Manufacturers may understand the maxim of “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” better than those in other industries. It is as true for the products they create as for the tools they use in their processes. Successful manufacturers have learned to blend their IT solutions with their operational technology (OT) to gain a big-picture view of their enterprise, allowing them to boost productivity and efficiency while lowering operating costs.
ICONICS, a group company of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, provides a wide range of software solutions to help organisations visualise, historise, mobilise, analyse and cloud-enable their data and use it to its fullest potential.
Version 10.96.2 of the ICONICS software suite will be compatible with EtherNet/IP and support communications with, and automatic network discovery of, Ethernet-enabled Mitsubishi Electric PLCs. This eliminates the need for third-party OPC servers.
Manufacturers can reap great benefits from a well-rounded automation strategy, using OPC UA, Modbus and now EtherNet/IP and Mitsubishi Electric device connectivity to monitor and control traditional manufacturing and automation equipment. They can also use BACnet to tie in facilities’ building systems for energy management and predictive maintenance, as well as SNMP for monitoring IT and network devices. Plus, they can implement multiple secure protocols for better cloud connectivity.
Using ICONICS’ universal connectivity to achieve holistic manufacturing automation will reinforce another maxim: “in business, it’s all about connections.”
Melissa Topp is senior director of global marketing at ICONICS
This article was originally published in the Winter 2020 issue of The Record. To get future issues delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for a free subscription.
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