Fanuc launches "Field" Industry 4.0 tool
- Published: March 27, 2017
Fanuc Corp.'s new Intelligent Edge Link and Drive (FIELD) system provides advanced analytics and deep learning capabilities for Fanuc CNCs and robots, peripheral devices and sensors used in automation systems.
The FIELD system allows applications such as Zero Down Time (ZDT) or capabilities such as deep learning or machine learning to be applied in the Edge level of a factory site. The system is based on Edge computing where a large amount of data is processed within the manufacturing site, minimizing the volume and cost of sharing data, while also providing a secure connection to the Cloud for suitable applications.
The data that is on the FIELD system from various machines can also be used for collaboration among equipment, performance optimization, improved traceability and quality control.
FANUC collaborated on the development of FIELD with Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT-enabled digitization; Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information solutions; and Preferred Networks, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence solutions.
FIELD consists of hardware and software that allows multiple external computing devices to be added to the plant network in a highly secure manner.
The software suite is composed of both open source and proprietary licensable products (from Cisco and Preferred Network). Once the FIELD software is loaded and configured, the machine data from all the automation equipment including CNC machines and robots can then be accessible to application developers through an open Application Programming Interface (API).
The easy access to machine data significantly reduces the effort for a third party to develop applications to run on the FIELD system, providing a variety of monitoring, analytic and real-time functions.