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How Will You Integrate Legacy Equipment With the IoT?

Posted by Candace Letizia

If you utilize smart, Internet-connected assets, you’re one step closer to developing an Internet of Things (IoT) framework for your industrial ecosystem. But what if you utilize equipment that wasn’t designed to communicate with modern, Internet-connected assets?


Built to Last: Merging Legacy Equipment with IoT

Posted by Jeff Bates

 

As a Product Manager, I often discuss connectivity challenges with organizations and advise them on how to use Kepware solutions to gather machine data to uncover operational efficiencies. With the business value of the Internet of Things (IoT) established and recognized, I speak with more and more organizations that are evaluating how to implement IoT initiatives to improve factory performance and stay competitive in today’s global market.

One of the biggest hurdles these organizations must overcome is connectivity. Factory floors often house equipment that may have been installed ten, twenty or even thirty years ago. These industrial assets were built to last, but they lack the internet-based connectivity required to integrate with today’s modern machines. With promised benefits of increased visibility, uptime and profitability, asset integration is a challenge that must be resolved to build an IoT ecosystem.