The industrial revolution 4.0 is no longer a distant vision of the future, it has arrived. The digital transformation of companies, advanced manufacturing, the adoption of new technology in production are changing our factories, economy and society for good.
The third edition of Barcelona Industry Week, organized by Fira de Barcelona, will be held from 29 to 31 October at the Gran Via site and will present the latest developments in what is known as industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution. While the first three industrial revolutions saw technology advance in the form of mechanization and automation, the fourth will reach beyond the capacity of human knowledge with the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence, among other factors.
What does Industry 4.0 mean?
It means using self-driving vehicles, robots capable of learning, wireless factories connected be sensors to optimize production processes and operations and increase efficiency, safety and competitiveness.
The figures on the digital transformation of companies show that it is already under way, albeit slowly. According to a report compiled by PwC, more than 50% of industry has started on the process of digitalization. There is no turning back.
The trade fair platform for the most advanced forms of industry
This year, Barcelona Industry Week includes seven events that are fully engaged in the rise of smart, connected and autonomous manufacturing. They are the IoT Solutions World Congress, Blockchain Solutions World, AI & Cognitive Systems Forum, Industry From Needs to Solutions, MAX, Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress and the Ayri11 congress on automation and robotics. They all deal with different aspects of how disruptive technologies not only improve the manufacturing process but also reduce its environmental impact.
The latest edition of Barcelona Industry Week will attract 550 exhibiting companies and 600 speakers to take part in more than 400 sessions in congresses, conferences, workshops and round tables in which they will discuss IoT, artificial intelligence, blockchain, cyber security, 5G, 3D printing, advanced materials, robotics and automation. 25,000 visitors are expected to attend during the whole week.
According to the CEO of Fira de Barcelona, Contantí Serrallonga, Barcelona Industry Week “once again is a reference for technological innovation and the future of industrial digitalization, with the goal of establishing itself as the main trade fair platform offering a cross-sectoral vision of all available innovations, bringing together the most important companies and international experts. It offers businesses resources for their progress towards the digital transformation that has now become unavoidable.
The central elements of Barcelona Industry Week are the two fairs organized by Fira de Barcelona:
IoTSWC, another step towards smart connectivity
It is the largest international event devoted to the industrial internet and this year it is attended by 350 exhibitors, including the main global suppliers of IoT solutions, artificial intelligence and blockchain. There is a test area to display 10 experimental platforms that resolve challenges in real environments and an area to showcase startup projects from a number of countries.
Industry: smart manufacturing
This show presents new developments in 3D printing, automation and robotics, moulds and matrixes, new materials, design and services, with a new area in this year’s edition to display machinery and tools. Over 150 companies are taking part, and there will be more than 50 conferences on the topic of 3D printing.