Next-generation AGV systems to revolutionize the future of factory automation

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The operational complexity of factories means that factors such as maintaining human safety and productivity while keeping high standards for efficiency and quality greatly affects a business‘ overall output and operational cost.

As the future of robotics technology advances, so does its use on factory floors. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) are changing the way factories operate, enabling better product quality and throughput rates. Addressing the issues on human safety, AGVs also reduces the risk of workplace injuries or exposure to potential hazards.

With Vortex DDS providing communication within the vehicle’s system (intravehicle), between vehicles (intervehicle); and between vehicles and the management sytem – only relevant data is delivered in real-time, right where it is needed.

Data Centricity – the volume of data generated from many vehicles and its sensors can be processed based on its data type. The publish and subscribe communication where only the required data is being sent to the relevant subscriber ensures its delivery is in real-time.

Efficiency – Ensuring availability and integrity of data in the event of hardware or software failure, Vortex DDS can process and deliver information at the right place in real-time even in the event of a machine failure.

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Vortex Edge PMQ featured at the 2017 Industrial Summit in Taiwan

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ADLINK and PrismTech presented the Vortex Edge Predictive Maintenance & Quality (PMQ) at the Intel Industrial Event held in Le-Meridien, Taipei on July 18, 2017. The event showcased various Industrial IoT applications and demos from robotics and automation, to asset and logistics management.

Both ADLINK and PrismTech team featured a Conveyor Belt system that detects excessive weight, abnormal temperature and vibrations that are usually early symptoms of a potential asset problem. The conveyor belt system includes weight, temperature and vibration sensors that feed data into the Vortex Edge Smart Gateway – a small footprint ruggedized computer that is preconfigured to support asset data capture and PMQ results deployment at the edge, especially within harsh environments.

“It’s been such a good experience to meet many people from different IIoT areas and presenting our amazing technologies such as the Vortex Edge PMQ. I’m excited that this will be a good start to collaborate with many key players in the Industrial IoT space particularly in Asia.” says Janet Peng, Account Manager (APAC) at PrismTech.

PrismTech in collaboration with ADLINK, IBM and Intel developed Vortex Edge PMQ – a fully integrated hardware, data connectivity and predictive analytics solutions that addresses the challenge on predicting and identifying system problems that can cause disruptions and unplanned downtime.

Since its launch in October 2016, the Vortex Edge PMQ has gathered significant interest from businesses within manufacturing and logistics industry. Following the success at the Intel Industrial Event, PrismTech and ADLINK will be showcasing the Conveyor Belt demo at the VM World events in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA) and Fira, Barcelona (Spain). The details of these events will be announced shortly.

For more details about the Vortex Edge PMQ, contact PrismTech

OT/IT Connectivity with Vortex Edge Connect

One of the main challenges facing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) community is connecting operational or field systems, comprised of devices and other data sources utilizing a diverse range of protocols with higher level Internet of Things (IoT) systems. This is where Vortex Edge Connect comes in.

Vortex Edge Connect ingests data from industrial devices such as PLCs, PAC, RTUs, DAQs, sensors, actuators, etc. using a range of Operational Technology (OT) protocols. This ingested data is then converted into a normalized in-memory data model which enables this data to be shared with other higher level systems such as SCADA systems, analytics engines, ERP, MES, etc.

Due to the Vortex Edge Connects innovative design, it is highly scalable and can support 1-to-1, 1-to-many, or many-to-many data connection models. Whether you’re in a Linux or Windows environment, Vortex Edge Connect is platform and operating system independent, enabling you to deploy with ease and peace of mind for expansion and integration.

For more information on Vortex Edge Connect, please visit our website.

Getting Started Tutorial with Vortex OpenSplice Tester Video

In this tutorial video presented by Nate Wieselquist, you can learn about how to get started using the Vortex OpenSplice Tester tool in order to help you automate the process of testing and debugging your DDS system. Both passive and active benefits of the Vortex OpenSplice Tester tool are covered in this video as well as an example walkthrough.

