The great migration: cloud computing for smart manufacturing

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Martyn Williams, managing director at Copa-Data UK, discusses “unlocking the value of cross-facility data sets” through cloud computing for smart manufacturing

According to an industry survey by IBM, two thirds of mid-sized companies have already implemented – or are currently considering – a cloud based storage model for their organisation.

The analytic advantages of cloud computing in industry are no secret, in fact, 70 per cent of these cloud-using respondents said they were actively pursuing cloud-based analytics to gleam greater insights and efficiency in order to achieve business goals.  Continue reading The great migration: cloud computing for smart manufacturing

Dassault Systèmes teams up with HTC to provide virtual reality to enterprises

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HTC has formed a strategic partnership with Dassault Systèmes to drive virtual reality (VR) into the enterprise space. HTC has a VR system called Vive, which the two companies will work on refining applications for. 

Dassault Systèmes has developed the 3DExperience platform as a collaborative virtual environment for businesses to create differentiating customer experiences.

Dassault Systèmes applications can already be used on the HTC Vive VR system, which is said to provide “total experiential immersion and room-scale capability”, say the companies, adding that it delivers a 3D experience in a highly accessible format that enables their customers to easily envisage potential solutions.  Continue reading Dassault Systèmes teams up with HTC to provide virtual reality to enterprises

The IoT brings industry revolution and risk at the same time

Industrial control systems could become more vulnerable to cyberattack as they become more connected through the industrial internet of things
Industrial control systems could become more vulnerable to cyberattack as they become more connected through the industrial internet of things

The internet of things is enabling industry to connect individual robotic and automated work cells with other similar cells to create multicellular organisms within what could now be referred to as “smart factories”, particularly as the factory building itself can be connected to those multicellular organisms operating within its walls. 

Not only that, those smart factories can themselves be connected to other smart factories within the body of the industrial company’s entire estate, which itself is all wired up to what could be called a central nervous system.

Yes, industrial control systems are going through an evolutionary phase the like of which has never been seen before in industry, all brought about by the IoT.  Continue reading The IoT brings industry revolution and risk at the same time

ICINCO conference to showcase global expertise in data science

The 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics – ICINCO 2016 

The Thirteenth International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), will take place from 29 to 31 of July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), the purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the application of informatics to control, automation and robotics.  Continue reading ICINCO conference to showcase global expertise in data science

Caterpillar to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

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That’s not a toy truck… a Caterpillar autonomous truck next to a real truck

Caterpillar, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment, much of which is robotic or autonomous, is to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience software. 

Dassault says the industrial giant has chosen the platform because its powerful 3D mock-up capabilities and product lifecycle management (PLM) features were essential to its requirements.

Dassault has been particularly keen to demonstrate its software’s simulation capabilities, having launched “single source for speed” system, featuring Simulia applications. These will enable enable Caterpillar to virtually evaluate the performance, quality and durability of future products before committing to physical prototypes, says Dassault.  Continue reading Caterpillar to use Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience platform

Google gives TensorFlow distributed computing support

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Google is running TensorFlow across hundreds of machines, and now you can run it on as many machines as you want in your office 

Google has introduced distributed computing support to the latest version of its machine learning software TensorFlow.

TensorFlow 0.8 can now be run on small clusters of machines in your office using Google’s new Inception image classification neural network.  Continue reading Google gives TensorFlow distributed computing support

Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

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Company adds more than 100 enhancements during ‘highly successful’ beta tests 

Onshape, the ground-breaking cloud-based 3D design software, has launched commercially, after many months of beta testing.

The company last year raised around $150 million in total funding to start the business and now looks set to repay its investors.

Onshape says its beta test has been “highly successful”, and included 400,000 user hours in more than 150 countries. Continue reading Onshape launches commercial online 3D design software

Human Brain Project gives public access to web-based simulation platforms

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HBP opens up all of its computing platforms to the wider research community as it looks to accelerate progress 

The Human Brain Project has released all six of its computing platforms to the wider research community and the general public in an attempt to accelerate progress.

People who are interested can now request access to any or all of the platforms, most of which are suitable for collaboration and accessible through the worldwide web.

The six platforms have the following titles: Neuroinformatics; Brain Simulation; High Performance Analytics and Computing; Medical Informatics; Neuromorphic Computing; and NeuroRobotics.  Continue reading Human Brain Project gives public access to web-based simulation platforms

National Instruments to launch ‘new, smarter’ design and test solutions

National Instruments HQ

Company says it has made advances in a number of areas 

National Instruments, a provider of automation test equipment, says it will demonstrate “new, smarter microwave design and test solutions that address the entire product lifecycle” at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium next month.

