Smart IoT Technology for Flood and Water Level Monitoring

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 19, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Flooding and excessive rainfall can wreak havoc with indispensable assets and infrastructure. Water treatment plants, for example, are typically near a body of water, and thousands are located on flood plains. By tracking data like rainfall, ground saturation, and upstream water levels, industries and utilities can get early warnings about flooding and take action to protect their customers and equipment.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Simultaneous Connection and Powering for IP Surveillance Cameras

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 11, 2017 11:25:00 AM

The Challenge

When a successful European toy manufacturer outgrew its facilities, it built a brand new campus that included the office, manufacturing and warehouse space. Since copper Ethernet cable has a range limitation of about 100 meters, multi-mode fiber was used to network the three new buildings. Multi-mode fiber provided the necessary range, immunity to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), speeds of up to 40 GB/s and high security. As the facility received daily visits from toy sales representatives and other outsiders, security was an important consideration.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech Expands its Industrial Managed Switch Offerings

Posted by Kari Grosser on Sep 6, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Advantech's IIoT Automation Group has expanded its industrial managed switch product offering with the introduction of the EKI-9600 series. The EKI-9600 series are L3 managed Gigabit switches that support static routing and network address translation (NAT) features, enabling an easier and faster setup for network backbones at a lowest cost.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Smart Metering for Environmental Monitoring using Cellular Routers

Posted by Kari Grosser on Aug 14, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Remote sensors measure radiation levels in nuclear power plants and carbon monoxide levels in parking garages. They report floodwater levels in rivers and seismic activity along fault lines. They collect huge quantities of data all over the world, and none of it is useful until it has been read and interpreted. Additionally, much of this data needs to be reported in real time so that human beings can make appropriate responses before environmental disasters unfold.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech Introduces Two New Protocol Gateways

Posted by Kari Grosser on Aug 10, 2017 10:25:00 AM

Advantech's IIoT Automation Group is pleased to announce the EKI-1221IEIMB and EKI-1221IPNMB protocol gateways devices for protocol conversion from Modbus TCP to EtherNet/IP and PROFINET.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Fishing for Real Time Data

Posted by Kari Grosser on Aug 3, 2017 10:30:00 AM

The Challenge

When tourists visit an aquarium to admire the fish, the dolphins, the penguins and the coral reefs, they rarely stop to think about the headaches involved in providing healthy environments for all of the resident flora and fauna. Management has to rigidly control an enormous variety of parameters like air and water temperature, humidity, salinity, pH, water levels and water flow rates. There are sensors everywhere.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Increasing the Efficiency of Information Management with Seamless Data Integration

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

Since the 1960s, the manufacturing industry has used computers to control cost and production to optimize company resources and efficiency. The rapid development of information technology has resulted in the creating of a wide range of information systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, manufacturing execution systems (MESs) and digital systems for managing customers, supply chains, products, manufacturing processes and equipment. However, regardless of the type of system, data and statistical analysis provides the basis for operation. And although many companies have implemented digital management systems, rather unfortunately, they still rely on manual collection and entry for data acquisition.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Human Machine Interface, Remote I/O, Industrial Servers & Storage, Industrial Computer Chassis

Cellular Networking and Decision Analytics for an Improved Customer Experience

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Challenge

A theme park was always looking for ways to enhance the customer experience, and minimizing wait times at attractions and food service outlets was one of the key concerns. Tracking and analyzing visitor behavior could potentially let management address it. The first step would be to have the analytics software look at things like advanced ticket sales, weather forecasts and previous attendance records to help management make staffing decisions several days in advance.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

One Solution for 49 Flavors

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jul 5, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Challenge

Modern creameries produce a multitude of different ice cream flavors, with all kinds of ingredients. Keeping everything at exactly the right temperature and the correct humidity is the key to protecting flavor and controlling bacterial growth. A creamery uses a lot of refrigeration, and that means that the operations will not only have to monitor the temperature and ambient humidity in many different parts of the plant; they'll have to monitor the refrigeration systems for ammonia leaks and do preventative maintenance before small problems become catastrophic.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

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