The transition from automated to autonomous production is a big step. But by no means unrealistic. On the contrary: Innovative approaches, new technologies and smart systems form the DNA of automation and robotics. This is what makes the industry as dynamic and future-oriented as it is. The visions of yesterday become a reality overnight – and the same is true of autonomous production.
The goal has been declared: The factory of the future controls itself using processes designed by man. But how far have we come on the way there? How can this development be advanced? What technical, environmental and ethical aspects do we need to consider?
The phenomenon of individualization in automated production is reflected in the term “batch size 1”. In order to produce a wide range of such individualized products without compromising on price, quality and delivery time, plants must be extremely versatile. To be more precise: They must support automatic on-the-fly conversion to changing product types – without delays or production downtime.
This maximum flexibility is achieved by switching from sequential to matrix production. To achieve this, machines must solve complex tasks with increasing autonomy, robots must become more flexible, and software must become even more interoperable and smart – with a focus on energy efficiency and sustainability.
With its trend topics of Digital Transformation, AI, Man and Machine, and Climate-Neutral Production, automatica outlines the factory of the future – and drives further developments. Be inspired by our vision and help shape the change.