Smart Wireless Manufacturing For 4th Industrial Revolution

AAEON and Ericsson close the gap between operation, information and communication technologies 

AAEON is proud to announce a smart wireless manufacturing partnership with Ericsson, one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through their networks.


Currently, the majority of factories are already automated to a certain extent by extracting the data from the machines via cables. Together with Ericsson, we enable interconnected solutions, band collective intelligence, easier digitalization of factory assets and plant infrastructure by retrofitting of sensors and introducing cellular connectivity.


Gateways have to embed several industrial protocols to support wireless sensors. To have flexible and reconfigurable production lines, it is sound to connect the whole production line via the gateway and do further analysis to derive valuable insights. With our partner, we can start this today.


Smart Wireless Manufacturing is the foundation to support and accelerate the 4th industrial revolution; transforming factories and plants with cellular technology (4G/5G). While industries have successfully automated many processes, there are still progress to be made to achieve intelligent automation on a much larger scale.


Secure wireless connectivity creates the digital foundation in which manufacturing can increase productivity, performance, and limit unnecessary human intervention. To successfully connect everything on site, the network must cater to a pair of categories:

  • highly critical,
  • real-time applications (robotics),
  • massive monitoring of assets


“We are excited to see how industrial device ecosystem is taking shape to fully enable wireless communication with NB IoT /CATM1, LTE, and future 5G” -says Erik Josefsson, Head of Advanced Industries at Ericsson.


Ericsson presents Smart Wireless Manufacturing and compares the rationale behind cellular wireless to today’s alternatives. Our offering closes the gap between operation, information and communication technologies and realizes new savings and value in the plant.

“AAEON commits in a transformation from wired to cellular connectivity in industrial 4.0 and offers the path from PoC to field deployment. Here we present a wide portfolio of LTE enabled and CE-RED certified the industrial gateways” – explains Fabrizio Del Maffeo, General Manager at AAEON Technology Europe. 

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Envision the Future of Machine Vision!

AAEON provides complete machine vision solutions. In addition to manufacturing vision controllers, AAEON cooperates with many different partners, including camera vendors like Basler, FLIR, IDS, and Baumer, and also machine vision software vendors like Mvtec Merlic and Halcon. Also, AAEON’s BOX PCs are compatible with CameraLink and CoaXpress Frame Grabber Cards, as AAEON has worked with Euresys on these technologies.

AAEON’s quality assurance tests always follow strict protocols to ensure that controllers, cameras, and software systems can work together smoothly and be completely compatible. Our tireless dedication to innovation and improvement means that when you buy AAEON products, you’re buying tried and tested technologies that won’t let you down.

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Application: Quality inspection System

Experienced manufacturers know that product or packaging flaws give their brand a bad image. Improving quality control procedures has typically been both expensive and time-consuming, but AAEON has developed a system that allows manufacturers to reduce operational costs and material waste, minimize the risk of recalls, and protect their brand image.

To ensure product quality when manufacturing, vendors usually set up three separate quality inspection procedures: “Purchased Materials Inspection,” “Semi-complete Product Inspection,” and “Finished Product Inspection.” These inspections cover factors such as “barcode,” “parts,” “size,” and “on-product wording.”

Customer’s Requirements:

▸Simultaneous support for multiple cameras to enable different types of high-speed inspection

▸Support for 3-5M Pixel, 30 FPS Camera

▸Be equipped with kinds of an interface to be able to connect to PLC, motors, light controllers, and displays

▸Be dust-proof, vibration resistant, and fanless, and it should be capable of working 24/7 in high-temperature, high-humidity conditions since it will be installed in harsh industrial environments

▸Powerful computing capability

▸Easily programmable machine vision software to meet different customer needs

Quality Inspection DEMO KIT

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The perfect companion for Military use

The new, AAEON`s  Rugged tablet RTC-1010 will make it an indispensable tool for the military, tough factory automation applications, and people who spend their working days out in the field.”

AAEON Europe, a major developer of advanced industrial solutions, launches the RTC-1010, a 10.1” rugged tablet computer with an extensive IO interface and a series of user-friendly hardware features.

The RTC-1010’s specifications, flexibility, and usability will make it an indispensable tool for a range of rugged applications.
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The robust new AAEON tablet features an LCD bonded with a scratch-resistant projected capacitive multi-touch screen. It has an operating temperature range of -20°C to 50°C, is IP65 compliant, can withstand drops from a height of 122cm, and meets MIL-STD-810G standards, so strong resistance to vibrations is guaranteed.

The device is powered by an Intel Pentium/Celeron processor and supports both Windows 10 IoT and Android 8.1 operating systems. It has onboard 4GB DDR3L memory and 64GB eMMC storage, and an additional 512GB of mSATA storage can be added via an internal Mini Card slot.

