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09 novembre 2021

Implementation of the Industry 4.0 concept in an Automotive Group

This year, we have the tenth anniversary of the German strategic initiative for take this out to improve readability industrial investment of several million euros across Europe. Some of the early results, such as an improved interconnection between the factory and management, made it easier to get through the pandemic. Other solutions currently implemented, such as the most recent Volkswagen “Industrial Cloud” experiment, will finally allow to gain in productivity, efficiency and flexibility, in order to address the challenges of the future in the best way. We are going through one of the most intense times of change in history and all industry or company have to face this new challenge.

Traditional competitive advantages change continuously and impose agility and clarity of objectives. The COVID19 global pandemic crisis has shown that the challenge is not to do detailed long-term planning, but rather to have a successful model structured to manage the transformation process in a responsive, flexible and sustainable manner. Supporting this idea is Industry 4.0, ten years after the first time German Chancellor Merkel spoke about it. Industry 4.0 serves to boost the economy and above all to prepare Europe for the challenges of the future.

The expression was born as the title of one of the 10 strategic development projects of the German state (Strategy 2020). In many ways, efforts by Germany and other countries in this direction have reduced the negative impact of the pandemic. Just think of the possibility of working remotely and the increased use of the artificial intelligence (AI) in factories.

With 4.0 we mean the fourth industrial revolution, after mechanization, industrialization and automation. The new revolution is given by the penetration of the Internet and hyper-connectivity in the industrial and B2B (Business to Business) sectors. In Germany, where the first research received funding in 2011 to the tune of 210 million euros, and in other countries, the subject is still of great importance because little of the strategic path identified at that time has been implemented. At the heart of the Industry 4.0 vision is the smart factory, a rapidly changing factory. This is possible by so-called cyber-physical systems: information systems that constantly interact with physical systems.


 One example of Industrial implementation

The Volkswagen Group is among the pioneers in the implementation of this vision. We have created, in collaboration with technological partners such as Amazon Web Services, ABB and Siemens, the “Industrial Cloud”, an open and interconnected platform enabling companies to focus their resources on optimizing production, creating new business opportunities for smart products and improving operational efficiency along the value chain. All without...

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Pietro Urso (1997)

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