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Advantech Case Studies Human–Robot Control

Human–Robot Control

Advantech
Human–Robot Control
Equipment & Machinery
Information Technology
Maintenance

Industry 4.0 is changing the way manufacturing industry operates. Increasingly more manufacturers are leveraging advanced technologies such as robotics and automation systems to improve productivity and efficiency. As a result, human–machine interfaces (HMIs) are becoming more important in their role in the digital connectedness of humans and machines. However, using the wrong HMI can lengthen development times and increase implementation costs.

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As a specialist in the field of robotics and automation technology, KUKA Robotics is a leading manufacturer in industrial robots. The company boasts a comprehensive portfolio of products and solutions ranging from individual robots and robotic cells for automated production steps all the way to large-scale customized systems.   

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Recently, KUKA Robotics was custom-developing an automated production management system for automotive transmission factory in Shanghai, China. The company previously used a RISC (reduced instruction set computing) -based computer as the HMI. Since the functionality of this computer is too simple and because the system is difficult to customize, KUKA required an x86-based industrial panel PC to provide richer features for factory users.

Advantech provides a total solution that met KUKA Robotics' needs. 

To facilitate maintenance and management, the new computer was to be utilized in the production lines to control the low-level robots as well as the upper-level MES (manufacturing execution system) ; it also had to be suitable for monitoring assembly line operations and for managing product reworks.

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IOT
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Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
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Advantech's PPC-3120S is an aesthetic, durable, and feature-rich ultra-slim panel PC that can be intuitively operated using WebAccess/HMI software. 

This total solution has helped the KUKA's developers to easily complete system development, thus meeting their client's requirements. 

Hardware
Processors provide the intelligence behind IoT systems and are often integrated into system-on-a-chip designs.
Hardware that enables dual directional communication for data collection and control message delivery. Examples include cellular, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.
Sensors transform energy into electrical data; they are the eyes and ears of IoT. Actuators transform electrical data into energy; they are the muscle of IoT.
Technologies that enable legacy devices and other systems to connect to the IoT. They integrate technologies and protocols for networking.
Software
Middleware integrates the diverse components of an IoT application by structuring communication, workflows, and business rules.
Visualization solutions use dashboards, alerts, events, maps, and other tools to present easily comprehensible data to end users.
Security software provides encryption, access control, and identity protection to IoT solutions from data collection through end-user applications.
Services
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