ON SITE VISIT
OF ISSUE SOLVED WITH REMOTE ACCESS
Typically, machine manufacturers provide industrial remote access through a “router,” additional (physical) equipment with wifi connectivity or mobile telephony, enabling a virtual private network (VPN) for data security and remote access.
However, this configuration has 3 limitations:
Alleantia, remote access solution, overcomes these obstacles by eliminating physical hardware and implementing remote assistance functionality by leveraging the computer already in the machinery (HMI or control element in the case of PACs.
Alleantia OT remote access has the advantage of being multi-vendor.
The vendor can access the company’s VPN network which already has active VPNs for a variety of functions. Alleantia can, however, be combined with “open source” VPN facilities (such as “open VPN”) or with proprietary solutions provided by major vendors, should the end user not have their VPN infrastructure.
Alleantia’s remote access overcomes vulnerabilities related to VPN network management, allowing temporary inhibition of remote-control functionality through a special switch. By enabling it, those who are physically operating on the machine inhibit any kind of remote operation, beyond whether the VPN is active or not, and security is total.
Then the operator on the machine can decide when to use the remote control. In the case where the VPN is managed by the machine supplier, deactivation via the switch secures the end user from unauthorized intrusion. The Alleantia solution, thus conceived, is to date unique in the remote access industry.
For a machine that already has Alleantia remote assistance, standard Plug&Play IoT capabilities for data extraction, transfer, and encoding from the CNC/PLC/PAC to any on-premises or in-cloud IT application (MES, ERP, monitoring, AR/VR, etc…) can be activated at any moment.
With Alleantia, it is easy to establish a connection to and from any asset, collect and process data to integrate it into enterprise and cloud applications to perform advanced analytics.
With Alleantia for Smart Manufacturing, real-time data from the factory can be collected, analyzed, managed, and integrated to meet business needs across the organization.
Alleantia for predictive maintenance provides the asset data collection and alerts needed to reduce unscheduled downtime and increase the efficiency of maintenance activities.