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IN THIS ISSUE Industry Focus – Pharmaceuticals The Right Chemistry

Predictions for Manufacturing Industrial Trends for 2019

Reclaiming the Revolution

Simplified programming could improve Britain’s robotics adoption

Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors

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Thank you for reading the 8th edition of The Industry 4.0 Magazine. In this issue we look at the role of Industry 4.0 in Britain’s pharmaceutical sector. Market leading firms such as Siemens, Fujitsu Components Europe and HMS talk about the importance of embracing digital technology across the complete pharma value chain and software solutions. Continuing our look at Industrial Trends for Industry 4.0 we have published a contribution from Copa-Data. There has been a lot of discussion and hype around Industry 4.0 and supply chains. Industry 4.0 magazine asks a leading systems integration business and an innovative supply chains - solutions provider to explain where the next potential of Industry 4.0 technologies will be felt in improved supply chain management. The agenda for our flagship event – The Industry 4.0 Summit is now live. Featured topics for 2019 include Made Smarter, Industry 4.0 Insights, Making it Happen and SME Forum. To join industry leaders and register please visit here. Thank you for reading The Industry 4.0 magazine and we look forward to receiving feedback and contributions from our readers. With best wishes for the new year. Kind regards

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Industry Focus Pharmaceuticals

The Right Chemistry Pharmaceutical manufacturing is a sector that is well suited to automated systems, with quality an integral part of production. The pharmaceutical sector and Industry 4.0 fit together hand in glove. This, understandably, quality critical and highly regulated industry can reap the benefit that deploying new digital technologies can bring.

Technology is providing manufacturers with increased volumes of data at their fingertips. This usable, intelligent and often real-time data offers increased visibility and traceability of their plant operations, which ultimately delivers enhanced control of the many complex and previously siloed manufacturing systems. “Classically, data is being obtained and stored on paper where established rules apply,” says Alwyn Jones, Head of Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences - UK & Ireland, at Siemens. “However, with a growing use of electronic systems for batch and process records, GMP-relevant data is often purely digital and require a different approach to ensuring data integrity. Companies often struggle with implementing suitable measures, as is demonstrated by a rise in FDA warning letters and EMA noncompliance reports in recent years. In addition to being, a legal requirement, data integrity is vital because if any data is incorrect or inconsistent it can jeopardise product quality and the safety of patients.


The transition of data from paper-based to digital systems has also required new rules and technology to ensure data integrity and to counter threats such as human input errors,

Alwyn Jones, Head of Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences - UK & Ireland, at Siemens.

missing raw data, uncontrolled alterations without audit trails, invalidated data entries, and inadequate archiving.” Jones points out that the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a guidance document, In March 2015, on how to design systems to assure data quality and integrity. “State-of-the-art automation and data management systems will typically provide the required features and can make a vital contribution to data integrity when deployed correctly.” Jones explains that the changing market environment is demanding smaller batches and volumes of personalised medicines to be developed. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are evolving and adapting their operations to become more flexible and responsive to patient needs, while continuing to drive cost and efficiency gains, he says. “The global trend towards mass customisation has given way to a rise in the appetite for personalised and even individualised medicines. This shift in demand is requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to work smartly and increase efficiencies, while also retaining the yields and margins associated with industrial scale manufacturing.

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Siemens / ChemCon - Good advice for the path to digital production siemens.com/customer-magazine/en/home/industry/process-industry/ good-advice-for-the-path-to-digital-production.html “The ability to manufacture on a smaller scale for personalised batches means companies are needing to increase flexibility in plant operations. They are seeking a more modularised manufacturing set-up that keeps production times short, enhances fluidity to change from one product batch to another quickly, and reduces the complexity associated with validation and sign off. For many, this shift in demand has seen pharmaceutical manufacturers employ smarter, and more innovative manufacturing methods.” So, manufacturers need to work smarter to unlock efficiency gains, while offering more routes for innovation through fast scale-up from R&D to patient delivery. “By 2025, around 80% of all pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities will have their own digital twin. Embracing digital technology across the whole Pharma value chain (from Drug Discovery to Patient Delivery) will half the time traditionally associated in bringing new medicines to market.” Data is captured from a variety of sources including in-process quality inspection, equipment maintenance and engineering systems. This useful data can be combined with production scheduling, sales and dispatch systems to drive greater operational efficiency. While the cost of digitally transforming operations may appear high, small percentage savings can translate into large sums.

Moreover, increased productivity and reduced waste yield positive gains. Jones believes that the immediate future of biomanufacturing is small scale, smart and flexible manufacturing systems and processes. “Biopharmaceutical manufacturers are realising the benefits modular systems and processes bring to their operations. ‘Plug and Play’ flexible systems that are quick to configure, scale up and relocate is the growing trend. “The flexibility to quickly adapt to changes in manufacturing demand and scheduling, with decisions made using real process intelligence is paramount. “With the increase in connected devices, biopharmaceutical manufacturers are now finding themselves in a position where they have increased volumes of data at their fingertips. This usable and intelligent realtime data offers increased visibility and traceability of the process to operators, which ultimately delivers enhanced control of the many complex and often interdependent manufacturing systems. “In an industry which is continually developing, Smart Biomanufacturing offers pharmaceutical businesses the flexibility, control and costeffective processes required to respond effectively to these market changes.”


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Reliability and Security Dennis Dorn, Marketing manager Wireless Solutions at Fujitsu Components Europe, describes Industry 4.0 as the optimisation of the production lines by connecting all the players in the value process. So, digitalisation of the whole chain is needed to achieve this, from piece part supplier, transport all the way up to the final check in the production and maybe even further till an end-product reaches its final user: “Putting Industry 4.0 in the Pharmaceutical industry would be mainly about the reliability and security around the whole production process. Automation in the supply chain, in the production process but even all the way up to the consumer who needs to know as much as possible about the product and the trace back possibility for doctors and manufacturers.” Dorn believes that next to an automated and monitored production, his vision of the future of smart pharmaceutical facilities includes full traceability of the components used for the end-product, meaning a well-organized and functional asset management to monitor the production flow and transport all the way up to the end-user. The research and development of products is increasingly affected by evolving technology and systems. “For us this is a big change as R&D was developing Wireless Modules and now need to think of the whole picture. Not only the hardware and its functionality, but also the software integration and the use in the whole production chain with all the technologies used in, on around them.” He says Fujitsu IoT Connectivity Solutions has the necessary building blocks for offering complete IoT Solutions to the market, focussing on Asset management, Industry 4.0, Smart Building/Smart City and Metering. 6

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Opportunities and Challenges David Bradley-Folley, General Manager UK + Eire / MU North Marketing Manager, HMS, says that chemical and pharmaceutical companies can benefit from 4IR with easier and lower cost integration from field devices to higher level software solutions such as SCADA, ERP, MRP, and SAP. Opportunities identified include increased sales of edge gateways (HMS makes a large range of industrial edge gateways) and cloudbased solutions. (HMS offers three different clouds currently to suit different application needs). “The challenges are getting the OT and IT departments to agree on a solution and agree how it is to be integrated, updated etc. The actual data exchange mechanisms and tools needs are getting very simple, just like home IT, so you do not need to be an IT expert to use them.” The strategy he recommends consists of slow structured baby steps. “Think long term what devices you want to connect now and in the future. Prepare a strength in depth approach to security. Use companies that have the latest security certifications. Involve all parties within a company to ensure the company moves forward as one, especially if you are looking to create a SaaS or PaaS business model to sell to customers.” The HMS vision is to provide even easier ways of connecting devices in the OT/IT arena, including clouds, gateways and industrial networks.

David Bradley Foley, General Manager UK & EIRE, HMS

“Opportunities identified include increased sales of edge gateways and cloud-based solutions. The challenges are getting the OT and IT departments to agree on a solution and agree how it is to be integrated, updated etc.” 7

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Uptake “While the opportunities presented by digitalisation to pharmaceutical manufacturers are clear, there is still a disconnect between manufacturers and wide-spread adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies,” says Alwyn Jones from Siemens. There is a lot more that pharmaceutical businesses can do towards Industry 4.0, exploring the possibilities that can lead to increased efficiency and commercial gains. Jones suggests pharmaceutical manufacturers take a holistic approach to digitalisation, before investing in automated systems and digital solutions: “By taking a step back and understanding the strategic objectives of digitalisation, companies are much better placed to effectively leverage Industry 4.0, utilising digitalisation as a strategic technology enabler.” He believes that to fully embrace the opportunity Industry 4.0 presents, there is a need to also invest in up-skilling workforces to effectively facilitate the move towards digitalisation adoption.

