Industry 4.0 is driving changes in the way companies relate to their employees, partners, community and customers. It is also creating a new business model in which organizations increasingly need to tailor their products and services to customer needs. But this change should not just be about bringing automation and productivity; we need to be mindful of sustainability. In addition to financial gains, the implementation of technologies in the production process must also address the other pillars of sustainability: social and environmental.
Due to its immense importance today, the conscious use of resources in production processes must be at the center of the new industrial revolution we are going through. Therefore, there is no way to talk about intelligent environments if they are not concerned about the effects of industrial activity on the surrounding people and the environment. For industries to be part of the solution for sustainable development technologies must be economically viable, contribute to the minimization of impacts on the environment and provide positive impacts on the quality of life of the people involved.
Fortunately, Industry 4.0 is already a reality. Conducted during the first half of this year by environment experts, an unprecedented research on environmental priorities, with 80 companies of different sizes, points out that 4.0 technology is already used for monitoring the production process by 70% of Industries, 38% of Services companies and 24% of Infrastructure companies and 59% plan investments in this area in 2019.
Of course, there is still room for further progress. But if we consider that the country has been experiencing a serious economic crisis for some years and that its recovery process has been much slower than expected, the fact that we have companies operating in this scenario and others with plans to invest in such, it allows us to believe that we are aware of the needs imposed by the present times.
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