May 16, 2020

Rethink Robotics announces major distribution partnerships in Germany

Robotics
Technology
Rethink Robotics
freise automation
Nell Walker
2 min
Rethink Robotics announces major distribution partnerships in Germany
Rethink Robotics today announced exclusive distribution partnerships with leading automation providers inGermanyto continue the global expansion of the...

Rethink Robotics today announced exclusive distribution partnerships with leading automation providers in Germany to continue the global expansion of the company. Freise Automation and HAHN Robotics will deliver Sawyer to the German manufacturing community, helping companies improve production processes and implement flexible and affordable automation.

Rethink Robotics is redefining manufacturing across the globe with its family of smart, collaborative robots that can adapt to real-world variability, change applications quickly, and perform tasks like people do. Based in Boston, USA, Rethink Robotics pioneered the category of collaborative robots and is now focusing on driving innovation and growth in the European market.

Last Autumn, Rethink announced the availability and global deployment of Sawyer, its new high-performance collaborative robot. The German market is a cornerstone of Rethink's global expansion plan in Europe, and Freise Automation and HAHN Robotics will play a major role in driving expansion in Germany.

Founded in 1970 in Hamburg, Freise Automation will be the exclusive distributor of Sawyer in northern Germany. The company has impactful relationships and years of experience in a variety of manufacturing and automation industries including medical, chemical, printing, automotive, heavy industry, and more.

HAHN Robotics, and its parent company HAHN Automation, is a full-service supplier and design manufacturer specialising in automation for material handling, assembly and inspection, research and development, and will work closely with manufacturers to help deploy Rethink's smart, collaborative robots on the factory floor. Headquartered in Rheinböllen, the company will manage the distribution of Sawyer in southern Germany, as well as Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Turkey.

"With its Industrie 4.0 initiative, Germany is aggressively pursuing economic growth with manufacturing innovation, investing $1.5 trillion to help drive the growth of smart factories," said Scott Eckert, president and CEO of Rethink Robotics. "Germany is a key market for our continued global expansion, and German manufacturers are looking for collaborative robots to help them become more efficient and responsive to customer demand. With the help of our two new distribution partners, Sawyer will soon be on factory floors throughout Germany to help meet these needs and deliver on the promise of Industrie 4.0."

 

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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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