SMART MANUFACTURING IS THE FUTURE
The Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT is taking internet technology and applying it to plant control and monitoring devices. We’re becoming accustomed to smart home automation that utilizes this same technology, so it is only natural this will find its way into the industrial space. We are proficient with this technology and the benefits it can bring to manufacturing and processing facilities.
FROM OEE TO MES
Ethernet has taken over the modern plant as a communication standard. Utilizing protocols such as MQTT (Message Queueing Telemetry Transport) and OPC-UA means you may no longer need to centralize your instrumentation or other devices back to a PLC or PAC as hardwired I/O. Instead, these IIoT devices will provide data directly to a cloud based application to compile and process large amounts of data while offering user friendly feedback via dashboards or SCADA applications. These applications will compile the data into useful KPI’s for productivity, energy usage, OEE, etc… The challenge will be determining ROI and developing standards at your facility which would typically incorporate network security to minimize vulnerabilities. GTH is already deploying these technologies. If you’re looking for a partner to help establish a standard or just get started with a small application, we would be happy to assist.