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Microsoft Announces Cloud And IoT Updates For Manufacturing Industry

Microsoft Announces Cloud And IoT Updates For Manufacturing Industry

Microsoft announced a series of updates to help bring the promise of intelligent manufacturing closer to its customers and partners. Product updates include:

  • New enhancements to Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel and Azure IoT Hub – Provides advanced threat protection to help Azure become the first major public cloud with end-to-end security for IoT for devices, hubs and cloud resources.
  • New digital twin capabilities for Azure IoT Connected Factory solution – Enhances security and certification management, providing manufacturers a digital twin of their OPC UA-enabled machines.
  • An expansion of Azure IP Advantage to IoT – Extends Azure IP advantage benefits to Azure customers with IoT devices connected to Azure.

In addition, Microsoft is announcing new solutions with industry-leading customers and partners. More than 25 innovative companies will join Microsoft including:

  • Electrolux, the Swedish home appliance manufacturer, launched a new Azure IoT smart connected air purifier and app. The Pure A9 removes ultra-fine dust particles, pollutants, bacteria, allergens and bad odors from indoor rooms.
  • Siemens Gamesa, the leader in renewable energy, is streamlining how technicians inspect industrial wind turbines and announced it is migrating its autonomous drone process to Microsoft Azure and Azure AI.
  • Bühler, one of the world’s largest provider of food processing solutions, is leveraging Microsoft blockchain technology to improve global food safety standards and reduce food poisoning rates, while increasing production efficiencies.
  • Intel is working with Microsoft on a new modern industrial PC reference design for factories and industrial applications. Using the reference design, device partners can build fully provisioned and customised industrial PCs that can be connected to a range of devices to discover, manage and analyse data in real time, using AI on the machine or in the Azure cloud.

Additional business updates include the newest book to our Future Computed book series: The Future Computed: AI and Manufacturing. The book will explore how manufacturers around the world are embracing AI in its businesses, sharing insights from Microsoft customers.

 

Future Of IT Infrastructure Is Always On, Always Available, Everywhere

Future Of IT Infrastructure Is Always On, Always Available, Everywhere

As more organisations embrace digital business, infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders will need to evolve their strategies and skills to provide an agile infrastructure for their business. In fact, Gartner, Inc. said that 75 percent of I&O leaders are not prepared with the skills, behaviours or cultural presence needed over the next two to three years. These leaders will need to embrace emerging trends in edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and the ever-changing cloud marketplace, which will enable global reach, solve business issues and ensure the flexibility to enter new markets quickly, anywhere, anytime.

IT departments no longer just keep the lights on, but are also strategic deliverers of services, whether sourced internally or external to the organisation. They must position specific workloads based on business, regulatory and geopolitical impacts. As organisations’ customers and suppliers grow to span the globe, I&O leaders must deliver on the idea that “infrastructure is everywhere” and consider the following four factors:

Agility Thrives On Diversity

Bob Gill, Vice President at Gartner, said the days of IT controlling everything are over. As options in technologies, partners and solutions rise, I&O leaders lose visibility, surety and control over their operations. “The cyclical, dictated factory approach in traditional IT cannot provide the agility required by today’s business,” Mr. Gill said. “The need for agility evolved faster than our ability to deliver.”

Despite agility placing among their top three priorities for 2019, I&O leaders are faced with conundrum as a diverse range of products is available to them. “The ideal situation for I&O leaders would be to coordinate the unmanageable collection of options we face today — colocation, multicloud, platform as a service (PaaS) — and get ahead of the business needs tomorrow. We must reach into our digital toolbox of possibilities and apply it to customer intimacy, product leadership and operational excellence to establish guardrails around managing the diversity of options in the long term,” Mr. Gill said.

The need for agility will only increase, so the two key tasks of I&O leaders will be to manage the sprawl of diversity in the short term and become the product manager of services needed to build business driven, agile solutions in the long term. “I&O has the governance, security and experience to lead this new charge for the business,” Mr. Gill said.

