Overcoming Limits in Process Automation Remote Operation, Industry 4.0, Modularized Automation – 2016's Namur Assembly Sets the Course...

Author / Editor: Sabine Mühlenkamp / Jörg Kempf |

Expectations from the Namur Annual General Meeting are understandably high - and once again, no one was disappointed. Many exciting and future-oriented lectures and discussions on subjects like Remote Operation, Industry 4.0, modularized automation and plant performance illustrated on the very first day the direction in which users and suppliers in process automation are being forced. The sector must overcome its limits in order to embrace new solutions...

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Namur-chairman Dr. Wilhelm Otten opens the Namur assembly 2016 in Bad Neuenahr
Namur-chairman Dr. Wilhelm Otten opens the Namur assembly 2016 in Bad Neuenahr
(Picture: Gerd Kielburger)

Bad Neuenahr – Full house, good atmosphere! These are the best preconditions to present and discuss the many exciting and future-oriented subjects at this year’s Namur Annual General Meeting. This was promised by Namur Chairman Dr. Wilhelm Otten in his opening address to the around 650 participants.

The number of participants not only challenged the limits of the available space, the automation technology interest group of the process industry also promoted the opening of the limits of the existing automation technology. This appears to be more than necessary in view of the changed markets.

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Thus, it is absolutely essential for producers in the process industry to control and optimize processes and workflows globally – e.g., through the integration of different business operations, through the expansion in the growth markets and the extension of the existing value-creation chains across regional boundaries and sectors.

All the lectures – by users - as well as equipment suppliers – propagated the demands for more efficiency and flexibility of production plants to fulfill the increasing customer requirements for increasingly specified products etc.. Namur too, was characterized by increasing dynamics, as Otten remarked. “The number of ad-hoc work groups has increased appreciably and work has become conspicuously more interactive”.

Automation Around the World

And not least by the boosted internationalization, which Namur wrote on its banners. In China, Namur is being represented by a separate annual general meeting for quite some time now, and the Chinese colleagues have already produced two NE/NA.

There was no comparable organization in the USA thus far, which represented the interests of users of automation technology. This too could be implemented with the foundation of an automation working group under the umbrella of the ACC (American Chemistry Councils) towards the beginning of October this year in Texas. Supporting them are companies like Air Liquide, BASF, Dow, Bayer, Covestro, Evonik, Exxonmobil and Invista.

Solving Complex Problems with Innovations

This year’s sponsor Yokogawa and Namur are linked through long collaboration. The Japanese automation group came on board as sponsor way back in 2005. There are quite a few challenges that must be met today.