Feb 25, 2021

AWS releases Amazon Lookout for production anomaly detection

AWS
SmartManufacturing
production
AnomalyDetection
Georgia Wilson
3 min
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced its general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision...

Used by the likes of GE Healthcare, Amazon and Basler, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision. The solution uses AWS-trained computer vision models to find anomalies and flaws in products or production processes.

The benefits of Amazon Lookout for Vision

Harnessing computer vision and a sophisticated machine learning technique called ‘few-shot learning’, AWS’ latest solution - Amazon Lookout for Vision - spot product or process defects and anomalies in manufactured products.  

AWS explains that, “customers can get started quickly using Amazon Lookout for Vision to detect manufacturing and production defects (e.g. cracks, dents, incorrect color, irregular shape, etc.) in their products and prevent those costly errors from progressing down the operational line and from ever reaching customers.”

By adopting Amazon Lookout for Vision alongside Amazon Lookout for Equipment, Amazon Monitron, and AWS Panorama, manufacturers can benefit from one of the most comprehensive suites for cloud-to-edge industrial machine learning services.

“Whether a customer is placing toppings on a frozen pizza or manufacturing finely-calibrated parts for an airplane, what we’ve heard unequivocally is that guaranteeing only high-quality products reach end-users is fundamental to their business. While this may seem obvious, ensuring such quality control in industrial pipelines can in fact be very challenging. We’re excited to deliver Amazon Lookout for Vision to customers of all sizes and across all industries to help them quickly and cost effectively detect defects at scale to save time and money while maintaining the quality their consumers rely on – with no machine learning experience required,” commented Swami Sivasubramanian, Vice President of Amazon Machine Learning for AWS.

Amazon Lookout for Vision: how does it work?

Amazon Lookout for Vision provides manufacturers with a highly accurate, low cost anomaly detection solution. Amazon Lookout for Vision harnesses computer vision to process thousands of images an hour in order to spot defects and anomalies without the need for experience in machine learning.

By sending camera images to Amazon Lookout for Vision in real time, the solution utilises a machine learning technique called ‘few shot learning’ where the model is able to classify data based on a very small amount of training data. 

Amazon Lookout for Vision requires as little as 30 images of the acceptable and anomalous state to determine a baseline to begin assessing parts or products. Not only is the solution functional with a minimal amount of training data, the solution is adaptable to a wide range of inspection tasks in an industrial environment.

Following analysis, Amazon Lookout for Vision reports images that differ from the baseline via a service dashboard or the ‘DetectAnomalies’ real time API in order for appropriate action to be taken.

“Customers also have the ability to provide feedback on the results (e.g. whether a prediction correctly identified an anomaly or not), and Lookout for Vision will automatically retrain the underlying model so that the service continuously improves. This feature allows the technology to adapt to changes in the manufacturing process and even understand when variations are permissible or not based on customer feedback. This means that customers can be more nimble and adapt their processes based on competitive advantages or external factors impacting their operations,” states AWS. 

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Jun 17, 2021

Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router

Siemens
5G
IIoT
Data
3 min
Siemens’ first industrial 5G router, the Scalancer MUM856-1, is now available and will revolutionise the concept of remote control in industry

Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age. 

 

Siemens Enables 5G IIoT

The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). 

Siemens presents its first industrial 5G router.
Siemens presents the Scalance MUM856-1.

The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.

 

Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance

 

  • Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
  • The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
  • A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
  • Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites

 

5G Now

“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.

 

Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said. 

 

Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future

Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’ 

 

And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.

 

The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.

 

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