Net Zero drives one of five industrial automation trends for 2022

Mike Edwards   

Features cybersecurity Yokogawa

A large testbed at a Yokogawa facility.

At the Y NOW 2021 virtual live event, attendees learned from leading global industry experts how to accelerate digital transformations to create agile autonomous operations that can navigate the Energy Transition and rapidly adapt to market disruptions. During the Yokogawa-sponsored conference, speakers revealed five predictions for the not-so-far-off future of industrial process automation.

In 2022, the industry will see a significant jump in progress toward autonomous operations and a major transition in the way companies manage cybersecurity. Meanwhile, three technologies will take a big step forward from conceptual stages to points where they prove themselves by producing results.

Among them are biological processes, some carbon negative, which demonstrate promise for “Net Zero.” Over the past year, several companies initiated testbeds for the Open Process Automation Standard (O-PAS). They will prove themselves in 2022 or 2023. While technologies such as AI/ML and first-principles models formerly competed, suppliers have learned how to make the best of both worlds. In 2022, hybrid models will be mainstream.

Read about the 5 trends here

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