My critical views on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – Conclusion

By the end of the COVID-19 lockdown period here in France (mid-May 2020), I was interested to read how the German Platform Industrie 4.0 analyzed the situation, what recommendations for the future would be made. I downloaded and read the “Ten Propositions on the Future of Digital Business Models for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona … Continue reading My critical views on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – Conclusion

Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 6

This is my fifth post and critical view on “Ten Propositions on the Future of Digital Business Models for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy” by the German Platform Industrie 4.0. If you have missed my previous post of this series, please follow this link: Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in … Continue reading Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 6

Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 5

This is my fifth post and critical view on “Ten Propositions on the Future of Digital Business Models for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy” by the German Platform Industrie 4.0. If you have missed my previous post of this series, please follow this link: Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in … Continue reading Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 5

Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 4

This is my fourth post and critical view on “Ten Propositions on the Future of Digital Business Models for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy” by the German Platform Industrie 4.0. If you have missed my previous post of this series, please follow this link: Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in … Continue reading Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 4

Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 2

This is my second post and critical view on “Ten Propositions on the Future of Digital Business Models for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy” by the German Platform Industrie 4.0. If you have missed my first post of this series, please follow this link: Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the … Continue reading Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 2

Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 1

May 29th, 2020, while some European countries which enforced lockdown were considering how to restart their economies, the German National Stakeholder Platform Industrie 4.0, and more specifically the expert group "Digital Business Models for Industrie 4.0", published a position paper titled “Ten Propositions on the Future of Digital Business Models for Industry 4.0 in the … Continue reading Critical view on the 10 Propositions for Industry 4.0 in the Post-Corona Economy – part 1

Humanless factories may be a good thing after all

With the raise of automation and all what is published about the industrial 4.0 future, there is also a growing concern about the future of human work, or as it should be more specifically put: the main source of income for most people. In order to prevent massive rejection of automation and 4.0 projects I … Continue reading Humanless factories may be a good thing after all

The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

Until recently in the Lean community, the definition of waste was “simple”: waste is any activity consuming resources without producing value for the customer. In this definition time can be  considered a resource and “customer” is extended to anyone beneficiary of the outcome, like a patient in a hospital getting faster and better care. Focusing … Continue reading The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

The success of a 4.0 transformation is strongly dependent on the initial conditions

The success of a 4.0 transformation in manufacturing (and industry at large) is particularly dependent on the initial conditions for its implementation. The “founding fathers” of Industry 4.0 and the organizations who help its implementation soon recognized the importance of a suitable “ground” as well as a number of prerequisites for a 4.0 transformation to … Continue reading The success of a 4.0 transformation is strongly dependent on the initial conditions

Could industry 4.0 extend Lean’s lifespan?

When Industry 4.0 arrived with all its bells and whistles, many would have thought “haha, this is the long awaited next big thing to replace Lean”. Now, as the time goes by, it seems more and more that Lean is regarded as a mandatory prerequisite to Industry 4.0, which in return could unexpectedly extend Lean’s … Continue reading Could industry 4.0 extend Lean’s lifespan?