The pathways for Brazilian companies towards the fourth industrial revolution, the so-called "Industry 4.0"

José Rodolfo Nunes de Faria, Luis Fernando de Almeida

Abstract


In Industry 4.0 the interconnection of digital and real worlds is the main feature, there will be a massive growth in the use of digital technologies and an exponential growth in data generation. Production will be vertically connected with the processes that make up the business and horizontally connected to the value chains. It is not only competition that is demanding changes in manufacturing, the product life cycle is shrinking, and the demands for tailor-made production are increasing, migrating from mass production to mass customization of physical objects with the ability to communicate with the internet. Human beings assume a new role, as a creative element and resource manager, so human capital is key to the transformation that is intended, the lack of digital skills is certainly a more significant barrier that can prevent Brazil from implementing Industry 4.0. Flexibility, Quality and Time for Marketing are the demands of Industry 4.0. The aim of the research is to help companies position themselves in the "Industry 4.0" journey, understanding the lack of technological knowledge and how the internal and external environment of companies can promote the conditions for the new wave of creative development that will come. Brazilian industries have prioritized improving the production process, increasing productivity, but the focus should be expanded on the digitization effort advocated in the manufacturing of Industry 4.0. Companies seeking to adapt their processes and equipment to the "Intelligent Factory" needed to make the most of the opportunities presented by Industry 4.0 should be thought of as a five-step process as a way to help provide the guidelines that need to be followed and processes that they need to adopt to thrive in a connected world: to establish technological quality partnerships, ability of equipment to connect with each other, engage in team qualification, the ability to analyse data, and develop learning for decision-making with a view to business strategy. Being prepared for the 4th Industrial Revolution is imperative for our competitiveness.


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Industry 4.0, digital, manufacturing, production, companies

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