The blending of the digital world with the physical thanks to the Internet heralds the start of the intelligent factory era. Flexibility, efficient use of resources, improved ergonomics, and integrating customers and business partners into the business and value creation processes, are all features of this blending process.
Today’s industrial control systems leverage the latest OPC Unified Architecture (UA) standards, which provide cross-platform interoperability between software applications and devices. This allows for the vendor-independent exchange of real-time, alarm and condition, historical, and many other types of data.
Today’s process industries share many challenges with hybrid and discrete industries, such as increasing global competition. While users are looking to latest automation technologies to help address challenges, it can be more difficult for plants in process industries to adopt and benefit from many advances, such as industrial Ethernet and IP technologies.