Indian manufacturers are on the brink of a technological transformation that is changing the way we work and communicate with each other.
In this context, the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group organized the 4th edition of the ‘Smart Industry Conference’, which was partnered by ABB India, Unlimited IoT- A Reliance group company, HyperThings, and B&R Industrial Automation.
The conferences offered a mix of the keynote address, technical presentations, panel discussions, and demos, which looked at the different areas of building smart machines and factories. During the keynote presentation, Neeraj Singh, Director – Management Consulting, KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited said, “Technological disruption is an opportunity and not a threat. Digital transformation promises a remarkable change in the way manufacturers to operate, with far-reaching effects on business and industry models.”
This was followed by the presentations from, Alok Maheshwari, R&D Manager, BU Machine & Factory Automation, ABB India on ‘Factory of the Future and the robotic automation’ and Sameer Kudalkar, PFA Sales – Mumbai region, B&R Industrial Automation on ‘Role of Edge architecture enabling ‘Smart Factories’.
The highlight of the conference was a panel discussion on, ‘Building smart machines and factories: concept to implementation.’ The panelists of the discussion were Venkatakrishnan K Technology and Digital Lead, ABB India; Neeraj Singh Director – Management Consulting, KPMG and Ninad Deshpande Head – Marketing, B&R Industrial Automation.
The discussion was themed around underlining the challenges faced by manufacturers while building smart machines and smart factories and, thereafter, designing a roadmap to achieve successful implementation.
With around 100 delegates from different industries, the conference provided the know-how for building smart machines and factories, which spanned across various horizons of industrial automation, robotics, open connective, and cloud. This 4th edition of Smart Industry Conference provided the delegates with not only advanced automation concepts but also successful implementations of these next-generation technologies by Indian manufacturers.
It helped delegates to chalk out a roadmap for their own implementation and making their installation smart and ready for Industry 4.0.