Benefits of Smart Manufacturing
New business models that improve how we design, build, sell and operate industrial services and machines are being created by improved connectivity between OT and IT.
The first step in optimising OT / IT connectivity is processing and using the large amount of data made available by shop floor equipment, such as sensors and PLCs. The new edge computing solutions from Mitsubishi Electric, the MELIPC series demonstrates both capabilities. It offers Edge computing functionality combined with OPC UA compatibility. Data can be pre-processed locally and aggregated to create valuable information locally and can seamlessly connect the shop floor with higher level IT systems such as MES and ERP platforms.
This capability enables machine builders to offer valuable services that can be adapted to suit many different IT environments and has already been demonstrated working with Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft Azure. The technology can create competitive advantage by predicting maintenance requirements and identifying anomalies to improve productivity or simply improve the efficiency of existing equipment.
Another application utilising the advantages of OT/IT connectivity is a new web-based ‘software as a service’ (SaaS) predictive maintenance tool which is under development in conjunction with e-Factory Alliance partner Schaeffler. It is planned to be launched this year. It has been made possible by the e-Factory concept which is comprised of the e-Factory Alliance Network and the knowledge that the partner network provides, coupled with Mitsubishi Electric’s expertise and experience with industrial automation.
All new products, solutions and technologies of Mitsubishi Electric universally support digital transformation by providing improved connectivity between OT and IT systems.
Source: Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V.