The key role of automation in Industry 4.0


How a new way of organizing the means of production where the processes are digitized and automated through sensors and information systems, encompasses industry 4.0

Mexico City.- From the first industrial revolution where steam left behind work based on human power, through electricity, to the arrival of processors, microelectronics and the leap from analog to digital, routine tasks have become more precise. and efficient. The productive capacity of machines and their performance have remained current and technology is being a disruptor with the appearance and application of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, robots, machine learning, blockchain, cloud computing, big data, nanotechnology , augmented reality, among others.

In Chile, the automation-related workforce has grown 2.2% in Latin America and 18% of employees have changed jobs in the last year. Mainly the industries in which there is more turnover are construction, civil engineering, technology, consulting, oil & gas and renewable energies.

The most requested profiles are those that combine extensive training, experience and knowledge in IoT. Highlighting the profile of the self-taught person, one who obtains knowledge by themselves beyond universities and business schools. Rodrigo Fernández, Head of Engineering recruitment at Robert Walters, recruitment consultant comments:Recruiting leaders will need to understand and understand the organization’s mission around transformation and automation to attract the right talent. In addition, they require analyzing the market, knowing the practices that are being adopted in the industry and its competitors at a national and global level, as well as knowing the level of salaries, benefits and the projects that are executed globally.”

Industry 4.0 trends:

1) The automation of processes, remote-controlled operations and the industrialization of EPCM projects, with methodologies such as Lean, are creating new needs and new jobs that did not exist in the market before.

2) The sustainable development, friendly with the environment, with the communities and their environment are being one of the priorities of the industry.

3) Diversity and inclusion, especially the integration of women, indigenous communities and people with disabilities in both strategic and more operational roles, will be one of the main visions of large companies. 84% of the automation-related workforce in Latin America is made up of men.

Rodrigo concludes: Automation is a key element for the industry as a whole. It increases productivity, reduces operator risks and intervenes in all processes. Organizations that do not adapt to this new technological aspect run the risk of losing market share since they will not be able to benefit from the changes and business opportunities that Industry 4.0 brings with it”

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