“The new version of the ProcessIT.EU-roadmap provides input to the strategic planning concerning process industrial IT- and automation for process- and manufacturing industry companies. It comprises 10 R&D areas, 9 game changers and also relevant and emerging business models of interest,” says John Lindström at ProcessIT Innovations and Luleå University of Technology.
“Thus, the roadmap is relevant to read for all with strategic, tactical or operational responsibilities, and need input to their planning and renewal process,” he continues.
The ProcessIT.EU roadmap for industrial process automation contributes to the European process- and manufacturing industries by providing input on what is possible and necessary within IT and automation. The roadmap should be seen as input for strategic decision-making in order to stay competitive, profitable and sustainable over time.
On a tactical level, the roadmap can be seen as a checklist and source of ideas for R&D planning and activities. Further, the roadmap is also intended as input to policy makers and the bodies which craft public calls for RDI proposals targeting industrial process automation, automation of production/ manufacturing, and matters related to the future process industry.
The ProcessIT.EU roadmap for industrial process automation was initially released in 2013 to provide guidance and input for process industry companies, providers of process industrial IT- and automation solutions, researchers as well as policy makers and bodies/initiatives that craft calls for RDI-projects.
The main objective is for European process industry to stay competitive, profitable and sustainable.
Thus, to support European process industry in its industrial process automation endeavors, the ProcessIT.EU roadmap outlines three top-level needs: sustainable production, competence management and trust, security, safety and privacy.
These three top-level needs intersect the following ten R&D areas:
•Productivity, efficiency, scalability and flexibility
•Sustainability through circular economy – circular economy through industrial internet
•Distributed production/modular factories and services
•Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
•Autonomous plants and remote operations
•Safety – human, machine and environment
•Competences and quality of work
•Human-Machine Interfaces and Machine-to-Machine communications,
These R&D areas in turn are used as building blocks in nine gamechangers. The gamechangers aim to influence the process industries’ competitiveness, profitability and sustainability.
The gamechangers are listed below:
•Modular factory for distributed and automated production
•Live virtual twins of raw materials, process and products
•Increased information transparency between field and ERP
•Real-time data analytics
•Dynamic control and optimisation of output tolerances
•Process industry as an integrated and agile part of the energy system
•Management of critical knowledge
•Semi-autonomous automation engineering
•Integrated operational and cybersecurity management
Finally, the ProcessIT.EU roadmap provides an insight into what may need to be considered on strategic and tactical levels, in terms of: objectives, R&D areas, game changers and business modelling, to keep and develop the competitive edge and initiative.