How to start your first IIoT project

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Apr 5, 2021 1:56:12 PM

You've probably been wondering about the talk on IoT, Industrial Internet of Things, or data-driven manufacturing. How do you actually get the project done and at the same time be able to realize the value of remotely monitoring your machines, getting data from the plant, finding and eliminating inefficiencies, managing machine health, and simply getting visibility into the factory floor. Very few companies actually talk about the details of how to do it and also talk about the lessons learned. We're here to actually pull back the curtains a little bit and give you more insight into how it happens. This might be a good guide for you to do it yourself, if you like...you're more than welcome to do so. This is also a good guide for you to work with an IIoT systems integration partner to get the job done as well.

We'll talk first about what IoT is and the value very briefly to get everybody on the same page. Then, we'll talk about the process for planning a project, and then implementing that project. Lastly, we’ll review a lot of lessons learned we've gathered over time doing this kind of work.

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Topics: IoT

Cybersecurity & Resilience: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Feb 12, 2021 2:14:39 PM

With the growth of interconnected devices and machines within the Industrial Internet of Things, it has become even more critical to protect your business from cyber-attacks. Whether it’s protecting the personal information of your clients or safeguarding proprietary software from rogue hackers, cybersecurity may be the most important facet in the modern business model. Below we’ll discuss the basics of cybersecurity, explore some modern examples of cybersecurity in other organizations, and extrapolate on how you can leverage aspects of cybersecurity to improve the safety of your internal network.

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Topics: Safety, IoT

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

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