Rockwell Automation launched its FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines cloud application – a new Microsoft Azure cloud-enabled capability.
The application provides access to performance analytics from deployed systems in order to gain insight to support their customers. For manufacturers going through a digital transformation, this capability capitalizes on connected technologies to help drive higher availability and output while reducing maintenance costs.
“The sophistication of plants today has made specialization and collaboration essential,” said Axel Rodriguez, SaaS/Cloud products manager, Rockwell Automation. “Your manufacturing operations and maintenance teams have a lot on their plates. Allowing your equipment builders – who know their machines like the backs of their hands – to become collaborators in performance analytics can free up the best minds to focus on optimizing entire lines, plants or applications.”
OEMs can embed a FactoryTalk Cloud gateway device onto the machines they provide. Once commissioned, the machine starts collecting data. The data from selected controllers is sent to the FactoryTalk cloud application securely with minimal configuration by the equipment builder or the end user. The equipment builder then has access to real-time analytics and actionable information via prebuilt dashboards.
This cloud-based application, provided as software-as-a-service (SaaS), empowers equipment builders to best support their systems by seeing how they are used and offering insight into performance, states, events and other relevant activities.
Before now, there was no standard approach for equipment builders who needed to collaborate with their manufacturing customers.