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J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2018, 7(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/jsan7020023

Integration of Sensor and Actuator Networks and the SCADA System to Promote the Migration of the Legacy Flexible Manufacturing System towards the Industry 4.0 Concept

Department of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, University of Extremadura, Avenida de Elvas, s/n, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Received: 16 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 21 May 2018
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Networks of sensors and actuators in automated manufacturing processes are implemented using industrial fieldbuses, where automation units and supervisory systems are also connected to exchange operational information. In the context of the incoming fourth industrial revolution, called Industry 4.0, the management of legacy facilities is a paramount issue to deal with. This paper presents a solution to enhance the connectivity of a legacy Flexible Manufacturing System, which constitutes the first step in the adoption of the Industry 4.0 concept. Such a system includes the fieldbus PROcess FIeld BUS (PROFIBUS) around which sensors, actuators, and controllers are interconnected. In order to establish effective communication between the sensors and actuators network and a supervisory system, a hardware and software approach including Ethernet connectivity is implemented. This work is envisioned to contribute to the migration of legacy systems towards the challenging Industry 4.0 framework. The experimental results prove the proper operation of the FMS and the feasibility of the proposal. View Full-Text
Keywords: sensor and actuator network; fieldbuses; industrial communications; Ethernet; flexible manufacturing system; programmable logic controllers (PLC); supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA); Industry 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensor and actuator network; fieldbuses; industrial communications; Ethernet; flexible manufacturing system; programmable logic controllers (PLC); supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA); Industry 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
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Calderón Godoy, A.J.; González Pérez, I. Integration of Sensor and Actuator Networks and the SCADA System to Promote the Migration of the Legacy Flexible Manufacturing System towards the Industry 4.0 Concept. J. Sens. Actuator Netw. 2018, 7, 23.

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