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BUILDING ON A COMMON DESIGN PLATFORM Omron has seen many advantages from adopting a unified design approach, from lowering costs, to increasing device versatility for its customers. IAA talks to Omron about their product and service development.

Omron’s Push-In Plus Terminal Block minimizes wiring time


IAA: What will be the biggest benefit to building devices on this common design platform and what was the motivation behind this change of design approach? Omron: We believe that the introduction of building devices on this common platform not only makes it possible to innovate control panels themselves, but also to bring innovation to all the processes involved in the manufacturing of control panels, from design to shipment. By unifying the design and size of these devices, dead space is reduced significantly, resulting in cost savings. IAA: Omron held customer feedback sessions with 300 global customers on the challenges and needs they have in designing and manufacturing control panels. What was the outcome of these sessions, and elaborate on the key takeaways and how Omron plans on adopting this feedback to improve its own products and services? Omron: From the sessions, we identified three key concerns from our customers: (1) downsizing and space-saving of FA devices and control panels; (2) expedited delivery, and (3) response to globalization. With these in mind, we looked into how we could improve our products to cater to their needs. Leveraging on our technological strength and a new design approach, we developed the idea of building devices on a common design platform to address the concern of space-

saving. Combined with our proprietary Push-In Plus Terminal Block technology and Panel Assist Web, customers can expect expedited delivery and easy access to our products through our global network of distribution bases. IAA: What are some of the key highlights from this new product range designed using the common design platform? Omron: In adopting a unified design, we were able to downsize control panels by eliminating dead space that cannot be utilised. These spaces are created when different product sizes are mounted alongside. Unified design also allows better airflow in the control panel, thus minimising or even eliminating the need for ventilation with a cooling fan. This helps to reduce the temperature inside the panels, which results in product reliability and increasing product life expectancies. In order to have expedited delivery, we looked into cutting down the lead time in control panel manufacturing by reducing wiring time by as much as 60%. The Omron Push-In Plus Terminal Blocks were developed for this purpose. Omron also ensures that these new products acquire global certification such as CE, UL listed and CSA standards so that control panel manufacturers are ready to ship their panels globally.

IAA: What is the Push-In Plus Terminal Block and how does it contribute to downsizing control panels? Omron: Push-In Plus Terminal Block changes the way in which wiring is being carried out. In conventional screw types, spaces have to be provided to accommodate the connectors/ wires when mounting them onto the product. However, with Push-In terminations, the wiring is done from the front-in. This eliminates the need for additional space requirement and contributes to downsizing of control panels. Another key benefit is the reduction of wiring time by 60%, resulting in quicker lead time in control panel building. IAA: Explain more of the new support services Omron plans on introducing alongside your common design platform? Omron: Besides providing wider access to product CAD libraries in additional eCAD platforms such as EPLAN and


Zuken E3, we will also be introducing the Panel Assist Web that allows designers to create customised Bill of Materials (BOM) with tools such as ‘Component List’, ‘Thermal Design’ and ‘Terminal Blocks’. The website also offers educational content and a technical guide for training engineers on the design and manufacturing of control panels. In addition, customers will have easy access to our devices as our products are now available in a global network of distribution bases in 35 countries. IAA: What comes next for Omron in terms of your approach to design and your direction in terms of product and service development? Omron: In line with our mission of improving lives and contributing to a better society, Omron will continue to cater to the needs of market demands by engaging our customers in design and service development. Integrating robotic technologies and IoT in our manufacturing solutions are some of our upcoming highlights that will contribute to the development of manufacturing industries.

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Turning Additive Manufacturing Into Business

The current state of technology adoption in regards to additive manufacturing will be presented, as well as the business value created, and challenges encountered as experienced by and discussed with a group of forty business and technology leaders during a Think Tank session held at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in October 2015. By Saswitha de Kok, and Corwin van Heteren, PricewaterhouseCoopers



Intelligent Use Of Non-Productive Time

Robots can free up additional capacity for machine tools and increase productivity. By Andreas Schuhbauer, Kuka Roboter




ERP In The Cloud

IAA interviewed Joe Cowan, president and CEO, Epicor Software, on the company's cloud solution and the future of Enterprise Resource Planning. By Mark Johnston



What Industry 4.0 Means For IO-Link

The more talk there is about Industry 4.0, the more IO-Link is also becoming a hot topic. Not surprising, since the communication interface brings some real benefits for the user. With the right concept, intelligent IO-Link devices can combine cost efficiency with flexible setting options. By Oliver Marks, Turck



MASSIVE Leap For Visualisation And Big Data Research

Monash University's Clayton facility has received an upgrade to its supercomputer. Now running the nvidia-powered M3 as part of a AU$4.1 million investment. By Mark Johnston




Leveraging Open Systems To Drive The Industrial Internet Of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming industries and sprouting new businesses at an accelerating rate. By Benjamin Wong, Progress Software


How To Use Industrial IoT In Manufacturing Centric Companies To Grow Revenue

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to deliver substantial revenue gain to manufacturers, but where should you focus your efforts and what decisions are the most important? By Sreenivasa Chakravarti, Tata Consulting Services


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Enabling Predictive Maintenance With The Internet Of Things


Creating Value From IoT

Six steps will be presented for successful predictive maintenance with the Internet of Things. Contributed by Microsoft

IAA interviewed Joel Young, CTO, Digi International on M2M technology and the evolving field of the Internet of Things. By Mark Johnston



Improving The Security Landscape In A Connected World


Capitalising On Industry Trends With Increased Digitalisation


Smart Green Asian Cities Of The Future

IAA interviewed Dick Bussiere, principal architect, Tenable Network Security on the company’s latest security report and what organisations can do to improve their own security. By Mark Johnston

IAA interviewed Vincent Lim, MD, and Lawrence Chua, head of managed services, Ricoh Singapore, on the company's solutions and strategy in Asia. By Mark Johnston

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Improving Connectivity With Human Centred Design AT the recent IoT Asia show, held in Singapore, there was much discussion about not using technology for the sake of technology, but to focus on a problem and develop technology that solves that specific problem. This may seem like commonsense, but the overuse of technology can be a problem, and instead of solving a problem, it may end up creating additional problems. One of the aims of using technology is to lower cost over time, and in addition to increase productivity. Additional advantages include improving safety and in the case of IoT to optimise operations across a plant or organisation. As an example of this design approach, take a hospital, for instance. In the past hospitals were designed around departments and specialities, but increasingly this is changing. This design change is increasingly evident in Singapore, for instance, which is in the process of building new hospitals, all of which have been designed around the patient. This relates to what we are seeing being discussed in technology circles today. It is no longer pure engineering to design complex gadgetry, but about designing around the customer, making the experience more personalised. Technology’s aim is to get out of the way but enhance the user’s experience in the process. In this issue of IAA we discuss some of these design challenges, especially in regards to technology trends, such as IoT. We also take a look at additive manufacturing, as well as robotics, and big data & analytics are also featured. We conclude with a review of Solidworks World 2016, and many of the new features associated with Dassault Systemes new software suite.

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Medellín, Colombia Conferred Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016

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Singapore: The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016 is conferred on Medellín, the second largest city in Colombia after the capital Bogotá.

Ruckus Wireless Shares Vision For The Future Of In-Building Cellular Singapore: Ruckus wireless has announched its intention to address the challenges of in-building cellular coverage and capacity through the introduction of OpenG technology.

Having overcome challenges of uncontrolled urban expansion and years of violence due to social inequalities, Medellín has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past two decades. Through bold leadership, long-term plans and social innovation, the city’s leaders have tackled its most pressing issues and improved the economy, as well as its citizens’ employability and quality of life. The biennial Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is jointly organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Centre for Liveable Cities, to honour outstanding achievements and contributions to the creation of liveable, vibrant and sustainable urban communities around the world. The award seeks to recognise and celebrate efforts in furthering innovation in urban solutions and sustainable urban development. This year’s Prize Laureate was selected from 38 nominated cities, following a rigorous two-tier selection process comprising a Nominating Committee and a Prize Council. Medellín is no stranger to the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, having been accorded a Special Mention in 2014 for its creative and nonconventional urban solutions that included the world’s first cable car system for daily commuting, library parks that doubled up as social nodes in the city’s poorest districts and urban escalators that greatly improved mobility in one of its most troubled neighbourhoods. The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize is a key highlight at the upcoming World Cities Summit which will be held from July 10 to 14, 2016 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Medellín will be invited to present the Prize Lecture at the Summit on July 11, 2016, and receive the Prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet that evening. The Prize comprises a gold medallion, an award certificate, and S$300,000 sponsored by Keppel Corporation.

World’s Largest Underground District Cooling Network At Marina Bay Saves More Than 40 percent in Energy For Customers Singapore: Singapore District Cooling formally commissioned its plant operations with the completion of a major expansion project, making it the world’s kargest underground district cooling network.

Epicor Announces Cloud-First Stategy For Asia Singapore: As more manufacturers in Asia are looking to leverage post-modern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) concepts to move faster, work smarter and grow business, Epicor Software Corporation has announched its new cloud-first strategy for Epicor ERP deployments in Asia.


Hitachi To Merge RO Membrane System Subsidiary Water Facilities Engineering Subsidiary In Singapore Tokyo, Japan: Hitachi has annouced that it has decided to merge Hitachi Aqua-Tech Engineering.

NVidia Collaborates With Monash University To Advance GPU-Accelerated Research In Australia Melbourne, Australia: NVidia has announced it is collaborating with Monash University to power a new wave of GPU-accelerated research.

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Circus Social Partners With Datasift To Give Customers Across Asia Access To Facebook Topic Data Singapore: Circus Social has announced a partnership with DataSift, the Human Data Intelligence provider, to give access to aggregated and anonymous Facebook topic data for customers. This partnership will allow Circus Social to be one of the first social analytics companies in Asia to offer their clients reports, deep insights and access to Facebook topic data.

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the challenge of in-building cellular coverage and capacity through the introduction of OpenG technology. OpenG technology combines coordinated shared spectrum, such as 3.5 GHz in the US, with neutral host-capable small cells to enable cost-effective, ubiquitous in-building cellular coverage. The company plans to drive the adoption of OpenG technology — which addresses a global market with an annual TAM of over US$2 billion — by leveraging its enterprise channels, service provider, public venue and enterprise customer base, and its portfolio of differentiated technologies. It plans to unveil specific products and offerings throughout 2016. As part of this announcement, the company is demonstrating OpenG technology in collaboration with Qualcomm during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona. It will also demonstrate its Wi-Fi calling solution during the show which, in combination with OpenG technology, showcases the future of the all-wireless enterprise. The industry is in the midst of a dramatic shift as cellular and WiFi technologies converge through a number of technical and standards developments, including License Assisted Access (LAA), LTE Wi-Fi Link Aggregation (LWA), Hotspot 2.0 and Wi-Fi calling. This is driven by spectrum pressures, 5 GHz support on devices becoming ubiquitous and agnostic Over-The-Top (OTT) applications enabled by a common IP foundation. The company’s OpenG technology offers a less expensive, easier-todeploy, mobile network-neutral alternative. It believes OpenG technology will be suitable for fixed and mobile service providers to offer managed services to businesses while improving their customers’ cellular service experience everywhere, even deep inside buildings where mobile operators previously were unable to reach due to access and economics.



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Consumer-Packaged-Goods Companies Must Enhance Their Digital Capabilities To Capture US$340 Billion Growth In Booming Asian Markets, Accenture Report Finds Singapore: Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies must fully embrace digital commerce or risk losing out to newer industry players in the battle for an estimated US$340 billion worth of market growth in Asia Pacific, according to Accenture. In a new report, ‘The future is now: understanding the new Asian consumer’ Accenture estimates that the consumer goods and services industry will grow by as much as US$700 billion globally by 2020, with nearly 50 percent, or US$340 billion, of this growth coming from Asia — specifically China, Indonesia, India, Singapore and Thailand. China alone is expected to account for approximately US$200 billion, or 60 percent, of the growth in Asia. The report estimates that retail sales across Asia Pacific’s booming consumer markets are on course to top US$10 trillion by 2018, with approximately onequarter of that amount coming from digital commerce. Yet despite the heavy influence from e-tailers and online marketplaces, the digital commerce market in Asia Pacific remains under-penetrated for CPG companies, particularly in the grocery-product category. In addition, using knowledge of consumer preferences and their evolving demands, leading disruptors in the market, such as Alibaba, have been adapting by reinventing and tailoring offerings to redefine the value chain and make the consumer their focal point. The report identifies a number of steps that established CPG companies could take to seize growth opportunities and counter the threat of the new players: • • • • • • •

Partnering with e-commerce platforms to reach new consumers/markets. Maximise value from cross-border e-commerce. Investing in brand building, with integrated marketing initiatives spanning online/offline. Adopting a ‘mobile first’ approach. Integrating e-commerce initiatives with social platforms to engage consumers and build trust. Investigating opportunities for product testing and product development through crowd-sourcing. Leveraging insights from big data to enhance and fine-tune customer interactions across multiple touchpoints.

Singapore: It created quite a stir when American Teradyne paid more than US$285 million for all the shares in the Odense-based company Universal Robots in the spring of 2015. The price of the company with 150 employees in Denmark reflected the expectations of significant growth rates in the robot industry; particularly, in the new market for an innovative type of robots called collaborative robots or cobots; low-cost, easy-to-deploy and simple-to-programme robots that work side by side with production workers to improve quality and increase manufacturing efficiency. The first cobot was sold in December 2008 and in 2015, the market was estimated at US$100 million. The cobot market is estimated by some analysts to reach over US$3 billion by 2020. Universal Robots’ revenue of DKK 418 million (approx US$61.65 million) in 2015 corresponds to a 91 percent increase compared with 2014, and a 223 percent increase compared to 2013. Profit before tax totaling DKK 65.4 million (approx US$9.65 million) is a 122 percent increase compared with 2014. This means that the robot manufacturer has both increased revenue and reduced costs per robot — and as such has been even more efficient in 2015 with profit increase exceeding revenue growth. Since 2012, the company’s annual sales have increased an average of approximately 75 percent. All production of robotic arms takes place in Odense, and the robots are sold through 200 distributors, with 45 percent of sales in Europe, 30 percent in Americas, and 25 percent in Asia in 2015.

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World’s Largest Underground District Cooling Network At Marina Bay Saves More Than 40 Percent In Energy For Customers Singapore: Singapore District Cooling (SDC), a subsidiary of Singapore Power (SP), formally commissioned its plant operations with the completion of a major expansion project, making it the world’s largest underground district cooling network. SDC serves key buildings in the Marina Bay financial district, including the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Marina Bay Financial Centre and Gardens By The Bay and is set to welcome new customers in the district. Chilled water generated by SDC is used for air conditioning. Customers enjoy the efficiency and energy savings of more than 40 percent. This is achieved by leveraging economies of scale, optimising asset efficiency and upholding operational excellence. SDC’s underground centralised system eliminates the space requirements and upfront costs for customers’ own on-site chillers and rooftop spaces for cooling towers. At the event officiated by National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, SDC signed a new supply agreement with the mixed-use Marina One development at Marina South.

