Connecting Machines: Bridges to the Industrial Internet

Previously, I’ve written about functional safety solutions for industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and how innovative IoT technologies unlock value in supply chain management. As we head toward Hannover Messe in a few weeks, I’m excited to share how smart factories are experiencing data as the next disrupter.

Connecting the Unconnected

Cobots team up on some awesome manufacturing equipment.

Today’s smart factories are undergoing tremendous change as a result of the nearly 1 TB of data generated from smart factories. In order to gather data that affects real change for industrial IoT solutions, we must connect previously unconnected legacy equipment that was not originally designed to “talk” to other machines. It’s a key issue inherent in most production and manufacturing lines and a problem discussed among everyone from plant managers to VPs of operations.

Machine data opens doors to a myriad of possibilities and connecting those data-generating machines is a critical first step toward creating a smart factory. This important element forms the foundation of a smart factory, yet it’s not just a matter of collecting more asset data, but turning it into actionable information that can be distributed to the appropriate employees, suppliers, partners, customers, and field service engineers, that sets smart factories apart.

Recognizing the vast potential made possible by IoT, Intel collaborated with Foxconn, ADLink and Kontron to build an economical “out of the box” solution to connect unconnected machines that is scalable and secure. Our collaborative solution feeds big data to Edge Computing and Data centers / clouds for streaming analytics that provide near real-time insights. Learn more about harnessing the power of big data for more productive smart factories.


Analyzing Data-Driven Machines

A cobot gets a little fine tuning before springing into action on the smart factory floor.

In our own factories, we’ve learned that contextualizing production data with inspection data enable us to run predictive yield analytics to improve through put, and to run analytics to predict machine failure. Equipment failures can be recognized in near real time, triggering alerts to the service team and providing reliable information to predictive maintenance software.

To scale out from connected legacy equipment, industrial system interoperability requires bridging different protocols and APIs. IoT platforms are designed to address these challenges and more. The Intel IoT Gateway, for example, helps solution providers connect a diverse set of industrial systems to the cloud (or data center), handling the protocol translations and data security needed in between.


Scaling out Smart Factories

Intel Internet of Things solutions for industrial

For greenfield deployments, IoT technology enables a new generation of intelligent, connected machines for manufacturing facilities and industrial environments. An IoT factory architecture can enable manufacturers to conduct a wide range of production optimizations and solutions by offering a purpose-built industrial IoT platform from edge-to-cloud, and from factory floor to enterprise resource planning.

Whether building cars or widgets, IOT data and control systems, supported by compute performance, open standards, and the availability of industry knowledge, there is no doubt we live in a time of exciting opportunities. Together, we look forward to enabling a better tomorrow.


Intel at Hannover Messe 2017

Intel and our ecosystem partners can help you create a factory of the future with edge-to-cloud IoT solutions that optimize industrial processes and operations, collect, and process data with built-in security so you can turn your ideas into competitive advantage. Visit us at Hannover Messe 2017, booth #D12 in Hall 7. Learn more.

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About Chet Hullum

Chet Hullum joined the Internet of Things Group (IOTG) of Intel Corporation as General Manager of Industrial Solutions in September 2015 to develop and deliver IoT solutions for the Industrial vertical. The goal of Industrial IoT is to implement solutions supporting industrial manufacturing and production to optimize customer output and efficiency. Chet is working with the ecosystem of equipment manufacturers, automation and software vendors, as well as service providers and system integrators to develop and deploy ubiquitous connected devices, edge analytic platforms and architectures for operational excellence and transformative business solutions. Chet has 23 years of experience providing advanced solutions most recently at GE, he was responsible for selling the complete set of GE Energy offerings to global industries worldwide, including metals, mining, food and beverage, shale and petrochemical producers. Chet’s background includes working in power generation for GE Power Generation Services as CMO, and as the Regional Services Director. He has also held leadership positions in business operations including quality and services and design engineering. Chet began his career as a Field Engineer for heavy duty turbines and generators. He is located in Chandler, AZ.

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