IIoT Protocols: Comparing OPC UA to MQTT

There are several different architectures and protocols that can be used to gather data on the factory floor. The two most common protocols are very different, which makes them worth comparing for their effectiveness in IIoT - OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug.

Production line flexibility - How to use modularization for food production increase

According to an industry survey, the majority of food manufacturing companies are expecting to increase production. However, the same study suggested automation does not offer enough flexibility to fulfil an increase in production.

Plex Systems Study Finds Three in Four Manufacturers Behind in Adopting Smart Manufacturing

The survey, based on 200 global businesses, indicates smart manufacturers achieve their status by achieving three key factors when planning and implementing pilot programs

Control & Automation with Vision™ V700 for Packaging & Bagging Systems

When a major producer and packager of balanced feed for livestock such as poultry, swine, and horses, house pets, and fish farming needs turned to them for a an efficient, fast, and reliable packaging solution, IGCP Engineering turned to Unitronics.

The Age of 5G Manufacturing

Data is the new Black Gold but if you are gathering data and not using it effectively then you are paying for data transmission and storage andiIt just becomes white noise and adds no value.

The First Step to Automating Your Production Line

Other countries, as well as your competitors, are adopting new automation technologies that are allowing them to be more competitive. Look at automation concepts as an opportunity to keep yourself and company relevant.

Haier's Shenyang Interconnected Refrigerator Factory Joins the World Economic Forum's Global Lighthouse Network as Haier Second End-to-End Lighthouse Facility

Called "lighthouses" due to their innovative and world-leading position, these factories are selected by the WEF based on the successful deployment of 4IR technologies to realize intelligent manufacturing.

Want to Attract the New Manufacturing Workforce in 2020? Think With a Data-Driven Mindset

As more experienced workers begin to reach retirement age, how can they attract the next wave of the workforce to get a younger generation into manufacturing roles? 2020 will be about enabling newer workers with the right technology and a data-driven mindset.

How the Model T Can Influence Your Current Industrial Automation Needs."

A shift in production capabilities and costs allow you to reconsider your market from a new perspective. Higher productivity and efficiency equals a lower per unit cost that will change how competitive you can be within your market.

Geek+ Launches Smart Factory with Robots Making Robots

Based in Nanjing, the factory uses Geek+' robots, AI algorithms and other automated solutions to manufacture new Geek+ robots. 100% of the Company's robots are produced by the factory, a testament to performance and strength of the solution.

2019 Deloitte and MAPI Smart Factory Study: Capturing Value Along the Digital Journey

Although 2011 is considered the unofficial start of the fourth industrial revolution, U.S. manufacturers have reported zero average growth in labor productivity over the past five years - despite continual improvements in equipment, software and management approaches.

How to Make Sense of Machine Data in Smart Factory 101

The idea of machine to machine communication has raised the initial excitement and high hopes but now owners of mid-size and small factories ask: "What's next? How do I start adopting these technologies in my factory?"

Schneider Electric's Batam Smart Factory recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Fourth Industrial Revolution Lighthouse

Schneider Electric's Smart Factory Program has launched nine showcase factories around the world, demystifying digital transformation for industry

Schneider Electric Launches First Smart Factory in the U.S. Demonstrating Quantifiable, Real-Time Benefits of Innovative EcoStruxure Solutions

The facility is a showcase for sharing IIoT integration strategies with End Users, Machine Builders and Partners. The Smart Factory has tracked quantifiable benefits from IIoT implementation, including a 20% reduction in mean time to repair and a 90% paperwork elimination.

Building Blocks to the Smart Factory

Many manufacturers have already implemented automation in factories, shifting to digitalized manufacturing processes to save time, money and increase efficiency. But what are the options for smaller businesses?

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