Applications Enable Change

Infrastructure can save money and enable applications, but by itself, it does not drive direct business value — applications do. Dennis Smith, Vice President at Gartner, said that there is no better time to be an application developer. “Application development offers an opportunity to jump on the express train of change to satisfy customer needs and build solutions composed of a tapestry of software components enabled through APIs,” Mr. Smith said.

Gartner research found that by 2025, 70 percent of organizations not adopting a service/product orientation will be unable to support their business, so I&O engineers must engage with consumers and software developers; integrate people, processes and technology; and deliver services and products all to support a solid infrastructure on which applications reside.

Boundaries Are Shifting

Digital business blurs the lines between the physical and the digital, leveraging new interactions and more real-time business moments. As more things become connected, the data center will no longer be the center of data. “Digital business, IoT and immersive experiences will push more and more processing to the edge,” said Tom Bittman, distinguished Vice President at Gartner.

By 2022, more than half of enterprises-generated data will be created and processed outside of data centers, and outside of cloud. Immersive technologies will help to light a fire of cultural and generational shift. People will expect more of their interactions to be immersive and real time, with fewer artificial boundaries between people and the digital world.

The need for low latency, the cost of bandwidth, privacy and regulatory changes as data becomes more intimate, and the requirement for autonomy when the internet connection goes down, are factors that will expand the boundary of enterprise infrastructures all the way to the edge.

People Are the Cornerstone

I&O leaders are struggling to deliver value faster in a complex, evolving environment, hindering the ability of organisations to learn quickly and share knowledge.

“The new I&O worker profile will embrace versatile skills and experiences rather than reward a narrow focus on one technical specialty,” said Kris van Riper, managing vice president at Gartner. “Leading companies are changing the way that they reward and develop employees to move away from rigid siloed career ladders toward more dynamic career diamonds. These new career paths may involve experiences and rotations across multiple technology domains and business units over time. Acquiring a broader understanding of the IT portfolio and business context will bring collective intelligence and thought diversity to prepare teams for the demands of digital business.”

Ultimately, preparing for I&O in the digital age comes down to encouraging different behaviors. Building competencies such as adaptability, business acumen, fusion collaboration and stakeholder partnership will allow I&O teams to better prepare for upcoming change and disruption.

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Stronger Public Private Partnership Required To Drive Industry 4.0 In Malaysia

Stronger Public Private Partnership Required to Drive Industry 4.0 in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: IDC believes that the 2019 Malaysia National Budget recently announced by Lim Guan Eng, the Finance Minister of Malaysia, was an important incremental step in achieving Malaysia’s vision to become a fully connected digital economy. The recent budget focused on the Industry 4.0 blueprint, titled “Industry4WRD”, which aims to make Malaysia the prime destination for high-tech industries in the region. The government plays a central role in the successful implementation of a robust Industry 4.0 strategy by creating clear policies and priorities to support the private sector. Initiatives like Industry4WRD focus the energy and creativity of the private sector around a common mission to create an era in which AI, robotics, 3D printing, and IoT will take centre stage and lead to digital transformation in Malaysia. IDC believes that direct support for Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) is necessary to focus Malaysia’s resources and boost the economic growth of the country.

The Malaysian government is continuing to adopt the necessary policy changes and budget priorities to strengthen the economic foundation for digital transformation and technology investments. For example, on November 7th, Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) Sdn Bhd invited small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to embrace the fourth industrial revolution with the launch of the Centre of 9 Pillars (Co9P) initiative. This centre creates a physical location for ecosystem partners to interact for the development and incubation of solutions based on nine technology pillars including; Big Data Analytics, Autonomous Robots, Simulation & Augmented Reality, Horizontal & Vertical Integration, Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, Cloud, Additive Manufacturing and Supply Chain. IDC forecasts the size of the Big Data/Analytics investment in Malaysia will be $US670 million in 2019 led by the Banking industry while spend on IoT will be US$2.2 billion with the largest investment going into Manufacturing (2018 Big Data Spending Guide, 2018 IoT Spending Guide).