“Digital Leaders / Champions who have the vision and understand the strategic benefits of applying new technologies are needed to drive change as companies move towards a Digital Enterprise.” Small and large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturers are increasingly focusing on the efficiency and flexibility of processes, continuous manufacturing and single-use systems, reveals Jones. These processes need to be tightly controlled and flexible, integrating seamlessly with existing manufacturing assets. This means increased visibility of their processes to support simplification of validation and qualification of plant systems, directly at the point of operation.

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Predictions for Manufacturing Industrial trends for 2019

Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Regardless of the phrase used to describe digitalization in manufacturing, there’s no denying that a shift has already taken place. But, is the age of industrial buzzwords coming to a grinding halt? Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at COPADATA, gives his three predictions for industrial automation in 2019 — no buzzwords included.

Stefan Reuther, Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA

‘Industry 4.0’ in practice Manufacturers have long felt the pressure to invest in new technologies. In the so-called age of Industry 4.0, this pressure has been heightened by an influx of products and initiatives, all claiming to help manufacturers digitize their operations. Unfortunately, some of these schemes are nothing more than a waste of money. Don’t get me wrong, there is certainly value in investing in technology to enable digitalization in factories’ practices. However, rushed approaches have led to some manufacturers making haphazard investments. For example, some have delegated digitalization to third parties and as a result, are not in charge of their own automation. Before embarking on a digitalization scheme, manufacturers should first examine which technology is practical to their facility. A good place to begin is to listen to the people on the factory floor.

Understanding how technology can practically help workers can ensure that investments are pragmatic. Another thing to consider is simplicity, by reducing complexity of processes and gaining a clearer overview and full control. Manufacturers should choose technology that is easy to understand, implement and scale up in the future. Looking forward to 2019, digitalization should be approached in a more practical manner — a steady, incremental transformation is better than a failed one.


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Microsoft Talks To Industry 4.0 TV About Their Smart Factory Solutions

Less data hoarding, more data use Software is another area that has been constantly hallmarked as a method to speed up manufacturing digitalization. However, before investing in software for data collection, manufacturers should begin 2019 by implementing a coherent data strategy. Rather than simply collecting and storing data, manufacturers must identify the results that they want to achieve and decide how data can help them to meet these business objectives. Consider this as an example. Let’s say a manufacturer wants to improve return on investment (ROI) in the facility by reducing the amount of materials wasted from production. To identify areas of improvement, manufacturers would need to collect production data and

compare this with data from Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). Without a pre-determined strategy like this, manufacturers run the risk of simply collecting and storing hordes of data. There’s no value in data if it is left to gather dust. Over the next twelve months, we hope to see data strategies become an integral part of manufacturing. That said, data strategies are only comprehensible when using the correct software.

The software evolution Recent years have seen a shift in the amount of investment manufacturers assign to software. Traditionally, hardware would have received the largest bulk of cash, but this is beginning to change — particularly as more advanced software platforms emerge. Software for manufacturing facilities is no longer limited to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). The realm of industrial software is experiencing a convergence of IT and operational technologies (OT), giving birth to new platforms which integrate a plethora of different areas — including enterprise data from the corporate level, through to field and process level automation. While this may sound more complicated than traditional systems, these platforms often boast better design, visualization, calculation logic and ergonomics than their predecessors. 10

This makes the operation of systems safer, simpler and more transparent. I might have promised no buzzwords, but software is the driver of what is so commonly referred to as Industry 4.0. As a result, it is no surprise that we are likely to see increased investment in integrated platforms like these over the next twelve months. The age of conceptualizing the possibilities of manufacturing digitalization is over. During the next twelve months, the products and initiatives hailed as ways to transform manufacturing facilities will finally be put to practical use.

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FIND OUT MORE: About COPA-DATA COPA-DATA is the manufacturer of the zenon® software platform, used in the manufacturing and energy industries for the automated control, monitoring, and optimization of machines, equipment, and power supplies. Founded by Thomas Punzenberger in 1987 and headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, the independent, family-owned company employs approximately 260 workers around the globe. The distribution of software on an international scale is made possible through the company’s eleven subsidiaries and numerous distributors. In addition, more than 240 certified partner companies ensure efficient software implementation for end users in the food & beverage, energy & infrastructure, automotive, and pharmaceutical industries. In 2017, COPADATA generated turnover of EUR 37 million. About zenon zenon is a software system from COPA-DATA for industrial automation and the energy industry. Machines and equipment are controlled, monitored and optimized. zenon’s particular strength is open and reliable communication in heterogeneous production facilities. Open interfaces and over 300 native drivers and communication protocols support the horizontal and vertical integration. This allows for continuous implementation of the Industrial IoT and the Smart Factory. copadata.com linkedin.com/company/copa-data-headquarters twitter.com/copadata


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supply chains WhatS next for supply chains?

Industry 4.0 offers much potential for manufacturing plants to optimise manufacturing operations, services, after-sales support and maintenance, and product development. The prospect of using this new intelligence internally is exciting enough – but what potential can be realised when you share it through the supply chain? Industry 4.0 magazine asks a leading systems integration business and an innovative supply chain solutions provider to explain where the next potential of Industry 4.0 technologies will be felt in improved supply chain management.

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The Supply Chain and the Art of the Possible “We’re getting past the hype and the ‘shiny objects’ approach to Industry 4.0” says Pablo Wangermann, global leader of IoT at DXC Technology, “ and we’re at the early stages of being able to exploit it.” The first challenge to be overcome, asserts the DXC Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) expert, is facilitating the art of the possible. The convergence of so many technology innovations and maturing technologies – whether sensor technologies, communication technologies, IoT platform architectures, microservices – is creating exciting opportunities for both industry and for IT services companies like DXC. “It’s an exciting time,” says Wangermann, “Because it’s not just an advance in one area. There’s a range of technologies that are maturing at the moment that are opening up a whole new range of possibilities around how you manage an enterprise.” However, Wangermann is also clear that this can’t be an incremental conversation. In so many ways, the development of the IT used in the supply chain or in a manufacturing plant has been an evolutionary process up until now. “Now we have the opportunity to break the paradigm,” Wangermann says, “It’s not just a case of additional sensor data or buying an IoT platform. It’s about thinking about how to pull all this together.”

The Challenges of Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 technologies offer opportunities to improve operations in many areas: manufacturing, supply chain (both inbound and outbound), and after-market support. However, Wangermann also identifies four areas where organisations face challenges when approaching Industry 4.0 projects. •

Having the “art of the possible” discussion

Avoiding the “shiny objects” problem and maintaining a focus on business value

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Managing the necessary organisational change

Facilitating the Art of the Possible Conversation Part of the role of the system integrator is now helping an organisation to have that “art of the possible” conversation, argues Wangermann. This isn’t always so easy, because you need to have two types of people in the room: •

 eople who understand the process as it is now P – and what the organisation is trying to do with it, and

 eople who say: “Have you thought about P doing this completely differently?”

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Avoiding the Shiny Objects Problem Given the technologies that fall under the Industry 4.0 umbrella, it is very easy to see Industry 4.0 as a technical challenge. After all, it is important to ask questions such as “Can I get this data off this machine on my production floor?” and “How can I track this crate of parts moving in my supply chain?” The answers are technology-based.

Nevertheless, Wangermann asserts that even before solving the technical problem, individuals need to ask “What am I going to do differently in my supply chain or in my operations to actually take advantage of that?” – because it’s that last step that actually generates the value.

Being Agile Industry 4.0 is an area that is moving very quickly; technology is changing very rapidly. This, fundamentally, requires an agile approach. Traditional waterfall approaches to IT project management will fail in the context of Industry 4.0 – they do not have the luxury of a three-year planning process because projects will rapidly become obsolete, even before they have been delivered.


Of course, moving to an agile way of doing things brings its own challenges. Adopting agile – not just in terms of the IT methodology, but in terms of the whole company – can be a huge cultural change to manage.

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Reengineering the Organisation Another result of this convergence of emerging technologies and requirement for agility is to force businesses to rethink how their organisation is structured. Particularly in manufacturing and logistics businesses, IT is often a very separate function to operations – and supply chain and manufacturing often have their own operational technology departments. If organisations are truly going to exploit the potential of Industry 4.0, Wangermann argues, this air gap must be closed.

