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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PrismTech’s Vortex DDS Showcased at DSEI 2017

Last week saw PrismTech showcase our Data Distribution Service (DDS) demo (see YouTube video above) whilst exhibiting amongst the giants of the world’s defense and aerospace market at DSEI 2017- many of whom are current PrismTech customers. Renowned as the world’s leading event bringing together the global defense and security sector DSEI did not disappoint, with the Excel Exhibition Centre hosting over 1,600 exhibitors and 34,000 visitors across the four days featuring a wide array of Defense and Aerospace applications.

PrismTech’s DDS demo stimulated great interest around the PrismTech booth, leading to many exciting discussions on how DDS could be applied to their own defense use cases. The demo highlighted the process of moving real-time data around network systems using Vortex DDS with land and sea examples.

Another highlight at DSEI was the announcement of Thales Australia selecting Vortex DDS as the data sharing platform for its Integral Computing System (ICS) which has been featured in major defense publications such as; Jane’s 360 and Defence Connect.

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A Defense and Aerospace event of this scale is particularly relevant to PrismTech due the wide adoption of DDS in this industry- for example it is mandated in Vetronics systems with standards such as the Generic Vehicle Architecture (GVA).

To find out more about how Vortex DDS benefits the defense and aerospace industry, click here

VMworld 2017 to showcase Vortex Edge PMQ

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If you are attending the VMworld show in Las Vegas, Nevada next week, don’t forget to visit the IoT Pavillion section and get your hands on the Vortex Edge PMQ conveyor belt demo.

The Vortex Edge PMQ demo is a conveyor belt system deployed with various sensors and is connected to a Vortex Edge Smart Gateway which collects and analyzes data locally using IBM’s advanced PMQ predictive analytics software. Key data is shared with IT systems in the cloud for business intelligence results sharing. One such IT system is VMware’s Pulse IoT Center which is deployed locally on an Vortex Edge Industrial Server. Pulse IoT Center provides device management services allowing the gateway to be monitored and updated with new software or analytical models.

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Vortex Edge PMQ is a fully integrated hardware, data connectivity and predictive analytics solution that enables businesses to identify and fix imminent problems before it disrupts the operation. This helps reduce maintenance cost and significantly increase productivity.

This collaboration was made possible with VMware, ADLINK and IBM to jointly test and integrate their respective IoT solutions to offer customers a comprehensive, supported IoT offering featuring the requisite hardware, software and services to tackle their IoT initiatives.

VMware and ADLINK have a common goal of speeding up IoT adoption for organizations by enabling their solutions to reduce the time and effort required to setup an end-to-end IoT solution and improve the experience. VMware and ADLINK together will provide a comprehensive edge infrastructure solution to power IoT analytics platforms that deliver new business insights for mutual customers.” — Mimi Spier, vice president, Internet of Things, VMware

ADLINK is ‘Leading EDGE COMPUTING’ by delivering the network nodes that enable practical and scalable IoT systems. Building on its strong heritage in embedded computing, ADLINK provides the hardware and advanced Edge-aware software capabilities necessary for the multi-vendor, multi-standard connectivity required in end-to-end IT/OT business solutions. With its strategic partners VMware, OSIsoft and IBM, ADLINK reduces the complexity and helps speed the deployment of enterprise IoT systems that liberate data from vendor silos and other islands-of-automation, thus enabling business improvement in terms of operational excellence, enhanced customer service and support for new business models.

“The world of IoT is exciting and daunting at the same time. OT and IT organizations approach very aligned goals from different points of view, and a common denominator is hard to find. ADLINK and VMware’s collaboration shows what happens when we bridge the divide. Creating new disruptive industry solutions takes a lot more than any one vendor can provide – and our ecosystem approach is second to none in the industry in terms of practical experience.” — Rob Risany, executive vice president — IoT Strategy, Solutions & Technology, ADLINK

VMworld 2017 will be held at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada USA on August 27th – 31st 2017, and at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain on September 11th -14th 2017.

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.

PrismTech Predicts Edge Computing, Next Generation Smart Gateways will Come of Age to Enable the Industrial Internet of Things in 2017

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Mainstream adoption of edge computing and the advent of second-generation smart gateways are among PrismTech’s top predictions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in 2017.

Steve Jennis, SVP and Head of Global Marketing for ADLINK and PrismTech, compiled the list based on his extensive knowledge of IIoT users, vendors and technologies, as well as through his collaboration with peers in industry initiatives such as the OpenFog Consortium, the Edge Computing Consortium, Open Edge Computing, the Industrial Internet Consortium® and the Object Management Group®.

Jennis predicts that:

  1. Edge computing will become a mainstream term for IIoT systems.
  2. Edge computing will be recognized as the solution to fixing the shortcomings of M2M for IIoT (latency, resilience, cost, peer-to-peer, connectivity, security, etc.).
  3. Real-time (edge) analytics and IT/OT security become two of the key drivers for new IIoT platform/infrastructure deployments.
  4. IT departments will exert more and more influence over the requirements for OT systems connected to corporate IT systems or the Internet.
  5. The Edge will become the vendor battleground in IIoT markets between traditional CT, IT and OT vendors.
  6. Users will move from tactical to strategic IIoT thinking as previously deployed point-solutions (e.g. most M2M systems) reveal more and more functional limitations and IT management issues.
  7. Major IT systems integrators will begin to offer “managed solutions” for edge computing in addition to their “managed services” for cloud computing.
  8. Interoperability and legacy integration problems will be reduced with connector technologies, data normalization and shared micro-services delivered in/on “smart gateways”.
  9. Second-generation IIoT smart gateways (software-defined with on-board IIoT software stacks, connectivity and shared services) will quickly render first-generation (hardware-defined) M2M gateways obsolete.
  10. Security at the edge will be positioned as an IT/OT firewall. The potential for hacking OT systems, possibly through IT connections, is increasingly becoming a concern. Edge computing appliances will serve as the IT/OT firewall.

“Today’s trends show that the term ‘Edge Computing’ will continue to grow in usage and come to represent most implementation scenarios for the IIoT,” Jennis said. “The addition of new capabilities ‘at the edges’ of OT systems, IT systems, the Internet and cloud services will come to define the evolution of the IIoT and its new business value-add.”

“Next-generation smart gateways and industrial servers will supply the edge platforms to support the demands of the IIoT. These gateways and servers will host the software stacks that enable data connectivity from the sensor to the cloud, while also supporting edge compute and intrinsic security,” continued Jennis. “They will thus support fog computing architectures where applications can add-value at the most appropriate place in an end-to-end IIoT system: at the device, on the edge appliance, or in the IT/cloud environment. This multi-tiered architecture will come to define the IIoT and provide the ubiquitous (and secure) data accessibility and distributed systems capabilities needed to support new vertical solutions in, for example, smart factories, intelligent transportation systems and integrated healthcare systems.”

As an example of this trend PrismTech’s newly announced Vortex Edge PMQ (http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-edge-pmq) leverages best in class IIoT edge computing, connectivity and predictive analytics technologies to provide real-time device-edge-cloud connectivity.