Industry 4 Panevėžys
Advisory Council for the Development of Industry 4.0 in the Region of Panevėžys consists of highly experienced professionals representing regional businesses, educational, R&D and public sector institutions as well as independent experts on innovation, robotics, economic development and other related fields.
The purpose of the Advisory Council is to investigate changes in the development of Industry 4.0 in the region, country and abroad, consider emerging problems, provide the responsible authorities with solutions to solve them and to make other strategic decisions.
Industry 4.0, commonly referred to as The Fourth Industrial Revolution, is a name given to the current trend of automation and digitalisation in the manufacturing processes resulting in the higher competitiveness of the companies.
During The First Industrial Revolution, industrial processes in the manufacturing companies were improved through the implementation of the steam machine. During The Second Industrial Revolution, electricity and conveyors were introduced to improve the manufacturing processes. During The Third Industrial Revolution companies turned to the implementation of the automatic solutions, and finally, during The Fourth Industrial Revolution cyber-physical systems, such as the Internet of things, cloud computing or others, were introduced to foster the development of what has been called a "smart factory". Differently from the previous revolutions, The Fourth Industrial Revolutions evolves at an exponential rather than a linear pace.
Technological change is never an isolated phenomenon. This revolution takes place inside a complex ecosystem which comprises business, governmental and societal dimensions. To make a country fit for the new type of innovation-driven competition, the whole ecosystem has to be considered
professor Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum. The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Industry 4.0 trends in Lithuania
In 2017, following the worldwide trend for automation and digitalisation of the industrial processes, defined as the Industry 4.0, the Government of the Republic of Lithuania launched the national committee aimed at cultivating the industry competitiveness. This committee later on was included in to the larger national platform for the industry digitalisation called „Pramonė 4.0“. The main goal of the platform is to endorse the digitalisation of the business industrial processes on the national level. To ensure the purposeful continuous development of the Industry 4.0 in Lithuania, “Lithuanian industry digitalization roadmap 2019-2030” was further introduced setting the strategic direction and identifying necessary strategic actions. Working groups of Lithuanian Industry 4.0 platform after a series of round table debates and analysis of technological foresights (mainly High level strategy group on Industrial technologies under the European Commission review of key enabling technologies (KETs), EC (2016) study on advanced manufacturing technologies, Factories of the Future roadmap, Robotics 2020 Multi-annual roadmap, foresights by Imperial College London, Gartner and McKinsey group insights) have agreed on the following list of technologies that will have the biggest impact on the digitalisation of Lithuanian industry till 2030. Names and descriptions of technologies were aligned with recent recommendations by the working group working on the review of Lithuanian smart specialisation strategy and there is a big correlation between Lithuanian future investments into R&D priorities and technologies described below. This serves as a guideline for the next funding period 2021-2026.