Vortex & ADLINK’s MXE-202i IoT Gateway Demo

This demo features the combination of Vortex and ADLINK’s MXE-202i IoT Gateway that can be used to:

  • Provide reliable, real-time Device-to-device data connectivity for IoT Edge and Fog networks
  • Create a decentralized architecture that removes any single points of failure
  • Support automatic discovery for edge-based devices and applications enabling an IoT system to evolve dynamically
  • Show data interoperability between DDS and other protocols enabled by Vortex
  • Enable edge-based processing and analytics in order to:
    • Reduce response time and improve decision-making
    • Federate processing load across nodes
    • Minimize network bandwidth consumption in comparison to Cloud-centric solutions

Vortex 2.1 is now available

Vortex 2.1 includes the following new functionality:

  • Client side Durability is now supported by both Vortex Lite and Vortex Café. This means that TRANSIENT and PERSISTENT Durability QoS policies can now be used by both Vortex Lite and Vortex Café applications provided that at least one Vortex OpenSplice™ Durability Service is deployed in the same system.

  • Vortex Lite now includes support for extensible data models based on Google Protocol Buffers (GPB). GPB is a language-neutral, platform-neutral extensible mechanism for serializing structured data developed by Google. The benefit of using GPBs is that they are extensible and can be updated without breaking programs that are compiled against “older” data structure definitions. This ability enables systems and their data models to evolve dynamically without major application re-engineering. GPB support in Vortex Lite is currently available for the ISO C++ API. GPB support is already available in Vortex OpenSplice (Java, C and ISO C++) and will be available shortly in Vortex Café.

  • Vortex OpenSplice also includes a number of new features, including:

    • It is now possible to detach from all domains. A new operation has been added to the DomainParticipantFactory in the DDS API that allows you to detach your application safely from all Domains it is participating in with one single call.

    • The naming of DomainParticipant, Publisher, Subscriber, DataWriter and DataReader entities has been improved. When visualized with one of the Vortex tools (Insight, Tuner or Tester) the improved naming makes it easier for users to relate entities to their applications.

    • A new section called “Controls” has been introduced to Vortex OpenSplice Launcher. This section contains buttons to easily start and stop an OpenSplice domain based on the active ospl config file in Launcher. When the user clicks on the start/stop button, a progress bar is displayed in the bottom tool bar to indicate that Launcher is processing the request. When Launcher has completed the operation, notification pop-up messages are displayed indicating the result of the requested operation.

    • Windows 10 is now supported.

“This new version of the Vortex platform highlights how we have significantly accelerated our new product development following our recent acquisition by ADLINK Technology,” said Angelo Corsaro, CTO, PrismTech.  “We look forward to delivering many new extremely innovative IoT products to our global customer base in the coming months.”

 

Vortex 2.0 is now available to download

PrismTech is pleased to announce that Vortex 2.0, a major upgrade of its award winning Intelligent Data-Sharing Platform is now generally available for evaluation and purchase. The Vortex platform provides the most comprehensive Industrial IoT solution for integrating devices, real-time high performance edge-based Fog networks and Cloud systems.

Vortex 2.0 delivers significant benefits in terms of support for Fog computing, improved robustness, security, platform support and ease of use. Vortex 2.0 includes the following new functionality:

  • Vortex OpenSplice 6.6 – includes new features such as Google Protocol Buffer (GPB) support, latest ISO C++ API, dynamic network partitions, Durability Service optimizations, coherent updates – full PresentationQoSPolicy support,  RnR Service – split file recording and Python scripting support for OpenSplice Tester
  • Vortex Fog 1.x – a new addition to the platform providing secure interest based routing of real-time information between UDP (multicast and unicast) enabled edge networks and TCP endpoints, enabling Device-Fog, Fog-Fog and Fog-Cloud connectivity
  • Vortex Cloud 1.3 – includes new Boundary Security solution
  • Vortex Lite 2.0 – latest ISO C++ API, enhanced Durability QoS, support for Windows 10, Mac OS X10.1
  • Vortex Insight 1.2 – usability improvements

Vortex is ideally suited for mission-critical distributed and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. It is based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-time Systems open standard and builds on proven technologies to provide an efficient solution for Internet scale real-time data sharing. Vortex is a crucial enabler for systems that have to reliably and securely deliver high volumes of data with stringent end-to-end qualities-of-service (QoS); for IIoT systems Vortex delivers the right information to the right place at the right time.

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