Industry 4.0 has impacts on the industrial measurement and automation technology in four different ways.
The first impact is the increasing integration in the production chain where the environment is harsh.
As a consequence, the devices must be resistant against interferences like EMC, vibration or temperature variations.
The second impact is due to the increasing number of measurement points to more and more ensure the transparency of the industrial process. As measurement systems take over a part of the data calculation, the “industry 4.0” compliant measurement and automation devices must become smarter and be able to exchange information in a simple and standardized way.
The third impact is the need of mass customization in the industry. Customized products and services require measurement and automation devices which are flexible in the parametrization.
The last impact is the need for self-organizing production. When the quality demands on products and processes increase and the need for transparency arise in order to ensure continuous improvement, intelligent sensor and actuator networks are required.