For almost a decade, IDC has been chronicling the emergence and evolution of the 3rd Platform of technology; the drive into Cloud, Mobility, Social and Big Data/Analytics technologies. The adoption of these technologies has accelerated as enterprises commit to the 3rd Platform and undergo Digital Transformation (DX) on a massive scale. Malaysia’s digital economy is in the early stages of creating an infrastructure with key core technologies (cloud, big data/analytics, artificial intelligence [AI], mobility, social business, robotics, internet of things [IoT], and 3D printing) for better public services and an economic boost. Rapid advances in cloud computing, connected devices, mobile, social media and data analytics are contributing to the growth of SMEs in Malaysia. SMEs constitute 98.5% of the total businesses and will spend US$2.7 billion on new technologies in 2019, according to IDC’s 2018 Small and Medium Business Spending Guide.

“The growth of digital economies is becoming an ever more impactful part of the global economy. The transition to a digital economy is a key driver of growth and development because it can provide a boost to the country’s productivity across all sectors and it creates an attractive environment for new investments from outside Malaysia. As the fourth industrial revolution becomes a key driver of the digital economy, entrepreneurs and SMEs need to assess fundamental aspects of their business, including what products and services they sell, how they deliver them to the market, the new skillsets required and how they need to organize to support their operations. Now is the time to take advantage of the new policies of the government and partner to accelerate new digital businesses,” said Randy Roberts, Research Director IoT and Telco, IDC Asia Pacific.

IDC strongly supports the new government’s plan to launch the National Fibre Connectivity Plan in 2019. This plan aims to develop broadband infrastructure to achieve a target of 30 Mbps speed per customer in rural and remote areas of the country within 5 years. This plan follows the implementation of the Mandatory Standard Access Pricing (MSAP) announcement from MCMC earlier this year that has successfully lowered broadband prices in order to connect more citizens to the digital economy.

“The high cost of a broadband connection in Malaysia has been one of the reasons small enterprises have delayed moving their business online. Government policies that improve the affordability, access and speed of broadband connectivity will increase the adoption of digital services and show the readiness of the economy to support digital initiatives” said Randy Roberts, Research Director IoT and Telco, IDC Asia Pacific.

IDC has documented examples of successful Public-Private Partnerships in the region, including Indonesia and Singapore, where the combination of public policy and entrepreneurship is driving the digital economy including smart city and mobile commerce services. In order to ensure the success of the digital initiatives in Malaysia, the government needs to consistently communicate the country’s digital priorities. The private sector should then follow with investment and development of resources in those areas, including development of key skillsets in the workforce to retain local talent.

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Cloud And Security To Drive DX And Innovation Trends In Indonesia For Next Five Years

Cloud And Security To Drive DX And Innovation Trends In Indonesia For Next Five Years

JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Based on findings from IDC’s inaugural Business Innovation Forum at the Raffles Hotel Jakarta, the company believes that the next five years will be the year of autonomy for Indonesia, where cloud and security will be the key technologies to drive digital transformation and innovation for local enterprises to become digitally determined. Additionally, the company has also observed that the digital ecosystem in Indonesia is on the way to becoming more cloud-enabled, data-driven as well as secure in mobile and other digital environments.

The IDC Asia/Pacific DX Sentiments Survey 2018 has also revealed that cloud, security, big data analytics and IoT are the top priority technologies for enterprises in Indonesia. These technologies are determined as part of the digital ecosystem of enterprises. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are the two emerging technologies that are still at the exploration stage for local enterprises. With the constant change in customer behaviour and cost optimisation, IDC urges enterprises to transform their business and operating models by implementing the right technologies to increasing customer and operational experience in the organisation.

According to IDC Indonesia End-User Survey 2018, more than 50 percent of Indonesian enterprises are focusing on transforming their operating model, especially the business process, while omni-channel and information transformation are determined as next capabilities to build. The ICT Spending of Indonesia is projected to hit IDR 445 Trillion in 2018 with CAGR 4.5 percent (2016-2021), driven by the spending of enterprises businesses.

