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NXP Semiconductors: Meeting the Next-Generation Industrial IoT Challenges

NXP's product portfolio and its industrial partner ecosystem help to enable the design of next-generation automation applications to meet the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) aims overall to build distributed autonomous systems in order to bring more agility to the manufacturing systems and meet demand while adjusting to environmental condition changes in real time.

These systems bring four main levels of sub-challenges.

  1. Flexibility - Designing flexible factories organized in distributed, modular units (automation cells).
  2. Connectivity - Connecting a production line from edge to cloud while properly managing real-time critical data and ensuring proper bandwidth for heavy traffic users such as vision systems.
  3. Functional Safety - Improved factors including availability, efficiency, speed; cannot take higher risks with operators and machines.
  4. Security - As the factory floor becomes more fully connected and widely spread, it also becomes much more vulnerable to:
    • Physical attacks: as the production site is wider it might, for example, be more vulnerable to intruders with a USB key
    • Remote attacks: with all devices connected to the cloud, more opportunities exist for a hacker to penetrate the system

From embedded hardware to software solutions, NXP’s industrial automation expertise and innovative spirit address those challenges and help to enable designers to meet the highest expectations of industry 4.0 and industrial IoT markets. Our industrial solutions are usually made available to our customers for at least 15 years after market introduction.

Factory Automation

NXP enables secure connections and industrial applications in every layer of factory automation:

  • Manufacturing: production lines are complex systems of devices which achieve perfect synchronization thanks to real-time processing and deterministic communication
  • Logistics: once the product is fully manufactured, new generations of factories rely on intelligent devices able to autonomously organize storage or shipping
  • Operations Management: management of factories located around the world requires systems enabled with secure connections to monitor logistics and manufacturing operations
  • Edge-to-Cloud: the cloud enables innovative solutions for factories. Information from all layers of factory automation must be securely transferred from edge to cloud.

Join the NXP on-demand webinar to get an overview of NXP's solutions for factory automation.


Industrial Networks

For proper control, a PLC and all the different elements of the automation cell need to connect to a network in order to transmit and receive data, inquiries, commands, updates and more.

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Industrial Control

Industrial control is a key element in any factory automation process. It may vary from a simple panel-mounted controller to large interconnected and interactive distributed control systems. It can also be the head of an automated cell managing slice I/O clusters or drives, for example.

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HMI and Vision Solutions

A Human-Machine Interface (HMI), a key component of any industrial system, can offer a variety of user interface choices, from simple LCD displays to high-definition systems on the supervision side. Furthermore, HMIs can be coupled with some vision systems to enable a tighter control of the production line or to enable userspecific security policies such as face recognition.

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Motion Control and Drives

NXP’s motion control and robotics solution provides computing performance, embedded connectivity, low latency and a real-time open-source operating system to address the requirements for multi-axis motion control and robotics applications. Motor drives are used in several applications, including automation, consumer, industrial, medical, and automotive. The type of motors vary from stepper motors to brushless DC, permanent magnet motors to brushed DC motors.

Join the on-demand webinar to learn more about NXP's motor control solutions.