How Manufacturers Can Succeed During The Fourth Industrial Revolution


What do you think of when you hear the words “Industrial Revolution?” 

You might think of the 1800s when the country started using new machines, electricity and steam power, but we’re going through another industrial revolution again. 

That’s creating challenges and opportunities for one of the state’s largest industries.

Gavin Hendrickson is studying automotive technology at Southeast Tech. 

“I grew up working on cars with my grandpa,” Hendrickson said.

However, today’s cars are a lot different. In fact, Hendrickson has to learn about computers and information systems.

“Everything changes in the automotive industry so fast. You get to learn something new every day,” Hendrickson said.

Technology is changing so quickly that this is called the fourth Industrial Revolution in history.

“It is an industrial revolution, and the expectations are very high,” Keith Deibert said.

Deibert is a business advisor with South Dakota Manufacturing and Technology Solutions. 

On Wednesday he spoke with STI students and local manufacturers about how to overcome obstacles that come with these changes.

“Cyber security is going to probably be the biggest concern and risk for companies because they’re going to have to share information openly. If you produce a bolt, somewhere in the future you’re going to have to know where that bolt was made, how it was made, what the quality defects were, and what product it went to,” Deibert said.

It’s not just those in the auto industry who have to worry about cyber security, but all manufacturers. Even those in the food industry have to better track where your food comes from.

“They have to know where the cow was born and how it was raised. Same thing with medical devices. If they’re going to implant a device in you, and there’s a problem, they have to be able to go back and say, ‘Where was the problem,'” Deibert said.

New technology that Hendrickson can’t wait to put his mark on. 

“Make money doing what I love,” Hendrickson said.

Deibert is not worried about losing jobs with the industrial revolution. Instead, he says the types of jobs are changing. 

You can find out more about Wednesday’s event here.

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