As an important cornerstone of the fourth industrial revolution, the Industrial Internet provides key infrastructure support and industrial ecological foundation for industrial digitisation, and has become a key support for the innovative development of the digital economy. Moreover, taken China for example, recent government work reports have constantly mentioned the development of the Industrial Internet, the establishment of more common technology research and development platforms, and the enhancement of enterprises’ innovation capacity and specialisation. This fully indicates that the Industrial Internet has gradually moved from concept to practice, and the development of the Industrial Internet has entered a period of rapid development.
To promote its development, the following five major drivers are included: capacity utilisation and accelerated product launch, supply chain optimisation, automation and robotics, flexibility and modularity for customised applications, and green energy. At the heart of all these trends is the idea of helping companies achieve productivity and competitiveness gains, and the collection of real-time industrial data is key in this process.
The increased volume of data allows for deeper data analysis, the identification of innovations to optimise production, the improvement of production processes and the reduction of wasted resources, thus enabling increased productivity. A large amount of data comes from industrial connectivity, so connectivity is the first step towards Industry 4.0. The reason for the special focus on industrial connectivity is that, on the one hand, advanced and high-level industrial connectivity is the cornerstone of the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry and is a fundamental guarantee for ensuring that large amounts of industrial data are transformed into insights and decisive power, ultimately leading to better business output and industry disruption.
Moreover, with the next generation of industrial connectivity, assets and technologies will be connected to form an efficient, resilient and flexible ecosystem that can easily adapt to unique manufacturing needs and take into account future trends. On the other hand, for companies to be truly connected, three conditions must be met: firstly, a higher level of information technology (IT) or enterprise infrastructure must be integrated with the plant’s control network; secondly, the various networks or production units existing in the plant must co-exist and support interactive operations; and thirdly, seamless and secure connectivity is required throughout the process environment, from the process endpoint all the way to the enterprise cloud. It is easy to see that industrial digital transformation cannot be achieved without industrial connectivity.
In the futural industrial environment and Industrial automation Malaysia, there will be a trend towards more convenient and easy-to-use wireless networks for connectivity and transmission, but wireless networks are currently facing two major challenges: power consumption and reliability. Even with highly reliable wireless transmission solutions, there is still a chance that data errors will occur, which is a major problem for the control side. In addition, with the promotion of 5G, more and more trends will move towards the industrial internet concept. The three main features of 5G – high transmission rate, Low-Latency Communication make 5G and industrial field will form a good application scenario, and in the industrial internet field industrial robots and robotic internet products will be introduced Real-time Ethernet.
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