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

Intelligent PV Plant Monitoring Solution

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jun 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM

 

Project Introduction

Beijing's air quality is infamous for its lack of breathability, and the government isn't happy, so in order to improve it the Chinese government initiated the Golden Sun Project and, increased subsidies for solar-power generation to encourage the installation of solar PV (photovoltaic) systems. However, the growing number and variety of PV installations, centralized management and information integration of each station are increasingly difficult to manage.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Power & Energy, Remote I/O

WISE Remote Facility Monitoring Solution for a Wind Power Plant

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 22, 2017 10:35:00 AM

Introduction

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.

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

Low Power Wireless Networks for Smart Irrigation Systems

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 4, 2017 9:45:00 AM

It's estimated that as much as 50 percent of irrigation water is wasted due to evaporation or runoff. This happens because most irrigation systems still rely upon simple timers. But thanks to a few Internet of Things technologies there is now a better way.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Chatting with Chuck - Episode 7: Industrial Ethernet vs. Standard Ethernet

Posted by Kari Grosser on May 2, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Catch up with Chuck while he chats with Ken Kao, Director of Product Sales Management at Advantech B+B SmartWorx. Today they dive into the differences between Standard Ethernet vs. Industrial Ethernet, what the key benefits are, and when you should use industrial over standard Ethernet.

Did you know you can listen to Chatting with Chuck anywhere? Episodes are available on Lbsyn, iTunes, and Google Play.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

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