Industry 4.0

Revolutions in Manufacturing

Manufacturers in the United States are in the midst of a revolution—the fourth such transformation to happen in American manufacturing.

While groundbreaking philosophies such as total quality, just-in-time production and lean manufacturing have steadily transformed the industry, manufacturers today stand on the threshold of their fourth revolution: Industry 4.0. This new era of manufacturing is paced by powerful, cyber-physical systems and highly-skilled humans to produce incredible new products and services.

While manufacturing strategy has always been important, having the right one today is more crucial than ever.

Mark Frohlich, Gregg and Sabine Sherrill Director of Excellence in Manufacturing

Manufacturing sectors in both Indiana and the United States as a whole must be preserved and strengthened as we plunge into Industry 4.0. A strong and innovative manufacturing base not only helps to bolster our state and national competitiveness, but also maintains standards of living and reduces trade deficits.

A History of Industry 4.0


In contrast to the previous manufacturing revolution, which replaced many people with automated machinery, Industry 4.0 requires highly skilled and educated workers to initiate automation and monitor the machinery behind it. This has led to a wide skills gap in today’s workforce.


The automated processes we built in the previous revolution have evolved from advanced to routine. There is a need to continue to innovate and improve the levels of automation within today’s manufacturing processes.


Industry 4.0 allows us to invent and build newer, more advanced products quicker and more efficiently than ever before. Advanced skills paired with unprecedented automation result in innovative and unparalleled products.


With the ever-advancing data tracking and metrics capabilities available to Industry 4.0, we are able to identify the most efficient processes, reduce production costs, increase customer satisfaction and even improve quality of life.

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