Working Group: Cost Oriented Automation
Cost-Oriented Automation can deliver much needed solutions in new communities and markets.
For example, industry in many countries – especially in the new transition economies of the European Union - is and will continue to be dominated by „Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – SME’s. These are mostly defined as companies with less than 250-300 employees but also include microenterprises of less than 10 people. Emerging markets, which are now more liberalised as a result of accession to the EU, have created special demands amongst these companies for cost-oriented automation technologies. For such companies automation may be a prerequisite to survive in a large, common market and many have struggled to make the transition. For this market SMEs need the highest flexibility from automated and semi-automated systems but the solutions must also be cost-oriented solutions or deliver cost-oriented automation products and services in areas such as mechatronics and manufacturing systems. Consequently, the engineering of control and automation systems which are specifically developed and delivered using cost-oriented thinking is a more and more important field and can contribute to stabilisation in these transition states, as well as developing regions.
There are also applications (such as service-robots) which are currently produced at costs which are far too high for potential user communities in less developed regions, where the solutions may be most needed. Cost-oriented methods and practices and engineering solutions informed by a cost-oriented approach are of growing relevance.
Manufacturing Plant Control
Developing and Transition Countries
Modelling and Control of Energy Systems
Soft Intelligent Computing Systems
Modelling and Control of Environmental Systems
Cost-Oriented Automation of “New” Technologies
Cost-Oriented Service Engineering
Cost-Oriented Educational Systems