Inductive Leaderboard 2016

OPC, REST, Interoperability and Gotchas

New podcast. Following up on my popular podcast on “Why Big Companies Hate OPC UA Embedded”, I review recent writing on OPC UA, REST, MQTT and Sparkplug relative to needed interoperability. I focus on watching how companies implement REST and MQTT–whether they are using an open transport to move proprietary data types, or whether they […]

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Industry 4.0 Provides A Framework For Agile Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 provokes much discussion with little understanding. It began as a German government initiative ostensibly to support the German machine building industry. The idea was picked up in a variety of forms by other governments. Exploring Industry 4.0 leads me to Tim Sowell’s latest blog post. Tim is a Schneider Electric Fellow and VP […]

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Industrial Internet of Things Programming Updated

Programming the Industrial Internet of Things is getting interesting. After the Opto 22 news on REST and Node_RED along with the Inductive Automation conversation on using MQTT middleware and Sparkplug for data description, I’ve dived into these technologies. These things are all standards and widely used. Some have been around for a little while. I’ve […]

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Node-RED Nodes for Industrial Programmable Automation Controllers

Following up on its release of REST enabled programmable automation controllers (PACs) for the industrial internet of things, Opto 22 has released Node-RED nodes. The purpose for enabling Node-RED addresses significantly decreasing IIoT application development time and complexity. These Node-RED nodes for PACs make it easier to prototype and develop applications for connecting physical assets […]

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