World of Industrial Automation…
For the past few years automation has influenced drastically in the industrial field and the revolution is still in progress.
Industrial revolutions are defined as the increase in productions as a result of new machinery, technology, energy sources or a combination of these. The first industrial revolution (1.0) was the mechanization of production using water and steam power. The second industrial revolution (2.0) introduced mass production with the help of electric power, followed by the third industrial revolution (3.0) digital revolution and the use of electronics and IT to further automate production. Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, focusing on the interconnectivity of industrial equipment and increasing computerization of manufacturing processes.
The main feature of Industry 4.0 is that autonomous systems like robots and computers are enhanced through data and machine learning, making automation more self-sufficient and efficient.
Industrial automation (Industry 4.0) goal is to enable autonomous decision-making processes, monitor assets and processes in real-time, and enable equally real-time connected value creation networks through early involvement of stakeholders, and vertical and horizontal integration.
Advantages of industry 4.0 are…
• The bridging of the physical and digital world through cyber-physical systems, enabled by Industrial IoT,
• A shift from a central industrial control system to one where smart products define the production steps
• Closed-loop data models and control systems and
• Personalization/customization of products.
Industrial Internet Of Things (IIOT)
IIoT is a network of intelligent devices connected to form systems that monitor, collect, exchange and analyze data. IoT enabled machinery can transmit operational information to the partners like original equipment manufacturers and to field engineers. The use of IoT sensors in manufacturing equipment enables condition-based maintenance alerts. This complete monitoring of the process in (near) real-time provides scope to recommend adjustments in operations for better management of operational cost. We can connect and control multiple devices like PLC, SCADA, DCS, HMI and any other controller at a time