“Organisations are grappling with the different skills sets they need; where they need IT embedded back in the business; and what the role of the CTO and CDO is,” he says.

Getting Started with Industry 4.0 Starting off small, doing the proof of concept and working in short sprints that deliver value are critical elements of agile. While this may seem at odds with the broader “art of the possible” conversation, it’s an essential part of the process. “Because sometimes you don’t know,” points out Wangermann. “How is this sensor going to help with tracking my containers through this environment? Well, let’s test it out on a small scale.” While he advises that organisations need to abandon the desire to get the perfect spec upfront and get started, Wangermann warns that this must go hand in hand with not being afraid to have some proof of concepts fail.

“Obviously when you are talking about supply chain and manufacturing operations, you have to design the proof of concept in a way that isn’t going to impact on your live operations,” he states, “and that’s a challenge. But you can learn a lot from failures.” Provided proof of concepts (POCs) are designed or sandboxed so they don’t negatively impact live operations, the risk is offset by another key part of being agile: having an architecture that is flexible and enables changes as technology continues to rapidly evolve.

“Obviously when you are talking about supply chain and manufacturing operations, you have to design the proof of concept in a way that isn’t going to impact on your live operations, and that’s a challenge. But you can learn a lot from failures.”


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Leveraging the Low Hanging Fruit of Industry 4.0 The most obvious way Industry 4.0 technologies can improve supply chain operations is in improved visibility. “One issue we see people trying to solve in a lot of industries is the ‘where’s my stuff?’ problem,” acknowledges Wangermann. “There’s a lot that goes on today that results in either missed deliveries, or stock outs, or unnecessarily large amounts of working capital because you don’t know the location of raw materials, parts, people, work in progress, trucks, or other items.” He says a lot of the questions an organisation needs to ask sound simple, but even when an organisation has invested in an advanced MES or supply chain systems the answers are often not available.

Industry 4.0 and IIoT promises to fill these gaps in supply chain and shopfloor information so organisations have the answers they need. In particular, Wangermann says, many organisations are struggling to overcome the lack of visibility over what’s going on within the four walls of suppliers along the supply chain. In this regard, a combination of greater supplier collaboration and technologies such as blockchain may offer some potential to improve visibility.

Creating New Industry 4.0 Opportunities The new visibility that Industry 4.0 technologies brings will unlock additional new opportunities for improvement. •

How are you using that visibility?

How are you using the data?

 o you understand how that is feeding back D into how you’re now doing your manufacturing planning and your supply chain management and inventory strategy?

How are you taking advantage of that?

 ow have business processes and organisation H changed as a result?

“When you give a company visibility into where parts are, where stocks are, and so on, it unlocks a lot of things, simply that process of getting the information and presenting it in a visible form leads to ‘aha!’ moments and changes in decision making.” 18

“When you give a company visibility into where parts are, where stocks are, and so on, it unlocks a lot of things,” Wangermann explains, “simply that process of getting the information and presenting it in a visible form leads to ‘aha!’ moments and changes in decision making. “Once we’ve achieved that, we’re quickly getting into questions about the assumptions made about the way inventory management or planning is done, so the next step is how to feed those insights into how you manage the supply chain.”

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Managing Demand Better Wangermann says that this process can sometimes be easier for those organisations that haven’t already invested heavily in planning and scheduling automation. The assumptions behind planning processes are often clearer when systems are manual; after they are embedded into an automated process, the assumptions can be quite opaque – so there may be work to do to dig back into the underlying assumptions in order to deliver process improvements.

Furthermore, Industry 4.0 technologies also have a role to play in delivering better real-time information about the demand for products. In many markets, there are several sources of demand and variability and this can be complex to manage. Having better data about demand can, therefore, be a source of competitive advantage – particularly in times of economic uncertainty or in advance of a downturn.

The Holy Grail of Industry 4.0 For DXC, part of the holy grail of Industry 4.0 is getting better information about how products are used in the real world. This data can then be used to provide better services and after-sales support to its clients’ customers. Ultimately, the goal is to feedback continuously into manufacturing and production processes. On this, Wangermann observes, most manufacturers have a long way to go. Moreover, in a lot of industries, when organisations get into changing designs or changing production on the fly, they start getting into real process and certification challenges.

Nevertheless, manufacturers are already using this information to address quality problems earlier and tackle problems in the production stage. Wangermann gives the example of one manufacturer which had identified a problem with one of its products. Because of the post-sales performance data it was capturing, it was able to identify what operating conditions were leading to the problems and minimise the impact of the subsequent inspection programme – as well as quickly addressing the issue in terms of design and manufacturing.

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Continual Improvements Even as asset tracking and post-sales information capture become mature and expected, new opportunities continue to emerge, says Wangermann. For example, the roll-out of 5G will create new potential in terms of greater bandwidth, lower cost, and – interestingly – in lowbandwidth applications. “There are lots of things that move around supply chains that aren’t the product itself, but that support what the business is doing,” explains Wangermann. “You don’t need performance data about a packing crate, but you do need to know where it is – otherwise you end up with more inventory because items aren’t in the right place when you need them.”

Solving this problem technologically isn’t cost-effective yet, but lots more tracking applications could become more economically viable and interesting once 5G is rolled out. And this is just one of the technology advancements to look forward to in the near future.

Scaling Up with Industry 4.0 The DXC IoT lead predicts that 2019 will see a much larger number of companies grappling with the next stage of Industry 4.0: the question of scale – and how to deploy things enterprise-wide. This, of course, brings its own set of challenges. “Once you go from doing a proof of concept in a lab or in an industry demonstrator or in one part of your business, and you say I’m going to light up all my factories, that could be 300 factories globally. When you think about the volume of data that generates, the sheer data handling challenge – never mind the analysis you run on it and integrating it with your other systems – it does become a major challenge,” says Wangermann.

This is where DXC’s system integration capabilities become really important, he says: “Even when organisations are building up their analytics team or reorganising their technology function, they need a systems integration partner to see them through this.”

“Our clients need to consider a complex set of issues ranging from the sensors required to generate the data they want to analyse, all the way through to how to integrate the analytics they’ve developed off that data and feed that back into the systems managing their supply chain so that they are actually operating differently.”


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DXC Digital Innovation Wangermann says that DXC is living and breathing the Industry 4.0 transformations its customers are working through. He notes that one of the key changes brought by Industry 4.0 is the need to think of the “full stack” rather talking about point solutions. “Our clients need to consider a complex set of issues ranging from the sensors required to generate the data they want to analyse, all the way through to how to integrate the analytics they’ve developed off that data and feed that back into the systems managing their supply chain so that they are actually operating differently.” This, in turn, has led to DXC developing a slightly different approach to managing its partner ecosystem. “Part of the emerging role for a system integrator like ourselves is in the ability to pull together the right ecosystem to solve a client’s problem – from start-up sensor manufacturers doing interesting things to major technology partners,” explains Wangermann.

While DXC has always worked with a broad ecosystem of partners, collaboration is now happening at a much earlier stage on projects: “Now, you need to have your partners in the room right from the ‘art of the possible’ discussion. This way, everyone’s on the same page about the problem the client is trying to solve and you can act in an agile manner.” To facilitate its clients to work in sprints and in an agile fashion DXC opened Digital Transformation Centres across the globe, including in New Orleans (USA) and Newcastle (UK). Through these centres, DXC also hopes to inspire the ideation and design thinking that are part of the essential first “art of the possible” conversation.

Find out more about DXC’s Digital Transformation Centres, CLICK HERE


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“When you have nineteen tiers of suppliers, how do you know what’s being produced? Today’s global, complex supply chains – in which processes are being outsourced to BRICs countries – mean reduced visibility and traceability and, as a result, more risk.”

Head of Marketing at smart manufacturing software solutions provider Valuechain, Alex Knight, explains how the Industry 4.0 conversation is opening up new digitalisation opportunities across the supply chain.

Alex Knight, Head of Marketing, Valuechain

Bringing Greater Control to Every Tier “After thirty years of supply chain rationalisation, today’s complex supply chains enjoy better quality, improved specialisation, reduced costs but also reduced control,” Alex Knight, Head of Marketing at Valuechain, tells us. “Our solutions are all about giving back the control.” Valuechain is sponsor of the SME programme at this year’s Industry 4.0 Summit and Expo in Manchester, 10-11 April, 2019. The company’s decision to sponsor the Industry 4.0 Summit SME Clinic is indicative of the approach the software manufacturer takes to supply chain innovation. “When you have nineteen tiers of suppliers, how do you know what’s being produced?” Knight asks. “Today’s global, complex supply chains – in which processes are being outsourced to BRICs countries – mean reduced visibility and traceability and, as a result, more risk.”


