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What is not IR4.0?

It has been years since some of the buzz words started floating around. For the IR4.0, in particular, there are many people interested in it some of which are vendors, solutions providers, academians, users, and many confused people among them.

I do not want to ask about definitions and debate about them here. I would rather ask a bit simpler question which is what should not be considered IR 4.0? The reason for asking this question is that there have been excellent offerings that were available 20 years ago and now they are repackaged as IR4.0 products. So, is the packaging what makes them IR4.0 or it is the fundamental product?

I'll give a simple example. I use an excel sheet to do some basic engineering calculations for rotating equipment. It contains input operating readings from the field, input parameters from the datasheet, and output results based on some logic and formulas. This was never thought of as an IR4.0 thing.

Now, I've converted this sheet to a web-based calculator with nicer interface. I still do not see this as an IR4.0.

Well, how about connecting the operating parameters to the web-based calculator, will that make it an IR4.0 thing? Can I call it an AI thing? Does life calculation entitle the excel sheet for this promotion? 

One more step, now because my employer allows the company staff at different locations in the world to access this online calculator, does that promote it to be IR4.0?

What do you think? I'm really interest to learn from you.

Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa

Tags: calcualtor, IR4.0, IIoT, online, Industrial Revolution, IoT

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I think Wikipedia says it best.


β€œIndustry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution[1], encompasses combination of traditional manufacturing and industrial platforms and practices with the latest smart technology. This primarily focuses on the use of large-scale machine to machine communication (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments to provide increased automation, improved communication and self-monitoring, as well as smart machines that can analyse and diagnose issues without the need for human intervention.[2]”



my company is currently trying to accomplish this role. By setting up wireless sensors, we can send data off to other machinery to do the AI for predictive maintenance solutions. This is a great example of IR4.0.


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