Industry 4.0 to add benefits across the entire value chain

The nascent industrial revolution happening across the world, termed Industry 4.0, is helping to improve the entire value chain through the digitalisation of all processes and the integration and improvement of the interdependent processes, says industrial systems multinational Siemens Digital Factory and Process Industries and Drives Southern and Eastern Africa VP Ralf Leinen. The speed, flexibility, quality and efficiency of all processes, from design, to development, manufacturing and use and optimisation of products, are being improved through the merging of the cyber and physical systems in the form of industrial "digital twins", which are comprehensive and detailed digital models that are holistic representations of the value chain, he said on Thursday at the Esteq Engineering Community Conference, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria.