Industrial IoT Data on the Edge
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Next-Gen Digitization in Manufacturing is happening on the Edge
Industry 4.0 has been a buzz word for decades. Despite its obvious benefits, manufacturers still struggle with the digitization of the shopfloor. One of the biggest challenges of smart manufacturing is working with large data volumes in real time on-site, which is full of heterogenous devices and faces strong security restrictions. While a lot of data is generated, a lot of that data remains unused. However, according to McKinsey, leveraging industrial data (product & production data) manufacturers can reduce downtimes by 30-50%, and increase productivity by up to 30%. So, why is this data unused? Because it needs Edge Computing, and this inherently decentralized topology, holds many hidden challenges for developers. Edge computing is essential for making data easily accessible across the shopfloor. Having this edge data available locally is important because:
– Industrial IoT needs reliable speed (i.e. fast data and I/O throughput) and typically guaranteed QoS parameters which cannot rely on bandwidth. Therefore, the cloud is no option.
– Data security and privacy are of the essence; IT and OT are strictly separated with the shopfloor typically having no direct connection to the Internet. Again, the cloud is no option.
ObjectBox is an innovative core software infrastructure that serves the convergence of OT (operational technology) and IT (information technology), providing developers a super-fast data storage and synchronization solution to make Smart Manufacturing data on the edge easy to access.
The Data Problem in Manufacturing
70 TB of data per day, mostly unused
Lacking remote access to machine data
Inflexible legacy architecture costs dev time and resources