Industrial companies that want to use Industrial IoT (IIoT) data to make better business decisions must first make sure workers can access that data when and where they need it. This scalable compute offering can give decision makers access to real-time data to solve analytical challenges and adapt to changes at every level of an organization.
At the Device Level
Three compute offerings at the device level help operators make faster, more informed decisions closer to the source of information. Each offering lets users run applications in a Windows 10 IoT Enterprise environment.
The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix compute module lets users add Windows 10 IoT directly into the Logix system in existing applications and provides high-speed access to ControlLogix data across the backplane.
The Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5480 controller combines Allen-Bradley Logix5000 control and Windows-based computing in one controller. The controller supports Windows applications, such as data collection, analytics and predictive computations.
The Allen-Bradley VersaView 5000 industrial computers provide modern visualization and data aggregation for smart manufacturing. The computers use an open architecture design, allowing users to install software specific to their applications.
Rockwell Automation is also building IIoT and analytics into these compute offerings. For example, the recently released FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices software delivers real-time asset health and diagnostic information to the VersaView 5000 industrial computers.
At the System Level
Companies can use the system- and plant-level computing capabilities of the VersaView industrial computers. The Rockwell Automation Industrial Data Center (IDC) tracks productivity and downtime data for predictive maintenance. The scalable, pre-engineered IDC provides all the hardware needed to run multiple operating systems and applications from virtualized servers.
At the Enterprise Level
At the enterprise level, companies can use the IDC as an IaaS offering or as a private, on-premises cloud platform. The FactoryTalk Cloud is a public, remotely administered cloud platform powered by Windows Azure. The FactoryTalk Cloud platform that can help industrial companies monitor remote assets, track historical data and analyze multisite performance.
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