Some decisions need to be made extremely quickly

One thing that’s great about the edge is that it lets you react in real time. You can analyze data and make changes immediately. Our artificial intelligence (AI) controller, for example, uses machine learning algorithms to detect anomalies in machine behavior, alert operators that something’s amiss, and automatically go into a preprogrammed alternate run mode.

An edge-based strategy brings manufacturers closer to the vision of the factory of the future, in which equipment on the factory floor uses real-time data analysis to autonomously make adjustments. Since there’s no need to send data to the cloud for analysis and then communicate it back to the facility, decisions can be made extremely quickly.

Some decisions must be based on long-term data analytics

The one caveat with respect to edge-based data analysis and decision-making is that you’re only looking at a small slice of data. This is great for decisions that are just based on what’s happening now, but it won’t help you analyze trends that occur over long periods of time (like seasonal variations).

A cloud-based strategy lets you analyze data on a broader scale to detect how – for example – seasonal weather conditions might affect a process. If it’s warmer inside the plant, materials may react differently than they would when it’s cooler. You can also identify patterns of equipment wear and tear and detect operator training needs with longer-term analysis.

If you want a true edge solution, Omron is the best choice

Omron is special when it comes to helping customers stay completely on the Edge. Other automation solution providers also offer edge enabled devices, but these typically they require some sort of connectivity for licensing or updates. Only Omron can truly stay on the edge, and our AI controller is one of the most secure ways for manufacturers to leverage machine learning.

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