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process automation applications are
driving this unprecedented demand in
industrial manufacturing. A wide variety
of sensing technologies are being
deployed in the process automation
market to facilitate tighter control on
manufacturing processes. While sensors
have traditionally been deployed in
these applications, Industry 4.0 is providing
internet-connected sensors that are
able to collect, transfer, and display data
via established digital highways with
minimal human intervention. This infrastructure
can easily satisfy a company's
ROI and will significantly drive sensor
sales over the next five years and
beyond.
Brad Walters: It's easy to see that predictive
maintenance, remote monitoring
and control, and autonomous systems
in virtually every industry will continue
to depend heavily on advancements
in smart sensor technology. For
example, innovators in oil and gas, agriculture,
energy and power production,
chemical and mining, and transportation
lean on wireless sensors' far-reaching
capabilities that deliver long-range,
low-power, and long battery life. As manufacturers,
health care, and smart cities
look to be more efficient, sensing solutions
that expedite 4G LTE and 5G functionality,
eliminate frequency interference,
and enable multi-access edge computing
will be highly valuable. Industries
that effectively integrate smart sensors
will help propel the IIoT evolution into
the next industrial revolution.
Aric Prost: We see the greatest
demand for sensor technology coming
not from specific industries but from
specific use cases within industries
where assets and processes are remote
or inaccessible, critical to measure, high
velocity, and where safety is a significant
factor. Sensor technology will be essential
to scale automation and remote
management in these cases. There are a
range of examples which cut across
including Discrete Manufacturing -
complex packaging machines, robotics,
metal fabrication; Water and Wastewater
- remote and unmanned pumping stations,
flowmeters; Power Generation -
solar arrays, wind farms, and substations;
Oil and Gas - pumping stations, flow
metering stations, production platforms,
and many others. For these assets and
use cases, the abundance of sensor technology
and limited connectivity requires
a " brain " on site to process and store
data, ensure uptime availability, run
cybersecurity agents, and potentially
provide monitor and control without
human intervention. Edge computing
platforms provide these capabilities and
thereby the means to harness sensor
data to realize Industry 4.0 capabilities.
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