A key to realizing the success capable in IoT and Industry 4.0 installations can be found by consolidating systems with PC-based control technology.
This Intel case study with Beckhoff explains that a holistic approach is needed for companies to realize this promise of the industry transformation. Such a strategy should be composed of three key ingredients:
1) horizontal integration across value creation networks, often for multiple companies,
2) vertical integration of networked production systems, and
3) engineering consistency over the entire product life cycle.