Tag: IIoT

Energy Source Tapped for Powering Smart Sensor Networks

The electricity that powers appliances and lights homes also generates small magnetic fields that exist everywhere. A research team, headed by Penn State scientists, built a device that delivers as high as 400% higher power output when compared to other advanced technology when working with low-level magnetic fields similar to those seen in buildings and homes. The technology holds major implications for designing smart buildings, which will need self-driven wireless sensor networks to perform things like remote control of systems and tracking energy and operational patterns, the researchers said.

Communications needs in manufacturing plants

Manufacturing plants and operations are each unique in their own way. In this article, we will discuss many of the communications opportunities that can equip new and existing buildings with more agile, resilient, and intelligent digital infrastructure. Manufacturing system architects are leveraging wired, wireless, and optical transport supporting robots, machine vision, production line machines, product transport, sensor arrays, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and distributed Internet of Things (with future artificial intelligence management overlays) to increase process intelligence, agility, safety, and reduce defects and operational expenses.

How to Avoid Twelve Common Industrial Ethernet Mistakes

Whether you’re a process or plant engineer, a technician, or an electrician, if you work in an Industrial Ethernet environment, you’ve got to be an expert in a wide array of areas. When the line is down, the priority is a quick fix to get it back up and running. Sometimes these “temporary” quick fixes are put into place and forgotten until the next time the line goes down, and then you are left to fix the “fix.” Learn the twelve common Industrial Ethernet mistakes, so you can avoid them going forward.

Industrial Ethernet Connector Round-Up

IIoT brings together a range of industrial devices that all communicate over a common Ethernet protocol, enabling the sharing of information across multiple industrial systems.  Industrial Ethernet connectors need to stand up to harsher mechanical factors (vibration, force and impact), the potential for ingress (dust and liquids), climate and chemicals (temperature, radiation and pollutants) and electromagnetic interference – these factors determine standards-based M.I.C.E. parameters for classifying components in an industrial network.This article looks at the types of connectors available for emerging industrial Ethernet applications.

IoT Community and IEEE collaborate to spur global industrial IoT uptake

The IoT Community and the IEEE IoT Initiative are collaborating on  activities to help accelerate the digital transformation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and to speed the development of IoT for broader adoption across enterprise and industrial sectors. They seek to create a common industry language and framework in the areas of: Industrial IoT and Manufacturing; Smart Cities; Precision Agriculture; Healthcare; Security and Privacy; Computing and Information Processing; Communications and Connectivity, and other areas.

Edge computing and IoT – when intelligence moves to the edge

Both edge computing and fog computing are strongly on the rise for the same exact reasons: an IoT data deluge. This IoT data deluge, among others, takes place in the converging worlds of IT and OT (predominantly Industrial IoT) and occurs in general as we keep adding more IoT devices in the scope of mainly large-scale IoT projects, the industrial markets of Industry 4.0 and IoT use cases and applications where a lot of data needs to be analyzed and leveraged, often also in an IT and OT environment as we, for instance, find them in IoT in manufacturing.

Industrial focus: Deploying fiber-optic physical infrastructure within CPwE architectures

A recent technical application guide composed by Cisco, Panduit and Rockwell Automation describes how “Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) is the underlying architecture that provides standard network services for control and information disciplines, devices, and equipment found in modern industrial automation and control system (IACS) applications.”

Smart Factory Adopts IIoT Platform

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have provided opportunities for newer “smart plants” to replace stodgy, old manufacturing systems that aren’t worth rebuilding. Not so in Kentucky. Not so at Schneider Electric. The company welcomed more than 200 customers to the brownfield facility in Lexington, which produces electrical load centers, commonly known as breaker boxes, for residences. Thousands of units come off the lines every day, but the tour focused on EcoStruxure Solutions™, a Schneider Electric IIoT platform. The company not only sells it to customers, it uses it in its own 62-year-old plant, blending old technology with new technology.