I love the buzzword Al, "Integrated Industry". Perhaps as we get more examples of integrated factories, it will be easier for the general public and their representatives to recognize our automated future. While we were still building our telephone networks, it was easy to see how human operators fit into the system. But once the switching relays were shrunk down to an integrated circuit, those jobs were no longer available. As our industrial production floors continue to integrate, the physical "space" will also shrink. Maybe when a smartphone factory shrinks down to the size of a microwave oven the powers that be will begin to get the message...
William, Thanks for your comments. It's interesting how knocking down the big silos within a plant (machine control, business systems, physical assets and natural resources) is becoming the focus for companies. Integrated industry to me is how to automate the integration of these major components that haven't necessarily been combined together in an unified way in the past.
You are singing my song, Al. Our undergraduate department has a title that is quite a mouthful, but Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) is exactly what we have been teaching since the turn of the century. Our students learn how to punch holes through the membranes separating the silos in industry so that innovation can flow between them. Our grads have been finding awesome positions and with continuing stories like these, perhaps they are having an effect...
Great stuff and glad to hear that has been the focus of your teaching. It's amazing that machine control can control loops down in the milliseconds but some of the interactions between larger systems can be so coarse. You're way ahead of your time but it looks like we'll be making great strides in this area as technology and practice continues to evolve. Thanks.
Another great story, Al. Not surprising to see this theme coming from the Hannover Fair. Having been there a couple of times, I can attest that the Hannover Fair is a stunningly large and technically impressive place to learn about industrial technology trends.
"Under the buzzword "Integrated Industry," here they will find the latest smart technologies and solutions for future-proofing their production facilities."
AI, now a day's trade shows are like an integrated ecco system, where all the necessary sub systems are available under one roof/umbrella. I think that the best way to attract more peoples too. Majority of Customers/industrial peoples are looking for' a-z' solutions from a single place.
"the world's most important industrial technology event will create a showcase for how factory automation and communications, energy efficiency, and more intelligent digital factories are likely the most important topics for automation and control in the years immediately ahead."
AI, that's an important point. How to automate the industrial environment/production facility for energy conservation is going to be the key buzz word in future.
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