“Enterprises in Indonesia are becoming aware of the benefits of using digital technologies and developing digital capabilities to fast track business growth and it is exciting to see how innovation kicks in for more mature enterprises – or digitally determined enterprises. The 3rd platform technologies such as Cloud has become a core technology for most enterprise to develop and master its capabilities. Cloud is no longer a choice but a critical foundation for present and future technology innovation,” said Mevira Munindra, Head of Operations, IDC Indonesia.

Mevira added, “In the past years, security has always been the “2nd tier” investment for organisations. However, with growing sense of DX and adoption of 3rd platform and emerging technologies such as IoT, Machine Learning, AI, Blockchain, the digital threats or adversities are also evolving along its way. This creates an urgency for enterprises to enable security to strike the right balance between innovation and risk management.”

IDC believes that local enterprises must keep innovating, be agile to changes and be customer-driven to stay determined and compete in the market. The IDC Business Innovation Forum 2018 brought together regional industry leaders and experts across Indonesia. And the insights offered at this event will help business leaders to understand technologies’ trends that enable digital transformation in the organisation such as cloud and AI, as well as blockchain and security. These technologies are considered as both core (cloud and security) and emerging/innovative (AI and Blockchain) capabilities that will accelerate organisations’ DX journey.

 

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Interview With Mr. Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Director Cloud And Managed Services, NTT Singapore Pte Ltd

Interview With Mr. Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Director Cloud And Managed Services, NTT Singapore Pte Ltd

Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Mr. Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Director Cloud And Managed Services, NTT Singapore Pte Ltd on his views on the future of manufacturing technologies in Asia and its impact on supply chains.

1.Could you provide us with an overview of the latest technologies shaping manufacturing in Asia?

We see an increase in manufacturers collecting vast troves of data and analysing them to reveal important insights for better decision-making. Data is driving a massive transformation in the manufacturing industry, with many companies already incorporating technologies such as field sensors and edge computing. Field sensors, for example, collect and communicate information (temperature, pressure etc.) to manufacturers, while edge computing helps manufacturers convert data sets generated by machines into insightful and actionable items. Manufacturers have realized the importance of tapping on Business Intelligence (BI) technologies to transform raw data from multiple sources into valuable information.

 2. What do you think are the main challenges when it comes to the manufacturing processes in Asia?

While more and more manufacturers are collecting data from sensors and leveraging edge computing, many still lack the resources to use the data intelligently. The challenge is to invest in systems and resources that enable the most efficient collection and use of data. Moving data to the cloud is an effective way to improve the automation of decisions and optimise industrial output.

That said, many manufacturers still view information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) as separate departments when they are two sides of the same coin. Early IT systems were under the purview of the CIO and included desktops, laptops and connectivity for propriety data. On the other hand, OT consisted of turnkey systems such as machines on the factory floor and transportation vehicles, which had very little involvement from IT.

Today, OT refers to the control and automation supporting operations. A simple example is connected manufacturing equipment retrofitted with industrial IoT sensors. With the more pervasive use of IT technologies at an operational level, the boundaries between the successful use of IT and OT have begun to blur. For manufacturers to succeed in the digital era, they need to close the IT/OT gap or risk decline.

3. How do you think these challenges can be overcome?

If manufacturers possess the right technological infrastructure and guidance, they will be able to leapfrog ahead of their competition in terms of efficiency and productivity.

We recently launched the Smart Factory Package in Singapore, powered by AVEVA’s Wonderware and NTT Com cloud computing platform ‘Enterprise Cloud’, which offers a highly-effective and cost-efficient approach for manufacturers to kick-start their digital journey to streamline and simplify operations.

The Smart Factory Package takes advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and combines pervasive network sensors, a scalable cloud platform and advanced analytics capabilities to unlock the value of industrial data. Manufacturers can then leverage the industrial data for better decision-making, resulting in greater intelligence, efficiency and opportunity.

