Secure Cloud interface helps to start the Industry 4.0 journey

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Festo is launching a new Cloud interface for its smart products.

The CPX-IOT Gateway provides a secure, low-cost digital solution which enables users to enter the world of digitalisation and data analytics in an easy-to-manage and safe way. It provides the first step for companies wanting to develop Industry 4.0 proof of concept or pilot projects with simple, programming free, on-boarding.

The module securely connects components and devices from the field level to the Cloud and through the MyDashboards web browser which provides live data and historical trending of component data points, error status and overall condition monitoring enabling engineers to adapt their processes accordingly.

All Festo smart products are equipped with a type label which includes a Data Matrix code called the Festo Product Key. The CPX-IOT Gateway instantly recognises the exact connected device from the Product Key. It then automatically displays the relevant data for that device type in a pre-configured dashboard, removing the need for users to have extensive programming and web-design capabilities.

The gateway collects information about Festo devices and their statuses via an Ethernet connection and a standardised communication protocol such as OPC UA. It then sends the information to the Cloud via a second Ethernet connection, using IoT protocols such as AMQP or MQTT.

The CPX-IOT Gateway has been tested to work with enterprise grade firewall vendors like Cisco, Fortinet, or SonicWall. It has also been demonstrated to connect to the Siemens Mindsphere and Rockwell Automation FactoryTalk Cloud Solutions.

www.festo.com/IOT.

Actionable roadmap overcomes digital transformation barriers

Emerson has announced a Digital Transformation Roadmap with consulting and implementation services to help companies develop and execute a tailored digital transformation plan to reach Top Quartile performance.

In an Emerson study of industry leaders responsible for digital transformation initiatives, just 20% of respondents said they had a vision, plus a clear and actionable roadmap for digital transformation. Additionally, 90% stated that having a clear roadmap was important, very important or extremely important. Absence of a practical roadmap was also cited as the number one barrier for digital transformation projects; cultural adoption and business value round out the top three barriers to progress. While all respondents were actively conducting pilot projects, only 21% had moved beyond that stage into new operating standards.

“Our customers all have different starting points and levels of maturity when it comes to evaluating and implementing digital transformation strategies,” explained Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “Emerson’s digital transformation approach provides flexibility while pinpointing the optimum path for each customer, based on their objectives, readiness and overall digital maturity.”

Emerson has defined a structured, yet flexible approach to help customers focus on priority areas with a practical roadmap tailored to their business needs and readiness. The goal is to help companies use technology to reach Top Quartile performance, measured by optimised production, improved reliability, enhanced safety and minimised energy usage.

The roadmap has two focus areas: business drivers and business enablers. Business drivers look at capabilities and performance relative to industry benchmarks in key areas: production management, reliability and maintenance, safety and security, and/or energy and emissions. The business enabler focus looks at capabilities in organisational effectiveness and systems and data integration. For each, Emerson has identified detailed criteria to measure customer performance along the digital journey – from conventional to best-in-class to the highest level: digitally autonomous operations.

Companies can start the digital transformation journey wherever they are, from starting small in one facility to address key issues, such as pump health or personnel safety mustering; to exploring companywide programmes across an entire business driver, such as reliability of critical assets; to driving enterprise-wide adoption of cloud-based technologies and analytics for overall business transformation.

Emerson.com/opcertcon

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