Industry Revolution 4.0 or IR4.0 is a name representing the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 creates what has been called a “smart factory”. Within the modular structured smart factories, cyber-physical systems monitor physical processes, create a virtual copy of the physical world and make decentralized decisions.

Over the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems communicate and cooperate with each other and with humans in real time, and via the Internet of Services, both internal and cross-organizational services are offered and used by participants of the value chain.

It all started with the Industrial Revolution, when the world was first introduced to steam power, mechanization and factories that marked the new era of modernization. The enablers were no other than the world’s powerful imperialists, the British that cultivated their growing interest in scientific investigation and invention – creating endless opportunities and jobs for their people.

As time progressed, the rapid growth of technology sparked the Second Industrial Revolution, taking mankind to the age of electricity. As demand grew, many new products were invented and significant developments were made in the structure of mass production. The third epoch of the Industrial Revolution – better known as the Digital Revolution – began decades after World War II, welcoming the advent of computers and the initial stages of automation – subtly substituting manpower in assembly lines with robots and machineries.

Organizations are willing to pay the mammoth expense in the hopes of fortifying their influences and positions in the multifaceted industrial ecosystems. Indeed, most industries always begin at Industry 2.0. In contrast to Germany that employs advanced automation, China has managed to climb the modernization ladder with its high dependence on low cost labour. Following its rapid and massive vicissitudes in demographics and economics, the younger generation is opting out of cheap labour work. The most apparent solution for China to sustain their rank as an industrial powerhouse is to shift their traditional manufacturing practices towards contemporary computerized machines and robots – that will be implemented in the Made in China 2025 plan.


In an effort to upskill the current and next generation of workforce, Knowledgecom is partnering with 9 States Skilled Centres with the support of the Federal government to open Centre of Excellence in Technology (CoET) in Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.

Through this collaboration, the company is looking at training and certifying 3,300 of Industry 4.0 certified workers across Malaysia by 2018.

As of today, we have conducted 8 Tracks of training across all the CoETs and APIC under the program National Empowerment in Certification and Training for Next Generation Workers (NECT-Gen for Industry 4.0). Each track consist of 4 days of Industry 4.0 syllabus, followed by respective Technology Track and culminating with professional certification examination.

Below are the list the mentioned tracks: