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Communication-Capable Components

Weidmuller 3/26/2018
Direct communication between different machines as well as between machines and IT systems is essential for exploiting the potential of Industry 4.0. The basis for this is communication-capable components that can record product and status data as well as machine-internal measured values and energy parameters. Feeding this data into the cloud allows it to be analysed and the resulting conclusions shared with all relevant network participants. This enables system operators to set up new services to optimise and diagnose their production processes or for energy management.
To prepare manufacturing companies for the Internet of Things (IoT) and data-based production control, we gear our efforts towards the rapid integration of all devices and simple data transfer to the cloud. With this goal in mind, we recently upgraded our high-end PROtop power supply to meet the requirements of tomorrow. By retrofitting the communication module, you can conveniently create an interface to transfer process data to the higher-level control system and thereby lay the foundation for process optimisation through condition monitoring and remote control.