Oracle: connected industrial manufacturing with Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 turning ‘what happ...
Manufacturing global takes a closer look at how industry 4.0 is driving connectivity within industrial manufacturing.
Industry 4.0 turning ‘what happened’ into ‘what will happen’. Via connectivity, advanced analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), industry 4.0 is creating autonomous manufacturing capabilities in the industry, with new technology driving innovation and forcing market disruption. As a result of IoT, AI, and cloud computing technology industry 4.0 is driving the transformation of product innovation, customer and field service, smart factories and value chain visibility.
While the physical product still remains important, for industrial manufacturers mastering the use of data and understanding the lifecycle of a product is becoming increasingly important.
Oracle highlights that with this understanding, “tremendous business opportunities and improvements can be made when product lifecycle management (PLM) process is enabled with the digital thread and business management is expanded into the customer’s operational domain.”
Using a connected feedback loop from customer usage, an innovative PLM process can improve product quality, assess new ideas, continuously improve offerings and shorten development cycles.
Industry 4.0 extends this into product end of life and critical customer expectations, product development and market opportunities.
By connecting production machines to manufacturing processes, smart factory solutions drive greater predictability and resolve maintenance requirements, reduce downtime and costs, and improve quality.
By harnessing IoT production monitoring manufacturers can manage productions at not only machine level, but plant, regional and global levels, to identify and monitor key performance indicators generating alerts and automated actions for manufacturing management. This technology harnesses machine learning, predictive maintenance and real-time monitoring to expand a company’s capabilities for Big Data.
With the introduction of Industry 4.0, digitalisation is transforming organisations in terms of how equipment is serviced, how an organisation strategically goes to market and how customer relationships are managed.
This transformation is being driven by real-time asset data collection which provides business opportunities not possible a few years ago. Real time sensor data informs businesses on what is happening in the field, while real time data analytics provides information on what will happen.
This predictive maintenance and asset health analytics results in a proactive management approach to service, based on usage of environmental variables and key diagnostic values.
Driven by the need to be agile, organisations are demanding ‘products as a service’ relationships from suppliers. Industrial manufacturers are required to design smart products to support customer demand and support changing business models.
Connected value chain
Digitalisation, a process which is transforming traditional operations and building new capabilities. Oracle explains that as the number of IoT devices, RFID chips and GPS trackers continue to grow, so does the ability to innovate traditional supply chains. The entire value chain can now experience complete innovation to drive true business value for manufacturers, partners and customers.
“While Industrial manufacturers are well versed in the value of real-time data acquisition and management action, the historical efforts and successes have largely been confined to the four walls of the factory,” comments Oracle.
Industry 4.0 concepts enable manufacturers to enhance and extend the visibility and control of value streams. Increased real-time clarity and detail within the value chain can provide organisations with a true understanding of almost every aspect of the supply chain including lead-times, cost of components of materials, material availability and logistics.
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.