Ten years of International Journal of Automation Technology
Director, Dr., Kobe City Industrial Promotion Foundation Professor Emeritus, Kobe University and Setsunan University
1-8-4 Higashikawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0044, Japan
I would like to extend my sincere congratulation on the tenth anniversary of the International Journal of Automation Technology. The journal has been successfully publishing, for the last ten years, original scientific papers, review papers, technical papers, and technical notes as well as special issues on dedicated topics, all related to recent advancements in automation technology. I am most respectful to not only the editors and the publisher but also the contributors of the papers for their continued efforts. It is quite unique that the journal covers a wide spectrum of scientific and technical topics in the field of automation technology, including manufacturing systems, production planning, robotics, machine tools, control, manufacturing processes, metrology, etc. The Journal has been contributing greatly to the engineers in various industries to improve their productivity and also to the scientists and researchers to conceive new ideas and to publish their research results.
If we look back on the developmental history of the machine tool, which is the key to manufacturing automation, it started as a manual machine and then evolved into a mechanized or powered machine tool, a numerically controlled machine tool, and then an intelligent machine tool. It is thus expected that information technology, including IoT, Industry 4.0, the handling of so called big data, and the intelligent control of machine tools and robots as well as advanced processing technologies will play important roles in advanced and automated manufacturing in the future.
I expect that the International Journal of Automation Technology will continue to be the major information source for the scientists and engineers who will create new values for manufacturing technologies in the future.
November 6, 2016