Connectivity is at the core of modern automation in manufacturing and beyond. System links between devices, controls, machines, and the cloud facilitate the use of data so important to IIoT (Industrie 4.0) functionalities. Here, leading trends include the rise of edge computing (including the use of industrial gateways), services that support cloud connectivity, Ethernet-based networks, wireless communications for industrial components, various forms of standardized protocols, open-source programming code, and unifying software environments to facilitate interoperability.
When conjuring such systems, most engineers are likely to picture the traditional automation-communications pyramid. Such architectures include data exchanges between field-level sensors and higher implementation layers … as well as some communications between controls … finally rising to the pinnacle of the enterprise level. But as we illustrate in this Classroom, several technologies have facilitated distributed and intelligent systems with flatter machinery communication structures.
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Intelligent Connectivity for Electric
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Basics of Industrial Connectivity
Wireless in predictive maintenance
Trends in Ethernet, PoE, IO-Link, HIPERFACE, and single-cable solutions
Connectivity and IoT in motion
Edge computing and gateways proliferate for industrial machinery
Connectivity is at the core of modern automation in manufacturing and beyond. System links between devices, controls, machines, and the cloud facilitate the use of data so important to IIoT (Industrie 4.0) functionalities.
Declining sensor costs and improved wireless communication protocols (fueled by the megatrend of IoT) have created an ever-growing mix of suppliers, distributors, and service providers using wireless technologies for machine condition monitoring.
Industrial Ethernet-based protocols continue to overtake traditional fieldbuses for the messaging of data in automated installations
Actuators, sensors, and other edge devices are fundamental to edge computing.
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In 2018, we acquired Fabco-Air Inc. and have since worked closely with this Florida-based company to produce high-quality inch-dimension actuators. Through these joint efforts, we’ve released new standard products—all while integrating the same high quality that is synonymous with the Festo name.