The drawbacks to implementing a hardwired network include high costs of retrofitting plant infrastructure, loss of productivity, and revenue caused by the downtime for retooling and decreased operational flexibility when site modifications are needed. The implementation of wireless IoT networks radically alters that equation.
Interconnectivity makes Industry 4.0 work. Installing wireless routing throughout a factory is not only doable, it is extremely inexpensive using today’s technology. Recent innovations are very powerful in reach and provide a working communication channel for all the nodes connected. As an added benefit, the technology does not get in the way of the equipment or personnel either.
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