The IIoT and Convergence of IT & OT (Operations Technology)
How we folks at ATS view IT & OT Convergence, keeping our feet solidly grounded in the real world, today and tomorrow.In manufacturing environments, there is a constant push to increase connectivity between machines, people, and business and manufacturing IT systems in order to securely collect data. This allows manufacturers to transform this information into valuable insights and make the right decisions.
ATS Bus, the collaborative industrial internet of things (IIoT) solution, realises the convergence of operational and information technologies by allowing manufacturers to easily connect machines, tools, devices and products through IIoT gateways to manufacturing and business IT systems such as Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software.
Using a common language and distributing contextualised information, ATS Bus provides the necessary information at the right time for the machines to make decisions autonomously.
ATS Bus has a native connection to Microsoft Azure, and production, quality and process data can be stored in the cloud to create a digital representation of products and processes.
The cloud solution helps manufacturers improve productivity, reducing lead time, increasing machine availability and improving quality through a real-time dashboard based on standard ISO:22400 key performance indicators and statistical analysis of process and quality data.
by Mike James
Chair Board of Directors of ATS Global B.V.
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