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Plug-and-Produce is Key for the Smart Factory of the Future – Part 1
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on July 20, 2016

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the way manufacturing is done by connecting more smart devices and sharing the information they produce to improve existing business models and enable new ones.

Underlying this transformation is the network of physical objects – sensors, actuators, machines, controllers – which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity for collecting and exchanging data. And, just as the technology is changing, so are the processes for using it.

For example, there is a growing expectation that an industrial networking or automation product can be simply connected and turned on - and it will work. This concept is called “plug-and-produce.”

Let’s examine why it’s important.

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Plug-and-Produce is Key for the Smart Factory of the Future – Part 2
Blog Category: Industrial Ethernet

Posted by: Thomas Schoepf on August 17, 2016

In Part 1 of this series I described how global competition and the IIoT are changing the industrial automation model. In the new model, the majority of the control function occurs at the field-level, a massive change that requires new kinds of field-level devices.

The new devices will be “plug-and-produce,” that is, they are simply connected, turned on and presto! - they work. Many of them will also include programmable logic control features. These flexible, modular field-level devices will facilitate quick manufacturing changes, thereby getting products to market faster and cheaper. This is a key capability of the Smart Factory of the Future.

What do plug-and produce-devices mean for the control and communication infrastructure of tomorrow? Deepen your IIoT knowledge by reading on to learn about the next generation of field-level devices.

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