Design Like a Pro: Best Practice for IIoT


July 9, 2020
Article from |  Inductive Automation Source: Manufacturing Tomorrow

While the IoT has shown incredible promise within the corporate and consumer environment, the true value of the IoT can be found in the industrial space, which has aptly become known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

While the IoT has shown incredible promise within the corporate and consumer environment, the true value of the IoT can be found in the industrial space, which has aptly become known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 
The unquenchable thirst for industrial data has ignited this IIoT movement to bring operational technology (OT) up to speed with its enterprise counterpart, information technology (IT). This movement aims to overcome hurdles that have handicapped the growth of the industrial world, and to connect data across a wide network throughout an organization. 
The IIoT unlocks data, clearing the way for easy access and share-ability. By working with IT, OT can leverage the scalability and flexibility of open technologies to access and share all types of data with every level of an organization. In this white paper, we’ll provide some best practices when approaching your new IIoT infrastructure. 

Best Practice #1: Gradually Transition to a New IIoT Infrastructure
There is a lot of hype about the IIoT and many organizations want to leverage the benefits it promises. However, for many organizations, the path to technological adoption seems unclear, and some still question if IIoT will ever happen. Fortunately, with current and emerging offerings, organizations can actually take full advantage of IIoT today. Before making the leap, though, they should recognize that legacy devices are still in use. Planning and patience are required as you move forward with an IIoT solution for your organization. As the old saying goes, you should look before you leap.
Build a Parallel Infrastructure
There are still hundreds of millions of proprietary legacy PLCs and devices being used by organizations today, and they will continue to be in use for many years to come. Upgrading all of these devices would be incredibly cost-prohibitive. It would also be very difficult to just switch to a new technology, because making a quick switch could result in a catastrophic failure and loss of revenue.
Your best approach is to build a parallel infrastructure alongside with your existing installation and gradually transition devices from your old system to your new IIoT infrastructure. Many systems are critical in nature and upgrades could cause outages, which are unacceptable. Building a system in parallel allows you and your organization to compare data from your established system with your new system. The gradual approach helps you to make sure your new system works and is stable before making a complete infrastructure transition.
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