Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) is the application of the network of intelligent computers, devices and objects that share huge amounts of data to the manufacturing industry. The days of manually manipulating industrial processes are fading, and quickly being replaced by a complex array of sensors and smart devices that are enabling the fourth industrial revolution through machine-to-machine (M2M) communication and industrial big data analytics. This convergence of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) in the IIoT is driving unprecedented levels of efficiency, productivity, and performance. As a result, businesses in power and energy, oil and gas, manufacturing, healthcare, aviation, agriculture and many other industries are experiencing transformative operational and financial benefits.
Manufacturers across all industries are investing billions of dollars to equip their plants with the latest innovative technology that require specialized operating skills. Unfortunately, there is not enough skilled labor to keep pace with the industry’s evolution. This skills gap is one of the greatest challenges manufacturers. There is a rapidly-growing need for manufacturing employees with certified skills and verified work readiness manufacturers to grow and remain globally competitive.
This paper details an interdisciplinary graduate student project involving the design, development, and implementation of a remotely accessible lab environment that integrates enterprise information technology (IT) with industrial automation control systems (IACS), and manufacturing process machinery into a fully functional converged plant-wide Ethernet/IP manufacturing infrastructure. The laboratory environment facilitates 24/7 access to students anywhere in the world with an Internet connection providing a platform for distance education and on campus students to work collaboratively to develop critical IIoT skills.
In addition, the laboratory design process is discussed in detail, including how the collaboration of differing, but related, disciplines are integrated to take advantage of synergies and enhance the knowledge base and skill sets of the related disciplines. Lessons learned and best practices are also shared.
Pickard, J., & Linn, J. B., & Awojana, T. B., & Lunsford, P. J. (2018, June), Designing a Converged Plant-wide Ethernet/IP Lab for Hands-on Distance Learning: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Project Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30276
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