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Machine Automation concepts to enable innovation for digitalised manufacturing

03 March, 2017

The advent of a fourth industrial revolution was first announced at the Hannover Messe in 2011. During that exhibition, the term “Industrie 4.0” was coined by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to describe this revolution-to-come.

The first industrial revolution brought mechanization to manufacturing, the second one electricity. In the 70s, a third revolution further enhanced production processes with the introduction of information technology.

The first three revolutions were all identified in the aftermath. Now, for the first time, Industrie 4.0 describes a revolution before it happens, creating stimulus for its advent, rather than describing it afterwards.

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