In the Factory of the Future everything is connected from field level to cloud based IT systems. Automation solutions fit into this environment only with open standards. They must be easy to (re)configure and encompass predefined app-based functions. At the same time they must enable the highest degree of freedom and flexibility to adapt to the individual needs of businesses.
Communication is everything
In the Factory of the Future, it’s connectivity that counts. We already use open standards such as Multi-Ethernet and IO-Link in all drive technologies. Increasingly, the internationally accepted Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture standard is being used for cross-machine-to-machine and machine-to-IT applications. With the real-time extension, Time Sensitive Network for Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture and the new mobile radio standard 5G, all components and modules and machines will be able to exchange information with real time IT in the near future. The result: Total transparency in the…