Providing New Perspectives
From March 6th to 7th, 2014, the 8th Conference on “Plant Engineering in the Future” by the Fraunhofer-Institut für Fabrikbetrieb und Automatisierung (IFF) took place in Magdeburg, Germany. The newest trends in energy and resource efficiency all around plant engineering were in the center of the event. For INOSIM, Torsten Hellenkamp, together with other experts (among them Siemens and Dassault), was part of the panel discussion »Industry 4.0: Status and Perspectives«.
“Industry 4.0” means the process into intelligent, networked automation engineering following the three historical industrial revolutions of steam power, electrification with Taylorism, and digitalization. The panel discussion covered computerization in the industrial process. Representatives of several solution providers were invited, among them INOSIM with consulting services for process engineering.
The discussion started with a position-fixing: Where are advances visible today through the application of new technologies? Our colleague Torsten Hellenkamp could contribute some success stories here. The second topic was the role of humans in the new industrial concept. One goal became clear here: Man must remain in the center, even the more powerful software of the future must always remain a means to end. The discussion ended with a forecast that emphasized that both large-scale and small-scale enterprises each need specific versions of the concept »industry 4.0«. INOSIM even today is working on solutions which meet the needs of both target groups.