Jun 1, 2020

Top 10 digital factories: Intel

Technology
Georgia Wilson
2 min
After featuring in our Top 10, we look at how Intel is helping manufacturers apply IoT technology to drive smart manufacturing in their operations.

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After featuring in our Top 10, we look at how Intel is helping manufacturers apply IoT technology to drive smart manufacturing in their operations.

By using connected sensors and devices at the network edge Intel helps manufacturers develop smarter manufacturing solutions to improve machine and human performance in real time, as well as passing data to the cloud for deeper analysis and insights. 

Intel also applies IoT in manufacturing to lower maintenance costs, enable new lines of business, and improve overall productivity. Intel strives to provide the building blocks for a secure and scalable smart factory that delivers intelligence for operating assets and valuable insights from data.

The four key areas intel can help manufacturers

Predictive maintenance

By harnessing networked industrial IoT sensors on the assembly line, Intel’s technology tracks key indicators of equipment wear such as vibrations and temperature to provide real time data analysis ‘at the network edge’ to pinpoint when maintenance is required, minimising downtime and costs. 

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Quality Management

Intel’s industrial IoT solutions harness data analytics, and intelligence from the supply chain to factory floor. Allowing manufacturers to detect mechanical anomalies before they can affect a product's quality. 

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Machine measuring and management

With the ability to integrate with existing equipment to collect and analyse performance data along the production line, Intel’s industrial IoT improves the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) within the factory by harnessing industrial IoT sensors and intelligence devices. 

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Connected workers

By harnessing industrial IoT enabled sensors, devices and wearables, Intel’s solutions provide information to connected workers to alert workers in a smart factory to hazards and augment their performance in challenging environments to improve safety and productivity. 

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Intel prides itself on its ability to provide a secure platform, a broad ecosystem of partners and the technical support to effectively harness industrial IoT solutions. 

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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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