TCM261 - Introduction to Industry 4.0

Currently, everyone is talking about Industry 4.0 and the many different explanations of its meaning. Particularly people working in lead positions who are becoming more and more confronted with Industry 4.0 should be aware of its impacts. There are varied opportunities on how companies can improve their productivity, quality and processes in this context. However, before starting an implementation, managers need to have a basic understanding of the core elements and technologies and how their interaction can lead to Industry 4.0. Subsequently, they can consider new business models and specific strategies to implement Industry 4.0 in their company.

Target Group
Upper management, decision makers and executives from strategy and innovation departments.


  • Introduction to Industry 4.0
  • Difference between Industry 3.0 and 4.0
  • Overview of the core elements and technologies of Industry 4.0, e.g.
  • RFID
  • HMI
  • M2M Communication
  • Vertical and horizontal integration
  • Decentralized self-controlling production
  • Augments reality
  • Social-Technological developments and their consequences
  • I 4.0 Business Models and creating new business ideas.
  • Bottom-Up and Top-Down strategies to implement Industry 4.0.
  • Competence development in Industry 4.0
  • Change Management with Industry 4.0


  • The participant will be familiar with the core elements and basic technologies of Industry 4.0
  • The participant will understand how the core elements and technologies are connected and can lead to a comprehensive approach to improve processes and products.
  • The participant will understand the opportunities of developing new business models and what to consider when implementing new strategies towards Industry 4.0

General interest in Industry 4.0 and its opportunities as well as experience in strategy development.

This is a two-day course.