White Paper | Should IIoT Be Built Top-Down or Ground-Up?
Grant Gerke | July 12, 2016
There’s been a lot of discussions lately on how Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) should be structured for success with the Industrial Internet of Things. Should it be a top-down approach coming from IT or a bottom-up operational perspective for adding more monitoring and enterprise visibility.
However, Inductive Automation’s white paper on the OT/IT topic points out that a nimble plant monitoring platform can be a key enabler for larger enterprises (below):
Unlike most SCADA solutions, the ideal IIoT platform must exhibit extreme agility and flexibility — no proprietary solutions, no locked data, and no unneeded frustrations. The ideal IIoT platform must be able to adapt quickly to a wide range of industries and applications without hindering current enterprise infrastructures. Furthermore, it should be capable of making changes without interrupting current processes and workflow.
A recent case application from Chobani Yogurt shows how the right platform can create an IIoT environment. The platform is the Ignition SCADA platform, and the story shows how it increased monitoring for operations and maintenance (O&M).
The recently added packaging KPIs show how quickly the Inductive Automation SCADA platform can expand monitoring capabilities for this global food producer. The server-based SCADA software has a built-in Python scripting engine that allows users to implement graphic script builders and avoid writing script to display operational parameters, such as changing properties.
More KPIs help operations and maintenance monitor the dense Greek yogurt processing that has twice the amount of solids compared with more traditional U.S. yogurts.