retrieve material and feed a machine.
The required cutting plan, nesting
plans or other CNC programs are
almost instantly available for machines.
Suitable work instructions, printed or
on screen, interface with the operator.
Barcodes or RFID’s allow the software
to collect feedback from the shop floor
to update the software regarding the
This is still considered “Third
Machines talk to each other
Industrial Revolution”! And to be
quite direct - a large number of
North American companies have not
yet mastered this level of sophistica-
tion. What is next is building on the
changes brought by the Third Indus-
trial Revolution. In order to enter the
new technology, you first need to build
strong foundations by implementing
the above technology properly.
In the near future, the machines
communicate with each other. The
workpieces talk to the machine and
the system talks to the vendors. For
example, if a customer delays an order
(or wants to expedite the delivery) the
In 2011, the term “Industry 4.0” was coined for a government/industry initiative to accelerate the development and application of the connected
factory in Europe to maintain an industrial leading edge and price competitiveness in high-wage environments against low-wage countries.
Industry 4.0 can be viewed as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.