Building Bridges: Convergence in Manufacturing
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Technology convergence is a raging river waiting to be bridged. It starts with separate and often opposing sides holding firm to their ground. The current of business rushes between them with each camp working from their respective banks.
In manufacturing, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have been able to maintain separate camps. OT controls the shop floor by manipulating, coordinating and communicating with PLCs, CNC equipment, SCADA systems and more. While on the other hand, IT services the business, design and engineering sides with networks, servers and storage.