Emerson Electric Co. has introduced PACSystems Edge Solutions, a new portfolio of turnkey industrial edge hardware and software solutions. Accordingly, Edge Solutions simplify selection and deployment. Hence, they help OEMs, systems integrators, and end users reduce time spent integrating, developing, and validating digital transformation projects.
Consequently, the portfolio delivers a scalable range of edge capabilities in fit-for-purpose packages. This is true from low footprint connectivity and computing to plantwide analytics and supervision.
The solutions allow personnel in food and beverage, industrial machinery, renewable energy, and other industries to easily collect and visualize critical data and analytics locally, right where they work, enabling them to optimize and proactively maintain operations for maximum uptime and efficiency.
Manufacturers have many options for edge hardware and software. For that reason, these make it challenging to piece together effective IIoT solutions that can collect and process data at the edge for deep analysis to improve productivity, machinery health, and more.
PACSystems Edge Solutions come as fully licensed and optimized combinations of Emerson’s edge and IIoT software and computing hardware. Consequently, these solutions significantly reduce the time and complexity of selecting, configuring, and supporting edge solutions.
End users gain faster access to insights from disparate and stranded data sources across the operation, minimizing the time to achieve results. OEMs can securely and proactively monitor machine health, improve actionability and visibility into performance, and notify operators of potential issues before they become downtime events.
Sabee Mitra, Emerson’s Group President for Systems and Software said accessing critical data and analytics right at the point of generation empowers plant personnel. In other words, this will enable them to take fast and informed action to improve production.
“With PACSystems Edge Solutions, any industry application using PLCs (programmable logic controllers) can deliver immediate insights when and where operators need them most while maintaining easy scalability.”
Emerson’s new edge solutions leverage Movicon.NExT, WebHMI, Connext OPC UA server and the PACEdge platform in optimized software packages. Specifically, they provide powerful and flexible connectivity, visualization, and a cloud-enabled toolset.
In addition, users can connect openly to any field device or control system to create advanced edge computing, plant and energy analytics and supervisory systems, then present that information on a single, common human machine interface (HMI) from machine to enterprise level.
Individual fit-for-purpose PACSystems Edge Solutions seamlessly interconnect, unlocking easy scalability across the entire platform. Organizations can start with one application and build as future needs grow, easily expanding the value of solutions already in place. They include:
Improves visibility into machine operation and performance and empowers operators with quick access to critical information.
Harnesses data from any source to deliver real-time insights and machine learning that is immediately accessible to operators to improve decision making.
Unlocks real-time process optimization through high-speed, deterministic control and machine intelligence in a single device.
Simplifies access and visibility to plant productivity, performance, and energy usage with intuitive, pre-configured analytics.
Connects plant assets and production data into a comprehensive, real-time view of production operations with anywhere-access visualization.
End users, systems integrators, and OEMs alike will benefit from accelerated application development. At the same time, it also helps secure, open connectivity from device to cloud. Hence, these will respond to their IIoT needs along with the necessary flexibility to support future OT and IT integrations.