Furnaces, concrete blocks, and automotive tires may not sound like the stuff of digital dreams. In fact, such everyday
things are central to a new Industry 4.0 vision that is redefining the world of manufacturing.
In the first iteration of Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and other advanced technologies were deployed largely to optimize industrial processes, enhancing productivity and lowering costs to boost the bottom line. Now the products themselves are sensorized, enabling topline growth through data pipelines that power R&D and product upgrade capabilities.