Emerging Technologies for Industrial Automation

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Published: 30 Jun 2017

This Future Tech TOE covers recent emerging technologies in industrial automation. The issue covers technology overview, factors driving and hindering technology advancement. It also covers the application landscape and technology patents and funding trends. The TOE also encompasses profiles of key innovators and offers key strategic insights. The innovations profiled are an integrated module for problem identification and failure analysis in the manufacturing industry, an automation controller for real-time integration of machine control and artificial intelligence, an autonomous recycling machine, a smart robot for efficient inventory management, machine learning industrial robots, and artificial intelligence-based sorting robots. The Future Tech TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures emerging innovations in research and development, or profile existing technologies which have seen a resurgence in terms of new markets and applications. It usually provides a technology overview, drivers, challenges, research and development, analyst insights and key patent information. In some cases, technology convergence scenarios and future growth opportunities are outlined. It covers innovations and technologies in a variety of industry spaces including manufacturing, sensors, electronics, information and communications technologies, networks, lighting technologies, healthcare, medical devices, materials and coatings, and developments in the energy sector that contribute toward a sustainable and greener world. The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation (AMA) Cluster covers technologies that enable clean, lean and flexible manufacturing and industrial automation. Technologies such as three-dimensional (3D) and four-dimensional (4D) printing, wireless sensors and networks, information and communication technology, multimaterial joining, composites manufacturing, digital manufacturing, micro- and nano-manufacturing, lasers, advanced software, and printing techniques, are covered as part of this cluster. The technologies covered here impact a wide range of industries, such as the impact semiconductor, automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, industrial, healthcare, logistics, and electronics industries. Keywords: Automation controller, machine control, artificial intelligence, autonomous recycling, machine learning, industrial robots, sorting robots, failure analysis


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