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Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
6/17/2013

The common thread creating convergence between manufacturing and enterprise systems is connectivity enabled by advanced networking.   (Source: Rockwell Automation)
The common thread creating convergence between manufacturing and enterprise systems is connectivity enabled by advanced networking.
(Source: Rockwell Automation)

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Rob Spiegel
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Smart machines for small control staffs
Rob Spiegel   6/17/2013 9:21:38 AM
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Nice article Al. This seems to be yet another example of smart machines that let the control engineers off the hook for original programming. Good idea with the army of boomer control engineers heading into retirement.

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   6/17/2013 10:13:14 AM
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When a project does not absolutely require Ethernet/IP, I'll still push for it for future expandability, or even for simple ease of programming.  The alternative would be programming via a serial connection (shudder).

 

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   6/17/2013 7:13:27 PM
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It's interesting to see how discussions on intelligent and integrated manufacturing so often come back to Ethernet/IP. What a difference a decade can make.  

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AnandY   6/17/2013 10:40:05 AM
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Ethernet provides real-time manufacturing intelligence. Naturally this will lead to smart manufacturing process which will have faster time to market, lower total costs of ownership, improved asset utilization and optimization.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/17/2013 11:34:42 AM
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I agree AnandY. This also takes a lot of pressure off the control engineering staff and puts it on the supplier. Suppliers are effectively competing to see who can make life easier -- and more productive -- for the control engineer.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/19/2013 12:56:54 PM
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Rob, I had the same thought. It requires suppliers, or at least distributors and system integrators, to do more of the integrating.



Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 11:06:02 AM
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Ann, we're also see devices that come smart. So there is less of the traditional integration required. As one supplier put it: Now, you put the devices on the line and they come awake and say, "Here I am."

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2013 12:39:32 PM
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Thanks for the clarification, Rob. I see what you mean. I didn't realize that electronic smarts had been integrated to that extent in control devices.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   6/26/2013 10:31:28 AM
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This change takes a huge burden off the control, engineer -- who used to spend countless hours doing -- or paying for -- original programming. This is happening at a time when the baby boom control engineers are starting to retire. There was plenty of concern that this generation was taking its knowledge out the door. Suppliers now say that knowledge is getting captured in the software.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   6/26/2013 12:52:08 PM
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Rob, I remember you saying before that the looming retirement issue needed to be addressed. Sounds like this is one way to do that.

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Rob Spiegel   6/27/2013 6:46:42 PM
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That's what I understand, Ann. I haven't heard anything more abut a shortage of control, engineers. 

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taimoortariq   6/30/2013 10:55:35 AM
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Nice article share apresure, it is nice to see advancement in the field of automation & control through the production of more flexible and efficient machines. It is great to see ethernet becoming source of convergence b/w enterprise and production.

apresher
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Connectivity the Key
apresher   6/18/2013 9:10:19 AM
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Outside North America, the situation is quite different and the worldwide market share of EtherNet/IP is roughly the same as Profinet at about 30% each.  What continues to surprise me is the emphasis on connectivity as a major area for increasing performance and productivity. The ability to communicate more information, more easily is the key point in the next round of "smarter" manufacturing.

William K.
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Connectivity is the sole enabler???
William K.   6/19/2013 10:05:56 PM
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We have machine design and building companies building new machines that include connectivivty, snd don't admit that the rest of the machine is new as well.  So how much is real invention and how much is working for the camera? Which then does not achieve that much,

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