The implication of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for flexo platemaking
As technology takes us deeper into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, is the flexo platemaking industry prepared for the pace of change ahead? Right now the focus of many farsighted flexo platemaking companies, both tradeshops and converters, is to stay lean and gain new business opportunities. But that is only good enough to maintain their standing and won’t really help companies really grow. What can flexographers do in order to stay sharp, nimble and flexible? What are some tools available to help them in this transitionary period?
Historians have stated that the First Industrial Revolution was the shift from our reliance on animals, human effort and biomass as primary sources of energy replacing them with fossil fuels, mechanical and steam power instead.
In the 19th century, the Second Industrial Revolution brought major technological breakthroughs while humans benefitted from the expanded use of electricity, petroleum, other forms of propulsion, steel, information and speed.
Beginning in the late 20th century, the Third Industrial Revolution was propelled by the rise of digital systems, increasing connectivity and rapid advances in computing power. Today, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is being driven by extreme automation and new forms of machine intelligence.
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