Part Five: Will Industry 4.0 Save Us?

You are reading Part 5 of the History of PLCs series. In this series of blogs, we write about the PLC industry. Its challenges. And how to overcome them. Enjoy!

Some voices consider I4.0 to be another "buzzword" that will lose its meaning over time and fall into oblivion. We should acknowledge that I4.0 raised enormous expectations. The implementation? That still is a big unknown.

Surely, I4.0 creates the awareness of necessary changes in industrial automation, which until this point remained obscure. It aims to utilize the benefits of IT that have not yet entered the automation industry. Manufacturing companies should expect a wave of innovation, and their ability to adapt will either make or break them.

Inxton comes from a company that has been producing assembly lines for more than 20 years. We have observed this trend closely from its emergence into the latter stages. During this time, we have developed thousands of machines and concluded that the leading factor for the success or failure of Industry 4.0 would be a shift from electrical engineering to software engineering. The key to this evolution is the PLC control systems themselves; their transformation, and the full utilization of information technology.

PLC systems are here to stay, but the key to their success will be their transformation, which leads us nicely onto the . . .

Part one: Rise of the PLC Systems
Part two: PLCs are Challenged
Part three: Differences in PLC Programming Languages
Part four: What Can Australian Natives Teach Us About Modern PLCs?
Part five: Will Industry 4.0 Save Us?
Part six: PLC Performance Challenges
Part seven: Why Beckhoff PLCs?
Part eight: Connecting PLCs to the .NET Environment

Tags: History of PLCs

Peter Kurhajec
CTO of Inxton

Peter Kurhajec

Hello! I'm the CTO of Inxton! More than a decade ago my pet project turned into a full-time job - INXTON. Now I'm on a mission to bring industrial automation and information technologies together.