Industry 4.0 is digitizing and revolutionizing manufacturing. By combining the Industry 4.0 models with advanced analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), we can introduce speed and precision to a wide range of factory operations, enhancing productivity and reliability.
By combining the advantage of Industry 4.0 models with advanced data analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) we can introduce speed and precision to a wide range of factory operations, enhancing productivity and reliability. The rapid evolution of this technology and its integration across the enterprise is reshaping the ways manufacturers operate and produce high-quality goods.
Reduced periodic and manual checking
Reduced production cost
Improved product quality
Outlined below are three main levels of industrial automation applications:
Level 1 - Supervisor Level:
Mainly PC-based systems, such as industrial PCs (rack-mounted and panel) equipped with supplier-specific industrial process-control software for process parameterization and visualization. The intercommunication is based on a Gbit LAN or higher bandwidth backbone or Wireless topologies (WLAN). To avoid data loss and for safety reasons, Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) are installed.
This is the automation systems level where automation programs are executed. Systems on this level require high real-time capability and are based on a special controller architecture with its own proprietary OS running on it. High real-time compliant intercommunication bus protocols (according to IEEE 1588) are essential here.
Core Components: PLCs, HMI, Field Bus (CAN, EtherCAT, Profibus etc ), WLAN, Safety (SIL).
Level 3 - Field Level:
This level includes all terminal equipment, such as sensors and actuators collaborating with a peripheral PLC or remote I/O system, offering pre-procession of the collected data and communication to the main PLC via field bus.
Core Components: Micro PLC, Motor Control, Industrial Sensors, Actuator Drivers, Relays, Switches, Wireless Control (RFID, wireless sensor networks using IEEE 802.15.4 topology)