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Industry 4.0, internet of things, what's the difference?

Graham Immerman
January 05, 2018

With so many terms being thrown around it can be hard to keep track! While they are related, Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things do mean different things. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) refers to sensor data, machine communications, and automation systems. It is more specific than the broad term Industry 4.0, which encompasses the entire digital change of the industry. "One of the strengths of the term Industry 4.0 is that it puts the incredible changes that are occurring today in the context of previous industrial revolutions. In so doing, it helps create a clearer vision for the future that is not only possible but seemingly inevitable."

The Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0: What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?Source: http://mhwmagazine.co.uk

Industry4_Sync You have, no doubt, already read and heard plenty about the big changes that are coming to the supply chain. Connectivity, big data, automation and other technology trends are converging to create new opportunities to increase productivity, reduce costs and enable unprecedented flexibility. These various technologies are often discussed under the umbrella of larger macro trends, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. But as these concepts have gained traction in the market, they continue to evolve and have become harder to define. In this post, we’ll explore the relationship between the two terms and what they ultimately mean for the future of the warehouse. Read More

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