Automation Industry Association (AIA) recently announced changes in its leadership team. PV Sivaram, MD, B&R Automation, would be the new President of AIA and Ravi Agarwal, MD, Pepperl+Fuchs (FA) & Jayanta Chattopadhyay, Head - Control & Automation BU, L&T, would be the new Vice Presidents of AIA. While sharing the vision for AIA, which is to engage with the SME segment to promote Industry 4.0, PV Sivaram said, “Industry 4.0 is a more holistic way to make the assets smarter and serve the twin goals of reliability and flexibility. Thus, it is equally relevant for SMEs.”
He further elaborated that it is possible to pick and choose aspects for improvement, which are immediately relevant for a company. However, while doing so, there are a set of do’s and don’t’s for ensuring that next step in the journey. Educating and hand-holding owners and engineers is essential for imbibing the nuances of digital power and sustaining long-term success of business, he added.