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A Square Peg in a Round Hole: The Complex Path for Wireless in the Manufacturing Industry

Cristina Cano, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
12-1pm  8th Aug 2018


The manufacturing industry is at the edge of the 4th industrial revolution, a paradigm of integrated architectures in which the entire production chain (composed of machines, workers and products) is intrinsically connected. Wireless technologies can add further value in this manufacturing revolution. However, we have identified some signs that indicate that wireless could be left out from the next generation of smart-factory equipment. This is particularly relevant considering that the heavy machinery used in this sector can last for decades. In this talk I will present these signs along with what we believe it's at the core if this issue: a mismatch between industrial needs and the interests of academic and partly-academic sectors (such as standardization bodies). To reach this conclusion we have analyzed surveys from renowned advisory firms, interviewed industrial representative actors and analysed the content of 20,000 scientific articles. From the results of this study we propose some convergence paths that, while still retaining the degree of novelty required for applied research purposes, are more aligned with industrial concerns. 

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