Advantech expands European service center

Advantech, a provider of industrial and embedded computing solutions, has expanded its European Service Center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The compnay says that “continuous growth in the European market” has led Advantech to enlarge both the production, logistic and office facilities, which are set to open in January 2018.

Next to housing nearly 150 employees, the high-tech building will also serve as a demonstration site, displaying the latest of Advantech’s service IoT and Industry 4.0 applications.  Continue reading Advantech expands European service center

Habey launches alternative to Raspberry Pi board for development of industrial robots

Habey, a developer of single board computers of a variety of types and form factors, has launched what it says is an alternative to the Raspberry Pi board for developing industrial robotic arms

Habey says its “extremely small” Pico-ITX EMB-2230 offers all of the features of its previous product, the EMB-3200, but with greater adaptability for I/O options, power input, and touchscreen display output, through an integrated 40-pin expansion header.

Habey says the new board is “developed for enthusiasts and startup applications that are looking for alternatives to the popular Raspberry Pi board”.  Continue reading Habey launches alternative to Raspberry Pi board for development of industrial robots

Mitsubishi launches new computer numerical controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation has launched the new M80W computer numerical controller, the latest in its industry-proven M8 Series computer numerical controllers.

The M80W features a touch-screen Windows-based display that is separate from the control unit, which the company says provides “expandability and flexibility”.

The M80W includes two expansion slots for 32GB SD cards, and incorporates the latest operating system and slim personal computer. This allows original equipment manufacturers and end users to add up to 64GB more memory for “even greater flexibility”, says the company.  Continue reading Mitsubishi launches new computer numerical controller

Camille Bauer Metrawatt launches new product which combines measurement device with programmable logic controller

Camille Bauer Metrawatt says it has combined the functionality of a highly accurate measurement device for heavy current applications with the capabilities of an integrated programmable logic controller.

The company claims this is the first time such a device – the Centrax CU5000 – has been launched.

With this solution, closely coupled automation tasks can be carried out directly and flexibly by programmable logic, says CBM.  Continue reading Camille Bauer Metrawatt launches new product which combines measurement device with programmable logic controller

Emerson launches ‘industry’s first’ controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT operations

 

Emerson has launched what it claims is the industry’s first controller designed for automation versatility and industrial internet of things-enabled operations.

The Emerson DeltaV PK Controller simplifies capital projects and prepares organisations for the operational benefits of IIoT, says the company.

Emerson says the DeltaV PK Controller makes the advanced automation of its DeltaV distributed control system available to fast-growth industries traditionally less reliant on large-scale automation.  Continue reading Emerson launches ‘industry’s first’ controller designed for automation versatility and IIoT operations

Aerotech releases multi-axis robotic controller

 

Aerotech has released its HEX RC, a 6-axis motion controller which it says is ideal for controlling robotic systems like hexapods.

The HEX RC is 4U rack-mountable and compatible with the Automation 3200 (A3200) motion platform.  Continue reading Aerotech releases multi-axis robotic controller

Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small industrial PC for image processing

Industrial and internet of things hardware manufacturer Logic Supply has launched the MC850 small form factor, GPU-capable computer, featuring Intel Kaby Lake processing.

The industrial PC offers compatibility with the latest generation 10-Series Nvidia graphics cards, and an integrated power supply.

Logic Supply says its MC850 Series is ideal for high-end image processing applications like machine vision, virtual reality, fog computing, edge devices, industrial IoT and interactive digital signage.  Continue reading Logic Supply launches GPU-capable, small industrial PC for image processing

B&R gives its industrial PC more power with Intel Xeon processor

B&R’s Automation PC 910 is now optionally available with an Intel Xeon processor to make it more powerful, says the company.

The new microarchitecture provides a “50 per cent increase in performance” compared to the previous high-performance Core i processors, adds B&R, which was recently acquired by industrial giant ABB.

This level of performance allows effective handling of all applications that require fast analysis of large amounts of data, such as machine vision, data preparation for cloud applications and data mining for collection and analysis of quality data.  Continue reading B&R gives its industrial PC more power with Intel Xeon processor

Global industrial PC market to reach $9 billion by 2025

The global market for industrial computers is being driven by rising adoption of the internet of things and is expected to grow to almost $9 billion, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research

The global industrial PC market features several players aggressively targeting technological innovation through research and development activities.

