The Future of Industrial Automation

Industrial Automation

In recent years the term “Industry 4.0” had been whispered in various industrial markets, however, this year, the fourth industrial revolution is upon us and no longer a whisper but an ever-increasing roar that screams automation, communication and connectivity.

Industrial automation is perfectly poised to deliver successful digital transformation into the centre of the fourth industrial revolution. “According to the publication Fortune Business Insights, the industrial automation market worldwide reached 157.04 billion dollars in 2018 and is expected to reach 296.7 billion dollars in 2026 .”

The interest in progress and what the future brings in technologies that facilitate industrial automation is due to the benefits it brings. This article highlights 3 things to look for in the future.

Fully automated plants and factories

A vision of fully automated plants are finally approaching an age of true realisation as the needs of automation are driven by the necessity to remove hazardous job roles, improvement of quality through the elimination of errors, maximisation of productivity and major cost reduction throughout the manufacturing process.

Headway towards achieving the most effective automated plants are centered in communications support through the implementation of sensors, fast networks, flexible and easy-to-read interfaces, quality software and centralized, and access operations.

It is important to note that the above-mentioned does not mean the elimination of people, as often automotive systems are imagined to be, “automated systems help, but people are the most critical factor, and ensuring the right time can make all the difference .”

Interactive Instrumentation

As process automation and control systems evolve, the synergy of instrumentation tasks centered on design, developing, maintaining and managing control systems will develop to accommodate changes.

Highlighting the continued importance of people and the industrial future easy-to-read HMIs and dashboards will allow instrumentation that is interactive and approachable to plant operators. Furthermore, implementation of interactive instrumentation maximise the goals within:

  • Productivity
  • Continuity
  • Safety
  • Optimisation
  • Reliability
  • Stability

Virtualized controllers

Our world is an ever-increasing virtual experience and with virtual control systems such as PLCs, HMIs and SCADA, SPG Tech leads the way by virtue of years of software programming experience. 

The convenience of remote access to the control system also allows controls to function in a consolidated manner that embeds function into a single platform instead of multiple singular applications. 

“This flexibility of open, software-based control architecture allows companies to upgrade control processes, optimise them and expedite the deployment of new functions .”

SPG Tech: Drivers of the future

Industrial automation is positioned to deliver heightened quality, accelerated delivery time, remote access and information integration with new instrumentation and control products driving the growth.

SPG Tech’s automation processes are the starting point for successful digital transformation and selected experts to enable the seamless transition of business infrastructure and ensure the achievement of maximum return on investment for technology.

Modernising a plant is at the forefront of automation and SPG Tech provides solutions from full automation to an upgrade of existing systems where innovation is the true source of value.

SPG Tech: Automating the future with quality excellence.