As the Internet of Things moves into the industrial space, studies show 86 percent of manufacturers are investing in IoT as they go after an estimated $4 trillion in benefits for manufacturing applications. Why now? The cost of sensors, networking, storage and computing have dropped dramatically.
New architecture models and technologies have emerged that ease deployment and accelerate time to value. Operations can increase OEE and create new value through insights locked in both existing control systems and by adding new sensors to track asset health and processing conditions.
The traditional automation architectures will continue to evolve to make machines and process skids grow ever smarter. The complication? These equipment assets need to be connected to the plantwide enterprise so unlock data and allow for wider scale and more innovative analytic approaches. This plantwide network fabric is critical for advancing IoT. Meanwhile, new approaches to acquiring sensor data through wireless mesh networks have been developed. These sensor networks don’t directly connect to critical automation control systems but instead connect to computing resources close to the edge and to private/hybrid cloud resources. The new architecture models advance what we can collaboratively achieve together as end users and vendor communities. … (read more)