- November 08, 2021
- Opto 22
- Beckhoff Automation
- SICK, Inc.
Automation 2021: IIot & Industry 4.0
As Industry 4.0 initiatives continue to accelerate, advances in sensors, data analytics, artificial intelligence and more are enabling real-world benefits. For example, creating a secure wastewater management system in the cloud was seen as impossible not long ago. Predictive maintenance (PdM) strategies continue to rapidly evolve, underpinning a fundamental shift in the drive to become more efficient and demonstrating the benefits of digital transformation. PdM itself encompasses a range of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 technologies that are reflected in this edition of AUTOMATION 2021.
Deep-learning neural networks and artificial intelligence are two that show a lot of promise. MQTT/Sparkplug B can reduce bandwidth usage, ensure delivery of important system actions, and eliminate systemic limitations. Smart phones and portable sensors can simplify vibration data collection and analysis, while ultra-long-life lithium batteries power the remote wireless devices operating at the edge and in the field. Now is the time to upgrade and enhance automation and control systems with technologies that are showing benefits.
-Renee Bassett Chief Editor