Rockwell Automation Blog: How Manufacturers Can Prepare for a Zero Carbon Future
KARLSRUHE, Germany, April 5, 2022 /3BL Media/ - In a new blog from Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), Steffen Zendler, Rockwell’s heavy industry strategy & marketing manager, EMEA, outlines how digital transformation can help manufacturers achieve both sustainability and business goals.
“As we look towards the future of manufacturing, there is one area where all stakeholders are united: the critical importance of decarbonizing our industry,” Zendler writes. Acknowledging that the nature of manufacturing makes this goal ambitious, he notes, “Rapid advances in digital technologies are helping executives look at each microprocess and assess ways of making incremental improvements that add up to big environmental gains.”
Zendler explains how the adoption of digital tools can support targets around less wasteful or energy-intensive processes with improved visibility and measurability of machine and process performance, as well as the ability to gather data from separate assets to create meaningful insights to inform longer-term carbon reduction strategies.
While more efficient operation of current assets clearly presents an opportunity for improved plant performance, Zendler says it must be matched with an ambition to adopt a more sustainable, less carbon-intensive future business model.
“Digital solutions present the foundation for a more collaborative environment throughout the value chain, from material extraction, parts supply, and production to distribution and interactions with technology partners and end-user customers,” Zendler continues. “Trusted partnerships among various stakeholders can help identify and develop more economically and ecologically superior solutions.”