The automation world is changing. Now more than ever. Keywords such as Industrial Security, Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as openness and standardisation, are hot topics. As a reliable partner for plant and machinery safety, Pilz takes its customers by the hand and walks the journey with them – through the transformation and into the future.
The year is 2035: all machines are networked; communicate with each other. They exchange valuable data in real-time, which becomes information in the cloud, thereby ensuring optimised machine processes. The data itself, and access to it, is protected. Plant and machinery can therefore work reliably; the built-in safety technology does its job. Human and machine are protected. The transformation of the automation world is complete.
What are the success factors for the safe automation of the future?
Firstly, open communication standards. Production will only be able to draw on the full resources if we standardise on a common denominator: machines speak one language, use standardised, open information technologies – as a result, data moves from A to B as quickly and efficiently as possible. OPC UA is the standard for data exchange, facilitating cross-vendor networking of plants, including connection to the cloud. And that’s not just at control level. As a member of the OPC Foundation, Pilz employees are actively involved in both the steering committee and technical working groups in the Field Level Communication (FLC) Group. Pilz’s focus lies in the working group that deals with safety (Safety over OPC UA).
At sensor level, the future is already reality today: IO-Link Safety is the open communication system for data exchange between functionally safe devices, such as sensors for example. Pilz is launching its first IO-Link Safety solution at the 2023 SPS exhibition, thus enabling its customers to take an important step towards openness.
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is also another key driver for the future of automation. Networking and digitisation result in increased data volume in production halls. The challenge: to condense the flood of data and generate knowledge from it. In future, Artificial Intelligence can take over where human capabilities reach their limits. The time that’s saved can be used by employees for other activities. But can you also entrust the field of functional safety to AI?
Currently, Pilz experts are grappling deeply with the different aspects of AI, to find out how Artificial Intelligence can be reliably utilised in the sensitive area of machinery safety. They are also collaborating in various research projects on the future of safe automation.
Is the future of automation safe?
In the production halls of the future, data is the new gold. Wherever there is data, there will also be potential attackers wanting to tap it or prevent access to it. But that’s not all: Production could be halted; in the worst case, safety functions on plant and machinery could be manipulated, endangering employees.
Industrial Security protects Safety. As far as the standards are concerned, the EU Machinery Regulation has recognised the protection required for functional safety and has made Industrial Security measures mandatory by 2027. There is also the specially developed Cyber Resilience Act, which is currently only available in draft form, and the EU Directive NIS2, which came into force in January 2023. So, on the technological side, technical measures such as network segmentation using industrial firewalls must respond to the legal requirements. Firewalls separate critical network zones from each other, leading increasingly to protection against potential external attackers. Then there are organisational measures, such as the regular evaluation of vulnerabilities and closure of security loopholes. Both provide added security.
The industrial firewall SecurityBridge
Die The industrial firewall SecurityBridge protects industrial automation networks from manipulation and unauthorised access.
Industrial Firewall SecurityBridge on the Pilz Website
As market leader in the field of machinery safety, Pilz grasped this connection between Safety and Industrial Security at an early stage, and has added the important aspect of security to its existing range of services. With its training course for CESA – Certified Expert for Security in Automation, Pilz provides customers with key expert knowledge of the standard IEC 62443, detailing how companies can apply it when introducing cyber security measures into their own production. With the new Industrial Security Consulting Service, experts from Pilz come on site and support customers, from the protection requirements analysis and identification of appropriate countermeasures through to security verification of plant and machinery. The number one objective remains the protection of humans. This is the only way to bring the ideal vision of a production hall from 2035 to life; a post-transformation production hall..
Visit Pilz at SPS 2023 in Nuremberg!
How can we safely overcome the challenges of digital transformation? At the exhibition smart production solutions (SPS) from 14 — 16 November 2023 in Nuremberg, the automation company Pilz will be showing technologies and solutions that make machinery Safe and Secure. The focus is on: Identification and Access Management (I.A.M.), safety gate systems, connectivity with IO-Link Safety and Fail-Safe over EtherCAT (FSoE). In the expert panel, live on the exhibition stand, specialists from Pilz will explain the new technological and normative developments in Safety and Security, such as the effects of the new Machinery Regulation, for example.
Our presentation programme
Machinery Directive becomes Machinery Regulation! What will change for you?
The new EU Machinery Regulation 2023/1230 will replace the existing Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which has been in force since 29.12.2009. It was published in the EU Official Journal on 29 June 2023 and enters into force in January 2027. Manufacturers and operators now have time to familiarise themselves with the new Machinery Regulation. If you compare the automation and engineering of today with the requirements and technologies of 14 years ago, it is clear that the revision is more than sensible. Digitisation and networking, as well as the new related issues of Industrial Security and Artificial Intelligence, have significantly changed factory halls and the plant and machinery within them. Other changes that need to be noted will be covered in the presentation.
What we offer for the Machinery Regulation
How best to prepare for the new Machinery Regulation (MR)
The new Machinery Regulation is coming – but what actual impact will it have on your processes? We’ll show how you, as a machine manufacturer or operator, can best prepare to integrate the MR meaningfully into your processes and plan projects geared towards the new specifications in good time.
Safety and Security on the machine – With the right access management, you’re on the safe side
Machinery safety is in a state of transformation. Safety, meaning the protection of humans from machinery, is already enshrined in the Machinery Directive. With the new Machinery Regulation, security measures to protect against manipulation also become mandatory. Using a case study, we explain how you can resolve both Safety and Security tasks in compliance with the standards, using the electronic Key-in-pocket maintenance safeguarding system.
Safety locking devices for process and personnel protection – How do I find the right solution for my safety gate?
EN ISO 14119 regulates the requirements on movable guards. When it comes to finding the right safety locking device, criteria such as the type of safety gate, the installation situation or the question of manipulation protection have an important role to play. Find out more about how to find the optimum solution for your application, so you work safely and economically.
IO-Link Safety – Intelligent, safe communication up to field level
With IO-Link Safety, the open market standard for sensor communication (IO-Link) can now also be used for functional safety. In addition to the classic IO-Link benefits, such as simplified installation due to standardised wiring or expanded diagnostic options, IO-Link Safety also offers significant benefits in the area of safety. In the presentation you’ll discover more about its functionality and application in practice.