The high-tech and semiconductor industries are incredibly fast-paced sectors. The complex technology associated with the sensitive products is constantly subject to further development – something that is cutting-edge today, may perhaps be out-of-date tomorrow. Precisely this has been confirmed recently by current discussions about being on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution. According to this trend, which has been driven by the internet, the real and virtual worlds will continue to merge. The result is a strong individualization of products, a more flexible production, the extensive incorporation of customers and business partners into business and value-added processes, as well as the coupling of production and high-quality services.
An optimized and secure logistics chain is a crucial competitive factor, especially for those products with very brief lifecycles, as it ensures the just-in-time supply of production lines on a global level. In addition to preventing longer standstill periods when plants are being equipped with new Industry 4.0 technology.