Between the 1st and 6th of April did the Hannover Messe take place in Germany for the 14th time. It has now grown to be one of the biggest industrial events in the world with around
- 215 000 visitors
- 6500 exhibitors
- 80 forums and conferences
- 6 500 000 business contacts
The event is covering industrial trends such as 5G, logistics 4.0, Digital Twin, Artificial Intelligence and industry 4.0. But what I found the most interesting is the combination and future of the industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence. AI is the foundation of industry 4.0 and is going to change the business landscapes in industries and sectors such as IT, telecommunication, manufacturing and finance.
But first of all, what is industry 4.0?
To sum it up, is industry 4.0 about smart factories and an ocean of possibilities for companies. It doesn’t matter if the company is small, medium or big. Everybody can adapt themselves to the industry 4.0 by just using the right kind of tools.
By adapting to the industry 4.0 do the companies first of all integrate smart machines step by step. These kinds of machines are connected with the AI development and is a way to simplify the process in factories but also to increase the growth for the companies.
As a result of smart factories and a more efficient style of business do the companies now need a different kind of labor. The classic use of labor like when Ford was creating the T-Ford is now changing to be more advanced. The labor needs to be qualified and IT expertise is getting more and more meaningful.
But industry 4.0 do also have a solution to the problem by integrating the workers. They use smart data glasses to guide them when repairing a system or they use smart gloves
who identifies when a component is incorrectly mounted.
Artificial Intelligence and Industry 4.0
One of the main areas that the artificial intelligence is focusing on today is the machine learning. This was also one of the main subjects during this year Hannover Messe because of its connection to industry 4.0.
Machine learning is exactly what it says to be. It’s machines who learns by experience. By using algorithms that neither you nor I understand, is one of the machines main tasks to collect data while working.
These kinds of machines are built upon a pattern recognition system. So, by analyzing the large amount of data it has collected can they now identify patterns in the systems and eventually learn.
One example of a type of machine learning that’s being used today is image recognition. This kind of method is being used many different kind of sectors such as e-commerce, automotive and healthcare.
So, how will these machines work in industry 4.0? In the smart factories is everything connected and all the items that are connected are also communicating to one another. While the machines are communicating, do they also learn and ameliorate the work by the pattern recognition system. This means that there are not many technological or innovational steps left in order to fully replace human labor.
Are we ready?
By attending this event did I learn so much about the industry of tomorrow in so many businesses and realizing that these futuristic examples are not far away from reality.
But the again do the questions strike me as well as many others.
Are we ready for industry 4.0?
How badly are the smart factories going to affect the workers since the classic industrial worker is no longer needed?
How far will the learning technology spread?
Is this a risk that will affect other non-industrial businesses?
The questions have been asked before and I think that the only way to answer them is by implementing the new technology and adapt to it.