Integration is the art of harmonizing communication semantics between disparate hardware and IT applications. Delivering a canonical language that allows any component to request and to provide services to the network of potential hardware and IT application consumers. Both legacy and modern components are adapted to provide stable, monitorable, and scalable service-interface access.
The foundation that enables manufacturers to comprehensively monitor and control equipment, personnel and processes, and to identify and track material. Integration enables information to flow seamlessly from equipment through MES and ERP.
Instead of maintaining data in several systems redundantly (e.g. data silos), manufacturing IT systems are synchronized automatically.
IoT promises digital transformation of manufacturing operations through deployment of edge computing, sensors, and cloud-based solutions. Fragmented, heterogeneous manufacturing IT landscapes are standardized to simplify use and maintenance.
The extended enterprise is seamlessly and ubiquitously visible, resulting in new business opportunities previously unimagined.
Manufacturers need to deal with legacy effects all the time. Replacement of legacy tools or purchasing additional equipment is difficult in a factory running at capacity limit. Additionally, refurbished equipment is increasingly scarce in some industries.
Among the myriad of promises on the IoT landscape is full factory automation – even as it relates to the integration of existing assets which lack software interfaces.
Industry leaders of tomorrow recognize this and are employing IoT and cloud-based solutions today in order to collect, evaluate and gain insights using real-time data.