B&R has unveiled new trend setting automation technologies for the industries in its 2016 edition of focussed conference, Innovation Day. The conference revolved around the theme ‘Adding SMART to your factories’ highlighting on solutions for smart machines and smart factories. It witnessed the launch of various solutions in software and hardware, which were well received by the audience.
Chief Guest for the conference was Atul Modi, Global Lead—Automation and Controls, Unilever. In his keynote speech ‘Smart Factories: A visionary perspective,’ he addressed the gathering comprising manufacturers, machine builders, integrators and technology providers with insights on trends in manufacturing such as flexibility and sustainability driven by changing consumer demands, key technologies, which enable to achieve a balance and expectations from technology providers.
The host of products exhibited include secure remote maintenance solution; System Diagnostic Manager—a web-based diagnostics tool; mapp, a revolutionary software technology that promises 67% faster application development that too with a higher quality; HTML web technology for a platform independent HMI development that transforms the way automation engineers develop visualisation and APROL process control that offers a scalable and flexible solution which caters to all the stakeholders of a factory operating in a global market. According to PV Sivaram, MD, B&R Automation, the company brings one innovation per day. “Innovations are not just new products, but also refinements in already available products and processes. We call them silent innovations. This shows our commitment as well as strength to give the value and competitive edge to our customers, thereby, bringing enormous benefits,” he stated.
Congregation of guest speakers from companies like Unilever, Accenture, IMA PG, Alfa Laval and Future Formats gave diverse perspective on building smarter factories from the viewpoint of end users as well as equipment suppliers.