Implementing Industry 4.0 can improve operational efficiency and management for manufacturers, but it is ultimately driven by people and they need to be at the forefront of the transformation.
Labplas redesigns custom production machines with EtherCAT, robotics and AI for quality control, ensuring ROI of less than one year on all upgrades, for 15 to 35% machine productivity increases.
Industrial networking has come a long way and engineers must now choose whether to use a managed or unmanaged switch.
An Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-enabled global process validation system with advanced process control (APC) capabilities can accelerate manufacturing efficiency, production capacity and reduce production cycle time for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII) have agreed to a liaison to accelerate the development, adoption, and monetization of IIoT technologies.
Time-sensitive networking (TSN) can help manufacturers boost productivity by simplifying machine design, improve transparency and more.
Engineers working with industrial cybersecurity need to understand the increased risks as automation becomes interconnected. Build industrial systems that will operate securely throughout the lifecycle.
Industrial automation systems need hardened networking equipment to deliver required performance and cybersecurity, and designers also must consider whether unmanaged switches are sufficient, or if the step up to managed switches is warranted
Recent research indicates more operational technology and information technology collaboration, and 40% are spending more to do it. See a dozen bits of OT/IT collaboration advice.
There are many potential benefits to using wireless technology in manufacturing, but users need to be aware of standards and potential challenges.