Apr 26, 2021

TwinThread: be more competitive with Predictive Operations

PredictiveOperations
DigitalTwins
TwinThread
DataAnalytics
Tom Swallow
2 min
TwinThread: be more competitive with Predictive Operations
We look into how implementing a Predictive Operations Platform will increase production efficiency and how using Digital Twins creates a competitive edg...

The ability to react to problems fast is essential in production line processes.

Companies are looking to solve more complex problems in record times to produce the best possible outcomes. 

The age of your factory or equipment should not inhibit your ability to make improvements and remain competitive within your industry.

TwinThread explains how companies can remain competitive in the digital age and how a Predictive Operations Platform works to achieve this. 

Large scale problem solving

The ability to quickly solve individual problems is great, but to be capable of solving multiple issues at once will allow for a competitive advantage.

Digital Twins provide a cloud based digital representation of your physical production equipment, enabling the operator to quickly gain insight into key performance indicators. 

By producing personalized history and operations insight for each production line, the Platform has the potential to manage thousands of them simultaneously. 

“By using your data, Digital Twins, and our Predictive Operations technology in a fully digitized and automated process you can accelerate [continuous improvement] 100x over traditional methods,” TwinThread explains in their ‘3 Ways Predictive Operations Make You More Competitive’.

Continuous improvement

Gathering and storing a large amount of production data will form a baseline for the Platform to diagnose future production problems. 

The long term role of the Predictive Operations Platform is to carry out the menial tasks of maintaining production efficiency, with no coding or data science expertise required by your engineers.

TwinThread explains the importance of fast implementation of the Platform to free up operators to innovate further. 

“TwinThread’s Predictive Operations Platform prioritizes speed to value not just in words, but in actions. In less than an hour, you can transform your data into predictive models and proactive action.”

“Driving Continuous Improvement actions in an automated way, and at scale, is not only how you get ahead in today’s hyper competitive environment, it is also how you stay ahead,” says TwinThread.

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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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