Guest intro: Understanding the Fourth Industrial Revolution

06 January 2020

Connectivity In Print special edition November 2019 front cover_580x280
Connectivity In Print special edition November 2019 front cover_580x280

As electronics, intelligence & connectivity continue to proliferate throughout consumer & industrial products & infrastructure, EPDT sister title, Connectivity covers how to get the best out of the 4th industrial revolution (4IR) & the IIoT. And as it celebrates its 2-year anniversary, we’ve invited Connectivity Editor, Paige West to write this guest editorial intro to EPDT's biannual IoT & Industry 4.0 supplement...

This editorial was originally featured in EPDT's H1 2020 IoT & Industry 4.0 supplement, included in the January 2020 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy of EPDT each month.

According to the Made Smarter independent review of industrial digitalisation, by 2030, the UK will be the global leader in the creation, adoption and export of advanced digital technologies, shaping how the modern world does business. These new technologies will enable faster, more responsive and more efficient processes to deliver improved productivity and higher quality products, at reduced cost.

Many in industry are aware of these concepts, but often also have little or no knowledge of where to start. That’s why, a little over two years ago, we launched EPDT’s sister title, Connectivity ( Comprising a daily updated website, a weekly newsletter and growing social media channels, Connectivity offers “thought leadership” from industry experts to UK engineers, highlighting the practical benefits of Industry 4.0 – and takes readers through how best to implement digital IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) technologies.

Paige West, Editor, Connectivity_580x280
Paige West, Editor, Connectivity_580x280

To celebrate our two-year anniversary, we decided to publish a special 60-page printed edition of Connectivity. It contains the best and most popular IIoT editorial content we’ve produced and featured over the last two years, ranging from tutorials, case studies, technical articles, viewpoints and opinion pieces, and industry spotlights. Covering topics on cybersecurity, big data, predictive maintenance, robotics and much more, with industry focuses on packaging, food & beverage, aerospace and others, it aims to give readers a valuable insight into the IIoT space – and to act as a guide to those starting out on their Industry 4.0 journey.

Access the special edition at:

I hope you enjoy our special issue and please let me know if there are any specific topics you would like to see Connectivity cover in more detail in the future – you can email me at Look out for my comment boxes on each article too, as they’ll give you a brief insight into why I selected each piece for inclusion!


Paige West

Editor, Connectivity

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