Connected Industry 4.0

An intelligent and connected industry

Connected Industry 4.0 consists in introducing digital technology in industry.

Devices and systems work together to bring about changes in processes, products, and business models.


A New Industrial Revolution



Steam power

First mechanical loom



Mass production


First assembly line



Increased level of automation

Electronics and IT



Cyber-physical systems

Smart products and industry

Internet of Things


Big data

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A necessary opportunity for Spanish industry

Digitization represents a key opportunity to improve the competitiveness of Spanish industry in an increasingly global market.

A far-reaching transformation is required to ensure that Spain doesn't lag behind in this new industrial revolution.



Digital Enablers: I4.0 Enablers

These are the elements that will make the digital transformation of industry possible.
Enablers are both the source of the challenges that Industry 4.0 poses as well as the tools for addressing them.

The enablers for the hybridization of the physical and digital worlds will connect the two worlds, either by capturing information from the physical world or transforming digital information into a physical element, as with sensor systems or 3D printers. There are also enablers, such as advanced robotics, to make this a bidirectional relationship.

Digital world



Advanced robotics

Embedded systems

Virtual reality

3D printing

Physical world

Connectivity through fixed or mobile communication infrastructures is a key element for digitizing industry.

Hybridization of the physical and digital worlds

Connectivity and mobility

Computing and cloud


Management applications

These process the information from the other two categories and apply intelligence to exploit it.

Supply chain solutions

Commercial solutions

Financial solutions

HR Solutions

  • Control
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Collaborative platforms

What difficulties will be encountered along the way?

  1. Lack of knowledge about the I4.0 initiative.
  2. Definition of the technologies to use and how to use them.
  3. Availability of digital enablers.
  4. The lack of qualified, experienced resources to undertake the transformation, especially in smaller companies.



An action plan to overcome the new challenges

The initiative comprises four lines of action focused on strengthening both the demand range of digital enablers for Spain's Industry 4.0.

Principal lines of action

  1. Guarantee I4.0 knowledge and skills development

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  2. Encourage multidisciplinary collaboration

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  3. Promote the development of a portfolio of enablers

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  4. Promote the necessary actions to launch I4.0

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Challenges facing the implementation of Connected Industry 4.0

Impact of I4.0 in industrial sectors with a knock-on effect

Textiles and clothing

  • Manufacturing processes that permit greater efficiency and personalization.
  • Smart textiles that offer new functionalities.
  • New business models, crowd sourcing.





Automation and components

  • Another step forward in the optimization of manufacturing and assembly processes.
  • Smart, autonomous, and sustainable cars.
  • Car-sharing.