You may need to connect some of your plant floor machines to your company's IT systems or you might be building machines and need to offer an easy way for your customers to connect to their IT systems.
In either case, Control Design's July 2015 cover story titled "How to Link Machine Controls to IT Systems" can help by providing useful tips and pointers. The article also includes interviews with machine builders and their customers to show just how they are addressing the challenges of linking their machine automation systems to their corporate IT systems.
Why might you want to do this? The article list six leading reasons:
- Optimize operation of each machine.
- Coordinate operation among machines.
- Production planning.
- Inventory control.
- Quality analysis and control.
- Remote access.