4. With the digitalisation of manufacturing, how will supply chains evolve to keep up?

The supply chain will no longer be linear in nature, from producers to consumers.

To keep pace, supply chains now need to integrate leading-edge technologies to combine cross-functional data from different sources, implement control and automation and forecast demand and performance with advanced data analytics. For example, a retailer might be better able to assess inventory performance by digitising their stock. This allows planning to be more precise and managers can also anticipate problems before they happen and act on them.

5. In your opinion, what are the trends that will shape the industry for the next 5 to 10 years?

Digital transformation will eventually affect every industry. For the manufacturing industry, we will see the convergence of IT and OT. Digitalisation will become ubiquitous and companies who fail to keep up will decline.

Disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and IoT will play a major role in shaping manufacturing trends. Put together, the “smart factory” will feature systems capable of autonomously exchanging information and trigger a set of actions independently. This promises increased productivity, lowered costs and better customer satisfaction.

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Alibaba Cloud Launches Global Blockchain Service

Alibaba Cloud Launches Global Blockchain Service

CHINA: Alibaba Cloud has expanded its Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) offering to major global markets including South East Asia, the U.S and Europe. And through the provision of an enterprise-level platform service based on leading blockchain technologies, customers are able to build a secure and stable environment for blockchain implementations.

Alibaba Cloud’s BaaS supports enterprise-level blockchain applications on the two platforms of Hyperledger Fabric and Ant Blockchain. Hyperledger is a multi-project, multi-stakeholder effort that includes 10 business blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). Hyperledger Fabric is a blockchain framework implementation and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation. Ant Blockchain, developed by Alibaba Group’s financial affiliate Ant Financial Services Group, is a proprietary and multi-patented high-performing blockchain platform. The security of BaaS is guarded by trusted computing and a secure consortium blockchain network. With this strong architecture, customers can create their own BaaS applications on Alibaba Cloud’s platform.

“We take pride in ourselves to be the trusted infrastructure for businesses. And this empowers many innovations across all industries. Our customers in China have already experienced the benefits from our BaaS platform and we are excited to extend this service to other enterprise customers all over the world. Alibaba Cloud is also the first blockchain service provider of Intel SGX security technology. We aim to become a technology partner that enables companies that wish to use blockchain to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Yi Li, Senior Staff Engineer and lead of Alibaba Cloud Blockchain Service.

“We’re delighted to see the launch of Alibaba Cloud BaaS powered by Hyperledger Fabric as we’ve already seen many Hyperledger user cases in production this year. As stated in MIIT’s recent whitepaper, 2018 is set to be another blockbuster year for the industry with a record amount of capital to be injected into companies in the space, and Hyperledger is committed to the development of blockchain technologies in China. Together with Alibaba Cloud, we look forward to bringing more exciting innovations to the global blockchain communities,” said Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger.

Alibaba Cloud’s BaaS supports a wide range of applications including automatic deployment, consortium blockchain management, smart contracts, user and certificate management and SDK (Software Development Kit) applications, as well as a range of monitoring, operating and maintenance functions.

Alibaba Cloud has a proven track record of enabling multi-scenario applications through it blockchain technology since its official launch in October 2017, including in the public benefits system, logistics and medical industries, based on the decentralized and distributed storage and anti-tampering features.

As an enterprise-grade blockchain platform service, Alibaba Cloud always strives for a safe and reliable blockchain environment. In addition to the twin-engine feature, Alibaba’s Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN)-based blockchain technology facilitates hybrid cloud and distributed business systems. It also supports Java SDK and Node.js SDK and is equipped with anti-DDoS attack capabilities.

Alibaba Cloud also launched two new availability zones in United Kingdom to meet rapidly increasing customer demand. It now operates 52 availability zones in 19 regions around the world with more global regions set to follow.

More information on Alibaba Cloud’s Global Infrastructure can be found at this site: https://www.alibabacloud.com/global-locations.

