After reviewing Industry 4.0: Risk I realize there is a lot to do for a manufacturing plant to prepare for Industry 4.0. Good advice is not to be overwhelmed and procrastinate, start somewhere. Start with the PLC Program Backup plan.
|Only 1/3rd of manufacturing has all PLC Programs backed up!|
The important thing is that you make a PLC program backup plan and start right away. Some improvement is better than none, so do your best and you will still profit from your work. To help out BIN95 offers a free PLC Maintenance Spreadsheet to inventory all your PLCs, checking attributes like last time PLC program was backed up, EEProm burned, battery changed, etc. etc. You can easily add your own attributes to the spreadsheet for example to additionally maintain PACs. (IE: Software require to access, firmware management, module revision numbers, IP address, network management, etc.)
Please, make a plan to back up your facility's PLC/PAC programs today.
Also be prepared, read Industry 4.0: Risk
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