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Evolving Manufacturing Connectivity Challenges to Brownfield Development

July 20, 2017

The “smart factory,” or Industry 4.0, promises to improve efficiency and reduce system downtime, but also requires that legacy manufacturing equipment be connected to IT networks. Plant operators and network architects are struggling to connect these brownfield devices due to issues of network fragmentation, security, and cost.

Fortunately, a pilot smart factory implementation project developed jointly by Intel® and ADLINK provides a reference architecture for connecting brownfield machine automation and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to enterprise resource planning (ERP) and Customer Resource Management (CRM) applications using off-the-shelf hardware, software, and networking components.

In this ADLINK white paper, industrial designers will learn:

  • The challenges of IT/OT convergence for non-connected industrial systems
  • The key considerations for connecting legacy manufacturing equipment to the smart factory
  • How the Data Distribution Service (DDS) messaging standard running on Intel® processor-based ADLINK IoT gateways can connect brownfield systems to cloud and fog networks in a simple, flat, and decoupled architecture
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