Analysis: VW offers its vision of Industry 4.0

Shanghai, China — For German car-maker Volkswagen AG, one of the visions for Industry 4.0 includes mobile machinery, with robots cruising around factories and deciding on their own what they’ll do next.

A senior VW executive involved in implementing Industry 4.0, the name for the integration of big data with traditional manufacturing, told a conference at Chinaplas in Shanghai in April that the car-maker is looking at when robots will be mobile and capable of acting more independently.

“What we are discussing in the moment is robot…

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