The demand for increased productivity, the increasingly short shelf life of products, the trend toward a mass individual adaptation of products and the increasingly precise environmental protection standards and harmonization with laws, coupled with the constant progress in performances in digital functionality for the purpose of upgrading the communication, data analysis and presentation, cause changes in global supply chains, along with essential structural changes in industries.
To the end of maintaining competitiveness in such a rapidly changing environment and offering small series of fully adapted products in a profitable and sustainable way, industries require an ecosystem based on highly connected digital solutions and services: the industry needs digitization.
Digital technology raises industrial processes to the next level. Digital technology increases connectedness, compatibility and cooperation, making industrial production and processing more flexible, productive and efficient than before. The digitization of the industry in each of its several forms, including the fourth industrial revolution, the industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, China 2025 and so on, not only optimizes the individual steps in production or processing, but also leads to a revolution in global supply chains and ecosystems. ABB is the leading provider of solutions in this field, many of which are offered under the ABB Ability
The pre-requirement for digitization is the possibility of connecting tools, machines, materials and employees into a supply chain. This creates a connection between the real, physical world and the connected, digital world. None of this, however, would be possible without standardized communication protocols and data formats, as well as hardware interfaces. ABB is present in the leading world organizations for the development of standards.