of customer requirements, by Horizontal co-operation.
  • Reduction of the time from idea to final product on the market
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Increased efficiency

Revolution or Evolution?

Industry 4.0 will drastically change the way we are working and make decisions, and therefor has to be considered as a revolution in the industry.

On the other hand the term Industry 4.0 was created after the actual driving technology already existed and is continuously developing. We could argue, that the IoT was a direct result of the development of computer technology, which is said to have started in 1927 with the differential analyzer, built by H. L. Hazen and Vannevar Bush at MIT. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer) This would indicate Industry 4.0 is part of an evolution.

Also it could be argued that Industry 4.0 is an evolution of data collection and analyze of Lean Manufacturing (KPI). One important part of Lean is the availability of information and best in real time, to be able to react fast and better to customer requirements. Also Industry 4.0 and Lean claim to improve the whole value stream. Even the goals or benefits are very similar.

Conclusion

My personal conclusion is, that Industry 4.0 is revolution and evolution at the same time. Industry 4.0 is changing, and even will much more change, the way of working and even living as well it will help to achieve more benefits and easier problem solution capabilities in Lean, Lean SixSigma and other areas.

We all should focus on, how could we use the new technologies in our area of expertise to develop a work and living environment in which hopefully everybody will find her/his place.

To read the full version of my thoughts about Industry 4.0 please click here.

Upcoming Events

Highlights - News

2016 Transformation and Upgrading of Nantong Manufacturing Summit

2016 Transformation and Upgrading of Nantong Manufacturing Summit

2016-11-03

Jiangsu China, October, 24th In the afternoon of 20th, experts, scholars and entrepreneurs from Germany, Shanghai and Nantong, China discussed manufacturing transformation on Transformation and Upgrading of Nantong Manufacturing Forum....

New Service Contracts

New Service Contracts

2016-09-23

In September 2016 two of our clients decided to sign a 12-month service contract with us. Based on their former experience in the cooperation with Wuxi LST, they are convinced,...

Successful 5S Training Start

Successful 5S Training Start

2016-08-03

On Saturday the 30th of July 2016 again Wuxi LST performed a successful training day in 5S. The participants of the training - supervisor and manager - gave us again...

Industry 4.0 Revolution or Evolution?

Industry 4.0 Revolution or Evolution?

2016-06-24

Revolution is defined as a dramatic and wide-reaching change in the way something works or is organized or in people’s ideas about it.Source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/revolution Evolution is defined as a gradual...

5S Training & Visual Management Workshop

5S Training & Visual Management Workshop

2015-09-25

On Monday the 21th of September 2015 Wuxi LST gave a 5S training in Zhuhai. This time the training was conducted for the management team. Chinese and Expats participated and...

5S & TPM Training

5S & TPM Training

2015-09-16

During the 9th and 10th of September Wuxi LST conducted a 5S and a TPM training in Zhuhai. Participants from 2 German companies joined the training and gave a positive...

Training Program available

Training Program available

2015-07-23

The Lean Management Program is now available for you to read it online or download as PDF. You can find it here or directly open it here.

Door System Manufacturer Visit

2015-05-27

On the 21st and 22nd of May Wuxi LST visited a door system manufacturer in Zhuhai. After one year being in contact, arranged by a satisfied customer of Wuxi LST,...

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