IoT Solutions for Industrial and Factories
Manufacturing plants and industrial operations must look to continuously improve their operational performance to stay competitve in a global economy. Unfortunately, the high diversity of systems and manufacturing equipment, along with a significant amount of older non-networked legacy equipment has made it very difficult for factory operators to continue to reach higher levels of operational excellance based on connected operations and automation.
The Internet of Things (IoT) and specifically the OpenData Platform, is poised to revolutionize the manufactoring industry by connecting all devices (networked and legacy), software systems and people to the data needed to make smarter, faster decisions on the factory floor. OpenData collects the big data generated by automated systems, robots, digital gauges, sensors, cameras, Logic controllers, CNC machines and other devices involved in the manufacturing process, normalizes and stores it in a central database, and provides a suite of analytic tools for turning the data into actionable insight and automated control.
For factory and manufacturing applications, IoT benefits include the following:
Real-time Operational Intelligence - aggregating data from various systems, devices, and people to get a holistic view into manufacturing operations, including data drill-down for root cause analysis, providing faster and better decision-making and higher levels of operational performance
Data Normalization - connecting silos of operational data from various systems, assets and people across all factories into a normalized format to gain real-time visibility into operational performance, productivity and quality.
Supplier Integration - easily connect to supplier’s equipment and systems to gain visibility into critical quality and manufacturing metrics.
Real-time Tracking - continuously track the location and status of parts and assets (fixed and moving) during the manufacturing process.
Remote Monitoring and Control - minimizes downtime and avoids potential failures by enabling detailed monitoring of equipment condition and operating parameters. Automatically triggers alerts and provides multiple levels of escalation for swift problem resolution.
Predictive Analytics - delivers proactive information to decision makers to improve quality and performance of complex manufacturing processes. The implementation of predictive analytics also makes it possible to identify potential equipment failures and apply fast corrective action.
OpenData for IoT
The OpenData Platform provides all the pieces you need to collect data from the edge of the network and turn it into actionable information. OpenData does all the heavy lifting, communicating with all types of devices from every manufacturer, normalizing data between devices, building calculated points and metrics and securely passing data to your IoT application.
OpenData provides the following benefits for IoT Application Developers:
- Collector Software at the edge of the Network
- Intelligent Data Normalization
- Ability to build high-level metrics from measured and calculated points
- Encrypted data publication
- Protocol drivers, not device drivers
- Simple web forms to add new devices
- Client initiated connections
- Automatic data and configuration updates
- Built-in Reporting and Analytics
- Built-in Alarm and Alert Monitoring
- Open Database architecture
- Full API and WebServices integration support
- Application integrations (BMS, ITSM, CMDB, Etc.)