Highlighting the changing role of global distributors, Arrow Electronics has teamed up with three other companies to develop an end-to-end cloud analytics solution for applications in the industrial internet of things (IIoT).
Arrow worked with codestryke, Shiratech and Siemens to cover everything from sensors and connectivity hardware to analysis and reporting software, all running on the Siemens MindSphere industrial IoT-as-a-service solution.
The networking and monitoring of plants and factories is a key trend in th emove to Industry 4.0, and condition monitoring of machines and devices is essential for efficient predictive maintenance, having a significant impact on overall equipment effectiveness.
Arrow's system gathers data from sensors and transmits it to the cloud via an edge gateway, where it can be visualized and analysed through a customised dashboard. Continuous monitoring and collection of all relevant operating data means patterns can be observed and emerging faults identified, enabling maintenance to be carried out on a more accurately scheduled basis. In addition to helping users avoid the disruption and costs associated with unplanned downtime by optimizing maintenance intervals, these cloud analytics can also analyse running costs and help increase overall service life of equipment.
Arrow worked with Shiratech to develop iCOMOX, a hardware and software solution for condition-based monitoring of industrial plants, machines and other assets connected to the cloud with MindSphere. This uses the data from connected products, plants and systems to optimize operations, create better quality products and deploy new business models.
codestryke develops customised IoT solutions and offers consultancy to help organisations plan and roll out IIoT deployments successfully and at scale. Its expertise covers app development, edge and cloud analytics and the operation of cloud infrastructure. codestryke also has an edge gateway offer (including a runtime), PLC programming and connectivity solutions.