"Plants seek to maximize their return on assets by making sure that their automation investments are scalable, future-proof, adhere to open standards, and can seamlessly integrate to existing assets, avoiding having to ‘rip and replace’ current infrastructure,” according to one industrial technology expert.
For all the enthusiastic evaluations of the Industrial Internet of Things coming from high-tech analysts, manufacturers seem to be only tentatively embracing the concept of a universal operating platform: according to Cisco, the architect and developer of network programming and devices, 92% a 64 million manufacturing machines in operation worldwide are not connected to any network. The IIoT, you may recall, is the virtual network established by tying together individual sensors, connective ...
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