Industry 4.0 at CCSU introduces the 4th revolution

Published on Monday, 11 March 2019 20:36
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Central Connecticut State University’s Institute of Technology and Business Development is offering courses to companies and students to help understand and implement Industry 4.0 initiatives.

The Industry 4.0 initiative at CCSU includes nine independent eight-hour overview sessions which are being offered to businesses involved in manufacturing and technology.

The first Industry 4.0 class will take place on March 15. The class is design to inform companies about the future of mechatronics and robotics and it will be taught by Ravindra Thamma at the main campus in the School of Engineering, Science and Technology to two organizations.

Other scheduled courses include Advanced Manufacturing Overview, Agile & Scrum Methodology Overview, Artificial Intelligence Overview, Elements of Supply Chain Management Overview, Fundamentals of Business Analytics Overview, Inspection Using GD&T and Blue Light Tecnology Overview, Open Source Coding Overview and Operations Management Overview.

“We deliver these courses on-site or at a company site,” Richard Mullins, ITBD director said. “Our goal is to introduce individuals in companies to the Industry 4.0 concepts then thru Faculty in Residence programs - faculty and students to help the companies implement Industry 4.0 concepts as appropriate.”

According to Mullins, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, published the book the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” laying out for businesses and industries the 22 tipping points that need to be addressed in the next industrial revolution.

In 2017, Mullins picked up the book and started to contact CCSU faculty members for their expertise and how those respective disciplines, operations, measurement and quality fit into the Industry 4.0 initiative.

“I asked the faculty collectively to put together some one-day seminars so that we could help educate the business community of what the fourth industrial revolution is about, Industry 4.0 and where we as an institution at CCSU and the School of Engineering, Science and Technology and business school could bring our expertise to the business community to help them transition,” Mullins said.

The main idea of the Industry 4.0 initiative at CCSU is to launch and introduce the topics in specific areas to the business community and then begin the dialogue after the one-day seminar with the companies that participate with how to implement this in their organization.

“That’s where we would get more involved with the workforce training aspect of helping a company prepare for this technology implementation,” Mullins said. “It is not a linear connection of all this technologies. You don’t have to deal with any specific order. These are the typographical areas that have been brought to light, impacting manufacturing and the internet of things that could come together to help manufacture their processes of productivity. The Industry 4.0 is a series of technologies that companies can leverage in their business to gain greater productivity performance.”

Haoyu Wang, professor at CCSU with a background in mechanical engineering, is one of the people working in the initiative. Wang’s role in the program is to teach the Inspection using GD&T and Blue Light Technology course.

According to Wang, the concept of the Industrial 4.0 was initiated by the German government as a strategic plan. Then, other countries like the United States, Canada and China followed through.

“They had a different name for it, but it was the same concept,” Wang said.

Throughout the years, the industrial revolutions have acquired different names as technology grows. It started with the use of technologies like the steam engines. Then industrial 2.0, when the mass production of the assembly line was introduced. The third generation of the revolution was the introduction of digitalization with Programmable Logic Controllers and microcontrollers in computers back in the 1960s, Wang said.

“That’s why we call this the Industrial 4.0 so it’s like a fourth revolution for the industry,” Wang added. “We are making things in a very smart, effective and efficient way and we are making the smart products. Because of the availability of the technology and the price, technology is getting cheaper and cheaper.”

The nine independent overview sessions for businesses are non-credit courses, but the faculty on campus teaches these same topics in a one-credit class to expose academic students to the concept of Industry 4.0.

“Wang takes the classroom piece and helps to build it into a non-credit piece that we can deliver in a shorter period than a full semester to business and industries so that they can implement it faster,” Mullins said. “With a normal dialog we began talking about these things and we said you know we need to get this out to the industry so when our students graduate, they are prepared with the skills and the companies are aware and willing to accept those students with those new technology skills to help leverage the opportunity.”

To learn more about the Industry 4.0 initiative at CCSU visit .

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Posted in The Bristol Press, General Business, General News, Manufacturing on Monday, 11 March 2019 20:36. Updated: Monday, 11 March 2019 20:38.