Integrating different equipment types is more than just making sure they can keep the plant running. Making sure everything communicates effectively can also bring people, suppliers and customers together.
Detailing integration between enterprise and control systems, the ISA-95 standard offers a good starting point for an Industrial Internet of Things journey.
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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 streamlined 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?”