In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), the trend in industrial automation for all devices, equipment and controllers with different protocols to be able to connect with each other and speak the same "language" has become essential. Advantech recently introduced two new Protocol Gateways for protocol conversion to further complement our comprehensive product range. Our Protocol Conversion Solution gives you an unparalleled advantage of realizing interoperability in factory automation to avoid replacing incompatible network devices and extend their useful life without a heavy price tag of major upgrade.
Join Chuck this week as he chats with Matt Dentino, Director of North American IIoT iAutomation AOnline Sales, about Modular PCs and HMIs. Be sure to listen to hear the detailes on the modular concept and why they could be your perfect solution!
There are two differing views about passenger safety at stations which have dictated station design for the last 150 years or more. For most of the world, it has been assumed that passengers (and other members of the public) will take care of their own safety when walking on or near a railway.
Join Chuck this week as he chats with Marlea Handler, Product Sales Manager, about the difference between Industrial PCs and Commercial PCs.
Topics: Embedded Automation Computers
In Thailand's export-oriented economy, manufacturing is the primary driver of economic development and growth. In an effort to remain globally competitive, Thai manufacturers have begun adopting advanced technologies to modernize their production facilities and management strategies. This includes employing SCADA systems for monitoring equipment to facilitate the shift towards factory automation.
Advantech’s IIoT Automation Group is pleased to announce the UNO-2484G, a highly ruggedized modular computing box platform. Equipped with an Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processor, eight GB of DDR4 memory and rich I/O, including four GbE, four USB 3.0, four RS-232/422/485, one HDMI, and one display port (4K), as well as an optional second stack expansion kit that adds four iDoor or five HDMI ports for added flexibly functionality, the UNO-2484G is designed to deliver high-performance computing and maximum flexibility.
Topics: Embedded Automation Computers
Through the influence of Industry 4.0 and IoT, manufacturing industry is ready to transition to smart factories. The first step in the process of transformation is to collect production line data from the automated equipment network.
To guarantee a product's quality before it leaves a factory, product verification is fundamental, but it is also a repetitive and tedious job and mistakes are easily made. As a result, Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) systems are becoming the quality control method of choice to replace manual checks. Although AOI systems are capable of far more swiftly and accurately handling many of the visual checks previously performed by manual operators, the most intensive machine vision system has been designed to inspect the objects in fixed positions; this lack of flexibility narrows down the scope of the inspection.
In order to reduce the dependence on traditional coal-fired and nuclear power generation, governments around the world have been actively working on the development of renewable energy. Among the various renewable energy sources, the wind power is regarded as the most mature technology, and its cost of electricity is closets to traditional power generation, resulting in a booming wind power industry. Since wind power plants are often located in sparsely populated and remote areas, in addition to the three main components (tower, blade and generators), each wind turbine has to be equipped with Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) to be used as the human machine interface (HMI) for the on-site operation and to collect information for the managers in the central control room to remotely monitor all the devices on the wind farm.