The Institution Of Engineers, Singapore (IES) Launches New Green Home For Engineers Singapore: The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) has held the official opening ceremony of the IES Green Building @ Bukit Tinggi, in conjunction with its annual IES Spring Festival. Teo Chee Hean, deputy prime minister & coordinating minister for National Security, graced the event as the Guest-of-Honour. Launched in IES’s 50th anniversary year, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to address the evolving and expanding professional and social needs of engineers in Singapore so that they can bring Singapore into a future of transformation through engineering. The threestorey building comprises the new IES Secretariat office, a members’ area, training and meeting rooms, an open terrace and a basement carpark. Construction of the new building officially commenced on December 12, 2012 after the groundbreaking ceremony officiated by DPM Teo. With nearly 700 individuals and corporations contributing in kind or in cash towards the Building Development Fund, the completion of the building represents the passion and unity of the engineering community. Apart from a seed funding of US$1.22 million by the late Er. Charles Rudd and Mrs Eleanor Phyllis Rudd, other major donors include Brian Chang, Er. Lim Soon Hock, Keppel Corporation, SembCorp Industries, Expand Construction Pte Ltd, Lee Foundation and Far East Organisation. The IES Green Building @ Bukit Tinggi stands tall as a new icon of engineering excellence and ingenuity, having incorporated the latest sustainable technologies to achieve the Building Construction Authority (BCA) Platinum rating certification for Non-Residential Buildings Green Mark version 4.0 - the highest standards in environmental impact and performance. IES plans to conduct school educational tours at the building as a live showcase of unique green engineering features, in its effort to inspire the younger generation to take up engineering as a career.

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District cooling is an energy efficient and cost effective method to provide buildings in the area with an indoor climate. Zebra Technologies And iCertainty Help Improve Food Safety Singapore: iCertainty and Zebra Te c h n o l o g i e s C o r p o r a t i o n h a v e announced a new mobile food safety solution that can be licensed by hospitality establishments worldwide. L eve ra g i n g Wa l t D i s n ey Pa r k s a n d Resorts’ safety technology and best practices, the Disney CHEFS, powered by iCertainty, food safety solution is suited for large worldwide restaurant chains seeking to improve food safety, deliver a better customer experience and eliminate paper-based processes. B y u s i n g w i r e l e s s t e m p e ra t u r e probes and the company’s MC40 mobile computers, the automated Disney CHEFS, powered by iCertainty software system, can provide real-time information on food safety performance – eliminating manual, time-intensive paper records for food safety audits and regulatory compliance. The vision behind creating Disney CHEFS was to build in the cultural competencies necessary to help deliver on guest service through standardised repeatable processes.


April 2016 | industrial automation asia

ABB To Improve Uptime And Reduce Maintenance Costs For Unmanned Oil Platforms

Zurich, Switzerland: ABB has won orders from National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) for the delivery of electrical and telecommunication systems to the Al Nasr Full field Development Project in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The orders are worth around US$18 million and they were booked in the fourth quarter of 2015. The solutions from the company will enable NPCC to fulfill its obligations to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co. (ADMA-OPCO), which includes safe operation of seven wellhead towers located approximately 130 km northwest of Abu Dhabi City. Coupled with last year’s orders for the project, the company will deliver a seamless electrical distribution system, including power-fromshore, covering the complete Al Nasr oil field. The new orders bring the total order volume for ABB on the project to more than US$120 million. The company has supported the Al Nasr Full Field Development Project from the concept stage, through frontend engineering and design and now the construction phase. The scope of supply includes design, engineering, supply, and supervision of installation and commissioning.

Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 Awarded To Globally-Renowned Hydrogeologist In Conjunction With World Water Day Singapore: The Singapore International Water Week, a biennial event that gathers leaders and innovators from the global water industry on a single platform, has awarded the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 to world-renowned hydrogeologist, Professor John Anthony Cherry. The announcement of the Water Prize Laureate this year marks the first time it is held in conjunction with World Water Day to emphasise the integral role water has in affecting communities and economies of all sizes. Currently in its 7th edition, the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize has consistently attracted world-class talent and excellence in individuals or organisations who drive the development or application of innovative technologies, policies or programmes that aim to solve global water challenges. This year, the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Council lauds Prof Cherry for his contributions and influence in groundwater management, and lifelong dedication to the protection of groundwater resources — a major water source for many countries around the world and one that constitutes 95 percent of the usable freshwater on the planet. A leading authority in hydrogeology, Prof Cherry’s research in collaboration with international partners has provided the global groundwater community with a better scientific framework to formulate policies and best practices. He has been a major influence in advancing global recognition of groundwater processes and the development of better field

methods for groundwater contamination. The revolutionary research findings and policy impact by Prof Cherry have contributed to more effective risk management in groundwater pollution control measures, as well as revisions and formulation of new groundwater remediation guidelines and approaches in several countries including the United States. The effect of his contributions have also established new models for public-private partnerships for groundwater research. As the 7th Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Laureate, Professor John Anthony Cherry will deliver the Singapore Water Lecture on July 11, 2016. He will also receive the Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Prize Award Ceremony and Banquet on the same night. The award ceremony is one of the flagship programmes of the Singapore International Water Week, which will be held from July 10-14, 2016, co-located with the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.




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Eighty percent of cloud adopters saw improvements within six months of moving to the cloud.

Epicor Announces Cloud-First Strategy For Asia

Singapore: A s m o re m a n u f a c t u re rs in Asia are looking to leverage postmodern Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) concepts to move faster, work smar ter and grow business, Epicor Software Corporation has announced its new cloud-first strategy for Epicor ERP deployments in Asia. Building on the momentum of its

successful move of hundreds of multitenant Epicor cloud customers to the new Epicor ERP 10.1 release last quarter, the company is now expanding its global cloud footprint in Asia. It has chosen the Microsoft Azure Datacenter in Singapore to support new cloud deployments in Asia — starting with Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

Hitachi To Merge RO Membrane System Subsidiary And Water Facilities Engineering Subsidiary In Singapore Tokyo, Japan: Hitachi has announced that it has decided to merge Hitachi Aqua-Tech Engineering, which handles the design, manufacturing, sales, and maintenance of Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane systems, and Aqua Works and Engineering, an engineering company that handles water related facilities for condominiums as well as commercial and public facilities. Hitachi Aqua-Tech, which is located in the Republic of Singapore, is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Hitachi Infrastructure Systems (Asia), Hitachi’s regional supervising company for the infrastructure systems business in Southeast Asia. Following the merger, Hitachi Aqua-Tech will be the surviving company. The goal of this merger is to further strengthen the Water and Environmental Solutions Business targeting resorts, commercial facilities, and high-rise condominiums in Asia and island countries. In addition to strengthening comprehensive proposal capabilities by combining Hitachi Aqua-Tech’s RO membrane systems with Aqua Works’ water landscape facilities and further expanding new project opportunities through both companies’ customer bases, the company will strive

The company’s Cloud ERP facilitates the collaborative nature of manufacturing a c ro s s t h e e n t i re s u p p l y c h a i n , i n a market that has rapidly maturing manufacturing environments and a workforce and culture that has embraced mobility and connectivity — now ready to revolutionise business processes.

to increase management efficiency through the aggregation of management resources. After the merger, in 2018, Hitachi Aqua-Tech will aim for annual revenues of approximately S$38 million in Asia and island countries, with a particular focus on Singapore and the Maldives. Currently, amid demands for the effective use of limited water resources, RO membrane systems are used as a core product in seawater desalinisation systems for securing drinking water, and water treatment systems that enable consumer and commercial wastewater to be reused, for example as industrial water. At resorts and in emerging countries in Asia, Hitachi expects to see an increase in demand for RO membrane systems, and also for landscape facilities that use water, such as fountains and pools. In the midst of these trends, the Hitachi Group acquired Hitachi Aqua-Tech, which has an extensive track record of RO membrane system sales in Singapore and the Maldives, in January 2009, and acquired Aqua Works, which has delivered numerous landscape facilities using water (eg: fountains and pools), mainly in Singapore, in January 2015, and has been promoting the centralised operation of these two companies through the mutual use of products and resources. Now, by merging these two companies, it will generate even further synergistic effects, and strengthen the Water and Environmental Solutions Business targeting resorts, commercial facilities, and high-rise condominiums in Asia and island countries.


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NVIDIA Collaborates With Monash University To Advance GPUAccelerated Research In Australia Melbourne, Australia: NVIDIA has announced it is collaborating with Monash University to power a new wave of GPU- accelerated research, marking the first step toward a deeply integrated research and development program between research and industry innovation in Australia. At a ceremony at Monash’s Clayton campus in Melbourne, the company’s Chief Technology Officer of Accelerated Computing, Steve Oberlin, announced that Monash will join the NVIDIA Technology Centre Asia Pacific. The centre is dedicated to driving scientific research and development work in the region. NVIDIA and Monash will jointly fund research students, facilitate access to GPU-accelerated computing technologies and leverage their worldwide network of experts to provide industry-relevant training and knowledge exchange. Also announced at the ceremony by the Australian Chief Scientist Alan Finkel AO was the M3 supercomputer, the third-generation supercomputer available through the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) facility. Powered by ultra-NVIDIA Collaborates with Monash University to Advance GPUAccelerated Research in Australia high-performance NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerators, M3 will provide new simulation and real- time data processing capabilities to a wide selection of Australian researchers.

Dematic Acquires NDC Automation Sydney, Australia: Dematic, a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced the acquisition of NDC Automation, a provider of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and software in Australia and New Zealand. NDC Automation will operate under the trade name NDC Automation for a transition period locally, and globally as Dematic, and will continue to deliver AGV solutions for Dematic customers. Headquartered in Australia, NDC Automation has been providing AGV solutions for companies located in Australia and New Zealand for more than 40 years. The company has pioneered major advances in the areas of safety and vehicle navigation for its customers.

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“The Bureau of Meteorology has chosen Gray to build the agency’s new US$59 million (AU$77 million) supercomputer in what will become Australia’s largest.

Honeywell Acquires Abilities In Simplifying Operations For Remote Connected Workers

Singapore: Honeywell has completed its acquisition of privately held Movilizer, which created one of the world’s first cloud platforms for field service applications. Movilizer is used by remote workers performing service or maintenance, sales and distribution, and warehousing activities away from the office. The company’s cloud software enables a distributed workforce to create, deploy and manage workflow solutions — whether at the point of sale, in the field, in a warehouse or distribution centre. Customers can seamlessly collect, transmit and analyse data generated by their workers on their existing Information Technology (IT ) systems, enabling them to harness the power of their workforce from anywhere to best serve the needs of their end customers. The company’s multi-tenant, cloud and mobile applications are currently used by more than 200 multinational companies in 30 countries, executing more than 1.5 million mobile business application transactions daily in the utility, manufacturing and engineering, transportation and logistics, and consumer packaged goods industries. The platform allows customers running SAP for example, to more quickly build native mobile applications from scratch inside SAP or to rapidly deploy out-of-thebox mobile applications for service, maintenance, sales, distribution, warehouse or track-and-trace environments in just days.


INDUSTRY UPDATES PI Strengthens Its Presence In The German Language Economic Region AT the beginning of the year, the Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO) commenced activities in Switzerland and is now servicing the German language economic sector comprising Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Through the merger with the RPA Switzerland, the PNO is providing uniform services to this area. With this merger, Profibus & Profinet International (PI) continues the strong association between Germany and Switzerland, which began in 1992. The RPA Switzerland was the first regional subsidiary founded after Germany and has contributed to the active and lively network of PI technologies. “Due to changing market demands, it is practical to control the activities of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland jointly in order to make use of synergistic effects and to successfully further establish our Profibus, Profinet and IO-Link technologies on the market”, said Karsten Schneider, chairman of the PNO and PI Chairman. Members can benefit from the merger. The range of possible marketing activities is expanded due to the larger community. Access to technology information is unchanged. In addition, local contacts in Switzerland will remain available to handle technical inquires and support requests. With three Competence Centres and two Training Centres in Switzerland, PI is well-positioned for technology consulting.

At the beginning of the year, the Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO) commenced activities in Switzerland and is now serving the German language economic sector comprising Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




The RPA Switzerland was the first regional subsidiary founded after Germany and has contributed to the active and lively network of PI technologies

PI To Start Encoder Certification TO ensure that everything runs smoothly in drive technology, clean interfaces between all components involved are required. The longestablished certification process of PI (Profibus & Profinet International) ensures that users around the world can rely on uniform and interoperable communication and application interfaces. To further ensure the interoperability of drive and motion control applications, certification of products with the Encoder profile will be available starting immediately. 24  industrial automation asia | February / March 2015

The Encoder profile belongs to the application profile class and, together with the PROFIdrive profile, defines uniform interoperable application interfaces for the different fields of use of drive technology and motion control based on Profinet and Profibus. For a fully-automatic sequence and an automatic evaluation of test cases, the PROFIdrive profile tester will be used for the encoder certification test. A special test script set was developed for encoder certification, which is available for the latest profile tester version and controls the test sequence and the test evaluation for encoder devices in the test system. This increases the quality, reduces the test

effort, and keeps certification costs low. Like the Profinet tester, the PROFIdrive profile tester with the encoder test scripts is also available to PI members as a free download. Encoder manufacturers thus have the opportunity to use the test system during development so that the certification test can be performed on a pretested device. The certification test will be performed by experienced PROFIdrive test labs. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




Newsdesk CAN 2020 Event: The Future Of CAN Technology CiA has announced a new event called CAN 2020. This seminar is all about the future of CAN FD, CANopen FD, J1939 on CAN FD, and so on. The CAN protocol was introduced in 1986. The first cars using CAN networks were launched five years later: The legendary S-class model W140 by Mercedes. In 2016, we expect an annual installation of an additional 1.8 billion CAN interfaces. But what is this about the future? When can we expect CAN FD on the roads? CAN FD was introduced officially in 2012 at the 13th international CAN Conference on the Hambach castle when the automotive industry required more bandwidth for CAN networks. Since then the first CAN FD-capable semiconductors have been developed. The first cars using CAN FD will appear in 2019/2020. CAN FD will replace step-by-step Classical CAN. No doubt: You can still run CAN FD with a single bit-rate up to 1 Mbit/s. But you can use longer frames with a payload up to 64 bytes. In the first CAN FD generation, the automotive industry will use data-phase bit-rates up to 2 Mbit/s in star-like or hybrid topologies. After gaining some experiences, the carmakers will increase the speed to 5 Mbit/s and use some dedicated ringing suppression circuitries. Non-automotive users may choose more strict linear topology with very short stubs, in order to reduce ringing on the bus-lines. Since CiA will inform its members and associated CAN fellows always about CAN FD opportunities, we will organise so-called CAN 2020 events. In these events the CAN FD technology is described and further requirements are collected and the next steps are discussed. The participation for members is free-of-charge. Nonmembers have to pay a small fee to compensate the expenses. CiA is a nonprofit association and therefore does not intend to make any profit. The content of the CAN 2020 event covers basic technical information on CAN FD, the impact on higher-layer protocols including CANopen, J1939, and so on, and the challenges of system designers, when using higher bit-rates. The event is dedicated for decision makers in device development, technical marketing, and system design. First events are scheduled in: 1. 2.

Nuremberg (DE) on May 10, 2016. Birmingham (GB) on May 13, 2016.

3. 4. 5. 6.

