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Industry 4.0 Hub

The fourth industrial revolution has begun. Are you ready?

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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.

What does Industry 4.0 look like in practice?

Advances include:

Internet of Things: monitoring and control for increased efficiency

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.

Industry 4.0 - Emergent New Technologies

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.

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

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

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


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...

Siemens flagship factory graphic. Copyright Siemens AG

Case study: Siemens. In Siemens’ flagship factory for Industry 4.0 in Amberg, Germany, the factory is eight times more productive than 25 years ago (with the same number of employees) thanks to the incorporation of digital intelligence. Read more at the Siemens website


Rocket Lab

It really is rocket science. Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck talks 3D printed engines and carbon composite balloons at Techweek'18. 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... 

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...

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.

Callaghan Innovation Research and Development

Our research and development services

Find out how our R&D teams can help your business succeed through technology.

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Unleash the value in your business by putting every step of the business process under the Lean lens. Eliminate waste and improve your customer experience.

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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 validate digital manufacturing as an R&D tool for your business.

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The AddLab


Our AddLab was developed to inspire and enable more New Zealand businesses to explore new R&D territory through additive manufacturing.

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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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Hannover Messe 2017

Hannover Messe 2017

In 2017 we visited the world’s largest industrial technology show with some of New Zealand’s future-focused manufacturers.

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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.

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