Introducing Edge2Web for AWS IoT

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Introducing Edge2Web for AWS IoT

Edge2Web and AWS recently announced the integration of Edge2Web’s low-code app builder solutions and the AWS IoT platform, aimed at accelerating digital transformation initiatives for industrial organizations. This page provides content for the webinar about that announcement entitled Introducing Edge2Web for AWS IoT. The webinar, delivered jointly by AWS and Edge2Web, provides an overview of AWS in the industrial space, introduces Edge2Web’s low-code app builder solutions, and gives a demonstration of OEE and asset monitoring applications built using Edge2Web for AWS IoT.

Note that all webinar questions are answered in writing in the Q&A section below

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00:00 – Webinar Speaker Introductions

02:37 – AWS for Industrial

10:32 – Edge2Web Overview

21:06 – Edge2Web for AWS IoT Demo

40:20 – Webinar Q&A – see written Q&A below

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Webinar Questions & Answers

 

How is AWS seeing customers at the edge and in the cloud?

Dave Thielet, AWS

It’s a good question. We’re really seeing customers approach data location in hybrid models. If you think about the example of product quality, nobody will send images of their product quality to the cloud. That’s for both security reasons and because the likely use of that data requires throughput that’s difficult to achieve using a cloud infrastructure. Similarly, when data is moving at high velocity, it’s typically stored on the edge to eliminate networking latency.
Even the definition of the “edge” differs from one company to the next. For some, the edge is at the equipment/PLC level; for others, it’s at the line or even plant level. By our experience, work that has to be done in real time or near real time typically happens at the edge, while tasks like historical data visualization and trend analysis happen increasingly in the cloud.

Can the OEE application you showed in the demo handle a manual site or hybrid site where all of the equipment is not yet automated, and the raw data is prepared and entered by the operating staff?

Eddie Budgen, Edge2Web

Yes, it’s a common scenario, where some production steps are automated and others involve a significant amount of manual activity. The way we approach a hybrid manufacturing scenario is to break it into data acquisition sources. Data streaming into AWS SiteWise from PLCs, data historians, and other automated sources is immediately available for analysis, manipulation, and visualization. Data from manual work stations can be imported from spreadsheets or entered directly into Edge2Web data collection screens. Once manually-sourced data has been delivered to SiteWise, it can be co-mingled, analyzed, and visualized with data ingested from automated sources.

 

How do these IoT applications scale? Once you show business value at one location, how does a company scale the solution across multiple sites, time zones, local languages, etc?

Eddie Budgen, Edge2Web

We covered this briefly in the demo, but let’s expand on the deployment scaling question. There really are two scaling challenges. The first is rapidly populating your asset model with instances of asset data for each plant you’re bringing online. To assist, Edge2Web provides an Asset Onboarder that can receive asset instance data – including hierarchical linkages – in flat file (csv) format, exported from popular plant historians, APM applications, etc. The Asset Onboarder imports that instance data and automatically populates the SiteWise asset model in a few minutes. This cycle can be completed any time assets are commissioned, decommissioned, or moved to new locations in the plant.

The second challenge related to making the applications themselves behave in ways that are native to a particular site. Edge2Web apps are highly localizable, enabling fast translation of all screen text into language bundles that make applications native to local languages. And Edge2Web ships with a time component that makes it super easy to adapt to different time zones and shift patterns.

 

How does your OEE app handle updates to counter and machine state data after it’s been ingested into SiteWise?

Eddie Budgen, Edge2Web

Manual operator input is an often-overlooked requirement in digital industrial apps. The classic example is a plant supervisor who wants to enter and track precise codes and colors for every possible reason a machine could go offline, and a machine operator in that plant who needs to override the default downtime reason based on their domain understanding. Another example is enabling operators to manually adjust scrap counts based on visual inspection.

As discussed earlier, Edge2Web makes it super easy to create web-based data input pages that allow authorized users to add and change operating data, with changes logged for auditing purposes. Expert data refinement improves the quality of insights that can be gained about manufacturing efficiency and effectiveness.

 

Can the Edge2Web solution be used to integrate with other systems besides AWS IoT?

Fred Holahan, Edge2Web

Yes. Edge2Web supports the REST data exchange protocol. Any application, datastore, or other resource that is accessible via REST can be used in Edge2Web applications. Newer versions of many plant applications, for example, support interoperability via REST. Once a connection is established to the target REST environment, data from that environment can be accessed by Edge2Web applications using the full power of Edge2Web Director and Flow Server and, where needed, Edge2Web apps can also update the target environment with new data.

How much do Edge2Web products cost and how can they be acquired?

Fred Holahan, Edge2Web

Edge2Web Director is licensed on a concurrent use model, meaning application end users can share Director licenses. More information about Director pricing can be found on the Director Pricing page.

Edge2Web Flow Server is licensed based on data usage and concurrent memory utilization. More information about Flow Server pricing can be found on the Flow Server Pricing page. Note: Flow Server is an add-on to Director, so you will require a Director subscription to acquire Flow Server.

Edge2Web Application Accelerators are provided free of charge to all users of Director and Flow Server.

Edge2Web subscriptions can be purchased directly from Edge2Web, via authorized Edge2Web resellers, and on the AWS Marketplace.