Accelerating transformation for the industrial revolution
I have always been interested and somewhat fascinated by machines, especially the ones that are used to build other machines. I have good memories of my visits to an enormous foundry or a ship factory. This dates back 30 years when I was working in a machine shop as a high school senior. I loved the industrial saws used to cut 2” thick sheets of mica or the G-code programmed CNCs. Enough of this and back to the topic of the Fourth Industria...
Key technologies defining smarter factories: digital twinning
The EU currently represents more than 30% of the overall global investment in Industry 4.0, and smart factories (particularly those concerned with making automobiles) are on the rise across Europe. One essential concept is for smarter factories that of the digital twin. This integrates at the system level sensor/IoT devices, data analytics, data storage and machine learning. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
A motor driver with a bridge to a wonderful heritage
If you’re into cars you’ll be able to run-off a list of classic, iconic vehicles that were pivotal in automotive history. The same goes for aviation, with quintessential designs being memorable for their shape, role or performance. Compared to these sectors, semiconductors are a fledgling industry, having only really got started back in the 1950s. Some 70 years into its history, now is a good time to reflect on our history in order th...
Edge computing for IT/OT integration
Bridging the gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is an essential step in realising a truly smart factory. When IT and OT converge, data collected from IoT devices can be efficiently analysed and quickly turned into valuable information. Edge computing sits right in the space between IT and OT and can therefore facilitate the converge of these seemingly distant worlds.
Key technologies defining smarter factories: the rise of cobots
The advent of Industry 4.0 is driving significant changes across the whole of the contemporary industrial landscape. As covered in our previous two blogs, the increasing use of sensor devices and the latest forms of connectivity have enabled access to far more comprehensive datasets for thorough analysis for smarter factories. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
Trends in creating electronics through additive manufacturing
The use of 3D printing technology to build devices with embedded electronics has evolved. In the early days, special 3D printers injected dielectric inks onto a layer of a build, creating electronic traces, to build electronic parts. Here Nano Dimension's CEO, Yoav Stern, talks about new trends to create PCBs.
Why industrial IoT needs 23dBm transmission power
Over the past year or two, low power wide area cellular technologies, the likes of LTE-M and NB-IoT, have played a vital role in growing the industrial IoT. By delivering reliable service up to 100km from the nearest cell tower, connected devices that communicate using LPWA technologies can increase the geographical area within which they stay connected to the cloud.
Exploring the biggest challenges for 5G deployment
5G promises exciting advances for Communications Service Providers (CSPs), but the 5G rollout is going to be challenging. CSPs must rapidly build out dense, low latency edge networks in ways that are affordable, secure, and easily maintainable. Guest blog written by Paul Miller.
Key technologies defining smarter factories: sensors
In this next instalment of our blog series on the future of industrial automation, smarter factories will be looking at the role of sensor technology. The ongoing digitisation of industrial processes will increasingly rely on the use of a wide range of different sensor devices, incorporated into equipment throughout production lines and also the supply channels that feed them. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
Driving piezoelectric transducer buzzers
Forming part of the user interface apparatus, piezoelectric transducer buzzers can provide an important function in a broad array of electronic equipment. Through incorporation of one of these electromechanical components, an audible signal can be passed to the equipment’s user. By Ryan Smoot, CUI Devices