Adding edge technology to equipment enables them to perform analysis and still send data to the historian or cloud. But where exactly is the edge, and how can manufacturers leverage its benefits? From end devices, such as sensors and HMIs, to infrastructure, including gateways, switches, routers and wireless access points, edge technology brings computational capabilities where they’re needed.
The Industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning drive the development of new products with the ability to run advanced software almost anywhere. By computing at the network edge, manufacturers can consolidate workloads and provide machine-application flexibility.