The First Mile
Everybody talks of Big Data in production and packaging, most enthusiastically those who have never been exposed to the constraints of a life production line in industry. There, the engineers are faced with a quite different problem: the production lines are getting more complex every year, and regulations force them to add still more features that affect the complexity of the lines. Why should they be willing to add sensors and additional IT all over the place, adding to the complexity and to the risk of downtime, when the one and only test point of their own performance is uptime? This is the Challenge Of The First Mile for big data in industrial production: providing a system that is 100% parallel and does not affect production uptime. At AT, having been exposed to shopfloors and high-availability production plants for years, we know of the concerns in the real life environment, and thought a lot about how to design a system that is non-intrusive and does not affect production.