Industrial markets have used machines, robots, and other forms of machine-to-machine (M2M) control devices and systems for many years, but new advancements are creating new opportunities. For example, manufacturing plants can use virtualization to run several "soft" programmable logic controllers (PLCs) on a single-core device. They can also provide security and communications for sensors and networks around the shop floor through a real-time operating system. M2M technology can be used for predictive maintenance; one or more criteria from monitoring data (e.g., vibration or stress) can be analyzed and used to determine when a component may be nearing failure.
With Wind River® solutions, communication stacks are implemented securely and reliably, so all the data from around the floor can be available whenever and wherever required. This capability can make planning more efficient and allow algorithms to spot potential problems within the equipment, triggering preventive maintenance routines and reducing costly downtime.