Industry 4.0, a term better known in Europe than the US, is about the fourth industrial revolution, that is, advancing from embedded systems, e.g. programmable machines, to cyber-physical systems (CPS), i.e. communicating and thinking machines. The main features are:
- Intelligent systems in production and logistics;
- Highly adaptable and modular manufacturing and logistics systems;
- Sustainable and advanced manufacturing technologies;
- Automation technology and human-machine interaction.
With Industry 4.0, new web and ICTs (information and communication technologies) promote smart, autonomous, self-learning factories, which can provide more individualized and customized products. The workshop seeks to provide information on industry 4.0 and, interactively with the attendees, to identify the needs and enablers for transitioning to a smart and intelligent enterprise. This will support the creation of solutions for production and logistics systems in SMEs, and the development of sustainable organization and business models.