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Embracing Industry 4.0—and Rediscovering Growth

What if existing manufacturing and large technological innovations came together to create the next big manufacturing reinvention? Bingo. This is the fourth manufacturing revolution, and it’s happening right now.

Olivier Scalabre
Senior Partner & Managing Director
Paris

The rise of new digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0, is a transformation that makes it possible to gather and analyze data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. This manufacturing revolution will increase productivity, shift economics, foster industrial growth, and modify the profile of the workforce—ultimately changing the competitiveness of companies and regions.

Nine Technologies Transforming Industrial Production

Advanced digital technology is already used in manufacturing, but with Industry 4.0, it will transform production. It will lead to greater efficiencies and change traditional production relationships among suppliers, producers, and customers—as well as between human and machine. Nine technology trends form the building blocks of Industry 4.0.

BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS

AUTONOMOUS ROBOTS

SIMULATION

HORIZONTAL AND VERTICAL SYSTEM INTEGRATION

THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET OF THINGS

CYBERSECURITY

THE CLOUD

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

AUGMENTED REALITY

Adopting Industry 4.0

Companies face formidable challenges in the adoption of these new technologies. To build and sustain a lead in the race to full implementation, they need to broaden and deepen their practical knowledge about digital technologies and the related use cases—and then develop and implement tailored digital manufacturing strategies.

BCG’s approach to Industry 4.0—along with the firm’s state-of-the-art model factories, or Innovation Centers for Operations—provides companies with the support they need to master the challenges of implementation.

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