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Industrial Automation in the New Digital World.
Portion of a keynote presentation at Automatech User Group Conference, Baltimore, MD. May 2013.

Several growth inflection points are brewing in the new digital automation world. Rapid shifts are occurring in all measurement and control environments – from wired systems to wireless connectivity; from conventional client-server processing systems to cloud-based processing; from tethered PCs and centralized operator-stations to an abundance of mobile devices; from deterministic measurement and control to distributed peer-to-peer based I/O; from relatively large centralized systems to the Internet of Things.

The new automation leaders will be those who can demonstrate that their products and services can yield significant productivity improvements, and can meet the demands of rapidly changing global markets.

Industrial Automation in the New Digital World.
Portion of a keynote presentation at Automatech User Group Conference, Baltimore, MD. May 2013.

Several growth inflection points are brewing in the new digital automation world. Rapid shifts are occurring in all measurement and control environments – from wired systems to wireless connectivity; from conventional client-server processing systems to cloud-based processing; from tethered PCs and centralized operator-stations to an abundance of mobile devices; from deterministic measurement and control to distributed peer-to-peer based I/O; from relatively large centralized systems to the Internet of Things.

The new automation leaders will be those who can demonstrate that their products and services can yield significant productivity improvements, and can meet the demands of rapidly changing global markets.

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Automation in the Digital World - Keynote 2013

  1. 1. Industrial Automation in the New Digital World Jim Pinto Technology Futurist
  2. 2. Accelerating Future  The future is coming at us fast!  Major changes in past decades  Globalization  Technology acceleration
  3. 3. Global Economics  Today’s Markets are Global  Old - Production Limited  Make more  New - Consumption limited  Sell more  Era of giant production factories is over  Production  Small, custom, distributed  Suited to local needs and styles
  4. 4. Staying Globally Competitive  Many products have become commodities.  Increased competitive pressures - many global producers accept lower profit margins  Producing high value-added products is part of the solution.  Compete with best assets - knowledge workers, technology, innovation, agile response
  5. 5. Faster, Cheaper, Better  Productivity has become a global race  Those who can produce materials and products cheaper, faster, better – win!  Fierce, head-to-head competition between regions and nations  Reason: It is the source of wealth
  6. 6. Demise of Size  The age of large factories is over.  Advantages of BIG factories now liabilities.  Size inhibits growth - some of the biggest companies are ailing and failing.  Today's markets are consumption limited, not production limited.  Stop manufacturing commodities  Become innovators and specialists in new types of high-value manufacturing
  7. 7. Old Automation Tech  For the past decades, automation technology has had only changes around core developments:  PLCs, DCS and SCADA commodity hardware  Migration to networked and Internet-connected systems
  8. 8. Consolidation  Automation majors are changing old product-centric approach to systems and services for large end-users (lower margins)  Opportunities for manufacturers, software developers and systems integrators to fill the gaps.
  9. 9. Digital Technology Shift  PC to Thin-clients  Tethered to mobile devices  Wired to wireless connectivity  Client-server to cloud-based  Centralized Deterministic to Distributed peer-to-peer based  Machine-to-machine (M2M)  Robotics & smart machinery
  10. 10. Post-PC Era  The PC-centric period winding down.  Thin-client computing delivers vastly improved productivity at lower cost.  Information and displays accessed from anywhere with smart-phones or tablets.  Superior security protection against introduction of external worms or virus attacks.
  11. 11. Mobile Devices  Exploding commercial use generating industrial applications growth  Reduced costs  More functions  Improved operating efficiency  Boosts productivity  Increased throughput using existing people and resources.
  12. 12. Security – Primary Issue  Post Stuxnet awareness  Many suppliers consider Security “after incident service revenue”  Wireless creates new targets  Cloud services – new security issues  Social media provides new mechanisms for network penetration  Mobile Devices Embedded IP- cameras - image-recognition before access
  13. 13. Wireless networks  Wireless sensor networks will provide vast arrays of real- time, remote interaction with the physical world  Wireless connectivity is already wide spread in office and consumer environments  Manufacturing is already taking advantage of the overwhelming benefits.
  14. 14. The Cloud  More than just conventional data center model  Fundamentally changes how masses of data can be stored for interaction.  Services on demand at the infrastructure, platform and software levels.  Big data, the cloud and analytics combine to offer breakthrough productivity solutions.
  15. 15. Internet of Things (IoT)  Next huge leap in productivity  Transform the next decade  Everything connected  Significantly reduce operating expenditures  Manufacturing devices, sensors and actuators become Internet-enabled devices.
  16. 16. Machine-to-Machine  End-users will manage their own assets  Complete revolution of conventional services  Operating return on investment (ROI) on all equipment assets available all the time, any time  Efficient way to collect and analyze data from wired and wireless systems across the enterprise.  Cloud-based M2M storage reduces the burden on IT staff and enable scalability with pay-as-you-go
  17. 17.  Self-diagnostics — not only showing causes of failure after failure has occurred, but also predictive (before failure), preventive (precautionary and deterrent) and advisory (maintenance instructions). Predictive Diagnostics
  18. 18. Robots & Smart Machines  200 years ago automation eliminated 70% of Farm Jobs  70% of today’s job being replaced by smart machines  All routine information-intensive activities will be eliminated
  19. 19. New automation leadership  The new automation leaders will be those who can demonstrate that their products and services can yield significant productivity improvements, and can meet the demands of rapidly changing global markets.
  20. 20.  Globalization – Markets & Suppliers  Faster, Cheaper, Better Wins  Old Automation – PLC, DCS, SCADA  Digital Shift  Post-PC Era  Wireless Everywhere  Mobile Devices  The Cloud  Internet of Things  M2M  Smart Robots & Machines  Industrial Internet Pinto's Pointers
  21. 21. Related Links  Automation Innovation Paradigms: http://www.jimpinto.com/writings/innovationparadigms.html  Mobile Devices in Automation: http://www.jimpinto.com/writings/mobiledevices.html  Post-PC Era: http://www.jimpinto.com/enews/22feb2013.html#5  Industrial Automation and the Cloud: http://www.jimpinto.com/writings/indautocloud.html  Automation Internet of Things: http://www.jimpinto.com/writings/automationiot.html  Smart Machines Eliminating Human Jobs: http://www.jimpinto.com/enews/22feb2013.html#3  GE Targets Industrial Internet: http://www.jimpinto.com/enews/19mar2013.html#1  JimPinto.com: http://JimPinto.com e-mail: jim@jimpinto.com

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