AWS: smarter manufacturing with cloud and IoT technology
With industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 revolutionising manufacturing, we look at AWS’ services that can help organisations drive value from this change.
Harnessing its own Amazon Web Services (AWS) at its core, Amazon has been designing, manufacturing and distributing globally smart products that utilise cutting edge automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics for over 25 years.
Amazon’s AWS, provides manufacturers with the ability to focus resources on optimising production, create new opportunities and improve operational efficiencies across the entire value chain.
“From product design to smart factory and smart products, AWS helps leading manufacturers transform their manufacturing operations with the most comprehensive and advanced set of cloud solutions available today, while taking advantage of the highest level of security,” says AWS.
How harnessing AWS Cloud can help manufacturers digital transform to improve business operations
Products and production design: by harnessing High Performance Computing (HPC) to solve complex problems, AWS focuses on product design; accelerating time-to-results and time-to-market; and reducing costs by providing optimized CPU, GPU, and FPGA servers on-demand.
Smart factory: to improve manufacturing operations, AWS harnesses its IoT services, edge computing, data lakes and advanced analytics to capture, analyse, visualise, and execute on plant floor data.
Smart products and services: by providing access to AWS’ IoT, machine learning, AI and Big Data services, AWS helps organisations innovative smart connected products by collecting, processing, storing, analysing and acting on machine data.
The Benefits of AWS for manufacturers
AWS works to provide its customers with that ability to easily build, tailor, categories and analyse data lakes, securely and in real time. As well as providing predictive analytics to improve overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), service levels, product quality, and supply chain efficiency.
With AWS’ HPC, manufacturers can improve the pace of innovation, allowing organisations to reduce their time-to-results.
AWS offers pay-as-you-go microservices and serverless computing models to reduce the cost of running a connected plant or smart product program.
“Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority. As an AWS customer, you benefit from a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organisations,” states AWS.
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Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
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).
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
“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.