Top 5 Roadblocks to Digital Factory of the Future


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By Alexander Wolfe – PLCs and PACs with higher capabilities for programmability and intercommunications are the cornerstones of factory automation. The other linchpin is easier and more global programming capabilities.

I’ve been trying to codify the top challenges facing engineers in the factory automation sector. The roadblocks on the path to a seamlessly integrated engineering tool chain are many, and they’re often hard to articulate. The roadblocks on the path to a seamlessly integrated engineering tool chain are many, and they’re often hard to articulate. I’d list the following as the five most serious impediments to the digital factory of the future:

  • Cost, cost, cost
  • Understandability
  • Open standards and bus compatibility
  • Safety
  • Enterprisation of the factory

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