The rise of new digital industrial technology, known as Industry 4.0, is a transformation that makes it possible to gather and analyze data across machines, enabling faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes to produce higher-quality goods at reduced costs. It has led to an unprecedented rise in data availability, computational power and connectivity across sectors including manufacturing and the supply chain.
At Konica Minolta, we believe connected factories will be at the heart of Industry 4.0. Factory shop floors will become increasingly automated and digitized as machines are connected and can communicate with each other. This grants manufacturers smoother processes and allows employees to focus more on other tasks. Ultimately, manufacturers can expect to see optimised processes, greater asset utilization, real-time inventory monitoring, higher labour productivity and improved customer service.