4. Select a control platform and a unified connectivity from Edge to Cloud
Connectivity has an important role to play in bringing speed and responsiveness to gigafactory operations, serving to underpin advanced machinery with a robust and safe network and software infrastructure. It’s common in such an environment to have machines from multiple vendors running in tandem. Without selecting a unified control system for every machine, the end user is placed under the burden of programming and executing on each line independently, which slows processes and constrains flexible operations.
But in the battery industry, the end user cannot force the adoption of a unified platform at the sensor or PLC levels to their global suppliers. So, the remediation to get a “future proofed” network architecture is to standardize the processes at the interface level, with fast and secure connectivity from Edge to Cloud.
Therefore, through the adoption of unified control operations they can experience the benefits of a data-rich organization, using a unified visualization system that’s safe and easily accessible for every user, whether they’re operating on-site or from remote locations.
Charging Ahead into the Future
For the fast-growing EV market to fulfil its global potential, the high level of efficiency and flexibility that a gigafactory enables is a necessary pre-requisite. The combination of production data with advanced software and hardware allows for the implementation of smart manufacturing processes that can produce EV batteries in enormous volumes, at rapidly increasing speeds and at a consistently high quality.
The battery market, while still in its early development, is set to grow considerably over the course of the decade. Shaping the infrastructure necessary to meet global demand offers direction to leadership on methods and practices for scaling all aspects of EV production. By leveraging smarter manufacturing processes that extend from R&D through to the end user and back via a data-driven feedback cycle, the EV sector will be well positioned to deliver better-quality products at price levels that are attractive to businesses and consumers alike.
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Let’s re-invent affordable cars that preserve our planet and keep the excitement to drive. I am not sure if this is part of our human nature, but it’s certainly part of mine.