The tablet features a 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera with flash. It has 2D barcode, smart card, and NFC readers, and it can be customized to include a magnetic stripe reader. Multiple USB3.0 and USB2.0 ports along with micro HDMI, COM and LAN ports enable greater functionality and connections to peripherals devices.

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The RTC-1010 comes with inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth, and a 4G LTE module can be added via a second Mini Card slot. The system’s wireless capabilities also include GPS, Beidou, or alternative navigation solutions.

To maximize ease of use, the tablet is fitted with a hot-swappable battery, and AAEON has also developed a series of accessories including hand and shoulder straps, a docking station, and a charging dock.

Speaking about the new device, AAEON Rugged Mobile Division product manager Peter Yang said: “The RTC-1010’s rugged specifications, flexibility, and usability will make it an indispensable tool for the military, tough factory automation applications, and people who spend their working days out in the field.”

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Trialed and trusted

Leaning on our extensive experience making 10” rugged tablets, the RTC-1010 will prove itself through all kinds of circumstances, defying heavy rain, dust, sand, snow and mud during your intensive day at the job. Dropping it will not give you the terror shock-and-awe you normally have dropping your consumer-grade tablet.
It is your ideal (maintenance/service) tool in any factory -and logistics environment making use of the various I/O’s, optional 1D/2D Barcode Scanner and NFC/RFID Reader.

Getting you through the day

Working long days? No problem for the RTC-1010. The internal and hot-swappable battery will make sure you get your work done.
The connectivity features on the RTC-1010 are WiFi, BlueTooth, GPS, 4G, 4 USB ports, an Ethernet port and COM port to ensure accurate positioning, fast data response and full connectivity whether in a car, bus, truck or even harvester. The vehicle docking station will even provide extra (back-up) connectivity through even more physical USB, Ethernet and COM-ports.
Furthermore, the 8MP auto-focus camera with flash will create the right picture for you in any environment, whether you are documenting damage to goods upon delivery or making scenery pictures for your factory machine maintenance reports.

Expandability

The RTC-1010 is a very versatile unit offering the flexibility to scale your needs with different accessories.
The RTC-1010 comes optionally with several ergonomic accessories such as a shoulder strap and comfortable hand strap to allow to take some weight of you and allow you to keep working.
Furthermore, the vehicle docking station will give you the capability to charge the RTC-1010 and, through the 2 extra USB ports and COM port you can add extra peripherals to it, such as a keyboard/pad, mouse, Barcode reader, UHF RFID reader, forklift sensor, etc. The docking station also provides for physical Ethernet port for legacy devices for connectivity to a Vehicle PC server or IP camera.

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The complete solution for your private LoRaWAN™ network

AAEON Technology Europe created with ResIOT an industrial solution to serve your LPWAN LoRaWAN™ based projects.
Regardless of the size of your installation, we can provide you with a reliable and professional solution from data gathering and ingestion up to device management, data analysis, and visualization.
We created a scalable product that comes with pre-configured modes cloud-based projects or on-premise cases.

The ResIOT platform can be used free of charge up to 15 Devices and 1 LoRaWAN™ Gateway into Cloud mode or up to 5 Devices and 1 LoRaWAN™ Gateway & Network Server into the on-premise mode.

Check Here for the Startup Guide

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Buy the Solution Kit

The AAEON Indoor LoRaWAN™ certified edge gateway & network server AIOT-ILRA01 offers a great computational power into a 5Watt Intel ATOM® processor. The x86  platform allows flexible development environment and put no constraints to the installation of development components; moreover, it enables the possibility of running concurrent tasks to the ones dedicated to LoRaWAN™ operations, making real the concept of edge multi-service gateway.  The I/O interfaces (HDMI, USB, USB OTG) ensure an easy startup and debug, while the GbLAN port and the optional WiFi and Bluetooth offer complete connectivity. The 8-channel industrial radio, based on IMST solution, guarantee the full compatibility with the standards and the connectivity with LoRaWAN™ end devices.

ResIOT is the world first platform for professional LoRaWAN™/LPWAN Networks and IoT Projects for Smart City or Industry 4.0. Cost-effective High availability and scalability. It is the IoT Platform that provides all the necessary software to manage networks with millions of devices but also to manage a small private network.

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It is composed by an Application/Automation/Data adapters Server that is the heart of the platform, manages all configured data, maintains the link with all ResIOT™ LoRaWan™ Network Servers and all other connectors, provides a web interface for configuration but also for the creation of IoT projects, manages the data automation, data store in the database and many other features.

The LoRaWAN™ Network Server manages all the features of the LoRaWAN™ network, such as node authentication, encryption key maintenance, uplink management, and downlink transmission through all the base stations/gateways of the LPWAN network.

