And that’s what makes an easily integrated machine so important: no one wants to spend valuable time on accessing information when the real value is found layers below just waiting to be extracted.
The time to think about how to build a machine that’s easy to integrate – and easy to access the valuable data -- is before the design phase. Yes, before, by considering:
1. A Common Network Architecture: EtherNet/IP can simplify network infrastructure and reduce integration risks. EtherNet/IP offers the realtime performance, resiliency and security of a standard fieldbus solution, and the bandwidth, open connectivity and global acceptance of standard Ethernet. When connected via an open and standard network architecture, such as EtherNet/IP™, they provide greater connectivity. This enables real-time collaboration and seamless data sharing across all levels of an organization’s enterprise.
2. A Scalable Control Platform: A Logix-based platform uses a common design environment, one control engine and one network technology, making it easy to integrate all forms of control into one platform. It also supports reusable code to help reduce system complexity and support faster design, commissioning and installation times. It also allows you to right-size the control system for your customer’s application.