The concept of Industrial IoT and AI by FANUC
As a universal answer to Industrial IoT, FANUC has developed the FIELD System (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link & Drive System). It is an open platform that enables the execution of various Industrial IoT applications within a factory focusing on interconnecting edge heavy devices such as machine tools, robots, PLCs and sensors. Through creating an interactive web of connected machinery and equipment, the FIELD System is able to exploit immense amounts of data and provides a solution to analyse it in a faster and more efficient manner.
Hence, the FIELD System makes it possible to draw intelligent conclusions from data and design smarter processes, e.g make predictions about machine behaviours or potential failures.
FANUC’s open platform system gives machine tool builders, robot manufacturers, sensor and peripheral device manufacturers the freedom to develop their own applications. The target of the FIELD system is connecting each device within a factory, but also allowing flexibility to connect to upper host systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), SCM (Supply Chain Management) and MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems).
FANUC has already realised some applications such as
LINKi and ZDT and it has developed concepts for machine learning as well as deep learning inspection.