The LoRaWAN™ Base Station/Gateway Server is the main component for connection to all the LoRaWAN™ Base Station / Gateway of the network. Allows the receipt and transmission of all data from the LoRaWAN™ devices and collects the monitoring data of each Base Station / Gateway. ResIOT™ LoRaWAN Base Station / Gateway Server communicates with ResIOT™ LoRaWan Network Server and ResIOT™ IoT Application / Automation / Data adapters Server with MQTT protocol.

The LoRaWAN™ Base Station/Gateway Packet forwarder is the component that is installed on the Base Station / Gateway. It allows the management of the LoRa radio cards, takes care of the transmission and reception of all data and constantly communicates with the ResIOT™ component LoRaWAN™ Base Station / Gateway Server. Available for AAEON and other brands gateways. It also allows to remotely configure data such as a gain antenna, frequencies, server connection parameters, etc.

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Real-time PPE Monitoring on the Edge saves cost and protect lives

The world’s first edge compute solution for Personal Protective Equipment ingress and real-time PPW monitoring

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is the equipment that protects the user against health or safety risks. Not wearing PPE dramatically increases the chances of injuries and in many situations also of financial losses due to fines for injuries and death of workers as well as contamination caused by not wearing gloves, hairnets, shoe covers, etc. This post describes the world’s first edge compute solution for PPE ingress and real-time PPE compliance monitoring.

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AAEON partnering with Cortexica allows us to identify numerous real-world problems that can be addressed by applying machine vision methods. has been at the forefront of the machine vision revolution. We have reverse-engineered parts of the human visual cortex, which allowed us to develop a powerful image search engine nowadays widely used to solve many real-world problems. Some of the solutions to these problems are often very specific while others are widely applicable and have the potential to save lives. Probably the best example of this is our family of solutions designed for PPE ingress and real-time PPE compliance monitoring.

PPE is designed to protect users from serious injuries or illnesses resulting from physical, mechanical, electrical, chemical or radiological contact. The importance of PPE is paramount because it serves as the last line of defense against an injury or death. Unfortunately, studies have demonstrated that 98% of workers said they have seen others not wearing PPE when they should have been and 30% of those said this happens regularly. Head injuries, constituting 9% of all injuries, can be fatal and yet 84% of these were caused by not wearing a helmet [1]. Most of these injuries could have been prevented had there been a system in place that would continuously monitor for PPE compliance.

Recent advancements in edge computing gave rise to novel applications designed to process data right at its source effectively minimizing latency and allowing real-time processing. UP ! Bridge, the gap with CORTEXICA, presents a solution for PPE ingress and compliance monitoring that runs in real-time and entirely on the edge.

Check out a Martin Peniak interview at AAEON stand at IoT World Congress in Barcelona about our latest product developed in partnership with UP ! Bridge the gap and Cortexica Vision Systems designed to prevent injuries and save lives by automatically detecting when someone is missing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Development Kit Overview

It takes more than algorithms to deliver an AI-driven product that solves a real-life problem. Working in partnership UP with Cortexica, we have developed UP Squared AI Edge-PPE monitoring, a development kit for health and safety professionals to create proof of concepts (POC) to full-blown AI applications ready for live deployment. The development kit offers the following:

•Real-time video analysis with advanced algorithms and machine learning to ensure employees are wearing the correct PPE for their working environment

•Parallel detection of PPE, Face, Person, and Body parts leveraging CPU, GPU, and VPU processors

•Powered by the latest ultra-low-power high-performance Intel Myriad X VPU

•Single image mode

•Real-time mode

•Made for POCs
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The PPE monitoring development kit is available for purchase as an off-the-shelf solution, complete with hardware and software configuration, and detailed step-by-step guides to help you start prototyping your next AI monitoring or video surveillance project. For health and safety professions, this development kit assists the creation of a PPE monitoring system, and for industries at large, an AI-driven surveillance application.

If you are interested in trying out this kit, please visit UP Shop where you can order it!

 

References

[1] U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accidents Involving Head Injuries, Report 605, (Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, July 1980) p. 1

AAEON with Intelligent Vending partners team announces the next generation Vending Machine

The new solution for next-generation Vending Machine is realized in collaboration with the main Intelligent Vending Partner of AAEON – Invenda, and technology partners – AIM for AI and VISA for the payments.

AAEON Technology Europe BV announces the new, outstanding solution in partnership with Invenda, AIM2, Selecta, and VISA. At the European Vending & Coffee Service Association event in Seville, EVEX (15-16th November) AAEON will showcase the machine which will help to ease integration of the new solutions, such direct, targeted marketing at POS, data collection,  optimize product display and offerings, cost saving but also eliminate waste and minimizing OPEX.

