The 4th Industrial Revolution
The theme of this talk is the 4th industrial revolution and how technology and the IoT are changing industrial practices.
The 4th industrial revolution has emerged and the way factories work will never be the same. From the development of computation and industrial robots, which was the heart of the 3rd industrial revolution, the 4th industrial revolution has evolved to combine superior processing power with massive real-time data analysis, producing smart machines capable of collaborating with each other and, thus, taking plant automation a step further. The 1st and 2nd industrial revolutions moved production from manual to machine methods, causing an evolution that changed the predominantly agrarian, rural society to an urban, industrial one. The 4th industrial revolution can be viewed as the fusion of a range of new technologies across the digital, physical and biological worlds that will potentially impact to our economies and industries to the same extent.
I will discuss the implementation of smart factory technology and how manufacturing can be automated from order to delivery, then go on to examine the implications for individual companies and the manufacturing industry as a whole. This will include expected changes in workforce requirements as automation becomes more widely used.
Finally, I will consider the impact of these changes on society as a whole and outline the potential benefits and pitfalls of these massive changes.
Outline/structure of the Session
Firstly, I will:
- Introduce and define the 4th industrial revolution
- Demonstrate how industrialisation contributes to human development
- Show how jobs change with increasing industrialisation
- Show how automation leads to increased prosperity
I will then go on to:
- Define the Smart Factory
- Demonstrate the concepts of total factory automation
- Show how this is possible using current off the shelf products
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of Smart Factories
Finally, I will:
- Describe expected job changes
- Consider the social impacts of the 4th industrial revolution
I hope to dispel the myth that increased automation leads to job losses and associated social problems. I want to show that the 4th industrial revolution offers opportunities for all of society.
The target audience is anyone who is interested in the 4th industrial revolution, how technology and automation are likely to revolutionise industrial practices, and the implications for our workforce and society.