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Edge computing devices are generally devices that provide entry points into enterprise networks. This means the average router or switch used in white-collar offices is actually an edge computing device. While popular hardware may work excellently in controlled environments, it will struggle to function as industrial edge computing hardware in factories or facilities where heavy-duty equipment works round the clock or where physical contact is constant. The challenge in finding applicable, long-lasting hardware represents one of the reasons why 41% of stakeholders struggle with adopting industrial cloud within their facilities.
Feb 29, 2020 8:12:34 AM / by Mark Olding
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