The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and connectivity to enable objects to collect and exchange data. The Internet of Things allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration between the physical world and computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit.
How does this apply to me in my manufacturing facility?
Over the years there has been an increasing need for more information to be extracted from manufacturing control systems; and to have this information distributed to more people within an organization in order to make business decisions. This coupled with ever-changing computer operating systems and security concerns had put a strain on the traditional infrastructure design of control systems.
New designs leveraging modern technologies are allowing for more visualization into the systems allowing for real time data to be viewed remotely on mobile devices. The new designs also greatly reduce the maintenance involved day to day as well as making future upgrades seamless.
This discussion will review the traditional vs modern designs highlighting the technologies used and the benefits realized using real-life examples to enable Digitization of the Factory.