Industrial automation is more than just robotics—it’s a comprehensive system upgrade that gives your equipment the ability to handle tasks by themselves. Your facility itself becomes smarter so your company can benefit from greater efficiency, less waste, and faster production times. Instead of adopting one smarter process or an isolated improvement, integrating automation tools and sensors into your whole process can result in exponential improvements.
Automation is already part of existing industrial facility designs. Far from being a novelty or a fact of design only for advanced facilities, smart tools and industrial automation are quickly becoming standard practice in heavy industrial facilities and plants that face extreme or demanding conditions.
FUTURE OF INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION
Every industry is moving towards a greater focus on automation and integrated systems because they improve overall efficiency. It’s important to invest in smart tools now to keep up with demand and provide the high-quality performance consumers expect. Industrial automation is quickly developing into Industry 4.0, the complete automation of production facilities through cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The ongoing success of Embedded World is due to the growing influence of embedded systems, primarily in the automotive sector, but also in automation. Just as the importance of software is rising, embedded systems the combination of computer hardware and software designed for a specific function within a larger system is growing rapidly. In addition to everyday applications like automobiles, medical equipment, airplanes, vending machines, cameras, household appliances, toys and mobile devices, embedded systems are employed frequently in industrial machines and process industry devices. And the number of applications is expanding as industrial devices become more connected
Just a few years ago, no major automation suppliers were to be found at Embedded World. But times have changed. From year to year, we see more and more automation companies participating.
Compact Industrial I/O
Controls engineers, and that includes industrial machine controls, need a variety of information on device connectivity via their input/output, I/O modules and components on topics such as terminal blocks, remote I/O devices, distributed I/O devices and sensor networks, signal conditioning, cabling, wiring, connectors and cordsets.
Compact I/O system modules already include signal adaptation for various purposes. In addition to classic digital signals, there are also modules that can handle rotational encoder evaluation, gate measurement, event counters or pulse width signals. Analog modules are also supplemented with temperature inputs, strain gauge evaluation or resistance measurement. The compact I/O system always provides the right I/O combination for each application.
Embedded motion control, unlike traditional systems, employs miniaturized components combined into a single unit. Embedded motion control systems feature all the same components you would expect in a traditional motion control system: interfaces for control and bus, software, actuators, sensors, and usually an AI component. The difference in these systems is the compact design that allows engineers and manufacturers to incorporate motion control into devices with greater ease and increased capability for synchronization with other systems.
If you’re looking for technology that’s smarter, faster, smaller or easier to use, look no further than the controllers and industrial computers that sit at the heart of any automated system. Whether the computers that control industrial machines and processes sit within a programmable logic controller (PLC), programmable automation controller (PAC) or industrial PC (IPC), these foundations of automation continue to evolve as suppliers add new capabilities to each of these form factors.
Current trend is working to achieve a single point for control and visualization on a machine by integrating robots, motion, human-machine interface (HMI), logic and safety on the same screen, using a single processor and program.
The parallel processing capabilities of hypervisor enable a virtual network connection that allows applications to exchange data between operating systems. The technology lets users combine control and HMI applications on a single IPC
Industry 4.0 is one of most searched terms on industrial digitization, according to Google Trends
Industry 4.0 has become a phrase we love to hate. Used to describe everything from modular automation to cloud computing, the term has come to mean different things to different people. When the phrase Industry 4.0 was first coined at a press conference at Hannover Fair in 2011, few realized the lasting impact it would have on industry as we know it. Not only did it set into motion a series of government initiatives in Germany, in the form of the platform Industry 4.0, it also spurred the rest of the world to take action.
The UK, for example, launched its industrial strategy focused on pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence and renewable energy. The strategy will see investment in many new areas of technology, including a promised £400 million investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and £176 million in 5G mobile connectivity.
He global lab automation market size is projected to grow from an estimated USD 4.3 billion in 2020 to USD 5.5 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. Market growth is driven largely by factors, such as increasing expenditure on research & development by pharmaceutical companies, and Strict regulation for healthcare. The improving healthcare infrastructure across emerging countries, and growth of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are expected to present avenues of growth for market players.