The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Automation, Sensors, Connectivity, and IoT

Chief Executive Officer magazine looks at how smarter, more connected machines and converging business models are reshaping manufacturing environments across industries.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Corey Ryan, who heads William Blair’s industrial technology investment banking practice, recently authored an article about technology-driven trends that are transforming factories, refineries, warehouses, showroom floors, and other industrial settings. The article, “Industrial Technology in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” was published in the July/August issue of Chief Executive Officer magazine.

In the article, Mr. Ryan looks at how the increasing adoption of automation, sensors, connectivity, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is leading to major efficiency improvements, reduced downtime, and improved quality control throughout the supply chain. The article includes Mr. Ryan’s perspective on how:

  • Advanced sensors and visioning equipment are harvesting data from harsh manufacturing environments and enabling dynamic automation
  • Lines that once separated industrial hardware, software, and services companies are blurring rapidly as business models converge
  • Industrial technology companies are experiencing rapid growth and achieving robust valuations in public and M&A markets


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