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Using a Smart Communication Gateway to Integrate Legacy Devices into an IIoT Environment

Does exchanging data between different types of machines always give you a headache? Integrating miscellaneous legacy equipment for factory automation has never been an easy task. Each machine uses a different controller and integrating with supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) monitoring systems is difficult because of the multitudes of different protocols. This is one of the obstacles that makes productivity improvement efforts so hard.

Take changing standard machine parameters as an example. With no networked and distributed system, the operator needs to walk to each machine individually and manually enter parameters. In this system, because of a lack of data accessibility, the potential problems in the factory might not be easily found and could eventually lead to defective products being made.

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