Smoothing out the interoperability issues in smart factories

Data mining is transforming the face of factory automation. As factory automation is all about faster, smarter, and more efficient production, unlocking the vast, untapped potential of data on shop floors has been the driving force behind factory automation’s transformation for some time now. The most striking change on factory floors is the evolution of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication into system-to-system communication. M2M communication still propels automation significantly when it comes to point-to-point communication between hardware, but it takes a backseat to system-to-system communication when data needs to be transferred from sensors and devices to the cloud. Consequently, establishing connections between subsystems in network architectures adds new communications paths and network platforms, bringing new complexities and challenges.

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