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.