Berlin (DE) on September 27, 2016. Lyon (FR) on October 6, 2016. Essen (DE) on October 27, 2016. Utrecht (NL) on November 6, 2016

Events in Chicago, Atlanta, and Vancouver are also planned. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




CiA General Assembly 2016 The CiA Board of Directors was re-elected. In 2016, the non profit organisation focuses on CAN FD and CANopen FD. The CiA General Assembly confirmed the existing Board of Directors: Harm-Peter Krause (esd) as Business Director, Uwe Koppe (MicroControl) as Technical Director, and Holger Zeltwanger as Managing Director. Emtas, Janz Tec, Kaba, MicroControl, and Port were elected as Business Committee members. Elected members of the Technical Committee are Beckhoff, emtas, esd, Janz Tec, and Port. In 2016, the CiA association organises several CAN FD plugfests for its members as well as for CANopen FD. CAN FD is the next generation CAN data link layer overcoming the 1-Mbit/s transmission-speed and the 8-byte payload limits of the Classical CAN data link layer. In addition, CiA has scheduled several ‘CAN 2020’ events introducing into CAN FD and CANopen FD technology. CiA technical groups develop the CANopen FD specification (eg: CiA 301 version 5.0), additional design recommendations for CAN FD devices and systems (CiA 601 series), and SAE J1939 mapping to CAN FD networks (CiA 602 series). ‘Of course, we will maintain and update existing CANopen profile specifications,’ stated Holger Zeltwanger. “We also will continue providing education services on Classical CAN and CANopen, but the future is CAN FD respectively CANopen FD,” he added. Many carmakers plan to introduce road vehicles using CAN FD by the year of 2020. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller has been appointed director of Global Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

FieldComm Group Appoints Directors Of Global Marketing For EMEA And Asia-Pacific Regions The FieldComm Group has announced the immediate appointment of Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller as director of Global Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region and the April 1, 2016, appointment of Hisashi Sasajima as a director of global marketing in the Asia-Pacific region. Both Mr Kumpfmueller and Mr Sasajima have broad experience in the process automation industry and have been engaged in leading roles as FieldComm Group executives for an extensive period of time. They have a deep understanding of the message and strategy of the FieldComm Group and will lead the Group’s mission in their respective areas. The knowledge and experience they have acquired, coupled with their business development and marketing skills, will serve as a foundation for helping develop the strategic marketing direction in their regions. Regional managers for both EMEA and Asia-Pacific are in the process of being selected and will report to Mr Kumpfmueller and Mr Sasajima respectively. UNDERSTANDING THEIR ROLES As directors of global marketing for the FieldComm Group, Mr Kumpfmueller and Mr Sasajima will work closely with group’s corporate marketing to develop a global marketing strategy, build relationships with regional consortia and standards development organisations, and manage execution of programs to accelerate the digital transformation of the process industries. Ted Masters, president & CEO of FieldComm Group, welcomed Mr Kumpfmueller and Mr Sasajima by stating: “These global executives have played vital roles in the evolution of HART, Foundation Fieldbus and FDI

technologies. We are fortunate to have them join our team upon their respective retirements from Siemens AG and Azbil Corporation to continue their leadership roles within FieldComm Group”. YEARS OF EXPERIENCE Mr Kumpfmueller started his business career with Siemens Automotive division. From 2000 to 2015 he served as CEO and CTO in various Siemens Automation divisions. He was a long-term board member of the HART Communication Foundation as well as Fieldbus Foundation. From September 2014 to December 2015 he served as the chairman of the board of directors of FieldComm Group. Mr Sasajima has over 40 years of experience in instrumentation, control engineering and global business planning. He served as an executive director and senior advisor at Azbil (former Yamatake) corporation in most recent years. Mr Sasajima holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electro-Information Communication, Faculty of Engineering, Waseda University. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:





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EtherCAT Installation Guideline — Problem-Free Planning, Assembling And Commissioning

The EtherCAT installation guide is available for download from the organisation’s website.

Professional installation of a communication infrastructure consists of thorough planning, precise assembly and careful commissioning. Through intelligently designed topology features, the EtherCAT industrial Ethernet system is a robust communication platform with comprehensive diagnostic possibilities. With the right installation, users can fully benefit from the advantages of EtherCAT even in the most challenging environments. To support these plant operations and machine builders, the EtherCAT Installation Guideline is now available from the EtherCAT Technology Group as a download on www.ethercat. org. Communication Technology EtherCAT communication technology has numerous distinct advantages when compared to traditional fieldbus systems based on passive

cabling. EtherCAT uses peer-to-peer connections between the participants in the network, preventing any disturbances from continuing beyond the next node. The useful diagnostic features of EtherCAT enable the detection of problems and errors, with the ability to even localise them very quickly without cost-intensive diagnostic tools. Additionally, specific measurements mitigate installation problems and reduce the negative influence of difficult environmental conditions. Within the EtherCAT Installation Guideline, the professional handling of the EtherCAT communication infrastructure of a machine or plant is divided into three parts with corresponding tasks. The ‘Planning’ section supports the engineers responsible for the design of the network, ‘Assembling’ focuses on technicians who need to implement the

network based on the earlier planning, and the ‘Commissioning’ chapter addresses technicians as well as users who must review the quality of the installation or monitor the operation of an EtherCAT-based industrial network. Providing A Comprehensive Overview The EtherCAT Installation Guideline provides a concise, comprehensive overview of all aspects associated with the professional installation of EtherCAT systems. As such, the document offers valuable guidance for machine builders and plant engineers using the technology. The EtherCAT Installation Guideline is available for download at no cost on: http://www.ethercat.org. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:






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ARTICLE TAG Additive Manufacturing, Prototyping, Business Value

Turning Additive Manufacturing Into Business


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Additive Manufacturing offers several advantages that optimise and transform both products amd processes, and may result in unprecended and significant business value.


dditive manufacturing, which is also referred to as 3D printing, is a collective name for several technologies through which an object is constructed layer by layer. The industrial materials that are currently printable range from polymers to metals, including for example ceramics. The range of available materials is constantly and rapidly expanding. Whereas additive manufacturing was originally mostly used for prototyping, it is now more and more applied to endproducts. In some cases, additive manufacturing can be considered as a supplement to conventional production technologies. In other cases it is the only means through which complex GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




products can be fabricated or a solution to cost-effective upscaling of production capacity at low risk in order to serve new verticals, new geographies, and offer new products that need testing. The technique offers several advantages that optimise and transform both products and processes, and may result in unpreceded and significant business value. The generic advantages of additive manufacturing are: • Complexity is free; additive manufacturing offers complete design freedom which allows to design for the exact function of a product without constraints associated with conventional manufacturing. • Minimum batch size is one; the cost per part produced is equal and significantly less dependent on batch size. • Manufacturing when and wherever needed; production at

or near point of use is possible. Minimum material waste; as material is added, not subtracted, material is saved in production which allows for cost savings, especially in cases where material is a significant driver of component cost.

Although the general consensus is that these advantages offer great (potential) business value for both products and processes, there is a much divergence in visions of the type and depth of value that can be achieved. Therefore, we focussed on assessing how much of this value is currently being unlocked by our discussion group. And how much potential do they see in the near future when the technology matures (becomes faster, more reliable and cheaper) and additive manufacturing systems and services improve? CREATING BUSINESS VALUE THROUGH ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Assessing Business Value Potential Of Additive Manufacturing In order to determine possibilities to add business value through additive manufacturing, it is essential to be aware of three basic underlying principles. These relate to the complexity of the product, advantages of scale when it comes to manufacturing, and the size of the object. The technology offered by additive manufacturing makes it both possible and cost effective to produce complex


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be opened up at low risk and low cost. By means of rapid prototyping and rapid testing, design can efficiently be optimised and the ‘voice of the customer’ can be included in new product development.

Current Business Models Additive manufacturing opens up new business models and propositions. Our discussion partners indicated that they currently see the following business models emerging: The growth in the adoption of additive manufacturing has resulted in the emergence of many new service propositions related to the supply of the technology as well as solutions within the entire associated process.

shapes. This means the more complex the product or component, the more suitable additive manufacturing is, as opposed to conventional techniques. The next underlying principle has to do with batch size. In general, the larger the series to be produced, the less suitable additive manufacturing is. Conventional manufacturing economics dictates that the larger the series, the lower the cost per unit. For additive manufacturing, each unit has the same cost. Finally, additive manufacturing is in the current situation particularly suitable for producing smaller parts or products, which means businesses still have to turn to conventional technologies for larger parts. Business Value Currently Achieved By Think Tank Participants The specific business values that are currently being achieved based on the principles mentioned above, are best categorised with respect to added value for processes as well as products. The more this added value applies to customer-end applications, the more we see the occurrence of competitive advantage, new business models and propositions. Our consultation partners currently see the following pockets of value being created:

Business value for processes: • The time-to-market for new parts and products is reduced significantly. This boosts the speed of product innovation spectacularly. • Asset maintenance or maintenance of machines in the field becomes easier: spare parts and specialised tooling are always available on demand. • Assembly time and tooling costs are reduced if a product or part can be printed in one go, without requiring subassembly. Business value for products: • Related to the last point, additive manufacturing makes it also possible to optimise the design by printing a product that previously consisted of sub-assemblies in one go. This significantly decreases error rates during the lifetime of a product, and increases the product lifecycle. • As the minimum production quantity is one unit, it is possible to offer (mass)customisation. As a result, new verticals and geographical markets with specific needs can

1. Co-Creation Platforms Enabled By Additive Manufacturing Additive manufacturing opens up the possibility to co-create with customers. Co-creation can be introduced in virtually all stages of the lifecycle of a product. During the concept phase of a new product, the voice of the customer can easily be incorporated by testing small batches. It can also be applied to offer customisation of an existing design, or to prolong the lifetime value of a product by offering customised add-ons to the product. In situations where customisation is of value to customers, premium pricing is justified. 2. Extreme Customisation Combined with tools like measuring guides and scanning tools, companies are now able to mass produce customfit items in a cost-effective manner. As the performance of fitted products is generally much higher, customer value will greatly increase as well. From prostheses to glasses to inear headphones, there is a surge of business models created around this ultimate form of customisation. Although more and more home scanning tools are becoming available, it is important to note that for medical applications, such as prostheses and hearing aids, sophisticated professional devices are needed to achieve the high level of accuracy needed. 3. Lifecycle Management In the industry, lifecycle management


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Additive manufacturing has gained a significant following in the maker community.

is one of the most prominent current applications of additive manufacturing. Prolonging the lifecycle starts with the design phase of the product or part. Using the design possibilities offered by additive manufacturing, assembly might not be needed, which prolongs the lifecycle of a product and reduces errors. On the after-sales side, the life of machines in the field or the assets employed can be prolonged by using custom-made tooling and difficult to source, expensive to stock, customised spare parts. 4. Additive Manufacturing Service Propositions The growth in the adoption of additive manufacturing has resulted in the emergence of many new service propositions related to the supply of the technology as well as solutions within the entire associated process. Additive manufacturing requires many new capabilities that businesses have just started to build up, so there is a lot of space for service providers in this area. Understanding the design possibilities and possible product benefits, the specifications of designing for additive manufacturing, material and printing techniques, printer operations and post-processing, as well as the ability to adopt quality measures all require skilled and experienced employees. Businesses of all sorts are increasingly assessing the role they can play in supplying these additive manufacturing services.

Future Business Models As the general maturity of additive manufacturing increases, the applicability of both a technological as an economical perspective increases as well. Our consultation partners indicated that they see potential; particularly as a result of the repeatability and accuracy of the technology, its increasing speed, the number of materials that can be used, multi-material print capabilities and the size of the printable surface. As soon as the speed of the hardware increases, the depreciation of the machine per printed part will be reduced and costs per product are lowered. This means that a larger portion of the product or part portfolio will be printable from an economic perspective. In addition, the size of the printable surface has a positive influence on the business case. When you can print larger parts, you can also produce larger series in a single print job Challenges Encountered In the current phase of adoption, during which most companies are searching for applications, are experimenting and implementing on a small scale, our consultation partners have indicated that their main challenges are in the following areas: 1. How To Develop The Business Case? When it comes to introducing this technology, developing a proper business case and correctly estimating the return on investment is a big

challenge to decision-makers. Business case exercises will mostly fail if the scope is too narrow: successful business cases include the lifetime of a product as well as the value chain that supplies it. This, as opposed to just considering the direct production costs which in most cases will be lower through conventional manufacturing. In other cases, it is more difficult to make the case. This is especially challenging for applications on the customer side. Mass-customisation is an example of this: are customers willing to pay a premium? Another example is innovation: how do you quantify the added value of rapid prototyping in product innovation or the reduction in the time-to-market? 2. How To Start: Isolation Or Collaboration? Due to the lack of both a widespread understanding of the possibilities as well as necessary skills and high investments associated with additive manufacturing, many of the businesses we spoke to start their additive manufacturing operations in collaboration or in partnership with other parties. Some businesses elect to set up manufacturing facilities or experimental pilots with competitors, which demands an approach to facilitate joint learning and eliminate competitive risk. Other companies teamed up with universities, technology experts and service providers to get on the learning curve as soon as possible. 3. Intellectual Property (IP) Considerations Additive manufacturing triggers new challenges from a legal perspective. First of all, companies working with additive manufacturing technology, or companies calling upon the services of additive manufacturing service providers, are facing new IP questions. When existing objects or designs are redesigned for manufacturing through additive manufacturing, this may constitute a breach of third party IP rights on the original objects or designs. This is the case for example in a


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scenario in which a company maintains its existing assets by means of 3D printed tooling and spare parts. Here, the issue arises of whether this violates the IP of the original manufacturer. Some of our discussion partners indicate that they respond to this issue by avoiding it through strictly working with objects which are self-designed or free from third party IP rights. However, this approach forces these companies to manoeuvre their way around innovation, and will thus not support a sustainable long-term innovation strategy. Additive manufacturing — like other new ‘greenfield’ business models and processes — calls for new or modernised legislative frameworks and a redesign of IP laws to provide legal certainty to businesses. 4. What Are The Risks? We see a similar line of thought in terms of product liability. When

manufacturing a previously existing part through additive manufacturing, specific processes and controls need to be put in place to ensure the quality and integrity of parts. In addition, controls need to be in place throughout the entire digital processes through which the file is shared and used. Meanwhile, service providers and their customers are currently trying to find solutions for these matters. One possibility is to give purchasers the opportunity to inspect and qualify specific additive manufacturing systems at service providers. Following certification by the customer, the supplier simply prints out the part requested on the approved 3D printer. An additional service could involve making the entire production process traceable and digitally secure. This means it is always possible to determine when a certain 3D element


has been made and how the production process was carried out. 5. How To Make The Internal Organisation Aware Of The Opportunities? The opportunities offered by additive manufacturing require changes to the composition and culture of the organisation. In addition to acquiring and accumulating the right skills, employees have to be made aware of the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing and encouraged to look beyond current applications. Applications such as customisation and co-creation with customers offer unprecedented possibilities, providing that traditional ideas about design, business models and proposition are abandoned. Innovative ideas are required to get ahead in the new world resulting from the fourth industrial revolution.

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ARTICLE TAG Robotics, Machine Tools, CNC




ccording to an industry study from 2013, German machine tool operators see their greatest challenges in ever-shorter delivery times and the increasing complexity of the components to be machined. At the same time, quality requirements are rising and prices are falling. The measures that companies are taking to meet these challenges include investment in machining centres, in milling machines and lathes as well as in automation. The focus is shifting increasingly onto robot-based automation — for good reason. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




In the past, machine tool and mechanical engineering companies assumed that the automation of machine tools was only suitable for mass production. Manufacturers with batch sizes of 100 or with components that have long throughput times in excess of 90 seconds have only rarely been taken into account. However, the new challenges are gradually leading to a rethink. Outsourcing to countries with a lower wage level is increasingly reaching its limits in terms of the need for short supply chains, the hiring of specialist personnel and quality control. The degree of automation in the industry, when compared to other sectors, is currently at a lowly 1.5 percent — but the pressure to automate is building.

