Talking about the future-oriented Connected Industry usually conjures up a series of buzzwords that suggest an infinity of high-tech devices to make factories smart. However, many of the digital transformation journeys are centered around high-speed open industrial network architectures. These activities require a sufficient data flow, aimed at connecting the different parties and different actors in the company to generate information based on truly useful data that offers advanced control.
Ensuring that every single resource is able to communicate with the business is the ultimate goal, at least in theory. However, this may seem impossible due to the time and cost involved, as well as the specific cyber security protocols of each company. In most cases, it is preferable to proceed “in small steps”, focusing on improving the connection to a machine or process to ensure a quick return on investment (ROI).
For example, by providing remote access to a machine in the production department, operators will be able to monitor or control the various elements. Alternatively, it is possible to install and connect internal cameras and sensors in addition to the controller to receive notifications in case of anomalies and interact with resources to maximize uptime, productivity and efficiency. Once a project has been successfully completed, you can continue by identifying the points where you can further increase the value of a process.
Connect the different dots
This approach is therefore ideal for SMEs as it offers a sustainable path that stimulates continuous improvement and competitiveness in a rapidly changing market. Implementing a progressive strategy requires choosing appropriate solutions that support the required level of flexibility and scalability. More precisely, for the machines of the future in the Connected Industry, it is necessary to identify a network technology that can support interoperability and interconnection on a small and large scale.
In this sense, TSN (Time Sensitive Networking) technology is currently one of the most interesting. This solution is recommended for embarking on a digital transformation path and modernizing the machines’ architecture. By doing so, companies will be assured of being able to support both the IT (IT) and production (OT) layers on the same network, while ensuring reliable data sharing performance. In other words, they will be able to seamlessly integrate any desired resource at any stage of their digitization journey.
As the first open industrial Ethernet network on the market, combining gigabit bandwidth with TSN protocol and offering a wide range of rapidly expanding compatible products, CC-Link IE TSN It is ideal. It is a future-oriented industrial communication platform that can help companies create Connected Factories. As an open technology, the TSN standard guarantees maximum compatibility and interoperability to connect devices, machines or lines together, regardless of manufacturer, optimizing flexibility and costs for small and medium-sized companies.
Choosing CC-Link IE TSN for their operations means for companies to use the most suitable technology to support any application linked to the connected industry, such as remote control, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digital “twins”. In this way, companies will actually benefit from a significant improvement in the implementation of “smart” companies, where data is used to improve productivity, efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness. Furthermore, thanks to targeted investments in terms of costs, time and resources, it will be possible to significantly improve competitiveness.
from Mariana Alvarado, Marketing Specialist at CLPA (CC-Link Partner Association) – Mexico