The introduction of automated systems within industrial facilities and operations spearheaded the increase in productivity and accuracy manufacturers currently benefit from. For example, the manual installation of pistons in automobiles witnessed a reduced error rate from 1.5% to approximately 0.00001% when automation was applied. Although the different types of industrial automation systems have reduced error rates, challenges such as data loss, security, and maintenance still exist. This is where industrial cloud computing technology comes in.
Feb 22, 2020 9:40:11 AM / by Mark Olding
As far as computing within industrial ecosystems is concerned, enterprises deploy one of the three available options, or a mix of them. These computing options are on-premise IT architecture, cloud computing, and on-premise cloud ecosystems. Although the location of data centers differentiates these three options, they handle data analytics and computing from a centralized data center and network. Edge computing, on the other hand, makes use of small, portable, decentralized data centers and servers which reduces the distance between the data producing point and processing points.
Feb 16, 2020 8:13:24 AM / by Mark Olding
The complete automation of industrial processes relies on connectivity. For the Internet of Things (IoT) to function without downtime, low latency communications must be achievable to ensure that interconnected networks function both online and offline. This is why 5G, edge computing, edge analytics, and OPC UA over TSN are being integrated into shop floors. But in most cases, the hardware that drives edge computing, such as sensors, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), and smart edge technologies, must be embedded into larger equipment and systems to function properly. Thus, a poorly installed smart device, a defective sensor, or even a shop floor accident could disrupt ongoing edge computing activities and other automated processes. This leaves us with the question, “What is the best option for integrating edge computing into industrial settings?”
Feb 10, 2020 10:41:53 AM / by Mark Olding