Digital Factory

Fields of action of the Digital Factory now Create added value from the concept all the way to maintenance

Phoenix Contact’s concept of the Digital Factory now fully considers all areas of production plants. There are various scalable and immediately available solutions along the entire value added chain.

Discover the four fields of action and start realizing the potential of digitalization today.

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Data collection, storage & evaluation Daten effizient sammeln, flexibel speichern und daraus Vorteile generieren

Die klassische Trennung von OT-Level und IT-Level gehört der Vergangenheit an. Seit dem Internet der Dinge sind alle Teilnehmer miteinander vernetzt und kommunizieren untereinander. Dies bietet viele Vorteile, zum Beispiel für die Analyse von Daten mittels KI und den damit verbundenen Produktivitätssteigerungen. Es führt aber auch zwangsläufig zu Herausforderungen. Die Integration bestehender Maschinen in das Netzwerk und das Sammeln ihrer Daten, ohne die CE-Konformität zu verlieren, ist eine davon. Auch gilt es, Schnittstellen für moderne Kommunikationsprotokolle zu schaffen, um die alte Welt mit der neuen zu verbinden und einen reibungslosen Datenaustausch von der Maschine bis zum MES sicherzustellen. Das Speichern der Daten erfolgt anschließend applikationsorientiert entweder lokal oder in der Cloud.

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Data transportation High-performance networks are the backbone of your Digital Factory

Data is generated in all levels of the Digital Factory – from the sensor to the cloud. The growing number of devices that are connected to Ethernet and send or receive data is resulting in increasingly complex networks. Here, efficient data flow is a basic requirement in order for production to run smoothly in a Digital Factory. Furthermore, the subsequent integration of additional intelligent devices into the network leads to constant expansion and continuous changes. In order to create an infrastructure that is future-proof, a sufficiently flexible structure is required along with the option of network diagnostics.

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Data security No chance of hacker attacks

Connecting all the devices in a network to the Internet provides many advantages for production operations, such as being able to easily access machines from anywhere – whether for monitoring or maintenance by service partners. However, this also opens up the risk of third parties gaining unauthorized access and therefore requires the full protection of production operations. Phoenix Contact is certified in accordance with IEC 62443 and accordingly provides comprehensive security concepts for trouble-free operation.
Due to discontinued updates and the resulting lack of protection against trojans and viruses, it can be difficult to integrate outdated systems. With CIFS monitoring, secure integration is possible even in these cases.

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Data usage Smart usage of your data

One of the essential steps in the journey to a self-organizing smart factory is the targeted use and networking of data. It enables the flexible control of material flow in production and makes it possible to respond quickly to changes in volatile markets. The horizontal and vertical integration of systems into the Digital Factory is necessary in order to achieve shorter production lifecycles. The networking of ERP, MES, and production is key here. In addition, new information is generated from the stored production data so as to increase efficiency through optimization. Along with the data, there are also challenges associated with the integration of global safety, as well as communication and security concepts that need to be taken into consideration. Industry 4.0 and new automation standards can prove helpful here.