November 28, 2018

Industry 4.0 is about bringing the real and virtual worlds together

Not so long ago, industrial automation and IT were two separate spheres with little or no overlap. Fast forward to the present, and digitization has blurred these boundaries almost beyond recognition. Today, the world’s leading providers of automation technology and production machinery have morphed into pioneers of digital transformation, while the big software providers have diversified into solutions for industrial manufacturing. “The convergence of automation and IT now sweeping across industry is of course also reflected at HANNOVER MESSE,” says Arno Reich, Global Director IAMD and Digital Factory as members of the HANNOVER MESSE family. With its chosen lead theme of “Industrial Intelligence”, HANNOVER MESSE 2019 is not only putting the spotlight on digitally enabled collaboration between people and machines in today’s age of artificial intelligence, but also revealing the source of the necessary expertise, namely platforms that build bridges between people, machines and data.”

Implementing Industry 4.0 hinges on close cooperation between IT and automation. Naturally, things don’t always go smoothly. The main challenge is getting the two disciplines to understand each other,” explains Rainer Glatz,  director of the Electrical Automation and Software & Digitalization associations within the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), adding: “They speak in different tongues and have different organizational make-ups and approaches, leading to frequent misunderstandings, conflicts of interest and needless competition at their points of intersection.”

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