NI says developing next-generation internet of things (IoT) wireless devices and 5G infrastructure challenges the way engineers develop smaller, faster and smarter products. Continue reading National Instruments to launch ‘new, smarter’ design and test solutions

Intel buys YogiTech to move into driverless car technology

Illustration of advanced driver assistance systems lane warning
Illustration of advanced driver assistance systems lane warning

Chipmaker finds a way into lucrative advanced driver assistance systems market 

An Intel senior executive has written a blog about how the company has bought its way into what is now one of the fastest-growing segments of the global auto technology market – advanced driver assistance systems.

Ken Caviasca, vice president and general manager of platform engineering and development in the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel talks of the acquisition of YogiTech, and how it will bring IoT-related market opportunities to the chipmaking giant.  Continue reading Intel buys YogiTech to move into driverless car technology

Toyota turbo-charges AI and robotics operations in the US. Looks to hire 50 experts

Akio Toyoda Dr Gill Pratt at the launch of Toyota Research Institute
Akio Toyoda and Dr Gill Pratt at the launch of Toyota Research Institute a few months ago

Toyota has decided to boost its activities in artificial intelligence and robotics in the US.

Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said the company will establish its third TRI facility in the US.

The new facility will be located in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science.  Continue reading Toyota turbo-charges AI and robotics operations in the US. Looks to hire 50 experts

Darktrace launches machine learning network security system

darktrace antigena threat-visualizer

A company called Darktrace has launched what it calls “a ground-breaking new product that uses machine learning to allow networks to automatically self-defend”. 

Darktrace Antigena spots and inoculates against unknown threats, as they germinate within organizations in real time, according to the company.

In this exclusive interview, Dave Palmer, director of technology at Darktrace, tells Robotics and Automation News that artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, will become a central component of cybersecurity strategies going forward.  Continue reading Darktrace launches machine learning network security system

The potential of predictive analytics for machine builders

Martyn Williams, managing director of Copa-Data UK
Martyn Williams, managing director of Copa-Data UK

Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial automation software expert Copa-Data UK, discusses how machine builders can use predictive analytics to minimise the maintenance and downtime costs of their products

The cost of production downtime varies significantly from one industry sector to another, but without a doubt, when it occurs, downtime is a troublesome and expensive inconvenience for all manufacturers.

More often than not, halts in production could be avoided, so imagine just how much manufacturers could save if machine data was available to anticipate breakdowns.

The good news for industry is that the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is allowing machine builders to design and manufacture intelligent machines with predictive analytics capabilities. Continue reading The potential of predictive analytics for machine builders

National Instruments upgrades software for semiconductor testing

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National Instruments has released its TestStand Semiconductor Module, which provides test system engineers with the software tools to develop, deploy and maintain optimized semiconductor test systems.

With the TestStand Semiconductor Module, NI says engineers can now program lab characterization systems using the same programming paradigm they deploy on the factory floor with the Semiconductor Test System (STS), “reducing the time required to correlate measurements”.

Built on TestStand industry standard test management software, which is used by 10,000+ developers worldwide, the TestStand Semiconductor Module also empowers customers to build their own rack-and-stack systems for semiconductor production test using the capability of PXI and TestStand outside of the conventional “test head” architecture of the STS.  Continue reading National Instruments upgrades software for semiconductor testing

Alex Jones channel claims robots want to ‘destroy humans’

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Talk show host Alex Jones has been railing against what he sees as anti-human robots and artificial intelligence used by technocratic elites in a scientific takeover of the world

Outspoken American talk show host Alex Jones has been on a verbal rampage against what he calls “anti-human robots” in the hands of the “technocracy” – a mysterious cabal secretly controlling society. 

In his latest tirade against what he has dubbed a “breakaway civilisation” of elite groups bent on enslaving the rest of humanity, the influential commentator says the present political and economic situation on Earth is equivalent to an “alien invasion”.

His television/radio channel, Infowars.com, has been consistently broadcasting reports for more than a year about the  “robot takeover”, with Jones condemning what he says is a “metric, scientific, mathematic algorithm of tyranny” that humanity faces today.  Continue reading Alex Jones channel claims robots want to ‘destroy humans’