Totally Integrated Automation – The Future of Manufacturing

Totally Integrated Automation is a strategy in the automation technology developed since 1996. This strategy is the integration of extensive single components, tools, and services to achieve an Automation solution. It is efficient interoperability of all automation components. The open system architecture spans the entire production process and this offers maximum interoperability across all automation components.
Totally Integrated Automation
Source: Siemens
The open system architecture is possible by consistent data management, global standards, and uniform interfaces for hardware and software. Integration brings together the virtual and real worlds, taking a holistic view of the entire product development and production process which increases efficient production in each process step from product design to product planning, engineering, and production execution and up to services.
Productivity and efficiency are success factors for manufacturing industries. A central role is played by engineering as it relates to ever more complex machinery and plants. A high level of efficiency is in high demand and the first step toward better production: faster, more flexible, and more intelligent.
Totally integrated automation means efficient interoperability of all automation components. The automation allows for the holistic optimization of the production process which is as follows:-
·      Efficient engineering is possible with tie and cost savings.
·      Due to integrated communication there is higher flexibility in production.
·    Seamlessly integrated safety technology is possible with the protection of personnel, machinery, and the environment.
·      Due to integrated communication there is higher flexibility in production.
·      Due to integrate diagnostic functions there is minimizing downtime.
·      Due to data consistency there is improved quality.
·      Due to interoperability of system-tested components there is better performance.
The entire production process is covered in the open system architecture and is base on the consistent presence of shared characteristics like consistent data management, global standards, and uniform hardware and software interfaces. These characteristics are shared and minimize engineering time. The ultimate result of all this is lower costs, reduced time to market, and greater flexibility. 
Totally Integrated Automation
Source: Siemens
Due to relatively small production volumes and huge varieties of applications, industrial automation makes use of new technologies developed in other markets. Automation companies customize products for specific applications and requirements. From targeted application, the innovation comes rather than any hot or new technology.
The new innovations have given industrial automation new surges of growth over the past few decades. The Programmable logic controller is now replaced relay-logic and generates growth in applications where custom logic was difficult to implement and change. This controller is reliable than relay-contacts and easy to program and reprogram. In automobile test installation the growth was rapid and had to be re-programmed. The programmable logic controller has a long and productive life and has now become a commodity.  Through the use of computers for control systems the programmable controller was developed. In central control rooms, mini-computers replaced large central mainframes.
The coming up of the computers brought low-cost PC-based hardware and software. This provides functionality along with significantly reduce cost and complexity. These were innovative extensions of technology developed for mass markets, modified, and adapted for industrial automation requirements.
Thus innovation and technology, in general, will reestablish growth in industrial automation. The growth in the future will come only from totally new directions. Totally integrate automation this has everything needed to turn the benefits of digitalization into genuine added value. The data is generated from a common base for the digital twin. With the increase in new discoveries, the data is fed back again into the automation level so that there is a continuous optimization of production to maintain the competitive edge. 
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