Food & Beverage Asia Aug/Sep 2018

14 FOOD & BEVERAGE ASIA AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2018 MARKET INSIGHT I ndustry 4.0 has been a buzzword across many industries in recent years. While it may not be a new term by now, the concept remains rather abstract, especially in the context of food and beverage manufacturing. This is why events such as the Industrie 4.0 Days - German Mittelstand Exhibition and Conference held in June earlier this year are crucial in helping manufacturers better understand the solutions on the market that enable industrial transformation. Festo, along with other companies including Beckho ̫ Automation, ifm electronics and more, shared their approaches and best practices, covering trending topics such as smart sensors and warehouse automation. In particular, Mr. Nigel Dawson, Head of Global Electric Automation Business Development at Festo brought Industry 4.0 to reality by speaking about the company’s dedicated e ̫ orts in the development of digitalisation and cloud production, as well as demonstrating how apps and software can ease production managers’ jobs in the future. Making Use of the Cloud Presenting the topic, ‘Seamless Connectivity, Finding Your Production in the Cloud’, Mr. Dawson started o ̫ by giving the audience a glimpse ƚ /ŶĚƵƐƚƌŝĞ ϰ͘Ϭ ĂLJƐ ĞdžŚŝďŝƟŽŶ ĂŶĚ ĐŽŶĨĞƌĞŶĐĞ͕ ƐĞǀĞƌĂů ĐŽŵƉĂŶŝĞƐ ŐĂƚŚĞƌĞĚ ƚŽ ƐŚŽǁĐĂƐĞ ƚŚĞŝƌ ƐŽůƵƚŝŽŶƐ ĨŽƌ ŝŶĚƵƐƚƌŝĂů ĂƵƚŽŵĂƚŝŽŶ ĂŶĚ ĚŝŐŝƚĂůŝƐĂƟŽŶ͘ Dƌ͘ EŝŐĞů ĂǁƐŽŶ ͕ ,ĞĂĚ ŽĨ 'ůŽďĂů ůĞĐƚƌŝĐ ƵƚŽŵĂƟŽŶ ƵƐŝŶĞƐƐ ĞǀĞůŽƉŵĞŶƚ͕ &ĞƐƚŽ ƉƌĞƐĞŶƚĞĚ ŚŝƐ ŝŶƐŝŐŚƚƐ ŽŶ ŚŽǁ ĐůŽƵĚ ĂŶĚ ƐĞĂŵůĞƐƐ ĐŽŶŶĞĐƟǀŝƚLJ ĐĂŶ ďƌŝŶŐ ĂďŽƵƚ ŵĂŶLJ ďĞŶĞĮƚƐ ĨŽƌ ŽŶĞ͛Ɛ ƉƌŽĚƵĐƟŽŶ͘ Mr. Nigel Dawson, Head of Global Electric Automation Business Development, Festo Industry 4.0 in Reality Written by Amanda Soo

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