The use of machines and devices controlled by computers and microcontrollers (which are essentially smaller, more specialized computers) has become commonplace. However, as the Internet keeps growing, another revolution – Industry 4.0 – is becoming a popular topic. Advantech and Brainboxes products support this revolution.
Industry 4.0 is about using cutting edge components that support automation and about being able to process and share data between separate machines or even entire technological blocks. This will help with continuous improvement of manufacturing processes and ensuring that products manufactured this way meet all customer needs. Communication at two levels – horizontal and vertical – is necessary to achieve this. It enables constant connectivity and exchange of information between all parties involved in the manufacturing process. With this solution, a “party” won’t be a factory department or a worker, but a specific series of products or a machine that manufactures and further processes those products.
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