Industry 4.0

Work Team


The Industry 4.0 Observatory is a point of reference in Italy for managers and decision-makers with a need to thoroughly understand digital innovations (processes, infrastructure, applications, HW and SW) that are, transforming the manufacturing sector, codifying and making knowledge more accessible, and creating an Italian community that is active and open to comparison with international practices. Industry 4.0 will become the manufacturing model of the future: with the help of innovative digital technologies – Smart Technologies – manufacturing companies will enhance interconnection and cooperation abilities among resources (physical assets, people, and information both within the factory as well as distributed across the value chain), which will dramatically change their efficiency and competitiveness.


The Observatory’s work consists of:

  • field research to analyse the main advancements made in the market, and Industry 4.0 related legal aspects and technologies;
  • four internal workshops with Observatory Partners and Sponsors and Advisory Board's members, in which the advancement of Research is shared and discussed;
  • two closed doors round tables with select partners and sponsorsand the Advisory Board's members who share their own experiences deepening specific topics;
  • Two premium workshops in which Industry 4.0 vertical issues are dealt with by presenting the results of the search streams dealt with in the work tables;
  • a public presentation of the results of the Research activity with round tables and comments of the main players in the world of Industry 4.0;


Within the scope of our research, the Observatory will:

  • analyse digital innovation advancements that affect processes of the operations world, both in terms of technology and fields of application;
  • estimate the Industry 4.0 market spread and value in Italy as well as providing a summarised framework on the status of digital maturity within companies in Italy;
  • evaluate, one year on from the introduction of the Italian National Industry 4.0 Plan and the main results for 2017;
  • investigate the world of Italian and international start-ups to understand related dynamics and business models;
  • examine closely the professional occupations identified in Industry 4.0, analysing the evolution of the main digital skills and the educational pathways necessary to acquire these skills;
  • study the role of finance and infrastructure, which are two Industry 4.0 “enablers”. Analyse the initiatives launched by banks to help the propagation of Industry 4.0 and the state-of-the-art of infrastructure to enable connectivity;
  • map Manufacturing standards (ISO, IEC, de facto, …), relevant to the transformation process taking place in I4.0;
  • analyse the application and technological frameworks for Industrial IoT in Italy, closely examining the most representative success stories;
  • examine in detail the topic of Advanced Human Machine Interface, at both a technological and applicative level, to analyse the main benefits and barriers that emerge when adopting these solutions;
  • analyse the world of (S)MEs in Italy and identify the main features of the process to adopt the solutions and approaches proposed in Industry 4.0.


Sponsorship opportunities

Every year more than 300 companies join the Digital Innovation Observatories activities, getting in touch with the corporate, institutional and academic decision makers

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Partners and Sponsors

For more information on how to collaborate with and support Smart Manufacturing Observatory Research, please contact Elisa Convertini (email: elisa.convertini@polimi.it).