In a recent blog post (Industry 4.0 – Germany takes first steps toward the next industrial revolution), Stefan Ferber gave us insights into how the Internet of Things (IoT) will affect the manufacturing industry. In a modern production facility, where machines, parts, and systems are connected to each other, information can be exchanged easily and quickly between the individual participants. This will not only allow us to react flexibly to changing requirements, but also optimize existing processes.

During a brief video interview at CeBIT 2013 we asked Martin Schäffler, Manager Industry 4.0, about the importance of IoT for the manufacturing industry, and if manufacturers can already make use of it today. One detail we can share with you upfront: predictive maintenance seems to be a solution quite ready for use. But see for yourself.

About The Author

Alexandra Sciocchetti

Alexandra Sciocchetti

I am covering topics that deal with the future of manufacturing and logistics and how the Internet of Things will change these industries. I am especially interested in the benefits that software and new business models can generate for production leaders. Currently, I am working as a marketing manager for Bosch Software Innovations in the Industry 4.0 area. My background is in international management and business administration and I graduated from the technical college (Fachhochschule) in Karlsruhe, Germany.