Industrial Automation & Control Trends Report 2023 – 8th Annual

8th Annual Industrial Automation & Control Trends Report 2023

Based on my years of industrial automation and control experience coupled with constantly interviewing user, technologists,  suppliers, and thought leaders I publish the Annual Industrial Automation Trends Report. The 8th Annual Industrial Automation Trends Report.


Thriving Amid Disruptive Innovation
Companies that leverage disruption and choose innovation over entrenchment position themselves for success.
Transformative Technologies Enable Innovation
Advances in 14 technology areas are empowering digital manufacturing transformations.
Innovation shift to user initiatives
Leveraging new technologies to increase performance and profits.
Competitive imperative
Industry worldwide has come to the conclusion that low labor rates is not a winning strategy.
Robotics has become a high return on investment opportunity for all manufacturers.
Hyperautomation is integrating the entire manufacturing business increasing productivity & profits.
Advanced Manufacturing Automation Strategies
Worldwide leveraging technology manufactures are overcoming supply chain disruptions achieving higher profits.
Realtime Manufacturing Systems
Integrated real-time system from sensor to enterprise and cloud overcomes the inefficiencies of siloed systems.
User Driven Standards Initiatives
Manufacturers are increasing competitiveness in their industries, increase profits and grow leveraging open industrial standards and data model initiatives.
Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is delivering efficiency and powerful applications at a lower cost for all size companies including Small and Medium size manufacturers.  
Digital Manufacturing Architecture (DMA)
Industrial automation is changing from a strict hierarchy architecture to more responsive architecture creating real-time highly responsive manufacturing businesses.
Low-Code & No-Code Empowers Citizen Developers
There is a software revolution ignited by No-Code / Low-Code platforms that empower industrial people as citizen developers to create applications including a AI, expert systems, predictive Maintenance, optimized machine operations, and flexible manufacturing.
Edge Computing
the The ultimate industrial edge computing devices at or near physical processes to sense, control, run local programs and communicate with industrial controllers, plant operations, enterprise systems and cloud applications. This is required for real-time closed loop manufacturing business operations to be profitable and competitive. Edge devices are part of the distributed computing architecture performing tasks and, in many cases, productively interacting with enterprise and cloud computing applications. There are now a wide range of edge computers at various power and price points from multicore processors to Raspberry Pi devices.
Spatial Computing/Intelligent Vision
Spatial computing is a technology that enables computers to blend in with the physical world in a natural way brining people into the industrial digitalization loop so they can dramatically increase manufacturing operations and create experiences and applications that were previously impossible.
Mobile & Remote Worker/Connected Worker Technology
Employees are empowered with mobile devices giving them information and control capabilities that have traditionally been fixed in the control room to work more efficiently and effectively.
Remote Expert Services
Connectivity and edge processors empower suppliers to offer remote expert monitoring services. Experts and analytic software continuously monitor controllers and control systems for abnormal situations and advise site personnel of current problems or predictions of future problems.
Automated Material Flow
Driverless vehicles, personal robots, and other innovations may be in the future for today’s average consumer but for industry the technologies available now to increase productivity and efficiency automating industrial material flow.
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Expert Systems
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Expert Systems provides the mean for manufacturers to cut operating expenses, improve operations with increased staff efficiencies, quality, productivity, improve operations, and reduce maintenance & repair cost.

The 8th Annual Industrial Automation Trends Report can be downloaded at:   AUTOMATION 2023 Special Edition: Industrial Automation & Control Trends ebook

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