Realizing Human-Robot Control and MES Management with Advantech's Total Industrial HMI Solution

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 26, 2018 9:40:00 AM

Industry 4.0 is changing the way the manufacturing industry operates. Increasingly more manufacturers are leveraging advanced technologies such as robotics and automation systems to improve productivity and efficiency. As a result, human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are becoming more important in their role in the digital connectedness of humans and machines. However, using the wrong HMI can lengthen development times and increase implementation costs. 

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Topics: Human Machine Interface

High-Performance Embedded Computers Deployed in Substation Inspection Robots

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 25, 2018 9:55:00 AM

Electrical substations are crucial for transmitting electric 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 unmanned or have minimal personnel. 

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Advantech’s ITA Series Provides Comprehensive Product Solutions for Transportation Self-Service Applications

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 24, 2018 10:10:00 AM

Advantech's IIoT Group is pleased to announce the launch of the ITA-1501, a new addition to the ITA series. Along with the existing ITA-1611 and ITA-1711 products, the ITA series now offers a comprehensive product solution, from entry to advanced level, for applications in self-service.

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High-Speed Adhesive Dispenser Solution

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 23, 2018 10:30:00 AM

In manual electronics manufacturing processes that require the application of adhesives, it generally takes double the effort to complete in comparison to when automated dispensers are used. When traditional adhesive dispensers are used, the process involves using contact-type dispensers to apply adhesives to such surfaces as electronic components and LED packaging.

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Topics: Data Acquisition, Data Acquisition & Communication, Industrial Computer Chassis

DDR4 Server DIMMs Allow More Efficient Server Designs

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 19, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Server memory can be confused with the amount of storage space available on a device, which is a common misconception. Increasing the storage capacity of a server does not improve overall performance, but simply allows for more data to be saved. Instead, server memory allows for a server to write and read information being accessed from storage by the device. The more memory available, the more actions can be read, written, and performed by a server. 

Server or storage applications are designed to compute and store large amounts of data. It has been proven that using DRAM instead of SSD or HDD to build new generation servers provide much better performance, mostly related to the better latency and bandwidth offered by DRAM. To build these efficient systems, you just be able to aggregate large amounts of DDR4 DRAM and there are various options available, like LRDIMM, RDIMM, or 3DS architectures. At the DDR4 interface level, new equalization techniques will help support higher speeds. Larger DRAM capacities multiplied by higher bandwidth is a winning recipe for higher performance computers and storage systems. 

Advantech brings in Micron & ATP server product lines along with validation for the Intel® Purley Platform. This platform uses Intel’s new Xeon scalable processor family which was just recently released. Server premier DDR4-2666MHz registered DIMMs are available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB kits and are focused on compatibility with the latest server architecture. This provides a significant boost in performance for today’s memory intensive server applications.

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Topics: Industrial Servers & Storage

Intelligent Factory Connectivity

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM

As manufacturing companies expand and leverage their scale and manufacturing capacity, one of the major challenges they face is to improve their operational efficiency. However, most plants have numerous complex systems that are critical for managing scheduling, production, inventory and quality data - especially if the company owns several factories in different cities, which complicates management. What is needed is an easy and effective approach to supervising each factory and sharing information across multiple sites. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Industrial Communication, Remote I/O

Factory Automation Solution for Existing Machine Equipment

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 16, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Increasingly more enterprises need to transform and upgrade their production lines to intelligent manufacturing. The biggest problem for enterprise equipment monitoring is how to complete signal acquisition and establish communication between devices from different brands and different types. This customer required the status of each of their machines to be monitored, including power on/off times, production quantities and stack lights. Without the additional costs of purchasing new machines, Advantech offers an integrated solution that achieves factory automation with existing machines. 

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Improving the Rail Passenger Experience with Advantech's PIS & CCTV Solutions

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 12, 2018 10:15:00 AM

With decades of experience, Advantech's product offering for transportation market has evolved into a solid portfolio of solutions. Our solution for Passenger Information System (PIS) delivers real-time travel updates and infotainment, while our CCTV solution ensures the safety and security of rail travels, both of which improve the traveler experience. 

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Chatting with Chuck: Growth of the IoT in the U.S.

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 11, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Its time to Chat with Chuck! In this week's podcast Chuck chats Chaney Ho, Executive Board Director and co-founder of Advantech. Listen as they discuss the current state of the IoT in the United States and trade relations with China. 

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