The industrial Internet of Things (IoT) means different things to different companies—depending on what they are and what they’re trying to do.
Here are three real-world use cases of how Kepware customers are solving their industrial data connectivity challenges and improving traceability, visibility, product quality, and more.
Scenario One: Faurecia Accesses Industrial Data via Web Services for Manufacturing Execution
Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, has a local server in each plant running its proprietary MES, IJ Core. Using the IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX, Faurecia began collecting data from the shop floor and communicating it to IJ Core over REST/ HTTP. IJ Core was then able to store that information, satisfying customer requests for traceability spanning several years
Scenario Two: Teel Plastics Utilizes the IoT for Mobile and Web Applications for Industrial Data
Plastics manufacturer Teel Plastics, Inc.'s line operators use a custom web interface that interacts directly with the IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX—creating a much more efficient and effective method than Teel's previous manual process. With the custom web interface, Teel Plastics was able to design the visuals, controls, and workflows that best suited their process automation goals. And by providing device connectivity for the custom web interface to multiple PLCs—including Allen-Bradley and Siemens—Teel drastically reduces the risk of human error. Among other benefits, these new processes reduced Teel's set-up times by 30 percent.
Scenario Three: German Luxury Automotive Company Uses Industrial Data for Cloud and Big Data Systems
A German luxury automotive company wanted to better predict maintenance for critical equipment. Using the IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX, the company gathers data from devices and machines on the process control network and then publishes the data directly to Microsoft Azure using the secure and reliable MQTT protocol. This has enabled the company to build connectivity, collect data, and better manage maintenance downtime.