Most EACC members are familiar with the term “Industry 4.0” -- shorthand for the “fourth industrial revolution.” Like any true revolution, the impact and the second- and third-order effects are far-reaching and unpredictable. What are the legal, economic, ethical and even psychological implications of this upheaval, which is accelerating at a pace that has many experts already addressing “Industry 5.0”?
The University of Cincinnati’s new Industry 4.0/5.0 Institute will be an interdisciplinary environment where researchers, practitioners and students will collaborate to apply “systems thinking” approaches to:
- Solve complex technological challenges
- Train future technology leaders in cross-disciplinary thinking
- Identify relevant research topics for the faculty and students
- Address societal needs in the context of Industry 4.0/5.0 adoption
- Commercialize new technologies and processes
This is not just for manufacturers – Industry 4.0/5.0 is impacting all of us!
UC will hold an Industry 4.0/5.0 Institute Planning Workshop on Friday, March 18 at the 1819 Innovation near the UC campus. This full day event will include presentations and demonstrations on how UC is already working with leaders like Siemens and P&G to develop Industry 4.0 solutions; an overview of the Institute’s proposed business model; and plenty of time for networking, Q&A and discussion.
It’s worth noting that UC launched this initiative at the EACC’s “TRANSFORM” event last Fall, and has specifically requested our help in getting EACC member companies to attend this planning workshop, because they recognize the thought leadership of EACC member companies in this area. So EACC members and others are strongly encouraged to register for and attend the event!