The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving changes in all industries. In the manufacturing sector, the convergence of physical and digital worlds is giving rise to the smart factory and a new generation of industrial machinery. Known as Industry 4.0, this new era is connecting the IoT and cyber-physical systems to streamline manufacturing and business processes, improve versatility and precision, and reduce lead times and waste.
Turning a traditional factory into a smart factory to achieve these advantages, however, presents multiple challenges. This article describes a PC-based IoT controller that runs on-machine vision solutions and performs IoT gateway services. We look at how this controller delivers new levels of performance and agility to machine vision. We explain the role of real-time industrial Ethernet technologies in ensuring the smooth coordination of multiple control nodes. We discuss how open standards and pre-integrated CODESYS SoftMotion CNC RTE and NEXCOM nexECM software accelerate the development and deployment of multi-function machinery. And we investigate how the performance capabilities of the 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor product family enable a single IoT controller to perform so many tasks.
The print edition of this article was published in the 13th edition of Intel's Embedded Innovator Magazine (pp. 36-40).