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

Upgrade to an IIoT Plant

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

Advantech's Fieldbus gateway EKI-1242 series can connect edge devices to the core industrial network and free plant operators from time consuming procedures of integrating industrial protocols to help you build a green intelligent IIoT plant. 

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Reducing the Electricity Consumption of Electric Motor-Drive Systems (EMDSs)

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

EMDSs are widely used in various applications such as industrial, building and appliance applications. Pumps, fans, air compressors, conveyor belts, lifts and air conditioning systems are all examples of mechanical operations that benefit from the power-generating ability of EMDSs. However, according to an International Energy Agency survey, one drawback of EMDSs is that they consume a tremendous amount of electricity, accounting for almost 70% of all industrial electricity consumption. This is because EMDSs always run at full spinning speed under continuous power, even when the end device requires very little power. Therefore, variable-frequency drives (VFDs), which first appeared in the early twentieth century,have been utilized to accelerate or decelerate the spinning speed of EMDSs. 

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Multi-Protocol, Cross-System Integration Solution

Posted by Kari Grosser on Mar 13, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Many plant managers seek various means for shortening time to market and increased productivity, yet they are wary of the time-consuming, costly process of having to replace or upgrade complex systems to realize digitization. By implementing Advantech's multi-protocol, cross-system integration solution, managers can migrate seamlessly from traditional to future network infrastructure with minimum downtime and maximum flexibility.

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

Intelligent Connectivity, Seamless Travel - Smart Transportation

Posted by Kari Grosser on Mar 2, 2018 9:45:00 AM

From highways to inner-city streets, and through bridges, to tunnels to transport hubs, the endless streams of vehicles, passengers and cargo add up the difficulties of effective traffic management and complicate the tasks for today's city planners and traffic operators everywhere. 

Advantech's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) solutions aim at providing cutting-edge technologies to further assist transportation operators to better plan transportation application and management, which ultimately facilitates a safe, convenient and seamless travel for all travelers around the world.

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

Building a Wireless Remote Monitoring and Management System for an Appliance Manufacturer

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 9, 2018 10:45:00 AM

As a leading electrical appliance manufacturer and employer of approximately 100,000 people across 200 countries, this customer is a major exporter of lighting products, water appliances, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, kitchen appliances and refrigeration appliances. Demonstrating their understanding of the dynamics of product development, manufacturing processes and logistics, the management possesses an acute awareness of how much industrial IoT means to the company's success.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Tunnel Monitoring System for Superhighways

Posted by Kari Grosser on Feb 5, 2018 11:03:00 AM

The Longling-Ruili Highway, a section of the National Superhighway Network between Hangzhou and Ruili, Yunnan, stretches 157.712 km from the four-lane Baoshan-Longling Expressway to Ruili at the China-Myanmar border. Along the way, there are 154.6 km of expressways and 3.112 km of Class 2 highways, as well as a mega bridge, 158 regular bridges, eight tunnels (including the 3.130-km Mangsa Tunnel), and nine highway intersections, al of which amount to a total investment of RMB 10.941 billion.

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Topics: Automation Controllers, Automation Software, Industrial Communication, Human Machine Interface

Industrial Communication in the IoT Era

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 24, 2018 10:40:00 AM

Connecting Legacy Devices to IoT

Most legacy devices are isolated and unconnected; however, as the use of legacy network technologies remains prevailing in industrial automation, new solutions that connect legacy devices to modern networking systems are needed in order to extend the useful life of the existing machinery as to avoid an expansive machine purchase of major upgrades.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech's Network Switches Ensure Always-on Connectivity for Vietnam's ETC System

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

The Vietnamese government is planning to implement an ETC system at all of the country's toll booths to end delays and cut costs. Currently, the system is in effect at some booths on Expressways 1 and 14. An Ethernet network will be deployed at each toll collection station, with stations connected via a fiber network.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

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