Industry 4.0

Gear up for the future using Industry 4.0 data

What is Industry 4.0?

The term Industry 4.0 stems from the history of industrialization and describes the fourth industrial revolution. While the first industrial revolution, from a technical point of view, concerned the mechanization of the way people worked, the core feature of the fourth revolution is the interconnectedness of mechanical and/or automated systems with the virtual world (cyberphysical systems).

The goal is to use autonomously functioning networked systems to create more flexibility, transparency and efficiency in business processes. Extracting relevant information from sensor-equipped machines and IT systems requires both special analysis algorithms (smart services) and appropriate IT infrastructures that can provide the extracted information tailor-made to people, machines and IT systems. 



Industry 4.0 at a glance


information sharing


production sequences


Is there a difference between IIoT and smart factories?

The Internet of Things gives each object a unique identity in the network. A distinction is made between the private IoT — that is, the networking of commonplace objects — and IIoT, or the industrial Internet of Things — that is, the networking of machines and IT systems in an industrial environment. With IIoT, the focus is on improving operational efficiency, lowering production costs, accelerating processes and implementing new digital business models.

In smart factories, production facilities and logistics systems largely organize themselves without human intervention. This is achieved through the interaction of many smart services that draw from mathematical models to make self-organized decisions that are then communicated with each other as well as with people and then transformed into actions. Smart factories are also designed for manufacturing individualized products for customers: For each product, a digital twin exists that contains the production information for the actual product to be manufactured. In the digital twin, production processes, products and services can be simulated and optimized production sequences can be developed. Modular production lines support versatile production.


From Industry 4.0 to Service 4.0 – with Katana

Our expertise lies in the analysis of industrial big data, the development of smart services and their implementation in your business. In the process, our data scientists will analyze your data using big data technologies and extract relevant information. We will discuss the information with your experts in order to generate profitable use cases. Once these are formulated, our data engineers will develop smart services that have been adapted to your systems and integrate the big data-capable solutions in your IT infrastructure. Working together with you, we are able to take on the challenges of big data and put its benefits into practice.

The main difference between the IT of the 1990s and today's digitization is that we can no longer think in terms of causes, but in terms of opportunities.

Quelle: Andreas R. Fischer, Managing Director, G+F Verlags- und Beratungs- Gmbh

Any questions? We are happy to help.

Katana is your big data analytics expert for Industry 4.0 applications. With the help of the very latest cloud technology and the expertise of our own data scientists and data engineers, we facilitate fast, highly flexible analysis of your industrial data and the operationalization of profit-generating smart services in your company’s system landscape. Contact us and team up with a strong partner to transform your digitalization plans into a reality.