Amphenol RF: Rugged product solutions for Industrial IoT

The ever-increasing complexity of warehousing and logistics has necessitated the development of new tools to maximize efficiency and productivity. Radio frequency (RF) technology has become a leading way to modernize this industry. In this article, get an in-depth overview of industrial RF interconnect solutions available from Amphenol, including solutions for next-generation IIoT applications like warehouse robotics.

Industry 4.0, or the "Fourth Industrial Revolution,"" is the composition of technologies such as cloud computing, cyber-physical systems and the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s the technology that enables industrial and supply chain automation. This new wave of tech brings its advantages, like cost savings, increased safety and predictive maintenance, but it also calls for hardware that can withstand harsh and challenging environments.

As the largest manufacturer of RF interconnect devices, coaxial adapters and RF cable assemblies in the world, Amphenol RF offers all of the aforementioned in a ruggedized form that can perform under conditions that include corrosive environments, high-vibration, extreme temperatures and more.

Application Overview for Amphenol Products

Cyberphysical Systems (CPS) are at the center of factory automation and other Industry 4.0 applications. They create a “digital twin” of physical systems, merging advanced computing with machinery to enable automation.

Industrial Internet of Things Industrial assets can be monitored and managed through IoT or the “Internet of Things”: the connection of objects to the Internet. Performance metrics, fault detection, and decision making support are possible through sensors and cloud-based algorithms.

Machine Vision vision is one of the most highly-adopted Industry 4.0 technologies, providing immediate benefits. Cameras backed by artificial intelligence enable automated precision quality control, product identification, robot guidance, and more.

Advanced Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) facilitate complex interaction between humans and machines. Use cases of advanced HMI include remote guidance for workers through augmented reality, and monitoring worker safety with wearable devices.

Network Connectivity Traditional wired networking protocols for mission-critical industrial data transfer can be supplemented with Industry 4.0 technology. Advanced wireless technologies that perform in harsh, high-noise environments provide network flexibility and can bridge disparate systems.

Remote SCADA "Internet of Things" sensors and devices may be integrated with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to inform decision making. Commonly used in remote and harsh environments such as oil rigs or mines, these systems require ruggedized, sealed electronics and wireless communications.

Robotics and Drones automate tasks and increase safety across the entire supply chain. These may replace human labor on factory and warehouse floors, performing tasks including transportation, packaging, shipping, and inspections. Specific Amphenol products included in industrial robots can include coax connectors, adapters, and cable assemblies which allow for the seamless integration of vision systems, cellular connectivity, and location-tracking capabilities. For a more in-depth overview of Amphenol RF interconnect components in industrial robotics applications, download this technical brochure.

Learn more about the Industrial IoT product portfolio from Amphenol RF and get an overview of IP Ratings, Industry 4.0 applications, engineering capabilities of RF interconnect products and view a large catalog of Amphenol product reference guides in this comprehensive guided overview.

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