There’s no doubt that technology plays a vital role in the world we live in, and the impact it makes on the evolution of the manufacturing industry is no exception. Once seen as the blue-collar industry, things have instantly changed in manufacturing due to technological advancements.
In addition to making it more interesting in terms of innovation, technology has demonstrated more efficient and quicker ways of operating, making it vital for the whole manufacturing process of countless industries.
Nowadays, the opportunities and challenges that new and upgraded technologies provide are a big part of the day-to-day operations of nearly all manufacturers around the world. [Read more…] about 4 Technology Upgrades That Can Scale Up Your Manufacturing Business In 2020
Sensor and automation specialist ifm and the IIoT expert CloudRail have agreed a strategic partnership to pool their skills to improve their positions on the strongly growing market for professional IIoT and cloud solutions. (See video below.)
Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or digitisation – there are many terms to describe the inexorable trend of networking machines, processes and people. What they all have in common is that they refer to interdisciplinary processes.
Felix Kollmar, CEO of CloudRail, says: “The IIoT has long ago ceased to be an exclusive topic of operation technology (OT).” [Read more…] about ifm and CloudRail agree strategic partnership to provide IIoT solutions
Endress says people in the industry often ask, “How can field instruments and components be easily integrated into automation systems?”
The answer to this question is becoming increasingly important as industrial production digitalization progresses, says the company. [Read more…] about Softing Industrial Automation joins Endress+Hauser’s IIoT network
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor manufacturer, has launched a new vibration-sensing solution optimized to enable smart maintenance of factory equipment.
ST’s IIS3DWB vibration sensor and supporting STEVAL-STWINKT1 multi-sensor evaluation kit accelerate development of condition-monitoring systems that boost productivity by inferring equipment maintenance needs.
Analyzing the sensed vibration data locally or in the cloud helps owners create strategies that maximize uptime, minimize servicing costs, and avoid emergency repairs. [Read more…] about STMicroelectronics unveils new vibration-monitoring solution for industrial applications
Elisa Smart Factory, an industrial internet of things and data analytics provider, has agreed a partnership with Tata Consultancy Services, an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization.
Under this collaboration, Elisa Smart Factory and TCS will jointly undertake efforts to market and deploy Elisa Smart Factory IIoT and advanced analytics solutions to a broad spectrum of industry manufacturers.
Kari Terho, general manager, Elisa Smart Factory, says: “Elisa Smart Factory solutions represent a tremendous opportunity for industry manufacturers, especially for companies in the process and discrete manufacturing. [Read more…] about Elisa Smart Factory and TCS partner to develop advanced analytics solutions to manufacturing sector
Senseye, an industrial software company that specialises in vision systems, says its Senseye PdM technology suite will be made available through Fanuc’s “Field” industrial internet of things platform when it launches in Europe later this year.
FIELD stands for “Fanuc Intelligent Edge Link and Drive” system, and is basically a system for monitoring and managing Fanuc robots and devices through a computer network, enabling artificial intelligence to be applied across an entire operation to find efficiencies and productivity gains.
Senseye provides a range of technologies and methodologies that are used globally by Fortune 500 industrial organisations as part of digital transformation initiatives to improve the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of manufacturing and maintenance operations. [Read more…] about Senseye partners with Fanuc on its ‘Field’ IIoT platform
Comau Robotics has unveiled a new solution to create digital factories. The company calls it ‘in.Grid’ and describes it as an industrial internet of things platform.
In the digital factory everything is connected: the machines, the robots, and the individual production units that communicate with each other and with the operators.
Elements transfer data in real time to a central system capable of interpreting and analysing them, thereby making the whole process workflow more efficient.
Elisa and NVision Czech Republic have launched a reseller and customer agreement to bring actionable, real-time insights to customers in manufacturing and industrial process businesses based on Elisa’s Smart Factory solution.
The solution automates customer data collection and integration, creates a 3D visualization of the factory and detects failures and bottlenecks in production.
Kari Terho, general manager, Elisa Smart Factory, says: “We are taking the complex process of messy industrial data into rich insights and visualizing it in a compelling, easy-to-understand way for factory management, production supervisors and operators. [Read more…] about Elisa and NVision partner to provide IIoT and AI for manufacturers
Fanuc America demonstrated its Zero Down Time (ZDT) Industrial IoT solution at Automate 2019 .
The company’s augmented reality (AR) experience featured manufacturing situations where ZDT could help. The experience included six common manufacturing challenges printed on two graphic display panels that simulated manufacturing facilities.
ZDT’s predictive analytics have already saved millions of dollars by preventing unexpected down time in the automotive industry, says the company.
In addition to reducing unexpected down time, ZDT allows users to maximise production throughput, optimise maintenance costs, increase the life of their robots, and access data from anywhere via the ZDT web portal.
Since its introduction in 2015, ZDT analytics have successfully identified potential equipment issues, and notified customers to take corrective actions and avoid unexpected down time in over 600 cases, saving companies more than $75 million, adds the company.
“The value of ZDT applies to every manufacturer,” said Joe Gazzarato, director of engineering, ZDT Product Development, Fanuc America.
“No matter what industry you’re in, the prospect of maintaining consistent production uptime and reducing costs equates to a competitive advantage – which is what ZDT offers our customers.”