Digitisation is occurring in all sectors of industry, improving productivity and quality. One such area is cabinet engineering where the development of computer-aided design (CAD) software has allowed for a faster and more accurate design process. For this article, PBSI Editor Alistair Hookway spoke with WSCAD CEO Dr. Axel Zein to find out more about the CAD software market and where the technology is headed.
The latest sensors are now equipped with IoT features, whilst machine controllers with artificial intelligence are also making their way to the factory floor. With these developments, the discussion around implementing IIoT and Industry 4.0 has again picked up speed, while companies are looking for ways to reap the benefits of increased computing power and the availability of growing amounts of data.
There’s usually a logical sequence followed by most OEMs when an electronics project is being developed. It goes something like this.
When it comes to the world of manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things and Smart manufacturing are all terms we hear thrown around a lot. Whilst these terms can all be used in isolation; they share one very important commonality – they are all impacted by digital transformation.
Germany is the European leader in automation and robotics. Yet, according to a 2018 study of the country’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI), only 28 per cent of German manufacturers have a strategic plan to digitalise their factories.