Higher Robot Performance At A Lower Price Automation using robots can be the right answer here. Robots work with a very high degree of precision — even with complex and heavy components, the reject rate is practically zero. They can work around the clock, and their performance is just as good after 24 hours as in the first minutes. In


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heavily automated production shifts, they improve the capacity utilisation of the machines and reduce the unit labour costs. Beyond this, unlike wages, the costs for robots have decreased continuously — while their performance has increased at the same time. Versatile Helpers For Handling, Machining And Assembly Already today, robots load machine tools quickly and precisely with blanks and then remove the machined parts. During the operating time of the machine tool, the robot can use nonproductive time effectively and carry out tasks such as drilling, brushing and deburring. This reduces the spindle runtime per part. On components requiring intensive machining, the robot can also carry out roughing, leaving the machine to take care of the smoothing alone. Where productivity is concerned, every second counts. About 20 percent of all machine tools can be operated more efficiently in conjunction with robots. It is true that a robot cell can double the investment costs for a machine tool. However, the payback

Robots load machine tools quickly and precisely with blanks and then remove the machined parts.

period is often only two years — even with an extensive range of parts. Robots Are Helping To Build Kuka Robots In Augsburg At Kuka Roboter in Augsburg, six robotbased solutions are in use. In the case of long machining times, the robot can be gainfully employed between the loading cycles. For example, a robot of the KR QUANTEC series is deployed in the machining area (where parts of the in-line wrists for Kuka robots of the same series are manufactured) to make use of the non-productive times of an automated machine tool. It not only loads the ‘DMC80 U duo Block’ machining centre from Deckel Maho with blanks and unloads the machined parts from the machine, but also machines the sixth side of the workpiece and then deburrs it.

All the machining steps that are required in production of the workpiece are carried out entirely in the new cell. The automation system is designed in such a way that it can be simply adapted to changing production procedures. The result: Kuka is now producing about 4,500 more parts per year than before the automation. The use of robots in two further machining centres at Augsburg has resulted in an average increase in productivity of more than 15 percent. Since 2013, DMG MORI machine tools have been manufacturing 14 components from castings and sawn sections that are then installed in the adjacent robot assembly shop. A KR 150 R2700 extra robot loads and unloads the machine tools. Once a layer of the pallet has been completely filled with machined components, the robot

About 20 percent of all machine tools can be operated more efficiently in conjunction with robots.




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workpiece. The robot now only requires two minutes. The precise alignment of the workpiece, which was physically strenuous for the operator, is dispensed with by the robotic loading, which also eliminates the risk of damaging the expensive clamping equipment during loading and unloading with the crane. Beyond this, downstream tasks, such as deburring the machined workpieces, no longer have to be performed since this task is also carried out by the robot. The company expects a payback period of no more than 2.6 years. If non-productive times can be more effectively utilised — for example, by drilling holes on the link arm and rotating column — this period might be even shorter.

Six-axis robots are suitable for machining and handling tasks directly at the CNC machine.

picks up the suction gripper and takes a cardboard slipsheet from another pallet. It then sets it down on the completed layer of finished parts. Once the carriages on the supply conveyors are empty, the robot places them on the return conveyor. The robot-based solution allows the company to machine a large number of different components and to flexibly adapt the batch sizes to the quantities required. This automation solution is characterised by its high degree of flexibility in the smallest of spaces. Thanks to the buffering of the components, a maximum unmanned runtime of eight hours is made possible. Kuka has managed to reduce the costs per part while also increasing the operating hours — without the need for additional resources. In the Burkhardt & Weber machining centre at Kuka in Augsburg, the machine is loaded and unloaded by a KR 500 robot that also processes the workpieces, measuring up to 1.5 m in length, during otherwise non-productive time. The result: productivity has increased by 10 percent. Compared with a conventional solution, the company has since been able to machine 300 more components each year. The greater productivity is attributable to the fact that system

operation is 70 percent unmanned and additionally that night shifts run in fully automated mode. Whereas, in the past, each system required one dedicated operator per shift, automation enables staggered working practices. The operator no longer has to carry out the time-consuming loading of the workpieces directly into the fixture, but places them on the simply-designed locations of the material feeder to the robot. The material feeders are designed as two-axis positioners and are implemented in the robot controller as axes seven and eight. The two material feeders can each carry eight parts. This is enough to keep the system running in unmanned operation for eight hours. Prior to automation, it took up to 15 minutes to clamp a

Simple Operation Guaranteed Six-axis robots are suitable for machining and handling tasks directly at the CNC machine. In order to keep training requirements to a minimum, machine tool manufacturers must pay attention to the ease of operating the robots. The central user interface of the company’s robot on the SINUMERIK-CNC opens up the possibility of seamlessly integrating robots into machine concepts and production processes using the KR C4 controller, for instance. This minimises the training requirement for employees since the operator control panel of the machine tool makes it possible to display, operate and program the company’s robots in the same system that the user is familiar with from using the machine tool. Conclusion The examples make it clear: there is potential for productivity increases in every manufacturing step. The use of modern robots allows the potential of machine tools to be tapped through a wide variety of automated processes — such as marking and measuring workpieces, as well as quality control in the machine during the manufacturing process. Performance can be fully maximised especially if the robot is linked to multiple machines.




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ERP In The Cloud

IAA INTERVIEWED JOE COWAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO, EPICOR SOFTWARE, ON THE COMPANYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CLOUD SOLUTION AND THE FUTURE OF ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP). BY MARK JOHNSTON IAA: What customers do you work with in Southeast Asia? Joe Cowan (JC): We work with a lot of the customers across many countries. We are not into the retail piece here, but we are heavily into manufacturing. In places like Singapore where you have a heavy manufacturing base. That is our real sweet spot. We are across all the major countries in Asia. We are into China, and we have a fairly substantial operation in Australia/ New Zealand.





IAA: Could you tell me about your growth strategy for this region? JC: Because this region typically has very high growth and high GDP it is a growth area for us because your manufacturing business is here, whether it be China, etc. With a high growth it is obviously a strategy for Epicor to grow our business here, because you want to go where the markets are growing. Also, our solutions are really right for the type of companies that are here. The SMEs need automation but they want systems that are

We focus on the IT and the software, so our customers can focus on the business.


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much simpler and easier to use than some of our major competitors. I think that is a key benefit to the customers here. It is a key reason why Epicor has been successful.

IAA: You have this cloud ERP system, is this something quite new for you? JC: We have been doing cloud for some time but in some ways we are opportunistic with our cloud business. If a customer says they want cloud then we provide a cloud solution for them but we have made some investments in technology. What we have decided to do, and we recognise where the market is going, is that a lot of companies are saying: ‘I cannot afford the cost of IT’, because if you think about internet security, if you think about all the complexity of the technology then they are saying this overwhelms me. We view that as an opportunity to really start pushing much deeper and much harder into the cloud, so we are going with the Cloud first strategy. We want to go out into the market and say we are here as a Cloud provider to solve your problems. IAA: How do you use the cloud? JC: When we talk about a cloud first strategy we will actually run the complete application in the cloud. What that means is that they do not have to have servers in-house, they do not have to have sophisticated IT infrastructure. When you talk about stored data you need to have database experts, you need to have communication experts. A big area right now that we think is impacting the thinking of a lot of our customers is this whole security issue. We are always hearing about people breaking in and stealing information. How do you provide the security? And that is something that requires sophistication. Most small companies cannot afford that, so what we are doing is telling them that they do not need to add this IT

Joe Cowan, president and CEO, Epicor Software

infrastructure. We have got the IT support staff that understand this so it is not just we run the software, we provide the business model and the consultants and the people to work with them to solve all these issues. IAA: What are some of the challenges that ‘ERP in the cloud’ hopes to address? JC: The challenges for customers are several. One would be the cost or sophistication of having the IT staff. If you are a major organisation you can afford this sophistication, if you are a small company you really cannot. Technology is getting more sophisticated all the time, whether it be mobile devices, iPads, etc. Whatever you want to do, for instance, business intelligence, then let us talk about that. Customers want that type of

solution. They say they need this type of real-time information, but there is a lot of complexity and sophistication with being able to support that and being able to support the infrastructure. We provide that for them so essentially they do not need those costly structures. Instead what we like to tell customers is we will focus on the IT and the software, and we will let you focus on your business. We have a slogan that we say: ‘grow business, not software’. What that really tells these companies is you focus on your business, and we will focus on the software and IT infrastructure so you do not have to spend your dollars to buy all up front. Instead you pay one monthly




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As the Cloud becomes more popular amongst businesses, mobile devices will benefit, being able to make use of advanced applications that are run on a server rather than locally on a device .

We are getting many requests for additional capabilities beyond what basic ERP provided.

charge and we will take care of all that for you. We will provide the software to you, we will provide the implementation, we will provide all the services from an execution standpoint. You now have the systems that you need to run your business and focus on investing in your manufacturing, investing in your people, investing in the things that you need to do in order to be more competitive. IAA: How do you see the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? JC: As far as the AEC goes, I think this is important for the countries here because if you go back and look at Europe and you see what they did

when they combined as one entity there is a lot of power when you work together so I think that offers opportunity from a competitive standpoint for the Asian countries to be more competitive in the world economy. It offers some unique challenges because it says countries like Singapore, which has a higher labour cost, can be heard because you have got all these other countries with lower labour costs. You have got to really look at how they can maintain competitiveness. That is where technology comes into play, because you have got to leverage technology to succeed and that is what we see. We see the AEC as a tremendous opportunity because

we think it is going to really push some of these companies and some of these different countries to leverage technology to improve their competitiveness and their ability to do business. On the other side of the equation is the TPP. I think it is positive. I am an individual that really believes in the concept of open trade because if you go back and study history, we find that when you have open economies the GDP starts to grow faster than say closed economies. The open approach gives everyone an equal footing, if you have got some unique technology then you do not have a barrier to those products and that technology being sold in some of these economies. IAA: Where do you see the ERP market evolving to a decade from now? JC: The ERP market has been very strong in the past so I think it is going to continue to grow. For example, here in Singapore, only about 62 percent of the manufacturers have the technology infrastructure in the business, so there are still opportunities from a growth standpoint. Overall, if you look at the different analysts, they are projecting the ERP market to


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IAA: What type of company would benefit most from adopting an ERP solution? JC: If you look at just about any manufacturer of products. If you look at your business and you say I have got to do a better job

with my people, I have got to do a better job with my inventories, I have got to stay connected to my customers, I think that applied to all manufacturing. I think all manufacturers can use these new technologies that we are starting to see take place in the market place. You have got to have your basic systems in place before you

can leverage these technologies, in other words, if you want realtime information about what is going on in your manufacturing, if you want real time information about what is going on with your customers you need to have you basic systems, and then I can do the analytics, and then I can have the mobile devices to display.

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grow into the future. Recently it has fallen off, but then they expect it to comeback and grow, probably in the 5 to 10 percent range, depending on which country you are looking at. I think in the past it was basic ERP, your manufacturing, your planning, etc. I think what we are seeing now there is additional capabilities that people are asking for. For example, the business intelligence analytics, information about my business, about my markets, about my employees (how competitive are they, etc), that information is the key to success. We like to say knowledge is king. The knowledge about what is going on in my business gives me that extra competitive advantage to allow me to win. We see things like analytics, business intelligence, etc, as taking a bigger piece of that pie. The cloud I think is going to take a bigger piece of that pie. What if the customer has an issue, how do I get it answered. This whole concept of social we think is going to be very important in the manufacturing sector as we go forward because it allows all these companies to communicate and talk and to socialise around what is going on, encourage customers to form communities. Now you can see not just what individual customers want but you can see what a group of customers want. We think that the whole change in technology, the whole change in terms of where the market is going from a technology standpoint is going to play back into the ERP sector and more of these growth dollars will be spent in these areas.




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ARTICLE TAG Industry 4.0, IO-Link, Sensors

What Industry 4.0 Means For IO-Link



nterest in IO-Link has been gathering pace considerably in the wake of Industry 4.0. This technology has been available since 2006. While there has been a long debate about the pros and cons of this technology, many users today are convinced of its benefits. There are now around 2.2 million IO-Link nodes installed and recently the trend is growing. From 2013 to 2014 alone, the number of nodes virtually doubled. Users today implementing IO-Link have already fulfilled the basic requirements for a fully automated factory. The possibility to implement the forwarding of sensor data to higher-level Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is as such already in place with IO-Link. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




For a new technology to be established, suppliers must offer in their portfolio components for all levels of the automation pyramid. This has now become the case with IO-Link. The IO-Link In the TIA Portal all the parameters which are already defined technology has played by the selection of the respective devices are grayed out when displaying the extended station parameters. a key role in product development at the company since the very beginning, so Link turns the simple proximity switch that the Mülheim automation specialist into a multifunction sensor that also can offer today probably one of the includes the possibility of identification most comprehensive IO-Link portfolios on the market — from the simple Standard I/O Mode: Two Adjustable programmable fieldbus module right Switch Points up to the intelligent field device. The company’s uprox3-IOL offers two For all devices, the IO-Link variant operating modes. In IO-Link mode now presented is exploding the the sensor is operated on an IO-Link range of possible applications and master, and in standard I/O mode on considerably simplifying handling. IOthe conventional digital input of an

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I/O module or controller. In this case IO-Link is only used for configuration purposes. In standard I/O mode two sensor switch points can be set individually and independently of each other. The actual points can be set in 10 percent steps from 10 to 100 percent of the rated operating distance. If previously you had the choice between a five or eight millimeter switching distance, it is now possible to set the sensor precisely — the switching distance of a BI8U, for example, can be set to 8 mm, 7.2 mm, 6.4 mm down to 0.8 mm. This may be particularly necessary for targets with a large tolerance in order to prevent damage and switching errors at the same time. It also simplifies mounting. The user mounts the sensor to achieve the best possible fit first of all and only then sets the switch point for the target. The switching behaviour of both switch points can be set either as an NC or NO contact as well as an NPN or PNP independently of each other. A startup delay as well as the hysteresis of the sensor can also be set. The M12 variant of uprox3-IOL is factory set with a PNP changeover contact and a switching distance of up to six millimeters. This is up to 10 millimeters on the M18 variant. The second switch point allows customers to monitor wear information in addition to the actual detection task of the sensor. For this a switch point is set at the optimum distance from the target. The user selects the second switch point in order to detect early on if there is any severe wear on the target. This enables you, for example, to replace brake pads before there is a risk of a machine downtime. The uprox3-IOL can not only be set to IO-Link mode, but also to standard I/O mode for very specific detection tasks. This makes it possible, for example, to implement rotational speed monitoring applications by setting an off delay. With a rotating target, the sensor is switched off for the duration of one revolution. The sensor is then reactivated and the


Using the ‘Application Specific Tag’ each uprox3 IO-Link sensor can be individually identified.

