IOTech, the open edge computing provider, announced a new partnership with Advantech, a provider of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and automation technology, to deliver advanced edge data processing solutions for smart manufacturing and industrial automation. The partnership is intended to enable a new range of integrated edge hardware and software solutions for manufacturers to automate data exchanges between equipment and control systems, in addition to simplifying the adoption of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine vision.
Improving manufacturing systems can be challenging and involve costly integrations to build a full solution. These systems also need to aggregate plant data from many sources, while securing the data both in transit and at rest. Managing real-time data from thousands of endpoints, which may include industrial sensors, machinery, and PLCs, is a key concern for manufacturing organizations. Manufacturers are adopting edge computing and Industry 4.0 standards to provide optimized access to industrial data and prevent system siloes that cannot easily adapt to changing needs.
Targeted at system integrators (SIs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the new product line incorporates IOTech Edge Connect plug-and-play edge software and Advantech’s advanced IoT edge gateway and high-performance, fanless IPC hardware. The new edge bundle provides the underlying infrastructure for users to build autonomous decision-making processes, monitor assets and processes in real-time, and create unified networks and systems through simple vertical and horizontal integration. Initial use cases include equipment protection, predictive maintenance, production flow monitoring, production optimization and supply chain optimization.
IOTech’s Edge Connect software enables users to create data-driven industrial applications that leverage the latest advances in AI, analytics and inferencing technologies. It provides comprehensive multi-protocol OT connectivity for key industrial standards and data normalization to the Industry 4.0 OPC UA standard. Simplified “no code” connectivity/device onboarding is provided via user-friendly tools and device discovery features. Standard APIs—based on either MQTT, REST or OPC UA—enable third-party applications or IT/Cloud/SCADA integration.
The edge appliances are available for purchase from Advantech as well as through select distributors. The scalable solution is available in a variety of form factors and price points to suit specific needs, including cost-effective options for real-time industrial data acquisition and aggregation. Initial hardware support includes Advantech’s Intel-based UNO-2000 edge gateway series, the ARM-based ECU-150 embedded IoT edge gateway and the Intel-based MIC-770 V2 high-performance IPC for smart manufacturing, renewable energy, smart building, and retail users.
Further information on ARC Advisory Group’s coverage of Digital Transformation at the Industrial IoT Edge, including detailed analyses of both the industrial IoT gateway and industrial edge software platforms markets, is available here.