Building Interconnectional Factories with Advantech's Wireless Infrastructure

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 8, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Founded in 1958, Nan-Ya Plastics Corporation (NYP) is the No.1 manufacturer of secondary plastics, the No.2 for copper clad laminates, No. 4 for mono ethylene glycol, and No. 6 for polyester fibers worldwide. With more than 10,000 employees and capital of $2.6 billion, NYP's consolidated annual revenue for 2016 was $9.15 billion. As one of the world's largest manufactures in terms of production capacity, NYP has long been committed to Industry 4.0 practices, aiming at sustainable business development as well as social wealth and prosperity.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

High-Power PoE Solutions for Harsh Industrial Networking Environments

Posted by Kari Grosser on Jan 3, 2018 10:35:00 AM

To strengthen security at one of the UAE's biggest marine ports, this customer required an intelligent video surveillance system to monitor on-site personnel and cargo. Major considerations were the size of the property, which requires more than 500 PTZ cameras for surveillance, and Dubai's tropical desert climate, meaning that the customer needed ruggedized managed switches with advanced features and management capabilities so that they could operate in outdoor environments under extreme temperature conditions.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech's Highly Integrated WebAccess Solution Optimizes Automatic Monitoring and Control Management at a Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted by Kari Grosser on Dec 20, 2017 10:15:00 AM

A wastewater treatment plant is a basic infrastructure in modern society to purify wastewater created by homes and businesses. It operates 24 hours a day and wastewater treatment comprises multiple processes to remove solids, organic compounds and other matters. Such a complex workflow needs a careful management and it is insufficient only being supervised by plant personnel. Besides, the source water quality can be changed in an instant and any negligence or mistake may lead to improper treatment or cause environmental pollution. Therefore, the automatic monitoring and control system has been playing a very important role in ensuring the treated effluent to meet the environmental regulations and government criteria before discharging into the sewer or river.

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Topics: Automation Controllers, Automation Software, Industrial Communication

Case Study: Creating Smart Factories from Equipment Networking

Posted by Kari Grosser on Dec 11, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Through the influence of Industry 4.0 and IoT, the manufacturing industry is ready to transition to smart factories. The first step in the process of transformation is to collect production line data from the automated equipment network.

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

Mobile Management and Security for First Responders

Posted by Kari Grosser on Nov 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

There are more than one billion vehicles on the planet and the number keeps growing. Managing them all is an increasingly complex task, often requiring communication with vehicles that are nowhere near any central office. Fleet managers need to monitor OBDII data from vehicles that may be hundreds of miles away. First responders need two-way communications with dispatchers and databases. Governmental agencies must rack parameters like traffic density and road conditions from devices that are scattered all over their jurisdictions. Devices like traffic signage and parking machines need reliable links to their control centers, and it the installation includes video surveillance they will require good bandwidth as well. But in many cases, stringing cables out to the desired locations would be impractical or impossible.

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Topics: Industrial Communication

Advantech Expands Industrial Switch Product Line with EKI-9600 Layer 3 Managed Switches

Posted by Ken Ott on Oct 31, 2017 7:11:00 AM


Cincinnati, Ohio, October 31, 2017 – Advantech, a leader in industrial IoT solutions, has expanded its industrial switch product offerings with the introduction of the newly released EKI-9600 switch. The EKI-9600 switch is a L3 Managed Gigabit Switch that supports static routing and network address translation (NAT) features, enabling an easier and faster setup for network backbones at a lower cost.  

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Topics: Industrial Communication, IIOT, EKI, Layer 3, managed switch, switches, industrial switches, networking

Realizing Interoperability in Factory Automation without Blowing Your Budget

Posted by Kari Grosser on Oct 27, 2017 10:15:00 AM

In the age of the Internet of Things (IoT), the trend in industrial automation for all devices, equipment and controllers with different protocols to be able to connect with each other and speak the same "language" has become essential. Advantech recently introduced two new Protocol Gateways for protocol conversion to further complement our comprehensive product range. Our Protocol Conversion Solution gives you an unparalleled advantage of realizing interoperability in factory automation to avoid replacing incompatible network devices and extend their useful life without a heavy price tag of major upgrade.

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

Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant Networking System

Posted by Kari Grosser on Oct 24, 2017 10:25:00 AM


The municipal sewage treatment in Tianjin, China is currently one of the biggest sewage plants in China. Not only is the layout well designed, but many of the systems and processing techniques are the most advanced in the country, with various techno-economic indicators reaching the highest level in China. This plant has applied state-of-the-art Advantech industrial communication products, which can realize the communication between the lower level controllers in each system so as to ensure real-time communication between control systems, monitoring data and the central room.

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Topics: Automation Software, Industrial Communication

PC-based PAC Solution for Material Handling AGV Optimization

Posted by Kari Grosser on Oct 12, 2017 10:15:00 AM

Project Introduction

Widely used across many industries, Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) have been scooting around factory floors for decades. Thanks to evolving technologies like sensors, wireless networks and automatic control technologies, their guidance methods and physical dimensions continue to evolve and now small lightweight trackless AGV are being rolled out.

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Topics: Industrial Communication, Remote I/O

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