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The First Industrial Revolution: Part Two of 4IR in Context

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The First Industrial Revolution: Part Two of 4IR in Context

In a series of articles, we are taking a look back at the industrial revolutions of the past to glean lessons from history as the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace. Part one released in December introduced the series and in this article, we now look towards the first revolution.

Handmade to Machine-based Manufacturing

The First Industrial Revolution began in Britain in the late 1700s. It was a period of disruptive economic, technological, social and cultural change, and spread quickly to Europe, the USA and beyond during the first half of the next century. 

To say that the world was transformed would be an understatement. The changes in manufacturing, shifting from hand-crafting goods to the use of machines was accompanied by many fundamental new manufacturing techniques and a flourishing of infrastructure and trade. Read more.

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Putting the Fourth Industrial Revolution into Context

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Putting the Fourth Industrial Revolution into Context

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been discussed a great deal in 2018. At INSPHERE we feel that Industry 4.0 will indeed live up to the current hype, and that metrology data will be the key enabler that delivers truly smart manufacturing and drives productivity to a higher level. 

Can revolutions can be mapped out in advance? Do they truly drive changes or are they just the result of incremental development? These questions are still relevant today – they may help us to take an objective look at whether i4.0 is just marketing jargon or a genuinely transformative event. To help answer these questions in the context of the present day, INSPHERE will be releasing a series of articles over the coming months, looking both backwards through history and forwards into the short and medium-term future. Read more.

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