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Thursday 5th August 2021 12:46 PM
Industry Overview: Connectivity is Growing, But Remains ‘Fragmented’
A current report from ABI Research, presented this year at Hannover Messe, reveals the biggest changes in industrial trends through 2018. Here are the key takeaways:
• The marketplace is nonetheless concentrated on step one of connection — bringing assets online and retrieving data — not the second step, studying that data and making use of it to make decisions.
• as frequently happens, automotive technology is entering into the industrial space, acting as a “lighthouse segment” for digital platforms. Technology utilized in automotive is trickling down to tier 1 and 2 providers.
• 5G and LTE are believed to be more advantageous than wireless, but 5G is among the many technology solutions which are in starting stages rather than anywhere near practical use.
• consumers are torn over whether cloud or edge computing are practical for mission critical data, but it is progressively becoming more trusted and integrated.
Artificial intelligence continues to be a big part of conversation in industrial applications. Intelligence for most of these companies is defined as machine learning, complex automation, and predictive maintenance, areas wherein traditional industrial providers are bumping up towards new companies committed to the AI space specifically. For example, robot maker ABB is implementing the reinforcement learning toolsets it has had in development for eight years for machine training and digital twin work. Up to this point, ABB has used it in the field on crane systems but not offered it publically. At the same time, augmented reality continues to be a better talking point than it is a practical part of industrial applications, with more offerings than applied, practical use cases.
Autonomous material handling and autonomous robots are also a part of the conversation, but ABI finds that “there was very little evidence this has been integrated into the actual workspace.” fundamental reasons for this are the difficulty of using robots over wireless connections and the alterations required to integrate them into existing workflows.
Security is still a concern for the Internet of Things. Demonstrating another challenge to broad adoption, the report says IoT players presented “a relatively confusing and fragmented mix of technologies and approaches,” and that “the critical need for standardization was not addressed sufficiently.” As a whole, the field remains in transition, with a disconnect between offerings and practical solutions.
This article is originally posted on www.manufacturing.net