Industry 4.0 is revolutionising the way that manufacturers operate. The integration of technologies onto the factory floor, via the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), has upgraded many plants into what we now call ‘Smart Factories.’
While IIoT integration on the factory floor benefits manufacturers by enabling increased production output and decreased labour costs, a further advantage lies in the fact that wherever IIoT technologies are mounted, they serve as data collection centres.
“These Smart Factories feature advanced sensors and software that collect and analyse data to allow for better decision making,” explains Richard Roberts, National Industry 4.0 Operations Manager at ZI-ARGUS Australia and member of the Open IIoT Group (a cohort that includes SMC Corporation Australia New Zealand, NORD Drivesystems, Balluff, Beckhoff Automation and KUKA Robotics).
“But, as this data has been traditionally stored in local servers, manufacturers have had a hard time using the data to scale and integrate together with other operations.”
Roberts adds that manufacturers who rely on local storage for IIoT data are only realising half the benefits of these valuable insights by not being able to scale the data to its full potential.
Enter Cloud Deployment.