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Introduction to Application Ecosystems

Application ecosystems are considered to be the future of manufacturing because of their increased efficiency.
  • Innotech
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  • March 18, 2022

Application Ecosystems are modern business operations supported by a series of related, complimentary applications. The ecosystem refers to the connection between apps, as well as to a given application’s connections to devices, processes, and people. An Application Ecosystem can consist of a network of machines, IoT devices, information and human actions. An example of an Application Ecosystem is a Networked Factory. These are considered to be the future of manufacturing because of their increased efficiency. Application Ecosystems are the key to creating networked factories and these systems are supported and based on IoT services and IoT devices. Application Ecosystems are particularly useful in the manufacturing industry due to their ability to create connections and interlinkages.

Applications

Process Visibility ApplicationsAllows manufacturers to track Work in Progress (WIP), measure cycle times, and log activities carried out by people, along with their names and the time at which they were conducted.
Machine Monitoring
Application
Measures uptime and downtime. It gives a real time readout of throughput, enabling the engineer to better balance lines and route production.
Quality Assurance ApplicationCatches defective parts before they trigger an expensive rework loop

Challenges

  • Security around the large volume of data generated through the ecosystem.
  • Integration with legacy systems, especially given the requisite for interaction between various applications and systems.
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