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;
  • two internal workshops with Observatory Partners and Sponsors aimed at sharing intermediate results and address Research activities;
  • four themed workshops dedicated to the initiative Partner and Sponsor community and members of Advisory Board contractor companies, to discuss and share Research progress on specific topics (to be defined) of the 4.0 sector such as Industrial Internet of Things and Augmented & Virtual Reality;
  • several round table discussions to create networking opportunities for the major players of this market, and to share experiences;
  • attendance (prior registration) in a premium workshop with insights on Industry 4.0 vertical sectors that are particularly relevant for the community;
  • 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, at national and international level in terms of technologies, application environments and national policies;
  • monitor how widespread the Industry 4.0 theme is in Italy, as regards both knowledge and applications;
  • estimate the spread and value of the Industry 4.0 market in Italy, in addition to providing an overview of the status of digital maturity reached by Italian companies;
  • investigate the world of Italian and international start-ups to understand related dynamics and business models;
  • analyse the application and technological frameworks for Industrial IoT in Italy, closely examining the most representative success stories;
  • update the Advanced HMI solution analysis, focusing in particular on augmented & virtual reality, analyzing the main impacts on the industrial environment and identifying major trends;
  • analyze the evolution of the maintenance system enabled by Industry 4.0;
  • 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;
  • look into the 4.0 jobs&skills matter and the evolution of the HR role within the company as regards its involvement in 4.0 projects;
  • evaluate the impact of Industry 4.0 on the company organization structure and identify the most effective actions to undertake to fully appreciate the benefits of Industry 4.0;
  • learn more about Additive Manufacturing technologic and applicative evolution;
  • examine in greater detail topics of interest, closely related to Industry 4.0, such as Security;
  • analyze closely the applicability of Industry 4.0 in industrial process companies (e.g. food & beverage, Chemistry & Pharma).

The Observatory Research is based on an empirical analysis that through surveys and case studies, every year involves over 1000 players, including IT Managers, Digital and Innovation Managers, Business line, Company, and Public Sector Analytics and Executive Managers operating in Italy, and representatives of organizations operating in offer side companies.


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).