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Article | August 31, 2001
ARC Advisory Group: Factory automation study
End users responsible for implementing factory automation systems and their suppliers may find beneficial a study titled “Distributed Intelligence Architecture for the Factory of the Future.” From ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA), the study analyzes, compares, and forecasts the future of the PLC in the age of distributed control to help guide users in systems design, and to help suppliers plan new products based on end-user needs.
ARC says that the core technology for the future factory will be its data-communications network with collaboration among plant floor systems and supply chain applications becoming critical to success.
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