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Industry 4.0 From The Semiconductor Industry’s Perspective

The article deals with the challenges semiconductor manufacturers are facing with, and what opportunities are resulting out of Industry 4.0.

Thomas Brand
Thomas Brand | Field Applications Engineer | Analog Devices, Inc

At present, a paradigm shift, referred to frequently as Industry 4.0—or Industrie 4.0 in Germany—is taking place. In international usage, terms like the (Industrial) Internet of Things, smart factory, or cyber physical (production) systems are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing. Industry 4.0 refers to the global trend toward the digitization and networking of the industrial value chain and its products.

The high profile of Industry 4.0, particularly in Germany, is not only in the world of business. Industry 4.0 is also driven by politics due to its economic impacts, such as further developing the competitiveness of German manufacturing. In this context, political officials are promoting a dual strategy that combines the perspective of suppliers as well as the perspective of user companies, primarily in industrial automation and plant engineering. In doing so, it is important for manufacturers to use the newest technologies for their own production process and, on the other, to put these technologies and products on the market.

From the lead supplier’s perspective, the consolidation between the information or communication technologies and the classical high tech approaches mostly serves the expansion of the production sector and its technologies. In order to achieve this expansion, prerequisites owing to increasing market dynamics and market complexity will need to be met. From the manufacturing companies’ perspective, it is important to design intelligent technologies and products for new markets and to subsequently serve these markets. To meet the needs of suppliers and manufacturers, companies will need strategies that act on both perspectives. For example, companies from the semiconductor industry are good at employing these dual strategies.

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