Industry 4.0

As it is known, the global economic crisis that we faced in 2008 and that deeply shook our world, especially in developed countries, laid the foundation of the revolution that will affect our working life completely and which will later be called Industry 4.0 (Digital Transformation).

In developed countries such as Germany and the USA, where labor is higher, studies have begun to reduce labor to the lowest/optimum due to the impact of the global crisis, and the term Industry 4.0 was used for the first time at the Hannover Messe Industry Fair in 2011. Later, with the support of the German government, a working group was established in the private sector in 2012, and on April 8, 2013, this working group presented the Industry 4.0 report at the Hannover Messe Industry Fair and brought Industry 4.0 to the agenda of our world as a revolution.

When we examine all industrial revolutions before making an assessment about the Industry 4.0 revolution, we see that these revolutions are actually caused by the intelligence of human beings and the aim is to find ways to live in better conditions. Because since its existence, human beings have not been content with what they have and have always wanted to facilitate and therefore improve their way of life. Like every living thing, the purpose of human beings, who came into the world to live, is to live in better conditions; For this, if possible, the work to be done is to have other living things first, then machines and systems. For this purpose, this development will never end; until people make this world a place where they just come to live.


For the first time in world history, unlike the previous ones, a revolution was announced before it happened. Thus, the process of realizing the Industry 4.0 or Digital Transformation revolution, in which equal conditions are created all over the world, has begun. The subject started to be talked about by many people and institutions due to its popularity. In this case, unfortunately, the concept of Industry 4.0 has emptied in our country as well as in the rest of the world. Despite all the talk and discussion, this important industrial revolution is still not fully understood in Turkey. Industry 4.0 can be considered as a form of intelligent production that is completely independent of people in production, using information and communication technologies. In other words, Industry 4.0 can be seen as an autonomy system that supports smart systems with artificial intelligence applications.


Essentially, it is possible to describe Industry 4.0/Digital Transformation, which is an important revolution that will change not only our working life but our whole life, by identifying it with football… Throughout this article, I would like to show you that both concepts have very common features. A player on a football team can work hard and make a very good personal game. However, if this player does not harmonize and integrate his work with the work of his teammates, the team cannot achieve its goal. Therefore, in order to achieve the purpose of the Industry 4.0 system or concept, a “teamwork” and “team spirit” is needed, just like in a football team.

Another reason is that components within the system may not have the expertise to perform the entire system to meet the ever-increasing demands. Therefore, teams may need to combine different features and capabilities of components to meet these demands.


Today, football is often seen as an industry and the definition of “Football Industry” is now widely used. Suppose we define football as industry and football leagues as industrial revolutions. Therefore, just as there are leagues for football teams from amateur to Champions League, industries and industrial revolutions also have stages according to their level of development. In football, these levels are not levels that can be overcome all of a sudden, and each level is determined to move to a higher league as a result of the effort and effort put into it. This is also true for industry levels: to advance to the next revolution, it is necessary to pass the previous stages. From this point of view, when we see the 3rd League as Industry 1.0, We can define the Champions League as Industry 4.0. In Figure 2, we can see the table of football leagues and industrial revolutions in accordance with this definition. Let’s imagine that our current football team is in the Industry 3.0 stage (league), that is, we are a First League team and our team is champion in the league and goes to the Champions League. Our aim is to create a permanent team that will compete in the Champions League. Therefore, what needs to be done here is to transform an Industry 3.0 compatible First Division football team into an Industry 4.0 compatible Champions League football team. A football team consists of 21 players in total and 11 main and five substitutes who can play in each match. Of course, the team also has a coach and his assistants. In Industry 4.0, As of now, it mainly consists of 11 disciplines, and we can say that many more disciplines can be added to this. The most important component of a football team is the coach. Just like in football, if the coach is an indispensable element of the team, artificial intelligence is an indispensable element in the concept of Industry 4.0. Based on this analogy, if we see Industry 4.0 as a football team and evaluate artificial intelligence as a coach and each component as a player, it is possible to create an Industry 4.0 football team; Artificial intelligence is an indispensable element in the concept of 0. Based on this analogy, if we see Industry 4.0 as a football team and evaluate artificial intelligence as a coach and each component as a player, it is possible to create an Industry 4.0 football team; Artificial intelligence is an indispensable element in the concept of 0. Based on this analogy, if we see Industry 4.0 as a football team and evaluate artificial intelligence as a coach and each component as a player, it is possible to create an Industry 4.0 football team;

Players: * Cyber ​​Physical Systems * Industrial Software and Horizontal-Vertical Integration * Big Data and Analytics * Robots/Autonomous Robots * Advanced Automation Systems * Smart Sensors * Cloud Technologies * Internet of Things (IoT) * Augmented (Enriched) Reality * Additive Manufacturing ( 3D Printer – 3D Printer) * Cyber ​​Security

Technical Director: Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems

Although this team, of course, is seen as 11 people for now, the number of players will increase in proportion to the developing technology every year. As it can be understood from here, the main difference between Industry 4.0 and football is that although there are 11 players for both today, this number will not change for football in the future, but may increase for Industry 4.0. An important issue here is that all of these components must be at the same level so that a team can be formed and success can be achieved. Because it is not easy to adapt a goalkeeper from the Champions League level to a First League team, and it does not make that team a Champions League team. When we apply this approach to the Industry 4.0 structure, when we add only one discipline, for example, the cyber security structure, to our existing Industry 3.0 system, the renewed system is Industry 4.

In the light of this information, the comparison chart in Figure 3 more clearly summarizes the relationship between football and Industry 4.0 (Digital Transformation). On the other hand, although there are many similarities between football and Industry 4.0, there are also some minor differences. I tried to summarize these differences in Figure 4.


In summary, we can see Industry 4.0, which we can describe by identifying it with the features of a football team and football league with its many features, as a Champions League in today’s conditions. Therefore, in order to exist in this league and especially to be permanent in the Champions League, we have to create a good team from sustainable goalkeepers to forwards, from reserve players to coaches. So, we can’t make that team a Champions League team just by adapting one or two top players to a lower league team. From this point of view, adding only one or a few Industry 4.0 components to the existing Industry 3.0 system will not mean that the entire system has moved to Industry 4.0. Today, in order to switch to Industry 4.0 and to create the right solution, public, private sector, The education system (universities) and NGOs need to come together and create a solution. Because human is the basis of digitalization and Industry 4.0. While transitioning from physical work to mental work, there must be a strategy and action that the public, NGOs, private sector and our education system will carry out jointly and simultaneously from start to finish. In the light of all this, I must state that all of our people, the private sector and the public should know that the transition to Industry 4.0/Digital Transformation is not an option, but a necessity. If we see Industry 4.0 as a train, we haven’t missed the Industry 4.0 train yet, but we don’t have much time either. We should not forget that we can only be successful with a very serious, fast and planned strategy.

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