Users today implementing IO-Link have already fulfilled the basic requirements for a fully automated factory. target would have to be located in front of the sensor again. If this is not the case, the sensor switches off and the user knows that the speed is no longer correct. Thanks to its pulse divider function, the sensor can also reduce up to 128 input pulses to just one pulse, which is passed on to the controller. IO-Link Mode For Identification Tasks In IO-Link mode, the uprox3-IOL is operated on an IO-Link master. The second process value byte can even be used here for identification tasks. In this case, the uprox3 writes part of the so-called application specific tag as an identification number to the second byte of the 16-bit IOLink signal. Workpiece carriers on

which a proximity switch checks the correct position of the workpiece can be identified automatically. And this can also be carried out without any additional IO-Link call, but deterministically as part of the cyclic data. If required, the IO-Link call can be used to read out all the characters of the application specific tag in order to use more complex ID information. Integrated Temperature Monitoring The uprox3 also provides information in the cyclic data about whether the actual temperature is above or below the set temperature range — also according to customer requirements. The precise value of the integrated measuring sensor can be called via the controller as part of the



INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENT acyclic information. The integrated temperature monitoring as such enables predictive maintenance, such as for the early detection of faulty cooling or when the motor is running hot. Customer Benefits The versatile setting options enable customers to reduce the number of different types required, reduce costs for procurement and inventory levels. In the future they can purchase just one sensor as a universal solution, which can be set as required for specific applications via IO-Link. The IO-Link variant is only negligibly higher in price than the conventional uprox3 sensor. The integrated identification feature enables anyone wanting an alternative and simple identification solution to save the costs of acquiring an RFID or barcode system. The uprox3-IOL is initially available as an M12 and an M18 variant in two housing designs: both in the chrome brass housing as well as in the PTFE coated variant for welding applications. First Contactless Encoder With IO-Link The company’s QR24-IOL single-turn encoder offers similar benefits thanks to its IO-Link interface. The new QR24 model is the first contactless encoder with an IO-Link output. Previous IO-Link encoders only used the technology for setting parameters. If IO-Link is also used as a data interface, as it is on both the QR24 and the Q4X laser distance sensor, the user can make some effective cost savings. Expensive shielded or twisted pair cables, as required for conventional analogue signal transmission, become a thing of the past. IO-Link works reliably with inexpensive standard three-wire cables. The company is continuing this approach consistently with the pricing of the QR24-IOL. It is consequently cheaper than the variants with analogue, SSI or other

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The QR24 IO-Link works reliably with inexpensive standard three-wire cables.

digital interfaces. Freely Selectable Zero Point Besides the cost saving benefit, the QR24-IOL boasts some clever parameter options. The user can set the zero point of the encoder as required. It was often necessary before to make compromises in mounting and commissioning. This sometimes meant that the terminals were difficult to reach or the diagnostic LEDs were hardly visible even though the zero point was correct. Alternatively the encoder could also be mounted without a correct zero point alignment. Users nevertheless had to store correction factors in their controller. The freely adjustable zero point of the QR24-IOL eliminates both these disadvantages. The orientation of the encoder can also be selected — either clockwise or counterclockwise (CW or CCW). LED Status Indication The QR24-IOL encoder variant also enables predictive maintenance. Besides the 16 bits which are output as a position signal, the encoder also transmits 3 bytes of status information. These increase the diagnostic coverage and indicate whether the positioning element is measuring correctly or not, or is being operated in the border area. This information can also be provided early on via the controller, if blows or shocks have caused the encoder or positioning element to become loose prematurely — and before a signal failure occurs. LEDs directly on the encoder show this information also and as such simplify diagnostics in the field and the correct mounting of the positioning element. Q4X Laser Distance Sensor The company’s photoelectric components partner Banner

For new technology to be established, suppliers must offer in their portfolio components for all levels of the automation pyramid. Engineering also supports the IOLink activities of its Mülheim partner and is launching on the market the Q4X laser distance sensor, another IO-Link device. It is the first device of its kind to combine two operating modes that previously were always used separately: Contrast sensing and adjustable background suppression. The user can set the mode and other parameters such as switch window and foreground and background suppression, as well as predictive maintenance, directly in the field via the display or via IO-Link. The communication interface here also is aimed to simplify parameter setting at locations that are difficult to access. Parameter Sets When Replacing Devices The benefits for parameter setting in particular are also provided since IO-Link version 1.1 is now available. When a replacement is necessary, the IO-Link master simply copies all the stored parameters to the identical replacement device. Employees do not require any special training to carry out the replacement and operation can continue without interruption. Particularly in the event of unscheduled machine failures, this intelligent data retention feature can considerably reduce costly downtimes. System Expertise In IO-Link Customers continuously using IO-Link

as a data interface benefit from the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many years of experience with this technology. It has now integrated the setting options of all in-house IO-Link devices in the station GSDML file of the TBEN-S master. This simplifies the setting up of a system via the PLC. When the GSDML file is read in by an engineering software (TIA Portal or other) all of its devices can be selected as a specific port configuration. Both the individual parameter setting of devices via a PC as well as the manual writing of an IO-Link call program block in the controller therefore become unnecessary. This provides a user-friendly solution to the integration of the IO-Link devices. When advanced station parameters are displayed in TIA Portal, all parameters which were previously specified by selecting the



IO-Link facilitates parameterisation of the laser distance sensor Q4x at hard to reach places.

particular device are grayed out. The remaining unspecified parameters can then be selected easily via drop-down fields. The integration of the IODDs also simplifies the documentation and commissioning of machinery. If a device is connected to the wrong input, this is detected by the controller â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

also if the device is replaced at a later time. Any annoying connection faults arising during commissioning and servicing can be detected quickly. The diagnostics of devices during operation is also easier since each individual sensor can be accessed without any programming effort.


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ARTICLE TAG Big Data, Analytics, Supercomputing




igh Performance Computing (HPC) operates at the cutting edge of what computing is capable of achieving. One example of what HPC can do, particularly in research, but also for industrial purposes is the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE). Located at Monash University in Calyton, Victoria, this facility has received an M3 high performance upgrade, as part of a AU$4.1 million (S$4.24 million) cash injection. Using Dell’s super compute platform and powered NVidia, known for its Graphics Processing Units (GPU). This new M3 updated is aimed at advancing scientific research, both GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




in Australia, but also internationally. MASSIVE is fundamentally a data processing engine. It provides the hardware, software, and expertise to drive discoveries in the biomedical sciences, material research, engineering, and geoscience. It captures, processes, and analyses data from local and national characterisation facilities. Monash’s investment in M3 allows the universities researchers to stay competitive globally and improve upon local Australian research. Expanding Research Capabilities MASSIVE is a great asset to not just Monash but Australia too, because without it imaging breathing lungs, for instance, in four dimensions would be impossible. Reconstructing pictures taken with electron microscopes to understand molecular machines would take months, not

hours. Connections in the brain that lead to conscious awareness and decision making could not be visualised at high resolution in real time, nor could smart algorithms for computer vision be developed to tackle innovations in robotics and self driving cars and without MASSIVE decoding complex human genomic data sets to give new insights into diseases would be insurmountable. “There is so much we can learn from the data we are accumulating as long as we can analyse it appropriately. In each file, that used to be megabytes of data, are now gigabytes of data and soon will be terabytes of data. We can see a level of detail that we could never see before, for example, the cryo electron microscope takes thousands of images of molecules and movement and by averaging across all these images, which is a computationally brutal task, MASSIVE will now perform this for us and can sharpen the detail down to molecules in their natural environment, said Professor Christina Mitchell, academic VP and dean, faculty of medicine, nursing and health sciences, Monash University “This is a very exciting development, not only for Monesh University but also for the medical research community in Australia and internationally,” she remarked. The Importance Of Visualisation A major part of this initiative is its visualisation capabilities. Monash calls this environment the CAVE 2. The CAVE 2 is a visualisation environment powered by nvidia’s Quadro technology. “It is really designed to allow people to visualise data that would take far too long at their desktop. Data sets that would take them days, weeks, or months to examine all of the data, in the CAVE 2 they can do it very quickly, possibly less than a few hours,” said Dr David Barnes, senior research fellow, Monash University. “We choose Nvidia quadro for the cave because we wanted the


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The Hardware M3 is built using nvidia’s latest

Left: Steve Oberlin, CTO, nvidia.

Right: Professor Tom Drummond, electrical and computer systems engineering, Monash, and chief investigator in the centre of excellence in robotic vision.

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reliability of quadro and we wanted to be able to balance our memory requirements for large data sets with our ability to render geometry. As well their power profile allowed us to sit several cards together in the machine to drive many of these screens that we have here,” he remarked. Nvidia tesla is the main GPU in this MASSIVE supercomputer. MASSIVE is an imaging originated supercomputer, which has proven to be very useful for biomedical research. “Nvidia Tesla lets us do both accelerated and transformative GPU processing of images with the good balance of memory and speed, it also allows us to deploy the virtualised desktop,” stated Dr Barnes. There is a direct benefit to Monash’s researchers who are able to process their data so rapidly and easily. Dr Barnes pointed out that: “They get access to a GPU supercomputer without having to learn all the ins and outs of HPC, etc. There is another great benefit for Monash and that is Monash is a leader in this field and being able to deploy such a system has put Monash at the forefront of HPC and positioned us to step into virtual cloud computing here,” Dr Keith McLean, Manufacturing Flagship Director, CSIRO, commented that: “It is interesting to note that the biosciences now use over 50 percent of total usage of MASSIVE and CSIRO will also mostly use it for biosciences. The MASSIVE partnership also gives us access to the CAVE 3D immersive facility which is here in the new horizons building and we are using that to explore data sets ranging from galaxies, to nanostructures material, to petrochemical reservoirs. Again, for a distributed organisation like CSIRO sharing these kinds of facilities, makes much more sense than trying to run our own.”



ENERGY generation GPU card Tesla K80 processors which have approximately twice the horsepower, twice the memory bandwidth (almost half a terabyte per second of memory bandwidth) and twice the memory capacity as the GPU accelerators that were used in the M2. “Monash has been a partner with nvidia in pioneering, deploying accelerated computing in the service of the science that they do now for three generations, since 2010, so it is really gratifying to see the science that is being done and to hear today at the launch event some of the stories about the applications and the science that is being addressed by the MASSIVE systems and the promise for what the new capacity and capability is going to allow in the future,” remarked Steve Oberlin, CTO, accelerated computing, nvidia. Another announcement that was made related to a further deepening of the partnership between nvidia and Monash University. As Mr Oberlin explained: “We have formed in Singapore with the investment of the Singapore government an nvidia technology centre, which provides a framework for collaboration between nvidia and research projects and researchers scientists in various areas of science, and now Monash university is joining nvidia technology centre for east asia pacific as a spoke for that and it is going to enable international collaboration, as well as a tighter relationship with nvidia. That is going to allow us to work together to bring more applications, more challenging science problems, and applications to be GPU accelerated and solve problems and understand data sets that were intractable before.” The reason why GPU’s have proven to be so successful today has a lot to do with their heritage. Unlike CPUs which are almost unchanged architecturally from their inception some 60 years ago, GPUs origins lies in graphics, which is inherently parallel. it is determining the

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A tour of Mars with the CAVE 2.

visibility of billions of polygons per second, shading them, and painting them on a screen. “What was discovered actually a short eight or nine years ago by some intrepid researchers, was that it was possible to actually do some practical arithmetic with programmable shaders that existed in such large quantities on the GPU chips and with that and a lot of support and investment by nvidia, and a lot of collaboration with partners, researchers, like those who have been making such a success of MASSIVE series of systems and instruments,” remarked Mr Oberlin. GPUs have grown to become an

inherently massively parallel and very efficient compute resource. Mr Oberlin uses the example of the universe itself to make this point. “The universe itself is inherently parallel,” which is why GPUs are so efficient at what they do. “As we move forward now you can see there are new exciting fields that are making use of GPUs in the areas of deep learning, machine learning, robotics, that are going to be very complimentary to the science missions that MASSIVE have already performed, and are going to help bring about new page and new success stories in the future,” Mr Oberlin concluded.


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ARTICLE TAG IoT, Wearables, Security




he Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming various industries. According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, the IoT market is one of the fastest growing segments in the Asia Pacific technology industry. The total spending on IoT is forecasted to be US$79 billion by 2020, especially in areas of transportation, logistics and manufacturing. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is where heavy machinery is integrated with networked sensors and software. It involves adding a little more finesse to something which already does the heavy lifting. Innovative companies in the manufacturing, energy and utilities, automotive and transportation, and healthcare sectors are capitalising on IIoT as a way to unlock new revenue sources by packaging their products with new digital services. While the argument for digital business transformation investment in IIoT is clear, interoperability is threatening its widespread adoption. That is where using open technologies in an open architecture to navigate this issue can help, but it must start at the app development stage.

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The Potential For Industrial IoT The latest industrial revolution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or industry 4.0 as some are calling





it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; involves the computerisation of machinery and automation using robotics, as well as the intelligent measurement and analysis of data to improve efficiency, profitability and safety. This has the potential to generate data that businesses can use to optimise costs, deliver better services and boost revenues. The holy trinity for any business. The figures speak for themselves. Third party sources predict that global investment in the IIoT will reach US$500 billion by 2020. Companies that introduce automation and more flexible production techniques to manufacturing can boost productivity by as much as 30 percent. Additionally, predictive maintenance of assets can save companies up to 12 percent over scheduled repairs, reduce overall maintenance costs by up to 30 percent

and eliminate breakdowns by 70 percent. One company proving out a use case is GMT Europe. It has rapidly adapted its business model to offer new services using IIoT data. The organisation has optimised household waste collection by building a mobile order management app for one of its customers, which collects household waste in 20 Dutch municipalities. Instead of driving fixed routes and picking up bins that were only half full, routes are now dynamically designed by the software based on historical data and actual data streams such as weather conditions, traffic congestion and truck locations. By predicting the filling grades of the bins, they can now be scheduled for collection when they are at least 80 percent full. The app draws real-time




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Mobile devices and wearables are increasingly being used in industrial environments.

data streams from GPS, smart devices and RFID tags, stripping inefficiency from the waste management process and saving GMT Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s customer 23 percent in costs. Less time is wasted, meaning money is saved. This is just one example, but industrial manufacturers are sitting up and taking notice now that they have realised that sensor data could be used to create new services and mitigate failures in key infrastructure networks like water, power, and transport, as well as new revenue streams by selling this information on to other energy and transport providers. The Interoperability Challenge One crucial barrier holding back implementation of IIoT is the lack of interoperability between devices and machines that use different protocols and have different architectures. While the theory of IIoT makes perfect business sense,

the reality of linking up existing IT systems is often complex and costly as todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operational technology systems work largely in silos, and the typical lifespan of physical industrial equipment is long-term. The best case scenario for IIoT is a fully functional digital ecosystem with seamless data sharing between machines and other physical systems from different manufacturers. While the drive towards open interoperability and the development of common architectures is being worked on, particularly by non-profit Industrial Internet Consortium, industrial companies will forgo competitive advantage if they wait for the perfect setting to take action. Open Architecture And The New Web App To address this challenge in part and maximise the IIoT opportunity, companies like Apple and Google have provided internet enabled ecosystems

of devices. The problem is that they are closed ecosystems that limit which devices and which data can speak to each other. If IIoT is really to work and drive real innovation, it cannot be limited to a few closed ecosystems that have unprecedented control over how rapidly IIoT develops and allow progress according to their benefit. Plus, most industrial organisations will have devices and systems that cover more than one of these closed ecosystems. This is where the argument for developing new IIoT systems with open technologies in an open architecture comes in, and the place to start is at the IIoT app development stage. The rationale for choosing closed ecosystems has always been led by the superior functionality and performance of native apps versus web apps. But it is now possible to build web apps that can be used


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on the desktop and on iOS and Android. With new open technology frameworks like NativeScript and React Native, developers do not have to encapsulate their business logic behind proprietary ecosystem platforms anymore, and are free to develop IIoT apps that will work across systems and have the ability to share data across them all. Security In Open Systems A survey on the state of IoT, revealed that data security and privacy remain amongst the key challenges for IoT application development, especially as there are a growing number of regulatory standards that need to be complied with. These challenges only become greater as open architectures are more vulnerable to security risks. However, an open system does not need to be an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;open- to- threatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; system. What is required is a plan of action to secure open systems without defeating their purpose of allowing collaboration and sharing.

