Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Connect remote devices and share data through simple, innovative platforms.
In what is known as the 4th Industrial Revolution, it is more and more crucial to connect each production level and each single device, wherever it may be located, in order to ensure the flow of relevant information which can effectively boost productivity and improve efficiency.
Although there has been a lot of talk about the Internet of Things lately, there are only a few solutions that are really useful, cost-effective, and capable of effectively managing the integration of existing devices or the addition of new ones. What is more, technology is evolving so rapidly that when it comes to effectively tackling projects involving interconnected industrial devices, flexible, scalable and easily integrated solutions are a necessity.
Why the Internet of Things?
Solutions for communication between devices are not new in the industrial sector. M2M (Machine To Machine) solutions have been used for quite some time now, although inherent limitations in this type of technology – e.g. the devices’ lack of flexibility or infrastructural constraints – have not led to its widespread use.
The Internet of Things has overcome the limitations of previous technologies, thanks to extensive connection capabilities on public networks (Internet) and the availability of light, bi-directional, firewall-friendly protocols. The combination of these two factors leads to great possibilities in every sector, especially in industrial applications, where data exchange between plant devices and machinery can yield great benefits, as outlined by Industry 4.0.
System connectivity leads to improved efficiency, as clearly shown by the following:
- Direct data gathering from production machines, no matter where they are installed: this shows in real time where and how to act.
- Production efficiency: based on consumption at production, requests for raw materials are placed in advance.
- Preventive maintenance: based on the most frequent alerts, the maintenance service will prepare in advance for targeted jobs that have to be carried out.
- Energy efficiency: based on real consumption data, functional parameters and on and off times are set
- Collaborative production: machines become smarter and communicate operational needs to each other, in order to avoid waste and improve efficiency.
Many more management features are available in the manufacturing industry, in process control and in infrastructures, for improving efficiency and productivity using Internet of Things architectures. These essentially allow for smart data communication between machines or devices, and make it possible to connect two environments that are traditionally seen as different and separate: the factory level (Operations) and the management level (Information).
What are the requirements of a good IIoT project?
Designing a good IIoT project requires first and foremost a clear vision of what to communicate. If existing plants are involved, data in most cases is already there, within devices which may be of different types. Data must be found, sent to the Internet by means of gateways compatible with protocols of existing devices and published on the Internet using appropriate IoT protocols. If no data is present, it must be created, using sensors or I/O devices that can directly communicate in the IoT world, otherwise physical values must be gathered and published on the IoT. If it is a simple case of data exchange between devices, nothing else is required: gateways will read and write as per operational requirements. On the other hand, if data is to be acquired from devices, monitored, historicized and processed, a IoT platform is also needed in order to manage data from devices, to set logging devices, generally on the Cloud or on a DB, and to view it on suitable dashboards, charts or analytical tools such as Reports or Graphs.
If you are setting up Industrial IoT projects, Progea technology is just what you need. We are at the forefront of truly innovative solutions, based on technologies specifically developed for the Internet of Things.
Why Automation Platform.NExT?
Progea has designed a modular, seamlessly integrated environment which is ideal for all IoT types.
The Platform.NExT technology has been specifically designed to meet all Industrial Internet of Things requirements. It features an environment composed of the data gathering platform and IoT protocols that meet the most diverse needs, such as PubNub, IoTAzure and MQTT. Moreover, it offers gateway management for gathering and publishing data, or the core for local data management micro applications using micro devices based on Windows 10 IoT (e.g. ARM, Raspberry PI, etc.).
If you have an IIoT project in mind… let’s talk!