Improving the Speed of Your Business
Connecting the functions of an industrial business is a good way to ensure things run much more smoothly. Previously disparate systems and subsystems, once connected, can operate more quickly and with less need for hands-on maintenance. Systems integration is necessary for business in the modern world. Connecting these systems is not easy, however, and requires a sharp and complex-thinking mind, as well as knowledge of different techniques of integration. Innovative Automation Concepts is well-versed in systems integration! We can help you connect your independent industrial systems and improve the performance of your network.
Methods of Systems Integration
Vertical integration is the process of integrating subsystems according to their functionality. A series of functional entities, called “silos,” are individually created. As the integration is performed quickly and involves only the necessary vendors, this method is cheaper in the short term. On the other hand, cost-of-ownership can be substantially higher than other methods, since in case of new or enhanced functionality, reusing subsystems to create another functionality is not possible. A completely new silo must be created.
Star (or spaghetti) integration is a process of systems integration where each system is interconnected to each of the remaining subsystems. From the perspective of the subsystems being connected, they are like points on a star, but when looked at on a “big picture” diagram, the connections flow around each other like spaghetti strands, hence the names. This integration method provides for reuse of subsystems and flexible functionality, but if a system is heterogeneous or proprietary, it can require additional cost to connect (interface).
Horizontal integration, or Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), is an integration method in which a specialized subsystem is dedicated to communication between other subsystems. The number of interfaces is cut down to one per subsystem. These are then directly connected to the ESB, which can translate each interface. This method of integration allows for the replacement of one subsystem with another and flexible functionality, as the ESB can translate between interfaces. The only action required is to implement the new interface between the ESB and the new subsystem.
There are benefits and drawbacks to each method of integration, but it’s wholly dependent on the current subsystems you have in place. That is why an experienced professional like Innovative Automation Concepts is needed to determine the best way to connect and integrate your system.
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Systems integration can be complicated, but with the professional assistance of Innovative Automation Concepts, you can greatly improve the speed of your business’ operation. We have the ability to determine the best method of integration for your systems and give you an accurate cost of completing this integration. We are also dedicated to supporting every job we do. If there is any misstep within a project, we will solve it with as little cost to you as possible. Innovative Automation Concepts is experienced in systems integration, building automation, industrial network management, panel building, robotic integration and PLC/DCS programming. If you have any questions for us about a possible project, or if you would like any more information, please contact Innovative Automation Concepts today.