May 16, 2020

[SLIDESHOW] How the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is Made

Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
How It's Made
Samsung
Glen White
2 min
Technology giant Samsung has given the world behind-the-scenes access at its Galaxy Alpha factory.
Technology giant Samsung has given the world behind-the-scenes access at its Galaxy Alpha factory. In a series of images, the smartphone maker shows exa...

Technology giant Samsung has given the world behind-the-scenes access at its Galaxy Alpha factory. In a series of images, the smartphone maker shows exactly how the 7mm thick, metal device is made.

According to the company, the Galaxy Alpha has “redefined Samsung’s design aesthetics in many ways” so not surprisingly it required advanced design techniques and compact construction. Samsung shares some of its innovative techniques.

HOW IT’S MADE

During product development, a number of computerized numerical control (CNC) processes – automation of machine tools controlled by computers – are used to extract the Galaxy Alpha’s metal frame. At the beginning of development, the device’s frame is carved and trimmed from a rough metal material to shape Galaxy alpha’s unique design. Following this, secure spaces for the battery and window parts are formed to connect with the frame. Next, the outer edge of the frame is developed to express Galaxy Alpha's signature curved corners and where its key buttons and antenna are housed.

After this, the device undergoes a Color Anodizing process to tint the metal the desired blue, gold, black, silver or white color. Through this process, the Galaxy Alpha is able to maintain the natural shine of its metal frame, even while it gets tinted with color. Following the Color Anodizing process, the Galaxy Alpha’s metal frame is then diamond cut, which is a specific type of cut using a diamond as the metal cutter, at a certain angle to give its edge a shiny look along with a high-quality grip. During this process, the display is seamlessly connected to the frame’s shiny edge– creating a perfect contrast between edged cutting and matte finish around frame.

Once the Galaxy Alpha is constructed, it is sent over to the Quality Assurance Lab where a number of tests are conducted to ensure its durability. For example, during the “Drop Test,” the Galaxy Alpha is released from varying heights, multiple times to evaluate the resilience of its metal frame. The Galaxy Alpha outperformed all other Galaxy devices on this test as its durable curved corners prevent it from external shock. Another test called the “Bending Test,” evaluates the amount of pressure the Galaxy Alpha can withstand by pressing the each side of the device at the same time. A third test, the “Twist Test,” determines the level of impact the device can endure by moving it from side-to-side in opposite directions.

The development and testing process can be very long and challenging in order to produce high-quality devices that meet the needs of consumers worldwide. Ultimately, through this extensive process, the superior Galaxy Alpha is born, providing a carefully constructed compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish. 

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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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