New Consortium to Focus on Industry 4.0

Advantech has announced that it has partnered with Mitsubishi Electric, Omron, NEC, IBM Japan and Oracle Japan to establish the “Edgecross Consortium” to overcome boundaries between companies and industries in order to realize collaboration between factory automation (FA) and IT. The objective is to create new value centered on edge computing. The joint press conference to announce the establishment of the Edgecross Consortium was held on November 6, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan, and the establishment of the consortium is planned for November 29, 2017.

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The Edgecross Consortium will focus on the easy realization of FA and IT collaboration through its open software platform (“Edgecross Software Platform”), which is based on edge computing. By residing on the edge layer, the Edgecross Software Platform facilitates connectivity between factory shop floors and value chains, while enabling the rapid acquisition, analysis, and utilization of data, which are essential to smart manufacturing. In addition, user applications can be easily created and shared on the edge to realize various IoT utilization purposes.

The consortium aims to co-develop the platform specifications for and achieve certification of Edgecross products, in addition to co-marketing promotion and global co-selling for consortium members. Starting from Japan and then globally, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the Edgecross booth display at the SCF 2017 Fair and Smart Factory EXPO 2018. Advantech is organizing the IoT Co-Creation Summit from November 1 to 3, 2018, in Suzhou, China, with more than 2500 attendees from all over the world. The summit will seek to foster the three phases of growth brought about by IoT and to demonstrate the co-creation achievement of IoT WISE-PaaS, EISs, and SRPs.

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Infineon Launches “Productive4.0” Research Project

Infineon Technologies recently launched “Productive4.0,” which is a European research initiative relating to the field of Industry 4.0. More than 100 partners (e.g., Bosch, Philips, Thales, NXP, SAP, ABB, Volvo, Ericsson, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) from 19 European countries are involved in the project which is focused on digitizing and networking industry. Part of the European funding program for microelectronics (ECSEL), the aim of Productive4.0 is to strengthen expertise in microelectronics with a view to broad digitization.Infineon 200mm Fab

Thirty partners from Germany and 79 participants will work together for three years. With €106 million in funding, the aim is to “create a user platform across value chains and industries, that especially promotes the digital networking of manufacturing companies, production machines and products.”

The Productive4.0 project will run until 30 April 2020. An overview of the project partners is available at www.Productive40.eu.

Source: Infineon Technologies

Pocket IO PLC Development Platform for Industry 4.0 Applications

Maxim Integrated recently announced a new platform provides Industry 4.0 developers with real-time intelligence, adaptive manufacturing, and distributed control. Its Pocket IO programmable logic controller (PLC) development platform enables you to achieve the smallest form factor and highest power efficiency for innovative PLC designs. The platform comprises 30 I/Os, including analog input, analog output, digital input, digital output, IO-link, and motion control featuring robust functionality and diagnostic capabilities. Maxim pocket-io

The Pocket IO PLC development platform’s features, benefits, and specs:

  • Real-time intelligence: Fast data processing provides the necessary data to make intelligent decisions quickly and effectively to optimize yield.
  • Adaptive manufacturing: Manufacturing flexibility allows for real-time changes and adjustments to avoid potential downtime.
  • Distributed control: Ultra-small footprint of less than 10 cubic inches and smart energy consumption brings PLC down to the manufacturing line, re-distributing intelligent control and providing redundancy.
  • 15× space savings with 16 fewer diodes than the previous solution
  • Over 90% power efficiency when compared to its predecessor

The Pocket IO PLC reference design ($499) includes an attach board, IO-link protocol stack, cables, and a power supply. Free schematics, layout files, and firmware are available.

Source: Maxim Integrated 

Industry 4.0: The Industrial IoT and the Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is everywhere. Industry 4.0 is becoming serious and many companies develop hardware and software solutions. Relayr is a company with an interesting focus on the IoT and bringing industry to the cloud. Wissa Hettinga interviewed Jaime Gonzalez-Arintero Berciano, a Relayr developer and product evangelist, about the company, its technology, and future of innovation in the IoT space.