Supply chains send out inventory requests. Machines autonomously request spare parts while manufacturing systems autonomously manage production life cycles. These are now common scenarios due to the adoption of Industrie 4.0 business models. Today, component manufacturers are integrating Industrie 4.0 in the deepest levels of manufacturing shop floors through embedded systems such as system on module (SOM) technology.
Nov 30, 2019 12:23:53 PM / by Mark Olding
The entrance of the Open Platform Communications (OPC) Foundation into the industrial automation space brought order into the chaotic automation scene ruled by individual fiefdoms offering proprietary solutions tied to their hardware. Early OPC standards such as the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) attempted to create a standardized playing field that reduced the limits of using one vendor. With OPC UA, the stage was set to build non-vendor reliant technologies that shared data and communicated across automation technologies from all vendors. Twenty-three years down the line, the OPC UA laid the foundation for the introduction of Pub/Sub and, now, the integration of time-sensitive networks (TSN). Thus, the predictability of information exchange was added.
Nov 16, 2019 10:31:18 AM / by Mark Olding
In mainstream tech communities, the term ‘on-premise cloud services’ is viewed as an oxymoron because of what on-premise and cloud services represent. In popular culture, cloud services refer to services that are typically provided off-site by service providers in maintaining the required hardware and infrastructure. On the other hand, on-premise solutions are viewed as the IT infrastructures located internally or on the private property owned by the business using it. Therefore a definition of on-premise cloud infrastructure or services is needed.
Nov 12, 2019 9:58:13 AM / by Mark Olding