Running your company the smart way

How Industry 4.0 will change the way you do business

Robert Boute

By Robert Boute

Professor of Operations Management

Robin Kleer

By Robin Kleer

Professor of Innovation Management

Steve Muylle

By Steve Muylle

Professor of Digital Strategy and Marketing

Karlien Vanderheyden

By Karlien Vanderheyden

Professor of Organisational Behaviour

Ann Vereecke

By Ann Vereecke

Professor of Operations Management

15 January 2019

Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0 – from the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and the cloud through to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and blockchain. But what does it all mean in practice?

It’s not a question of if Industry 4.0 will drastically change the way we do business. It’s a question of when and how quickly. So how can you apply this technology in your business – not just to improve production and performance, but to make a difference for customers?

This white paper gives you the insight you need to get ahead of the game and prepare your organisation for the fourth industrial revolution.

Key insights:

1/ Back to the beginning

  • Four industrial revolutions
  • Where does the term Industry 4.0 come from?

2/ Defining Industry 4.0

  • Four principles

3/ The role of technology

4/ Smart factories – the adoption of 4.0 technology inside factory walls

  • Smart maintenance

5/ Smart supply chains – the adoption of 4.0 technology beyond the factory walls

  • Smart logistics: collaborative shipping, synchromodality and deep reinforcement learning

6/ Smart products – taking the complete value chain into account

  • The B2B2C perspective

7/ Smart people – the workforce of the future

  • Connecting man and machine
  • The growing importance of soft skills

8/ What’s next

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Ann Vereecke

Ann Vereecke

Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management