Posts Categorized: IIoT

7 Steps to IIoT

I saw a recent magazine article outlining six steps to take to implement the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). It was mostly political – form a team, get buy-in from a C-level executive, etc. It’s not that I think the… Read more »


Low-lying Clouds

I once took visitors to see the Grand Canyon only to find it filled with clouds. Now we find low-lying data clouds, too. The recent ARC post The Power of the Industrial Edge reminds us that with increasing numbers of… Read more »


Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of PROFINET

“Cloud” is one of the current automation buzzwords. It just means that the computer is not here. It’s in an offsite location administered and backed up by specialists. There’s nothing wrong with outsourcing. I outsource driving directions to Google Maps… Read more »


PROFINET and Big Data

All that big data has to come from somewhere.  And PROFINET delivers it. But what is Big Data? Herewith some quotes from the IEEE Computer Society magazine Computing Edge, May issue: “Integrating heterogeneous datasets is essentially what distinguishes big data… Read more »


An Expanded IIoT Checklist

What does it take to have your very own Industrial Internet of Things project? PROFINET has a role to play: Things. The starting point. The “T” in the IIoT. In the industrial world these are sensors, actuators, instruments, I/O blocks,… Read more »


Industrie 4.0 Revisited

Having returned from Hannover Fair where everything was Industrie 4.0, it’s time to revisit what Industrie 4.0 is and where the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet of Things, and PROFINET fit. In words: PROFINET provides data in the Industrial… Read more »


The Data-Driven Factory

Being in the business of moving data with PROFINET, references to the data-driven factory* appeal to me.  Appealing as that is, it’s an incomplete story.  Like a word-driven blog post.  Random words collected do not a blog post make. Random… Read more »


Getting Data to IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (which is a subset of Internet of Things and a subset of Industrie 4.0) needs data.  The data can be used to analyze and feed back improvements to the process.  But how do you get… Read more »


An Industrial Internet of Things Checklist

What do you need to have an Industrial Internet of Things? Data Collection Analysis Feedback Data. It all starts with the data.  It has to be read from networked industrial devices like I/O, drives, and vision systems.  It has to… Read more »


The Real Edge of IIoT

Some IoT definers think of edge devices as things like routers and switches. Others think it’s the closest device to the bottom with an IP address. Still others think it’s the gateway device connecting the whatever to the Internet. Those… Read more »