Digital Technology Fanuc's new IIoT platform in Europe
The European launch of the Field system, a new IIoT platform, was carried out by Fanuc at the recently concluded EMO Hannover exhibition in Germany.
Fanuc is well recognised by the manufacturing industry as it offers a wide range of quality automation solutions such as robotics and CNC wireless systems to its customers. Among its most recent innovations is the Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link and Drive system, which has the capability to link together production machines from different manufacturers and generations in a single factory.
Intelligent Edge Link and Drive system
Fanuc carried out the European launch of its new IIoT platform – Field system at EMO Hannover. The full form of ‘Field’ is the Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link and Drive and one of the main features of this system is that it is an open system. This means it has the capability to link together production machines from different manufacturers and generations in a single factory, thus enabling comprehensive data analysis to be conducted along the entire process chain and propelling users to get even closer to the coveted smart factory.
Collecting and analysing machine data directly on-site
This is not all. In addition to this, the IIoT platform has another significant feature which makes the Field system unique compared to its competitors. The new system collects and analyses machine data directly on-site (edge heavy), without first transferring it to the cloud. In other words, the platform is equipped to process data in the factory without any delay, which helps to speed up the production process, and thereby, improving its efficiency.
Exclusive cloud solution
Fanuc claims that the Field system is the sole IIoT platform that offers users an option to either store the data in the factory or upload it to an external cloud. The system runs locally and, therefore, on detecting a problem in the ongoing production process, action can be taken quickly without the need to connect to a cloud. However, if users are not satisfied with this process, they can also use the Field system’s cloud solution that has been specially designed for storing data for future evaluation or perform data analysis across multiple production sites. For customer convenience, the company has also made available Field system apps on the Fanuc app store via the cloud.
This first appeared on www.maschinenmarkt.international.