This project will introduce ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity.
Following the steps in this guide, you will utilize this connectivity solution to save time and avoid the complication of modifying every remote device to natively talk to ThingWorx Foundation via Edge MicroServers, Software Development Kits, or REST API calls.
We will teach you how to connect disparate systems and devices in order to apply business intelligence and improve operations.
|Est. Time||30 Minutes|
|Published||May 09, 2019|
You'll learn how to
- Connect ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity to ThingWorx Foundation
- Create an IndustrialGateway Thing
- Utilize an Application Key to secure the connection
- Map ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity Tags to ThingWorx Foundation Thing Properties
- Visualize Data from connected digital assets
Things used in this guide
This guide requires both ThingWorx Foundation and Industrial Connectivity.
It assumes that you are utilizing the hosted Foundation server in combination with the downloadable Industrial Connectivity.
This guide could also be run through with the downloadable Foundation trial (as opposed to the hosted Foundation server), but some instructions could require modification.
Challenges Manufacturers of factory equipment often rely on manual processes to maintain adequate supply levels of consumables in equipment at customer sites. But a clipboard-and-pen process for ordering supplies are error prone, and can quickly grow wrought with problems that often go unreported until they affect assembly line production, resulting in unexpected costs—such as overnight shipping charges—and risking downtime, which ultimately leads to customer dissatisfaction.
Solution One such manufacturer implemented ThingWorx to connect to equipment installed at customer sites, and created a custom web application using ThingWorx Foundation to remotely monitor supply levels. ThingWorx Industrial Connectivity provides the bi-directional connection to send data that is displayed in graphs on the web application created using ThingWorx Mashup Builder. Features of ThingWorx Analytics were used to generate alerts before maintenance problems affected production.
Outcomes The manufacturer is able to monitor supply levels to more effectively anticipate when consumables will need to be replenished. Supplies are now consistently ground shipped on time to meet assembly line demand, reducing interruptions to operations and allowing expansion to multiple plants with improved service level.