According to Asaf Weisberg, founder and CEO of introSight, “factories are now in transition. Back in the old days, they used PLC controllers — dumb computers that could do very basic things.” But little by little, he says, “there was a need to connect controls. Instruments that weren’t meant to be connected were connected for greater efficiency. Industry 4.0 brings more intelligence to the end device by allowing you to communicate directly.

”Smart factories are designed to drive the adoption of digital initiatives by prioritizing connection and communication between devices over the discrete manufacturing processes of previous generations. For Weisberg, deploying these connected digital technologies at scale “offers value in productivity, delivery, reduced labor and energy costs, in addition to streamlining the build-to-order cycle.”

Source: What is a Smart Factory? How IIoT is Refining Manufacturing – BizTech Magazine