Industrial Automation and Connectivity for the Smart Factory
Optimax is a member of OPC Foundation, the worldwide, multi-industry organization promoting secure, reliable, multi-vendor, multi-platform, and multi-domain interoperability encompassing everything from sensors to the enterprise.
OPC Foundation is the creator and custodian of the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC-UA) that integrates specifications for data access, alarms, events, historical data, commands, security, and more – all in the service of industrial applications.
It goes by many names – Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, Intelligent Factory, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but whatever you call it, the idea of connected manufacturing is becoming increasingly pervasive.
We are presently witnessing the convergence of Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) in which the physical and digital come together to produce what is called the Smart Factory. While robots on the factory floor is old news, when you add sensors, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, and intelligent logic to the mix — something entirely new emerges. It enables the factory to be automated with robots making effective and fast decisions fully autonomously, with only minimal human intervention.
You undoubtedly have heard the term Big Data denoting the infrastructure for collecting and analyzing enormous amounts of information. The next step is creating data-driven intelligence systems that make use of it. Automated production, online real-life monitoring, cloud-based collaboration tools, and smart logistics are quickly becoming reality today.
This is where Optimax expertise in connecting and integrating production and quality monitoring systems comes into play.