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Network-Enable Industrial Devices

Every factory needs to manage production goals as well as identify and address potential capacity issues as early in the process as possible.

A leading beverage producer wanted to track and improve its production output by displaying up-to-the-minute production information on the factory floor. This capability was required in order to make the information accessible to production managers and workers, and to track actual performance against goals. The data from all stages of production needed to be collected and displayed on electronic displays throughout the factory.

The Digi One® IAP device server connected the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in the production cells and the electronic displays to the factory’s local network. An OPC server system processed the relevant production data from the PLCs and sent it to the individual signs on the factory floor. With a switch selectable RS-232/422/485 interface and support for DIN rail mounting, the Digi device server provided reliable and seamless network connectivity for the various displays and PLC equipment. It also supports multi-master/multi-protocol, which adds flexibility by allowing serial devices to be managed from more than one host machine, regardless of the serial protocol native to the device. Digi One IAP allowed the beverage producer to standardize on one device server product and actively manage production performance and goals.

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