Most compute workloads can now run anywhere, creating opportunities for CSPs to deliver services that traditionally needed to be on-premise. The smart factory is one such example. As automation expands in the smart factory, companies are consolidating discrete workloads, including process control, visualization, and data acquisition, onto a single system. This helps reduce capital outlay and footprint, and lowers operational expenses for power, cooling, and management. It can also deliver greater security by reducing system-to-system communications.
Intel is working with ecosystem players around the world to help customers realize the smart factory vision. For example:
- Through an integrated virtualization solution tailored to process automation, Emerson Process Management, Dell, and Intel accelerated time to market for virtualized, consolidated systems in industrial settings. The solution lowers costs and allows manufacturers to continue running important legacy software, while keeping hardware up to date and supporting newer software investments.
- Baosight Software uses the consolidated iCentroGate-GAP gateway to help customers consolidate data acquisition and transfer into a single system. This provides secure access to data for manufacturing and business intelligence. At the same time, it reduces operating expense, system footprint, energy consumption, and integration and support efforts.
- By consolidating the vision processing modules in its Glove Unique Reprocessing Unit (GURU) with Intel® technology, Pentamaster was able to greatly improve the speed, energy efficiency, and manageability of the system.