Original air date December 14, 2023

How to revolutionize industrial automation software: The power of Universal Automation


Using a modern, standards-based, state-of-the-art automation platform can revolutionizes industrial automation. Embraces the principles of Universal Automation organization in an automation platform marks a significant shift in the industry. Such a vendor-agnostic platform caters to the evolving needs of modern operations, where software and data take center stage. It enables organizations to transition from closed, hardware-based systems to open, software-driven solutions.

By harnessing the power of Universal Automation Organization, an automation platform facilitates seamless integration and collaboration among different automation technologies. It emphasizes interoperability, compatibility and harmonization, ensuring that various automation systems and devices work together effortlessly.

This approach to an automation software platform empowers organizations to achieve greater flexibility, scalability and efficiency in their operations and provides the ability to “plug and produce.” Using such software, organizations can easily connect and configure different devices and systems, enabling rapid deployment and adaptability. When an automation software platform optimizes operations and supports digital transformation, it keeps organizations ahead in the ever-changing landscape of industrial automation.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand that using a software-centric approach to engineering can automates low-value engineering tasks, allowing engineers to focus on innovation and high-value activities.
  • Learn that an automation platform facilitates efficient wrap and reuse of automation objects, maximizing utilization of existing resources and enabling easy updates and upgrades.
  • Explore how an automation software platform provides agility to quickly adapt and reconfigure processes to bridge the gap between information technology and operational technology (IT and OT) systems, promoting operational effectiveness.
  • Review advantages of automation software that follows the IEC 61499 standard for portability and interoperability, making it vendor-agnostic.

Presented By:
Alex Degout, EcoStruxure Automation Expert, Schneider Electric

Moderated By:
Mark Hoske, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

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