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COVER STORY 4.0 may be much more important for manufactur- ing discrete items compared with processing bulk materials. Manu- facturing can ben- efit from the cus- tomization of end products to indi- vidual customer needs in ways the process industry never will. Growing pains All these prom- ises of efficiency and new ways of m a n u f a c t u r i n g are very exciting. But how do you tell if a technology is mature enough to deliver its promises? One method used by the consulting and market research firm Gartner is the "hype cycle" (figure 1.) Gartner uses the hype cycle to support investment decision making. The figure 12 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG Figure 1. Hype cycle of selected Internet of Things technologies (adapted from Gartner) Plateau will be reached in: Viable now < 2 years 5 – 10 years > 10 years Innovation trigger Peak of inflated expectations Trough of disillusionment Slope of enlightenment Plateau of productivity Internet of Things As of July 2016 Smart lighting Enterprise 3-D printing Autonomous vehicles Machine learning Blockchain Smart thermostat Commercial vehicle telematics Visibility

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