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Machine-to-Machine Communication Challenges on the Factory Floor

Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is a critical component of the smart factory. But this requires sensitive, connected and reliable technologies at the network edge and the support systems to effectively deploy them.

Date: June 25, 2021
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT / 8:00 PM CEST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Machine-to-machine (M2M) communication is driving manufacturing and productivity improvements, including predictive maintenance. Giving automated machinery the ability to share data is a key tenet of creating the smart factory. The reward for doing so is exponential. Predictive maintenance allows manufacturers to schedule machinery maintenance during planned downtimes, eliminating costly emergency repairs and working hours. Machine learning or artificial intelligence is another possibility. And engineers and technicians have complete transparency on a machine level.

So it is worth persisting through some of the most common challenges of M2M systems. Namely:

-Ensuring M2M growth is sustainable for networks

-Identifying power supplies for mobile, remote and other challenging sensing applications

-Providing low latency, high reliability communications in harsh environments

-Managing and applying the big data created by M2M


Barry Manz, Technical Editorial Expert / Owner, Manz Communications, Inc.

Founded Manz Communications, Inc., in 1986 to provide editorial and media relations services for companies with a highly-technical message to convey. Since then, the company has provided these services for more than 120 companies and Barry Manz has written more than 1,000 technical, product-related, opinion, and application-type articles for more than 50 online and print trade publications. Other services include white papers, technical papers, ap notes, blogs, and Web content.

Daniel Aardsma, Machine Builder Libraries, Engineering Manager, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

The Machine Builder Libraries from Rockwell Automation is one library among many that provide repeatable, reliable, and robust application code to users to develop high quality programs in an efficient, expedited manner. The library teams work together to deliver content that all users can utilize regardless of industry or application. As Engineering Manager, Dan coordinates application between library providers and ensures common practices are followed amongst the developers. To determine the content to be delivered, Dan draws on his years of experience working with machine builders and integrators across many industries and the functions they require.

David Lafferty, President, Scientific Technical Services

With over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development, pre-sales support, advisory services, and digital transformation consulting for the oil and gas segment, emphasizing the energy sector's digitalization.

Before STS, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO), where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects, including:

• Developing the "Digital Umbrella" concept and the resulting ISA100.15 effort
• Wireless Measurements systems including WirelessHART, ISA100, corrosion and passive sensors
• Predictive Analytics
• Mobility projects

David serves on the Leadership Team for Global Energy Mentors - a volunteer organization that mentors startups in the energy sector to obtain their first formal funding round.

David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Edgar Sotter, Senior Director of New Product Technology, CSA Group

Edgar Sotter is a Senior Director of New Product Technology in the CSA Group. His team looks to the technology horizon for new developments and applications that could present opportunities for CSA's Test, Inspection and Certification business.

Prior to joining CSA, Edgar worked as Senior Director, Product Strategies & Client Solutions at Systems with Intelligence Inc. (SWI), a manufacturer of monitoring products for the electrical sector.

Edgar has 20 years of combined academic, technical and business experience. He has a PhD in electronic engineering from Universidad Rovira I Virgili (Spain), an Executive MBA from the University of Toronto (Canada) and a Bachelor's of Science in electronic engineering from Universidad del Norte (Colombia).

Russ Waddell, Managing Director, MTConnect Institute

Russ Waddell is the Managing Director for the MTConnect Institute, the ANSI-accredited standards developer for the MTConnect standard with 400+ members. He is responsible for day-to-day business operations and standards development activity. Prior to this role, he worked at AMT as an Industry Economist where he provided statistical research for sales and marketing in the manufacturing technology industry. He holds a BA in Economics from The College of William and Mary.