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How Your Factory will Become Smart with CIM and IoT

Author: Zac Elliott
Company: Mentor, a Siemens Business
Date Published: 9/17/2017   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: With so many extremely clever scientists and engineers in our industry, the whole complex technology of electronics assembly requires people with specialist skills. When it comes to linking all of these processes together, there is more than just a simple data connection to think about. The content of data from the myriad of different processes and technologies firstly needs to be understood and then needs to be transformed into information which is then actionable, not just by a human, but by a computer.

In reality though, there is no one person who can understand every aspect of every process, and every opportunity for Smart factory functionality. Accessibility to new IoT manufacturing data connections is a multi-way technology. As well as higher level systems such as the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems making smarter decisions, the same IoT data is also available to every machine vendor, each of whom know their technology in the finest of details. Here is where we will see the bulk of the Smart solutions for assembly manufacturing coming from.

Driving this is the machine vendor agnostic data acquisition and utilization, with complementary functionality through machine, line, factory and enterprise levels, which promotes healthy differentiation between vendors in the same market space, not only in terms of machine performance, but also in terms of the smart solutions that they can provide based on the data collective.

This paper explores the changes in culture between the worlds of yesterday, where data was simply sent point to point, with today’s multi-layered IoT technology based solutions, the effects and opportunities that are here now for the taking.

Key Words: 

IoT, CIM, Smart Factory, Industry 4.0

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