Apple and General Electric to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

General Electric has reached a partnership agreement with Apple to develop industrial apps for iOS devices – iPhone and iPad, according to a report on 9to5Mac.com

The website says Apple has been “looking to the enterprise sector as a key market for growing iPad sales which have slipped in recent years”.

Apple and GE said they will deliver “powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial internet of things platform, to iPhone and iPad”.  Continue reading Apple and General Electric to bring Predix industrial apps to iPhone and iPad

Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

 

Honeywell has launched a new hardware and software platform for the next generation of its mobile computers.

The devices are generally used globally by distribution centers, transportation and logistics providers, hospitals, and retailers to capture critical data.

The Mobility Edge Platform comprises common hardware architecture and a suite of tools on which Honeywell and its partners will build future mobility solutions, which include rugged handheld computers, wearable devices, voice-directed technology, tablets and vehicle-mounted computers.  Continue reading Honeywell launches new hardware and software platform for its mobile computers

Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

 

Altizon and Cross Company have formed a partnership that they say will help accelerate the adoption of internet of things and digital transformation technology for the industrial enterprise.

Altizon is an IIoT platform company, while Cross is a systems integrator specializing in critical industrial controls and data solutions.

The companies say Cross’ information services group will utilise Altizon’s Datonis platform for smart manufacturing.  Continue reading Altizon and Cross Company team up to accelerate industrial internet applications

Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

 

Renesas Electronics, a provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, has launched the RZ/G microprocessor series, which the company says enables rapid development of high-performance Linux and Android applications.

Designed for industrial, home appliances, and office equipment employing a human machine interface, the RZ/G Series extends the capabilities of the RZ/A Series MPUs – which supports 2D graphics at up to WXGA resolution – to deliver high-end performance in applications such as image processing, video sensing, and 3-D graphics and multimedia at up to 1080p resolution.

One of the key features of the new RZ/G Series, says Renesas, is the high performance for enhanced UI expressiveness and video sensing.  Continue reading Renesas launches Linux platform for developing human machine interfaces

Paperful office: An overview of the global forestry, pulp and paper industry

 

Back in the old days, everybody would buy newspapers and magazines. Some would buy dailies, others would buy weeklies, while millions more would buy monthlies. And no one would quibble about having to pay for them, probably because most people sense that a physical, tangible object has a greater intrinsic value than a digital one. 

That old print media reading culture has all but gone now, thanks largely to the internet and the worldwide web making all manner of information available largely free of charge. No one expects, or wants, to pay for news and content any more, probably because most people think digital media should be free because they know how easy it is to make copies of digital files.

There are still many printed publications doing very well and selling in large quantities, and a list of some of the top 10 is offered below, but even the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun – which holds the world record at 13 million copies sold in one day – has lost huge numbers of readers.  Continue reading Paperful office: An overview of the global forestry, pulp and paper industry

Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

 

Teradyne, the industrial giant which owns Universal Robots, has standardized its simulation tasks using technology from Cadence Design Systems.

Teradyne’s standardization uses Cadence’s Xcelium Parallel Logic Simulator, which is claimed will accelerate the development of application-specific integrated circuits.

Teradyne uses ASICs for delivery of its automation equipment for test and industrial applications.  Continue reading Systems design: Teradyne standardizes simulation tasks using Cadence technology

Moxa releases IIoT gateway starter kit with Amazon Web Services support built in

 

Industrial automation technology supplier Moxa has launched an industrial internet of things starter kit which it says has built-in support for Amazon Web Services.

The company says the IIoT Gateway Starter Kit is aimed at the needs of system integrators and engineers developing applications for IIoT.

Moxa says the kit is data-acquisition ready, and provides a “reliable ready-to-use platform that simplifies development of IIoT solutions by providing all the essentials needed to get data from edge devices to cloud services, and with little to no programming required”.  Continue reading Moxa releases IIoT gateway starter kit with Amazon Web Services support built in

Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

 

Rockwell Automation has launched a new line of open architecture industrial computers and thin clients.

Thin clients are lightweight computers used to connect to a server from a remote location.

