‘Cos should optimise cost of automation systems'

Our Bureau Coimbatore | Updated on July 20, 2011 Published on July 20, 2011

“Industry automation is still machine-centric. It would make sense for Indian companies to optimise the cost of automation systems by leveraging existing standards and open components,” says Mr K Bhagath, Chief Executive and Managing Director, Kalycito Infotech Private Ltd.

In the run-up to the Open Automation Technologies Conference 2011, scheduled to take place tomorrow at The Residency here, Mr Bhagath, while explaining the significance of conducting such an event here said, “in the past, it was easy because pure mechanical systems were used in automation. But with electronics and software systems in place, companies – particularly the small and mid-sized ones — will have to turn to open systems and benefit from savings due to maintenance, interoperability, upgradability, scalability and so on. Unlike closed proprietary systems, open systems don't lead to vendor lock up situations,” he added.

In opting for open automation technologies, companies will not have to worry about patents, there is no royalty involved, no copyright or vendor lock up situation, he added.

Stating that Kalycito makes the interface using Open Source, he said, “we help companies put the device on the backbone and run it efficiently. Our efforts are focused on running this on open source.”

The theme of the conference is ‘Cost Optimisation of Plant and Machine Automation'.

The event is being organised by PSG College of Technology and PSG STEP (Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Park) and supported by Powerlink, B & R Industrial Automation and Kalycito.

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Published on July 20, 2011
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