5. Moving to Production
The next big step is to use the UMH on a virtual machine or an edge device in your production and connect your production assets. However, we understand that you might want to understand a little bit more about the United Manufacturing Hub first. So, you can either read more about, deep-dive into your local installation, or continue with the deployment in production.
Check out our community
We are quite active on GitHub and Discord. Feel free to join, introduce yourself and share your best-practices and experiences.
Learn more about the United Manufacturing Hub
If you like reading more about its features and architecture, check out the following chapters:
- Features to understand the capabilities of the United Manufacturing Hub and learn how to use them
- Architecture to learn what is behind the United Manuacturing Hub and how everything works together
If reading is not your thing, you can always …
Play around with it locally
If you want to try around locally, we recommend you try out the following topics.
If you’re interested in creating visually appealing Grafana dashboards, you might want to try Grafana-Canvas. In our previous blog article, we explained why Grafana-Canvas is a valuable addition to your standard Grafana dashboard. If you’d like to learn how to build one, check out our tutorial.
If you want to get a good overview of how the OPC/UA protocol works and how to connect it to the UMH, the OPC/UA-simulator is a useful tool. Detailed instructions can be found in this guide.
For those looking to get started with PackML, the PackML Simulator is another helpful simulator. Check out our tutorial on how to create a Node-RED flow with PackML data.
Benthos is a highly scalable data manipulation and IT connection tool. If you’re interested in learning more about it, check out our tutorial.
At times, you may need to connect different, older protocols. In such cases, KepwareServerEx can help bridge the gap between these older protocols and the UMH. If you’re interested in learning more, check out our tutorial.
Deployment to production
Ready to go to production? Go install it!
Follow our step-by-step tutorial on how to install the UMH on an edge device or an virtual machine using Flatcar. We’ve also written a blog article explaining why we use Flatcar as the operating system for the industrial IoT, which you can find here.
Make sure to check out our advanced production guides, which include detailed instructions on how to secure your setup and how to best integrate with your infrastructure.