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LNC Exhibits Smart Machine Box And Intelligent Sensors In TMTS 2018

LNC Exhibits Smart Machine Box And Intelligent Sensors In TMTS 2018

LNC is exhibiting the SMB (smart machine box) with smart sensors and cloud platforms (Webaccess) in TMTS 2018. This demonstrates LNC’s total solutions for smart manufacturing. In the past, LNC has focused on high-quality and high precision controllers, but recently, the company is dedicated to developing an EtherCAT servo motor, inverters, expansion IO modules and relative EtherCAT accessories. This aligns to the company’s vision of promoting intelligent machines and manufacturing processes and  in order to achieve this goal, LNC has launched a total solution system that includes the SMB, smart sensors and a cloud system to the market.

Unlike the general SMB solutions in the market which are focused on networking and data acquiring; LNC’s smart box solution supports Fanuc, Mitsubishi, and Siemens control systems and offers several powerful functions including: axis control (ex: rotary table), EtherCAT communication interface for internal/external accessories connection, and also support robot control, RFID, Spindle monitoring, vision system connection, smart sensors and many other intelligent functions.

Through the smart sensors offered, LNC is introducing the market vibration sensors (SVI-1000 and SVI- 2000) and thermal control modules that are capable of fixing the impact caused by the key factors in manufacturing processing: vibration and temperature extremes. The vibration sensor series includes two models: SVI-1000 and SVI-2000. SVI-1000 can detect lower vibration frequency ranges while SVI-2000 can detect higher performance ranges and functions to support the EtherCAT interface with a communication slave, ETS-1000. With EtherCAT architecture, one slave is able to support 4 (max) SVI-2000 sensors and will be able to expand more slave modules for a great number of sensor connections. LNC also offers built-in Fourier transformation options to provide both time-domain and frequency-domain functions. Furthermore, the company’s products are capable of supporting auto detection of abnormal vibration during processing and this not only helps machine process monitoring, but it is also useful for users to be able to identify abnormal sections for further correction or programme optimisation. The company’s cloud platform is also capable of remote monitoring and central management and provides standard function pages such as, utilisation rate, machine information, maintenance scheduling and management, processing program management, alarm report and report exporting. LNC’s SMB has also won the Taiwan Excellence Award last year and the smart sensors were recongised for the same award this year.

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Kongsberg Digital And Alibaba Cloud To Digitalise Chinese Energy Sector

Kongsberg Digital And Alibaba Cloud To Digitalise Chinese Energy Sector

CHINA: China currently tops global rankings when it comes to investing in renewable energy sources and digitalisation is high on the country’s agenda when it comes to increased efficiency and transformed business models. To further promote this development, Kongsberg Digital and Alibaba Cloud, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the opportunities provided by making KONGSBERG’s industrial digital platform, Kognifai, available on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure.

“Bringing Kognifai to the growing Chinese energy market is an important milestone for Kongsberg Digital,” said Hege Skryseth, Executive Vice President of KONGSBERG and President of Kongsberg Digital. “By implementing KONGSBERG’s Kognifai platform on the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure, we will be able to offer our advanced joined digital solutions to the energy sector in China and other parts of Asia.”

“Alibaba Cloud has always been dedicated to advancing technologies to empower digital transformation across the globe,” said Simon Hu, Senior Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of Alibaba Cloud. “Together with KONGSBERG and Kongsberg Digital, we are looking forward to seeing how our robust cloud infrastructure and their cutting-edge platform can jointly drive the technology advancement to a new level for the energy sector.”

KONGSBERG already has substantial operations in China, giving the group local knowledge and understanding of the processes in the Chinese market.

Operating Kognifai on Alibaba Cloud will allow KONGSBERG’s solutions for the energy sector to be available to a growing market in China and Asia. This includes IoT, advanced and hybrid analytics – available on secure digital ecosystems in which to develop and run scalable mission critical software and applications. And among the specific KONGSBERG solutions that could become available to customers of Alibaba Cloud is EmPower, a suite of efficiency software delivered as a service for the wind power industry.

