Manufacturing processes of this kind can benefit from IIoT-based system architectures that process mass data from machinery and feed this into industrial real-time analytics and manufacturing operations management – MOM – systems. The latter consolidate all production processes and offer services for holistic manufacturing management. “An IIoT-based architecture of this type can be efficiently created using an edge appliance such as ONCITE – hardware plus software – combined with managed services. This enables factory operators to focus on their core business and benefit from a high level of digitalization, without needing to have the necessary knowhow or resources themselves,” explains Dr Sebastian Ritz, CEO Cloud & Edge Computing at German Edge Cloud.
Existing applications can run on the platform and be combined with new ones. Separate machine data islands are merged and homogenised. A flexible software system controls the production facilities. Rigid linear concepts are thus replaced by modular manufacturing with a flexible design. The new Rittal plant in Haiger shows what this can look like in practice.