Future of Industrial Automation

Industrial revolution 4.0 has brought with it radical changes. it is especially true for industrial automation. Nowadays everyone is aware of the terms IoT, AI, 5G, Augmented reality, etc. It is because of these developments in the industry that this sector has been able to remain unaffected by global recession.

The same development has also come for PLC. PLC has now become easier to use, with straightforward programming and reprogramming abilities. Earlier PLC was driven by large machinery and tools, but today, it can simply be operated by software on computers. This change has brought about the existence of DCS. When you use PLC software, not only does it make the process less complicated, but also saves cost.

However, the developments in this sector are growing at an even more rapid rate than before. You can expect drastic developments in automation in the very near future, perhaps in the coming 5 years. Automation software might come rooted in programs and devices.

Due to this, there will come immeasurable development in nanotechnology, and along with that will come a boost in sensors that can operate at an even lower cost, consuming less energy.

No doubt sensing technology has come a long way, but it is only the beginning. It will save more time, and create efficiency. You can expect the future of industries to be dominated by robotics, wireless sensors, AI, nanotech, etc.

What does the future of factory automation look like?

Today all industries are customer-centric. All changes that take place in an industry also come from the need to provide customers with the best and quick services. So, naturally automation will be implemented wherever possible to save time and cost.

Customers today order online, based on their preferences of products and delivery options. In the future, this scenario may also change. With robots coming in place of workers, the speed with which products will be manufactured will increase, along with efficiency and accuracy, with less chances of error.

Industries may even become remote-controlled- with all the essential functions being operated remotely with just a press of a button. Services will also become more personalized to cater to customer requirements.

The future of industrial automation looks promising- it will be dominated by sensors, ultra-fast networks, and faster and more efficient software. Factories in the future may be smaller in size as compared to today, due to the need for lesser machinery and manpower and the ability to perform numerous tasks simultaneously.

The industries or factories will be transportable so as to acquire resources quickly and for making deliveries quick as well. This will reduce the cost of transportation of resources from long distances and increase instant gratification of demands.

Impact of Globalization

The world in terms of industrial leadership was previously dominated by developed countries like the US. But now it has changed. India and China are growing and have made their mark in the global economy. This has brought many opportunities and scope for further development and innovation in automation.

Today, industries are focused on outsourcing skills and services, which has caused a shift in degree requirements and job availability. Traditional engineering jobs seem to be hard-hit and jobs in this sector will continue to decrease, due to the rise in non-traditional and newer opportunities and requirements.

Innovation is indeed on the cards. Rapidly developing countries with their ability to adopt new methods and practices are sure to give a strong competition to those previously leading the market. Industries that are less agile and refuse to adopt these rapid changes and come up with modern methods of automation will be lagging. Thus, suffering in the customer-centric market.

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