Frank Paul Nonnenmann, managing director of Balluff
The industrial sensor of the future must be even smarter for the IIoT. By this I mean that all sensors must be able to be connected to cloud-based control systems. For me, the issue which is still unresolved, is whether there will still be a classic PLC control in ten to twenty years. However, I’m sure that a lot more action will take place directly in the cloud. For Balluff this means: We must move with the times – and I think that we are on a good path here and are testing our products for IIoT readiness. Irrespective of the networking aspect, I wonder whether there will be the one sensor in the future. I can imagine that we will differentiate here according to the motto “good, better, best”. Because a sensor does not always have to meet all price and customer requirements at the same time – it depends on the right choice in the individual application. Furthermore, I think it is important that sensor systems are platform-based in the future – this is the only way we can scale our solutions effectively.