AUTOMATION AND ROBOTICS
What's inside?Automation is a key element of the competitiveness of Italian enterprises, an answer to certain crucial aspects of our economy: productivity, efficiency, flexibility, consistent quality and safety.
ABB energy and automation technologies allow Public Utility Companies and industries to improve their performance while reducing the environmental impact caused by their activities.
The automation systems and products proposed by ABB are applicable to many different areas, such as the energy sector, industry, infrastructures, housing and transport. Integration of automation technologies in an "Internet of Things, People and Services" context can lead to optimized resource management (both energy and production resources). Evolution whereby factories are increasingly intelligent and the components on their production lines interconnected with each other; our homes will become easier to manage thanks to home automation solutions and communication protocols allowing automation functions to be controlled on smartphones or tablets. In addition, robotics will help manufacturing industries to improve their productivity, quality and safety thanks to increased flexibility, accuracy and repeatability, intrinsic features of these machines and successfully applied by both medium-size and small industries.
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What are the benefits?Automation and the Internet of Things, People and Services are known as the fourth industrial revolution and impact the way we work in our factories, with evident benefits in terms of plant running cost savings, energy savings and the creation of new services.
The advantages offered by these interconnections, within a production process for instance, are apparent on several levels: 1) the first benefit concerns plant management (e.g.: reduced energy costs, increased production efficiency, creation of new maintenance services; augmented reality technologies which can give rise to interactions, in real time, with plant components able to provide information about the component that needs to be ordered or replaced;) 2) a second level involves products that leave the production lines (manufacture of high quality and customized products at costs traditionally associated with mass production); 3) the last level will be able to transfer intelligence right into the actual product, which will contain information about its «production history» (e.g.: the importance of production history in food chain traceability; the ability to highlight the presence of critical components that must be disposed of by dedicated procedures at the end of their life-cycle).
In terms of energy, automation provides for the integration of renewable energy sources generated in a centralized way or distributed, allowing them to be stored and dispensed in a reliable way using smart grid technologies.
Automation in our homes adds to our comfort by linking the functions of various different technological systems that can communicate with each other as they operate.