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Digitalization and connectivity require a radical shift in the market
Whitepaper: The future of automation – Part 2
Increasing digitalization and connectivity are changing the requirements as regards automation. Rigid, complex automation systems are no longer suitable for today’s factories. Instead, control technologies, IT and the IoT need to be brought together in a way which makes sense. Most existing automation systems were not designed for today’s challenges.
Why is this? In the early 2000s, there was a revolution in industrial automation: the introduction of PC technology and PC-based automation. It took control technology to a completely new level. Since then, however, there has been no major innovative leap. After all, automation is a rather conservative field and is two decades behind developments in the IT world.
In detail, today´s automation systems face the following challenges
1. The need for automation systems continues to grow
The need for automation systems and thus software is growing all the time in a range of areas, not just in mechanical engineering. These include building automation, intralogistics and goods logistics, energy production and distribution and, increasingly, mobile automation applications.
There are three key drivers here: easing the burden on users, conserving resources and increasing production flexibility.
For example, robots or cobots are increasingly being used to perform time-consuming tasks which tie up personnel or pose a risk to health. The aim here is to further automate the value stream ...