Industry 4.0 Academy

Industry 4.0 is revolutionizing manufacturing by integrating Internet of Things, cloud computing, analytics, AI, and machine learning into manufacturing and its supporting operations.

Smart factories use advanced sensors, software, and robotics to collect and analyze data, enabling better decision-making. By merging production data with information from other systems, such as MES, new levels of visibility and insights are achieved.

We can help you with learning materials to aid implementation of Industry 4.0

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This website offers a curated collection of learning materials encompassing an Industry 4.0 overview, its benefits, adoption strategies, necessary skills, and strategies to maximize post-implementation benefits.

Numerous online resources are available for Industry 4.0 and associated methodologies. We have selected some to help you begin your journey. The topics covered cater to different organizational roles, skill levels, and maturity levels of Industry 4.0. The learning materials encompass articles, YouTube videos, online courses, web resources, and in-person training. Offerings are delivered by learning organizations, schools (including Rochester Institute of Technology), individuals, or companies.

Some of the learning materials are free, while others require a fee. No compensation has been provided to RIT by these other organizations. RIT is providing this information to support adoption of I4.0 technologies and practices. RIT’s work is supported by funding from the NYS Department of Economic Development.

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Implementation Roadmap

Implementing Industry 4.0 successfully can be a challenging task.  First start with assessing your current state to understand opportunities, create a strategy, get your organization ready for I4.0, and finally begin implementation of I4.0 targeting the high priority projects. For more information on assessments or implementation refer to the Course Catalog Getting Started or Contact Us. Additional assessment information is available at “The Smart Industry Readiness Index” from the International Centre for Industrial Transformation.

Related Industry 4.0 Methodologies

To maximize the benefits of Industry 4.0, it is important to integrate with relevant methodologies. A key strategy is to prioritize the implementation of Industry 4.0 projects in the most critical areas and leverage the generated data to effectively address operational goals and problem-solving. Operational Excellence, Lean, and Six Sigma can assist in identifying the priority problem areas. Agile methodologies offer a systematic and iterative approach to implementing Industry 4.0, allowing for flexibility and adaptation to evolving business requirements.

Upon completion of Industry 4.0 project(s), the data becomes a valuable asset for enhancing processes and quality through Six Sigma, reducing cycle time and waste through Lean practices, gaining deeper insights into process metrics and performance via Advanced Analytics, and ultimately achieving organizational KPIs through Operational Excellence. A comprehensive understanding of your organization's operations, referred to as Organizational Intelligence, is instrumental in ensuring the success of each methodology.

To achieve a successful implementation of Industry 4.0, full leadership support for I4.0 projects and training is necessary.

Industry 4.0 Important Topics

Below are important topics for Industry 4.0 learning.  Subtopic descriptions are provided in the tooltips.  Links to the course catalog are provided for each of the subtopics. 

General Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 refers to the fourth industrial revolution characterized by the integration of advanced technologies, such as IoT, AI, and automation, into manufacturing and production processes to create smart, interconnected, and efficient systems.

Industry 4.0 Overview
Getting Started

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Integration of internet-connected devices, sensors, and systems in industrial environments to enable data collection, analysis, and automation, leading to enhanced operational efficiency and productivity.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Overview
Smart Sensors
RFID/BT/Cell Tags

Used all across the shop floor and supporting business processes to save labor costs and streamline operations, from shop-floor routines to decision-making at the enterprise level.

Automation Overview
Additive Mfg/3D Print
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
Machine Vision
Predictive Maintenance
Robotic Process Automation

Software & Systems
Used all across the shop floor and supporting business processes, vital to Industry 4.0 implementation.

Data Storage
Machine Monitoring
Network Security
Process Monitoring
Software Applications

Advanced Analytics
Sophisticated techniques and tools used to extract valuable insights and patterns from complex data sets, enabling informed decision-making.

Analytics Overview
Business Intelligence & Dashboards
Data Science
Foundations (Statistics & Excel)
Machine Learning/AI

Related Methodologies
Other methodologies used in combination with Industry 4.0 support and further enable benefit.

Lean / Six Sigma
Operational Excellence
Organizational Intelligence

Industry 4.0 Overview Short Video Series

To help you get an introductory understanding of Industry 4.0 through demonstrations, a set of short videos were created by RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Each video is less than 5 minutes. Topics include Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Part Tracking Systems like RFID, Vision Systems for part identifications using meshing vision and machine learning, Robotics, and Dashboards using Grafana for real-time monitoring. The videos were created by Golisano Institute's technical staff. 

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Part Tracking Technology Systems

Vision Systems for Part Identification and Sorting

Advanced Robotics

Digitizing Shop Floor Data Using a Manufacturing Execution System (MES)

Data Dashboards

Elements of Smart Manufacturing Webinar Series

To gain a deeper understanding of Industry 4.0, the “Elements of Smart Manufacturing Webinar Series” was hosted by RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The series provides in-depth discussions on various topics: software, human aspects, analytics, IIoT, and automation. Discussions were led by Rochester Institute of Technology Industry 4.0 Faculty/Staff and New York State Finger Lakes’ regional experts.

This information is being provided by Rochester Institute of Technology with funding provided by the NYS Department of Economic Development. Any statements, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NYS Department of Economic Development.