The norm for today’s manufacturing production lines is using standard automation to reach a level of reliable production. Improving beyond that level has traditionally been a challenge due to the limitations of available technology. In a recent issue of Machine Design, Emerson’s Vibhoosh Gupta (VG) says this limited view has changed with the advent of modern edge control technology, which enables and easy direct path to achieving an accurate and reliable view of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).
In the article, VG delineates four stages in the digital transformation of industrial operations:
As the above figure shows, crossing the barrier from Connected Automation to Enhanced Connectivity & Analysis and beyond can only be achieved with edge computing and control.
To understand how this evolution occurs, check out the article here.
What stage of Edge Maturity is your production line demonstrating?
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