Keynote: Industry 4.0 and its Eco-Systems – State of Play
About 10 years ago the idea of Industry 4.0 inspired the worldwide factory automation community. A standardized digital infrastructure in combination with seamlessly integrated engineering tools on one side and cross-domain value streams on the other side proposed greater speed and flexibility in manufacturing – a transformation from traditional manufacturing to autonomous smart one-piece-flow production systems in the future.
Since then, but latest with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn coming along, things have become more complex and dynamic. New challenges are arising for us engineers.
To begin with, the ongoing global climate change requires a closer look at the future of energy generation and its efficient use. This needs an alignment with targets of the Industry 4.0 movement. As well as, the limits of globalization with changing customer behavior, e. g. in travel, and the consumption impact the global manufacturing industry. Finally, the vision of data driven business models promised new opportunities but needs to be sized and shaped further to fit the needs of today’s changing world.
What influence could this have on the required digital eco- and communication systems and corresponding technologies? How can renewable energy sources be integrated into an Industry 4.0 environment? And what has TSN to do with it? These and some more thoughts and observations are abstracted in a key note by Volker Bibelhausen, Speaker of the Board and CTO of the Weidmüller Group, a German company with 5000 associates, specialized in smart industrial connection technology and part of the global factory automation community.