SMEW 2024


Unlocking Data in Your Facility: Modern Solutions for Legacy Plant Management

05 Jun 2024
IIoT and Connectivity Theatre

During this presentation, we delve into the critical aspect of collecting essential data from legacy plants across the factory, spanning from goods-in processes to the final product stage. The significance of gathering precise data cannot be overstated, as it serves as a pivotal asset for businesses. Armed with comprehensive insights derived from data, organizations can confidently navigate decisions regarding process modifications and strategic capital investments.

The crux of the matter lies in the challenge faced by numerous companies when it comes to acquiring such crucial data. A prime example is the scenario where machinery may date back two decades, with no standardized PLCs or industrial protocols due to the organic growth of the factory over the years. Even in instances where there is some semblance of commonality, the need to interconnect various manufacturers' products alongside legacy or specialized instruments remains a pressing requirement.

This presentation offers a concise exploration of the diverse technologies and accompanying hardware solutions available in the market that hold the key to overcoming this challenge. By leveraging a blend of cutting-edge technologies and hardware components, we demonstrate how it is indeed feasible to capture the requisite data seamlessly alongside the existing machinery and plant control systems.

Tim Dodd, Products and Key Technologies Team Leader - ifm electronic Ltd
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