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Glass Industry 4.0 – at glasstec 2018

The term Industry 4.0 has been on everyone’s lips for some time now. It is syn­onym­ous with digitalization and connection of the complete industrial value chain. After dramatic developments at beginning of the industrial age such as the introduction of the steam engine, assembly line and later IT, the 4th Industrial Revolution is now marked by more and more smart factories. At smart factories products can handle their own manufacturing process and even control their own quality assurance. Humans are assisted by smart training and assistance systems in their increasingly complex job routines and, needless to say, form part of this giant network.
For many, this will probably still sound like wishful thinking but it is increasingly real. After all, those not worrying about this today, will probably be ousted of the market tomorrow. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some 70 % of all SMEs are currently taking a very close look at Industry 4.0 concepts, says a study commissioned by the German Ministry of Economics.
However, not all of them define Industry 4.0 in the same way. The requirements made on glass manufacturers differ from those made on window producers or finishers. But both supposedly convert their outfits into smart factories in small steps such as the purchase of new machinery or manufacturing robots. But the changeover is inevitable since new technologies are more efficient thereby ­increasing competitiveness while cutting costs. Many exhibitors at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf will therefore focus on the theme of Industry 4.0 and exhibit interesting developments.

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