Summit Engineered Automation has developed what it calls the Summit Agile Process to create true partnerships with customers by focusing on risk analysis early and throughout a project. The process was put to the test recently when the systems integrator was approached by start-up Corvida Medical of Coralville, IA, to build equipment to produce its latest product.
Robots are an important piece of the Industry 4.0 puzzle. Tomorrow's smart factories will depend on new types of machines, such as collaborative and mobile devices that are interconnected. Artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing and data analytics will also make industrial robots more reliable than ever.