TwinThread: Speed and Visibility with Predictive Operations
If you are looking for greater production or cost efficiency, to effectively use your current data, or allow operators the power to find new opportunities, you may want to consider predictive analytics.
Predictive analytics could play a key role in making your data work more effectively, in a manner that suits engineers.
‘Time is Money’
To get the most from Predictive Operations it’s important to understand what your provider aims to achieve and how quickly you will see results.
The provider will understand the importance of proving value fast.
“In the Litmus Test of assessing a prospective platform, whether it’s capable of drawing on your existing information has to be very high (if not first) on your list of prerequisites.”
Ultimately, the statement ‘Time is Money’ reigns true in most business practices.
When pursuing a goal, such as production or cost efficiency, it is necessary to deploy a system that can actively analyze production data, enabling your operations team to make further improvements to current processes.
TwinThread prides itself in achieving fast results within days by providing a solution that is simple for operators to learn and apply.
“If it’s slow out of the gate, because it’s difficult to connect, this is just pushing the time to insight further out,” adds TwinThread.
Any engineer or operator can use TwinThread’s platform to model their factory and scale learnings quickly.
Creating a Digital Twin
A useful component for continuous improvement, in production, is a digital twin.
“Bringing your data to life by pairing insights with illustrated representations of the assets your experts interact with day in and day out allows for faster and more comprehensive understanding and a more risk-based approach to scaling operational improvements.” TwinThread explains.
A virtual representation of production can give insight into its overall performance in real time, and creates an easier process of diagnosing potential issues or anomalies.
“By visualizing your information through these ‘digital twins’, operationalizing insights happens faster and more accurately.”
Uncovering insights within your data at a higher speed and with greater accuracy means optimizing the value your machine and human resources can deliver - resulting in maximum payback.
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.