Industry 4.0

The digital technologies changed the way we live, communicate and even how we work. Internet of Things, Cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence are some of the technologies that changed the factories paving the way for the industry 4.0

What is Industry 4.0?

The term industry 4.0 refers to an automation trend that integrates new production technologies to improve working conditions and increase the productivity and production quality of plants.

Industry 4.0, or rather, Industry 4.0 takes its name from the industrial plan of the German government (presented in 2011) and implemented at the end of 2013, which provided for investments in infrastructures, schools, energy systems, research institutions and companies to modernize the production system. 

To date, the Western world has experienced three industrial revolutions.

The first one about steam, in 1769, with the birth of the steam engine by James Watt and its use in water mining extraction.

The second with electricity, around 1870 and the third, around 1970, with the first spread of information technology.

The latter, at the basis of a digital transformation that has disrupted world trade, has paved – with its rapid and overwhelming innovations – the way for the so-called fourth industrial revolution: Manufacturing 4.0.

The concept of Smart Factory also falls within the concept of Industry 4.0. The intelligent factory, or ‘smart factory’, is a concept used to describe the use of different digital technologies in order to dynamically coordinate people, processes and other aspects of the surrounding environment, such as equipment or spare parts.

Distinctive Technologies

According to the Boston Consulting Group study, it emerges that the fourth industrial revolution is based on some technologies defined as enabling. In Italy, the Industry 4.0 Observatory of the Politecnico di Milano provided a subdivision of six enabling technologies grouping them into two large subsets of innovative digital technologies:

Information technologies (IT)Operational technologies (OT)
Industrial Internet of thingsAdvanced Automation
Industrial AnalyticsAdvanced Human Machine Interface
Cloud ManufacturingAdditive Manufacturing

In addition to these, Big data analysis and complete customization also based on the large amount of data that are produced by interconnected objects are included in the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, at the service of the intelligent factory.

Xnext and the Industry 4.0: IoT and Big Data

Xnext has designed and implemented a cutting-edge technology, XSpectra, which perfectly represents the paradigm of industry 4.0.

Each machine has a high technological and innovative content resulting from the interdisciplinary integration of photonics, nuclear micro-electronics and AI.

Only our AI-based inspection software is trained based on your products’ features to make it perform at its best in detecting every kind of defect. Brand new generation sensors allowing smart and predictive management of every inspection system.

Easy-To-Use and to install on existing lines, allowing connection between Quality Control, Process Management, Operations and Analytics, boosting your Smart Factory to unreached levels. 

The precision and extreme ability to detect high and low density contaminants is possible thanks to the in-depth data analysis carried out by our data science team.

A group of highly qualified professionals is able to analyze all the data coming from the lines in which the Xnext machines are installed to create models to be implemented within the software that allow it to recognize, in a few milliseconds and in an accurate and predictive way, non-conformities and contaminations within the products.

Xnext, since the beginningof its story, is riding the 4.0 technological revolution by offering solutions to revolutionize inline inspection systems and transforming the way factories operate.


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