From Ted Hoff up to Industry 4.0
Automation engineering deals with the automation of machines and systems. The objective is to offload people as much as possible and automate processes, which means allowing them to run without human intervention. The invention of the microprocessor by Ted Hoff from Intel lay the foundation for modern computer technology and hence for automation engineering as well. This happens through interactions between sensors and actuators that are linked programmatically through a programmable logic controller (PLC) via bus systems such as PROFINET or EtherCAT. Sensors are, for example, temperature sensors, RFID chips or complex image processing systems. Actuators are, for example, servo drives up to industrial robots.
Due to the topic of the IoT (Internet of Things), the classical process level is blending with the Internet and leading on to the topic of big data.
ROSA – Experts for automation