We’ve all heard the statistics before: Over 90% of factory equipment isn’t networked or doesn’t (at first glance) appear to be networkable. Most of these machines are older, legacy machines that are the backbone of manufacturing operations around the world, but some of them are newer designs with seemingly hidden capabilities. In order to adopt a data-driven manufacturing approach to machine management or in order to become a fully IIoT capable shop, manufacturers need to find a way to connect these legacy machines to the corporate network.
- Add full connectivity to the manufacturing floor
- Understand that even the most “silent” legacy machines can be made to communicate and learn what they can tell you
- Learn how more modern machines may already be ready for networking (via MT Connect, etc.)
- Utilize the data from all types and ages of machines to improve operating efficiencies