Industry 4.0 is being realised around the world and enabling countries that gave up on manufacturing the ability to re-shore this capability.
The pursuit of Industry 4.0 requires addressing three main roadblocks to unleash the full potential of creating “Smart Factories.”
The three focus areas that are needed to implement Industry 4.0 are:
These Industry 4.0 challenges provide new opportunities for semiconductor manufacturers to apply advanced process technologies that improve power efficiency and reduce power consumption. It also demands higher levels of integration to shrink and reduce component footprints inside programmable logic controllers (the brains behind all factory/process automation) and enables the integration of diagnostic capabilities.
In addition, the acceptance of a new industry-wide intelligent sensor bus, called IO Link, enables sensors and actuators to become smarter which provides a new capability to support adaptive manufacturing.
By achieving a small PLC footprint, providing the capability of adaptive manufacturing via IO Link technology and integrating diagnostics inside silicon solutions to help predict the need for maintenance, Industry 4.0 is being realised around the world and enabling some countries that gave up on manufacturing the ability to re-shore this capability and improve their economies.
Jeff DeAngelis is Managing Director of the Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit at Maxim Integrated. He coordinates 5 core business lines that produce ICs for the industrial and healthcare markets.