Digital Twins: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Dec 16, 2020 2:29:51 PM

Manufacturing is a complex, intricate process with dozens of moving parts. Should an error occur, your business is liable to incur massive losses. Fortunately, with the rise of IIoT and burgeoning technologies, potential errors and/or system failures are being quelled before they become disastrous. Below we’ll walk you through the concept of digital twins, a technology that facilitates preventative testing, and the benefits it can offer your business in the long run.

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Topics: IoT, Sensors

Cloud and Edge Computing: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Nov 6, 2020 11:42:25 AM

With the dawn of IIoT and the introduction of smart technology used for tracking and logging copious amounts of data and information, data access and storage are becoming an even more critical component to modern factory applications. Cloud computing and edge computing serve as the primary tools utilized by factories to access, store, and process data. Below, we’ll break down the distinctions between cloud and edge computing and discuss how they both are shaping the modern factory environment for the better.

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Topics: IoT

Big Data and Augmented Analytics: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 23, 2020 11:47:06 AM

The ability to analyze and understand large sets of data quickly and accurately is vital to success in modern factory environments. Critical factors such as big data and augmented analytics play key roles in a factory’s ability to operate efficiently, while avoiding potential errors. Below we’ll walk you through the concepts of big data and augmented analytics, the advantages they provide, and various ways they influence the modern factory environment.

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Topics: automation, data management, IoT, Sensors

Intelligent and Smart Spaces: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 15, 2020 3:30:34 PM

As the technology and machinery involved in manufacturing processes become smarter and more advanced, so too does the factory environment. Intelligent spaces, or smart spaces, are “physical locations equipped with networked sensors to give owners, occupants, and managers more and better information about the condition of those locations and how they’re used." Below we’ll discuss the benefits of a smart space in the factory environment as well as some pertinent examples of technology being utilized to make a factory smart.

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Topics: productivity, IoT, Sensors

The Internet of Things: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 1, 2020 3:41:07 PM

The Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction. In a factory setting, the Internet of Things is even more specialized, denoted as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Below, we’ll discuss the specific advantages of IIoT and how utilizing this new interconnective technology influences the modern factory environment by saving time, energy, and money.

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Topics: productivity, IoT

Smart Motor Control Centers

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jun 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

A motor control center (MCC) is an assembly to control some or all of the electric motors in a central location. With the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things and the dawn of better, faster technology, smart motor control centers are beginning to come to the forefront as credible alternatives to standard MCCs. Below, we’ll walk through the basics of smart motor control centers. Also, we’ll discuss how a smart motor control center improves upon the functionality of a standard control center and how they can help your business for years to come.

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Topics: Safety, ACD Online, IoT

eWON - Cosy vs. Flexy

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jun 4, 2020 1:30:00 PM

An industrial router is a key tool to meet a modern factory’s connectivity and data collection needs. Through on-demand remote connectivity to PLCs, on-premise data monitoring, and data collection for IoT applications, industrial routers help streamline and condense your factory’s workflow into one finite place. However, there are different models of industrial routers depending on your business’ needs. Below, we’ll explore the distinctions between two industrial routers developed by eWON - COSY and FLEXY - and hopefully assist you in selecting which router works the best for your company.

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Topics: ACD Online, Monitoring Solutions, IoT, ewon

Setup of a Banner Wireless Controller

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on May 19, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Wireless technology is a burgeoning and now nearly ubiquitous facet of a modern factory environment. Perhaps the most pivotal piece to a factory’s wireless network is its wireless controller. A wireless controller is the heart of the factory’s production, providing users the ability to communicate with various material handling systems such as overhead cranes, conveyor systems, and transfer cars just to name a few. This functionality streamlines production and allocates all the pertinent data and information into one place, greatly simplifying things for your business. With all this being said, the setup of a wireless controller can often be a daunting and complex task. Below, we’ll walk through a simplified version of how to set up your wireless controller and provide more details on how they can help your business cut costs, save money, and prosper in the long run.

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Topics: PLCs, IoT

Overview of IO-Link Devices

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Mar 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

With sensor technology becoming more ubiquitous in modern industrial plants, IO-Link devices are becoming increasingly sought after and vital in the workspace. By its definition, IO-Link is “an open-source, serial point-to-point communication protocol for connecting sensors and actuators to an automation system.” Simply put, IO-Link devices can offer numerous advantages over standard sensors, while also allowing laying the foundation for additional opportunities in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Below, we’ll give a brief overview of IO-Link devices, detail how they operate, and outline the specific advantages they offer over standard industrial sensors.

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Topics: IoT

Scaling to IIoT Projects

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Jan 22, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) projects are redefining and shaping how modern factories and plants operate. By providing analytics on everything from predictive maintenance to industrial automation, IIoT projects can help improve efficiency and allow companies to make better, more knowledgeable business decisions. However, most modern plants are all facing the issue of scaling. Most factories and plants have implemented IIoT pilot programs, but have failed to progress to a full-scale overhaul where IIoT is ubiquitous in the work environment. Below, we’ll expound on the complexities that come with scaling and offer suggestions on how to mitigate those issues, thus opening up a world of new possibilities for your company.

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Topics: IoT

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