Industry 4.0

What is Industrie 4.0 / Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 (also known as Industrie 4.0 or i4.0) is the current trend of automation and big data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, cloud computing, and the internet of things.

It is often defined as the merger of cutting-edge information and communication technology with the manufacturing industry. It can also be defined as the Internet of Things and services in the industrial sector. But perhaps more notably, it’s considered to be the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where conventional manufacturing and industrial methods are becoming progressively more automated and digitised via the use of technology.

Industrie 4.0 / Industry 4.0 provides a new and improved way of organising and controlling the entire value chain throughout the lifecycle of products. This system is intended to accommodate the constantly changing and unique requirements of customers as well as generating new ideas for products and how they are developed and manufactured, and ensuring that the product gets delivered to the customer.

What Can Be Achieved With Industrie 4.0 / Industry 4.0?

  • More wide-ranging digitisation and automation of value chains/networks
  • New business models and new forms of added value
  • Efficient production of customised products
  • Flexibilisation
  • Higher level of efficiency in regards to productivity and resource efficiency
  • More information and better transparency that will help with optimising decisions and processes
  • New design for work

Why is Big Data Important?

Big data is a term that describes the large volume of data – both structured and unstructured – that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis. But it's not the amount of data that's important. It's what organisations do with the data that matters. Big data can be analysed for insights that lead to better decisions and strategic business moves.

The importance of big data doesn't revolve around how much data you have, but what you do with it. You can take data from any source and analyse it to find answers that enable cost reductions, time reductions, new product development, improved system integration, reduced downtime, optimised lowering risk offerings and smarter decision making. When you combine big data with high-powered Industry 4.0 data analytics, you can accomplish business-related tasks such as:

  • Determining root causes of failures, issues and defects in near-real time
  • Re-calculating entire risk portfolios in minutes
  • Detecting fraudulent behaviour before it affects your organisation


The Scope of Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 covers a broad scope of areas. The various fields it covers include:

Machine Automation

  • Industry robots
  • Automated guided vehicle
  • Industrial machinery

Predictive Maintenance

  • Production performance analysis
  • Machine status
  • Abnormal diagnosis / self-diagnosis devices
  • Measurement of Industrie 4.0 / Industry 4.0 sensors

Factory Environmental Monitoring

  • Electricity monitoring
  • Factory waste water
  • Energy management 

Production Testing Equipment

  • Machine vision
  • Motion I/O cards
  • Computing platform
  • Controller 

MES & Production Profile Including OEE

  • Information between the front end equipment & MES application
  • Production Traceability

The Levels of Industry 4.0

The fluid power businesses need a mental leap in terms of Industry 4.0. The industry is stagnated in old process. System integration operators need to step up and use these modern cost-effective technologies that are already available in the market. The next level of automation to be considered is the cyber-level, then the cognition-level, and finally the configuration-level. The latter uses attributes such as self-configuring for resilience, self-adjusting for variation and self-optimising for a disturbance.

HYDAC Strategy

HYDAC can help you implement Industry 4.0 in your hydraulic application. We can put into action remote condition monitoring and self-correction systems, configure everything in advance, and train you and your team to enjoy the benefits of and be confident in this new technology. Our packages start from a simple integrated data acquisition to fully customised monitoring and support.


HYDAC products for Industry 4.0

See below some areas of our i4.0 program:

  • Safety switch points warning and stop are always included
  • Measurement technologies (level, temperature, pressure, particle, oil ageing, flow, vibration, etc...)
  • Integrated data acquisition
  • Predictive analysis
  • Remote data access
  • Remote condition monitoring software
  • HYDAC service custom designed
  • Corrective actions
  • Full redundant systems for critical applications

Our goal is to put in place a system with an implemented self-correcting system in order to invert the curve that leads a system to a catastrophic failure. See graphic below.

Condition Monitoring in Practice

What Industrie 4.0 / Industry 4.0 Can Do for Businesses


Digitising data allows businesses to move their activities from the real world to the virtual one. Digital replication or virtual representation of information, products, functions, processes and value creation networks in virtual reality can lead to:

  • More widespread automation of production processes
  • Additional automation of added value steps and value chains
  • New added value steps and additional digital services
  • Optimisation of development, simulation and virtual testing

Connectivity and Communication

  • Identifiability
  • Bidirectional communication capability
  • Standardised, digital interfaces and protocols
  • Remote access to products, data and information
  • Security for connected systems

Relevant Information Available in Real Time

  • Process data
  • Condition data
  • Smart data
  • Smart products
  • Cloud
  • Internet

Improved Efficiencies

  • Productivity
  • Resource efficiency
  • Machine availability
  • Service, condition-based or predictive maintenance
  • Energy efficiency
  • Material consumption, environmental impact
  • Assistance systems, redesigned work structure

Contact Us Today

Contact us today by calling 1300 449 322 to find out how we can help you with your Industrie 4.0 / Industry 4.0 sensors and other requirements.

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