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Industry 4.0 & the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) | Translators & Interpreters

It has been called many things – smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things – but essentially it refers to the computerisation and digitalisation of industry. This new type of technology sees the principles of the Internet of Things (i.e. connecting up physical objects to a wider network, and using them to generate important and useful data) applied in a factory setting. Considered by many to be one of the major trends affecting industrial businesses today, many believe IIoT revolutionise manufacturing and industry the world over.

In a field which requires much technical knowledge, clarity of language is essential to success. Whether you require the translation of technical documents or manuals, or interpreting assistance in a business, conference or exhibition setting, TJC Global will be able to assist you.

TJC Global is a world leader in providing technical translation and interpreting services for many highly specialised industries. We have established a large and diverse network of professional linguists with expertise in a wide variety of technical subjects. We are therefore able to source specialists with backgrounds or qualifications in your specific field to ensure that translations are completed to the highest standard. Our translators will utilise their knowledge of technical and scientific terminology as well as their local and cultural knowledge to deliver precise, unambiguous translations: facilitating global business and information exchange all over the world. examples of our clients: Mc, Saint Gobain

We are also very happy to arrange for our interpreters to meet your client(s) anywhere and provide interpreting services all over the globe.

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What forms of interpretation can TJC Global provide?

Video / videoconference interpreting: (also Video Remote Interpreting available) TJC provide language interpreting services to support events such as business discussions, conferences, legal / court / arbitration / litigation, and all other online business interactions in industry during these challenging times.

Participants can communicate with one another via video or voice calls using laptops, smartphones, tablets etc. These can be recorded should you wish to take minutes. Our professionally qualified interpreters can join your online virtual meeting, event, or proceeding, for example, and interpret remotely in the language pairing you require, so as to facilitate smooth communication between all parties.

Telephone / teleconference interpreting is a practical way to bridge any language barriers. The interpreter is either located remotely (away from either party) or is with one of the parties. In both cases they deliver interpreting services through telephone conferencing.

Telephone interpretation is useful for clients who cannot travel to their counterparts’ country, but still wish, for example, to hold business discussions or to communicate progress updates. At TJC Global, we are very happy to provide you with professionally qualified interpreters around the world in almost any selected language combinations.

Simultaneous interpreting (also available with Video Remote Interpretation (VRI))

is used for international conferences, critical business discussions, seminars & symposiums. In this case, there are usually two to three interpreters situated in a booth, away from the audience, who take turns to interpret at high speed, changing over every 15-20 minutes to avoid fatigue.

The interpreters use headsets to listen to the message of the speaker and repeat it immediately (practically “simultaneously”) in the target language for the benefit of relevant audience members.

Consecutive interpreting (also available with Video Remote Interpretation (VRI)) is the most common type of interpreting. It is used for business discussions, negotiations, contract exchanges, commercial, legal, technical discussions, medical or court hearings or on site inspections. The interpreter listens to the speaker, often making notes, and delivers the meaning in the target language afterwards.

The interpreter may wait until a pause or the end, at which point they deliver a translation relatively quickly. Consecutive interpreting may also be used at conferences for panel discussions, Q&A sessions or private discussions between parties – at a stand or elsewhere.

About the digitalisation of industry

Industry 4.0

The term Industry 4.0 (or “Industrie 4.0”) comes from a German government initiative proposed in 2013 (after it was coined at the Hanover Fair in 2011). The 4.0 originates from the idea that we are now experiencing the fourth industrial revolution; the first being mechanisation (late 18th – early 19th century), the second, the advent of electricity (late 19th – early 20th century) and the third, the switch from analogue to digital technology (1950s – 1970s). The fourth, happening now, marks the introduction of intelligence, connectivity and much broader computerisation in manufacturing. “Industry 4.0” is commonly used in Europe and Asia to refer to the general computerisation of industry.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

A term used widely in the USA. According to, The Internet of Things is “the interconnection via the internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.” The addition of “Industrial”, as in “The Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT) occurs when this principle is applied in the manufacturing sector.

Smart Manufacturing

According to Search Business Analytics, “Smart manufacturing (SM) is a technology-driven approach that utilizes Internet-connected machinery to monitor the production process. The goal of SM is to identify opportunities for automating operations and use data analytics to improve manufacturing performance.”

Our Industry 4.0 Translation and Interpreting services cover areas such as:

Cyber-physical systems


Real-time processes

Smart Manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT)

Industry 4.0

Data management

Manufacturing machinery

IIoT Protocols

Looking for translation or interpreting assistance in another field?

TJC Global provides specialist interpreting and translation services in a wide array of specialist fields. Whatever your requirement, we can find the right linguist to assist you.
If your industry or project-type is not listed here, please contact us directly with your enquiry.

Our clinical trials translators utilise their knowledge of subject-specific terminology to deliver precise, unambiguous translations whatever the context – enabling you to communicate effectively with the rest of the world.
We are also able to adapt to almost any type of project.

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