Day 1 is in the books… here are some stats and info on the conference (in case you’re considering attending in the future).
It is that time of year again… we closed out Fiscal 2017 on December 31 and have spent the past few weeks finalizing our books and end of year reports. Each year, we set goals and targets in January and at the end of the year, we take stock in our achievements before we set the goals and targets for the upcoming year. We finished up our last round of meetings with the lawyers, accountants and HR just this week and now it is time to report.
I had a profound conversation with three men from Israel just prior to lunch. The folks at WonderLogix have developed a platform that allows developers to build complex PLC programs using a Node based GUI (think Node Red on steroids) that builds all of the ladder logic, AOI/UDT and documentation in the background while users just create and configure nodes in a GUI interface.
Rockwell has built a stack that is their IIOT integrated solution–typical to their business model, rather than build on solutions in the IOT space, RA has developed their IIOT stack as an extension of their existing architecture.
Intellic is attending Rockwell’s Automation Fair in Houston, TX. I arrived on Monday and the team joined me yesterday at the Le Meridien hotel in downtown. Over the next two days, we will attend sessions and labs, meet with product managers and enjoy fellowship with the Rockwell Automation community. My specific plan is to get an update from the product managers on RA’s plan for Industry 4.0 and IIOT. After perusing the literature, I have read no references to MQTT or the Sparkplug B specification.