A Control System for the Industrial Internet

We've all heard the buzz for quite a while now about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the emergence of Industry 4.0; last week, my counterpart Carl, posted a video that gives a quick overview of GE's Predix, which is GE's take on the IIoT(see his post by clicking here). I find a lot of the conversation surrounding the Industrial Internet is about cloud connectivity and Edge devices, talking about outcomes and what we can expect from the this connected world, and while that is the most important part of the message, it falls short of actually talking about how to make it actually happen. So how are companies like GE going to make the IIoT happen for their customers?

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Welcome to the Industrial Internet

Lately there has been a lot of news surrounding IIoT and the Industrial Internet, but what is it really?   Check out the video below from GE Digital for an overview of the industrial internet, and what it can do for you using Predix from GE Digital.

For more information on your industrial internet journey, check out our Industry 4.0 solutions.

 

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I'm seeing green spots!

Datalogic's PowerScan industrial handheld readers are data collection's definitive example of ruggedness and durability. Often imitated, but never rivaled, the PowerScan products rise above the fray with their outstanding performance and unyielding reliability.

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Introducing the PACSystems EPSCPE100

In keeping pace with the technology of today, most PLC/PAC vendors have been working towards smaller, more cost effective controls systems. The problem with this is that often when smaller and cheaper happen, the robustness, capability or flexibility of the controller suffers as a result. Often you end up with a micro or "shoebox" style controller that limits you on the base I/O to a few options and then doesn't have very good, if any, options for expandability and the programming environment may be limited as well.

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Introducing the Datalogic Matrix 120

This super small and feature rich Matrix 120™ from Datalogic is the smallest ultra-compact industrial 2D imager range in the market to fit any integration space and the smallest compact 2D imager with embedded Ethernet connectivity.

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Introducing iPower for Cimplicity

iPower is an open, standards-based SCADA solution that’s intuitive to configure and easy to own. It’s scalable from the smallest substation automation systems to complex computer networks in larger utility control rooms. With its intuitive operations and simplified maintenance, iPower enables you to focus on core operational tasks for a sustainable advantage.

Applications:

Electrical Distribution Control Room:
Typical a regional co-op or municipality where the electrical distribution network is monitored and controlled from a central control room.

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Core Factors Driving Digital Manufacturing

The powerhouse combination of mobility, cloud computing, security and predictive analytics is becoming the ‘holy grail’ across the manufacturing industry.

With an empowered consumer base now dictating supply and demand, accelerated time to market pressures, intense global competition and the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.

First Adopters Advantage

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High Performance Automation nets High Productivity Gains

The future of industrial automation is heading towards collaborative technologies and interactive communities that empower Enterprise Open Innovation (ie TopCoder community www.topcoder.com ).

The availability of proven connectivity protocols and cloud-based collaborative tools and easy migration technologies will empower companies of all sizes to a major advantage.

 Future Proofing

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Industrial Networks 101

Selecting industrial networking protocols, helps improve production efficiency and quality with enterprise connectivity, although Ethernet of the industrial kind requires specialty knowledge and practices beyond Ethernet for home and office. When installing or operating an industrial Ethernet network, there are some key essentials to consider.  Cabling, signal quality, ground loops, switches, and traffic.

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