The Indian automation industry currently has a turnover of over USD 930 million. A newer business model in manufacturing connecting the process or plant floors to business systems through Digital Control Systems (DCS) is evolving in India. The industry is expected to grow at an annual rate of 20 to 25 per cent, powered by a boost in demand for automation.
Recent and emerging applications are into automated retail, home automation, automated mining, automated video surveillance, automated waste management, manufacturing process automation, laboratory automation, and broadcast automation etc.
“Automation for Smart and Green Future” is likely to bring in new ideas and innovations on the table for improvement of industries at large scale. Today extensive automation is practiced in practically every type of manufacturing and assembly process. Some of the larger processes include electrical power generation, oil refining, chemicals, steel mills, plastics, cement plants, fertilizer plants, pulp and paper mills, automobile and truck assembly, aircraft production, glass manufacturing, natural gas separation plants, food and beverage processing, canning and bottling and manufacture of various kinds of parts. Robots are especially useful in hazardous applications like automobile spray painting. Robots are also used to assemble electronic circuit boards. Automotive welding is done with robots and automatic welders are used in applications like pipelines.
As per the Catapult’s experts views the buzz in the developed world is the Internet of things. This cannot come without mastering industrial automation concepts and technologies. Huge opportunities will be open up for Indian engineers and skilled manpower to participate in this process. Demand for best-in-class solutions in the manufacturing sector would remain high. Significant growth potential in the automotive segment, automotive sales and exports, sustained interest toward electronics manufacturing, and increasing investments in consumer packaged goods, among others, stand out as shining examples of the underlying potential of implementing automation in the industrial sector.
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