Industrial

Accelerating Digital Transformation With Easy OPC UA Implementation

In our digital transformation blog post series, we explore the central role of OPC UA for the seamless integration of information technologies (IT) and operational technologies (OT). Let's take a closer look at why OPC UA is important for digital transformation and which key technologies use this powerful standard for seamless data exchange.

Containerized Software Packages Simplify Connectivity for Legacy Machines

Learn how containerized software packages improve the connectivity of legacy machines in manufacturing facilities. Find out about the advantages of integrating IT and OT technologies using Docker containers, and discover how Softing's edgeConnector and edgeAggregator simplify OPC UA server integration.

Exploring the Foundation of Your Digital Transformation Journey

Digital transformation requires businesses to merge information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT). Rethinking their relationship and their supporting technologies can go a long way toward helping businesses meet their goals. Our new blog post series explores the enabling technologies behind the digital transformation phenomenon.

Unlocking CNC Connectivity with Softing edgePlug Software

Manufacturers running CNC machines with SINUMERIK 840D controls face the challenge of extracting performance and process data from the shop floor for analysis. This data is essential for optimizing operations via powerful business applications and has been inaccessible until now. The remedy is a versatile software solution that is scalable, cost-effective and easy to use, allowing manufacturers to extract data from their CNC controls while having the freedom to connect to higher-value applications.

Ethernet-APL – Network Topologies

The fact that Ethernet-APL (Advanced Physical Layer) supports almost all Industrial Ethernet protocols makes network planning and installation much easier for plant engineers and planners. However, a number of points need to be kept in mind to ensure the network is stable and fail-safe. The blog post looks at the various network topologies for Ethernet-APL, as recommended by the Ethernet-APL Engineering Guideline.

Ethernet-APL – the New Gold Standard for Process Automation

The new Ethernet-APL technology considerably simplifies the process of setting up high-performance automation networks and seamlessly integrating field devices into process manufacturing. For device manufacturers and automation network operators alike, Ethernet-APL products from Softing avoid expensive and time-consuming implementation projects while supporting the cost-effective migration of network topology to the new digital standard.

dataFEED and Successful IT/OT Integration for the IIoT

When it comes to starting, operating and expanding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions, information technology (IT) architectures play a key role. For example, leveraging IT tools like innovative algorithms can help you increase your production efficiency. At the same time, you may be facing some architecture-related challenges, such as plant- and enterprise-wide deployment migrations, cloud connectivity, database integration, programmable logic controller (PLC) connectivity, security and ongoing maintenance. While these challenges are typical, until recently it was impossible to build a future-proof, enterprise-wide IT architecture that makes ongoing maintenance possible. PLCs can take decades to upgrade, while the pace at which IT architectures change is dizzying by comparison.

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