Under the trend of Industry 4.0, manufacturers began to use digital technology to achieve more transparent control of production processes to improve production efficiency, reduce production costs and provide more value to customers. The premise of Industry 4.0 requires the factory to have an efficient connectivity solution that requires an intelligent, stable, and secure network of factories before it can mine the big data it needs and convert that data into value.
Digital technology has great benefits for manufacturing, reducing costs, enabling customized production, and reducing time-to-market. Digital technology allows people to have complete mastery of production equipment and processes to better capture production plans. However, this benefit can only be achieved by connecting all the machines and equipment through system software integration.
In most industrial network environments, more than 90% of the objects in the factory need to be connected to the network cable. However, this is not easy to implement, especially the old production equipment becomes an information island, and data collection and analysis are not allowed, which makes it impossible for managers to further understand and manage these devices.
In the past, most of the factory networks used wired connections. The cost of retrofitting equipment was high. Re-arranging cables produced unpredictable costs, and it took a lot of time and even led to production downtime, resulting in a decline in productivity and revenue. Therefore, vendors must consider whether the value and cost of rewiring is in line with ROI expectations.
In the future, a large number of devices in the factory will be networked, including robots, mobile AGVs, machine tools and other automation equipment, which will make the connection more complicated and will be a huge project for wired connections. Factories need an easy-to-deploy, easy-to-manage, and easy-to-use connectivity solution that enables field devices to communicate quickly and easily.