Rise of Industry 4.0

Rise of Industry 4.0

Rise of Industry 4.0, commonly referred as fourth industrial revolution which includes automation, cloud computing, cognitive computing and data exchange in manufacturing technologies has accelerated the adoption of automated systems in industries. In simple terms Industry 4.0 is digitization of industries. Machines interact with humans as well as products and other machines. Servo mechanism plays essential role in industrial automation, robotics. New generation processors like SITARA by TI has improved servo mechanism which has features like network communications, functional safety and predictive maintenance. Now servo drives are able to connect to the factory’s Ethernet backbone through a communication protocol to operate and in sync with the rest of the Industrial Internet of Things. The motor drive can send and receive information regarding speed and position through drive profiles through Ethernet protocols. It can also relay information back to the network about the health of the actuator and send alerts when maintenance is necessary through predictive maintenance.