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Manufacturers’ Guide to Industry 4.0 Technologies

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | Operational Excellence

The Go-To Resource For Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution, is transforming and digitalizing manufacturing today. From emerging technologies to the continued advancements in automation, adopting these new practices has never been more vital to manufacturers. While many fear automation leads to decreased manufacturing jobs, efficient automation can help retain your workforce. Likewise, new technologies can lead to better business protocols and increased output.

So why don’t small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) adopt new technologies faster? Studies have uncovered many reasons, but most boil down to one barrier: lack of time. Resources are tight, meaning immediate business needs take precedence. You have orders to fill, employees to hire and train, payroll, supply chain disruptions, maintenance, and more. Your smaller shop doesn’t have the budget of an original equipment manufacturer.

On the flip side, SMMs have fewer layers. You can get input, develop a business case and make decisions faster than in a large shop. Smaller manufacturers don’t have as many information technology layers when implementing new technology. 

Our guide is for SMMs that don’t have time to sort through overwhelming amounts of information about Industry 4.0 technologies. We hope to answer some of your questions and concerns so you can begin adopting technologies that make sense for your company.

This guide includes unbiased information about technologies that are helping other SMMs. You’ll learn how to assess technologies and determine what is the best fit for your business. Will the technologies you’re considering work in terms of cost and help you meet your business needs? This guide will help you decide.


Impact Washington, alongside our Industry 4.0 resource partners, provide unbiased recommendations for applying advanced manufacturing technology to improve your operation. We will work with you to understand your unique needs, identify opportunities where technology will have an impact, and propose solutions that are right for your business.

Our experts:

  • Start by assessing your company’s current situation
  • Identify opportunities and help you prioritize processes where technology solves problems or generates the best result
  • Help you develop a business case
  • Implement solutions
  • Rigorously measure results

Contact us here to apply advanced manufacturing technology to improve your operation today!

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