Chatting with Chuck - Episode 25: Modular Fanless PCs

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 23, 2018 9:40:00 AM

Welcome back to Chatting with Chuck! Do you know what modular fanless PCs are or how they are used? Tune in to find out!

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Advantech Ensures Reliable Computing with TPM 2.0 Technology

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 20, 2018 9:55:00 AM

Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology is designed to provide comprehensive enterprise-level, hardware-based security. Accordingly, Advantech's various industrial products are equipped with TPM technology for enhanced security and data protection from digital and physical attacks, theft or loss. Additionally, with the inclusion of additional peripherals, such as a smart card reader, TPM technology can be used to ensure system integrity and reliable computing. 

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Topics: Human Machine Interface, Embedded Automation Computers

WISE Remote Facility Monitoring Solution for a Wind Power Plant

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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 closest to traditional power generation, resulting in a booming wind power industry. Since wind power plants are often located in the sparsely populated remote areas, in addition to the three main components (tower, blade and generator), 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 central control room to remotely monitor all devices in the wind farm.

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

Advantech's Solution for Centralizing Productivity and Downtime Management

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 26, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Advantech's Solution Ready Platform, the SRP-FPV240, allows users to easily manage all server applications and thin clients from the plant floor to the control room on a single user interface. Users can decide which client/user to access and what content to be displayed. The SRP-FPV240 thin client also presents superior visualization via multi-monitor, multi-session and flexible screen tiling functions, especially suitable for multi-tasking. Also, its diskless industrial thin client features high reliability in any automated environment to greatly reduce extra costs from unexpected downtime. This ERP also supports fast failover by plugging it in a backup unit. 

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Industrial vs Commercial PC - Which is Better?

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM

So you need a PC and can't decide between an industrial or commercial PC. Sure, a commercial PC is less expensive but is it capable of performing consistently in an industrial environment? Industrial PCs provide numerous benefits including durability, expandability/flexibility and a lower overall cost of ownership.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Dashboard-Enabled Data Visualization for Increased Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 16, 2018 10:20:00 AM

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) refers to the percentage of planned production time that is truly productive. Most factories have an OEE score of only 60%, which indicates substantial room for improvement.

With visualized data, machine availability can be monitored and machine downtime managed to improve operational efficiency. Advantech's OEE solution optimizes operations by enabling data visualization for convenient real-time machine monitoring and supporting multi-platform data access for remote management and improved efficiency to increase manufacturing productivity. 

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Topics: Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Entering a New Era of Smart Manufacturing

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 14, 2018 10:20:00 AM

Introducing the SRP-FPV220 Solution for MES Integration & Production Optimization

This Solution Ready Platform allows users to easily collect data from shop-floor devices via multiple communications such as Modbus, OPC UA and MQTT and automatically generates Excel reports of production activities. A 100% web-based dashboard allows users to view visual production information such as yield rate trends, equipment utilization or downtime alarms, available anytime on any mobile device supporting HTML5 browsers. Valuable information about field equipment, energy consumption and the environment can also be integrated within the MES system via open interfaces including SQL database and RESTful/SignalR API's to help optimize production planning and provide efficiency analysis improvements.

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Topics: Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Remote I/O

Advantech's Full Range of Industrial Platforms

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 8, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Advantech delivers a full range of industrial computers for various applications in the field of automation. Offering sophisticated system integration services from customization to integration, validation and certification. We provide one-stop solutions for rugged systems for customers who require a trusted partner to optimize their solutions.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers, Industrial Servers & Storage, Modular IPC

Intelligent Parking System Powered by PC-based AGV Parking Robot

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 1, 2018 10:35:00 AM

Automated guided vehicle (AGVs) are most often used in industrial applications to transport materials around a manufacturing facility or warehouse. In today's era of IIoT, factories are not only undergoing a fourth industrial revolution, but AGVs are also shifting from automation toward intelligentization, with applications expanding from the factory to parking lot. Using a Wi-Fi module, laser navigation, and comb-exchange technology, an AGV has created an intelligent parking robot that can lift and park a car in just 120 seconds. To ensure the parking robot can accurately receive tasks from the centralized dispatch system and execute commands without collision or accident, a palm-sized, fanless, in vehicle industrial communication gateway was incorporated.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

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