If you look at the innovation cycles of the
last few decades, it is clear that we are dealing with
relatively long cycles, which are admittedly becoming
The world of automation is moving fast. Buzzwords, such as Industry 4.0, digitalization, cloud, and wireless, are well-established. The editors spoke with RalfMichael Franke, former CEO of Siemens’ Industrial Automation Systems and Factory Automation divisions and a member of the board of directors of CoreTigo, a global provider of high-availability wireless communications solutions for industry, about the trends and changes in the automation world.