Specim launches ‘world’s first’ mobile hyperspectral camera

Specim claims it has launched the world’s first mobile hyperspectral camera. The company says the new device enables analysis of material samples “anywhere, in seconds”.

Specim adds that the new camera – Specim IQ – “sets a new standard in usability and information availability.”

Hyperspectral cameras collect information from across the electromagnetic spectrum, with the aim of obtaining the spectrum for each pixel in the image of a scene.  Continue reading Specim launches ‘world’s first’ mobile hyperspectral camera

Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Omron says it plans to launch a new range of condition-monitoring devices which will enable users to “visualize facility conditions not seen before”.

Omron says the four series of condition-monitoring devices will allow workers to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites.

They are:

  • motor condition-monitoring devices that predict a failure of three-phase induction motors;
  • power supplies equipped with networking capability that can predict the service life and failures of a power supply installed in a control panel;
  • flow sensors and pressure sensors that monitor hydraulic oil and cooling water used for press machines and molding machines; and
  • a smart condition-monitoring amplifier that accelerates IoT of existing analog sensors installed in facilities or machines.

Continue reading Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

More than $5 billion being invested in IoT in Dresden, Germany

International technology groups have invested more than $5 billion in high-tech hub Dresden, one of the facts highlighted by the organisers of the Semicon Europa event.

Dresden is strengthening its position as a centre for internet of things solutions.

Over the next several years, international technology groups and research institutions such as Globalfoundries, Infineon, Bosch, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the German Aerospace Center will be investing some €4.5 billion in Europe’s leading address for semiconductors.  Continue reading More than $5 billion being invested in IoT in Dresden, Germany

Cognex launches new real-time monitoring system for factory automation

Cognex, a provider of machine vision and industrial barcode reading, has released a new monitoring system for factory automation.

Cognex Explorer Real Time Monitoring aggregates and reports trends in data captured by DataMan barcode readers and provides instant facility-wide feedback to identify process errors, minimize no-reads, and maximize throughput, says the company.

The company says RTM tracks trends in barcode quality, monitors configuration changes, and analyzes data from every DataMan barcode reader to quickly identify the causes of low read rates and other errors that threaten the efficiency of an operation.  Continue reading Cognex launches new real-time monitoring system for factory automation

Industrial sector ‘still in early stages’ of IoT, says report

The industrial sector is “still in the early stages” of internet of things adoption, according to a new report, although it says the vast majority have made a start.

Bsquare’s 2017 Annual IIoT Maturity Study reveals 86 percent of industrial organizations have adopted IoT but “fewer than half” are using advanced analytics and only a quarter have taken steps to automate the application of insights

Bsquare is a provider of industrial IoT solutions, and its report explores the current IoT adoption progress of business buyers in the sectors of manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas.  Continue reading Industrial sector ‘still in early stages’ of IoT, says report

The Digital Silk Road: Exclusive interview with Citic Telecom boss

About a week ago, a Chinese company called Citic formally announced that it had completed its acquisition of a European company called Linx Telecommunications. 

While the story may be interesting in and of itself, it’s just one piece of a much larger jigsaw puzzle China’s Premier Xi Jinping wants to piece together.

A couple of years ago, Jinping sketched out a roadmap of what has come to be known as the “One Belt, One Road” project, often shortened to Obor.  Continue reading The Digital Silk Road: Exclusive interview with Citic Telecom boss

Emerson launches high density pneumatic valve island

Emerson has launched what it describes as “a major update” to the ASCO Numatics G3 Series electronic valve island platform.

The company says the new system will enable a reduction in installation costs.

The valve island has been expanded so that it can control up to 128 solenoid valves on a single valve island assembly.  Continue reading Emerson launches high density pneumatic valve island

Axiomtek launches industrial gateway that enables ‘faster’ connection to the cloud

Axiomtek, a provider of industrial internet of things technologies, has launched a new gateway that it claims enables devices to connect to the cloud faster.

Aiomtek says the ICO120-83D is an industrial IoT gateway designed to simplify device-cloud connection and accelerate industrial internet of things development.

It was specifically designed for smart energy and smart automation fields that need to collect and transfer data from large numbers of end devices.  Continue reading Axiomtek launches industrial gateway that enables ‘faster’ connection to the cloud

Terabit Ethernet: The global race towards superfast internet

 

The race towards Terabit Ethernet, or TbE, has apparently taken a great leap with the completion of what is claimed to be the world’s first test of a 400-gigabit ethernet network. 

The 400 GbE trial was conducted by Huawei with its partner, China Telecom, the state telecommunications infrastructure provider.

The companies say the results indicate their superfast 400 GbE network technology is ready for commercial utilisation.  Continue reading Terabit Ethernet: The global race towards superfast internet

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

Nasa supplier ATI develops new low-cost force-torque sensor

 

A company which supplies products to Nasa – among others – has launched a new, “low-cost” force / torque sensor.

ATI Industrial Automation says its Axia 80 provides “high resolution with outstanding overload protection”.

Robert Little, CEO of ATI Industrial Automation, says: “There’s been a movement in the industry to start automating man-made products.

“In order to for them do that, they need robots. In order for those robots to be completely successful, they need force sensing feedback.” Continue reading Nasa supplier ATI develops new low-cost force-torque sensor

Electronic design automation industry sees revenues increase by almost 10 per cent

 

The Electronic System Design Alliance Market Statistics Service reports that the electronic design automation industry revenue increased 9.8 percent for the second quarter of 2017 to $2,209.2 million, compared to $2,012.6 million in Q2 2016.

The four-quarters moving average, which compares the most recent four quarters to the prior four quarters, increased by 11.3 percent.

Walden Rhines, board sponsor for the ESD Alliance MSS and president and CEO of Mentor, a Siemens business, says: “The EDA industry continued to grow in Q2, reporting increases in all product categories and geographic regions. Continue reading Electronic design automation industry sees revenues increase by almost 10 per cent

Advantech releases two new internet gateways for factories

 

Advantech has released two new gateways which it says enable “seamless protocol conversion” for internet of things data.

The new gateways extend the company’s Protocol Gateway Series for protocol conversion.

These new protocol gateway devices support protocol conversion from Modbus TCP to EtherNet/IP, and Modbus TCP to ProfiNet.  Continue reading Advantech releases two new internet gateways for factories

Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Panasonic has developed a 3D lidar – light detection and radar – sensor that it says accurately measures the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots.

Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, the 3D lidar is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots.

Sample shipments will start in January 2018, and Panasonic will exhibit the 3D lidar at Ceatec Japan event, from October 3 to 6, 2017.  Continue reading Panasonic develops 3D lidar sensor for autonomous mobile robots

Bocap invests $4.2 million in Specim vision systems for waste-sorting robot

Spectral Imaging, or Specim, has agreed to an investment of €3.5 million ($4.2 million) by Bocap SME Achievers Fund, with the aim to double its current €10 million revenues by 2020.

Specim is a global pioneer in hyperspectral imaging technology and related products and solutions. Its products are widely used in industrial, environmental and security applications.

Specim’s solutions serve mining industries in drill core scanning and producing mineral maps, agriculture to screen the crops for disease and infestation, and they are key components in waste-sorting robotics.  Continue reading Bocap invests $4.2 million in Specim vision systems for waste-sorting robot