There are two elements to Valuechain’s offering: first, supply chain management solutions that help share information securely throughout the supply chain; second, digital manufacturing solutions that help businesses to digitalise processes, capture data and generate intelligence to deliver a more accurate picture of what’s happening inside the factory walls. Together these create connected, productive collaborative supply chain ecosystems.

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Valuechain’s Bottom-Up Approach A key problem faced by organisations throughout the supply chain is a lack of visibility, Knight argues. And one cause for this is the technology available only provides a top-down approach to supply chain visualisation. “Typically, a supply chain management solution may only map tier one and tier two – possibly tier three – suppliers,” Knight says. “Valuechain is different because through our solutions we aim to take a bottom-up approach by feeding information up from the suppliers themselves. To achieve this, we answer the ‘what’s in it for me?’ question for SMEs.”

This means offering SMEs access to a secure global database of suppliers and a suite of applications delivered using a “freemium” pricing strategy that can help lower-tier suppliers to digitalise their processes. In this way, an OEM can engage with network companies to recommend Valuechain’s freemium business improvement solutions, which include advanced business reporting, mobile auditing applications and new product introduction apps.

Starting the Digitalisation Conversation Knight argues this gives the OEM or upper-tier suppliers a way of starting a conversation with their suppliers in emerging markets to see whether they have the right processes and systems in place for the OEM to have the right level of control. By cascading free and low-cost solutions throughout the supply chain, the whole supply chain can become more collaborative, stronger and begin to innovate, Knight says. This offers new opportunities to reduce costs, optimise inventory strategies, streamline timescales and boost greater collaborative operations, for example: exploring new ways to improve the product.

“Our solutions provide an incentive to actively engage,” says Knight, “then we get real-time data throughout the supply chain, not just the top three tiers.”


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Supply Chain Intelligence with Valuechain iQluster is a supply chain collaboration and intelligence platform that streamlines intercompany communication and securely captures multi-tier supply chain intelligence so that organisations can increase network competitiveness.

Find out more: valuechain.com/supply-chain-intelligence/iqluster

Industry 4.0 Kickstarts Innovation The widening debate around Industry 4.0 and the increasing awareness of the competitive advantages Industry 4.0 can deliver for SMEs is accelerating Valuechain’s own growth, Knight says. “A platform like ours only really works when companies are aware of the need for data. That understanding has been there for a while in the big companies, but it’s much harder for smaller companies to appreciate the need to digitalise 24

their processes and to then share that data securely. However, the promotion of the Industry 4.0 agenda is raising that awareness with SMEs – and that can only really be good for the whole supply chain.”

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Starting the Industry 4.0 Journey “We aim to support SMEs on their Industry 4.0 journey with modular scalable solutions, whether these companies are starting out or further along in their development” Knight continues, “but the initial conversations always have to be about strategy – because without that strategy, you can invest a lot of money in systems and technologies but not really generate the benefits you are looking for. “Our platform now underpins the Digital Readiness Level, which is a diagnostic tool to identify where a company is along their digital journey, and how to progress. We encourage companies to utilise this as a best practice tool, backed by industry leaders, to firstly understand how their current activity fits with their overall strategy, but also as a benchmarking tool to understand how similar companies have progressed their digital journey.

This is where the collaborative element is already coming into practice and we’re seeing real benefits from this.” Ultimately, the goal of the platform is to facilitate the secure sharing of information beyond supply chains and across clusters and industries in order to properly benchmark operations and identify further process improvements, Knight says.

Smart Intelligence Solutions “The more companies on the platform, the more data is available, and we can begin to model that data in new and interesting ways,” Knight says. “We’re currently working with UK Government on the Made Smarter initiative to map all companies in the North West, which is a big step forward for industry. Through aggregating information from these companies and complex supply chains, we could begin to identify trends and patterns to look at risks in those supply chains, their causes and potential solutions or to see how different real-world events affect different parts of the supply chain and different businesses.”

To this end, Valuechain has invested heavily in data science innovation, including work with a team of data scientists at the University of Huddersfield. At the moment, research is happening on a sector-by sector basis, and Knight thinks it is likely to be several years before this sort of predictive analysis becomes standard on a supply-chain-bysupply-chain basis.

How to Get Started Now In the short-term, the Valuechain approach focuses on helping supply chains become more cooperative and collaborative. “The key to knowing where to start is focusing on your business’s core competencies,” says Knight. “Focus on that first, so you begin to think and operate more digitally as a business. Start initially in small areas, but start fast as this will generate quick wins and fuel further investment in digital. But do it with a clear plan in mind of where you hope to be in the future and how that delivers return on investment. Plans change, but it’s good to have a vision of where you’re going.”

This approach does mean the starting point for every business will be different. However, the one common thread is data. “Getting the right data is essential; the starting point is always data. Accurate data is personal to your business, and it will guide you where to go and reassure you that you’re on the right path.”





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Reclaiming the Revolution Simplified programming could improve Britain’s robotics adoption

Until recently, the Industrial Revolution was largely associated with drastic engineering efforts that transformed Britain’s industry. Two centuries later, we are experiencing another shift in global manufacturing, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Nigel Smith, managing director of industrial robot distributor TM Robotics, explains how Britain can reclaim the robotics revolution with simplified robot programming. According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), Europe is the second largest market for industrial robot sales. Purchasing 56,000 units in total in 2017, Europe reached a new peak for robot sales for the third year in a row. That said, much of this deployment was attributed to Germany, so where does this leave us Brits?

Nigel Smith, Managing director, TM Robotics

Initiatives for Digitalisation Britain is no stranger to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0 or whatever you wish to call today’s changes in manufacturing. In October 2017, the British Government announced its first major initiative to improve digitalisation in manufacturing, the Made Smarter review. Made Smarter called to boost productivity by encouraging manufacturers to embrace industrial digitalisation technologies (IDTs) — which includes robotics, automation and intelligent control software. The review suggested that a greater uptake of these technologies could create 175,000 new jobs in the next decade, because of a 25 per cent productivity boost in the sector. Efforts of the Made Smarter review were bolstered in January 2018, when the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos released its first ‘Readiness for the Future of Production Report’. The report outlined how wellpositioned economies are to benefit from Industry 4.0 technologies. The United Kingdom claimed a space in the top 25.

However, six months later in June 2018, the initial findings of the IFR’s World Robotics Report 2018 suggest that as it currently stands, the same nations are still leading robot sales. Germany has remained Europe’s forerunner with a total of 22,000 robot units sold. To put that into perspective, that represents over a third of Europe’s total robot purchases. Much of this success may be due to Germany’s booming automotive industry, where manufacturers have long used six-axis robots in their production. Looking to the future, increasing the volume of robot deployment in Britain will rely on tapping into new markets by introducing small to medium-sized companies to automation. 27

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Simplified programming To reach this market, industrial robots must become more accessible, in relation to both cost and user experience. According to TM Robotics’ Global Robotics Report 2018, simple programming was one of the most important features for end-users when choosing a robot. In fact, 79 per cent of respondents named this as a top five consideration. Currently, there are over 1,500 different programming languages in the world. Even for the most proficient robot engineer, learning every potential robot programming language is an impossible and impractical task. For new automation users, such as the small to medium-sized market, this can be incredibly daunting.

Simple programming may be a top priority, but today’s end users also don’t want to compromise on robot ability — particularly for their first robotic investment. Therefore, a balance needs to be struck. Toshiba Machine’s controllers, for example, are programmed in SCOL. This is a programming language that is similar to BASIC, but with more advanced features.

BASIC and Pascal are the basis of several industrial robot languages and tend to be the first any budding robot programmer begins to learn. BASIC, standing for Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, is relatively simple, but can also be considered outdated for today’s demanding robotic applications.

In fact, Toshiba Machine’s latest robot programming software, TSAssist, has been designed around usability. By opting for intuitive screen design and customisable operator panels, beginners find it easy to understand. TSAssist is compatible with any of TM Robotics’ industrial robots, including the extensive SCARA, Cartesian and six-axis ranges.


