The current trend towards Industry 4.0 and Smart Factory means that collecting, aggregating, and accessing real-time data is more critical than ever before. The Cogent DataHub® is being used for this type of monitoring and control application in automated systems for discrete manufacturing across the globe.
With the advent of OPC DA in the mid-90s, data collection and aggregation for manufacturing systems took a huge leap forward when plant engineers and managers began using best-in-class solutions from different manufacturers. Now OPC UA promises the same connectivity, but with better networking and security. The Cogent DataHub integrates OPC DA and UA into a common data set, and supports server-to-server bridging, redundancy and OPC tunnelling, making it a highly functional, multi-purpose tool for system integration in any type of manufacturing facility.
Monitoring, Control, Archiving
Connecting and integrating data sources is just part of an overall solution for in-plant systems. Most systems also need some kind of monitoring, and many benefit from supervisory control. The DataHub’s web-based HMI, WebView, is being used to complement to existing HMIs and SCADA systems by many companies, and as a stand-alone system by others. The DataHub’s convenient logging options provide a way to store production data for later analysis, and is often used in conjunction with existing MES and ERP systems.
Textile Manufacturing: Automating data collection at a textile plant allows management to gauge performance, resulting in a significant cost savings for the company.
Wood Products Fabrication: DataHub Scripting allows this wood products company crunch numbers on the fly, so their MES system can now combine raw data and live analytics.
Water Nozzle Assembly: An assembly line robot that picks water nozzle parts got a boost in performance thanks to the Cogent DataHub―resulting in higher output and less downtime.
Manufacturing Paper Products: A European paper company used the Cogent DataHub to make a reliable, real-time connection between their process vision and quality control systems.
Heavy Equipment Manufacturing: Viewing production data from two heavy equipment plants was implemented using DataHub WebView, with zero impact on the comany’s IT department or IIS system.
Thin-Film Plastics Production: A system integrator used the Cogent DataHub to access OPC data from a thin-film plastics plant, cutting production costs through better data analysis.
Battery Production Facility: The Cogent DataHub at a battery manufacturing plant normalizes data connections from over 200 devices to optimize connectivity for an MES system.