Process industries factories – food, pharma, chemicals etc. – in many cases are equipped with integrated supervision and control systems (SCADA) to implement the high degree of automation and synchronization across the production lines. In some cases, these factories are already ‘connected’ to the Enterprise systems through SCADA. However, even in case of SCADA-connected factories, Industrial IoT supporting Industry 4.0 solutions benefits these companies

Generating and collecting comprehensive information from automated production lines, supporting services and equipment, not necessary for line operations (and thus not managed by SCADA) but critical for production planning and operations optimization.

Samples of Optimization-driving information

Energy usage

in production correlated with production data

Machine usage

and status info for predictive maintenance

Quality control

Continuous quality control

Ad-hoc

and pervasive sensors

Traditional SCADA architecture

Also, additional near-real-time data collection and distribution requirements, in a traditional architecture, impact the SCADA cost, system size and implementation cost, if forcing SCADA to act as ‘data gateway’.

Modern SCADA architecture

Therefore, a flat Industrial IoT architecture, working side-to-side with existing SCADA automation systems, is the most suitable solution for implementing comprehensive systems and production data collection across the Enterprise.

Alleantia powerful plug&play Industry 4.0 solution provide a very flexible and vast set of drivers and no-code editors to easily integrate devices and machines with modern communication protocols used in the process industry production systems, enabling comprehensive data collection from simple to complex machinery, with very limited efforts, and resolving compatibility with applications and cloud integration.

Alleantia powerful plug&play Industry 4.0 solution provide a very flexible and vast set of drivers and no-code editors to easily integrate devices and machines with modern communication protocols used in the process industry production systems, enabling comprehensive data collection from simple to complex machinery, with very limited efforts, and resolving compatibility with applications and cloud integration.

bottling assembly line

Alleantia solutions implement an universal Industrial IoT architecture by interfacing existing and new systems, with uniform access to machine information for all customer back-end systems and applications. Thanks to its Modbus TCP Gateway, and other newer industrial protocol support, can also integrate with SCADA systems, so being ‘transparent’ to SCADA even when integrating older equipment through serial interfaces.

Even highly integrated factories can benefit from Industrial IoT across the whole factory, integrating not only isolated systems but also SCADA-controlled automated production lines, with comprehensive retrofitting, very limited impact on operations, implementing a scalable architecture with lower total cost than SCADA architecture, supporting fast changes, expandable, open and future-proof architecture.

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