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To cobot, or not Growing demand for easily programmable robots is also evident in the rapid increase in sales of collaborative models — robots that can work without protective barriers between machine and employee. Collaborative robots, or cobots, currently account for 3 per cent of the total robotics market, but this figure is expected to reach 34 per cent by 2025. These machines have been marketed as easy to program, but despite this, they should not be considered as a total alternative to traditional industrial robots. While cobots do boast some impressive responsive features, these machines generally cannot tackle the dangerous, repetitive and heavy-duty tasks usually associated with industrial robots — and this is something that new automation users aren’t always aware of. In fact, 55 per cent of respondents to the Global Robotics Report do not believe that cobot technology is advanced enough to deliver the performance required for manufacturing, and a further 25 per cent were unsure of their capabilities.

To encourage investment from small and medium-sized businesses, robot manufacturers must ensure their machines are easy to program and don’t intimidate potential automation users. What’s more, unlike the large-scale automotive manufacturers of Germany, Britain’s robot customers may require more consultation and guidance to choose which robot is right for them — a cobot, or not. The IFR predicts that the world will experience a further robotics boom in 2019, with an estimated 2.6 million robot units set to be deployed. Regardless of the initiatives and investments in place to encourage Britain to embrace robotics, efforts must begin with robotics manufacturers themselves. Simplified robot programming is key.

About TM Robotics: TM Robotics has installed thousands of robots in factories throughout the world, including North and South America, India, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Many of the top manufacturing companies depend on TM Robotics’ product offerings for their reliability, performance, and overall value. In partnership with Toshiba Machine, TM Robotics is the only company that offers a comprehensive range of all three categories of robots; 6-axis, SCARA, and Cartesian. These are designed and built in-house. TM Robotics delivers cutting-edge solutions, training, and support services for industrial and commercial applications. tmrobotics.co.uk linkedin.com/company/tm-robotics twitter.com/tmrobotics


Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors

Thomas Leyrer, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Texas Instruments


Thomas Leyrer Distinguished Member of Technical Staff - Industrial Systems Texas Instruments and Miro Adzan General Manager, System Engineering - Factory Automation and Control look at the application of standards.

Texas Instruments Talks To Industry 4.0 TV About Their Smart Factory Solutions


Miro Adzan, General Manager, System Engineering - Factory Automation and Control, Texas Instruments

Greater factory connectivity and control is ushering in what has been named the fourth industrial revolution, after the earlier revolutions of steam power, assembly lines and early automation. This movement advances machine-to-machine communication with exponential growth in data, bandwidth and networking, creating so-called smart factories with more responsive automation at all levels. Although large systems such as robots and coordinated assembly lines capture attention, the automation they enable would not be possible without the sensors and actuators that are busy communicating with the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that run production lines. Sensors and actuators, functioning both locally and remotely, often greatly outnumber the complex systems they support. Optimizing overall factory communications is necessary to meet the wide variety of requirements from systems of all sizes. Protocols adapting Ethernet to industrial usage have proven popular as fieldbuses on the factory floor. These industrial Ethernet protocols such as EtherCATÂŽ and Profinet offer high bandwidth, long physical connections, low latency and deterministic data delivery, among other features required in automated manufacturing. In addition, the field networks based on these standards tie in easily to the larger plant data networks and the Internet. However, for sensors and actuators, industrial Ethernet is often excessively robust and powerful. These systems usually require point-to-point communications rather than a fieldbus, and their bandwidth requirements are normally low. An innovative solution lies in IO-Link, a bidirectional communication protocol based on standard cabling and physical interconnection. IO-Link not only brings data from the factory floor to the PLC efficiently, but it also supports improved setup, diagnostics and maintenance, and is complementary to the existing fieldbus cabling.

Since IO-Link and industrial Ethernet are complementary, it can benefit designers of networked factory systems to understand how the two standards work together. This white paper explains the differences between these technologies and discusses the range of solutions from Texas Instruments (TI) that can aid in industrial communication design. TI offers large portfolios of products supporting communications in general and overall industrial applications. A number of TI solutions are specific to communications in industrial automation, created with and backed by expertise gained from long-term relationships with customers. With strength in manufacturing technology and in-depth design support, TI can help industrial system developers strive to meet the needs of today’s smart factories.


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mechanisms and deterministic data delivery are automation, feeding information and acting on of automation, feeding information into and acting Sensors and actuators are the into most basic units not specified. A profile known as the IO Device oninstructions instructions from networked systems. Traditionally, these devices connect to control units from networked systems. Traditionally, Description (IODD) contains through interfaces thattoprovide littlethrough intelligence, and thus exchange little orcommunication no configuration and these devices connect control units properties; device parameters; identification, diagnostic information. Installing a new device requires configuration by hand at the point of use, interfaces that provide little intelligence, and thus andwithout diagnostics it is impossible to perform justin-time maintenance. process andpreventive diagnostic data; and information exchange little or no configuration and diagnostic specifically about the device and manufacturer. IO-Link (International The many advantages of an IO-Link system information. Installing Electrotechnical a new device requires Commission [IEC] 61131-9) is an open standards include increased The manystandardized advantages ofwiring, an IO-Link system include configuration by hand at the point of use, and protocol that addresses the need for intelligent data availability, remote monitoring and standardized wiring, increased data availability, without diagnostics it is impossible to perform justcontrol of small devices such as sensors and configuration, simple replacement of devices remote monitoring and configuration, simple in-time preventive maintenance. actuators. This standard provides low-speed and advanced diagnostics. IO-Link permits replacement of devices and advanced diagnostics. point-to-point serial communication between factory managers to receive sensor updates IO-Link (International Electrotechnical Commission IO-Link permits factory managers to receive a device and a master thatstandards normally protocol serves as a and plan for upcoming maintenance or sensor [IEC] 61131-9) is an open updates and plan for upcoming gateway to a fieldbus and PLC. The intelligent link replacement. Swapping out amaintenance sensing or or that addresses the need for intelligent control of established enables ease of communication for actuation unit that needs and replacement. Swapping out areplacement sensing or actuation small devices such as sensors and actuators. This data exchange, configuration and diagnostics. configuring a new one from the PLC through unit that needs replacement and configuring standard provides low-speed point-to-point serial the IO-Link master eliminates manual setup a new one from the PLC through the IO-Link An unshielded three-wire cable as long as 20 communication between a device and a master and reduces downtime. Switching production meters, normally equipped with M12 connectors master eliminates manual setup and reduces remotely from one configuration to another that normally a gateway toData a fieldbus establishes an serves IO-Linkasconnection. rates and downtime. Switching remotely from easier without visiting the production factory floor facilitates PLC.up The established enables ease range tointelligent 230 kbpslink with a nonsynchronous one configuration to another without can visiting the product customization. Factories upgrade minimum cycle timefor ofdata 400exchange, Îźs, +10%.configuration Four of communication production lines readily to IO-Link, since it is factory floor facilitates easier product customization. operating modes support bidirectional input/ and diagnostics. backwards-compatible with existing standard Factories can upgrade production lines readily to output (I/O), digital input, digital output I/O installations and cabling. Altogether, these An unshielded three-wire cable as long as 20 and deactivation. Security mechanisms and IO-Link, since it is backwards-compatible with capabilities result in reduced overall costs, meters, normally withnot M12specified. connectors, deterministic dataequipped delivery are existing standard I/O installations and cabling. more efficient processes and greater machine A establishes profile known as the IO Device Description an IO-Link connection. Data rates range Altogether, availability.these capabilities result in reduced (IODD) contains properties; up to 230 kbps communication with a nonsynchronous minimum overall costs, more efficient processes and greater device parameters; identification, process and cycle time of 400 Âľs, +10%. Four operating modes machine availability. diagnostic data; and information specifically about the device and manufacturer. Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors



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older, non-Ethernet serial fieldbus protocols such Control Area Network (CAN), Modbus and Profibus. Two of the most widely used protocols, Profinet and EtherCAT, illustrate how the types of industrial

