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Factory automation comprises automated control, monitoring, and optimization of processes and workflows within a factory.

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Factory Automation

This includes closed-loop control applications (e.g. based on programmable logic or motion controllers), robotics, and aspects of computerintegrated manufacturing.

Example use cases (as described in [1]) for factory automation include motion control, control-to-control, mobile robots and massive wireless sensor networks. Communication services for factory automation need to fulfill stringent requirements, especially in terms of latency, communication service availability and determinism. Operation is limited to a relatively small service area, and typically no interaction is required with the public network (e.g. for service continuity, roaming, etc.).

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Process automation
Process automation refers to the control of production and handling of substances such as chemicals, foodstuffs and beverages, etc.
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Human Machine Interface (HMI)
Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) include a wide variety of devices for people to interact with production systems.
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Logistics and Warehousing
Logistics and warehousing have to do with organizing and controlling the storage and movement of materials and goods in the context of industrial production.
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Maintenance
Monitoring and predictive maintenance involve tracking certain processes and/or assets without directly controlling or impacting them.

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