One of the main improvements that industry 4.0 brought to industrial automation was the possibility of monitoring controllers remotely. Today there are several systems that connect all the devices in the industrial machinery to the internet, so that they can be controlled and monitored from any location. Thus, monitoring your machines is much simpler and more dynamic!
However, it is necessary to carry out the correct installations and integrate the systems for this to be possible. See how to do this article!
How To Monitor Your Machines Remotely Over The Internet
The great difficulty of remote access to the factory floor automation machines is in enabling accessibility of a predetermined IP to the PLC installed in the machine or in the industrial plant.
Usually, the configuration of the devices is simple, but it also presents a low level of security and, for this reason, it is common that the IP of a PLC cannot be accessed remotely. This characteristic makes this type of connection difficult to be accepted by the industry.
One of the ways to overcome this problem is to bet on a solution with a PLC that has web-server and GSM / GPRS connections, or even wired internet. With a good system it is possible to check data, control all the production and speed of the machines, as well as the expandable input and output modules.
You can monitor your machines 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even without being present in the industry. There is still the possibility of storing and processing operation screens.
Benefits Of Monitoring Your Machines Remotely
There are many advantages to working remotely monitoring your machines. But some should be highlighted:
- dynamism – stopping to check each PLC on the factory floor can make it difficult to solve a problem on the production line and cause the engineer to waste time. Having all the information at the touch of a button helps a lot;
- alerts – some remote monitoring systems already offer options for alerts by SMS or email if something critical happens in the operation, which allows more assertive and quick decisions, even in terms of industrial maintenance ;
- more efficiency – with all the data in hand more quickly, it is possible to program a more profitable and effective work rate for the machines, as well as reducing the equipment downtime and ensuring more use of the operator for the activities.