EtherCAT Solution Supercharges IoT-based Smart Factories (4MB)
The emergence of Cloud-based Internet of Things technologies is redefining industrial automation. Apart from the traditional PLC-based machine automation with low networking capabilities, the new generation IoT based automation enables "smart factory" by connecting all devices to the cloud and combining intelligent software, real time control and monitoring, and big data analysis to optimize product design and production process and ensure quality. The result is higher throughput, lower defection rate and stronger competitiveness based on intelligent automation. This article will cover how to using Intel processor-based controllers to realize time-deterministic control over automatic processing with high performance, fast development, space efficiency, easy maintenance and minimal TCO. The new generation EtherCAT solution integrates hardware and software elements dedicated to enabling fast and high performance industrial automation applications with many ready-to-use features to speed up the development, deployment and expansion of IIoT-based modern smart factories.