Sunday, May 26, 2019

Bridging the Gap between HART Devices and IIoT, the Industrial Internet of Things

Manufacturing Plant of the Future

The typical process control model that involves decision making for the process at the local or centralized level by PLCs (Programmable Logic Controller) or BPCS (Basic Process Control System) is quickly changing. These systems installed yesteryear were never intended to deal with or even realize the amount of data they would have access to in the near future. There are certainly newer ERP, MES and asset management systems that collect some of this data now, but the more critical challenge that local manufacturing facilities face is manpower. Because streamlining of costs and overheads has left many manufacturing facilities with just enough personnel to keep the plant running, facilities no longer have the extra time, personnel and resources required to analyze data. For this reason we are seeing third party companies, and even some of the larger process control vendors, offer leasing or annual agreements that involve collecting, storing, and analyzing all sorts of process data. This data is part of a larger predictive analytics strategy that can not only forewarn operators of impending problems to come, but is also being used to optimize the process itself. This type of cloud automation looks to gather as much data as possible to reduce operating expenditures and future capital expenditures for future plant builds.


So the challenge remains: how do existing and new manufacturing facilities find a cost effective way to get critical plant floor data up to higher level information systems? The answer is to take advantage of the digital HART data you already have installed but either didn’t know it was there or couldn’t afford the equipment upgrades to gain access to it.

This white paper, courtesy of Moore Industries, will outline how the flow of process and diagnostics data from smart HART digital field instruments can now be shared with mid and higher level control, asset management and data information systems without having to upgrade expensive process control interface equipment. Additionally, features and considerations of devices that enable this sharing of data will be reviewed and suggested.

Table of Contents
  • Plant of the Future
  • HART Protocol’s Persistence
  • HART Primer
  • HART Revisions and Compliance
  • HART Dynamic and Device Variables
  • HART Hosts and Revisions
  • HART Interface Options
  • Employing the Extracted HART Data
  • Cybersecurity Considerations
  • Configuration of IIoT Devices
For more information, contact Arjay Automation, LLC. Call (800) 761-1749 or visit https://arjaynet.com.