In a globalized world competition is fierce. To stay competitive you need to continuously improve and streamline the way you work, produce and deliver your products.
The solution – Industry 4.0
The term Industry 4.0 appeared for the first time in 2011 when an association of representatives from business, politics and academia promoted the idea as an approach to strengthening the competiveness of the German manufacturing industry. The German Government supported the idea by announcing that it will be an integral part of its “High-Tech Strategy 2020 for Germany” initiative. After that the concept of Industry 4.0 is used across Europe.
But of course, this has been realized by many others than Europeans. The United States and the English speaking world may more generally also use terms as “’The Internet of Things” or “Internet of everything” and in Asia you might hear about “made in china 2025” strategies.
In short, the essence of Industry 4.0 is the Internet of things, which means the ubiquitous connection of machines, products, systems and people. In other words, machines and products can communicate so they can manage themselves and each other. Industry 4.0 is a term that facilitates the vision of the future “smart factory”, and therefore “the smart logistics” as well. It might be defined as the embedding of smart products into digital and physical processes.
From our point of view CargoBeacon is the essence of smart logistics where sensors attached to your goods automatically gathers data and provide information to external systems to automate processes and to aid, or even automate, decision making. This is what we call logistics 4.0.
Logistics 4.0 for you
Industry 4.0 and logistics 4.0 mean different things for different companies. Industry 4.0 is already associated with continuing digitalization and the implementation of industrial production with modern information and communications technology.
Now, as part of Logistics 4.0, these same factors also open up completely new opportunities and vast potential in logistics along the entire value chain. Low hanging fruit that we come across often relate to one or more of automating the task of Goods Reception or to provide information about the goods in transit. This can be one or more of providing environmental conditions, location, or events such as excessive shock or tilt, stop-overs, re-loading or co-loading events, shipment tampering and/or transit time.
We would love to understand your challenges and help you along your journey in logistics 4.0.
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