Under the MoU, the companies will start their collaboration immediately and intend to make Kognifai available on Alibaba Cloud in 2019.

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Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor Unlocks The Potential Of Data For Asia’s OEMs

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor Unlocks The Potential Of Data for Asia’s OEMs

SINGAPORE: Amid the rapid digitisation of manufacturing, machine builders (OEMs) need to provide a better service to improve their customers’ agility and market responsiveness. Therefore, Schneider Electric has presented its EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, a platform that allows OEMs to track, monitor and fix machines remotely as well as enable operators to predict and execute preventive maintenance schedules and improve machine availability.

Real-time Operational Awareness Is A Competitive Advantage

Driven by rapid adoption of connectivity, mobility, cloud computing and big data analytics, digitisation in manufacturing has a huge potential. According to a 2015 McKinsey survey, by 2025 digitisation will reduce time to market by 20 to 25 percent, optimise expertise by 45 to 55 percent, and reduce machine downtime by up to 50 percent.

In this ultra-competitive environment, OEMs need solutions that will improve the connectivity of their machines, giving them real-time operational awareness, and access to their machines in order to optimise their operational efficiency while developing new business opportunities such as in their services business. These benefits need to be passed on to operators, while guaranteeing safety and data security.

Maximising The Value Of Data With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is able to convert data into key insights for machine builders. “With EcoStruxure Machine Advisor, OEMs gain real-time remote access to their machines, allowing them to add and modify new services to each installed machine at any production site worldwide,” explained Xing Jian Pang, industrial commercial vice president, global OEM and Asia Pacific, Schneider Electric. The device is also able to provide a fully connected framework for reliable machine operation through three key functionalities:

  • Track: OEMs can visualise the location of all their machines, with real-time access to documentationand history, such as bill of materials, manuals, maintenance logs and task management schedules.
  • Monitor: The cloud-based software allows OEMs to collect and visualise machine data in real time,giving a comprehensive analysis of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), widgets for performance against key KPIs and other trends, and dashboards to monitor machine availability and output quality.
  • Fix: A service enabled by a mobile app to facilitate maintenance and operations with contextualinformation, the help of step-by-step procedures and remote expertise by leveraging augmented reality. Furthermore, this service also provides remote access to the engineering software in the cloud, enabling service technicians to use “Software-as-a-Service” to always have the right version and libraries by hand.

While these functionalities allow OEMs to improve customer satisfaction and innovate with new service offers, EcoStruxure Machine Advisor also gives immediate benefits to operators by leveraging the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor app. This allows the EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor to put real-time information at their fingertips, whenever and wherever it is needed. Additionally, the custom application can improve operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.

EcoStruxure Machine Advisor pilots

The EcoStruxure Machine Advisor has been piloted successfully with many OEMs in Europe and Asia. In Taiwan, Leadermac, a manufacturer of four-side moulders, has incorporated the technology as a digitised solution to improve its service offers and the company is now able to execute early diagnosis and preventive maintenance of its machines, and sell better-connected, more flexible, more efficient and safer machines.

“EcoStruxure Machine Advisor is the future,” said Leadermac president, Michael Chang. “It helps OEMs like us provide better services, such as remote preventive maintenance, alarm monitoring, tooling usage and IoT applications.”

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Advantech & Taipei World Trade Center Collaborate For All-Of-India IoT Goal

Advantech & Taipei World Trade Center Collaborate For All-Of-India IoT Goal

Advantech has announced at the second annual SMART ASIA India Expo & Summit that it would collaborate with the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) in its New Delhi Strategy Center, which aims to enhance India’s Industrial and Embedded IoT market. This is Advantech’s fourth strategic location in India, with the other three being its Bangalore headquarters in South India and offices in Pune and Ahmedabad, West India. Event attendees that witnessed the initiation of Advantech’s India Strategic Collaboration with TWTC, included Taipei World Trade Center chairman, James C. F. Huang, Mr. H. D. Kumaraswamy, chief minister of Karnataka, Mr.Mukesh Kalra, joint secretary for international trade from FISME, Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in Chennai director-general, Charles Chao-Cheng Li, Karnataka chief minister, Mr. H. D. Kumaraswamy, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike mayor, Mr. R. Sampath Raj, and FICCI chairman, Shekar Viswanathan, along with over 100 Indian executives, business and media personnel.

