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Culture for innovation

The opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 can be seized under certain conditions. A dissertation from Turin Polytechnic University explains why

 

 Innovation and progress should be within the reach of everybody. This is also true for companies. But one needs to have “numbers” and certain characteristics in order to gather together what is required. It is important to understand how to build a road towards the use of innovation, and what conditions are required to do so. And this is also the target which Paolo Spiccia has set for himself with the dissertation presented to the Turin Polytechnic University (Degree in Engineering and Management). How SMEs can get close to the paradigm of Industry 4.0.The way to build an awareness of existing opportunities” is a piece of research which revolves around the conditions which enable small and medium-sized enterprises (that is to say the major segment of the country’s manufacturing industry capability), to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0 “The idea at the centre of this proposal – explains Spiccia -, is the digital transformation which is taking place in industry and which is often identified using the term Industry 4.0. The proposal focuses on SMEs in order to understand how they are dealing with this evolutionary process and what they require in order to manage it effectively”.  The interest lies especially in this second section: what requirements need to be satisfied in order for a business to be in a position to exploit Industry 4.0 advantageously?

The issue is a complex one, but Spiccia tackles it using straightforward language and making himself clearly understood After setting the scene of the so-called “enabling technologies” and of the various manifestations of Industry 4.0, the work concentrates on the prerequisites needed to take advantage of the new technologies and thus on the various European policies set up to favour their dissemination. After that comes the issue of the relationships between SMEs and Industry 4.0

The reply to the initial question is clearly set out. Significant value is attributed to “centres of competence”, that is to say to those nuclei of innovation which should function as catalysts particularly for SMEs. But there is also an emphasis on the obstacles facing the application of Industry 4.0: the need for investment and for training and thus for support dedicated specifically to businesses. What emerges throughout is the opportunity for a change of business culture which does not always succeed in making headway with ease.

How SMEs can get close to the paradigm of Industry 4.0.The way to build an awareness of existing opportunities

Paolo Spiccia

Dissertation, Turin Polytechnic University (Degree in Engineering and Management), 2018.