Automation Innovation @ ARC EIF 2022

By Constanze Schmitz

Industry Trends

ARC’s European Industry Forum is part of our successful series of worldwide conferences in the USA, India, China, and Japan. The next European Forum will take place May 17 - 18, 2022 as a virtual event and focus on “Accelerating Industrial Digital Transformation and Sustainability”. Participants are invited to attend exclusive presentations and workshops on strategies and case studies from the digital front lines.

ARC industry analysts and other automation experts from the end-user and supplier communities will analyze and discuss trends and drivers for the most current topics. One of the tracks will cover Automation Innovations, including 5G, Edge, Future Architectures, IoT Platforms, and Networks.

Automation Innovation

We have entered a period of intense innovation in industrial automation. In the areas of high value-added manufacturing, there is growing global competition. Countries with developed economies want to maintain and grow their existing competitive advantages and support their exporting industries. Countries with developing economies want to improve their competitiveness as well.

Automation Innovation

This competition is, in part, taking the form of national initiatives to improve manufacturing competitiveness. These initiatives are found in Germany, the US, Japan, South Korea, and China. In the US, the Industrial Internet Consortium has formed. Industrie 4.0 is the German initiative; the “4.0” refers to the 4th industrial revolution (following steam, mass production, and IT). This can be thought of as a set of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital, and biological worlds, and impacting all disciplines, economies, and industries. Topics that will be covered in the sessions for this program include:

•             Advanced Physical Layer (APL)

•             The Open Process Automation Forum: The Latest Update

•             Industrial Automation and the Industrie 4.0/Industrial Internet Initiatives


ARC’s European Industry Forum

Join ARC’s European Industry Forum to learn more about how transforming factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. Discover what your peers and industry leaders are doing today and what steps they are taking to prepare for the future.

The event is currently planned as a virtual event. ARC will observe the development of the pandemic and will communicate any change in format. For more information about attending, speaking, and sponsoring, please contact Mario Backus (

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