With each new era, there comes new IT issues and manufacturing trends to deal with. The most popular topics that have been featured in many manufacturing publications include:
- The Internet of Things
- Big Data
- Cloud Computing
These trending topics involve devices that are networked together and have a lot of data available to do things. Also, they include a decision on whether the applications are accessed and the data is stored on a server or your computer.
However, there are supporting technologies that work behind them all that have already been developed. Here is what you need to know about each of these topics to manage through them.
- The Internet of Things or Connected Industrial Devices
The Internet of Things involves a lot of devices that are industrial that are networked together. This could be plants with thousands of devices that are networked together.
Reasons to network:
- Everything can be managed from anywhere
- Reduced hardware costs and complexity because of a the one network
- Information and control can be moved when needed
The whole point of the Internet of Things is to connect industrial devices to each other so that the connectivity can be used to improve business.
Challenges to network:
- Learning and understanding the new technology
- Deciding how to design the systems
With the development of this concept, the vendors and groups that set standards will take care of the difficult parts. The evolution of the technology will handle the growth as more wireless ports are added. Security will be upgraded helping with the management of higher traffic levels. Then, more IP addresses are created finalizing the process of continuing the business environment prior to the growth. Plus, your company has to encourage the use of this innovative technology.
- Big Data
When data sets are incredibly complex and large that the regular applications for data processing are inadequate, this is referred to as Big Data. There is a lot of information that can be used for many different things, but isn’t being used. New software is now used that can analyze the large amounts of data, so that it can be used. Web companies and search engines use this type of technology. The systems measure, record, and interpret the information. For example, Amazon, makes suggestions to their customers about what to buy based on the information that is gathered from past purchases and items that the customers put in their cart. They make suggestions for repeat purchases and send notifications when the price on items that are saved in their cart changes. This is done to initiate a response from the customer to buy some more cologne or buy the tablet that just dropped in price.
Once a company learns how to utilize the data, they are able to build their business and offer more products that the consumers will want.
Cloud computing deals with the computation and storage of your data on another source and not on your computer. Today, the computing power isn’t completely viable for use in an industrial capacity. However, the storage capacity is very strong. It provides a great way to share your data and back up your files.
Gateways can also segment networks into logical segments. They can allow for a clear division for different parts of the facility. If there is a need to optimize performance or maximize availability, the portal’s division can be useful.Industrial gateways allow you to optimize your network whenever your goal is to redesign, configure, or extend an industrial network.