Oct 22, 2020

Jaguar Land Rover: Using Aerospace Tech In Upcoming Trials

Jaguar Land Rover
Aerospace Technology
Manufacturing
Sustainability
Oliver Freeman
2 min
Jaguar Land Rover manufacturin
Jaguar Land Rover are furthering their ‘REALITY’ initiative with innovative new design ideas, carved from the blueprints of aerospace technology...

Well, it’s official, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is turning their already beautiful feats of manufacturing into intergalactic cruisers. Well, not quite. The industry-leading, British manufacturer, intends to test the capability of advanced lightweight metals and composites to be used in future vehicles. As part of a two-year project, the West Midlands manufacturer will use technology developed for the aerospace industry to better understand how materials respond to corrosive environments, in global markets and over rigorous terrains. It sounds like, even though JLR isn’t making a lunar rover, they want their upcoming vehicles to be a tough as one. 

Samples of the new metals and composites that the company would like to use in future Jaguar and Land Rover models will be built into aerospace-grade sensors and put through their paces in some of the world’s most extreme physical conditions across the North American continent. The sensors are designed to continuously measure the performance of the materials and share data analytics with the Jaguar Land Rovers’ product development team, based in the United Kingdom. 

Lead engineer, Matt Walters, said: “This research project is a prime example of our commitment to developing lightweight, durable and robust materials for our future vehicles.

Using advanced aerospace-grade technology, such as these sensors, is testament to the quality and standards we are achieving.

We are working alongside world-class partners on this ground-breaking research project and will improve the correlation between real-world and accelerated testing as we continue to raise the bar for quality and durability.” 

This research, though Jaguar Land Rover has announced it, is not exclusive to the company; in fact, they are performing research as part of Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (GDA), “a consortium of aluminium manufacturers and carmakers researching the longevity of materials and how they can be made lighter and more durable.” 

The project isn’t the first that JLR has announced in recent times. It builds on the ‘REALITY project’, as the manufacturer looks to pioneer new recycling processes and sustainable solutions ranging from the innovative use of premium automotive-grade aluminium to give it a second life; the development of printed structural electronics, which can reduce the weight of in-car electronics by up to 60%, and the implementation of Econyl fabric, a material repurposed from plastic waste for trim and floor mats. 

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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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