One of the most common criticisms of the three industrial revolutions that preceded Industry 4.0 is that they failed to take into account their social ramifications.
There are four major milestones in the history of industry from the eighteenth century to date. The first of these was the invention of the steam engine; the second, electricity in the late 19th century; computer science in the 1970s; and the Internet of Things at the beginning of this decade. Industry 4.0, as the Germans refer to the transformation sparked off by this landmark invention, is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Britain and as Smart Factory in the United States.
But labels aside, what is at the center of this change of paradigm? Contrary to what you might think, it is not robotics or connectivity, but collaboration that characterizes Industry 4.0. This extensive network links previously unconnected things like sensors, processes and data with human beings, efficiently and cost effectively, and this is what has enabled us to boost productivity by 30%, according to data furnished by Accenture.
This collaboration also needs to permeate the way we perceive industry and how we do things: we need to build a solid network that allows for the coming together of triple helix actors, i.e. government, industry and academia. One of the most common criticisms of the three industrial revolutions that preceded Industry 4.0 is that they failed to take into account their social ramifications. In this regard, we are in a unique position to put the collaborative opportunities Industry 4.0 offers to the service of fair and sustainable economic development.
As Concamin President Francisco Cervantes has said, innovation is the guiding principle of our organization’s industrial policy proposal. In fact, we view Industry 4.0 as an excellent means of building competencies, harnessing talent and promoting the transfer of know-how.
On October 9-11, Concamin will be holding its 26th Annual Industrialists Meeting (RAI 2019) in León, Guanajuato, with one goal in mind: to turn Industry 4.0 into a powerful driver of economic and social development in Mexico in collaboration with government, the 120 chambers and industrial associations affiliated to Concamin and the academic and research institutions we have partnered up with in a bid to transform Mexican industry.
The CEO Mexico-Germany Dialogue will also be taking place on Wednesday, October 9 at the same venue as RAI 2019, parallel to the first Hannover Messe fair in Mexico—Industrial Transformation Mexico (ITM).
Concamin’s alliance with ITM is strategic, because it was at Hannover Messe 2011 that the term “Industry 4.0” was first used, going on to become the change of paradigm it is today. The fact that Mexico—specifically León, Guanajuato— was chosen as the venue for the world’s most prestigious technological innovation fair is a sign that we are destined to become a leader in this new era. And we industrialists are working together to make it happen.
By Manuel Pérez