With Automation Studio 4, B&R Automation says it has forged a new path when it comes to smart engineering. Project modularization is one area in Automation Studio 4 that allows individual projects to be split up into manageable pieces so that several developers can work on them at the same time. For consistent and uniform development of mechanics, electronics and automation software, Automation Studio 4 comes equipped with an interface to EPLAN Electric P8, which allows ECAD projects and the hardware configuration in Automation Studio to be synchronized. Similar interfaces to simulation programs make it possible to verify the results of development or, conversely, to use the results of simulation as a starting point for system design. Communication via OPC Unified Architecture provides compatibility with numerous systems from other manufacturers, while direct support of Web technologies simplifies the development of visualization, process monitoring and remote diagnostic applications.