The shift towards digital transformation in industry has already taken place. Manufacturers have increasingly been encouraged to invest in new technologies, with automation as a key technological driver. 2019 saw the trial of the first 5G smart factory in the UK, but what will 2020 have in store? As we look ahead to a new decade, I’d like to give three predictions for industrial automation in 2020. And I’m sure: 2020 will be the better 2019 in automation.