The Industrial world is changing in a trend which goes under a variety of names including Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Thing (IIoT) and smart manufacturing. This Smart Industry trend is bringing about a fundamental change in the way factories and workplaces function, making them safer, more efficient, more flexible and more environmentally friendly. With factories accounting for 40% of the world's energy consumption, reducing their energy use will play a major role in putting the planet on a more sustainable course. Machines are evolving to be aware of the humans around them and provide new interfaces such as smart tools, augmented reality and touchless interfaces for easier and safer interactions. Machines are also becoming connected inside the factory and to the cloud, enabling optimal planning and flexibility in manufacturing and maintenance.
Semiconductors are a key enabler behind this new Smart Industry trend. They are pervasive through the industrial infrastructure and are behind the digital intelligence that makes it possible. As a supplier with over 30 years’ experience in developing products for factory automation and industrial applications, ST is playing a leadership role with its catalog of products that help make Smart Industry a reality, today.