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The Industry 4.0 Skillnet

The Industry 4.0 Skillnet provides subsidised training programmes to keep businesses in the manufacturing, construction, and quarrying industries competitive. This training focusses primarily on the automation of processes through Industry 4.0 technologies such as robotics, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence. Our goal is to inspire businesses to integrate new technology into their overall strategy to keep Irish businesses competitive in an ever evolving global market. 

Featured Training Programmes



This training programme aims to update skills and knowledge to improve processes and increase productivity in the construction sector for Industry 4.0.

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Augmented reality is no longer limited to the entertainment industry, this one day online programme delivered by industry leaders UtilityAR aims to show how augmented and virtual reality can improve processes and increase efficencies.



This two day workshop is geared towards machine operators and aims to qualify the participant in the basic use of KUKA robotics. The workshop features advanced training through simulations so the participant gains practical training in their use.

FutureCast is the Promoting Company for Industry 4.0 Skillnet.

Future Cast is an Innovation, Education and R&D Centre for the Quarry, Construction and Manufacturing industries, working with Industry 4.0 Skillnet based in the W8 Centre. We focus on robotics, cobotics, artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, software development, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D industry printing, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Workplace of the Future. 

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The Industry 4.0 Blog

Stay tuned to the Industry 4.0 Blog to learn about Industry 4.0 and their applications in real world situations. Our team of industry experts and featured contributers are all experts in their respective fields and want to share their insights. 

The Industry 4.0 blog is a joint project between the Industry 4.0 Skillnet and our promoting agency, Future Cast.

RSS Industry 4.0 Blog

  • What is Artificial Intelligence 2022-01-04
    An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence What exactly is intelligence? Intelligence can be defined as our ability to acquire and apply knowledge. It also involves other capabilities such as being able to reason, plan, adapt, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, and learn from experience. Intelligence is a trait that we humans tend to value highly. […]
  • Smart Factories 2021-09-14
    How to build a data highway for a Smart Factory I was aware of the Smart Factory concept, but I knew little about the systems that enable it. So I decided to take a look at two smart factory systems OPC-UA and RAMI 4.0 AAS. The innovations of the last 200 years have brought humanity […]
  • What is Industry 4.0? 2021-09-13
    What is the fourth industrial revolution? When computers were added to factories, they disrupted the established processes and allowed for much greater efficiencies. The process is now being taken one step further as computers are being linked together to generate data and ultimately to make decisions. A combination of Cuber Physical Systems (CPS), the Internet […]

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