Solar Energy Tracking System

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 1, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Project Introduction

The irradiance determines the power generations. To optimize power generation, the solar energy cell panel needs to be adjusted and keeps facing the direction with the strongest sunlight. With Advantech's solar monitoring system, the solar energy cell panel becomes more intelligent. Also, the status of the equipment can be used.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers, Power & Energy

Highway Speed Measurement Radar with Image Processing

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Introduction

The need to use radar systems for speed measurement is growing in importance all over the world. This is not only important in military applications but also for civilian applications, too. Radar systems are increasingly important for civilian use in monitoring speeds of vehicles on highways, sport competitions, airplanes and more. The government uses microwave Doppler radar devices, which transmit waves while simultaneously receiving reflections from moving objects. These systems can be standalone or hand held.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Electrical Vehicle Charging System Application

Posted by Kari Grosser on Apr 10, 2017 10:40:00 AM

Project Introduction

As plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery eclectic ownership is expanding, there is a growing need for widely distributed publicly accessible charging stations, some of which support faster charging at higher voltages and currents.

Many charging station are on-street facilities provided by electric utility companies or located at retail shopping centers and operated by many private companies.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Intelligent Parking System Powered by PC-based AGV Parking Robot

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Introduction

Automated guided vehicle (AGVs) are most often in industrial applications to transport materials around a manufacturing facility or warehouse. In today's era of the Industrial Internet of Things, 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 the parking lot. Using a Wi-Fi module, laser navigation, and comb-exchange technology, an AGV manufacturer 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 x86 industrial communication gateway was incorporated. In the past, AGVs were typically controlled and operated using a programmable logic controller (PLC). However, parking AGVs must perform multiple arithmetic operations to ensure comprehensive monitoring, for which PLCs offer inadequate speed and function. Advantech's PC-based embedded automation computer UNO-2272G equipped with two iDoor modules (Wi-Fi communication and CANopen fieldbus protocol) not only fulfills the performance requirements of parking AGVs, but also supports componentized real-time operating systems (Windows Embedded Compact 7), customized drivers, and remote management and monitoring software (WISE-PaaS/RMM). These features provide AGV robots with additional capabilities, such as instruction issuing, travel track and position monitoring, system health diagnosis, and automatic scheduling.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

A Truly Total Solution for Factory Automation

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 19, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Project Introduction

In order to optimize manufacturing management, manufacturers need visibility to accurately control workflow information. As a result, there are more companies willing to implement Manufacturing Executing Systems (MES). According to the definition of Manufacturing Execution System Association (MESA), "MES delivers information that enables the optimization of production activities from order launch to finished goods". However, the lack of bottom layer information, which is responsible for the physical control of machinery and equipment, makes MES unable to maximize effectiveness of factory automation. In addition, industrial grade devices to precisely acquire signals and immediately deliver data are also important for such automation applications due to the harsh environments in factories.

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

Advantech Facility Monitoring & Control System

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 12, 2017 10:20:00 AM

Optimize Your Facility Management for High-tech Factories

For hi-tech factories that operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, the occurrence of unstable voltage, fire alarm, gas leaks or liquid leaks is likely to reduce production rate and even result in downtime incurring huge losses. These factories, for example, plants for fabricating semiconductors, TFT-LCD panels, multi-crystalline solar cells, or LED, usually use facilities such as high-voltage equipment, emergency power supply system, nitrogen or other special gas system, ultra-pure water systems, waste water treatment equipment or clean rooms to supply continuous production. Advantech Facility Monitoring and Control System is especially designed for hi-tech plants to provide automatic monitoring over their facilities, which takes control of power supply systems, water treatment systems, gas supply systems, clean rooms and other plant facilities and closely watches over their status with automatic detection and real time alerts and alarms which will notify plant workers if any abnormal situation happens, so as to reduce downtime as well as minimize production losses.

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

A Truly Total Solution for Factory Automation

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 11, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Project Introduction

In order to optimize manufacturing management, manufacturers need visibility to accurately control workflow information. As a result, there are more companies willing to implement Manufacturing Executing System Association (MESA), "MES delivers information that enables the optimization of production activities from order launch to finished goods." However, the lack of bottom layer information, which is responsible for the physical control of machinery and equipment, makes MES unable to maximize the effectiveness of factory automation. In addition, industrial grade devices to precisely acquire signals and immediately deliver data are also important for such automation applications due to the harsh environment in factories.

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

Advantech Launches New High Performance Industrial Computers

Posted by Kari Grosser on Dec 1, 2016 10:05:00 AM

Advanteach is pleased to announce the launch of the UNO-3283G and the UNO-3382/3384G fanless industrial computers. Advntech's UNO-3000 series of industrial computers are renowned for their high performance, large number of I/O ports, and flexible expansion. They include dual-front hot-swappable SSD/HDD bays with RAID 0/1 support. The HDD/SSD are installed in drive bays which are accessible from the front using a single captive thumb screw for each bay so that even in the event of failure or an upgrade, this can be carried out quickly and easily. These new models boasts many new features which make them ideal for factory and machine automation.

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers

Multi-angle Automated Optical Inspection Solution for Automobile Assembly Factory

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Project Introduction

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 vision system has been designed to inspect the objects in fixed positions; this lack of flexibility narrows down the scope of the inspection.  

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Topics: Embedded Automation Computers, Data Acquisition, Data Acquisition & Communication

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