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IIC Approves Factory Automation Platform as a Service (FA PaaS) Testbed

Edge computing via local Edge controllers allows uniterrupted, high speed collection, filtering and processing of real time data line side. Initial fast reactions can be initiated with the full data sets also being sent to associated cloud systems for further analysis. This processing at two layers respects the data integrity but allows the collected data to be processed as live and historical instances. The challenge is how to collect the data from diverse sources without interrupting the existing processes but also being able to span "brown field" systems where there may not even be any existing communication or data capture functions. 

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Mitsubishi Electric
    With nearly 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellitecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment.Embracing the spirit of its corporate statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company, enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group sales of 4,444.4 billion yen (in accordance with IFRS;US$ 41.9 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. For more information visit: www.MitsubishiElectric.com*At an exchange rate of 106 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2018
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Construction & Buildings
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • USE CASES
  • Manufacturing System Automation
    Manufacturing system automation integrates software and machinery so that manufacturing processes are run autonomously through computer programming. The goal of manufacturing system automation is to minimize the amount of human assistance needed in the manufacturing process. These systems provide constant feedback loops and adjust controlling parameteres in response to feedback from PLCs and Smart Sensors installed on machinery. Sensors are commonly embedded in new equipment or can be installed on legacy equipment. Automation has been achieved by various means including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic devices and computers, usually in combination. The benefit of automation includes a reduction of costs related to labor, electricity, water, gas, and scrap, as well as improvements to quality, accuracy, and precision. Manufacturing system automation can also reduce changeovertimes, thereby enabling small batch size production and mass customization.
    Fog Computing
    Fog computing refers to a decentralized computing structure, where resources, including the data and applications, get placed in logical locations between the data source and the cloud; it also is known by the terms fogging and fog networking. The goal of this is to bring basic analytic services to the network edge, improving performance by positioning computing resources closer to where they are needed, thereby reducing the distance that data needs to be transported on the network, improving overall network efficiency and performance. Fog Computing can also be deployed for security reasons, as it has the ability to segment bandwidth traffic and introduce additional firewalls to a network for higher security.
  • CUSTOMER
  • SOLUTION
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Delivery Time, Downtime, Production Efficiency, Supply Chain Optimization
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]

    The testbed is expected to facilitate the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) systems to connect manufacturing sites and head offices for strengthened operations, such as the globalization of supply chains and improved production quality, delivery time and productivity when responding to sudden changes in markets.

    Impact #2
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • PARTNER
  • Hitachi
    Hitachi is a highly diversified company that operates eleven business segments: Information & Telecommunication Systems, Social Infrastructure, High Functional Materials & Components, Financial Services, Power Systems, Electronic Systems & Equipment, Automotive Systems, Railway & Urban Systems, Digital Media & Consumer Products, Construction Machinery and Other Components & Systems. Year founded: 1910 Revenue: $94.0 billion (2014) TYO: 6501
    Intel
    Intel designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company's platforms are used in various computing applications comprising notebooks, desktops, servers, tablets, smartphones, wireless and wired connectivity products, Wearables, transportation systems, and retail devices. It offers microprocessors that processes system data and controls other devices in the system; chipsets, which send data between the microprocessor and input, display, and storage devices, such as keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive or solid-state drive, and optical disc drives; system-on-chip products that integrate its central processing units with other system components onto a single chip; and wired network connectivity products. Featured Subsidiaries/ Business Units: - Intel Inside - Intel Data Center Manager (DCM) - Saffron Technology - Wind River
    Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
    The Industrial Internet Consortium is the open membership, international not-for-profit consortium that is setting the architectural framework and direction for the Industrial Internet. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel in March 2014, the consortium’s mission is to coordinate vast ecosystem initiatives to connect and integrate objects with people, processes and data using common architectures, Interoperability and open standards.
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