Rockwell says its new VersaView 5000 portfolio provides a “modern visualization solution for smart manufacturing”.  Continue reading Rockwell Automation launches new range of industrial computers and thin clients

General Electric deepening its interest in the software business

 

General Electric claims it was the first company to have launched an industrial internet of things platform when it released Predix last year.

The company’s software business unit, GE Digital, has been generating revenues of more than $4 billion a year, and looks like it’s strongly influencing the future direction of the overall business.

Another of the big ideas at GE is the “Brilliant Factory” concept, which is essentially the digitalisation of anything and everything that can be digitised in a manufacturing or industrial process.  Continue reading General Electric deepening its interest in the software business

Yaskawa partners with CommScope on advanced manufacturing technology centre in Belgium

 

CommScope, a provider of infrastructure solutions for communications networks, has opened a new advanced manufacturing technology centre at its Kessel Lo, Belgium site.

The centre will showcase a newly formed partnership with Yaskawa, one of the world’s largest industrial robot suppliers, to determine the feasibility of adding robot technology and greater automation to manufacturing processes.

The new Advanced Manufacturing Technology centre enables CommScope to develop automated manufacturing competencies and technology in a laboratory setting through cross-functional collaboration and partnerships with universities, knowledge partners and suppliers.  Continue reading Yaskawa partners with CommScope on advanced manufacturing technology centre in Belgium

Kuka to double production capacity in China in bid to overtake ABB and Fanuc

 

Kuka is determined to take advantage of its alliance with Chinese household appliances manufacturing giant Midea to become the largest robot maker in China. 

Already one of the largest industrial robot manufacturers in the world, Kuka was taken over by Midea some months ago in a move currently being scrutinised by the European Union, which may change its merges and acquisitions policies as a result.

Such technicalities aside, Kuka is bullish about opportunities in China and has reportedly decided to double its production capacity in the country.  Continue reading Kuka to double production capacity in China in bid to overtake ABB and Fanuc

Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

 

Renesas Electronics India, a subsidiary of Renesas Electronics Singapore, has showcased its latest solutions for the automotive and smart cities segments at Electronica India.

Sunil Dhar, president, Renesas Electronics India, says: “The Indian market is rapidly adopting new technologies and we will be unveiling exciting additions to our portfolio at electronica India.

“Our solutions reduce the time spent on developing embedded systems software and accelerate the development process, allowing internet of things and automotive system developers to focus on creating differentiated products.”  Continue reading Renesas Electronics India unveils latest automotive and smart city solutions

GE Digital to switch to Amazon and Microsoft instead of building its own data centres

 

General Electric’s digital business unit became one of the world’s largest software companies by offering an internet of things platform for industrial operations. 

GE Digital’s Predix software platform enabled machines in factories to send data through the sensors attached to them to the associated computer interfaces.

GE claims to be the first company to have done this, and it has made huge amounts of money doing so.  Continue reading GE Digital to switch to Amazon and Microsoft instead of building its own data centres

Orange launches ‘Live Booster’ programme to accelerate adoption of cellular connectivity for object makers

 

Orange has launched a solution to make the development of internet of things technologies faster and easier. 

Orange says its solution includes a range of modules with integrated pre-paid connectivity, available through a single distributor to simplify path to market for object makers.

Orange will partner with EBV Elektronik to supply what it says is the market’s first internet of things module with integrated cellular connectivity.  Continue reading Orange launches ‘Live Booster’ programme to accelerate adoption of cellular connectivity for object makers

Sanmina surpasses 25,000 pieces of manufacturing equipment connected in the cloud through its manufacturing execution system

 

42Q, a provider of cloud manufacturing execution systems, says Sanmina has reached a milestone of connecting more than 25,000 pieces of manufacturing equipment to the 42Q internet of things cloud solution.

Sanmina Corporation uses 42Q for real-time manufacturing visibility, process and quality control across their operations and as the backbone for “instant IoT” and manufacturing automation initiatives.

The organization currently has 42Q deployed in more than 50 factories in 15 countries worldwide, including full integration with highly complex surface mount production and “lights out” fully automated production lines.  Continue reading Sanmina surpasses 25,000 pieces of manufacturing equipment connected in the cloud through its manufacturing execution system