Last month, I presented a one-hour webinar on the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). After describing what the industrial IoT means to Kepware, I explored three real-world use cases by Kepware customers:
- Industrial data over web services for manufacturing execution
- Mobile and web interfaces for manufacturing systems
- Industrial data for Cloud and Big Data systems
These use cases demonstrate how real-world companies are solving their industrial connectivity challenges and improving traceability, visibility, and product quality with industrial IoT solutions. But with so much to cover during the webinar, I didn't have time to answer each question that was asked. With topics spanning everything from IoT Gateway agent features to data buffering and vendor-specific connectivity, I thought it would be helpful to re-visit and share them.
On November 5, 2015, Kepware’s Erik Dellinger (Product Manager – IoT Solutions) and Joanne Bacharach (Senior Applications Engineer) hosted a webinar that provided a virtual tour of KEPServerEX version 5.19, featuring the new IoT Gateway.
The webinar attendance and engagement were really staggering. In fact, it was the largest webinar in Kepware history, with over a thousand users registered for the virtual event. While Erik and Joanne discussed real-world IoT use cases and provided live product demonstrations, a team of Kepware Applications Engineers worked frantically to respond to the questions and comments that poured in throughout the webinar. We received such great questions that we decided to share the most popular questions (and their responses) with you here.
Check out the Q&A pairs below to learn more about the IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX, which streams industrial data into the Cloud or on-premise solutions for real-time analytics. The Q&A pairs include information on IoT Gateway application support, configuration, functionality, and security.
Seven years ago, I started working as a Technical Writer for Kepware. I brought grammar and technical writing knowledge and authoring software expertise to my role, and thought I was ready to dive into our library of product manuals. Little did I know exactly how long it would take me to learn the abbreviations commonly used within our different vertical industries. Understanding the different terms for systems, networks, and processes was one thing; mastering the different protocols—and discerning when to use one over another—was entirely different.
With the help of patient colleagues, technical resources, and time, I was able to create a foundation of knowledge that continues to expand today. As industry turns its attention toward the Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0, the abbreviations and definitions added to our language (and my Kepware dictionary) multiplies.
Communication issues within industrial or information technology networks are some of the hardest to troubleshoot and isolate in any industry. Even a simple network has a variety of potential failure points. Are packets getting dropped by a router? Is a device unresponsive because of too many requests? Is the device configuration incorrect and preventing the proper establishment of communications? Luckly, there are a variety of tools and techniques available to help isolate the root of these issues. One of the more powerful tools available is an application called Wireshark.
Sysmac NJ is the new series of Machine Automation Controllers (MACs) from the device vendor Omron. The MAC is Omron's complete machine automation solution that combines logic, motion, vision, safety, robotics, and sensing. This means only one controller is needed for an entire machine or production cell.
Click the image below to see poll results from “SNMP Connectivity with KEPServerEX," our latest webinar presented by Applications Engineer Joanne Okvath. This webinar covered SNMP terminology before describing how users can leverage Kepware’s SNMP Agent Plug-In and SNMP Driver in their network configurations. Learn more—and find additional resources including the webinar recording—in the infographic below.
First, what do we mean by the “King of Automation”? If one standard were king, every component of an industrial automation system—from PLC to PC to PAC—would speak the same language regardless of manufacturer. In a way, this is what the micro-USB plug did for cell phones and cell phone chargers, but in industrial automation terms. (Isn’t it so much more convenient now that our cell phones and chargers all have the same plug?!)
Wonder what your peers are saying about IEC 61850? View the poll results from our latest webinar and let us know if your experience is comparable.