Augmented reality and data glasses are being increasingly used in a growing number of industries. RFID is being integrated into additively manufactured components. Manufacturers and suppliers use OPC UA interfaces for uniform data transmission and usability. Simulations are generated from real data and transferred to the controller to achieve real improvements in production.
AI and cloud applications optimize order planning and reduce overproduction. Systems are monitored with sensors, and malfunctions can be directly identified or anticipated in order to carry out predictive maintenance operations. Data analytics demonstrate progress of digitalization measures. 5G enables fast data connections without latency in automation.