White Paper

Data, Digital Threads, And Industry 4.0

Source: Protolabs, Inc.

We are living in what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution; the growth in electronics and computer technology over the past few decades with a dramatic increase in low-cost storage data, artificial intelligence, mobile computing, Software as a Service (SaaS), and Cloud-based computer systems. During this time, the Internet of Things (IoT) has tied everything together with smart devices that collect data, make decisions, and keep users informed of potential problems. The next phase in Industrial Revolution 4.0 is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), where smart factories use the universal direct networking of smart objects through the Internet. Download this white paper for more about Industry 4.0, how to follow digital threads, and how new digital manufacturing practices can help to reinvent factories and businesses.