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Evolution of Automation Report: Growth in Plant Floor Automation and Integrated Communications is at a Pivotal Junction -


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Implementing machine automation is a constant and ongoing process and
will ebb and flow depending on specific needs in replacing human tasks.

Currently, some machines are connected, but many are not; the IIoT
(Industrial Internet of Things) will connect M2M (Machine-to- Machine)
and machines to people. Edge computing will be used to analyze data on
site for improved operations insights and cloud computing will be used
for big data analysis across the enterprise.

The Growth in Plant Floor Automation and Integrated
Communications is at a Pivotal Junction; New Technology is Available And
Adoption is Underway

As automation technology continues to advance, manufacturers are faced
with an expansive array of choices. From something as basic as upgrading
an individual machine component, to more complex solutions centered
around automated data collection and a robust cybersecurity package,
manufacturers have many innovative solutions that can be integrated for
a full view of the plant floor.

Six Trends Driving Plant Floor Automation

  • Lack of skilled labor, labor shortages.
  • Global increase in product demand.
  • Rising demand for flexible manufacturing.
  • Producing products with consistent quality.
  • Overall operating cost reductions.
  • Smart machine technology and co-bots.

Six Reasons Why Automation is a Gradual Adoption Process

  • Utilizing data for operational improvements will take years and will
    require educating the industry on how to gather it, use it, store it,
    and apply it.
  • With automation costs decreasing, companies of all sizes will have an
    easier time achieving an acceptable ROI.
  • Disparate and legacy systems persist and need to be connected, but
    upgrading can be expensive.
  • IT and OT convergence for common strategies is still emerging.
    (Operational technology-the hardware and software dedicated to
    detecting or causing changes in physical processes through direct
    monitoring and/or control of physical devices such as valves, pumps,
  • Open platform standards are evolving.
  • Cybersecurity, in a layered systems approach, will help alleviate
    security issues.

Key Topics Covered:

1.0 Automation Today

2.0 The Challenges

3.0 The Opportunities

4.0 The Advantages

5.0 The Solutions

6.0 The Future

7.0 Appendix

Companies Mentioned

  • IBM
  • SAP
  • Cisco
  • Intel
  • Digi
  • Virtustream
  • ZTE
  • Rockwell
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Red Hat
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Emerson
  • Infosys
  • Broadcom
  • Johnson Controls
  • Sierra Wireless
  • Pivotal
  • C IoT
  • NXP
  • Jasper (Cisco)
  • WIBU-Systems
  • Eaton
  • Silver Spring Networks
  • Asavie
  • B&R Industrial Automation
  • HMS
  • BAE Systems
  • Accenture
  • ThingStudio
  • Flextronic
  • Adaptive Wireless
  • Balluff
  • Orange
  • Fuji Electric
  • ThingLogix

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