The competitive rivalry among these companies is expected to remain high over the forecast period. Continue reading Global industrial PC market to reach $9 billion by 2025

You could be seeing things that aren’t there: Google Glass finds new home in old industries

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On the left is an assembly engine manual that GE’s mechanics used to consult. Now they use Glass Enterprise Edition on the right. Picture: Google X

About four years ago, when Google first showed off its Glass product – a pair of hi-tech spectacles capable of running augmented reality apps – it was met with some scepticism, incredulity even. 

Few people thought it would take off, as interesting as the idea was. Maybe people generally couldn’t see themselves walking around wearing glasses which could be seen as intrusive.

Theoretically, Google Glass could display images on pretty much everything and everyone you looked at while wearing them – and would people in your eyeline appreciate that?  Continue reading You could be seeing things that aren’t there: Google Glass finds new home in old industries

Bosch to build gigantic semiconductor production plant in Germany

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German industrial giant Bosch is building a massive semiconductor production plant which would represent the single largest investment in the company’s 130-year history. 

The high-tech facility, to be located in Dresden, would employ around 700 staff working on 300-millimeter semiconductor chips which Bosch says has growing applications in the automotive market, smart cities and on the industrial internet, all strong markets for Bosch.

The construction of the high-tech factory is to be completed by the end of 2019, says Bosch, and production is expected to begin at the end of 2021 after a start-up phase. Overall, the investment volume for the site is estimated to be around $1.1 billion.  Continue reading Bosch to build gigantic semiconductor production plant in Germany

Qualcomm says it’s producing 1 million chips a day for IoT applications

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Qualcomm says it is currently shipping more than 1 million chips per day for the internet of things. 

The company made the announcement at its IoT industry analyst workshop.

The company says its production momentum reflects Qualcomm’s “unique ability to invent and deliver the technologies needed for the IoT, and to meet challenging customer requirements for interoperability, connectivity, compute and security”.  Continue reading Qualcomm says it’s producing 1 million chips a day for IoT applications

Nvidia developing self-driving technology with truckmaker Paccar

Nvidia is working with Paccar, a truck manufacturer, on developing solutions for autonomous vehicles. 

The collaboration was shared by Nvidia founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang during his keynote at the Bosch Connected World conference in Berlin.

Separately, he provided details of Nvidia’s partnership with Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, on self-driving car technology.

“This is probably the largest single mass of a product that we’ve helped make,” said Huang, addressing a crowd of more than 2,000 executives, developers and others attending the event.  Continue reading Nvidia developing self-driving technology with truckmaker Paccar

Nvidia and Bosch launch artificially intelligent self-driving car computer

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Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on stage at Bosch event

One of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, Bosch, provided a massive stage today for Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to showcase its new artificial intelligence platform for self-driving cars.

Speaking in the heart of Berlin to several thousand attendees at Bosch Connected World — an annual conference dedicated to the Internet of Things — Huang detailed how deep learning is fueling an AI revolution in the auto industry.

The small AI car supercomputer was unveiled last week in the opening keynote address by Bosch CEO Dr Volkmar Denner, who focused on how his company, which had €73 billion in revenue last year, is pushing deeper into the areas of sensors, software and services.  Continue reading Nvidia and Bosch launch artificially intelligent self-driving car computer

Nvidia launches new board for robotics development

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Company says its IoT platform for manufacturing, industrial, retail will be made possible by Nvidia’s artificially intelligent-powered Jetson 

Nvidia has unveiled the Nvidia Jetson TX2, a credit card-sized platform that it says delivers AI computing at the edge – opening the door to “powerfully intelligent” factory robots, commercial drones and smart cameras for AI cities. 

Jetson TX2 offers twice the performance of its predecessor, or it can run at more than twice the power efficiency, while drawing less than 7.5 watts of power. This allows Jetson TX2 to run larger, deeper neural networks on edge devices.

The result: smarter devices with higher accuracy and faster response times for tasks like image classification, navigation and speech recognition. Continue reading Nvidia launches new board for robotics development