Implementing Industry 4.0 technology does not happen overnight. It takes a series of adaptations to accommodate an ever-evolving environment. During the Automation World Conference & Expo earlier this month, where Industry 4.0 was a prominent theme, two technology experts from Delta Systems & Automation provided insight into how the company progressed on its 4.0 journey year after year. Delta Systems, part of Ilapak Group, is a manufacturer of build-to-order integrated packaging systems. Over the years, the company was faced with the challenge of how to embrace Industry 4.0 technologies, like the Internet of Things (IoT) without adding layer upon layer of complexity. “With Industry 4.0, there are too many communication protocols that we need to be engaged in,” said Brian Kyles, Delta Systems’ technical director, noting they could have an intelligent system with over 200 axis of motion, several PLCs and a dozen safety PLCs, plus over 20 unique devices all communicating across three different protocols using real-time Ethernet. “We needed someone to work with to keep us on the front end of this incoming industry push. We didn’t want to be the guys catching up. We...