Mr Pranay Akotkar

Branch Manager – WhiteLines Technologies,

Headquarters – Pune

Industry 4.0 is changing the landscape of the manufacturing industry in World"

Hello Everyone, Greetings from WhiteLines Technologies

Industrial automation is one of the largest growth markets worldwide. There is a rise in the demand for automation in various industries as awareness increases about the benefits of using advanced instrumentation technologies.

However, in the current automation scenario, automation has created several challenges as the lack of integration has impacted on operational improvements. While developed countries have already started to focus on integration, the Indian manufacturing sector is still in the early stages of adoption of manufacturing solutions. As “India has the second largest pool of scientist and engineers in the world”, it seems that the lack of adoption is due to a gap in the suitability of existing technology to implement or adapt within the country.

In India, companies are using basic instruments in their processes, but not as a means to develop or excel, and the requirement for tools within India may be limited – and hence not be economically viable to support manufacture – unless export potential can be exploited. For that to happen, indigenous Instrumentation has to be technically of highest level – better than is currently available.

In India, less than 1% of manufacturing GDP comes from automation and instrumentation, whereas in developed economies the percentage is closer to 5%. India needs to “go Global” and that is possible only with enhanced investment in automation

Industry 4.0 is changing the landscape of the manufacturing industry in the World. While technologies such as robotics, AI, ML, cloud computing & big data analytics exist in the manufacturing sector, their integration with one another will transform the way we do business. In India, Industry 4.0 is still in the early stages, but it is already transforming the manufacturing sector in terms of responsiveness to customer needs, better transparency & agility, and cost savings. With the requirement of Smart Manufacturing, controllers need to be Open and should communicate with SCADA/ MES/ERP Systems seamlessly. This calls for adoption of various standard protocols & open communication technologies. In this era, the sensors are becoming more intelligent with memory, processing capabilities & communication over standard protocols. The key to digitalisation is integration of IT & Factory Automation systems. For this, all our Factory Automation Products like PLCs, HMIs, VFDs, AC Servo Systems, NC Controllers, Robots, IPCs and Low Voltage Switchgears are equipped with advance technologies for communication. e-Factory offers greater visibility of the production processes. The early adopters are trying to make a transition towards the automation technologies. It enables them to achieve bigger things like design & energy optimisation, finest asset utilisation, big data & analytics (connected supply chains and shopfloors), worker and machine safety and zero-defect production. There has also been a shift in the robotics portfolio; from ‘hard-tooled robotic cell’ to ‘flexible
integrated cell’. Vision guided robots, autonomous intelligent vehicles, mobile robots and cobots have been gaining acceptance and have been helping create an intelligent manufacturing environment where humans & machines work in tandem.


Best Regards,

Pranay Akotkar,

Branch manager, Pune – WhiteLines Technologies

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