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Industrie 4.0 - The digitisation of manufacturing and production lines

Published: 2015-12-23

In 2011, the term "Industrie 4.0" was introduced to the German public, meaning, according to historians of science, the fourth industrial revolution after the intensified usage of steam engines in the 18th century, followed by the launch of assembly lines for mass production in Chicago's slaughterhouses (inspiring Henry Ford) in the late 19th century and the age of IT, computers and electronics in the 20th century. Around 300 years after Thomas Newcomen's steam engine was installed in the mine drainage station of a Staffordshire coal mine (in 1712), so-called "smart factories" are considered to usher in a new era. Looking at the pace of developments in our age, it is obvious that this new industrial revolution will proceed at a faster pace than the first industrial revolution, which accelerated only after the presentation of James Hargraves' "Spinning Jenny" (a multi-spool spinning wheel) and James Watt's improved steam engine in the late 1760s.

Published: 2015-12-23



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