Industry 4.0: how it has evolved and how it has changed work

Industria 4.0

The term Industry 4.0 has become commonplace since 2012 and is fully part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As we well know from books, history is marked by industrial revolutions that have upset people’s habits at work, but also on a social level.

According to the WEF (World Economic Forum), an independent international organization, this Fourth Industrial Revolution will have an impact far greater than the other three. It will radically change the way people live, work and relate to one another. It will be much faster and will affect all industrial and business areas.

The 4.0 technology will bring huge development opportunities for companies, starting with a significant reduction in costs and waiting times. Humable is riding the wave of Industry 4.0 in Italy, providing customized and tailor-made solutions for every need. The margins for growth and improvement for companies are enormous. Just think that the customers who have relied on our services, including bots and robots, have achieved a margin of error equal to zero and a saving in working time quantifiable at 20%.

The 4 pillars of Industry 4.0

Industria 4.0

According to analyzes and studies, over the next few years, Industry 4.0 will be based on 4 main pillars:

  • AI (artificial intelligence);
  • 5G;
  • big data;
  • cloud.

All 4 processes will be carried out with a view to automation, that is an activity that significantly reduces manual tasks, entrusted to Industry 4.0 software. Automation accompanies businesses in the delicate transition to digital transformation, a process that is not only necessary, but inevitable.

The world is moving in that direction, that is, digital transformation, so it is imperative to adapt and keep up with the times, to avoid being overtaken by competitors. Automation helps manage and adapt not only the IT infrastructure, but, in general, all the processes through which the company operates. An automated company works faster, is more effective and allows staff to focus on critical problems, improving final productivity.

How will the world of work change?

Faced with the exciting ride of Industry 4.0, some questions have arisen. How will the world of work change? Is there a real risk of losing millions of jobs?

One does not have to be so drastic, rather it is appropriate to look at the glass half full. Certainly some figures, now obsolete, will disappear. Those workers who labor according to the old Fordist assembly line are destined to disappear. However, more specialized tasks will be required, aimed at managing the new machines. According to some reports, many jobs will be lost and replaced by machines, but at least twice as many, suitable for the new distribution of work, will be created. In practice, there will be a reduction in the quantity of work and an increase in quality.

Work activities will therefore be relocated and workers’ skills will have to be reformulated and updated to the new systems. All this will lead to a reduction in workplace risks, greater employee specialization and better management of available time. Human work will predominantly involve controlling and programming machines, so as to optimize and maximize production processes. Following this path, Humable has come to appreciate how to combine digital transformation and HR, perfectly managing human resources with the support of technology.

The advantages of automation

After understanding what Industry 4.0 is, it is appropriate to understand the advantages of automation for companies:

  • greater productivity: the software will take care of all the boring and repetitive tasks, which generally steal valuable time and resources. Staff, in turn, will be able to devote themselves more to activities that have a high impact, making the most of their skills and competences and concentrating more on the company’s core business;
  • easier governance: when processes are entrusted to multiple teams, timelines are extended and it is more complicated to coordinate the various sectors. With automation, processes are codified and standardized for the various company areas, streamlining work and making it faster and more efficient;
  • greater reliability: limiting manual processes means significantly reducing errors and risks for operating personnel. Daily activities are entrusted to cutting-edge and automated robots and software, establishing with certainty when updates, tests, processes and workflows will take place. The company can therefore adopt preventive strategies, to limit or, on the contrary, increase the production process according to market demand.

Creating effective automation solutions takes time and resources. We at Humable place ourselves as a solid and reliable partner by your side to manage the most complex jobs, save time and money and speed up work processes. We will help you better understand the services related to automation and identify the most suitable fields of application. We will be the launch pad for your company. Contact us for more information.

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