The global robotics market and the role of System Integrators
The global industrial robotics market is growing at some 15% a year and is expected to continue this growth for several years. While the automotive industry accounts for more than 50% of the robotics market in the US, new users are emerging in the rapidly growing general industry segments. Some of the rapid growth is due to the emergence of collaborative robots, which are often sold through the distribution channel.
How does this impact the opportunities for SIs? How can they partake in this growing trend? Can they afford to be left behind? I’ll address all of these issues and more in order to give attendees a clearer understanding of where the market is growing and how they can take advantage of the opportunities that exist.
The future of control rooms; How technology is changing the way we think about control rooms….
Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace. This has resulted in some major changes on how control rooms are thought of and planned moving forward. Integrated control systems such as DCS, SCADA and others are providing significantly more capabilities to optimize and improve the controller experience. This also provides both an opportunity and challenge to maximize the full benefits of the new generation of integrated systems during the planning an implementation process. In step with the advancement of integrated systems, other peripheral systems such as video management systems, data and power distribution, IT Management and similar have gone through similar transformations and now provide added opportunities and value to further evolve the control room of the future. This presentation will discuss some of the latest examples of broad implementations of advanced integrated systems and the impact it has had on the overall control room operation and environment. Furthermore, one of the key challenges facing companies today is the attraction and retention of talent with the adequate technical background to work in a control room environment. As a result, increased emphasis is placed on creating inviting and appealing environments, both visually and operationally, for the next generation of operators entering the market.
The new tools at our disposal allow us to optimize and improve every aspect of control room design including operational planning, HMI interfaces and management, human factors and ergonomics, collaboration, remote operations, consolidated facilities, multi-functional and agnostic control room environments and similar. The presentation will use actual examples of implementation as well as some conceptual studies and research performed for various governing bodies when it comes to new technology implementation and its impact on the planning process. The presentation will also discuss the impact of new technology on safety, situational awareness and improving operator comfort and efficiency.
Some of the specific concepts that will be discussed include:
- Consolidation versus dispersed operational model– Standalone operations versus consolidated functions (control room suite). Discussion on advantages/disadvantages, impact on operational efficiency, response time, risk mitigation and similar.
- Strategies for overcoming the disruptive nature of technology change and the impact on the operators and other end user stakeholders during the control room design and implementation process
- Space utilization –examples of how various facilities use innovative ways to maximize space utilization.
- Leveraging new technologies to simplify and optimize HMI inputs between operational functions.
- Risk mitigation – strategies used to minimize operational risk and achieve maximum value form the control room (base monitoring versus tangible value add)
- Improving Cognitive ergonomics by further developing layering and distinction for critical operational alarms
- Emerging trends in technology including Video Information & Management Systems (VIMS) and the impact on operations, situational awareness, collaboration and response times.
- Opportunities with fiber optic switching and content management (DSC system interaction) and remote control room applications