Manufacturers are examining different network architectures to drive plant efficiencies, and the OPC UA standard is providing scalable results all the way to the enterprise suite. New OPC applications in automotive and food companies show streamline control applications and real-time data monitoring.
Jim Wetzel, director of global reliability at General Mills and Chair of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, asked attendees at The Automation Conference an important question: “Are You Ready?”
A look at how the industrial application of the Internet of Things concept makes for a very different use of data than the consumer Internet of Things, and how Profinet sources the industrial data needed via an open standard.
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Two announcements made at Hannover Fair 2015—one involving the EtherCAT Trade Group and OPC Foundation and the other involving Bosch Rexroth and National Instruments—highlight a growing trend around inter-company partnerships to advance interoperability, the Internet of Things, and the merging of IT and operations technology.
As new groups touting next-generation manufacturing sprout up around the world, the automation industry scrambles to create common communication standards to enable interoperability between plant floor systems and the Internet of Things.
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL) provides systems, services, and products for the protection, monitoring, control, automation, security, communications, and metering of electric power systems worldwide. Our solutions are used by utilities and mission-critical industrial applications that require reliable operation in harsh environments, such as electrical substations, commercial sites, and generating, manufacturing, and processing plants.