The digitalisation of industry – Industry4.0 – is rapidly transforming all stages of the production value chain of goods globally. Advances in robotics, data collection, cybersecurity and other technologies are creating increasingly efficient, flexible and tailored manufacturing processes. If exploited, these technologies could create huge growth in European industries.
Industry4.0 Specialists, both academic and from industry, are key stakeholders in the Industry4.E Lighthouse. The Industry4.E Lighthouse initiative will bring together stakeholders from across digital industry. Uptake of results from pioneering research will be accelerated through targeted activities, addressing major digital industry challenges across the EU.
The Industry4.E Lighthouse team are working on roadmapping, gap and trend analysis, to contribute to building a focussed goal-driven, joint effort across key European stakeholders. The Industry4.E Lighthouse team will contribute to the joint effort to refine the Major Challenges for Digital Industry, and thus assist in advancing the industrial vision that will drive European leadership in the digitalisation of industry.
The Major Challenges for Digital Industry can be found in the current version of the ECS SRA (joint Electronic Components & Systems (ECS) Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)) on the AENEAS website. The ECS SRA is co-authored by three European industry associations AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA and EPoSS, who together span the entire value chain. The ECS SRA chapter on Digital Industry outlines the key application areas, the R&D&I challenges and solutions for optimising production levels for factories and farms through new digital innovations.
A link to ECS SRA 2020 along with other relevant resources for Industry4.0 Specialists can be found on the Industry4.E Lighthouse resources page. These resources will be built upon in the coming months.