Industrial

Automate without compromise

31st August 2021
Joe Bush

Smart factories are rapidly emerging around the world, leveraging advanced automation applications such as augmented reality, autonomous mobile robots, cobots, and industrial sensors. Even beyond the traditional factory floor, automation is accelerating in areas like warehouse automation and logistics by using similar applications.

These new features and functionality are now more practical because of hardware improvements enabling real-time networking, high-performance processing, high reliability, low power consumption, and interface flexibility. Keeping factories alive and profitable today requires optimising performance and uptime by deploying connected automation and predictive maintenance solutions, which can translate into immense savings and value for end users.

Demanding 7x24 operation in industrial and logistics environments increases stress on devices, especially in systems with active drives and motors (e.g., bearings, electronics), and a single motor failure can halt operations or production. Newer computing solutions for automation, such as integrated edge AI engines, can identify these irregularities and predict failures well in advance so that operators can be alerted, parts can be pre-ordered, maintenance scheduled, and overall operational efficiency increased.

In addition, local on-site processing reduces network transmission costs, storage costs, and reduces data centre processing costs all while valuable data is protected by eliminating transmission to remote sites.

Lattice Semiconductor has produced a whitepaper which can be downloaded above.

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