Jeff Christensen Seegrid VP Explains Industry 4.0 and the Smart Factory of the Future

Jeff Christensen, Seegrid VP of Product, discusses Industry 4.0 the smart factory of the future in a recent blog. Manufacturers are on the cusp of Industry 4.0 – a trend that is redefining how companies approach materials handling.

In 2017, interconnected automated systems will be the defining technology for the fourth Industrial Revolution, creating a powerful new standard for the manufacturing industry where data can be shared across systems, yielding meaningful insights that can be used to create a lean environment. The applications of a truly connected enterprise in manufacturing extend to bottom line results such as greater opportunities for reducing expenses and optimizing operations.

When it comes to creating lean environments for customers’ facilities, the ease of information sharing across platforms is crucial. As we embark upon the Industry 4.0 shift, we are going to see creative solutions that make the manufacturing industry even more productive and efficient. Be prepared to see self-driving vehicles working side by side with human employees and plant managers staying up to date with reports and dashboards associated with the robots across the plant floor.

Aligned with Industry 4.0, Seegrid’s self-driving vehicles are part of a complete connected solution for materials handling. VGVs collect data as they navigate and report back to Seegrid Supervisor, a fleet management and enterprise intelligence tool. Supervisor gives companies real-time visibility into the efficiency of material movement throughout their entire operation. Management can track operations at a glance and team members on the floor know exactly when their materials will arrive.

Industry 4.0 may be still taking shape, but today’s manufacturing innovators are already working within this new industrial revolution with many to follow suit; companies that have already introduced automation into their facilities are ahead of the curve. These are the companies that understand the need not just for self-driving vehicles but also for data-driven, connected systems. This new interconnected approach to automation introduces us to a bright future, leading us toward the next generation of smart factories.

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Seegrid ( is the leading provider of connected self-driving vehicles for materials handling with hundreds of thousands of miles driven. The Seegrid Smart Platform combines flexible and reliable infrastructure-free vision guided vehicles with fleet management and enterprise intelligence data for a complete connected solution. Seegrid accelerates Industry 4.0 and lean initiatives with incremental automation, helping companies achieve a truly connected enterprise and transform into smart factories of the future. Follow Seegrid on Twitter at @Seegrid.

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