Focus on solutions for smart machines, factories

B&R Innovation Day 2016 conference

Focus on solutions for smart machines, factories
L– R: Debabrata Deb, director, Future Formats; Virbus Mirche, automation manager, Alfa Laval; Sanjeev Nimkar, general manager, IMA PG; Mahesh Mahajan, vice president – technology, Accenture; PV Sivaram, managing director, B&R India; and Atul Modi, Global Lead – control and automation, Unilever

B&R’s Innovation Day 2016 conference revolved around the theme “AddingSmart to your Factories,” focussing on solutions for smart machines and smart factories. B&R launched a host of solutions in software and hardware which were well received by the audience. A solution in secure remote maintenance is set to support machine builders and end users alike as no machine will be out-of-reach from the point of view of maintenance and support. A web-based diagnostics tool, System Diagnostic Manager, equips users to use any device without any requirement of specific software. mapp, the revolutionary software technology, promises 67% faster application development that too with a higher quality.

HTML web technology for a platform independent HMI development is going to transform the way automation engineers develop visualization. With the advent of big data, manufacturers are in search of solutions for data connectivity, recording, reporting and analytics. With APROL process control B&R offers a scalable and flexible solution which meets the demands of all the stakeholders of a factory operating in a global market.

“We bring one innovation every day. Innovations are not just new products but also refinements in already available products and processes. We call them silent innovations. This shows our commitment as well as strength to give the value and competitive edge to our customers thereby bringing enormous benefits,” stated  PV Sivaram, managing director of B&R Automation India, in his opening speech.

A congregation of guest speakers from companies like Unilever, Accenture, IMA PG, Alfa Laval, Future Formats gave diverse perspectives on building smarter factories from the viewpoint of end users as well as equipment suppliers. The chief guest was Atul Modi who is a global lead for automation and controls at Unilever. With his keynote speech – Smart factories: A visionary perspective, he addressed the gathering comprising manufacturers, machine builders, integrators and technology providers with insights on trends in manufacturing such as flexibility and sustainability driven by changing consumer demands, key technologies which enable one to achieve a balance and expectations from technology providers.

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The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

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