4 Predictions for Industrial Automation

April 18th, 2013 by

By Andy The

The demand for additional automation in Industrial markets is growing.  With demand comes innovation and competition, elements that benefit all end users.

In the next 5 years there will be several major technological transformations that will further shape the future of industrial automation.

1.       Wireless –  Wireless is just starting to gain momentum in manufacturing,  but the desire to remove wires will accelerate the adoption process.  Wireless automation provides too many benefits over wired implementations (i.e. ease of installation and cost).

2.       EthernetEthernet will become the default wired communications bus for industrial automation.  Where wires are needed, Ethernet delivers the best speed, price, and flexibility over proprietary field bus technologies (i.e. CAN)

3.       RobotsRobotics will continue to expand within industrial automation.  Thanks to the many processor advancements,  robotic capabilities are now within reach for most manufacturing environments.

4.       VisionMachine vision will become a key component for industrial automation.  Imaging and processor advancements are turning cameras into the ultimate smart sensor.  With the programmability and recent affordability of vision systems, most manufacturers cannot afford to not implement some aspect of machine vision.  The power and flexibility of machine vision increases throughput and improves quality, two things that are crucial for a successful manufacturer.

In the next 5 years industrial automation will embrace these technologies. The advancements they allow will trickle down to the consumer in the form of better products at lower prices.



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