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Industry 4.0: The 4th Industrial Revolution

June 16, 2016

Industry 4.0: What Is It?

Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution, otherwise known as Industry 4.0. Coined in 2010 at Hannover Fair, the world’s largest industrial expo, the term describes the latest advance in production - the integration of cyber and physical systems.

The first industrial revolution was the use of waterpower and steam. The second was electricity. The third was the digital and computer revolution. Industry 4.0 marks the move towards the “smart factory” in which all physical manufacturing is monitored and maintained by cyber systems. As with previous revolutions, this next advance promises multifaceted rewards, including greater speed, efficiency, and product quality.

Industry 4.0 principals:

  • Interoperability between machines, devices, sensors, and people via the internet
  • Assisting humans by aggregating and visualizing huge data to facilitate better decisions in solving urgent problems
  • Replacing humans in physical tasks too unpleasant, exhausting, or dangerous
  • Automating routine decisions and tasks with exceptions, interferences, or conflicting goals delegated to humans


Industry 4.0 and The BoxMaker

The BoxMaker is riding the crest of the latest manufacturing wave. Over the past five years, we’ve invested heavily in realizing the Pacific Northwest’s first and largest digital production facility for packaging and display. Says President Richard Brown, “The equipment is great, but it's the integration and automation that make this responsive manufacturing platform hum.”

Our state-of-the-art facility does indeed hum, making real the promise of Industry 4.0. Our new synergy between humans, machines, and virtual systems is a game changer.


Industry 4.0 and You

So what does Industry 4.0 mean for you and your business? Clients and consumers alike are realizing the benefits of improved speed, flexibility, and quality. Now more than ever, The BoxMaker is able to be ultimately agile and responsive when it comes to meeting our clients’ needs, and keeping up with consumer trends in packaging. Through increased digital production and the integration of technology platforms and apps, we are able to provide solutions at the pace today’s commerce demands.

For more information on how Industry 4.0 is impacting the world of packaging, read this article published by Packaging World covering the topic at the drupa 2016 conference.

Ready to get started? Contact us for more information on our full embrace of the new revolution and what we can do for you.


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Digital Print and Production, Packaging and Print Technology, The BoxMaker

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