The Industrial Internet of Things Has Arrived

Aug 13, 2016

the Industrial Internet of Things is a machine-to-machine network that makes it possible to connect almost every piece of equipment in a manufacturing plant. Fanuc has labeled this FIELD (Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link and Drive) to help change factories by increasing efficiency of the equipment and consequently overall profitability. The Industrial Internet of Things is making its way across the globe and will provide a way to further increase automation services on production lines.


The Inter­net of Things” is show­ing up in more homes every­day, cre­at­ing net­works of con­nec­tiv­i­ty that allow our every­day devices to col­lect and exchange data. It is help­ing to cre­ate ways to inte­grate our phys­i­cal world into com­put­er-based sys­tems, result­ing in improved effi­cien­cy, accu­ra­cy, and even eco­nom­ic ben­e­fit. And now, the IoT is begin­ning to intro­duce its face in the Indus­tri­al Robot busi­ness… intro­duc­ing the IIoT (Indus­tri­al Inter­net of Things).

Fanuc is one of the first to design an indus­tri­al inter­net of things for the indus­tri­al world, hop­ing to cre­ate the fac­to­ry of the future. This machine-to-machine net­work, aimed at automak­ers, is called FIELD (Fanuc Intel­li­gent Edge Link and Dri­ve). FIELD net­work make it pos­si­ble to con­nect almost every piece of equip­ment in a man­u­fac­tur­ing plant.

Fanuc hopes that FIELD will change fac­to­ries across the world by increas­ing prof­itabil­i­ty by advanc­ing effi­cien­cy of the equip­ment through the improve­ment of the reli­a­bil­i­ty, qual­i­ty, flex­i­bil­i­ty, and speed of machine process­es. Field should also help to improve machine learn­ing and its capabilities.

Fac­to­ry own­ers will very eas­i­ly be able to cus­tomize their robots and sys­tems by down­load­ing any nec­es­sary appli­ca­tions. This con­nec­tiv­i­ty will enable the deliv­ery of ana­lyt­ics to help opti­mize man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­duc­tion and ulti­mate­ly reach a new lev­el of pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and effi­cien­cy. Fanuc reports that FIELD will con­nect indus­tri­al robots, com­put­er numer­i­cal con­trol machines, and periph­er­al devices and sen­sors. Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and edge-com­put­ing tech­nolo­gies are com­bined to help enable dis­trib­uted learn­ing to help the coor­di­na­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion of data. Human work­ers can then ana­lyze data through a com­put­er and know instant­ly which machines need ser­vic­ing, main­te­nance of replacement.

Cur­rent auto­mo­tive fac­to­ries (Gen­er­al Motors) that have already imple­ment­ed a sys­tem or one sim­i­lar are quick­ly real­iz­ing the decrease in down­time and increased cost savings.

There are big­ger plans yet to come. Fanuc is work­ing with Cis­co, Rock­well Automa­tion, and Pre­ferred Net­works to fur­ther devel­op the FIELD sys­tem Their goal is to cre­ate a full solu­tion that includes net­work and com­put­er infra­struc­ture, appli­ca­tions, while also enabling mid­dle-ware plat­form. IoT solu­tions cur­rent­ly in place are still basic, but man­u­fac­tur­ers plan to imple­ment more com­plex tech­nolo­gies such as autonomous indus­tri­al indus­tri­al robots and aug­ment­ed real­i­ty (AR) tools. It is also impor­tant to note some chal­lenges with the IoT that are still being addressed. These include threats of cyber attacks, unknown ROI, tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ty inte­grat­ed IoT, and reluc­tance as it could present job loss­es. An esti­mat­ed invest­ment of over 70 bil­lion in IoT solu­tions will exceed 70 bil­lion by 2020 to solve these challenges. 

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