Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that a factory automation platform as a service testbed, which is under joint development by Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi, Ltd. and Intel Corporation, has been approved by the Industrial Internet Consortium in the United States. The testbed is expected to facilitate the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) systems to connect manufacturing sites and head offices for strengthened operations, such as the globalization of supply chains and improved production quality, delivery time and productivity when responding to sudden changes in markets.
The IIC is an open-membership, international not-for-profit consortium that is leading the establishment of architectural frameworks and overall directions for the Industrial Internet.
With the testbed, Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi, and Intel will establish an open interface platform that integrates factory automation and information systems seamlessly by June of 2017. Mitsubishi Electric will develop FA edge devices, applications and other FA-related products such as programmable controllers and drive units in order to leverage its e-F@ctory IoT concept. Hitachi and Intel will handle IT-related products, such as IoT gateways and cloud systems.
After verifying the security of FA-IT interface platform connections and the flow of operational data, the testbed platform will be offered to IIC member companies and potential users to help facilitate their development of FA applications.
Mitsubishi Electric plans to collaborate with Hitachi and other companies to investigate how critical data can be extracted from mass amounts of on-site data available on shop floors. By incorporating these resulting technologies in solutions developed with e-F@ctory Alliance partner companies, and by widely offering them to industry organizations and standards organizations, such efforts are expected to lead to improved productivity and manufacturing stability.