Industry 4.0 in Education

Milwaukee 7, the regional economic development engine encompassing seven southeast Wisconsin counties, released its white paper “Preparing Milwaukee 7 for Industry 4.0” this week.  As connected systems and data analytics become especially important in modern manufacturing, driven in part by the investment Foxconn is making in the region, the paper presents the six building blocks of Industry 4.0 education and suggests the manner in which each of the building blocks should be addressed at every level of education and by regional employers.

“We simply can’t effectively prepare students for the future world of work if they aren’t aware of how industries are being disrupted by technologies such as these,” the paper notes Laura Schmidt of the New Berlin School District as saying.

Kelly Armstrong of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation adds “This sea change will have a major impact on manufacturing technology and processes throughout the M7 region.”

The paper references as a source LAB Midwest’s “Teaching IIoT: Preparing Students and Learners for Industry 4.0” and the LAB Midwest team was proud to serve on the committee that led the development of the paper.  See “Preparing Milwaukee 7 for Industry 4.0”.