AGW Open Protocol: Fostering Scalability

13 Dec 2023

Running a small facility has become more challenging with different equipment, each having unique interfaces that don’t always follow the usual standards. Even in small facilities there are many protocols and tools, adding to the complexity, not to mention the challenges in larger ones. Despite this, it’s crucial to make sure everything integrates seamlessly.

Connecting all the equipment in the facility to a single stable network involves a few steps. First, check which machines can be connected. If some can’t, add tracking devices like sensors with Ethernet or Modbus connections.

Next, establish a link between the machinery and a data-gathering server. This requires a connectivity protocol to collect diverse machine data and convert it into a common format. The standardized information can then be uploaded to servers for analysis and reporting.

This is where the AGW Open Protocol (AOP) proves valuable. In this article, we explore what AOP is, how it works, and its potential benefits for both our organization and our customers.

What is AOP?

AOP was designed to streamline communication between equipment controllers (PLC) and AGW products by standardizing elements like low-level algorithms, error messages, and internal document structures.

What are the advantages of AOP?

Creating a custom connectivity protocol, especially when standard vendor protocols don’t quite fit the requirements, offers various advantages. Here are some perks of using AOP:

  • Tailored to specific needs: AOP can be crafted to perfectly match the unique requirements of a particular industry, application, or environment. This ensures that the protocol is optimized for the specific challenges and needs of the system, potentially boosting efficiency and performance.
  • Streamlined communication: Custom protocols, including AGW, can be simplified to include only the essential features for a given application. This simplicity can result in faster data transmission, reduced latency, and more efficient use of resources.
  • Reduced Overhead: Unlike some commercial protocols that may include irrelevant features for the specific application and customer’s needs, AOP helps eliminate unnecessary overhead. This makes data transmission more efficient and reduces the demands on network resources.
  • Cost Savings: Depending on your application’s scale, choosing AGW Open Protocol can be more cost-effective in the long run. You avoid licensing fees associated with commercial protocols and can tailor the protocol to fit your existing hardware and software infrastructure.
  • Seamless Integration with Existing Systems: AOP is designed for seamless integration with existing AGW products, ensuring you can avoid compatibility issues often encountered with off-the-shelf protocols.
  • Industry Expertise: We apply our in-depth knowledge of your industry or region to create tailored AOP and custom solutions. This specialized knowledge ensures the delivery of solutions that are not only more relevant but also highly effective for your specific needs.
  • Improved Performance: Customized for your specific needs, the AGW Open Protocol enables fine-tuning for optimal results. This could result in lower latency, increased data throughput, and overall improved system performance.

Where could AOP be used?

To maximize the efficiency of AGW Open Protocol, it’s best suited for scenarios with more than three assembly lines or productions requiring rapid growth and easy scalability. This is because implementing and supporting a unified connectivity protocol is more practical for large-scale processes.

Our primary application of the AGW Open Protocol is in projects with our long-term customers involving multiple assembly lines and collaborations with various equipment vendors. By transitioning to AOP, we can efficiently handle our customers’ information, allocate fewer resources to support different AGW product versions, and embrace a more streamlined process management approach. This speeds up integration by several times, significantly reducing the cost of future scaling.