What is industrial automation?
Industrial automation concerns the use of advanced technologies and systems - including computers, robots, AI and machine learning - to control and manage industrial processes. Instead of performing these processes manually, they are taken over by automated systems that can work continuously with high precision and consistency. This can range from simple tasks such as sorting products on a conveyor belt, to more complex processes such as controlling advanced robotic arms in a car factory or real-time monitoring of production quality.
Industrial automation also makes it possible to collect and analyze a large amount of data. This allows for greater understanding of the performance of production processes and better informed decisions. In our rapidly changing world, understanding and implementing industrial automation is very important for companies that want to remain competitive.
Technologies in industrial automation
When it comes to industrial automation, software solutions and technologies are key in enabling and streamlining these advanced processes. Here are some of the key technologies at play:
Programmable Logic Controllers PLCs
These are industrial (digital) computers that are specifically designed to control production processes such as assembly lines and robotic equipment. They are robust, reliable and versatile, making them a standard solution in countless industrial automation systems. Examples of manufacturers of PLCs are Siemens and Beckhoff.
Printed Circuit Boards PCBs
These electronic components are the beating heart of every smart machine. They are designed to send electrical signals between various physical components in a device, such as sensors, microprocessors, and memory modules. PCBs are essential for the operation of all electronic devices, from simple sensors to complex industrial robots. Our team of hardware and software engineers work closely together to ensure that our software solutions integrate seamlessly with our customers' hardware.
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition SCADA systems
These software solutions provide a central system to monitor processes in real-time, collect and analyze data, and respond to changes in the process. They are indispensable for the management of complex industrial automation systems on a large scale.
Industrial Internet of Things IIoT
IIoT stands for the connection of machines, computers and people to collect and share data about industrial processes. IIoT devices can be used to collect real-time information about machine performance, allowing companies to proactively schedule maintenance, improve efficiency or take quick action.
Artificial Intelligence AI and Machine Learning ML
Machine Learning & AI are increasingly used in industry to recognize patterns, optimize processes and even enable predictive maintenance. They can be used to analyze the vast amount of data collected by IIoT devices and gain valuable insights.
Software plays a crucial role in the programming and control of robots in industrial environments. These
robots can perform tasks that are dangerous, difficult, highly precise or monotonous for humans, improving
safety and efficiency.
Each of these technologies plays a unique and valuable role in enabling industrial automation. As a software company, our job is to integrate and optimize these technologies to help enterprises achieve the full potential of industrial automation.
The challenges of industrial automation
While industrial automation offers significant benefits to the industry, as a software company we also face
certain challenges. One of the biggest challenges is keeping up with the rapid technological changes in the
industry. In order to offer our customers the best solutions, we must continuously stay informed of new
In addition, integrating our software with a wide range of hardware components and systems is a great challenge, given the diversity of industrial automation technologies. The complexity of these systems also requires a deep understanding of both software and hardware. Thanks to our broad knowledge and experience, we can work with many techniques.
Additionally, we need to ensure that our software is easy to use so that our customers can use it effectively, regardless of their technical skill level. This requires careful coordination with users and thorough on-site testing. Finally, given the crucial role of our software in industrial (automation) processes, we must maintain high standards for reliability and security to prevent possible failures and security issues.
Working at the cutting edge with hardware
As a software company, working in the field of industrial automation is very interesting. Every day we have the opportunity to create new solutions and contribute to the transformation of the industry. We support our customers in their growth and success. By developing software that helps them get the most out of their systems, we feel we play an essential role in their story. This is what drives us every day to achieve the best results.
If desired, we can develop a fully integrated solution "from scratch" together with you. Specific to your unique production or business processes. We apply a high quality standard to all software development, industrial automation related or not. No standalone components, but software that integrates seamlessly into your existing IT environment, without vendor lock-in.
High-quality customization is central to our development. An advantage, because standard software is often just not sufficient or is relatively expensive. Our strength is to reduce technical complexity to simplicity.
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