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Industry 4.0 Hub

The fourth industrial revolution has begun. Are you ready?

Industrial Revolution 1.0 - 4.0

What is Industry 4.0?

We are now experiencing the fourth industrial revolution – dubbed ‘Industry 4.0’. This is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and cyber-physical.

Just as businesses 150 years ago had to adapt to electricity enabling mass production, today’s enterprises face the challenge of embracing smart technologies (such as robotics and artificial intelligence) and data to drive intelligent action in the physical world. 

Knowing when and how to incorporate these new technologies into your business model isn’t easy, and helping companies adapt to Industry 4.0 is a priority for Callaghan Innovation in its role as New Zealand’s innovation agency. We do this by connecting you to the capabilities, co-funding and networks you need to succeed, and by providing valuable insights and ideas.

Download our infosheet to find out more about Industry 4.0: PDF icon Industry 4.0 Infosheet

Download our providers map to find out who provides Industry 4.0 in New Zealand: PDF icon Industry 4.0 New Zealand providers map

Download our PDF icon Self Assessment Tool to score your business on Technology & Innovation Readiness and Maturity.

What does Industry 4.0 look like in practice?

Advances include:

Internet of Things: monitoring and control for increased efficiency

Industry 4.0 - Emergent New Technologies

Recent advances in sensing and communication technologies enable you to better understand your production and manufacturing processes. You can identify process bottle-necks and implement predictive and preventative maintenance. Sensors can provide you live updates on your production process as well as identifying when tools are becoming worn or require maintenance.

Digital twin: modelling your product and processes

Using the data collected by sensors and building a computer model of your product or process will allow you to create a Digital Twin. This will give you real-time status updates on your product and processes, as well as going through ‘what-if?’ scenarios, without putting your assets at risk.

Robots and automation: increased efficiency and precision, reduced health & safety risks

Modern production systems are increasingly automated. However you can also retrofit automation to existing and older machinery to improve performance. Integration of assistive robots, e.g. to perform repetitive and dangerous tasks, delivers further benefits.


Industry 4.0 Demonstration Network

Callaghan Innovation is partnering with Beca and The EMA to roll out a nationwide showcase of Industry 4.0. The partnership will present these technologies and concepts in relatable and practical ways, in real-world settings so that manufacturers see a clear path to incorporating these technologies and realising the benefits they provide.

Beca will deliver the mobile showcase and bring Industry 4.0 technologies to the doorstep of manufacturers and educators across New Zealand. The EMA, part of the BusinessNZ network, will deliver a network of site visits and smart factory tours by manufacturers to demonstrate the benefits of Industry 4.0. Combined, this hands-on initiative will help manufacturers directly by creating knowledge sharing and learning opportunities. Read more here.


Production Supervisor at Oasis

Case study: An oasis of innovation. Tauranga engineering business, Oasis Engineering, is shipping better products faster, due to employing Lean methodologies in its product development and manufacturing processes. Read more...

Wood Engineering Technology plant

Case study: Forestry meets Industry 4.0. Cutting-edge production techniques and innovative design are opening new opportunities for New Zealand’s forestry sector and for Wood Engineering Technology. Read more...

Mastip Factory Manager Ben Mollekin on the newly digitised factory floor.

Case study: Mastip. An Auckland manufacturer has come up with a way of measuring productivity it hopes will benefit New Zealand Inc.  Read more...

Production Machinery Limited

Case study: Production Machinery Limited (PML). PML, set up originally by Fisher and Paykel last century to develop a single production line for all their appliances, has continued to evolve and is now an exemplar for Industry 4.0. Read more...

Gallagher Lean 2.0

Case study: Leaning in. Manufacturing success stories Tait and Gallagher are leading the way again in developing a programme to teach other Kiwi firms how to go digital. Read more...

Air freight

Case study: Core Transport Technologies. A Kiwi collaboration is turning global aviation logistics on its head, finally giving airlines the ability to track cargo in real time. Read more... 

How we can help

Callaghan Innovation can help your business make the most out of the opportunities Industry 4.0 offers.

Our experts deliver a range of relevant services, including advanced manufacturing R&D, Lean manufacturing training, 3D printing and industrial robot hire. We also provide access to events, sector collaborations and overseas delegations.

Industry 4.0 Starter Service

Industry 4.0 Starter Service

Learn how to adopt Industry 4.0 to improve productivity and discover new business opportunities.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

Energise and improve your R&D with our manufacturing experts.

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Digital Lean

Build upon your Lean foundations and boost your competitive advantage further through the use of Industry 4.0 technologies.

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RandD Careers Grants

R&D Career Grants

Add a PhD or masters graduate to your R&D team to stimulate innovation.

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Universal Robot

Manufacturing robots

Trial a collaborative robot in your workplace to see the advantages of automation for yourself

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Sensing and Automation

Data and IoT

Our Internet of Things and Data experts will accelerate your product development.

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Data and Internet of Things (video)

Unsure of exactly what AI, IoT and AR/VR mean, and how they work together? Then check out this primer presentation from Callaghan Innovation’s Jonathan Miller.

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UR5 robot close-up

Here come the ‘cobots’

Smart Kiwi companies are deploying robots to gain manufacturing efficiencies and stay competitive – but these ‘cobots’ are there to work alongside employees rather than replace them.

Read more about Here come the ‘cobots’

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