Nearly three-quarter of decision-makers in the manufacturing sector plan to upgrade communications and control networks by 2022 to advance digital transformation and Industry 4.0, according to the survey conducted by NOKIA and ABI Research. Also, over 80% of the respondents said that they are familiar with private wireless (4G/5G) networking and thinking of using their own private wireless network in their manufacturing operations.

Trend Micro, a cybersecurity solutions provider, warned that advanced hackers could leverage unusual and new attack vectors to disrupt and sabotage smart manufacturing environments. The research was jointly conducted by Trend Micro and Politecnico di Milano in its Industry 4.0 lab, which houses real-time equipment to demonstrate malicious threats in IIoT environments for financial gain. The study offers a detailed set of defense and mitigation measures, such as deep packet inspection and regular integrity checks on endpoints

Smart building automation technologies provide an opportunity for building operators and occupants to reduce the cost of operations and increase worker productivity. The market of smart building automation systems was $57.83 billion in 2017. A recent report by Market Growth Insight predicts that the market will grow at a CAGR of 11.5% and will reach $154.36 by 2026. The future of centralized heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for buildings, however, may be significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

SAR Elektronic of Germany is building five fully-automated production and inspection lines for an unnamed German automotive supplier. The production and inspection lines are equipped with 50 Kuka robots of the KR Quantec, KR Cybertech and KR Agilus series for fully-automated handling, plasma cleaning and bonding processes. SAR Elektronic expects that more automated production lines and more robots will be required in the future, providing the growing demand for electric vehicles.

SICK, a global manufacturer of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications, and Robotics and Automation News will hold a webinar on customizing machine vision on 1st June 2020. In the webinar, Sourabh Banerjee, Product Marketing Manager for Software and Systems at SICK, will provide detailed guide on how machine vision solutions can be customized using SICK AppSpace. The webinar will be held on June 1, 2020, 11am Eastern Time (US and Canada) and can be registered from: