Machine Communication

XMPP serves as a fantastic platform for inter-human communication. However its capabilities as a machine communication platform may not be as readily apparent. Like people, machines can communicate with one another as well. The XMP protocol can serve the same roles between machines; enabling conversations even if they don’t speak the same language.

Suppose you have an automated assembly line with a few different machines doing various tasks. You decide to go a modular route and piecemeal each task Rather than having them all come from a single supplier or manufacturer, Although this can provide cost savings and an easier upgrade process, this does pose some issues. How do all these machines talk to each other? How to shut down or pause production if there is an issue? How to keep track of productivity and inventory? Fortunately the growth of M2M or machine to machine technologies has solved these problems and more. M2M allows for machines to not only communicate one on one, but allow a network of automated technologies to work in conjunction. An XMPP based M2M system powered by Tigase can take on thousands of individual machines, interpret status and health conditions from a variety of manufacturers, and integrate them into a single unified platform.

Because XMPP is event-driven and push based, a controlling server can use status information to trigger events. Now entire production lines no longer have to stop if a single machine encounters an issue. Machines can talk with each other to better streamline the manufacturing process. As a result, machines sequenced after the halt can continue work, keeping downtimes to a minimum. This can also be used to synchronize machine steps, preparing a 2nd machine for materials after the first machine, say, cuts a shape. Inventories for raw materials and finished products can now easily be monitored, with forecast production statistics so you never run out of raw materials, or have too much finished product.

The Internet of Things is changing the face of manufacturing using M2M and XMPP technologies like Tigase. This level of integration can improve productivity, lower production costs, and provide a better overall view of the shop floor even when you’re away from the facility. All for a fraction of new equipment acquisition costs. Tigase can be customized to fit any size production plant and can be easily modified to grow with any company.

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