To avoid data compromise and the financial and reputational costs that come with it, developers need to ensure that their data, from entire databases to single tables and everything in between, are efficiently encrypted. This will allow collaboration to take place while eliminating the risk of leaving sensitive data vulnerable to unauthorised access and without impacting the overall performance of the system. What is also important is the fact that developers can get the flexibility they need and meet individual security requirements by encrypting the objects that need it. Closed systems are probably the biggest threat to a successful IIoT. If industrial players want to take advantage of IIoT and accelerate their own digital transformation to drive new business models, market opportunities and revenue, then they must consider open and secure technologies and start innovating for IIoT today.

IoT is finding use cases in every sector, including the use of commercial aircraft to track weather patterns.

A survey on the state of IoT, revealed that data security and privacy remain amongst the key challenges for IoT application development.




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ARTICLE TAG IoT, Manufacturing, Operational Success




anufacturing companies already invest heavily in Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, spending more than most other industries, including high-technology, energy and utilities. According to a study by Tata Consulting Services, The Internet of Things: TCS Global Trend Study 2015 — A Manufacturing Industry Perspective, manufacturers spent an average of US$108.2 million on IoT in 2015, and they are expected to spend 11 percent more in 2018. What is more, they are also achieving a good return on this investment. Manufacturing firms reported a 19.7 percent revenue increase in 2014 over 2013 in the areas of the business that implemented an IoT initiative — the highest of any industry in the study. By 2018, the average anticipated impact of IoT on total revenue will be 20.4 percent, much more than the 16.3 percent which is the average impact for all industries. Most Valuable Strategic Focus The study also looked at what IoT GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




strategies have the most value for manufacturers. To date, IoT deployments in the sector have focused primarily on making maintenance services more proactive and improving existing product features. To go further and gain a higher level of return, manufacturers will next use IoT to delve more deeply into product usage in order to identify and pursue new business opportunities. The data you gain from your IoT deployment has the potential to replace your assumptions about customers’ product usage with real insight into their actual experience. Analysing this data should reveal areas where customers need help or more functionality. If some customers are not using the products as you intended and designed, it could also present a different view of customer segmentation. With product monitoring data at your fingertips, you can analyse, learn and adjust accordingly.

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As an example, a manufacturer could create a service that aggregates data from a plant’s sensors and other devices to help the customer maximise productivity. Or you might leverage your IoT data to let you lease more of your products on a pay-by-use basis. Most Effective Operational Success Factors But how can you make sure that you can effectively turn IoT data into business insight and improved profitability? Our study identified four operational success factors: 1. Decide what data to capture from the IoT. There is no shortage of data to be had, but not all of it is created equal. The data must be relevant to the IoT initiative and your desired outcome, whether that is product improvement or better customer service.

The data you gain from your IoT deployment has the potential to replace your assumptions about customers’ product usage with real insight into their actual experience.


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To date (2015)


Increase the services business

Business model changes due to IoT (figures in %)

49.6 49.3

Generate revenue from customer usage data


Planned (2020)



Resupply customers directly through automated orders

More leasing of products vs. sales

No business model changes

26.4 20.7





18.2 8.6


Key success factors for IoT implementation

Clarity on data to be captured

Company-wide cultural change

Integration of IoT data with enterprise systems Decisions on internal and external technology development

Identification of new business and revenue opportunities



Technology Infographic on the business model changes due to IoT and the key success factors for IoT implementation.

2.PleaseIntegrate the IoT data from will not benefit the business visit http://www.tcs.com/industries/manufacturing and write to us at manufacturing.solutions @tcs.com sensors and other digital devices unless your team is able to with your enterprise systems. use them to guide decisions Connecting the IoT initiative to and change the way things are enterprise systems that support done. Support from the C-suite management decisions will is mandatory for the cultural help executives gain a deeper change necessary to get the understanding of the business. most from IoT. 3. Support cultural change. You 4. Determine what technologies will need to empower managers and capabilities to develop and workers to change the way internally and which you they think about customers, will need external support products and processes. The for. IoT deployments are insights provided by IoT-based complex, requiring expertise in systems will reveal the truth hardware, software, networking about product usage, but they and analytics, among other


disciplines. It makes sense to develop internal talent where it will deliver the most value, and to look for competent partners and solutions providers for the rest. With the potential to help firms improve their competitiveness, IoTdriven opportunities are exploding in the manufacturing sector. Now is the ideal time for you to take advantage of the technology to enhance the customer experience and improve operations.



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ARTICLE TAG IoT, Predictive Maintenance, Big Data



he Internet of Things (IoT) does not need to be complicated. It does not have to be about billions or trillions of devices. The IoT is here today, and it is a practical and applicable technology trend that can generate Return On Investment (ROI) and drive efficiencies and insights for organisations that know how to use it. The Promise Of Predictive Maintenance Imagine if you could predict equipment failures before they happen, and systematically prevent them. That is what predictive maintenance offers. It involves using data to identify warning signs of potential problems, predict when equipment needs maintenance, and preemptively service that equipment before problems occur. Why IoT Is A Game-Changer What used to be a manual, time-intensive procedure can now be dynamic, rapid, and automated. IoT-enabled predictive maintenance solutions take advantage of streaming data from sensors and devices to quickly assess current conditions, recognise warning signs, deliver alerts and automatically trigger appropriate maintenance processes. Each predictive maintenance project will be unique— tailored to the needs of your business and your equipment. But at its core, the principles and considerations for a predictive maintenance solution are very similar. 1. Identify The Target Outcome Determine target business processes to improve and desired outcomes you ultimately want to achieve. What you predict must be something you can take action on — otherwise, that prediction has no value. For example, predicting that a heating and cooling unit is going to fail in the next day is not useful if there is nothing you can do to prevent it. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




Start by figuring out the outcome you are looking to achieve — this determines the predictive question you need to answer, and helps you measure the success of your effort. 2. Inventory Data Sources Identify all potential sources and types of relevant data. The outcome you are seeking will influence what data is essential and what is optional. Include data from a variety of sources — you may be surprised about the places where key information can come from. Start by understanding what data is available from different data sources. This can be structured or unstructured data, and may come from internal systems or external parties. Even with partial data, you can take advantage of intermediate solutions such as anomaly detection, which involves real-time monitoring to detect unusual trends and patterns. This way you can still detect anomalies while you collect specific data required to build a robust predictive model for your problem. 3. Capture And Combine Data Connect all your data to a single place and prepare it for analysis. Lay the groundwork for a robust predictive model by pulling in data that includes both expected behaviour and failure logs. Now you are ready to lay the groundwork for predictive analysis. This involves: •

Connecting data from different sources into a single, consistent system. Since data may live in many different places, connecting it to a single, consistent system is a key step. In some cases data may need to be moved, but in many cases it is a matter of connecting a data source to an analysis system. Because you are likely dealing with large volumes of data, it is important to use an analysis tool that can handle big data.

Normalising the data. Normalising data can take time but is critically important, especially if you are relying, even partially, on anecdotal information from your repair teams. Normalising data also helps improve the accuracy and validity of your analysis.

4. Model, Test, And Iterate Identify unexpected patterns by developing predictive models using machine learning techniques. Stack-rank models to determine which model is best at forecasting the timing of unit failures. Make your model actionable by understanding how much advance notice the maintenance team needs in order to respond to a prediction.


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part), success measures, and timing.

IoT enables up to date information across a plant.

Start by analysing data to identify meaningful patterns. This involves developing a set of models using a subset of the data. As you analyse and model the data, it can be helpful to have a hypothesis you are testing. This will guide your thinking about what signals to hone in on, and will give you a baseline against which to evaluate the analytical results.

Next, stank-rank the models, using the remaining data to determine which model is best at answering your predictive question. Remember that a model must be actionable in order for it to be useful, so analysis efforts should be firmly grounded in business context.

Predictive modeling helps you identify conditions that indicate future equipment problems. With this information, you can adjust processes and systems to trigger preventive actions when those conditions occur. In other words, you can translate insights from the model into operational changes, which is where you see significant business value. 5. Validate Model In A Live Operational Setting Apply your model to live, streaming data and observe how it works in real-world conditions. Use machine learning to improve your model and ready it for full implementation. Be willing to refine your approach based on the data you gather during the real-world pilot. •

Monitoring connected equipment To run an IoT-enabled predictive maintenance pilot, your equipment needs to be connected and sending the latest operational data to the appropriate systems. That live data flow is what your model analyses to detect problem signs and trigger alerts or preventive actions — like ordering a replacement part or scheduling a technician. Pilot planning Start by establishing the pilot scope, including equipment, systems, and locations involved, scenarios to test, conditions under which to trigger an alert or action (for example, automatic order of a replacement

Applying your model and refining your results Throughout the pilot, you will continuously gather new data that will help refine acceptable ranges and may also highlight new failure signals. Do not be afraid to adjust your approach based on what the latest operational data and analytics tell you.

6. Integrate Into Operations Operationalise the model by adjusting maintenance processes, systems, and resources to act on new insights. Make ongoing improvements by gaining insights from machine learning and advanced analytics. Strengthen your processes and procedures to take advantage of what you learn. Once you have met pilot objectives and refined the model, you are ready for broader implementation. This will likely involve rolling out a number of operational changes, like a revised and/or dynamic repair schedule, or changing policies to prioritise immediate repairs when certain data exceeds a specified range. Because the operational change can be far reaching, a phased approach is recommended so that incremental benefits can be realised. The operational improvements that can be made when rolling out a predictive maintenance approach are extensive.

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IAA: First of all could you tell me more about Digi and what technology you offer? Joel Young (JY): Digi has been around for about 30 years. Our whole mission in life has been about connecting, whether is it machines or things that have not been connected before, and connect that back to applications to drive business value. It is kind of ironic because of this whole notion about IoT, when we have always been about connecting, IoT has just been spoken about the last 10 years. IAA: When did you realise that IoT is something that you should be investing in? JY: We feel like we have always been tied to business and mission critical devices and these kind of markets. It is just that the technology changes and the terminology changes. It used to be about connecting things. Then this whole term M2M emerged and M2M was really about, in the commercial space, business value. Then this whole notion of the Internet of Things (IoT) popped up, which is the modern buzzword. The problem with the term IoT is that it is a very broad term, it means everything from your wearable Fitbit to things that attach to your GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




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The energy sector has figured out what information they need and what they want to do with it because it drives efficiency, usage, and there is a fair amount of accounting that goes back.

smartphone for consumers, to your home security system, to an Amazon Echo, all of that, in addition to smart thermostats, in addition to business process changes, etc. In order to describe ourselves appropriately and not get mixed up with all that consumer stuff, that is when we said M2M has really evolved into this whole notion of business and mission critical Internet of Things (IoT). It is just a terminology migration. As far as I am concerned we do not really do things much differently. We of course embrace new standards and all of that. Security is obviously a big deal, but we do not really do much different than we have always done. It is just that the world of terminology has evolved around us. IAA: What are some considerations that should be taken into account when implementing an IoT solution in an organisation? JY: People come up today with this whole term of IoT and they say ‘can you help me come up with an IoT strategy, my boss tells me our company needs an IoT strategy, and we do not have one?’. The big problem is that is the wrong question to ask. The other question I get asked is ‘I need to connect my machines’. Both of those examples point to a problem because you are starting from the wrong place. I always start from a timeout, first things is first, what problem are you trying to solve? Why do you want to connect things,

and why do you think you need an IoT strategy? Do not tell me it is because everyone else has one because then you are just playing into the cycle of hype. That is where I always begin - to find out the problem, and understand what is your biggest pain point. Maybe your warranty expenses are too high or I need to know where my trains are because I need to improve safety, I want to improve traffic control because we are wasting a lot of energy, I want to improve the efficiency of my machines or I want to learn how my customers are using my refrigerator because I want to make a better refrigerator. Always start off with, what is your pain point, and then what information you need in order to alleviate that, what is the critical information that you need in order to get there. That is always where we start. That leads to, ‘based on that, what kind of connectivity do you need, what are the leading standards for that, are you battery powered and all that?’ It always starts with your pain point, what is that information that is mission critical. I cannot emphasise that enough. IAA: What are some of the top sectors that are adopting IoT into their organisations? JY: The biggest area for us is related to energy. The energy sector has figured out what information they need and what they want to do with it because it drives efficiency, usage, and there is

a fair amount of accounting that goes back. The other areas is Smart Cities, which could include, for instance, street lights, because there is an easy value proposition with street lighting and everyone has got them, right? What do you want to do with street lights? With street lights the big key is I want them to be more energy efficient because I spend a lot of money on street lights, I want to know when ones are broken, I want to be able to dim them, and then I also want to brighten them up when there are people in the area. Now dimming is not just an energy thing, it is a quality of life, because people do not like bright street lights shining in their windows. If someone comes into their area they actually want the street lights to brighten up and because that becomes a public safety issue. So street lights have a number of key value propositions that play out both in public safety, in efficiency, and reduced maintenance costs, and so that is a really easy one. The other one is water. Water is increasingly becoming one of our scarce resources, at least fresh water, around the world. Water management means understanding the usage of water and supplies of water, but also quality of water is another area a little investment in data can go a long way in driving both cost efficiencies and reduced maintenance and public safety. The other is traffic control. Intelligent traffic control systems in the domain of smart cities. It is probably obvious but traffic is a major problem around the world and when people are sitting in traffic it is a quality of life thing but also because we are not driving all electric cars we are pumping a lot of CO2 into the air while we are idling and so both sensing traffic flow and then changing the way lights and all that handles




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I have to make sure we continue to evolve our products to support new trends, such as, for instance, LTE-M, and NarrowBand IoT (NB-IoT). and where you need to change flows is another big area. Personally, I do not like to use the term smart cities, I would rather like to break it into subcategories, such as, street lights, water, traffic, and public transit, which tends to be its own separate domain. IAA: What would you say to a company that is concerned about the security when implementing IoT? JY: First of all security is a big deal and I would tell them that the biggest sources of security problems are human beings. However, we are big supporters of putting security on all of our products. That is why all of our radios and everything support not only encryption but also

the appropriate certificate based authentication systems. The reason why that is key is that machines do not know how to change passwords, so once a password is compromised, if it is a password based system then you are in trouble. We support modern contemporary security for machines which have actually been around in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for a long time, and our whole cloud system etc, are ISO27001 certified.

technology trends that are going on that are going to impact us a lot. In particular, the shift from short range wireless to a more low power wide area networks so there is a lot of newer technology out there in the cellular space, for example, LTE-M, and Narrow-Band IoT (NB-IoT). I have to make sure we continue to evolve our products to support these new trends, so much more the evolution of cellular into these places, is the biggest thing I see.

IAA: In the coming years, what broader technology trends do you impacting your business? JY: We are fundamentally an IoT company so that is really what we do. However, I think there are broader

IAA: What is key to a successful IoT implementation? JY: Most important is understanding where your pain point is that you are trying to solve.





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ARTICLE TAG Network, Security, Report



IAA: Tell me more about Tenable? Dick Bussiere (DB): Tenable is a company that is about continuous network monitoring. Originally, when the company was founded, we were focused primarily on discovering vulnerabilities, but over time we have expanded our product portfolio to not only monitor the vulnerabilities but also to monitor network activities and log activities and things like that to give you a comprehensive visualisation of your security position in overall. One of the things that we try to encourage our customers to do is perform vulnerability assessments as a continuous process. So historically vulnerability assessments which essentially means the discovery of weaknesses or misconfigurations, or software bugs, is something that people would normally do on an annual basis to respond to an audit requirement and overtime the virility and temple at which vulnerabilities are exposed has increased dramatically to the point where understanding the vulnerabilities that exist within the network infrastructure and doing something to mitigate those vulnerabilities is something you should be doing as a continual process. The software technologies that Tenable has GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:

developed primarily securitycenter continuous view has given customers a vehicle to automate the process such as they can actually do on a continuous process.




