Industrial IOT and Cyber Physical Systems
Traditionally, manufacturing has been considered as a process that converts raw materials into physical products in the factories by managing resources with best automation practices available.
Today, drivers such as technology, sustainability, optimization and the need to meet customer demands have once again encouraged the transformation of the manufacturing industry to become adaptive, fully connected, and aware of its own power quality. One of the most significant trends in manufacturing is of improved information technology solutions involving the union of conventional automation with the information technology.
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are enabling technologies which bring the virtual and physical worlds together to create a truly networked world in which intelligent objects communicate and interact with each other. They are "enabling technologies" which make multiple innovative applications and processes a reality as the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds disappear. Cyber-physical systems provide the basis the creation of an Internet of Things (IoT) which makes smart services and products possible. A cyber-physical system (CPS) is a “thing” in the Internet of Things. It is a combination of mechanical, electronic and software components that communicate via a data infrastructure such as the Internet react flexibly to external influences and exchange data with information systems and other CPSs. In manufacturing facilities, cyber-physical systems will communicate with intelligent, networked industrial production and logistics units-also known as cyber-physical production systems (CPPS). The CPSs exchange information, trigger actions in production and reciprocally control themselves autonomously. This enables industrial processes in manufacturing, engineering, use of materials, supply chain management and life cycle management to be fundamentally restructured and optimized.
Currently, manufacturing data are segmented, detailed and planned for a single scope, stored within the legacy systems, thus preventing the digital continuity that would let use them in the optimal way, independently from where and how they have been collected. Cyber Physical System (CPS) will instead be able to provide the needed information from the physical world while cyber-physical-collaboration environment will enable an efficient analysis, management, sharing and usage of the data and the knowledge elaborated from them and from the experience of involved people. Cyber-physical systems also represent a paradigm break from existing business and market models, as revolutionary new applications, service providers and value chains become possible.