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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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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