Industry 4.0 launches a new period of manufacturing technology that will be fully upon us in the next ten years. At its core will be cyber-physical systems made up of processors, software, sensors and communication technologies.

If the digital revolution brought a shift from analog and mechanical technology to digital technology, Industry 4.0 describes the linking of production and automation technology with the Internet, optimizing production in real-time.

Powered by the convergence of low-cost storage, ubiquitous sensors, powerful artificial intelligence, and analytics, plus widespread adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS) and Cloud-based computer systems, Industry 4.0 offers an intersection between real and virtual worlds — with a huge impact for product engineering and manufacturing.

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By Srivats Ramaswami, CTO at 42Q