The assurance report card by country.

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IAA: You recently released a security report, what were the key findings from this report? DB: Effectively this was a report that was generated as a survey out of customers worldwide, and effectively we are trying to give the sense of how people are measuring their effectiveness at being able to detect and manage the overall security of their network infrastructures and the assurance report card is a way we were able to measure it. We diced the data up two ways. One way is globally and the other way is based on verticals. Globally we effectively take the server and rate them in terms of how individual organisations felt they were doing in terms of meeting their cyber security requirements. You can see here that it is broken up from measuring the effectiveness of your security solutions. The ability to detect transient devices which is something that is a big concern for most organisations. The ability to try and detect internal threats and internal compromises. How well you do it conveys the security position to the actual manager of the company and the board level and things like that. Both in terms of showing the understanding and in terms of expressing the risk, and also measuring the board level commitment. Surprisingly the best world wide was the US. The US got a B, globally it is a C+. Singapore was a sort of middling result, basically because of the C level score. The weaknesses in Singapore were the ability to convey the data accurately to the board. I think globally the two primary areas where people were most concerned where the areas of cloud infrastructure and the area of managing and detecting mobile devices within the infrastructure. Those are the two areas where people were the least comfortable. Primarily because in most organisations migrating to cloud is not something that happened 10 years ago, it is happening right now, and most organisations are not particularly comfortable with the migration to the cloud at this point and it is still a mystery, and who do you trust and what do you trust. IAA: Are these findings based on private organisations or does the government policy affect these results? DB: It is not so much government regulation. Government regulation has a distorted effect in Singapore, and I say that in a good way,


The assurance report card by industry.

because in Singapore the MAS, Monetary Authority of Singapore, for the financial services sector has done exceptionally well, and generally we emphasise a regulated worldwide, they have to meet a higher bar than most other areas so I would say in terms of the vertical sectors, the emphasis is on the telecommunications, which is generally the best. In the US for example, we have anti disclosure laws, so if you get compromised you have to tell people publically we have been compromised and that is very uncomfortable for a business to have to do. In a place like Singapore, you have got for a place like FSIs, MAS regulations. If you are familiar with the Monetary Authority of Singapore Technology Risk Management (TRM), you will see it is very strict and stringent and enforced with teeth. In Telecoms there is regulation requiring a mandate in the availability of telecom infrastructure and that is perhaps the reason we see the telecoms industry is doing particularly better. So the two tops ones were telecomms and financial services. The weakest is actually education. This is true worldwide and that probably has to do with the fact that most educational institutions are essentially intended, education is supposed to be open, so if you go cranking up all kinds of security policy and rules you are going to dilute that openness that you have. That is kind of why in the education area you see that is probably the weakest of the lot, generally worldwide. Those are probably the weakest. For an extended interview please visit IAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at http://www.iaasiaonline.com/ index.php/features/item/312-improving-the-security-landscape-in-a-connected-world.




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ARTICLE TAG Digitalisation, Printing, Services



IAA: Tell me more about Ricoh? Vincent Lim (VL): Ricoh Singapore is a subsidiary of Ricoh Japan. Traditionally we know that Ricoh is a print related company. We provide equipment for printing. Over the years we have had a lot of engagement with customers and we know that other than print they also have other issues that they are facing. Customers do have other pain points that they would like to improve other than printing. About five years ago we started a transformation to move beyond print. We looked at areas where the customer requires help, whether it be IT, whether it be services, or whether it be solutions, and try and to provide a more holistic solution for our customers. We wanted to help them manage some of the pain points and improve their productivity, and make sure that they are more efficient. This is where we started to provide IT solutions, software, and try to adopt a more holistic picture. IAA: Tell me more about this 360 experience? VL: The 360 experience is something we have been doing for the past few years. In the past we did not actually have a more holistic view of what we are doing. We wanted to provide our customers with a more holistic platform with end-to-end solutions that we have and hopefully this platform will enable

customers to see and proceed with us a bit differently, rather than seeing us as a normal print provider. We have a lot of other solutions that they can look through and they get to see how in total we can assist them to be more efficient, and to address their pain points. IAA: Elaborate more on the solutions that are incorporated in the 360 experience? Lawrence Chua (LC): Other than managed print infrastructure we cover our printing solutions, we also cover IT services, and we also have a section for collaboration, where we have our own Ricoh collaboration tools. IAA: How big is the logistics sector for Ricoh? VL: One of the pain points for the logistics sector is that it is very document intensive. They have a strong desire for automation. They are trying very hard to automate where necessary. They are trying very hard to transform the sector but it is very difficult for them to do the drastic changes overnight. For us there are certain solutions that we offer them in terms of print management, and in terms of how we can help them transform their document base into essentially a soft copy that can be stored and retrieved when required.

We are preparing to provide IoT and cloud based solutions, not just as an infrastructure or hardware provider, more towards a solutions and services provider.

IAA: What do you see as the most disruptive trends for Ricoh? LC: We are preparing to provide IoT and cloud based solutions, not just as an infrastructure or hardware provider, more towards a solutions and services provider. VL: In terms of its impact on us or on any of our competitors, the IoT is creating this trend where print volume is getting lower. Traditionally we survived on how much the customer printed. The more they print, the better it is for us. With IoT and digitalisation in general a lot of people are able to receive information and read just from their mobile, tablet, etc. As a result of this we see that we are not selling as many printers. However, we also think that the customers in Singapore are not capitalising fully on the platforms available to improve themselves. We have government initiatives, which are supposed to help them improve productivity. The sad fact is that we see productivity is not improving. This means that people are willing to come on-board and embrace technology within the business, but a lot of them are doing it in the wrong way. That is why they do not see an improvement in the productivity. We hope that we are able to go to the customer and be a consultant to them. Ricohâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s philosophy is to harness the collective knowledge of each. We must understand their issue, together with our experience and our contacts, and provide an end-to-end suite of solutions that tackles their pain point


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and enhances the processes. IAA: Are you trying to move away from paper? VL: We try to digitise them. Once we are able to help digitise and improve then a lot of other things can be done, such analytics and analyse. IAA: Tell me more about the technology advancements you have made recently? LC: Apart from the core products that we have, we also have third party products. We collaborate aggressively with brands like Dell or even IBM, to not just be

a hardware provider but to also look into software integration. In terms of getting the solutions in place for certain verticals, although, when we provide a solution we do provide a service or even switches, in the infrastructure space. There are a lot of areas we would like to look at, but ultimately it is about are we saving costs for our customers, are we reducing carbon footprint, are we adding in more devices for the sake of adding, etc. These are a lot of the initiatives where we work with partners to provide

our solutions to our customers. That is where cloud services come into play by providing data centres and services, etc. Mobility is the key, because a lot of our users and customers are into smartphones. We have smart devices as a lifestyle technology. We can put this type of interface into a workspace. IAA: What is your overall strategy for this region? VL: From a very hardware led company, a manufacturer of print products, we are transforming everywhere. We are changing into a service led company, so buying a product may not be buying a product. Buying a product could be acquiring a service. You could use a copier for example, and use it as a service. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:

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vision into the future could show us something very different from the smart city landscape we know of now. Can you imagine riding a lightning-fast, solar-powered train to work alongside smart cars and buses on existing roadways? How about knowing that your power sources can communicate through the magic of smart grid technology to provide to you real-time energy usage data? The smart city of the future will be technologically integrated; ecologically friendly and integral to a countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development, benefiting everybody from citizens, businesses, government and the environment. Asia is the fastest urbanising region in the world and cities in Asia are getting smarter to help manage the impact of rapid industrialisation. Using innovative smarter technologies, governments and businesses are taking steps to plan and develop greener options that address the energy usage in the transport, building and power grid sectors. According to a report by Navigant Research, from the period of 2014 to 2023, investments in smart city Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Asia will total US$63.4 billion. The Necessity Of Energy Diversity Countries in Asia are keen to diversify their energy mix, reduce their dependency on imported fuel and explore alternative energy sources to achieve better energy efficiency and cost savings. One such example is Singapore, which has launched a US$20 million dollar initiative to drive innovation and commercialisation of next generation energy network technologies to improve its power grid systems. Such energy management systems minimise impact on the environment by only generating as much power as the city needs. Increasing standards of living coupled with the widespread availability of affordable vehicles has caused transportation demands to grow rapidly in Asia, bringing about a potential to increase air pollution and traffic congestion. Carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the combustion of petroleum-based products, like gasoline in internal

combustion engines contaminate the air we live and breathe in. Deploying innovative technologies which can help to reduce fuel consumption can help us to prepare for a smarter land and less polluted transport landscape. Businesses and homes from the smart environment in Asia will be using a lot more energy management and sustainable environment technologies such as smart lighting using sensor technologies and emission detection with the proliferation and usage of smartphones and tablets in Asia. Residential buildings can now adapt to our needs while helping us better manage our energy usage at home while organisations will have new and more opportunities to be more productive, expand and grow. Energy As A Fundamental Element Of Life Energy is a fundamental element in the progress of human civilisation. People use energy during their work, travel and other facets of life. There is an increasing demand for energy worldwide, especially in Asia, where the population is ever growing. Eaton has adopted an all-inclusive approach to improve energy efficiency, as it seeks more environmentally friendly transportation methods, and construct smarter buildings in order to make the future a brighter and greener one. Through solving the question of the endless demand for power, Eaton improves energy efficiency and helps make Asia environmentally friendly for the future. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




Asia is the fastest urbanising region in the world and cities in Asia are getting smarter to help manage the impact of rapid industrialisation.


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SolidWorks World 2016 SolidWorks World 2016 took place from January 31 to February 3, 2016, at the Kay Baily Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. IAA reports on some of the announcements made during the event. Solidworks World 2016 Date: January 13- February 3, 2016 Venue: Kay Baily Hutchinson Convention Center Country: USA

THE Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow exponentially. According to Gartner, by 2020 there will be nearly 26 billion devices connected to the IoT. According to ABI Research this number is event higher, reaching 30 billion devices wirelessly connected to the IoT by 2020. Another survey concluded that by 2025 the majority (83 percent) of those surveyed believed that IoT, embedded, and wearable computing will be widespread and in use. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




These sorts of figures are encouraging to a company like Dassault Systemes, who invest heavily in 3D design, 3D digital mock-up, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. The 2016 edition of Solidworks World revolved around major trends, such as IoT and the Cloud. One of the product announcements made surrounded PCB design. No more is Solidworks focused on mechanical design but PCB design aims to streamline the whole design process. A much more holistic approach, which is now becoming more common in the design and engineering community. Solidworks PCB Design is the product of a partnership between Solidworks and Electronic CAD (ECAD) developer Altium. The product comes as a standalone package, but with an interface that is familiar to all Solidworks users. The rationale here is

to make Solidworks a one-stop shop for your entire design needs, whether it be for mechanical or PCB design. In keeping with Solidworks parent company Dassault Systèmes, a common thread ran through much of the keynotes: experience. It is not so much about individual design, but about building experiences. As Monica Menghini, executive VP and chief strategy officer, Dassault Systèmes, emphasised, perfect products are no longer enough. Consumers want products that create lasting experiences they want to have over and over. Designers should shift their approach from product design to customer journey design, she emphasised. Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, Solidworks, Dassault Systèmes, emphasised three pillars for the Solidworks innovation platform: people, applications, and infrastructure. He emphasised that people are central to the direction of the Solidworks platform with a community five million users strong, taught in nearly 30,000 schools and included 175,000 certified users.




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Gian Paolo Bassi delving into the benefits of Solidworks 2016 .

3D printing was a popular talking point at this year’s Solidworks World, with many exhibitors showing off their inventions.

Applications Some of the new applications announced at the event include Solidworks Visualise, which is a suite of rendering tools, designed to help organisations, including nontechnical users, leverage 3D CAD data to create photorealistic marketing content for either print or online usage. Solidworks PCB, which is a partnership between Solidworks and Altium that aims to allow users to design products in the IoT era, in which both mechanical design and electrical design are merged, resulting in a more holistic design approach. 3D printing integration with Sindoh was also announced, enabling one-click printing directly from Solidworks with the capability to check progress from a desktop or mobile device. Keeping With The Times In line with industry trends, Solidworks announced several new products it is developing, such as X Drive and X Design. Cloud is an increasingly important component in the life of a customer. The convenience of backing

data up in the cloud or the ability to work across platforms is something that is hard to go without. Many companies know this, and so they have begun to integrate cloud into their products. Solidworks is no different in this regard, and so features like the X Drive will be most welcome. The X Drive is basically a cloud-hosted system with a social collaboration component. The other X-branded service, X Design, which is intended primarily as a cloud based design package. This type of product is most suitable for students our entrepreneurs. Although not the complete package, it does offer useful features in regards to topology optimisation. The implication here is that not everyone that requires a CAD based product should be an expert. This opens up a new market for Solidworks, as historically it is a package of products that have been used by engineers with knowledge of CAD based design. X-Design will allow those that perhaps are not experts in CAD show off their design and ideas to others, perhaps investors, who have an interest in that type of solution.

The Cloud has become a major component in the industry, with many companies now making use of its inherent benefits and to pass those benefits on to the customers. Whilst initially security was a concern, many organisations and individuals are warming to the concept of ‘Cloud’ as a product, and are increasingly reassured that whilst no system is totally secure, the security measures being adopted are adequate and robust enough to reassure them. As the industry matures this trend is only likely to continue. Solidworks is planning to make more use of the Cloud going forward, with ongoing trials and possible use cases being explored. The event also saw the launch of a ‘Manufacturing Services’ concept, whereby designers would be connected with local manufacturing shops. This is also part of a trend that we are seeing, and is aimed at solving the problem of supply and demand. This much needed feature will be integrated with the application itself. Enabling IoT Solidworks is in many respect synonymous with mechanical design. Now with the launch of products like Solidworks PCB, the company is realising that times are changing and the industry is moving towards design as a much more holistic process not focused on any one single domain, but encompassing the complete


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user experience. This presents new opportunities that companies like Solidworks can capitalise on. The Solidworks PCB package is the outcome of merging Altium’s ECAD software with Solidworks. By bringing these two technologies together designers can work with the native files of Solidworks for mechanical design and Altium for electrical design. The design of IoT based products will require this new holistic approach to design because of their compact form factors and unique capabilities. The PCB in this respect is no longer what it used to be, and will find uses within a host of assets that they never have before. One interesting Solidworks partner that attended this year was Nano Dimension. They are the manufacturer of the DragonFly 2020 3D printer. This is no ordinary 3D printer however, as it is capable of printing rapid prototypes of professional multilayer printed circuit boards in-house, more quickly and less expensively than outsourcing. Nano Dimension’s 3D printer uses a highly conductive ink that can reliably extract 10-100+ nano-meter sized particles of pure silver. The company operates out of Israel, with Flextronics tasked with manufacturing this printer as part of an agreement between both companies. Another partner of Solidworks is Xively by LogMeIn. This partnership aims to expand the company’s IoT credentials, with LogMeIn’s enterprise IoT platform. This partnership aims to provide product companies with a complete solution for designing,

As more companies start producing IoT enabled products this partnership will become a vital component to the strategy of Solidworks to attract and lead the drive in holistic IoT design and enablement. “As product companies continually look to design products specifically for the IoT, a proven, scalable and secure platform like Xively helps bring products to market faster; providing a significant competitive advantage. Working together with Solidworks, users can now develop products that are designed for connectivity out of the gate - eliminating the learning curve and helping to put new, innovative products to market quicker than ever before,” said Mario Finocchiaro, senior director, business development, Xively by LogMeIn.

