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Technology Five key elements for effective IIoT implementation Assessing existing networking infrastructure and requirements is an important step in effective IIoT deployments. Addressing core fundamentals helps ensure a smooth transition and provide the ability to access, monitor and control information from anywhere. INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION EXISTS WITHIN a broader technological framework and has benefitted from advances in industrial networking and mobile computing. The combination of these technologies is helping to make the vision of concepts like the “Connected Factory”, “Industry 4.0” and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) a reality. Often, however, the proliferation of competing concepts can lead to confusion and leave some questioning how to begin practical implementation. After defining these concepts, this article examines key elements organizations should consider when devising an effective implementation strategy and explores the benefits from connecting, monitoring and controlling operations. The Connected Factory The Connected Factory is the vision of a manufacturing environment where every machine is able to communicate with all other machines and devices across the plant floor and other remote locations. The purpose of the Connected Factory is to connect, monitor and control virtually anything, anywhere to drive operational productivity and profitability. According to Wikipedia, Industry 4.0 is a “collective term for technologies and concepts of value chain organization.” This term originated from a German-government initiative that refers to the fourth industrial revolution, based on the dynamic optimization of production resources within and between highly-connected factories. Similar to the Connected Factory and Industry 4.0, IIoT will mean that organizations will be able to connect many different devices, including older equipment, and get them to “talk” with each other in a way that they could not before. By gathering data from new and legacy devices, data can be used to improve efficiency and gain a competitive advantage. Effective implementation strategy Many of today’s organizations are eager to implement Connected Factory, Industry 4.0 and/or IIoT concepts to realize benefits, such as reduced operational costs and better visibility and control. While it is, however, unrealistic and cost-prohibitive for most organizations to construct green-field facilities or “rip-and-replace” legacy equipment, many The key to IIoT implementations is effectively assessing existing infrastructure solutions and requirements. solutions utilize existing equipment and allow components to be strategically deployed to extend monitoring and control capabilities without impacting day-to-day operations. When updating a facility, it is important that expectations be set early. Despite the vision of an IP address for every piece of equipment in a network, the reality is end users will not be able to log into every panel meter, water pump and drive from mobile devices. Bringing a facility into the 21st century involves several core fundamentals to help ensure a smooth transition and provide the ability to access, monitor and control information from anywhere. The first step when devising an effective implementation strategy should revolve around an organization’s operational environment and the devices, applications and processes that make it up. Before plans are put into action, organizations should consider the following five key elements. Legacy equipment Take inventory of the devices and equipment across the network. How old are they? Do they need to be replaced or upgraded? Is legacy equipment going to be able to communicate with newer equipment? How much time and money will this take? What cost-effective solutions can address this infrastructure? Protocols/communication Along with the equipment, what protocols are being used by networked devices? How many are in use? Do they need to be converted in order to get the devices to communicate with others in the same environment? What type of media cabling is being used across locations? Fiber-optic cable? Serial (RS-232/422/485)? USB? Copper? Location/Environment Where is the facility located? If equipment is in a remote location, can each device be monitored via cellular networks? Are 4G/LTE or 3G networks available to reach the site? If not, are broadband or fiber-based networks available? Also, within the building itself, what is the overall environment? Hot and dusty, or at a controlled temperature? Lots of vibration? Are there flammable gases? Is industrial-grade equipment that is designed with wide environmental ratings and industry certifications being used? Security According to a recent Business Insider Intelligence survey, 39% of executive respondents indicated that privacy and security are the most significant barriers to IoT investment. Security was the most commonly cited concern among respondents. While this survey applies to all items in IoT, security should be an important concern for IIoT as well. How can sensitive data be protected when it is collected and transferred? What security measures are in place for the systems that collect, monitor, process and store IIoT data? Are there any 14 industrial ethernet book 2.2018 SOURCE: RED LION CONTROLS


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