Vietnam looks to achieve progress through the ‘massive potential’ of the industrial internet

The “massive potential” of the internet of things will help Vietnam in its goal of becoming an industrial country by 2020, say industry organisations and leaders in the country.

Many of the industrial companies and leaders will be showcasing their solutions and discussing the future at an event and forum called the Asia IoT Business Platform.

The Asia IoT Business Platform will be returning to Vietnam for the 19th edition of its industrial internet of things conference in Ho Chi Minh City.  Continue reading Vietnam looks to achieve progress through the ‘massive potential’ of the industrial internet

Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

Semiconductor company Xilinx is to showcase its latest solutions for factory automation, smart grid and robotics applications at SPS IPC Drives 2017.

More specifically, XIlinx says it provides scalable and comprehensive “all-programmable” industrial internet of things platforms from edge to cloud.  Continue reading Xilinx to showcase innovations for industrial IoT solutions at SPS IPC Drives

Enabling Industry 4.0: Baumüller at SPS IPC Drives 2017

Industrial automation specialist Baumüller is presenting its exhibits for its main theme “Enabling Industry 4.0” at SPS IPC Drives in hall 1 at booth 560 from November 28 to 30, 2017.

The trade fair visitors will be able to see how Baumüller makes the smart digitization and networking of machines and systems possible for its customers with intelligent components and solutions, creating the connections and interfaces for Industry 4.0.

At the trade fair stand, Baumüller will show how Industry 4.0 generates added benefits through increased efficiency for the mechanical engineer in every phase of the value added chain.  Continue reading Enabling Industry 4.0: Baumüller at SPS IPC Drives 2017

Robotics and automation reshaping Thailand’s economy, as it looks to sell more industrial robots

Asian country’s government-backed investment organisation talks up ‘Thailand 4.0’, highlighting the industrial robot manufacturing sector, where sales are forecast to increase by 133 per cent from 2,131 units in 2013 to 7,500 units in 2018 – and it’s offering huge tax breaks to achieve it 

Thailand has been doing well as a result of globalisation, but with increasing attention to, and investment in robotics, the country is looking to further accelerate its development. 

Authorities in the country have launched something they call “Thailand 4.0” – based on Industry 4.0 – which essentially refers to the greater levels of internet connectivity in the industrial sector.

And even if the country’s industrial sector has been doing well, greater levels of connectivity would elevate operations to a higher level, or create value, as the authorities see it.  Continue reading Robotics and automation reshaping Thailand’s economy, as it looks to sell more industrial robots

Luxembourg ‘leading the way’ towards the fourth industrial revolution

The tiny country of Luxembourg is claimed to be “leading the way towards the fourth industrial revolution”.

Luxembourg may have one of the highest per capita GDPs in the world but it’s more a city than a country.

It has a landmass of about 2,500 square kilometres and a population of just over half a million.  Continue reading Luxembourg ‘leading the way’ towards the fourth industrial revolution

Yamaha to develop remote management systems for industrial robots

Yamaha is bringing together different parts of its global business in an effort to develop remote management system packages for industrial robots.  

Yamaha Motor and Yamaha Corporation say they have utilized the technology and experience of both to develop the packages, which are scheduled to be released in fiscal 2018.

This alliance enables Yamaha Motor to make what it describes as a “full-scale entry” into the IoT business in the factory automation field, say the companies.  Continue reading Yamaha to develop remote management systems for industrial robots

70 per cent of Fortune 100 companies use the industrial internet, says report

Seven out of 10 Fortune 100 companies now offer industrial internet products, services, or initiatives, according to new research published by InField Clipboard.

Although the Internet of Things is popular in consumer applications, most IoT developments are being made for major companies like General Electric, Rolls Royce, AT&T and Google.

The world of IoT is constantly growing. In 2006, there were only 2 billion objects connected to the Internet of Things.  Continue reading 70 per cent of Fortune 100 companies use the industrial internet, says report

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

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

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

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

Itron buys Silver Spring Networks for close to a billion dollars

 

Energy technology company Itron is to acquire industrial internet of things company Silver Spring Networks for more than $800 million.

The two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Itron to acquire all outstanding shares of Silver Spring for $16.25 per share in cash.

The transaction is valued at approximately $830 million, net of $118 million of Silver Spring’s cash.  Continue reading Itron buys Silver Spring Networks for close to a billion dollars

Government incentives driving growth of Malaysian automation and control systems market, says report

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A factory in Malaysia. Picture courtesy of The Malay Mail Online

Government incentives and adoption of new technologies are driving the growth of the Malaysian automation and control systems market, according to a new report.

The Malaysian automation and control systems market, one of the biggest for suppliers, is stable and growing, says the study by Frost & Sullivan, which projects the market to be worth more than $409 million in the next four years.

Government incentives to aid manufacturing and infrastructure spend, as well as an established end-user base of sophisticated automation systems, are driving growth in the region.  Continue reading Government incentives driving growth of Malaysian automation and control systems market, says report

ThyssenKrupp claims ‘breakthrough’ in digital transformation and connecting machinery ​

ThyssenKrupp says it has achieved a breakthrough in the area of digital transformation and connecting machinery ​in industry.

ThyssenKrupp says it has reached a “milestone” for the digital transformation of industry and connecting the machinery of its materials services division through a new digital platform.

The company’s new internet of things platform is call Toii, or toii, as the company prefers to write it.  Continue reading ThyssenKrupp claims ‘breakthrough’ in digital transformation and connecting machinery ​

A giant company built on tiny components: Interview with Bosch industrial internet boss

In this interview, Stefan Hartung, a senior member of the board at Bosch, talks extensively about the industrial internet, detailing some of the components and devices the company uses to give old machines a new lease of life, and provides some insight into the company’s plans going forward

Bosch is as relevant in today’s computerised world as it was after the end of the first industrial age, and the company’s main concern now is keeping it that way. 

Its relevance comes from making the power tools and household appliances most readers will be familiar with, and also from its development of ideas and technologies which are likely to shape a future which many of us haven’t even thought about yet.

Nowadays, all the talk is of Industry 4.0, an umbrella term to describe a range of technologies which have at their centre two tiny components: sensors and chips – both of which are Bosch’s essential stock in trade.

And if you want someone to blame for the Industry 4.0 phrase, look no further than Bosch, because it was part of the working group of German industrial giants which coined the term in 2011.  Continue reading A giant company built on tiny components: Interview with Bosch industrial internet boss