Visit IAA’s website for a more in depth coverage of the event including exclusive interviews with Solidworks executives and partners. Visit: http://www.iaasiaonline.com/index.php/features/ item/313-solidworks-world-2016

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building, running, and supporting a truly connected business. “The reality for most traditional product companies is that connecting a product to the internet adds an entirely new layer of complexity to the design process. While these companies excel in product design and engineering, creating IoT-enabled products includes a technology component with web and application integration – concepts that are all but foreign to many product companies. Partnering with a proven industry leader like LogMeIn, helps our customers to take the guesswork and complexity out of developing products specifically for the IoT,” remarked Suchit Jain, VP, strategy, community & business development, Solidworks, Dassault Systèmes.




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IoT Asia 2016

IoT Asia 2016 returned with its third and largest edition held from March 30-31, 2016 at the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre. IAA reported from the show on the latest trends around IoT in Asia. THE Internet of Things (IoT) is growing exponentially. According to Gartner, by 2020 there will be nearly 26 billion devices connected to the IoT. According to ABI Research this number is even higher, reaching 30 billion devices wirelessly connected to the IoT by 2020. Another survey concluded that by 2025 the majority (83 percent) of those surveyed believed that IoT, embedded, and wearable computing will be widespread and in use. It is numbers like these that spur on events such as IoT Asia, which returned in 2016 for its third and largest edition. Over two packed days, from March 30-31, 2016, many of the GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:




IoT Asia 2016 Date: March 30-31, 2016 Venue: Singapore Expo Country: Singapore

leading organisations in this field took the stage or exhibited at the 4,000sqm exhibition space over these two days. A wide range of IoT solutions were on show and live product demonstrations from over 90 sponsors and exhibitors including platform solutions, cloud services, application development, data analytics, and data science, to address the latest industry needs. The theme of this year’s show was: closing the gap: from vision to reality. In my opinion, this perfectly sums up the 2016 edition of this event. This year’s event saw many new applications and product announcements, whilst a few years ago what was

discussed was a mostly a vision on what IoT could become. In 2016 we are starting to see this vision become a reality. The show was jointly organised by the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) and SingEx Exhibitions (SingEx), and officially opened by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-Charge of the country’s Smart Nation Initiative. How It Was Organised In addition to companies and associations demonstrating their products and services in the exhibition hall, the conference had give seperate tracks in which discussions took place around a common theme. Over 100 international speakers and industry experts from 16 countries took the stage at these tracks over two days.


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Many exhibitors had demonstrations on display to entice attendees.

particulary in Asia. The urban population in Asia is growing at an average of 44 million every year. As a result, there is a growing pressure on the infrastructure of Asia’s cities, from transportation to communications and healthcare. At the same time, consumer expections are rising as people become increasingly connected. Downtime is no longer an option for any service provider. The good news is innovative IoT technologies and solutions exist today to help governments and organisations address these challenges, creating a new generation of intelligent and connected cities. A new element in the exhibition is a dedicated dialogue arena called TechSpace which offers attendees the opportunity to learn first-hand about the latest IoT trends and innovations in Asia from various industry insiders and exhibitors. Another key conference highlight is the Smart City Forum which took place on the second day of the conference. Moderated by Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of The Internet of Things Council, The Netherlands, the session will highlight various Smart City initiatives from different countries and their respective key takeaways.

The five tracks covered smart cities, IoT data analytics, design applications, wearables, and industrial. Upon the opening of the event by Dr Balakrishnan, several keynote speakers took the stage, such as the keynote by Charles Reed Anderson, VP, head of mobility and IoT, IDC Asia/Pacific, who was tasked at answering the question, ‘where next for the IoT in APAC’. Other keynotes included ‘Bridging the gap between strategy and execution - breaking new ground and delivering value’, which focused on the outlook on how IoT in APAC has progressed in delivering real outcomes, lessons learnt and the need for more demonstrated

successes and outcomes to challenge scepticism about IoT, and the role of collaboration and partnerships to overcome roadblocks and enable further outcomes. Building Smarter Communities In regards to the Smart Nation initiative being developed by Singapore, there has been much discussion by ministers and the public about the role of technology in society. One of the common anwsers to that question is the role of technology is to bring people and communities together. Although not every nation can be a Smart Nation, there are lessons from Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative,

Concluding The Conference IoT Asia 2016 considers itself to be the region’s leading event for the advancement of the IoT industry. Conversations and new insights generated will enable the industry as a whole to accelerate forward and deliver the true value of IoT. A more in-depth look at IoT Asia, including exclusive interviews from the show, can be found on IAA’s website at http://www.iaasiaonline.com/ index.php/features/item/311-iot-asia-2016.

The show concluded with a talk on IoT applications.

PRODUCT&SERVICES Vega: Radar Sensor With the VEGAPULS 64, Vega is launching the first radar level sensor for liquids onto the market that measures with a frequency of 80 GHz. The biggest advantage is the better focusing of the radar beam. Greater reliability is now achieved, even under the most difficult conditions such as internal structures, low reflectivity, build up, surface foam and condensation. Thanks to its small process connections, it is highly effective in many applications in the pharmaceutical and food industry. New process connections will be offered, with all PTFE wetted materials for use in an aseptic area, and they will meet the requirements of 3A, FDA and EHEDG. Approvals for use in hazardous areas are also available.


Belden: Wireless Access Points

Belden has debuted its latest solution for deploying industrial wireless networks — the BAT450-F Industrial Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) Access Point family. The devices can be mounted anywhere, such as on masts or on walls, making it ideal for environments where space is a premium. The ruggedised design of the BAT450-F withstands harsh industrial environments, while maintaining the modular and compact size needed in many industrial network scenarios. The wireless access points are also versatile and flexible — enabling network managers to use them as access clients or access points operating as a router or a bridge. Plus, they offer Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN), WLAN and Ethernet interfaces to fit individual network needs.


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CyberArk: Privileged Threat Analytics Software CyberArk has announced new realtime threat detection and containment capabilities to help organisations secure against cyber attacks targeting Microsoft Active Directory infrastructure. Compromising Active Directory empowers attackers to take control of the business. The new CyberArk Privileged Threat Analytics v3.0 features targeted analytics and the ability to analyse network traffic to better detect indications of an attack early in the lifecycle, including credential theft, lateral movement and privilege escalation. These features enable incident response teams to visualise the threat and shutdown in-progress attacks. CyberArk Privileged Threat Analytics is integrated within the CyberArk Privileged Account Security Solution to deliver a robust Active Directory security offering.


Exxon Mobil: Synthetic Oil In the oil and gas industry managing safety and security risks are key challenges for a well-run and efficient business. There are different methods to tackle the safety and security issues of large-scale offshore oil and gas exploration projects. Lubrication plays an important role to improve safety performance, as it has a direct impact on the very heart of any oil and gas operation — equipment reliability. The Mobil SHC range of synthetic oils extends equipment life and minimises potentially hazardous maintenance checks in oil exploration projects, therefore increasing worker safety in the oilfield.




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Emerson Process Management: Temperature Measurement Solution Emerson Process Management has introduced Rosemount X-well Technology, a surface sensing temperature measurement solution that eliminates the need for thermowell process penetration when measuring process temperatures in pipe applications. This solution provides an accurate and repeatable internal process temperature measurement, while eliminating possible leak points and simplifying specification, installation and maintenance. Rosemount X-well Technology is available in the Rosemount 648 Wireless Temperature Transmitter and Rosemount 0085 Pipe Clamp Sensor Assembly. Applications that can benefit from this technology include pipelines, high velocity flows, slurries, heavy particulate fluids, wellheads, clean-in-place processes, high viscosity fluids and harsh processes in the oil & gas, chemical, refining, food and beverage, metals and mining and pulp and paper industries. ENQUIRY NO. 2907

Keysight Technologies: Analysis Software The Keysight N8836A PAM-4 analysis software (for S-Series, 90000A, V-Series, 90000 X- and Z-Series oscilloscopes) and the N1085A PAM-4 analysis software (for 86100D oscilloscopes) provide a comprehensive characterisation of electrical PAM-4 signals based on the Optical Internetworking Forum’s Common Electrical Interface (OIF-CEI 4.0) proposed 56G interfaces, and the emerging IEEE 400 Gigabit Ethernet (P802.3bs) standard.


Omron Corporation: Industrial Robots Omron Corporation has announced the release of three industrial robot families, Cobra (SCARA), Quattro/Hornet (parallel link), and Viper (articulated), which bring both highspeed performance and reliability to manufacturing industries such as Food & Beverage, Automotive and High Technology. Omron industrial robot solutions link seamlessly with its Sysmac automation platform, which improves the total throughput of the most demanding production lines beyond the limitations of conventional robots. A key feature is the ‘Automation Control Environment’ (ACE), an integrated software package that significantly minimises the amount of programming code, and allows users to access a powerful 3D emulation tool that reduces time to validate new automated processes. Vision guided robotics applications are also completely supported by ACE PackXpert, a specialised intelligent software package for packaging lines. Viper (articulated) industrial robot family


MPDV: Manufacturing Execution System HYDRA, by MPDV, acts as an intermediate ‘realtime’ data-capturing and planning system between the commercially oriented business layer with its ERP — and management systems and the manufacturing shop floor layer with all its machines, workplaces, materials movements and labour activities. As an integrated, modular system solution for production, human resources and quality management, HYDRA provides a smooth flow of information by performing important functions in the areas of recording, evaluation and planning. Therefore, MPDV provides a solution for reducing costs and improving operational excellence in manufacturing.



PRODUCT&SERVICES Red Lion Controls: I/O Module Platform Red Lion Controls has announced the availability of its new rugged E3 I/O module platform, a set of 17 high-density I/O modules with hardened metal enclosures and powerful communication options. This platform marks the company’s first rugged I/O modules configurable using Crimson 3.0 software. Designed to withstand the critical demands of localised and distributed I/O applications, the company’s Crimsonenabled E3 I/O modules feature robust networking capabilities with redundant Ethernet ports and built-in serial communication.


Seeq: Software Application Seeq Corporation has announced the release of Seeq R12, an application empowering engineers and operations analysts in the process industries to rapidly achieve insights into asset and operations data. First released at the Emerson Exchange user conference in October, 2015, the company has introduced a new generation of advanced trending functionality with search, data visualisation, collaboration, and knowledge capture features. The company’s visual interface and tools helps process professionals get the most out of their data without the need for programming by connecting them directly to process information stored in any historian.


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Siko: Rotary Encoder With the new redundant absolute rotary encoder VW58MR, Siko offers a rotary encoder that allows its customers to keep a firm grasp on angles and paths, even under the most extreme conditions. The rotary encoder has a category 2 construction, allowing it to be used up to SIL2 and Pld. The rotary encoder is based on robust magnetic scanning technology. The measurement range of 4,096 revolutions (12-bit Multiturn) is broken into 16,384 steps (14-bit). The company uses a newly-developed and reliable gear to allow the Multiturn to capture information. In contrast to battery-powered or self-contained Multiturn technologies, it continues to reliably deliver position values for years to come. The two galvanically separated sensor units of the rotary encoder record positions entirely autonomously. ENQUIRY NO. 2912

Zebra Technologies: Mobile Computer The TC8000 from Zebra Technologies comes in a re-engineered form that eliminates the need for ‘tilt-andverify’ motions — usually needed with gun- style scanners — for faster and more productive scanning. The ergonomic design provides a better centre of gravity and is 33 percent lighter than traditional mobile computers, reducing worker fatigue. The rugged Android — based TC8000 is compatible with existing business solutions such as Terminal Emulation (TE), Voice-Directed Picking (VDP), warehouse management, price audits and store receiving. The company’s all-touch Terminal Emulation automatically updates legacy ‘green screen’ interfaces with modern, graphics-based touch screens providing greater usability, increased accuracy and reduced training time.


Calendar Of Events 2016

JUNE 1-4 Asean Sustainable Energy Week BITEC, Bangkok Thailand UBM Asia (Thailand) Co. Ltd Email: asew-th@ubm.com Web: asew-expo.com

21-24 Automatica

APR 13-14 Power & Electricity World Asia 2016 Pullman Central Park Jarkata, Indonesia Terrapinn Email: enquiry.sg@terrapinn.com Web: http://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/powerelectricity-world-asia/index.stm

20-21 Cards & Payments Asia 2016 Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre Singapore Terrapinn Email: sunny.wilson@terrapinn.com Web: http://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/cardsasia/

26-28 Facilities Management Solutions Expo 2016 Sands Expo And Convention Centre Singapore Sphere Exhibits Pte Ltd Web: http://www.fmse.com.sg

26-28 Semicon (SEA) 2016 Spice Arena Penang, Malaysia Semi Email: semiconsingapore@semi.org Web: http://www.semiconsea.org/

MAY 25-28 Metaltech 2016 Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Singapore Manufacturing Federation Email: tzekhang@smfederation.org.sg Web: http://www.metaltech.com.my/

31-Jun 2 Biomalaysia 2016 Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Email: biomalaysia@myevents.com.my Web: http://biomalaysia.com.my/

Germany Messe Munchen Trade Faircentre Messe Munchen Email: mmi_sg@mmiasia.com.sg web:http://www.automatica-munich.com/en/home

29-30 SCM Logistics World Asia 2016 Singapore Suntec Convention Centre Terrapinn

JUL 5-8 MTA Vietnam 2016 Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Singapore Exhibition Services Email: william.lim@sesallworld.com Web: http://mtavietnam.com/

AUG 2-5 MTT Expo Indonesia 2016 JIExpo, Kemayoran Jakarta, Indonesia ECM International Email: info@mtt-indonesia.com Web: http://mtt-indonesia.com/

31-Sep 2 Medical Manufacturing Asia 2016 Marina Bay Sands Singapore Messe Duesseldorf Asia Email: mdafairs@singnet.com.sg Web: http://www.medmanufacturing-asia.com/

31-Sept 3 Taipei International Industrial Automation Exhibition 2016 Taipei World Trade Center Taipei, Taiwan Chan Chao International Email: automation@chanchao.com.tw Web: http://www.autotaiwan.com.tw/


14-16 3W Expo Thailand Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre Bangkok Thailand TechnoBiz Communications Email: enquiry@3w-expo.com Web: http://www.3w-expo.com/

14-16 Electric & Power Vietnam 2016 Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Hong Kong Exhibition Services Email: exhibit@hkesallworld.com Web: http://electricvietnam.com/

OCT 24-28 Singapore International Energy Week Marina Bay Sands Singapore Energy Market Authority Tricom Events Pte Ltd Email: siewenquiries@tricom.com.sg Web: www.siew.sg

6-8 Metalex Vietnam 2016 Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Reed Tradex Email: theresa.len@reedexpo.com.sg Web: http://metalexvietnam.com/

Nov 1-5 China International Industry Fair 2016 National Exhibition & Convention Center (Shanghai) Shanghai, China Shanghai East Best & Lansheng International (Group) Email: office@shanghaiexpogroup.com Web: http://www.ciif-expo.com/en/

1-5 Industrial Automation Show 2016 National Exhibition & Convention Center (Shanghai) Shanghai, China Hannover Milano Fairs Shanghai Email: ias@hmf-china.com Web: http://www.industrial-automation-show.com/ EN/

23-25 HVACR Southeast Asia PT Jakarta International Expo Jakarta, Indonesia Informa Exhibitions Email: hvacrpsindonesia@informa.com Web: http://www.hvacrseries.com/southeastasia

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IAA April 2016  

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