Industry 4.0, or as it is commonly referred, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, includes a range of modern technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, and impacting all disciplines, economies, and industries.
(Christoph Roser at AllAboutLean.com- own work)- Wikipedia.com
Industry 4.0 creates what is called a "smart factory". Within each modular structured smart factory, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution builds on the Digital Revolution, representing new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in many fields including robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, The internet of things (IoT), 3D printing and autonomous vehicles.
An essential facet of Industry 4.0 is autonomous production methods that are powered by a concept referred to as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) — the idea that by harnessing a connected mesh of objects, devices and computers, machines can communicate with each other. Autonomous robots are a seminal example across countless industries, including manufacturing.
By connecting to a central server or database, the actions of robots can be coordinated and automated more than ever before. They can complete tasks intelligently, with minimal human input. Materials can be transported across the factory floor via autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). These AMRS can avoid obstacles, coordinate with fleet mates, and identify where pickups and drop-offs are needed, all in real-time.
How can you implement this technology in the classroom?
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