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By Rich Handley

Harting Showcases Industry 4.0 Solutions Incorporating RFID

At this year's Industry 4.0 Summit, Harting will showcase its range of Industry 4.0 solutions. According to the company, these systems incorporate modular integrated computer architecture (MICA) for industrial networking, as well as radio frequency identification.

Harting's integrated industry and Internet of Things systems involve the use of RFID-based technology to collect manufacturing data that can then be analyzed. This allows production lines to be adjusted, maintained or re-tooled, based on live, accurate production information.

Harting's integrated Industry 4.0 system
At the summit, the firm will demonstrate a practical implementation of these concepts developed for Tritec Systems, a U.K.-based systems integrator. Tritec's integration solution is built around an industrial HMI equipment interface, enabling the integration of RFID with PLC control systems. To minimize the need for customization, Tritec required a range of RFID readers that could be deployed in a variety of situations, while communicating via standard networking interfaces and protocols.

"By applying both of these innovative Harting solutions—passive UHF RFID and MICA technology—production line manufacturing managers can monitor the condition status of key machinery in real time for material supply chain management or preventative maintenance issues," said Howard Forryan, Harting's product marketing specialist, in a prepared statement. "They can then carry out continuous control adjustments through the separate simple, compact and reliable computing device which provides secure access to the main operating software system to maximise process efficiencies. As a consequence, users can achieve important productivity gains."

MICA operates with open architecture software, allowing it to be easily customized. Software applications run in Linux-based containers that hold all necessary libraries and drivers. This, the company reports, reduces concerns regarding data security when MICA is allowed access to a higher-level production operating network.

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