Over the past two decades, automation has improved the performance, quality, and productivity of production systems and processes. Traditionally, the manufacturing industry has been slow to capture new technology platforms, but in recent years, the advent and success of cloud computing means that this technology is becoming Important for manufacturers.

One of the most noticeable changes in the industry over the years is from advances in remote connectivity. Software and tool architectures created in previous decades are no longer relevant to the new cloud infrastructure. For example, with factory production monitoring, the ability to share application software development with a distribution group from previous locations can only be found in very few systems. Access should now be integrated and distributed version, and easy to set up like remote email access.

For demanding environments, such as the offshore oil and gas industry, remote access is especially valuable. The industry processes large amounts of data, often sourced from multiple teams in remote locations. Cloud computing allows complex data communication between these locations and back to the main office for analysis.

Moreover, cloud computing allows manufacturers to also manage their partners. By working closely and sharing business data with third-party providers, logistics partners and other partners or manufacturers can form what is called the community cloud above. network. This advanced cloud form allows businesses to better understand their entire supply chain and create a secure platform for business partners to coordinate their operations.

How will the introduction of cloud computing affect the development process?

With cloud computing, the development process remains the same, but the architecture changes. For designers moving from creating separate products to providing essential services for larger systems, there are a number of key considerations, including:
  • Data is no longer local and the quality of this data will affect the whole process
  • Data needs to be available in addition to static tag mapping
  • Data needs to be kept confidential to avoid interruption through corruption
  • Services need to expand from discrete devices to intelligent systems that enable unified workloads
  • Depending on the importance of the process, safety is affected by security
At the same time, automation providers can simplify the integration of cloud services into their products and systems by:
  • Remove complex and proprietary architectures
  • Use open communication standards
  • Think about the service and product integral
  • Ensure that the system architecture scales properly into the cloud
  • Finally, we must also consider the risks. 
Network security threats are not necessarily malicious hackers' jobs, but they can often be simple errors made by employees, such as unsecured network connections, making the system infected. virus or violation. Moving from the embedded world is isolated and connected to a business or the cloud is capable of breaking through and it can have a significant impact on businesses. All rules change once this level of connection exists, but it also offers incredible opportunities for everyone.
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