Top 10 digital factories: HP
"We’re on the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution, where physical and digital technologies will radically alter how companies conceive, design, produce, distribute and repair nearly everything. This paradigm shift is expected to completely disrupt the global manufacturing industry by digitizing entire supply chains and production processes," says Paul Benning, HP Senior Fellow & Chief Technologist, 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, HP Inc.
As industry 4.0 drives innovation and new technological breakthroughs, the manufacturing industry has begun to blend the physical and digital world, adopting the likes of 3D printing, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, to disrupt and reinvent every aspect of the industry.
Additive manufacturing - 3D printing
With the arrival of additive manufacturing (3D printing) the ability to produce parts and products can be designed, prototyped and manufactured in a fraction of the time that it previously took conventional methods. As a result redundancy and large volumes of unused inventory will be replaced with new efficiencies and just-in-time manufacturing.
HP explains that with an increased focus on hyper global and hyper local, digital manufacturing will enable product design and build files to be sent anywhere, ultimately bringing the industry closer to its consumers.
By harnessing 3D printing manufacturers will see an acceleration of their product delivery, a reduction in their carbon footprint, simplified logistics and simplified inventory management, due to products being produced based on consumer demand, which can be easily customised.
Ultimately digital manufacturing has the potential to level the playing field for both startups and established companies by taking advantage of simpler design tools, real-time production, prototyping and delivery.
With many years of experience under its belt, HP’s aims to apply its technology expertise and a deep understanding of industrial production, to lead the digital transformation in print manufacturing across verticals like publishing, marketing and packaging with innovations like the HP Indigo and PageWide digital presses. “HP is combining its rich history of inkjet printing, complex chemistry, electronics, fluidics and scalable manufacturing, to help usher in this new era. Applying the company’s deep expertise in commercial print speed, efficiencies, go-to-market, service, and support to now transform manufacturing,” details Nigro and Schiller.
To drive this transformation within the industry, HP has been in collaboration with other leading manufacturers, material suppliers, service bureaus and design software firms in an open environment.
HP and its partners
To elevate 3D printing from prototype to full production, HP has been in partnership with Siemens, leveraging its additive manufacturing offerings and end-to-end design to production technology suite to unlock the power of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology.
“We are proud to partner with Siemens to make high-performance parts, personalized products, and serialized 3D production a reality for our customers,” said Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing and member of the Executive Leadership Team at HP Inc. “HP and Siemens share the vision that digital manufacturing systems are catalysts for change – expanded software, data, services, and industrial production solutions that lead to new manufacturing capabilities, innovative applications, and breakthrough business results for our customers," comments Christoph Schell, President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing and member of the Executive Leadership Team at HP Inc.
One of the first customers of HP’s Jet Fusion 3D printing solution, Jabil Circuit is a global manufacturing services company with 90 facilities in 23 countries.
“For us, what’s powerful is the ability to produce quality parts with consistency, a high level of mechanical integrity and at speeds that allow us to define a break-even point for traditionally made parts using the HP platform,” stated John Dulchinos, VP of Global Automation and 3D Printing at Jabil. “We can get parts that can start to rival injection molding performance parameters with a cost model that can be competitive with molding parts,” Dulchinos added.
Developing a partner-driven open materials marketplace and ecosystem is a key component for HP’s 3D printing strategy to revolutionise the industry with digital technology. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion Open Platform and Partner First 3D Printing Specialization program aims to remove the barriers facing the industry to drive this transformation.
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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.