Industrial Automation & AI Can Transform India into a $1 Trillion Manufacturing Economy

Rockwell Automation to take the lead in developing Industry 4.0 ecosystem allowing Indian manufacturers to collaborate and compete globally

India needs a major shift towards Industry 4.0 technologies (particularly industrial automation & artificial intelligence) to be able to triple its combined factory output in gross value added (GVA) terms to $1 trillion by 2025, said industry leaders who had gathered at the ‘Rockwell Automation on the Move’ 2019 (RAOTM) conference.

Acknowledging that the ambitious target needs a concerted effort from across the industry, Rockwell Automation is taking the lead by further expanding its Partner Network in India to allow local manufacturers access to a collaborative network of companies mutually focused on developing, implementing and supporting best-in-class manufacturing solutions across industry verticals.

The announcement was made at Rockwell Automation’s RAOTM 2019 Annual User Group Conference organised in Bangalore on January 22. The event invites industry partners and customers to showcase and discuss latest digital transformation solutions and business opportunities.

This year the conference hosted over 25 exhibits and 50 technology sessions.

Industry 4.0 Ecosystem

Dilip Sawhney, Managing Director, Rockwell Automation India, said, “We want to take the lead in building India’s first industry 4.0 ecosystem of partner companies that will create solutions for The Connected Enterprise that can analyze machine conditions in advance to avoid breakdowns and enhance productivity but also improve on quality and compliance parameters.”

Rockwell Automation has in the past partnered with L&T, Cisco, Microsoft, Endress+Hauser, and Wipro Infrastructure Engineering to develop smart manufacturing solutions in India.

John Watts, Regional Marketing Director, Asia Pacific at Rockwell Automation, added, “Globally, digital-induced disruption is inevitable. To maintain and improve global competitiveness, Indian manufacturers need to accelerate the adoption of Industry 4.0. While India has a lot of catching up to do in this respect, it can accelerate digital transformation by leveraging its strengths in the IT services sector and tapping the entrepreneurial spirit seen in the start-up sector.”

New products displayed

At the event, Rockwell Automation and its partner companies also showcased new products and solutions support. They introduced the Connected Enterprise – new analytics and digital solutions that can help transform data into understandable information, empowering users to confidently make more informed decisions – from the plant floor to the enterprise.

Rockwell Automation is going to organise RAOTM at three more cities this year  – Bangkok, Thailand (March 5); Tianjin, China (May 15 & 16) and Jakarta, Indonesia (April 30).

Longjam Dineshwori

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