Software

CoreTechnologie's 3D printing software 4D_Additive enables quality check, repair and preparation of models in accordance to CAD‑engineering standard. Considering the demographic development and the fact that the baby boomers will retire within the next fifteen years, industrial production will have to be guaranteed in the future with increasingly scarce human resources. A drastic population decline is also forecast in China. Thus, the disappearance of the world's extended workbench is a very...

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An intelligent multi-axis system – quicker, more convenient and more cost‑effective than ever before: Bosch Rexroth now makes this possible with the new Smart Function Kit for Handling. After the Smart Function Kit for Pressing and Joining, the linear motion technology experts are expanding the Smart MechatroniX solution platform with a second predefined subsystem which can be operated intuitively.

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iTAC.​SMT.​Edge: Efficient solution for standardisation and centralisation of data in SMT production. Data is becoming more and more important in electronics manufacturing. It is the basis for increasing efficiency, avoiding errors and creating more value, for example through prevention and prediction services. SMT manufacturers and other manufacturing companies are faced with the challenge of having to collect and analyze data accordingly in order to be able to develop such services. Especially...

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Wearables from ProGlove make humans a driving force of Industry 4.0 and digital transformation. The Digital Twin is a digitized model that maps the physical characteristics of a production environment as well as the processes. But this mapping has its limitations, as it only includes data from machines and not from humans. At the same time, human employees will continue to play an important role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. The challenge lies in combining the...

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The mobile app easymon from in-tech enables real-time monitoring of machines and plants - worldwide and locally. The app supports the open control platform PLCnext Control and is available from Phoenix Contact's PLCnext App Store. On request, the engineering specialist in-tech can develop customer-specific extensions. Modification to other control families is planned.

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Solutions and innovations for factory automation, material flow, laboratory, and people counting. High-precision sensors for medical technology, high-performance control technology, and IIoT-based material flow solutions – Panasonic Industry Europe presents innovative products and solutions to meet today‘s challenges across industries and in society.

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Seamless production sits at the core of every company‘s operations. If production stops, due to an error for example, a quick response is required. But what if the specialist for the plant is not on site? Thanks to digitalisation, the magic words in this case are often remote maintenance. Estimates assume that up to 60 percent of errors can be resolved or at least supported via remote access. Weidmüller‘s u-link remote access service offers a system that is easy to install, easy to configure...

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Turck's IO-Link system box, consisting of I/O module, sensors and indicator light enables users to discover the benefits of the communication standard.

Turck is now offering a compact starter kit for users wishing to discover the benefits of the IO-Link digital communication protocol. The IO-Link devices contained in the box enable interested users to set up their own system and thus gain hands-on experience in the technology.

 

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With each new generation, electrical devices are becoming smaller, more powerful and safer to use. The devices have to meet the ever-growing market requirements and within increasingly shorter development cycles. In addition, the digital transformation in industry continues to progress and requires reliable and stable connections for its implementation. All this presents device manufacturers with major challenges that must be solved using the right device connection technology.

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What was unthinkable a few years ago is now becoming reality with digitalisation and additive manufacturing – for example customized bicycle helmets. The head is simply scanned with a smartphone app and the process for the custom-made helmet is initiated. Siemens, together with EOS, has supported this vision of the bicycle helmet manufacturer Hexr.

 

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dSPACE and Velodyne Lidar Inc. have entered into a partnership to accelerate future developments of lidar technologies for autonomous driving. To this end, dSPACE, a leader and partner for simulation and validation in the automotive industry, has joined the Velodyne program ‘Automated with Velodyne.’ The program aims to accelerate ecosystem interactions and rapidly integrate lidar innovations into a range of autonomous solutions including autonomous driving.

 

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Climate change requires a rapid rethinking of energy policy worldwide. Renewable energy plays an important role in this context. In Germany, power generation with wind turbines is a key component of the turnaround in energy policy. However, critics fear that the expansion of wind farms will be at the expense of nature. With a solution based on embedded computing technology from Kontron, Fleximaus GmbH is building a bridge between wind power and species conservation.

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Thanks to the new design, links to the warehouse and numerous functional updates of the configurator from Bosch Rexroth, users can now reach their goal even more quickly.

