Industry 4.0 for Nations Competitiveness and What it Takes

TanikaThe increasing number of products and production processes that utilize information system based technologies indicate the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0. Industrial Internet of Thing, Advanced Robotic, Cloud Computing, Big Data and Analytic, Machine Learning, Predictive Maintenance, and 3D printing are key technologies in Industry 4.0 era. Many innovation of products, services and processes arise from these new technologies.

The Industry 4.0 technology empowerment program later on was adopted by various countries as a strategy to increase the nation’s competitiveness. Since 2011, Europe, which Germany has become its initiator, has launched the Industry 4.0 program. The Industrial Internet of Things program in America began in 2011 together with the establishment of the “Advanced Manufacturing Partnership”. In 2014, Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong launched the Smart Nation program, while China has launched the Made in China 2025 program since 2015. In 2016 Japan has established Society 5.0 program that adopts human-oriented Industry 4.0 technologies. Thailand has also introduced the Thailand 4.0 program in 2016. Indonesia itself has initiated the “Making Indonesia 4.0” program in April 2018.

The implementation of Industry 4.0 promotes the shifting of job types. Instead of decreasing the employability level of labors, smart technologies and advance robotic systems replace labors in doing the non value adding activities, and in the same time it raises some new jobs that needs higher skills and more specific expertise.

Industrial Engineering is one of the majors that determine the effectiveness of Industry 4.0 technologies implementation since it is mastering product design and development, collaborative task allocation, modern production facilities design, performance management, supply chain, simulation and visualization. Industrial Engineering optimizes integrated systems that consist of human, material, equipment, energy, and capital. Industrial Engineering also combines skills of engineering and management thus an Industrial Engineer is needed in many executive positions in the companies.

Industrial Engineering Department of Swiss German University, together with partner universities in Germany, conduct educational activities with state-of-the-art curriculum and professors with industrial experiences. By studying in Industrial Engineering Department of Swiss German University, the students will not only have opportunity to experience studying in international environment by its double degree program and internship program in Germany, but they will also have Industrial exposures start from the 3rd semester through projects and thesis-work in well established companies.

By Dr. Tanika D Sofianti

Head of Department of Industrial Engineering – Swiss German University


“It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” (in several references were mentioned as a quote by Charles Darwin)