The Concept Industry 4.0 : An Empirical Analysis of Technologies and Applications in Production Logistics Pdf written by Christoph Jan Bartodziej The manufacturing industry is currently subject to huge change. This change is caused by various ongoing global megatrends such as globalization, urbanization, individualization, and demographic change, which will considerably challenge the entire manufacturing environment in the future.1 On the one hand, an increase of worldwide connected business activities will raise the complexity within manufacturing networks. On the other hand, a volatile demand and customized products of the companies will influence the production and planning processes additionally. 2 These challenging requirements will force companies to adapt their entire manufacturing approach including structure, processes, and products.3
Due to the fact, German manufacturing industry represents a high proportion (approx. 25.9% in 2014)4 of the gross domestic product (GDP) and every second workplace is either directly or indirectly 5 related to manufacturing, it is vital to strengthen the competitiveness of manufacturing industry in the future. 6 The German government, therefore, launched the “strategic initiative” Industry 4.0 in January 2011, which is coordinated by industrial and scientific organizations. Within the scope of Industry 4.0, which was adopted as part of the High-Tech Strategy 2020 Action Plan in November 2011, a general framework will be elaborated based on technical, economical, and sociopolitical parameters aiming to promote the industrial change and, consequently, ensure German market competitiveness in the world
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