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Each Vending Machine is connected to the backend cloud service through the secure network connection (HTTPS) and will communicate over encrypted channels. Also, the solution will result in efficient servicing and cost saving, digitalization of customer interaction (individually optimized) and real-time inventory, transaction details, and complete machine status.
The power of AAEON edge computing solutions allowed the additional integration of Artificial Intelligence-based solution from AIM2, for audience recognition and cataloging, ID and product recognition, all on the edge without the need of any cloud-based AI solution.
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The machine we are showing at “EVEX” offers independent modules for:

• Device management / centralized monitoring
• Device inventory and automated pricing
• Digital signage / marketing
• Transaction and location data collection
• Facial recognition with statistics and targeted marketing Analytics for
dynamic content generation, product selection, optimization based on customers and environment, predictive servicing, filling, and maintenance
• Biometric payment capability

Merging different expertise we could put together new technologies that are revolutionizing several aspects of the classic machines.
AAEON off the shelf hardware for Intelligent Vending and Artificial Intelligence help to ease the integration of new solutions on existing vending machines, such as motor control, payment integration, customer and product recognition.
Invenda’s solution revolutionizes every aspect of automated retail from how the customer approaches the machine to how operators select products. It enhances existing revenue streams and introduces new ones.
This solution can be easily deployed in whole or in part within new or existing infrastructure and machines.
The showcased machine is an old Selecta Wurlitzers, eliminating wastage and minimizing OPEX.
The ground-breaking solution is entirely modular to address all vending industry needs today and long into the future. The intelligent software can recognize customers and environmental conditions to display targeted offers and campaigns.

About AAEON:
Established in 1992, AAEON is a leading designer and manufacturer of professional, intelligent IoT solutions. Committed to innovative engineering, AAEON provides reliable and high-quality computing platforms, including industrial motherboards and systems, industrial displays, rugged tablets, embedded controllers, network appliances, and related accessories. In addition to integrated solutions. AAEON also provide the services and tooling for premier OEM/ODM and system integrators, worldwide. Being an Associate Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, AAEON offer customized end-to-end services from initial product conceptualization and board product development to mass manufacturing and after-sales service programs. AAEON hold a GSA government contract (#GS 35F-0470Y) serving Federal, State & Local government sectors. Visit www.aaeon.com and http://www.intelligentvending.eu/  to browse our expansive line of products and services.

About Invenda:
Invenda revolutionizes retail with innovation and automation.
Invenda has built a brain with artificial intelligence for vending machines providing centralized device management with real-time inventory, product bundling, digital signage, and demographically optimized experiences. Our IoT solution is based on a highly distributed, scalable and resilient network of devices.

About AGILELAB – AIM2
Active since 2014, Agile Lab is an R&D company focused on the development of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Applications. AIM2 is the new brand created by Agile Lab to develop specific solutions for AI on the Edge with a dedicated focus to Computer Vision.

About VISA:
VISA is a global payments technology company working to enable consumers businesses, banks, and governments to use digital currency. VISA to connects consumers, businesses, banks, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

About Selecta Group
Headquartered in Switzerland since 1957, Selecta is a European leader in unattended self-serve coffee and convenience food, operating in 16 European countries. An annual turnover of EUR 1.5 billion is a testament to the passion and dedication of more than 9,000 highly skilled Selecta employees, providing great quality coffee brands and convenient food and beverages concepts for the workplace, on-the-go as well as hotels, restaurants,
and cafes (“HoReCa”). For further information, please visit www.selecta.com

AAEON Releases its BOXER-6841M for Edge AI and Machine Vision Applications

AAEON has introduced the BOXER-6841M, a box PC designed for edge AI and machine vision applications. The controller comes in six different models, with four AI versions featuring PCIe(x16) slots for the installation of Nvidia GPUs, and two machine vision versions including a pair of PCIe(x8) slots for frame grabber cards.

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The BOXER-6841M devices are designed to support either Intel Core i desktop or Xeon server-grade CPUs, and they all possess up to 32GB of DDR4 ECC or non-ECC SODIMM memory and two 2.5-inch drive bays.

AAEON designed the BOXER-6841M with two 12Vdc power inputs in an effort to support the high power requirements of up to 250W GPUs for the four AI models. This will help reduce costs and stabilize the system more by diminishing the level of unused heat that would be produced by a single 24V input.

 

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Each BOXER-6841M SKU has five GbE LAN ports, four USB3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, dual mSATA slots, and an additional PCIe(x1) slot. The machine vision models can also support up to five COM ports to support legacy devices.

“The BOXER-6841M is a range of computers rather than a single machine, and that means we can answer our customers’ image processing requirements, whatever they might be,” said Ethan Chiu, system platform division product manager at AAEON.

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