Balluff RFID Embraces the Cloud

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Balluff RFID system data for production and logistics tracking can now be accessed with the use of cloud computing.

Balluff RFID and IGear Cloud Computing

By using cloud computing from Balluff and provider partners like IGear, the burden and cost of the IT infrastructure can be greatly reduced or even eliminated

Manufacturers are moving their applications to secure cloud environments. While quality and productivity applications are becoming more mandatory, the capital and labor to build and maintain these systems are becoming scarcer.

Balluff RFID system data for production and logistics tracking can now be accessed with the use of cloud computing.

One of the biggest advantages of using Radio Frequency Identification in industry and logistics today is the visibility it can provide into the process. With the use of cloud computing, that visibility can be achieved with greater flexibility and lower cost.

RFID with cloud computing leverages shared IT infrastructure and standard software to collect and present tracking data without having to develop, maintain and most importantly, finance a redundant and load balanced infrastructure internally. Cloud applications also provide visibility and access anytime, anywhere, and on any web-enabled device.

By using cloud computing from Balluff and provider partners like IGear, the burden and cost of the IT infrastructure can be greatly reduced or even eliminated. “Manufacturers are moving their applications to secure cloud environments. While quality and productivity applications are becoming more mandatory, the capital and labor to build and maintain these systems are becoming scarcer. The cloud has emerged as the optimal solution.” Mark Doyle, VP of Sales at IGear Online.

For example, building an on-premise application for a single machine or work cell would typically require an upfront investment of $30K for hardware, software, and integration services. The ongoing cost of support and maintenance requires an additional $10K investment. Additional challenges with on-premise applications include remote access and keeping up with the latest devices and web browser development.

In contrast, a comparable cloud application would involve an annual subscription of $1K with the potential need for one-time configuration services of $10K; a savings over $20K the first year and as much as $9K every year thereafter. With cloud applications, updates and enhancements are instantly rolled out to all users and the infrastructure is secure, redundant, and load balanced. Using Balluff RFID with cloud computing provides cutting edge visibility and visualization of your data while significantly lowering the cost of ownership.

Watch this short video to learn more: http://youtu.be/l_4o8z8PHVY

For more information on Balluff’s RFID solutions, visit: http://www.balluff.com/RFID
For more information on IGear’s software solutions, visit: http://www.igearonline.com

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Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Balluff GmbH, Neuhausen, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of inductive, photoelectric, vision, capacitive and magnetic sensors as well as linear position transducers, RFID systems, and networking products. Balluff products for OEM and factory floor solutions are used to control, regulate, automate, assemble, position, and monitor manufacturing, assembly, and packaging sequences for industries including: metalworking, automotive, plastics, material handling, wood processing, aerospace, alternative energy, medical, electrical, and electronics. Editors: please contact Kelly Panko at 1-800-543-8390 or Kelly(dot)panko(at)balluff(dot)com for clarifications and additional information.

Louisville, Kentucky based IGear Online is the industry leader in manufacturing data visualization software platforms and solutions. IGear’s cloud-based Always On™ Pulse product allows OEMs and manufacturing customers to monitor and analyze machine assets and production levels in a proactive manner, enabling predictive capabilities and heightened response to issues when they occur. IGear’s Data Transport Utility (DTU) software product is the most comprehensive manufacturing connectivity platform in existence. The DTU has served as an industrial middleware standard for thousands of manufacturers since its development in 1999. Today, the DTU enables connectivity between the cloud and nearly every machine asset found in a manufacturing environment.

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