Industry 4.0


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The Functionality of Catalysts

Catalysts are needed to ensure the achievement of goals in adaptive environments. The more differentiated the action of an individual or organization, the more influence is needed to adapt in an environment.

The research on social and business catalysts developed at The Unicist Research Institute discovered the different types of catalysts according to specific functionalities as well as how catalysts accelerate the introduction of the concept of Industry 4.0 in an organization.

Industry 4.0 Catalysts

Understanding the catalysts that accelerate the Industry 4.0 installation will help to understand the concept of catalysis.

The research found the catalysts that drive the introduction of Industry 4.0 and their functionality:

  • The generic catalyst, which opens the access to Industry 4.0, is customer orientation. It allows palliating the implicit weaknesses of the processes that are installed. It is based on the segmentation of the participants in the processes.  
  • The systemic catalyst is given by the access and management of the root causes of processes, which ensure the functionality of the technologies used.
  • The specific catalyst is the use of artificial intelligence to ensure the accuracy of results.
  • The conjunctural catalyst, which exerts the highest level of influence, is defined by the competitive strategy of an organization.

The attributes of a brand are a basic example of a universal catalyst, which is always part of a process. Exceptionally, brands work as composed catalysts that include the different levels (Apple, Speedo, etc.). Normally, they work as a hygienic catalyst that sustains the catalyzing processes. When it is an internal process in an organization, the attributes of the brand define the values of the culture and when it is an external process, the attributes define what the environment can expect from a value proposition.

To find the catalyzing objects, it is necessary to manage the fundamentals of a process. It is very simple to find them when there are successful experiences in a field. Semiotic groups are used to confirm the validity of the catalysts that work at the different stages of a processes.

Learn more: https://www.unicist.net/conceptual-design/catalysts/

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research where the Unicist Evolutionary Approach was developed. 


Unicist Innovation Strategy

The purpose of innovation is to overcome scarcity. Only people or cultures, who have the will, find the way to overcome scarcity: this is the cultural context that fosters innovation. The driver of innovation is human creation. The word creation is used in the sense of recreation. Humans create based on the existing energy.

Unicist Innovation Strategy

The research on the process of innovation led to the ontological structure of innovation, which is defined as follows:

Four structural segments were identified. These segments of innovators are described as: Artisans, Technologists, Inventors and Discoverers.

The homeostatic function of innovation is freedom. This sounds paradoxical, because we define freedom as the path towards security to innovate. Innovation is sustained by internal and external freedom.

Cultures only develop innovations in the fields where such freedom exists. Censorship or self-censorship inhibits research and innovations.

That is why there are cultures where innovations are centered on arts or technologies, without entering the field of scientific innovation. Social capital, defined as the strength of the bonds among the members of a society, sustains innovations.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept


Cognitive Systems to Foster Growth & Profitability

The Unicist Cognitive Systems in business manage the root causes, the dynamics and the evolution of the business processes they deal with. They were developed to manage businesses as adaptive systems to foster growth, process improvement, decision making, profit improvement and customer orientation.

Unicist Cognitive Systems

They take advantage of the technologies included in the 4th Industrial Revolution and use the knowledge of the concepts and fundamentals of the business functions to manage their root causes. The installation of Cognitive Systems generates a positive cash flow.

Unicist Cognitive Systems manage the unified fields of business functions using the unicist artificial intelligence to monitor the functionality of their fundamentals to ensure results. These systems are necessary to manage feedback dependent environments.

The Unicist Cognitive Systems were built upon the information provided by the more than 5,000 researches developed since 1976 at The Unicist Research Institute. These researches provided the necessary information to build the systems to support social and business decision making processes.

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NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept


Industrial Revolution and Mindsets

Industrial Revolutions foster and establish dominant mindsets to fulfill their purposes. These mindsets include the preceding mindset as complementary approaches.

Operational thinking is the dominant mindset in the 1st Industrial Revolution. Mechanization requires operational thinking and the solutions provided by this stage deal with the operation of things.

Analytical thinking is the dominant mindset in the 2nd Industrial Revolution. The analytical approach allows managing mass production in a meaningful way by dividing these masses into manageable entities.

Systemic thinking is the dominant mindset in the 3rd Industrial Revolution. Automation requires envisioning the unified field of the operation and its components in order to build the automated processes.

Conceptual thinking is the dominant mindset in the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Industry 4.0 stage is based in improving the adaptiveness of processes by being fully consumer/user/buyer oriented, increasing the productivity which implies improving the cost/value relation and increasing the quality to become fully reliable.

Peter Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf


The Concept of the 4th Industrial Revolution

The birth of an industrial revolution is triggered by new technologies which produce a new industrial stage when they are able to satisfy latent needs of a society. The history of industrial revolutions is that they expand as such in environments where they satisfy the needs of an “establishment” of a culture.

As soon as they begin to have a viral expansion, the industrial revolutions demonstrate their true value and the underlying concepts can be perceived.

In the case of the 4th Industrial Revolution it becomes evident that its purpose is to introduce adaptiveness into industrial and business processes.

It has to be considered that adaptiveness, the concept that underlies flexibility, was always a goal in industry but could not be solved without increasing costs and affecting the quality of the produces. Industry 4.0, due to the now available technologies, introduced adaptiveness but also increased the productivity and quality of the produces.

This opened a new stage that was based on industrial processes, although it deals with businesses as a whole. It introduces adaptiveness by managing the concepts and fundamentals of business functions.  This allows managing the root causes of processes that increase their productivity, quality and ensure their reliability.

Diego Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute has been, since 1976, the pioneer in complexity science research to deal with adaptive entities and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of adaptive systems and environments. It was one of the precursors of the Industry 4.0 concept. https://www.unicist.org/turi.pdf