Industry 4.0 is a term that has been buzzing around the manufacturing industry for a while now. For those that aren't familiar with the term, in essence, it is a title for the so-called 4th Industrial revolution, sparked from the increasing digitalisation of society within day-to-day life. 

Technologies such as smartphones, tablets, and 3G & 4G data enablement, have permeated social lifestyles, making it almost impossible to remember a time when we weren't 'always on' and 'connected' to the internet in some way. Ease of access and user-friendly interfaces are arguably two of the main reasons for success. But how does this relate to manufacturing? Well, arguably the integration of 'smart' technologies in the consumer world has sparked the revolution of 'smart' manufacturing within the industrial landscape too.  

Industry 4.0 see's the integration ofdigitalisedmachinery combined with cyber data streams. Converting complex algorithms and data into a usable interface within digital applications, smart factories are able to create a communication channel between operators and machine. For example, at the glance of a screen, operators are able to see real-time data that is crucial to the successful management of their facility, such as; machines faults, blockages, efficiency levels and rejected products etc. 

In his article, Jeremi Wojcicki helps try and answer some of the basic questions surrounding Industry 4.0; what it all means, how data will be managed, the reliance on the cloud, and how humans and machines will work together in the future. Or is that the now?