Perspective for equipment automation in process industries

Bei Sun, Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela, Yancho Todorov, Laurentz Olivier, Ian Craig

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Advances in digital technologies are improving manufacturing systems dramatically. These advances, along with increased interconnectivity of devices, have launched the Industry 4.0 initiative that is concerned with how cyber physical systems and the internet of things can create adaptive, modularised, efficient, and reliable processing systems. This work presents a perspective on how equipment automation can contribute to this goal. Some of the main obstacles in the way of efficient and flexible operations are highlighted. How these may be overcome through equipment automation to form a cyber physical automation network is also presented. The effective integration of these methods can realize the vision of Industry 4.0 in the processing industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-70
Number of pages6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventControl Conference Africa - University of Pretoria , Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 7 Dec 20178 Dec 2017


  • equipment automation
  • process control system
  • automation


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