The IIOT4ALL project has been successfully completed. This project, carried out in collaboration with AFM cluster and Savvy Data Systems, has aimed to deploy and validate a solution to acces a management system of a plant that integrates devices from previous generations that are not compatible with the new communication standards.
In other words, the integration of older machines with other more modern ones in a single layer at plant level that brings together all the systems present and allows comprehensive data management has been addressed.
Adaptation of the communications system
This layer is of vital importance because many of the older systems, even those with connectivity, do not use the latest communication standards and therefore cannot operate in the same way as new systems in a digitized plant. In addition, the idea of using this layer is to avoid having to modify the machine’s original software, since the aim is to adapt the old and the new communications system.
The fourth industrial revolution, also called Industry 4.0, is at its peak. Virtually all companies have in their strategy, lines related to the digitization of their value chain and the integration of data in it. Advanced digitization, the Industrial Internet and smart technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) are shaping production systems that have little to do with the industry of 5 or 10 years ago. The factories of the future are going to be smart, geared towards efficiency, sustainability, flexibility and competitiveness, in a connected environment where people will be a central element.
However, these developments in Advanced Manufacturing are being limited (in their application) to young machines, manufactured less than 10-15 years ago. Older machines, due to their connectivity and sensorization limitations, are being left out of these developments, and this is why these 3 companies have cooperated to find a solution to the problem.
Funded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the General Secretariat of Industry of Small and Medium Enterprises with an overall budget of 119,210 euros, this project started on July 1, 2020 and has had just one year of duration.