Wireless is a growing part of the industrial manufacturing landscape to connect from enterprise to plant. Have you considered how standard wireless technology has advanced to be much more capable and able to deliver a clearer picture of what is happening for hard to reach devices in manufacturing plants?
You’ve probably noticed that your iPhone takes some pretty good pictures. Detailed, bright, featuring stark contrasts between different colors that make each light in a city’s skyline stand out.
Some of these crisp photos are the product of high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging. Instead of taking a single picture at single exposure level with a limited contrast range like in normal camera, the iPhone’s HDR camera takes multiple pictures of the same image at different exposure levels. Then, it pieces these pictures together to create a photo that more accurately captures the level of detail and color intensity found in the actual scene, closer to the image seen by the human eye.
Many of us have had to deal with harsh winter conditions in the US over the last couple months which sometimes requires working from home. With mobile devices and high speed internet, our connections to co-workers and plants can continue in spite of adverse conditions. For today’s manufacturing plants, the amount of connected people, plants, data and things is growing exponentially and these connections need to perform reliably no matter the environmental conditions.
Cisco estimates that 50 billion new IP connections to be installed by 2022 will unlock trillions of dollars of business value for manufacturing. Cisco research estimates that only 4% of devices on the manufacturing floor are connected to a network. Thus, there is a huge industry push to connect all the islands of information that stand in the way of Internet of Things value creation. The challenges of deployment though are also very real – no one can afford to gamble on reliability or performance of their critical manufacturing processes and risk downtime or worse.
At the recent Rockwell Automation Fair, in Houston, TX many of the 10,000 attendees learned about the Connected Enterprise, its importance in realizing the value of the Internet of Things, and how Industrial IP is providing a common platform to boost productivity, efficiency and flexibility.
Attendees of the Process Solutions Users Group also learned how companies are using innovation to transform the Energy industry, including techniques such as front-end engineering design (FEED), to reduce deployment time as much as 50%, with reduced costs and risk. If you were not able to attend the show, Controlglobal.com has a nice summary here.
It’s a sign of something ongoing in the marketplace, the aging of equipment and technologies and the drive to gain productivity by better connecting systems as upgrades occur.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
To capture your share of the value of the Internet of Things for manufacturing ($3.88 trillion for manufacturing), rethink how you deploy your industrial plant networks. Too many existing industrial networks are full of security holes with poorly executed physical infrastructure that threaten downtime, quality and even safety. The thinking about networking for the factory floor needs to evolve and simplify.
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Hello and welcome to the first entry of the Industrial Automation Solutions blog. We are looking forward to engaging you with perspectives of industry trends and business drivers. We hope to discuss ideas and insights around industrial network and control systems infrastructure that can help you leverage latest technologies and design methodologies, to help you improve the effectiveness of your operations and increase your business agility and competitiveness.
Internet of Things (IoT) Infographic (courtesy of www.industrial-ip.org)
One of the biggest challenges faced by companies today is the ageing and obsolescence of operational systems and networks. Continue reading →