Industrial companies are confronted with several new trends that will fundamentally change production and logistics processes. For example, the term “Industry 4.0,” which was coined in Germany, stands for the digital networking of people, objects, and systems to create integrated production processes.
Intelligent automation systems for the plant floor increasingly rely on robotics and machine vision, generally known as Vision Guided Robotics (VGR), to provide the flexibility and reliability demanded by manufacturing environments—now and in the immediate future.
Remote connectivity with automated manufacturing systems—once considered the domain of complex, high-end operations—has quickly become a routine requirement across the breadth of the manufacturing industry. And for good reason.