“AR and VR technologies revolutionising complex production processes”
What are the digital trends most likely to be seen in 2019?
Industrial Automation is an interdisciplinary technology that connects various engineering streams. With changing labor demography, digitalisation and IoT enabled with new inflection points such as nanotechnology, industrial automation has become a competitive advantage in today’s industrial landscape and is rapidly changing the business model in every aspect. Currently, automation growth is taking place mainly in global markets with a lot of capital investment to build new factories and plants. The global industrial control and factory automation market is estimated to reach $205.67 billion by 2020 growing at CAGR of 6.81% from 2015 to 2020.
In my mind, the following key drivers will be reshaping the Industrial automation in near future:
• AI and ML Driven Development: There are consistent changes in market demand in terms of product performance and configuration. This is where machine learning benefits by leveraging data analytics in improving their processes and help in predicting yield rates at various verticals. Further, AI provides real-time operational intelligence that includes process automation and collaboration.
• Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR): AR and VR technologies are revolutionizing complex production processes and product developments. AR transforms how information is consumed by overlaying digital content and analytics onto the real world. On the other hand, VR creates fully immersive experiences by creating a simulated environment.
• Digital twins: A digital representation of real-world items that are connected together. We can have digital twins of people, processes and things. Few manufacturers in various sectors are already using the concept that will empower them in future to be aware of all the components installed in their products. This will hence allow them to have a targeted response to Industrial problem.
• Industrial cybersecurity: The major concern for industrial houses in implementing the advance technology is their IT infrastructure that is often prone to cyberattacks. The recent solutions that are available today take a very effective hybrid approach, which includes both behavior-based and rules-based analysis. The outcome allows manufacturers to leverage deep inspection in order to uncover malware cyberattacks on the network.
What are the new developments from your company for 2019?
At Safran, the digital technology is being adapted in every aspect of product development and service while various programs are in pipeline. As an engineering service provider, where I work for, we are Integrating AI into our services as a value addition to our customer.
(This interview is part of a series on Digital Trends in 2019)