May 16, 2020

BMW introduces the world’s first 100 percent electric truck

BMW
Green Manufacturing
Sustainable Manufacturing
Green Manufacturing
Glen White
2 min
BMW introduces the world’s first 100 percent electric truck
BMW is paving the way in ultra-green load hauling. The automotive giant made headlines when it detailed a manufacturing program for its i3 electric vehi...

BMW is paving the way in ultra-green load hauling. The automotive giant made headlines when it detailed a manufacturing program for its i3 electric vehicle that would focus on sustainability ‘from the cradle to the grave’, and this week the German carmaker has gone one step further.

Partnering with Dutch manufacturer Terberg and parts supplier Scherm, BMW has announced the introduction of a large 40-ton truck that runs entirely on electric power.

Don’t expect to see this one in your local shipping showroom, however: rather than marking a launch into the freight market, this all-electric truck will be used to carry materials from logistics group Scherm to BMW’s production plant in Munich a few kilometres away, eight times a day. The truck, a Terberg YT202-EV, is capable of travelling up to 100 kilometres on one charge, with a full recharge taking between three to four hours to achieve.

BMW says the truck is charged exclusively with green energy, promising CO2 emissions savings of around 11 tonnes annually. “This is equivalent to the distance a BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics would travel when going around the world almost three times,” the company says.

Terberg introduced the YT202-EV in 2014 and it has already found a home at various distribution centres and container terminals in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. For now, the electric Terberg truck’s role in BMW’s manufacturing program is described as a year-long pilot test. But, if all goes well, Germans could be seeing more of these ultra-green haulers on the roads soon.

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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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