It marries advanced production and operations techniques with smart digital technologies to create a digital enterprise. These enterprises are not only be interconnected and autonomous but could communicate, analyze, and use data to drive further intelligent action back in the physical world. Industry 4.0 has raised the discussion about the digitalization of industry to a new level. Both product and Plant Lifecycle Management (PLM) are essential when the consistent digitalization of value creation becomes a prerequisite for further development. Also, the gradual integration of the operational technology (OT) of the plant and the Information technology (IT) is redefining monolithic MOM/MES systems into a new paradigm of IIOT apps.
Since the early 70s, advancements in technology have widely influenced the manufacturing sector with the aid of robotics, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. Autonomous platforms have become the need of the hour with greater efficiency and higher productivity being some of the quintessential requirements of the current day and age. It is also not surprising to see large-scale manufacturing plants majorly--if not completely--run by robots and autonomous machines. Cobots, also known as collaborative robots are also playing a vital role in mass production industries. Owing to such trends, Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) has become one of the widely sought out platforms with service providers offering rental and temporary acquisition of robotic hardware for industrial purposes.
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The manufacturing sector is most likely to transform in the coming years. Currently, the industry is witnessing a shift from manual assistance to automation, thus giving rise to the term "industrial automation". Most of the modern large-scale manufacturing operations are automated and require minimum or no human intervention. To meet the current requirements, industrial automation is certainly the need of the hour and this is because the conventional manufacturing mechanisms are inadequate to meet the current requirements. The two major factors driving industrial automation are the introduction of favorable policies towards the manufacturing sector and increased focus on economic diversification in emerging markets.