My idea of a Future factory is linked to that of today’s popular movies with virtual and augmented reality. With technology making a huge impact on revolutionizing the film industry, it will definitely create a similar and bigger impact in creating connected factories states Kevin Tsai – Head, Moxa India during an exclusive interview with Niloy from BISinfotech. Kevin also elaborated on Moxa’s plans, expertise and his idea of Advance Manufacturing Technology. Edited Nub Below.
- Trends shaping Advanced Manufacturing Technology?
Industrial IoT and Cybersecurity are the trends that are reshaping the manufacturing today. With IIoT, it is simpler now to transform data and analyse it, thereby improving operational efficiency. At Moxa, we believe enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) stands on three pillars: collecting your data, connecting your data, and making your data actionable. While digitalization has allowed the Industrial control system landscape to develop quickly, there has been a rise in the cyber-attacks which has prompted everyone to focus on industrial cybersecurity.
- What challenges and scopes do you foresee in this domain and is your company fortifying in this market?
The main challenge is how to convince the IT personnel. OT and IT convergence is necessary to transform data into useful information and for this they both need to integrate at different levels. We are now trying to certify Moxa devices to work in accordance with Microsoft by working with their R& D team in Seattle. Moxa has also partnered with Trend Micro to respond to the growing security needs to industries as well as security demands from IT/OT personnel.
- India as a market for Advanced Manufacturing Technology?
In the past China, South east Asian countries were the main hub for manufacturing. With Industry 4.0 adoption and advanced technologies with low cost labour, India is also moving ahead in the manufacturing sector. India, being a huge market with great potential and market demands attracts leading technology players to invest in India and also foresee this market as a business opportunity.
- In your perspective, how will a factory of future look like?
My idea of a Future factory is linked to that of today’s popular movies with virtual and augmented reality. With technology making a huge impact on revolutionizing the film industry, it will definitely create a similar and bigger impact in creating connected factories.
- How important is rapid transfer of science and technology (S&T) into manufacturing processes and products?
It is very important for rapid transfer to improve efficiency and lower the costs.
- What are the possible new concepts of advanced manufacturing that might apply to a wide range of industries?
Build a manufacturing facility with latest technologies and replace human intervention with machines.
- How keen are companies to automate the current manufacturing processes to advanced manufacturing technologies and the benefits to their investment?
This depends on region and industry type. For example, in the USA the labour costs are high and for the head of manufacturing it would be beneficial to invest in advanced technologies if 80% of manual jobs can be replaced by robots/machines working in sync with skilled workforce.
In India it might be difficult to bring this change across all levels due to government employment policies and low labour costs. There is great talent in India which is why large MNC’s invest a lot on R&D in India.
- Lastly, your offerings in this domain?
Moxa is currently a part of the ecosystem providing edge- cloud connectivity solutions. We develop reliable network solutions that enables devices to connect, communicate and collaborate with systems, processes and people, thus making automation smarter, safer and more efficient.