Industry 4.0 for Smart Connectivity in Factories

To increase production efficiency and reduce system downtime, smart factories rely on Industry 4.0 technology for connecting sensors and other devices to collect and analyze data and control equipment. As data accuracy is the key to achieving the goals of a smart factory, a reliable and secure data connection and acquisition infrastructure is a prerequisite. A smart factory solution must cater to the following four requirements: (1) the ability to connect to all devices, including those that were not part of the traditional factory architecture, (2) protocol interoperability among different devices, (3) maximum protection against cyberattacks, and (4) an architecture that maximizes overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Keys to a Smart Factory

In order to make the Industry 4.0 movement a reality, a large number of devices that use disparate communication technologies and protocols must work in cohesion with one another. Moxa's smart factory solution is designed to provide you with an easy-to-implement architecture that can support the smooth flow of data from the device level to the information level in a factory to facilitate easy and secure collection and analysis of data.

  • Connecting the Unconnected
  • Protocol Interoperability
  • Cybersecurity
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness

As legacy field devices are most often not connected to the core network, system administrators need to visit the field site to maintain these devices manually, which makes system maintenance costly and difficult. Moxa’s comprehensive solution that includes remote I/Os, industrial Ethernet switches and industrial wireless devices, ensures that all your devices with different communication needs can be connected and monitored.

Common Issues Faced in Factory Equipment Connectivity

How to monitor the status of non-serial legacy equipment?

The ioLogik series I/O provides various communication interfaces such as RS-485, Ethernet, WiFi, and Cellular and different I/O inputs such as DI, DO, AI, AO, RTD, and TC to enable legacy equipment to provide real-time machine data.

How to avoid wireless communication downtime in mobile equipment and moving parts?

Wireless communication can be interrupted mainly due to Wi-Fi protocol’s long handover times between access points and/or obstacles in the wireless transmission path. Moxa’s Turbo Roaming technology enabled with MIMO antennas shortens the handover time down to millisecond level providing uninterrupted connections in a variety of indoor and outdoor scenarios.

How to optimize wireless performance on the factory floor?

Wireless configuration is made easy, secure and error-free by AeroMag technology, which also automatically ensures the best available channels are used for optimized wireless performance.

Technology Behind Our Solution

Hundreds or even thousands of devices may be deployed in a factory. The challenge is to integrate all these devices that run different protocols, including those that use proprietary protocols, and connect them to the cloud. With Moxa’s cross-platform solution, you can easily integrate devices with different protocols so that they can operate smoothly with the minimal cost and maintenance effort.

Common Issues Faced in Protocol Interoperability

How to simplify protocol conversions in industrial devices?

The MGate series Modbus gateways provide out-of-the-box conversion for a wide variety of protocols such as Modbus, Ethernet/IP, PROFIBUS, PROFINET, and DNP3 as well as an intuitive user interface to simplify the configuration of devices and system integration.

How to provide both OT (operational technology) and IT professionals with operations data and facilitate data analysis?

The ioLogik E1200 series I/Os support multiple protocols including Modbus TCP, EtherNet/IP, SNMP, Moxa AOPC, and REST, in one device to ease your data-acquisition efforts. The EDS series switch with its built-in support for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP protocols facilitates SCADA systems to easily gather network information while the VPort series of industrial cameras with their Modbus TCP and OPC support make it possible for you to instantly view the problem areas in your factory.

How to reduce the development time to collect operational data for cloud applications?

The UC-8100 series of computers integrate RTU/TCP and MQTT protocols for effortless IIoT to IT conversion so that you can focus more on data management applications.

Technology Behind Our Solution

As the scale of cyberattacks, especially on industrial networks, reach new highs, factories are compelled to take urgent cybersecurity measures to increase the protection of data and assets in their industrial networks. Hackers are finding new ways to compromise networks with the intention to cause damage to systems or stop production altogether. A comprehensive and reliable cybersecurity policy and intrusion-proof network design is a must in a smart factory. Moxa's tailor-made, secure industrial Ethernet switch and all-in-one firewall/VPN/NAT secure router/switch solutions provide multi-layer defense-in-depth protection for your entire network infrastructure.

Common Issues Faced in Cyber Security

How to enhance device- and system-wide security in a factory network along with network convergence?

The EDS-G500E series managed IEC 62443-4-2 level-2 compliant switches and EDR-810 series all-in-one industrial firewall/VPN/NAT secure router/switch make it easy for you to implement a plant network with defense-in-depth network security.

How to measure and ensure that the factory networks are maintained at the highest security level?

The Security View supported in Moxa MXview NMS tool provides a complete view of the network security at-a-glance. How to reduce the development time to collect operational data for cloud applications?

How to establish and manage secure remote access of devices?

Moxa PnP VPN cloud is a cloud-based connection service with mesh-type transparent connection, which is easy to install and deploy. It converges IT technology and industrial applications to facilitate easy and secure machine-to-machine connections over the Internet.

Technology Behind Our Solution

OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a tool for measuring manufacturing productivity. To measure the OEE, you will need an integrated system that collects and analyzes data on the availability, performance, and quality of your equipment. Moxa’s complete device connectivity solution can ensure that all data can be easily collected, and transmitted, offering customers reliable measurement for evaluating and analyzing the OEE.

Common Issues Faced in OEE

How to get real-time production data from machines?

You can use Moxa‘s NPort IO and ioLogik 2500 to collect real-time production data that can help you monitor the entire process and avoid unexpected problems.

How to monitor the quality of your products?

The high-speed analog input sampling (8-channel sampling rate bandwidth of 40 kHz) capability in the ioPAC programmable controller helps you monitor the vibration, motor current, and other production parameters to help you identify potential risks in product quality and machine operability.

How to build a reliable IP network and effectively manage it?

The MXstudio all-in-one NMS toolbox helps you plan and monitor a network and easily troubleshoot issues on your network, either from the control center or on the go. In addition, Turbo Ring, Turbo Chain, and V-ON technologies provide higher reliability, flexibility, and help reduce network infrastructure costs.

Technology Behind Our Solution

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