New GE technology will reduce unplanned manufacturing downtime
GE Digital has debuted the newest version of its Asset Performance Management system, which combines the GE Digital APM portfolio with Meridium (acquired by GE in 2016) solutions. The combination enables asset-intensive organisations to have anytime visibility, arming them with powerful analytics to avoid unplanned downtime. This Predix-powered product is being showcased at Hannover Messe, which runs this week.
Reductions in operating risks and improved reliability is key for asset-intensive companies. Regulations change all the time, and businesses must always update their compliance levels, protect the health and safety of workers, and ensure they have the tools to make them as productive as possible.
GE’s Digital APM suite – which is the most comprehensive in the industry – aims to solve these common challenges by covering the full range of APM requirements, from risk assessment to compliance management. Unplanned downtime can be dramatically reduced by the analytics predicting equipment issues before they have a chance to happen.
Eddie Amos, General Manager of GE Digital’s Asset Performance Management software group, commented: “APM is all about visibility to equipment health and optimization of maintenance with a goal of reducing the long-term cost of ownership, safety to workers and the environment, and minimizing disruptions to operations. GE’s APM solutions help companies increase asset reliability and availability while reducing cost and risk in operations. And we’ve tested our APM capabilities on our own equipment in our customers’ plants. Because GE is an OEM, we monitor more than $1 trillion in assets. We know what it takes to monitor real industrial equipment and will continue to invest in APM solutions that work for us and work for industry.”
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have the capability to reduce asset lifetime cost and increase profit streams from asset service by expanding monitoring and maintenance capabilities to their end customer. This helps OEMs increase service revenue and reduce asset lifecycle costs, including R&D, warranty and services. GE customers are already seeing positive outcomes using the APM offering.
With predictive capabilities, the OEM can quickly respond to parts and service needs as well as provide timely, critical remote support, which decreases the costs associated with on-site engineering visits. This technology helps OEMs address issues while they are small and easy to fix, and makes them better prepared for the likely issues before deploying resources on a service call, decreasing cost to service.
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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.