The need for security isn’t that apparent until part of your network or privacy is compromised. Network data security should always be a top priority when considering connectivity within a plant or to multiple sites. Security is highly important in the 21st century industrial sector as corporate espionage for sensitive inside information is becoming increasingly common.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has taken the manufacturing world by storm. By tapping into the already existing streams of data, IoT based software & hardware technologies have defined the term “automation” in a futuristic manner. For manufacturers especially, the implications are grand. It is estimated that by 2025, IoT could unleash as much as $2.31 trillion in global economic value.
But don’t let sheer numbers get to your head. Migrating from a conventional system to a IoT based one is easier said than done. Makings sure you’re checking all the necessary boxes is vital for your company’s survival. Decisions regarding the choice of hardware & software can be daunting due to the confusing & overwhelming technology used.
Weidmüller has successfully expanded its wide portfolio of Remote I/O products with its two new IO-Link Master Modules, IP20 & IP67. The new Master Modules use the open standard IEC 61131-9 serial communication protocol for performing all types of data transfers to & from sensors & actuators. The modules have greatly increased the level of transparency right down to the sensor-actuator level, improving diagnostics & efficiency while reducing downtime.
IP20 & IP67 IO-Link Modules are the newest edition to Weidmüller’s already impressive product portfolio. The new master modules feature IEC 61131-9 open standard serial communication protocol for transferring data to/from sensors & actuators. As a result, Weidmüller has greatly enhanced the transparency of operations, all the way down to the sensor-actuator level, drastically improving machine uptime, and allowing diagnostics to be carried out more efficiently.
As communications technology advances, the limitations of a wired ethernet network became apparent in versatile and harsh industrial environments, sparking the need for wireless solutions. Today, it has advanced to such a level that it has become economic, convenient and resource-savvy.
While there have been major breakthroughs in the field of Electric Power Generation, the concepts that drive the electric transmission & distribution sector remain the same. The world is still yet to turn a new leaf to a more contactless technology for electric transmission, and the case is made all the stronger with the rising complexity of industrial requirements.
Internet of Things or IoT is probably the biggest buzzword in factory automation today, and makes up for a key aspect of the ongoing industrial revolution, i.e. Industry 4.0. It basically describes the technologies that enable objects to communicate with each other, from consumer electronics to industrial assets. And there’s no better medium for communication then the network of networks, Internet.
There was a time when phrases such as Internet of Things, Smart Factory and Industry 4.0, were nothing more than distant concepts. That time is far gone now. The fourth industrial revolution is here, and its being led by automation gained through increased interconnection of devices.
The eWON Flexy is a device that plays a crucial role in connecting your workplace. Being an industrial modular router, the eWON Flexy is built to allow OEMs and system integrators get closer to their goal of total automation and remote monitoring through top-drawer, blazing fast and ultra-secure communication.
Built to supplement eWON Cosy VPN routers, Talk2M is the first industrial IoT connectivity service that offers cloud capabilities for location-independent operations. Over 100,000 eWON routers are already in service while over 70+ TB of data has been transferred over 8 million VPN connections.
For the past two years eWON has been rated as #1 by Control Design Readers in the Machine Remote Access Category, and now for the third time in a row, eWON has been recognized as the industry leader once again.