Internet of Things

Internet of Things

Capture, understand and use data with the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

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Since the announcement of the fourth industrial revolution, companies have been addressing the question of how data-based services can be profitably integrated into their own value chains. The possibilities are as varied as the users themselves. That’s why Weidmüller accompanies industrial IoT projects holistically, from the definition of goals to the implementation of individual solutions.

The days when computers, smartphones and tablets were the only devices with Internet access are long gone. Today, almost every technical object can be connected to the network via the assignment of an IP address and communicate via it. For some time now, this trend has also been intensively pursued in industry. Production equipment, machine units, even individual tools can be enabled to collect and exchange data – a development that opens up numerous new applications in the field of automation.

Digitalisation is not an end in itself

Many companies today have a basic knowledge of IoT applications, but sometimes they lack the know-how to realise them on their own. Although data is collected and stored in a first step, it is often not used effectively. However, the collected information only achieves a concrete, measurable benefit through a logical link and evaluation.

The possibilities of the IIoT can be used very versatile and individually, for example for a locationindependent machine commissioning, the improvement of the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) or the generation of automated reports of the energy consumption. Therefore, it is important to define a specific goal in advance. Weidmüller supports industrial companies in identifying individual potentials for industrial IoT applications, developing needs-based solutions and successfully integrating them into existing structures.

Data-based industrial IoT services essentially consist of five core functionalities: data acquisition, preprocessing, communication and analysis as well as operator interaction. Based on the automation portfolio u-mation, Weidmüller has developed a comprehensive range of digital services over the last few years, which map these functions from the sensor to the cloud. The Detmold-based company group provides its customers with its own services such as the Weidmüller Monitoring System (WMS) for wind power, but also with solutions that can be further developed by the user. For example, the automated machine learning software from the field of Industrial Analytics enables machine operators to develop and optimize AI-based analysis models with their own domain knowledge.

Retrofitting is gaining importance

Although digitalisation is currently on everyone’s lips, a large part of the existing plant and machinery is not yet IIoT-capable. That is why the subject of retrofitting, for example the digital retrofitting of machines and systems, is now of central importance. True to the motto ”Never change a running system” it does not interfere with the installed automation technology, but rather builts parallel structures. For this purpose, Weidmüller offers customer-specific IIoT boxes, based on the FieldPower® system for decentralized applications, for example, which are simply connected to the existing system. This approach allows machine operators to economically digitise an installed base and take advantage of data-based services.

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