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COVER STORY INTECH MAY/JUNE 2017 11 I ndustry 4.0 initially focused on discrete manufacturing, and now there is a growing focus on applying Industry 4.0 concepts to process automation. The same concepts are be ing applied to process automation to achieve a holistic integration of automation, business information, and manufacturing execution function to improve all aspects of production and commerce across company boundaries for greater efficiency. The "Process Sensor 4.0 Road- map" is a big step toward creating fundamental building blocks to advance process automa- tion system architectures. A number of NAMUR working groups are part of Working Area 2 (WA 2), Automation Systems for Processes and Plants. Process Sensor 4.0 Roadmap The Process Sensor 4.0 Roadmap highlights the opportunity to optimize process control and val- ue-added production with "smart," networked communicating sensors. These "smart" sensors provide services within a network and use infor- mation from the network as a foundation with which to implement Industry 4.0 cyber-physical systems within future process industry auto- mation systems. Fundamental Industry 4.0 for Process concepts include process applications with direct communications from field devices simultaneously to process control, business systems, supply chain, engineering, and plan- ning systems. These sensors are implemented by leveraging embedded computing technol- ogy, which has become pervasive in consumer and computing products. This is intended to facilitate the change from rigid, preconceived, hierarchical production systems to dynamic, flexible, self-configuring and self-op timizing, integrated, and intelligent networked systems and processes. The road map was initiated by NAMUR and VDI/VDE in collaboration with several promi- nent leaders in the industry, including ABB, BASF, Bayer Technology Services, Bilfinger Maintenance, Endress+Hauser, Evonik, Festo, Krohne, Lanxess, Siemens, and Fraunhofer ICT. NAMUR is an international association of user companies established in 1949. It represents their interests concerning automation technol- ogy. Organizational goals include adding value through automation engineering and facilitating "frank and fair dialogue" with manufacturers. VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies is one of Europe's larg- est technical-scientific associations, with more than 36,000 mem- bers. The organiza- tion has primary offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, and Brussels, as well as 29 branch offices throughout Germany. VDE also works closely with the Institute of Elec- trical and Electronics Engineers (https:// www.ieee.org). VDI/VDE Society for Measurement and Automatic Control (GMA) is a joint organization of VDE and VDI, which orients users about the current trends in auto- mation that are supported by innovations in information technology (IT), microelectronics, optics, and sensorics (advanced measuring tech- nologies). The Society organizes meetings, con- ferences, seminars, and other events to promote the transfer of know-how. The Process Sensors 4.0 Roadmap goes be- yond previous road maps, which tended to focus almost exclusively on technical requirements of sensors and their operating principles. Instead, the new road map focuses on how to achieve greater efficiencies with sensors that have em - bedded intelligence, communications, and an information system interface based on Industry 4.0 concepts. The road map describes how com- munication and the management of information will become increasingly important as informa- tion from sensors is integrated into business sys- tems. The road map notes new technology will simplify application engineering and mainte- nance using "plug and play" smart sensors. The report shares how new developments, from IT and medical technology, are creating the possibil- ity for improved process sensors, leveraging min- iaturized components with extremely low pricing. These devices also utilize advances in configura- tion software to simplify project engineering and maintenance. For example, new smart sensors may be able to measure several metrics, calibrate and optimize themselves, and interact directly with other sensors and actuators, thus performing control and automation independently. The road map identifies the necessary require- ments, as well as the communication abilities, of smart process sensors from simple temperature sensors to more complex ones. Important smart sensor features noted in the road map include: l autonomous sensor interaction (peer to peer) FAST FORWARD l Industry 4.0 initially focused on discrete manufacturing, and now there is an ad ditional focus on process automation. l The "Industry 4.0 for Process Roadmap" was developed by NAMUR in collaboration with the VDI/VDE organizations and several prominent industry leaders. l ABB, BASF, Bayer Technology Services, Bilfinger Maintenance, Endress+Hauser, Evonik, Festo, Krohne, Lanxess, Siemens, and Fraunhofer ICT helped develop the road map.

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