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demonstrated its value in highly automated Both are specified at 100 Mbps transmission In recent years, industrial Ethernet has demonstrated its value in highly automated factories, factories, becoming the standard of choice in large speeds andinclude over distances upsystems, to 100 m.PLCs Profinet becoming the standard of choice in large field networks that complex field networks that include complex systems, PLCs requires power to be supplied independently of the and gateways to support intercommunication with external networks. and gateways to support intercommunication with data cable power, while EtherCAT offers a version Benefits such as high speeds, common Two of the most widely used protocols, Profinet external networks. Benefits such as high speeds, (EtherCAT_P) that includes power and data in the interfaces and long connection distances have and EtherCAT, illustrate how the types of industrial common interfaces and long connection distances same cable. Profinet full duplex traffic and made Ethernet ubiquitous for data networks. Ethernet differ withsupports each other and with IO-Link. have made Ethernet ubiquitous for data networks. isBoth capable of sendingat packets to each node on the In addition, industrial Ethernet uses a modified are specified 100 Mbps transmission speeds In addition, industrial Ethernet uses a modified Media Access Control (MAC) layer to provide and overThe distances tooffers 100 m. Profinet requires network. protocolup also three classes that Media Access Control (MAC) layer tolatency provide and deterministic data delivery with low power to be supplied independently of the allow the user to match the level of performancedata support for time-triggered events. Support for cable power, while EtherCAT offers a version deterministic data delivery with low latency and required to the network. By contrast, EtherCAT ring and star topologies, as well as traditional (EtherCAT_P) that includes power and data in the support for time-triggered events. Support for ring sends a shared frame in one direction on the in-line connection, ensure safety and reliability in same cable. Profinet supports full duplex traffic and star topologies, as well as traditional in-line network that all slaves place their datato in— the case of a disconnected cable. and is capable of sending packets each node connection, ensure safety and reliability in the case aon scheme that supports extremely fast the network. The protocol also offers three Industrial Ethernet is not a unique single of a disconnected cable. classes that allow the user to match the level of forwarding times. specification but a large group of differing performance required to the network. By contrast, Industrial Ethernet is not a driven unique by single protocol implementations various Both Profinet and EtherCAT have faster cycle times EtherCAT sends a shared frame in one direction on industrial equipment manufacturers for protocol specification but a large group of differing than IO-Link with less tolerance. Both base the network thatmuch all slaves place their data in — a implementation field-level applications. implementationsindriven by various industrial timing on that network synchronization than scheme supports extremelyrather fast forwarding Popular protocols include EtherCAT, Profinet, equipment manufacturers for implementation in times. from the start of communication, as with IO-Link. Ethernet/IP, Sercos III and CC-Link IE Field, field-level applications. Popular protocols include Additional protocols provide functional safetycycle for times among others. The white paper “An inside Both Profinet and EtherCAT have faster EtherCAT, Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Sercos III and look at industrial Ethernet communication than IO-LinkIndustrial with much less tolerance. Both base connections. Ethernet protocols in CC-Link IE Field, among others. The white paper protocols” compares these protocols and timing offer on network synchronization rather than general a number of services in order discusses older, serial fieldbus from the start of communication, as with IO-Link. “An inside look non-Ethernet at industrial Ethernet communication to simplify integration within an automation protocols such Controlthese Areaprotocols Networkand (CAN), Additional protocols provide functional safety for protocols” compares discusses environment. Modbus and Profibus. connections. Industrial Ethernet protocols in general offer a number of services in order to simplify integration within an automation environment. Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors May 2018 4 33

industry 4.0 Issue no 8 - JANUARY 2019 Although most sensors do not need the robust set of features offered by an industrial Ethernet connection, an important exception is visual sensing. The massive data created by a video camera is itself a sufficient reason for a higher datarate connection than what IO-Link can offer. Visual and sometimes other types of sensing may provide essential inputs for real-time process control, thus requiring the deterministic delivery of industrial Ethernet.

industrial standard for sensors and its surrounding space. Even higher levels of identification may be possible using camera feeds via Gigabit Ethernet, but the industrial Ethernet protocols discussed here have not yet been specified at these speeds.

For example, time-of-flight applications track and anticipate the three-dimensional movement of an object. A typical response would be a robot arm that moves to intercept the object. IO-Link may provide sufficient speed and resolution for limited sensing of presence in these applications, but industrial Ethernet offers sufficient bandwidth and low-enough latency to determine some characteristics of the object

TI technology for smart factory communications Many possibilities exist among the competing industrial Ethernet protocols to serve cameras, motors, robots, PLCs and other complex systems; and even simple sensors and actuators need to operate effectively within a larger industrial Ethernet environment. With so many options for communication among automated equipment, industrial system designers need solutions that are flexible but easy to use. TI technology addresses these requirements with integrated solutions for industrial communications based on a range of standards, including IO-Link and the most popular industrial Ethernet protocols. TI’s TIOL111x transceiver family provides complete IO-Link functionality plus electrostatic discharge (ESD), electrical fast transient (EFT) and surge protection for sensors and actuators in automated systems. An evaluation module (EVM) allows you to review the devices in operation, and reference designs help speed development of transmitters, proximity switches, solenoid drivers, ultrasound and other applications. Application designers that require greater bandwidth and deterministic timing must decide how many industrial Ethernet protocols to support in order to make their systems compatible with multiple fieldbus environments. Traditionally, adding protocols requires creating additional interfaces or interchangeable modules that plug into the motherboard. Either decision involves additional hardware design, a larger bill of materials, and a longer cycle of testing and certification. 34

Instead of adding hardware, the TI Sitara™ family of ARM® processors offers an integrated programmable real-time unit and industrial communication subsystem (PRU-ICSS) that supports multiprotocol industrial Ethernet. The PRU loads industrial protocol firmware at device runtime, with options for EtherCAT, Profinet, Sercos III, Ethernet/IP and Ethernet PowerLink. The PRU-ICSS handles real-time critical tasks that you would otherwise build into an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) or field-programmable gate array (FPGA), thus offering an upgradable software-based solution if you need to add new features or protocols. Based on the scalable ARM core (Cortex®-A8, A9 or A15, depending on the processor), Sitara processors enable a singlechip solution for factory automation using multiple industrial Ethernet protocols.

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TI offers a wide line of interfaces for industrial Ethernet and other standards such as CAN, both as standalone solutions and as technology modules available in other integrated solutions. Many TI network products feature reinforced isolation for the protection of circuitry and humans, and other devices provide reinforced isolation to add to designs. In-depth development support includes software, tools, EVMs and reference designs for a variety of applications in automated industrial equipment.


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Smart sensor, fieldbus integration, firmware update, OPC UA

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industry 4.0 news Panasonic Industry presents the latest components and solutions for digital transformation of the production and processing industries The portfolio for the SPS IPC Drives 2018 trade fair included sensors, drives and controllers through to laser marking and welding systems

Johannes Spatz, President of Panasonic Industry Europe.

Panasonic Industry have launched its technology portfolio at SPS IPC Drives 2018. The Systems & Solutions business division demonstrated industry-leading innovations and components in the area of automation. Panasonic Industry have launched its technology portfolio at SPS IPC Drives 2018. The Systems & Solutions business division demonstrated industry-leading innovations and components in the area of automation. The company exhibited its core competencies in areas such as safety technology, energy management and efficiency over an area of just under 190 square metres.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a partner for industry, we focus our attention on the value creation chain, safety and industrial communication for Industry 4.0. As a partner for smart, safe and digital automation, we offer customers tailored consultancy and service portfolios in addition to a wide range of innovative productsâ&#x20AC;? said Johannes Spatz, President of Panasonic Industry Europe.

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Panasonic’s range of Industry 4.0 products include: SF4D Seamless maintenance and parametrisation for point of operation guarding Unguarded, moving parts represent a hazard at the man-machine interface in the area of mechanical and hydraulic presses, compression moulding machinery, punching, forming, rivet and eyelet systems as well as other automechanical assembly systems. Safety light curtains offer a vital protection mechanism in this respect and their proper operation and regular maintenance is invaluable. Thanks to our own free software developed in-house, light curtains in the SF4D series can check for incorrect cable wiring, disconnection and short circuit as well as the reliability of internal circuits. What’s more, the ELCA function allows unwanted machine downtime owing to extraneous light to be prevented and calibrated accordingly. The customary M12 connector found on the market guarantees fast and uncomplicated installation.

