End users have been vocal about wanting open systems, and automation vendors are responding by delivering systems compliant with international standards.
Industry 4.0 might seem daunting and expensive, but manufacturers can make it practical without getting bogged down in details.
Mobility technology is transforming the smart manufacturing and improving Industry 4.0 by providing environment and empowering an intelligent enterprise through a smart, connected automation ecosystem. See video.
The OPC Foundation is developing field-related extensions to the OPC UA framework in order to drive industrial interoperability from field level communications (FLC) to cloud and to support information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) convergence.
Labplas redesigns custom production machines with EtherCAT, robotics and AI for quality control, ensuring ROI of less than one year on all upgrades, for 15 to 35% machine productivity increases.
Use easy-to-use electric actuators: Digital I/O ensures pneumatics-like control, while IO-Link adds a third, mid-point position for new capabilities.
Bluetooth interface helps with setup and operation of a safety rated light curtain.
There are many potential benefits to using wireless technology in manufacturing, but users need to be aware of standards and potential challenges.
Time-sensitive networking (TSN)-driven gigabit Ethernet can help pharmaceutical manufacturers improve their operations and regulatory compliance activities.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) case study shows how to use pump power measurements to save energy using sensors enabled by wireless gateway and cloud-based analytics. Secure and relatively simple technologies were used; see eight project guidelines.