Make Your OT, IT, IIoT Protocol Interoperability Easier for Industry 4.0
A central consideration and challenge in achieving a connected smart factory is protocol division. Depending on the specific operation, system integrators may encounter numerous disparate automation protocols that must be connected to achieve the operational goals or optimization goals. The OT world encompasses MES (manufacturing execution systems), SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), PLCs, meters, valves, sensors and motors, etc. The most common protocols are PROFINET, PROFIBUS, EtherNet/IP, and Modbus. IT systems include an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system that mostly uses SNMP, HTTP, SOAP, XML protocols. The IIoT and industry 4.0 application requires the connection of many devices and systems to collect and share the vast amount of high-quality data across OT and IT platforms. The mainstream protocols for the adoption of the IIoT or Industry 4.0 are MQTT, AMQP, and CoAP. Moxa is one of the few product manufacturers and solution providers that offer a comprehensive product portfolio that makes the interoperability of OT, IT, and IIoT protocols straightforward.