Industry 4.0 is the past, current and next big thing. The idea relies on sophisticated software and machines that communicate with each other to optimize production. Most machine builders are facing strong demands for providing their customers with the machines that deliver productivity, flexibility, efficiency and availability. The more innovative the machine manufacturer is, the better its position in the market. The advent of intelligent machines is enabling machine builders to innovate in ways that have never been possible before, for example, to ensure that machines and other automated equipment work at maximum efficiency with virtually no downtime.
Advantech leverages over 20 years of industry experience to develop industrial communication products that provide reliable wired and wireless communication solutions (LTE, Mesh, LoRa, and WLAN) for mission-critical applications. These products include:
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The pharmaceutical industry is heavily regulated for obvious reasons. Above all, drug makers and associated manufacturers, such as pharmaceutical container makers, mush maintain strict quality controls to ensure the safety of their products, as any faulty products could adversely impact consumer health, to say nothing of severely damaging the image of the company at fault. As such, the industry is typically a relatively late adopter of any innovative technology unless the said technology is directly aimed at ensuring regulatory compliance. However, the power of IIoT-based asset management solutions to improve production line efficiency and reduce costs cannot be denied. Therefore, firms that fail to innovate put their competitiveness at a substantiation risk.
Extreme flexibility to satisfy diverse market requirements
The disadvantages of all-in-one PCs have been mitigated with the emergence of modular IPCs, which offer flexible configuration and high expandability. The provision of convenient scalability and long-term expansion makes them adaptable to meet the demands of an ever-changing market.
Linda Tsai, president of Advantech’s Industrial IoT group, highlighted how Advantech has endeavored to incorporate its brand vision into the company culture internally, while emphasizing the goal of “enabling an intelligent planet” externally in order to establish a consistent organizational strategy from the inside out. In recent years, Advantech has served as an enabler in the promotion of the IoT industry. The company has not only developed the WISE-PaaS industrial IoT cloud platform for software/hardware integration, but also shared resources with partners in order to co-create solution-ready packages for rapid deployment in the automation, energy, and smart city industries.
Beginning in 2019, in accordance with its goal of “enabling an intelligent planet,” Advantech will host industry-focused co-creation partner conferences around the world in an effort to build a complete IoT industry supply chain in collaboration with various industry partners. Advantech also aims to expand each vertical domain by using its “co-creation” model to achieve mutual benefits and stimulate innovation in order to jointly enhance the value of Taiwan’s global brands.
Advantech's device-to-cloud solution realizes the possibility for edge devices to pass equipment and environmental data to cloud platforms directly. They also enable the utilization of cloud platform tools to perform statistical analysis and visualization of data, so that users can understand the status of the equipment and environment at a glance. In addition to solving typical problems associated with building IoT applications, which tend to be widely distributed and composed of many devices, they also reduce inspection costs, improve immediacy, and facilitate the remote management of decentralized sites.
Electrical substations are crucial for transmitting electrical power between the generating station and consumers. Therefore, inspections must be conducted periodically in order to identify potential safety hazards and prevent power failures. In the past, these inspections were mainly conducted by inspection officers. However, the likelihood of errors and negligence was high due to the heavy inspection workload in large-scale substations, as well as the potentially harsh and challenging working conditions in remote substations. Thus, full-time inspection robots have become an increasing trend in recent years, especially for substations that are unmanaged or have minimal personnel.
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Advantech’s IIoT Group announced that a wide range of its platforms, including industrial ATX motherboards, slot single-board computers (SBCs), modular IPCs, industrial server boards, and transportation platforms have been upgraded with 8th generation Intel Core i/Xeon® E family processors. These 8th generation Intel Core i/Xeon E processors deliver 25% performance boost with six cores. Equipped with a 9th generation Intel graphics engine, they offer rapid video acceleration, three independent 4K ultra HD displays, and support USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gb/s). These new processors are ideal for powering intelligent systems aimed at diverse markets, such as video surveillance, medical, industrial automation, and transportation infrastructure.
Distributed network control architectures are used for Tunnel Management Systems to provide traffic guidance, CCTV, fire alarm and ventilating systems while collecting several sensor data, such as vehicle detectors, VoIP emergency phones, visibility and other sensors. Compact and high performance Ethernet switches provide redundant network connections.
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