Abstract: The emergence of Smart Factories plays a pivotal role in the Manufacturing process, necessitating prompt and dependable communication. Edge computing, a novel cloud concept, offers proximity to networks' edges, delivering low-latency, energy-efficient IoT device communication in smart factories. This survey delves into the application of edge computing and the challenges it poses in the realm of smart factories. Its ultimate aim is to uncover gaps in existing research and propose future directions. A systematic review of literature was conducted, with a particular focus on the past five years. The goal was to identify key use cases and advantages of edge computing in Smart factories. The topics covered included a comparison of edge computing and cloud computing in Smart factories, enhancements in IoT performance, and the reduction of latency in Smart factories.

The study also analyzed various aspects of quality of service, such as latency, reliability, resource optimization, and processing costs. The findings of this research shed light on the benefits of edge computing in smart factories, including reduced latency, improved security, and enhanced energy efficiency. However, the study also identified challenges such as gaps in standardization and the complexity of architectural design. By examining case studies from different industries, the research provided a diverse range of perspectives. Furthermore, the study addressed the limitations of edge computing and proposed potential solutions, thus contributing to the existing body of knowledge and facilitating future research in this field. This study offers valuable insights into the role and challenges of edge computing in Smart factories. By thoroughly analyzing its advantages and disadvantages, the research provides guidance for its implementation and highlights opportunities for future opportunities . Researchers and practitioners with an interest in edge computing for Smart factories will find this study to be a valuable resource.

Keywords: IoT, Edge Computing, Cloud Computing, Fog Computing, Smart Factory, Industry 4.0, Smart Manufacturing

Works Cited:

Jamilu Ibrahim Argungu , Mustapha Malami Idina , Umar Aliyu Chalawa , Musa Ummar , Sadiq Buhari Bello , Ibrahim Arzika , Baba Ahmad Mala " A Survey of Edge Computing Approaches in Smart Factory ", IJARCCE International Journal of Advanced Research in Computer and Communication Engineering, vol. 12, no. 9, pp. 17-30, 2023. Crossref https://doi.org/10.17148/IJARCCE.2023.12903

PDF | DOI: 10.17148/IJARCCE.2023.12903

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