Autonomy’s benefit is in the journey

The concept of industrial autonomy as the next evolutionary step beyond mere automation continues to gather momentum among leading suppliers of automation platforms, as Honeywell’s “journey to autonomous” vision recently joined Yokogawa’s “Industrial Automation to Industrial Autonomy (IA2IA)” roadmap for the future. But there’s been considerable discussion the past several years about how the autonomous vehicle concepts we’ve all become familiar with in the context of self-driving cars translates to the theoretical “lights out” operation of a plant or factory. For instance, how do we even classify the transitions from automated to intelligently automated and ultimately to autonomous operations? 

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