18 February, 2020

Industry 4.0 – a lack of urgency

27 October, 2017

A recent BCAS survey has revealed an apparent indifference towards industry 4.0 and the rise of new digital industrial technology with only 24% of compressed air end users stating that it is very important at the moment. Is it hype over reality, or a lack of awareness?

BCAS’ view is that this current trend towards automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies can only help with energy efficiency and maintenance before failure, and therefore improve both service levels and costs moving forwards. Today, a smart factory or production facility is available as an after fit – so you do not have to wait to change your compressor to take advantage of this new technology led revolution.

In fairness, 36% still rate industry 4.0 as important and the figures increase when asked if it will become important in 5 and 10 years’ time, but worryingly it may reflect a lack of urgency to take action in an area where UK manufacturing should take a lead.

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