Factories of The Future
The ultimate goal of the factory of the future is to interconnect every step of the manufacturing process. Factories are organizing an unprecedented technical integration of systems across domains, hierarchy, geographic boundaries, value chains and life cycle phases. This integration will only be a success if the technology is supported by global consensus-based standards. Internet of Things (IoT) standards in particular will facilitate industrial automation, and many initiatives (too many to list here) in the IoT standardisation arena are currently under way. To keep up with the rapid pace of advancing technology, manufacturers will also need to invest in both digital technologies and highly skilled technical talent to reap the benefits offered by the fast-paced factories. Worker safety and data security are other important matters needing constantly to be addressed.