The IoT is a concept that describes the interconnection of various technological, production and IT systems and their data. Today, one of the main obstacles to leveraging the IoT is not insufficient data, but the inability to collect and capitalise on it.
First, think about what data you want and who you need to grant access to it.
In general, PLCs, HMIs, robots and other devices provide technological and production data. Technological data includes temperatures in control cabinets, motor vibrations and electric power consumption, while production data covers, for example, the number of pieces produced, the scrap rate and production targets achieved to date.
This shop floor data has to be transferred to higher-level systems, such as MES, SAP, databases, spreadsheets, visualisations and Business Intelligence platforms, and from these systems back down to the factory floor.
Who needs this data and
Given the multitude of proprietary communication protocols, how to interface all these different systems? This cannot be achieved without data standardisation. Only then can you seamlessly exchange data between the various systems.
The KEPServerEX communications platform allows you to collect data from common industrial devices and convert it into the OPC DA/UA format. This standardised data can further be transferred to databases, visualisation programs and other IT systems, for example through OPC Router.
KEPServerEX offers over 150 communication drivers for hundreds of devices. You can purchase only the drivers that you really need or, for one low price, you can buy a driver suite with the most frequently used drivers in your industry.
For collecting data from common control systems, you can also use Ewon Flexy 205 routers. Although they are primarily designed for remote access, they also allow for access to data from common PLCs via the cloud, thus offering a fast, easy way of further leveraging this data.
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