Industry 4.0, otherwise known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a key enabler of advanced manufacturing that connects big data and analytics with automation and robotics to improve cost, productivity, profitability and operations of a manufacturer.

Industry 4.0 digital technologies include:

  • The Internet of Things (IoT) and/or the Industrial Internet - the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.
  • Big data and analytics - the process of examining large and varied data sets to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, market trends, customer preferences and other useful information that can help organizations make more-informed business decisions.
  • Software and system integration - the process of integrating all the physical and virtual components of an organisation’s system to act like a single system.
  • Cybersecurity - measures taken to protect a computer or computer system (as on the Internet) against unauthorized access or attack.
  • Cloud computing - the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing) - the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer.
  • Autonomous robotics and assistive technologies - robot and other assistive technologies that performs behaviours or tasks with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Augmented reality - a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
  • Virtual reality - the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.
  • Simulation - computer led imitation of a situation or process.

Industry 4.0 Initiatives

The Queensland Government is committed to delivering a number of Industry 4.0 initiatives, including awareness raising seminars and practical examples of i4.0 to support manufacturers in their transition to becoming advanced manufacturers.

Introduction to Industry 4.0 Seminars

To introduce and demystify the concept of Industry 4.0, a series of seminars for manufacturers will run across Queensland to highlight the opportunities and challenges that the adoption of new technologies in manufacturing presents.

Seminars will cover design, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, advanced automation, additive manufacturing, advanced robotics, big data analytics and the current and future role of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing businesses.

For more information or to register your interest in attending please contact the department via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Industry 4.0 Breakfasts

To further support the Queensland Government’s Industry 4.0 initiative, Dr. Frank Wagner from the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, will give the key note presentation at a series of Industry 4.0 breakfasts.

Dr Wagner is well regarded around the globe for his mentoring and assistance to manufacturers and his breakfast series will give you the opportunity to:

  • gain an in-depth understanding of the global trends in Industry 4.0 (i4.0), with a particular focus on Germany’s progress
  • hear the success stories of companies across the globe who have adopted i4.0 technologies, including how they managed the change
  • ask questions that relate to i4.0 and your business.

Register for a Industry 4.0 breakfast:

Future Map series

This series builds upon the learnings gained through the Introductory i4.0 seminars.

futuremap™ – The department is working with the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) to provide a business diagnostic tool that helps small-to-medium-sized Australian manufacturers assess their current state of business and identify areas of focus and potential investment to future-proof their business and start their journey of digital transformation.

As part of either one-on-one structured discussions or interactive group workshops, manufacturers can map their maturity levels and capabilities in the areas of market positioning, leadership, strategy and change management, innovation and use of technology and digital manufacturing (Industry 4.0) to produce a point-in-time self-assessment and report that identifies opportunities for growth and potential investment.

Industry 4.0 Masterclass

Attendees of the futuremap™ series will be offered access to a limited number of masterclass sessions to be presented by a global expert on Industry 4.0 and innovation management, Dr Frank Wagner.

This masterclass will build on your results from the futuremap™ workshop and focus on your specific business challenges. It will give you the opportunity to:

  • participate in interactive exercises, gaining practical advice to assist you and your business
  • gain an in-depth understanding of the importance of strong strategic management and leadership
  • develop an action plan specific to your business – positioning for a competitive edge.

Further information

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