HG-C series Extremely compact and reliable distance sensor The HG-C series from Panasonic Industry opens up a host of new opportunities for industrial automation, including positioning of robotic arms, thickness and position measurement of belt material, presence detection of the smallest products or recognition of overlaps in the thinnest materials. These measurements can be performed both statically and dynamically. The KG-C sensor is unique on the market for laser sensors thanks to a repeatability of 10μm and a response time of 1.5 ms. With dimensions of just W20 x H44 x D25 mm, this sensor offers high-end performance in a compact package. Five measuring ranges (100 mm ± 35 mm, 50 mm ± 15 mm and 30 mm ± 5 mm) are available depending on the model with a measurement resolution of 10 μm to 70 μm. The built-in display supports setup and operation. 37

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DP-100 series Highly accurate miniature manometer with M8 connector type The digital miniature manometers in the DP-100 series are ideal for highly accurate measurement and monitoring of air pressure and non-corrosive gases in an array of industrial applications. Special features of the digital manometer include the dual LCD display for measured values and threshold values and the data copy function. Not only can the displayed measured values or settings be read easily with the new three-colour, 12-segment LCD display, rather also the operating status (green or red for signal output ON / OFF operation) and setting status (orange) can also be easily distinguished. The data copy function allows the setting to be made on a sensor and transmitted with ease to other sensors. The adjustable response times (2.5 5,000 ms) mean that dynamic pressure changes can be recorded but also that undesired, abrupt pressure fluctuations owing to abnormal drops in pressure can be ignored.

FX-500 series The safest solution in the field of fibre optic sensors Fibre optic sensors allow measurements to be taken in environments that are beyond the limits of electric sensors. Unlike electrical measuring methods, the strictly optical measuring method is completely immune to environmental influences, since light is the basis for supplying the sensor and transmitting the measurement signal. These sensors are also small, largely corrosion-resistant and extremely reliable against high electric voltages and magnetic fields as well as temperatures. The self-monitoring sensor from Panasonic Industry is able to report sensor data and its own status to the host device via an IO-Link master, enabling timely analysis and maintenance of the sensor as well as identification of problems. Not only are aspects such as maintenance and safety of paramount importance in this respect but also technical performance. The FX-500 achieves a response time of 25Âľs and at the same time offers extremely high precision. Moreover, the reliability of detection has increased by 75 percent compared with earlier models.

MINAS A6 servo drives Minimum space requirement and costs paired with maximum safety Safe drive monitoring has been a mandatory requirement for companies since the introduction of the European Machinery Directive in 2009. This means that drives therefore have to be able to perform more and more of the safety-related functions. However these functions cannot be handled by conventional safety controllers. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, machine safety to date has been associated with high costs and increased space requirements. Panasonic Industry is addressing such design criteria with the MINAS A6 servo drive. The full version will be on view for the first time at SPS, including a total of 17 safety functions and nine safe inputs and outputs. This makes Panasonic the only provider to offer practically all safety functions. 38

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FP0H compact controller Ultra-compact PLC with two Ethernet interfaces The FP0H from Panasonic Industry is a compact controller, which rounds off the comprehensive PLC portfolio optimally by shifting the focus towards communication and connectivity. Thanks to two Ethernet interfaces, which serve as switches, data can now be shared via Ethernet. The CPU is able to communicate with different types of devices simultaneously, with support offered for the following protocols: Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP, MEWWTOCOL and MC protocol. FTP client and server functions are likewise available. This high-speed Ethernet bus for automation is especially suitable for highly dynamic single and multiple-axis positioning tasks. Assembly and connection are conceivably simple, while high failsafe reliability is assured thanks to a ring circuit. Wiring is realised simply on the basis of Ethernet CST5e standard cables with a distance of up to 100 metres between the modules.


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About Panasonic Industry Europe: Panasonic has been the global market leader in the development of innovative technologies and solutions for the electronics industry for 100 years. On a global scale, the portfolio includes the growing B2B business area with solutions for sectors such as home automation, mobility, industry and entertainment electronics. The Panasonic Group has some 591 subsidiaries and 88 associate companies around the globe and recorded consolidated net sales of YEN 7982 trillion / EUR 61.6 billion in the last financial year (ending 31 March 2018). As part of the Group, Panasonic Industry Europe GmbH offers a host of important electronic components, devices and modules through to complete solutions and production facilities for production lines for customers throughout Europe in a number of sectors. industry.panasonic.eu linkedin.com/company/panasonic twitter.com/panasonicuk 39

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HARTING Ethernet switches support high-performance imaging processes Ha-VIS eCon devices allow processing of several high-quality images and streams in parallel throughout the network HARTING has developed a new Ethernet switch that enables the implementation of individually tailored plug & play network solutions for data-intensive applications. Imaging processes have become ever more important in all industry segments. From quality inspection within a production facility to road traffic identification, image processing supports the frictionless progress of daily businesses. However, while the quality of images has increasing significantly in recent years, the capability of network devices for industrial environments has grown rather more slowly. The new HARTING Ha-VIS eCon unmanaged 16-port gigabit switch addresses this challenge by offering the necessary performance to cover the demands of processing several high-quality images and streams in parallel throughout the network. Because of their volatile nature, live imaging or streaming processes are performed without network reliability mechanisms. The reason is that images and data streams must be transferred to the receiver without delay, or the transfer makes no sense at all. To secure the correct delivery of large data streams, the Ha-VIS eCon 3160GX-A-A switch supports Jumbo Frames. These are Ethernet frames which improve performance on local networks by making data transmissions more efficient. The HARTING Ha-VIS eCon is also equipped with an optimised architecture, guaranteeing the availability of hardware resources and offering uncompromising performance.

About HARTING: The HARTING Technology Group is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power and has 13 production plants and branches in 44 countries. Moreover, the company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering. In the 2016/17 business year, some 4,600 employees generated sales of EUR 672 million. harting.com/UK/en-gb linkedin.com/company/harting twitter.com/harting_group


The HARTING Ha-VIS eCon is also equipped with an optimised architecture, guaranteeing the availability of hardware resources and offering uncompromising performance.

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Skills development and need-based education must to cope up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4th IR) We are at the transition time to step into the 4th industrial revolution and to cope up with this transformation we need to enhance our needbased skills development and change the overall education system, said Syed Tamjid ur Rahman, Vice President, and Distinguished Fellow of Bangladesh Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution (BD4IR) in his keynote paper at a discussion meeting organized jointly by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Bangladesh Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution (BD4IR) on December 20, 2018 at DCCI auditorium.

4th Industrial revolution (4IR) is fully based on modern and sophisticated technology along with artificial intelligence, he said. 4th industrial revolution will have impact on businesses as well like growth, employment, new skills and nature of work, he highlighted. the 4IR will change the customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; expectation and manufacturing pattern. Technology will control everything in future, he said. The 4IR will raise the global income, improve quality of life, emerge new products and services, increase efficiency and productivity, transportation and communication costs will drop, global supply chain will become effective, open up new market and drive economic growth, he said. We must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view of how technology is affecting our lives and reshaping our economic, social, cultural and human environment. Senior Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs H.E. Md. Shahidul Haque was present as the chief guest. He said still we do not have any intellectual property rights lawyer in Bangladesh. He said leadership is very critical in terms of technology adaptability. He said we have demographic dividend of young population and they are more capable of adapting technology, they are bright and brilliant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that because of 4IR job loss will be a main challenge but we are optimistic that it will create more job opportunities. We need to think out of the box, he said. To keep ourselves fit in the world, we have to look for newer innovation, he said.

Syed Tamjid ur Rahman, Vice President, and Distinguished Fellow of Bangladesh Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution

DCCI President Mr. Abul Kasem Khan in his opening remarks said that the 4th Industrial Revolution is evolving fast and changing economies, businesses, industries and transforming entire system of production, management and governance. The 4th Industrial Revolution will focus on artificial intelligence, robotics, internet of things (IoT), cloud technology, block-chain, 3D printing, nanotechnology and biotechnology. These will not only open up new opportunities but also will create some new challenges as it will cater the nature of job and production. The world is moving faster, and we need to keep the same pace to be competitive, so first of all we need to create awareness and need to have the ability of technology adaptability. Trade, industry businesses, investment, production, supply chain, marketing, market and overall economy will face a challenge bedcause of 4th industrial revolution, so we need to create awareness and transformation to traditional businesses to tech-based business system along with new innovation. Policy Adviser of Access to Information (a2i) project of the government Mr. Anir Chowdhury said that the biggest challenge of 4th industrial revolution is jobs loss. By the year 2025 there will be new city where no traffic lights will be used. We see job loss in the RMG sector but not in a remarkable figure. But in the next 5-7 years this quantity may increase. We need to re-skilled about 7.5 crore people within the next 20 years and within this timeframe 2 crore people need to come under new skill development project, he informed.


