Machine Tools and Industrial Robots as Key Technologies to Enable Industry 4.0
The industrial environment has been changing rapidly over the past few years. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) is finding its way into the global industry sectors. This ongoing industrial digitisation raises new challenges for the whole manufacturing industry. Smart factories are on the rise and promise higher efficiency and productivity. New technological developments in the field of hardware and software significantly extend today’s possibilities. Cutting- edge digital manufacturing solutions, especially new smart machines and collaborative robots are being promoted as key enabling technologies in this fourth industrial revolution. However, in the era of Industry 4.0 the holistic integration is a matter of great importance. Taking a step towards Industry 4.0, it is crucial to give equal consideration to products, production processes and business activities.