India is the world’s second most populous country and sixth largest economic region. In line with prime minister Modi’s goal of doubling economic growth to US$5 trillion by 2025, India has become the rising star of BRICS economies. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) further predicts that India will lead the world in annual economic growth for 2018, with its GDP growth reaching 7.4%. Indeed, punters have speculated that India could overtake the US and China to become the “world’s largest economic region” by as early as 2050.

Advantech’s board director, Chaney Ho, mentioned that since chairman, James C. F. Huang’s, inauguration, his portrayal of India as an “essential of essentials” has been in line with Advantech’s “all-of-India” strategy. He also commented that Advantech has long recognized the great opportunities in India. Strategically targeting India as a key South Asian country, Advantech entered the local market in 2002 by setting up a headquarter in Bangalore, also known as “India’s Silicon Valley”. Since establishing a factory in 2012 and initiating the Make in India movement, Advantech has initiated numerous large infrastructure projects. With this introduction to the market, along with dependable localisation, Advantech has experienced double-digit growth in India.

Miller Chang, President of Advantech Embedded IoT Group also mentioned that on top of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore and local offices in Pune and Ahmedabad, Advantech is also planning to establish a new branch in Kolkata as well. Joining TAITRA’s New Delhi Strategy Center this year not only places Advantech in a good position in North India, but also completes the final stage of the company’s “All-of-India” approach – to have representation in the north, south, east, and western regions of this large sub-continent. Additionally, Advantech hopes to work with TAITRA to engage in co-creating domain focused solutions with local partners from various industries and facilitate the co-creation eco system in India.

Mark Yang, Advantech’s director of embedded IoT group and general manager of inter-continental, pointed out that in order to enhance the local market, Advantech spent years overcoming the multi-lingual, multi-culture, and multi-racial issues in India, before finally obtaining local clients’ approval and support through the establishment of mutual trust and reciprocity. Moreover, Advantech has benevolently contributed to local talent and Indian IoT education by sharing the company’s experience and many intelligent IoT case studies during campus talks at approximately 25 of India’s top IT colleges. As Advantech has always been looking for the “Right People on the Bus,” the company has also developed plans for future scholarships to be offered for the training of local talents train and for the provision of job opportunities in Taiwan.

Mr. Yang firmly believes that with TWTC’s assistance, Advantech will not only growing its share of the Indian IoT market, but will also develop smart manufacturing systems for diverse industries and applications, such as in steel plants, power plants, mines, and automotive plants. Joining TAITRA’s New Delhi Strategy Center also promotes Advantech’s co-creation IoT solution-ready packages (SRPs) with specialised companies within various industries throughout India, thereby accelerating cloud services and application development for smart cities. The newly established New Delhi Strategy Center will also serve as a doorway for Taiwan’s smart manufacturing export, assisting Taiwanese companies in partnering with each other to build industrial ecosystems in India.

Advantech has presented its newest technologies and solutions, including its WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS Cloud Package, Intelligent Retail Solution Platform, Wireless IoT LoRa Gateway,and Intelligent healthcare solutions, at the second annual SMART ASIA India Expo & Summit. Going forward, the company plans to showcase at least 30 software/hardware-integrated IoT SRPs that were co-created with various partners at the upcoming Advantech IoT Co-Creation Summit that will be held in Suzhou, China, on November 1-2.

With TWTC’s assistance, Advantech will not only growing its share of the Indian IoT market, but will also developing smart manufacturing systems for diverse industries and applications.

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