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.
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.
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.
There are two differing views about passenger safety at stations which have dictated station design for the last 150 years or more. For most of the world, it has been assumed that passengers (and other members of the public) will take care of their own safety when walking on or near a railway.
In Thailand's export-oriented economy, manufacturing is the primary driver of economic development and growth. In an effort to remain globally competitive, Thai manufacturers have begun adopting advanced technologies to modernize their production facilities and management strategies. This includes employing SCADA systems for monitoring equipment to facilitate the shift towards factory automation.
A well-known panel maker that produces various sizes of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels and touch panels was eager to improve efficiency of all of its factories through the implementation of a production line monitoring system. The company selected its factory in Nanjing, China, to be the first site for implementation. After which, the adopted intelligent application would be subsequently rolled out to its other production bases around the world.
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.
Advantech's partner, Newark, invited members of their online community to take part in their RoadTest program. Members from around the globe were invited to submit their applications and Advantech selected the five most qualified testers to participate.
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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.