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Snowflake and HiveMQ Partner to Power Industrial Use Cases

by Ravi Subramanyan
10 min read

The Snowflake Manufacturing Data Cloud is a groundbreaking and innovative platform that revolutionizes the way industries such as manufacturing, energy, and others leverage data, applications, and services to enable industrial use cases at scale. With its unparalleled features, including unlimited scalability, built-in data governance, and a serverless architecture, Snowflake empowers industrial users to seamlessly unlock a wealth of actionable insights, enabling them to make more informed decisions and drive unprecedented levels of operational efficiency and productivity. With Snowflake, industrial users can stay ahead of the competition and thrive in today's rapidly evolving industrial landscape.

Integrating operational technology (OT) data from industrial machines, processes and applications into the cloud can be a challenging task. It often involves complex, time-consuming steps that are prone to errors and inconsistencies. Transporting data from multiple systems to cloud-based platforms is not simple. This is largely due to the number of global systems to be reliably connected to, the diverse nature of device data to be interpreted, the sheer volume of the data to be scaled, and the need for real-time processing with minimal latency. The process for data movement and availability requires high scalability, reliability and observability, making it a significant hurdle for industrial users aiming to fully utilize the power of data in their operations.

The Importance of Industry 4.0 and IIoT

In the realm of the industrial world, digital transformation has revolutionized Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)  (Figure 1). Smart sensors embedded in industrial equipment can collect real-time data on temperature, pressure, and vibration. This data can be analyzed to optimize operations and improve efficiency. Additionally, connected machines can transmit data on production rates, energy consumption, and equipment status, enabling manufacturers to make informed decisions, save on costs, and drive operational excellence.

Industry 4.0 technology digitizing industrial processesFigure 1: Industry 4.0 technology digitizing industrial processes

However, data connectivity, availability, and context continue to be a challenge, especially with the bandwidth constraints and system complexities of shop floor assets. This is the area that the MQTT protocol and Sparkplug specification were designed to fill. 

The Role of MQTT and Sparkplug in IIoT Data Acquisition

MQTT (Figure 2) is a lightweight, subscribe-based messaging protocol that was developed specifically to handle the unique requirements of IIoT connections. It excels in environments where network bandwidth is limited.

Data Acquisition and Connectivity Using MQTTFigure 2: MQTT Pub/Sub methodology

The MQTT pub sub architecture facilitates efficient and reliable communication between a large number of systems, making it ideal for the extensive networks of sensors and machinery that characterize the industrial environment. 

Sparkplug is an industrial specification that sits on top of MQTT and is optimized for industrial use cases. It provides structure and standardization to MQTT data, ensuring consistent, reliable data communication. Unlike standard MQTT, which leaves payload definition fairly open, Sparkplug defines a standard MQTT topic namespace, payload, and state management approach, enabling comprehensive interoperability across the IIoT landscape.

In summary, the combination of MQTT and Sparkplug provides a robust framework for efficient device data acquisition and utilization in industrial use cases.

HiveMQ - Transforming Industrial Enterprises with the Most Trusted MQTT Platform

HiveMQ (Figure 3) is the leading enterprise MQTT platform that simplifies the process of IIoT data collection through its Edge solution. This ensures that data in DataHub is high quality and provides an enterprise-grade data broker. It streamlines the connection between OT systems and the cloud, ensuring reliable, real-time communication. With Sparkplug compatibility, HiveMQ ensures that industrial data tags are automatically discovered and available in the cloud. HiveMQ’s robust and scalable architecture makes it the ideal solution for managing IIoT data in an industrial environment.

HiveMQ Platform Benefits

HiveMQ complements the features offered by Snowflake and makes it inherently simple to integrate IIoT data with the Snowflake Manufacturing Cloud via the HiveMQ Snowflake Extension. This extension simplifies the process of sending IIoT data directly to the Snowflake Data Cloud. It seamlessly transmits industrial data in its original structure. This facilitates efficient data storage, processing, and analytics, unlocking a wealth of insights for industrial users to optimize their operations and lower costs.

Figure 3: HiveMQ Sparkplug Data Architecture

The Power of HiveMQ and Snowflake Manufacturing Cloud

By joining forces, HiveMQ and Snowflake Manufacturing Cloud offer industrial users a powerful solution for managing and analyzing IIoT device data. HiveMQ ensures reliable data collection and transmission, while Snowflake provides advanced analytics capabilities to derive valuable insights from this data. Together, they empower industrial users to make data-driven decisions, drive operational efficiency, and unlock new avenues for growth.

HiveMQ and Snowflake - MQTT SnowflakeFigure 4: The HiveMQ Platform provides quick and easy data integration from IoT devices to Snowflake

Business Benefits of This Synergy

The HiveMQ and Snowflake Manufacturing Data Cloud solution provides a plethora of benefits for businesses. It gives industrial users real-time operational visibility, allowing them to monitor and optimize their processes with precision. The solution also offers predictive maintenance capabilities, enabling industrial users to proactively identify and address potential issues, resulting in minimal downtime and maximum productivity. Additionally, the solution enhances decision-making abilities, enabling industrial users to make data-driven choices, leading to improved efficiency and profitability. By harnessing the power of IIoT, industrial users can fully leverage the potential of connected devices and sensors, unlocking new opportunities for innovation and growth in today's digital era.

A Strategic Move Towards Intelligent Operations

In conclusion, the combination of HiveMQ and Snowflake Manufacturing Data Cloud is not just a technical integration—it provides a strategic platform for a more intelligent, efficient, and competitive industrial ecosystem. It's a testament to the industry's commitment to harnessing the power of data for unparalleled operational excellence and innovation. As the industrial landscape continues to evolve, this platform will allow industrial organizations to move towards a future where data is not just a byproduct but a strategic asset steering the course of success.

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Ravi Subramanyan

Ravi Subramanyan, Director of Industry Solutions, Manufacturing at HiveMQ, has extensive experience delivering high-quality products and services that have generated revenues and cost savings of over $10B for companies such as Motorola, GE, Bosch, and Weir. Ravi has successfully launched products, established branding, and created product advertisements and marketing campaigns for global and regional business teams.

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