Shorter development cycles, higher productivity and improved quality – cloud computing is an important prerequisite to benefit from the benefits of digitalization in industry.
All this can work only if the cloud receives valid data from the field. Power consumption, temperature, vibration, traversing speed, and corresponding time curves provide indications of plant conditions and process quality. When combined with further information – such as the type of material used, the specific suppliers or tool condition – this opens up completely new possibilities:
CloudConnect connects machine developers, engineers and plant planners to the future – unbelievably simply, quickly, and securely. You can thus profit from forward-looking IIoT applications to suit your own individual requirements.
Simple data transfer to all common cloud platforms
The open Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol is used as the cloud protocol. This established standard enables the transfer of data to MindSphere, the IoT operating system from Siemens, as well as to all common cloud platforms like Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
From the sensor to the cloud – professionally. CloudConnect also means that users can use existing engineering data. That’s particularly important with existing plants because no changes to the project landscape are required. Integration in the TIA Portal with SIMATIC S7-1500 enables fast and error-free engineering. To reduce data volumes, the transfer can be performed on a cyclical or event-driven basis – always taking into consideration logical plant and machine contexts. For example, if the machine is actually in RUN mode and not just on standby.
A number of technologies are available for automating goods identification in intralogistics. In mixed operations, human- and machine-readable labels are used alongside RFID for input/output, and RTLS onsite. This brings with it challenges in multi-vendor communications. OPC UA provides a standardized interface and can thus serve as a universal language.
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