In the manufacturing industry it is important that production doesn’t run into unplanned difficulties, that machines are optimally used, production and sales are well coordinated with each other, that the work environment is safe, and that the available information leads to good decisions.
Cost management is decisive. This means that not only must the machines keep running, but also that the network must be available at all times. For this reason redundancy is critical. If a switch or another essential network component fails then another switch automatically takes over.
A robust wireless network must be extremely reliable as well. Tracking & tracing must be possible down the whole chain with technologies such as RFID or barcodes.
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