Intel & Micron Expand Manufacturing Effort

Intel and Micron have announced the completion of an expansion to Building 60 (B60) at the IM Flash facilities in Lehi, Utah. The expanded fab will produce 3D XPoint memory media, a building block of Intel Optane technology that includes Intel Optane memory for clients, the recently announced Intel Optane SSD 900P Series and new capacities and form factors of the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series. A ribbon-cutting was held at the facility with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, employees of the facility and representatives from Intel and Micron.

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The Intel Optane SSD 900P Series half-height half-length add-in card is available in 480 GB and 280 GB capacities.

The IM Flash joint venture was created in 2006 to manufacture non-volatile memory for both Intel and Micron, starting with NAND for use in SSDs, phones, tablets and more. In 2015, IM Flash began manufacturing 3D XPoint technology, the first entirely new memory media in 25 years. The technology was developed to meet the quickly expanding data needs for all types of customers. 3D XPoint technology uses a crosspoint structure to deliver a cell and array architecture that can switch states significantly faster than NAND.

Intel recently announced the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series for use in desktop and workstation PCs. It delivers incredibly low latency and best-in-class random read and write performance at low queue depths. Additionally, Intel expanded the Intel Optane technology offerings for the data center, introducing 750GB capacity and 2.5-inch U.2 form factor versions of the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series. For details on these products and all Intel SSDs, visit Intel’s solid state drives website.

Intel | www.intel.com

Micron Technology | www.micron.com

Web/Mobile Apps from PTC Target Industrial IoT Manufacturing

PTC has announced  the launch of new ThingWorx manufacturing apps. The new role-based manufacturing apps are fast to deploy and provide industrial companies with real-time operational intelligence to make more proactive and faster decisions. The apps are built on the ThingWorx platform, a purpose-built Industrial IoT platform that includes technologies and tools that enable companies to rapidly develop, deploy and extend apps and augmented reality experiences.

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The ThingWorx manufacturing apps are part of a new generation of Industrial IoT web/mobile applications, which include the successful ThingWorx Navigate app. The manufacturing apps unify data from enterprise business systems and the sensored physical world, and deliver user information and real-time insight incontext for individual roles. The apps help simplify digital transformation, are fast to deploy, and allow for codeless app extensibility for ongoing rapid innovation. The ThingWorx manufacturing starter apps will be available via a free download and can be deployed in production in under one hour.

The new ThingWorx manufacturing apps include:

ThingWorx Controls Advisor (shown in photo above)— gives controls engineers the ability to rapidly connect to and remotely visualize data from virtually any Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), IoT Gateway or connected asset. It enables them to monitor and troubleshoot machine connectivity and provides instant notification of data communication errors that may cause the loss of critical production data. With proactive issue identification and rapid trending and troubleshooting, manufacturers can improve data quality and reliability and reduce unplanned downtime.

ThingWorx Asset Advisor — provides real-time visibility into the health and status of critical assets. The app alerts maintenance/service technicians to potential problems that may impact unplanned downtime and optimize maintenance execution, while delivering simple, easy-to-use capabilities to trend and troubleshoot issues. It remotely monitors and detects anomalies across various assets and allows users to understand asset performance and minimize unplanned downtime. Maintenance and service technicians can make better informed, faster decisions with unified real-time connectivity across critical production assets and take corrective action before problems impact production.

ThingWorx Production Advisor — rapidly unifies disparate sources of operational and business data. With the ThingWorx Production Advisor app, production managers have real-time visibility into production status and critical KPIs such as availability, performance, quality and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). The app also enables plant managers to monitor the real-time operational performance of the factory— all lines, all assets, with up-to-the-minute production status and performance KPIs. By having real-time machine and business data available in a contextualized format, the app delivers actionable intelligence to enable proactive and faster decision making to prevent problems and drive continuous improvement.

PTC | www.ptc.com  www.thingworx.com

Multi-Tasking Robot Platform

Fisnar F9960N

Fisnar F9960N

The F9960N multitasking robot is designed to dispense applications including miniature SMT circuit boards, large PCBs, and finished assemblies. The robot’s dispensing and coating system can be integrated within a conveyor-dependent inline manufacturing environment or installed as a stand-alone module.

The enclosed environment provides access for fume extraction systems, which creates a safeguard from potentially hazardous substances. Access to the working area is through a security door, which is locked while in operation but accessible during programming.

The robot includes a 178-mm touchscreen display that enables you to program a dispense path with unique characteristics (e.g., continuous path and point-to-point routing).

Contact Fisnar for pricing.

Fisnar, Inc.
www.fisnar.com