19th annual ARC Industrial Forum opens in Orlando

Industrial Internet of Things

By MIKE RHODES
Technical Editor

ORLANDO, Florida -- ARC Advisory Group’s collaborative process automation systems (CPAS) vision goes beyond applying new technologies to include best practices for managing the lifecycles of process automation systems.

These lessons are being shared this week at the 19th annual ARC Industry Forum, which runs through Thursday in Orlando.

The business environment is increasingly dynamic, and new business models such as information driven enterprises, Industry 4.0, industrial internet and connected manufacturing are emerging. 

In addition to a host of potentially disruptive technologies, companies must also face rapid changes in government regulations, energy and raw materials availability, and fierce global competition. By deploying leading edge technologies, today’s companies can thrive.

New information technologies such as Internet of Things, predictive analytics, wireless, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, mobility and 3D visualization are beginning to disrupt and radically change the way industrial enterprises do business. 

Departing from the characteristic industry conservatism, leading companies now recognize that they must embrace new information and automation technologies to maintain a competitive edge.

Information and automation technologies will play a greater role in the production process than in the past. The target is to increase productivity, flexibility and responsiveness by automating all industrial processes that don’t require human intervention, and empowering humans with the timely, in-context information they need to improve performance on the plant or factory floor and manage the business.

What strategies can industrial enterprises adopt to help position them to take advantage of the latest round of technology changes while prioritizing their investments wisely? 

Through interactive presentations, executive panel discussions and technical sessions, ARC Industry Forum attendees and industry leaders will share with how they are leveraging new processes and technologies to transform their manufacturing operations.

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