TwinCAT solutions for IoT and Industrie 4.0
In addition to PLC, motion control and measurement technology functions, TwinCAT engineering and control software also integrates specific modules for Industrie 4.0 or IoT applications. TwinCAT enables secure vertical and horizontal communication – in one tool – as well as the acquisition, processing and analysis of all process data. This “Big Data” collection serves as the base for comprehensive analytics, which enables predictive maintenance and minimises costly machine downtimes.
With TwinCAT IoT, Beckhoff supports standardised protocols for cloud-based communication applications. Quick and easy to configure, TwinCAT IoT provides a variety of functions for exchanging process data via communication protocols such as AMQP, MQTT and OPC UA, and for accessing special data and communication services belonging to either public or local cloud systems.
The ‘Smart Print Factory’ introduces many diverse requirements, including digital workflow business intelligence, online and offline state analysis, predictive maintenance, pattern recognition, machine optimisation and long-term archiving of data. This requires data capture to be as continuous as possible and in sync with the processing cycle. For this reason Beckhoff developed TwinCAT Analytics software. All process data is available locally or as a cloud-based solution. IoT and Industrie 4.0