SmartBridge® Technology: A Gateway to the Possibilities of Industrie 4.0
Condition-based maintenance, process optimization, and service on demand – these have become a reality with SmartBridge® technology. SmartBridge® takes valuable status data from automation components and makes it directly available to higher-level information systems. It not only increases the efficiency of the individual processes, but also your entire production process. Using Field Devices as a Valuable Source of Data for Process Optimization Status data that is delivered from sensors, machines, or even the entire production line can provide significant information for the user. But this requires a technology that can distinguish between different types of data and then transmit that data appropriately. This is SmartBridge® technology. Throughout the manufacturing process, cyclical process data from the field devices provides information on how machine control systems are regulating the various processes. Simultaneously, intelligent field devices deliver acyclic status information, such as signal quality, hours of operation, or wear. Traditional machine control systems are not capable of evaluating this data. Process data interface Information data interface Interface to SmartBridge® technology Process data Parameter data Status data Events Machine control system Sensor SmartBridge® – the name says it all – intelligently bridges this digital gap. It identifies and transfers this data, allowing information about the operating status of automation to be transmitted directly to higher-level information systems and service systems – bypassing the machine control system.