If you want to understand Industry 4.0, the Internet of Thing (IoT), and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), plus what they mean for the future of maintenance management, it’s important to look back at how we got here. Putting aside any complicated philosophies about the true nature of history, a safe working theory is that although history doesn’t repeat itself, it does tend to rhyme. So, by looking at the past, we have an idea of what to expect from the future. If you understand the first three industrial revolutions, you can better prepare your maintenance department for version 4.0.
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