From Industry 4.0 to Industry 4.1 - it's time to go!

Masterclass: From Industry 4.0 to Industry 4.1 - it's time to go!

To-day, many companies are aware of the benefits given by digitalization and new technologies. In a word, the so-called Industry 4.0. To SME’s, in particular, Industry 4.0 is not an option, it’s a must. Combining the right mix of technologies, management tools and new business models, companies can be successful in any industry, in any market. Because being Industry 4.0 compliant allows to easily find new partners, to network and to create ‘virtual companies’ no matter where you are based. 

But, after a theoretical approach to Industry 4.0, many companies fail to go forward to the next steps. This is a mistake because Industry 4.0 must be implemented, not only studied. That’s why a new concept is breaking through the scene: we can call it ‘Industry 4.1’, i.e. the actuation of Industry 4.0. Several examples are available that demonstrate the benefits of this approach, i.e. the transition from theory to practice, according to the individual requirements. To this purpose, several tools are available.

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Valerio Alessandroni Professor Digital Business Global MBA at Zigurat Innovation School

Valerio Alessandroni

Professor at Tallinn Technical University and Technical Director at EFCC

After graduating in Electric Engineering in Milano, Italy, Valerio Alessandroni worked as a designer of industrial equipment, before starting an international training and consulting activity in Industrial Automation. Some of the covered subjects are digital electronics, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, fieldbus and network technologies, Profibus and Profinet, etc. During the years he has also been Technical Director of b2b publications like Ingegneria Elettronica, Automazione Oggi, Fieldbus & Networks and Controllo e Misura.

Nowadays, he is a Guest Professor at Tallinn Technical University. His current course covers the new technologies in electronics, automation and communications and the trends in relevant markets. He also wrote many technical articles and several books like Industrial Automation – Volume I: Basics of Automation, Robotics: basics and applications, Numeric controls: programming and applications, Programmable controllers, The Grafcet, Digital electronics and microprocessors, Technologies and applications of microcomputer systems.