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Industry 4.0

  • INDUSTRY 4.0

    INDUSTRY 4.0




    smart products, smart developmentand
    no more silo's






Industry 4.0 can be described as the fourth stage of industrial (r)evolution, transforming manufacturing processes through connected machines and thereby enabling the use of innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT) to improve automation, communication and use of real-time data. By applying the technologies and principles of Industry 4.0, the efficiency, quality and safety of manufacturing processes and production systems can be increased, and new smart products, services and business models can be developed that fully exploit the potential of IoT and autonomous technologies. Industry 4.0 thus expands business opportunities from product-based to service-based revenue streams.

Smart products and services are at the core of most of the applications in the Industry 4.0 or IoT environment. Through integrated connectivity, sensor technology and data processing capacity, smart products can collect data throughout their entire life cycle, perform standardized tasks autonomously, coordinate centrally and decentrally via cloud platforms and adapt to changing environmental conditions and tasks. On this basis, smart services can be developed such as data-based business models, predictive maintenance and higher-level visions of the future such as Smart City, Smart Agriculture or Smart Healthcare. Industry 4.0 and IoT technologies are thus important drivers of new business models, products and services and thus a core element of digital transformation.


Hans Georg Scheibe

Managing Partner ROI-EFESO


The smart combination of lean production with the possibilities of Industry 4.0 makes manufacturing companies faster, more flexible and more adaptable and at the same time opens up new revenue and value creation potential.



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Factory of the Future

The term Smart Factory encompasses a wide range of Industry 4.0 approaches to increasing quality, productivity and efficiency in manufacturing. By integrating Industry 4.0 and IoT technologies, the ‘factory of the future’ will be networked, efficient and scalable in terms of organization and processes and will be able to anticipate changes and adapt to new requirements with agility. Processes, machines and employees will be connected to each other and provide real-time data.

The systematic exploitation of the collected data, as in the context of machine learning applications, is what makes the smart factory intelligent in the first place and ensures high-quality decision-making. A greater degree of automation will allow extended operating times and thus increased productivity. Consistent use of data technologies, assistance systems and autonomous, adaptive systems will create digitized value-added networks.


Furthermore, virtual, dynamic data models will enable the mapping and simulation of physical objects, processes or entire networks along the product and system life cycle. These digital twins are much more than mere virtualization technology, but the key to data-based business models that enable precise predictions to be made about performance, the value-added process, weak points, material fatigue or other risks. For example, developers can change functions, test new settings and evaluate complex simulations at a fraction of the cost of conventional methods.

Industry 4.0 leads to the disruption of established business models and value creation processes. But it is also the key to the future viability of production companies. The use of digital technologies in industry increases transparency, efficiency and productivity, minimizes costs and enables more flexible, personalized and autonomous production. This leads to a multitude of new production processes, business models and products as well as offering enormous potential.


Your guide to your future-proof production company

As an experienced partner, EFESO guides your way to a future-proof production company that can exploit this potential. The starting point for your sustainable IoT and Industry 4.0 strategy is a complete and objective view of the potential and implementation hurdles existing in your company regarding industrial digitalization. We would be happy to support you in this analysis and implementation. We are one of the leading experts for industrial digitization, Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT in Europe. Our multidisciplinary expertise is based on in-depth technical, methodological and technological know-how as well as extensive experience from several hundred customer projects. Our services for your industrial digitization include:


  • Measurement and evaluation of your digital maturity level (digital readiness)
  • Design of a roadmap for your digital transformation journey and operationalization of the digital strategy
  • Planning of Smart Factory concepts (technologies, methods, structures, processes)
  • Deployment of Digital Twin concepts for products and processes
  • Implementation of digital leadership principles and agile working models and methods such as Design Sprints and Minimum Viable Products (MVPs)


  • Development and piloting of Smart Products and Services, Implementation of data analytics
  • Consultancy on the selection and design of scalable IT architecture and platforms
  • Systems Lifecycle Management
  • Training and qualification




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