The Raspberry Pi 3B+, is capable of Gbit Ethernet and WiFi connectivity, making it a viable solution for Industry 4.0 applications. While it lacks industrial interfaces like RS485 or CAN, there are ways round this.
With over 17 million units sold worldwide, the Raspberry Pi is the most popular single-board computer ever. But it’s not only passionate hobbyists who make use of the versatile small format computer that was originally designed for educational purposes. Raspberry Pi uses for industrial computer technology are somewhat untapped.
Thanks to an open-source principle and a large number of freely available software libraries, programming languages ??and manuals, the RPi offers more flexibility than any other system. Its hardware can be adapted and expanded as required by attachable add-on modules, such as the PI HATS, which can be used to create additional interfaces. This allows prototypes to be implemented directly into the production environment without having to go through long development cycles.