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Industry 4.0 OPC UA over TSN
As the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as Industry 4.0 are probably the most stressed topics of the last couple years we will skip the “there will be billions of connected devices…” part for this article. Smart factories and sophisticated automation require a complex combination of strategy, technology and flexibility addressing needs from the fieldbus level up to the enterprise level. The complexity and concerns regarding costs, future support, flexibility and maintenance prevent many companies from starting to implement new standards and technologies. However, with the marriage of theRead More
If you analyse keywords like “Internet of Things” or “Industry 4.0” in Google Trends, you get quite a good impression on how the importance for these subjects changed over the last couple of years. Experts agree unanimously that connected devices will increasingly impact people’s lives in the future. It’s not without reason that one is speaking of the fourth industrial revolution. Technology companies, politicians or visionaries spent a lot of time to discuss these topics and to drive the development forward. Certain prerequisites are required to be fulfilled, such asRead More

Posted On October 10, 2016By Sven BlankenbergIn Business Intelligence, Technology

Industry 4.0 Without Cloud Computing

Worldwide economy is at the threshold to the fourth industrial revolution. Driven by the Internet, real and virtual world are merging to create the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics like Industry 4.0 are omnipresent when you talk to experts in that area. Focus of attention then are networking opportunities of sensors and actuators by means of field bus systems or the networking of machines via standard protocols. Cloud services almost appear to be taken for granted in this context for data exchange or storage. But is this the only wayRead More
The IoT’s impact on the European industry was the topic in three earlier articles. In the first one we have discussed how new demands will alter economic structures. Based on that, we have taken a look at the Industry 4.0 in classic and new production models. Concluding we have tried to answer the question whether and, if so, how well European manufacturers are prepared for the future in terms of the IoT. This article however is meant to take a look at the current state of the digitisation, paying specialRead More
Since a couple of months we are running a campaign dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) together with our manufacturing partner Analog Devices (ADI). The objective of the campaign is to realize the best possible outcomes for customers and their IoT projects. We already introduced ADI’s solutions for smart building in an earlier article. The focus here will be on “Smart Factory”, which is becoming a more and more prominent matter in the society. What Matters In The Industrial Internet Of Things In our article about smart building securityRead More
A couple of days ago we published two articles covering the topic of Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN). The first article gave you an overview about the set of networking communication standard that have been developed by the Time-Sensitive Networking Task Group. This set can be seen as the successor of the existing Audio Video Bridging (AVB) bringing benefits especially for the requirements of modern industrial and automotive networks. Industry 4.0 means intelligent and interconnected production and an interoperability of machines. TSN standards help to reduce delays and latency, increased robustness andRead More
For industrial and automotive markets real-time communication is a crucial element for future proven systems. Therefore a new set of standards collectively referred to as time-sensitive networking standards (TSN) is created by the TSN task group. Those sub-standards are all part of the IEEE 802.1 working group and aim to solve diverse challenges of modern real-time communication over Ethernet. Companies can customise their setups through various combinations of those standards. In order to understand what can be achieved with TSN we will take a look at each single standard firstRead More
The Need For A New Standard The successful shift towards Industry 4.0 depends on a huge variety of prerequisites. Among the most critical technological challenges, which we will need to tackle in order to unlock the full potential of the industrial IoT in the future, are the communication and interoperability of machines. More specifically intelligent and interconnected production will need networks which can deliver real-time communication, scalability, security, accessibility as well as seamless connection of different layers of the automation pyramid model. In order to achieve the above and createRead More
As established in the first two blogs of this series (read part I here and part II here) the IoT will create a new business model in which consumers will demand highly individualised products. This will require a shift from producing high volumes at low prices to manufacturing individual goods as cost efficient as possible. Thus in the future Industry 4.0 strategies will need to help companies to optimise classic production, implement new flexible manufacturing models and tackle human resources and data security challenges. Industry 4.0 & Advanced Technologies –Read More
As established in the first part of this article the IoT will alter economic structures in a way that will require a completely new approach from manufacturers to the way they execute their business. At the same time industrial IoT technology in combination with robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence (AI) enable possible solutions to this challenge. In Europe and especially Germany the strategy which was developed in order to help companies to integrate new technologies and production processes is referred to as Industry 4.0. However there are similar programsRead More