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Unleashing the Potential of Industry 4.0 for Emerging Markets - Ankur Goyal, Head BD, Robert Bosch

To be competitive in the business sector we have to change our education system and need to enhance research and development collaboration. For need-based education system he emphasized on new structure of curriculum, training for the teachers to make them facilitator and focusing distinctly on skill development. Vice President of DCCI Mr. Riyadh Hossain also spoke on the occasion. He urged for policy reforms, industry-academia collaboration, vocational training, R&D and skill development. Senior Vice President of DCCI Mr. Kamrul Islam, FCA made the closing remarks. DCCI Directors Imran Ahmed, SM Zillur Rahman, Md. Alauddin Malik, former Senior Vice Presidents Osama Taseer, Haider Ahmed Khan, FCA were also present among others.

The Bangladesh Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution is a center of excellence for Engaging politics, business, media, civil society and academia for shaping the future of industry and society in the context of globalization 4.0. Bangladesh Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution (BD4IR) would like to work in collaboration with politics, business/Industry, media, civil society and academia to initiate sectoral studies to address the challenges, opportunities and way forwards and develop concrete action plans and strategies. BD4IR is looking forward to working with stakeholders for maximize the benefits and minimize the risks of Fourth Industrial Revolution in Bangladesh.

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AXISCADES and Altizon partner to deliver offerings for the ‘Factory of the Future’ Partnership to focus on the Industry 4.0 needs of Aerospace, Automotive and Heavy Engineering space. AXISCADES, a leader in product engineering and high technology solutions, today announced it has partnered with Altizon, a global industrial IoT (IIoT) platform company, to help customers build the ‘factory of the future’ through their combined smart manufacturing and digital transformation offerings. AXISCADES will be working directly with Altizon’s platform and products R&D group to design and build manufacturing applications that will be available to manufacturers embarking on their Industry 4.0 journey. Together, they intend to launch joint sales and marketing campaigns for the North America region. AXISCADES is a preferred ER&D player today, working with some of the largest enterprises today in the discrete manufacturing space. Their proven domain understanding in this space, having worked as an engineering and manufacturing services provider, clearly makes them the partner of choice for digitizing activities at the shop floor and helping their customers adopt industry 4.0 technologies better. Headquartered in Bangalore, AXISCADES has 14 engineering centres worldwide including North America, Europe, and Asia. The company recently announced setting up a new Digital - COE in Pune which will house its key technology stacks around Industrial IOT, Augmented Reality, Product Lifecycle Management, Manufacturing Execution Systems, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning to name a few. With a global footprint of over 100 enterprise users, Altizon is a leading Industrial IOT platform provider as recognized by Forrester, Frost & Sullivan, VDC Research, BCG, and most recently by Gartner in its Magic Quadrant for IIoT Platforms.

Altizon’s award winning technology helps enterprises accelerate their Smart Manufacturing initiatives, modernize Asset Performance Management services and launch new business models for service delivery, among other processes. Altizon’s proven technology is successfully being used in a number of industries, including the automotive, tire, steel, chemical, energy and Fast - Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) markets. “We continue to expand and augment our Engineering and manufacturing services with technology. Industry 4.0 is about new business models that could change the way any company designs, builds, manufactures & services its products. Given our deep understanding of product development and shop floor manufacturing, and Altizon’s capabilities, we are confident of leveraging these technologies to help our customers mature in their own industry 4.0 journey” says Abhijit Chattopadhyay, VP Sales & Global Head Alliances, AXISCADES. “Altizon is keen on scaling our capabilities to help drive digital transformations globally,” says Vinay Nathan, Cofounder and CEO Altizon. “By partnering with AXISCADES we are helping manufacturers realize the ‘factory of the future’ today by offering our Industrial IoT technology suite complimented by AXISCADES deep manufacturing technology domain expertise – to gain deeper insights, make better decisions and to unlock new business value. Our joint offering will help ensure our clients’ Industry 4.0 journey is on a pathway to achieving measurable success.”

AXISCADES Engineering Technologies Ltd: AXISCADES is a leading product engineering and high - technology Solutions Company and a preferred ER&D player today, working with some of the largest manufacturing enterprises. Their proven technology products and services, coupled with industry best practices, enable global OEMs to create innovative, sustainable, safer and smarter products. The company brings deep domain knowledge of the manufacturing industry and as such has strong capabilities to build applications that really helps its clients make the most of Industry 4.0. Headquartered in Bangalore, AXISCADES has 16 engineering centres worldwide including North America, Europe, and Asia. santoshkumar.u@axiscades.com axiscades.com 43

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Productivity1000 Processing Power Productivity1000 Stackable Micro PLC Full-featured P1-540 CPU with 50MB of user memory 4 communications ports including USB, Ethernet, RS-232, RS-485 USB programming and Micro SD card data logging

Cube20 Control Cabinet I/O Fieldbus in the Cabinet with a bridge to the Field IP67 and IP20 transitional modules Maintenance-free spring clamp terminals and removable terminal blocks Visible LEDs make signal status easy to trouble shoot Expandable to 15 modules with one IP address Expand from the cabinet up to 10m with Cube67 modules

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Pressure-sensitive safety mat PSENmat Safe monitoring and individual operation

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SmartMONITOR Wireless machine and workplace monitoring system: Monitor up and down time of machines

Pressure-sensitive safety mat (failsafe) and position detection (standard) in one product – surface monitoring and virtual switch function combined for the first time

Respond immediately to machine breakdowns

Enables ergonomic and safe workstations due to integrated switch functionality

Automatic e-mail escalation of non-productive status

High flexibility and dynamic operating concept, due to the “virtual switch”, which can be individually defined

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Sensor Integration Machine

SIM4x00 • Wide range of connections with 25 interfaces for Ethernet-based fieldbuses, cameras, illumination, sensors, encoders, and more besides • 8-gigabit Ethernet interfaces for rapid image transmission • Fieldbus and Ethernet interfaces with communication protocols such as OPC-UA and MQTT provide preprocessed data (edge computing) for the control and for cloud computing in parallel “dual talk”, thereby allowing networking for digital factories. - Application development kit: SICK AppStudio - Data storage and retrieval: Image and data logging via optional microSD memory card, internal RAM and external FTP - Further functions: HALCON13 (image processing library), Rectification, JPEG compression, Image stitching For further information visit: sick.com/ag/en/products-by-tasks/networking-and-integration/ networking-and-integration/sensor-integration-machine/c/g386451 45

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SOFTWARE OEEsystems International & PerformOEE™ OEEsystems International & PerformOEE™ help progressive, global, manufacturing companies to improve competitiveness, increase output, reduce costs and deliver business performance excellence. Reduce ‘time-to-action’ cycle. Captures data automatically, saving you time and money. Identifies, quantifies and delivers continuous improvement opportunities. For further information visit: oeesystems.com


delivers all the functions and capabilities a modern factory needs to succeed in Industry 4.0. The modular solution is fully web-based and network machines, IT systems and humans.


Based on our in-house developed real-time analytics engine, the Crosser Edge Node software allows you to collect sensor data from all your connected assets - equipment, machines or devices. Real-time Power Lightweight and powerful - runs on any Linux, Windows or Unix-enabled hardware

Reduce downtime Fast and efficient trouble-shooting Lower inventory, logistics and warehouse costs through Just-In-Time production


Real-time Integration Collect data from any protocol, PLC, Hardware or system (Modbus, Profibus, OPC-xx, MQTT etc.)

Instant availability of key metrics from the shop floor

Real-time Streaming Analytics Add metadata. Clean, prepare and normalize the data

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NANOULTRA VIBE REMOTE VIBRATION MONITORING SYSTEMS Simple Setup and Easy-To-Use Simply switch it on and start monitoring! You can manage all system settings online remotely with our CDLSmartHub. Long Battery Life Typically 1-2 months battery life however mains power adaptor is available for long-term applications. Extra Inputs Input for up to two tri-axial geophone sensors. CDLSmartHub IoT Dashboard Our own IoT reporting platform offers real time remote monitoring data, configure and manage devices, alarms, audit trails, graphs and trends, dashboards, visualisations and analytics!

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Integrated iFactory Cloud Solution Digitalization and Dashboard Visualization for Smart Factory Management Data Acquisition Automatic data acquisition enables complete production information transparency for manufacturing process optimization and real-time operations management. Dashboard Visualization The user-friendly browser-based dashboard enables data visualization and analysis for managers to realize total visibility and control over factory management. Integration with MES/ERP Production data can be transmitted and integrated with manufacturing execution systems, enterprise resource planning systems, and other management systems.

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