Equipment maintenance personnel are tasked with keeping the production line running at peak performance while minimizing operations costs. This is made more difficult by the need for specialized skill sets to support a wide range of factory devices that use different communications protocols, data formats, and device management tools, etc. Greatly simplifying this task, it... is possible to seamlessly link factory floor devices and processes using technologies from the Internet of Things (IoT), thus enabling remote equipment monitoring and management from a centralized dashboard.
Providing such a solution, the SUSIAccess* remote management system from Advantech allows maintenance personnel to perform equipment status and maintenance checks from a web browser at any time, from anywhere, and with any connected device. The factory automation solution uses an Intel® processor-based gateway running an Advantech client-side agent to transparently handle protocol and data conversion, and acts as a conduit between manufacturing equipment and the Advantech server-side software. This solution can interoperate with high-level applications such as data analytics and machine learning. This paper details the benefits and the key ingredients of the solution.