The consumer market influences industrial production – Part One

Sooner or later, what we use in our homes usually ends up making its way into industrial manufacturing. The main difference lies in the need to ensure stable processes.

The kind of errors we merely find a nuisance at home, such as having to reboot our PC or smartphone, can have major repercussions in an industrial setting. Production processes have to be stable and reliable so as to avoid costly downtimes and, in the worst case scenario, delays to delivery (which can quickly get very expensive).

What’s more, most if not all of us are getting hooked on increasing personalisation. A standard-range car? These hardly exist anymore! A muesli that’s made to our very own taste? Bring it on! Customised sneakers in three days? You bet!

Here’s where automation technology plays a key role – particularly the associated networking of automated production machinery.