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Ice cubes. A shot of rum. Stir in the cola. Preferably add a slice of lime. And voilà: the Cuba Libre is ready. But on the rooftop terrace of the TownHouse Duomo Hotel in Milan, the drink is not mixed by a bartender, but rather by a robot. With “Toni”, a KUKA robot from the KR AGILUS series, visitors can order their drink via app – and then enjoy it freshly prepared a few minutes later. “Toni” merely has a few problems with the small talk.

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The completely new developed visualization system Simatic WinCC Unified, which is based on native web technologies, initially consists of the visualization software Simatic WinCC Unified and the new generation of HMI operator panels Simatic HMI Unified Comfort Panels. The new system provides the user with a solution for HMI and SCADA applications, and in the future also for Industrial Edge, Cloud and Augmented Reality scenarios.

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Above all, standardisation, automation and process-wide solutions offer considerable optimisation potential for time-consuming, manual activities such as panel building. Weidmüller has been working very intensively on these areas and has developed solutions for every work step, speeding up processes by up to 80 per cent.

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Linux is one of the most widely used open source operating systems and is available in many different variants. This wide set of choices can make it confusing and challenging to determine the right version for a given use case. Wind River's article offers an introduction to Linux for the enterprise and Linux for embedded products.

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Regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) frequently adopt regulations aimed at optimizing solutions for patient care and life-saving systems to make medical devices safer. The article shows which solutions Wind River proposes to meet regulatory requirements with integrated safety & security features. The solutions can also be used for industrial automation applications.

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Siemens and Bentley Systems announced the introduction of PlantSight at the Bentley Conference Year in Infrastructure 2018. PlantSight is a digital solution to benefit customers through more efficient plant operations. It enables as-operated and up-to-date digital twins which synchronize with both physical reality and engineering data, creating a holistic digital context for consistently understood digital components across disparate data sources, for any operating plant.

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As global manufacturers face increasing competition, the need to optimize the efficiency, productivity, and quality levels within their discreet manufacturing facilities is becoming a matter of business survival. This article shows which solutions Wind River proposes.

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It used to be the case that space was beyond reach to all but the richest governments and a handful of private enterprises. Today, opportunities in space look very different. Commercial space activities have taken off, driven in large part by greater functionality in smaller packages. With faster time-to-market, better size, weight, and power features at lower price points, and lower launch costs, new business models and significant venture funding are finding their way to commercial space...

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It started with a blank. But how does the workpiece get onto the line or into the machine? Depending on the state it is delivered in, this task can quickly become very complex. Reliable 3D object detection systems optically capture and evaluate data. Liebherr works with a variety of 3D vision systems to match the requirements and smoothly handles the supply of every haphazardly stored part with process precision.

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Siemens will be ex­hibit­ing at the au­to­mat­ica 2018 with an array of in­te­grated and user-ori­ented Dig­i­tal En­ter­prise so­lu­tions de­signed to sharpen the com­pet­i­tive edge of both end users and ma­chine builders. Ex­hibit­ing under the ban­ner “Dig­i­tal En­ter­prise – Im­ple­ment now!”, Siemens will be fo­cus­ing on ways in which in­dus­trial en­ter­prises of all sizes can ben­e­fit from the dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion – along the en­tire value chain from prod­uct de­sign and...

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Whether building a new aircraft or designing new capabilities into industrial and medical control systems, choosing the right system software and hardware architectures is crucial for the success of the program. The aerospace and defense industry and the embedded community continue to shift towards adopting the latest hardware to solve challenging performance problems that address a variety of workloads.

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With the mobile assistance system smartConnect by in-tech, authorised users can keep track of the production status, service requirements and KPIs at all times, even on the move.

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BOGE is using Weidmüller's In­dus­trial An­a­lyt­ics in its high-speed turbo com­pres­sors for oil-free com­pressed air pro­duc­tion. This ap­pli­ca­tion is a prac­ti­cal ex­am­ple of the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween cus­tomers and users when it comes to dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion so­lu­tions.

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Digital Transformation. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Next Generation Industrial Control. Industry 4.0. Enough buzzwords for you? However, these buzzwords do not help in the implementation of Industry 4.0. In this article, Wind River addresses six important requirements to be considered in the modernization of industrial control systems.

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