Intel IoT Gears Up for Hannover Messe with Intelligent Industrial Solutions

Male models posing in a factory.

Internet of Things (IoT) is driving a new industrial IoT (IIOT) revolution. With the availability of low-cost sensors and high demand for optimizing complex manufacturing processes, more companies are adopting IoT technologies. In fact, a recent McKinsey & Company study found that 80 to 100 percent of all manufacturing and industrial settings could benefit from the application of IoT by 2025.  IoT is changing everything including autonomous factory systems and robotics, the connected workforce, and factory asset optimization. This shift will ultimately lead to productivity gains and decreased costs – all impacting the bottom line for manufacturing and industrial companies.

Next week at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial and manufacturing trade fair, Intel and our partners will showcase IoT solutions that are helping change the way industrial and manufacturing facilities connect, communicate and create innovative products for the future.

 

Intel IoT Platform: Providing Intelligence Across Factories

Intel IoT Platform

Intel’s IoT Platform for manufacturing and industrial applications provides a blueprint for a more secure end-to-end solution by connecting the unconnected. This allows data from billions of devices, sensors and databases to be gathered, exchanged, stored and analyzed. OEMs, ODMs and systems integrators can now develop and deploy solutions using Intel building blocks across multiple Intel IoT solutions. This enables them to deliver products faster by reducing solution complexity and providing actionable intelligence through a defined, repeatable foundation for devices to connect and deliver trusted data through the cloud. By integrating intelligence across the factory, manufacturers can unleash transformative new capabilities for increased efficiency and cost savings.

 

A Connected Workforce

DAQRI

Worker safety and efficiency is critical in industrial environments. By seamlessly connecting people, devices and objects, useful information is captured and shared real time to increase worker safety, capability and collaboration. Connected wearable technologies such as DAQRI Smart Helmet provide relevant actionable data where and when workers need it via augmented reality and 4D technology. Powered by an Intel Core M processor, the DAQRI Smart Helmet is raising the bar for industrial-grade factory wearables and demonstrating the tremendous potential of a connected workforce.

Even with well-equipped personnel, there are times when a manufacturing system becomes undependable. Safeguards need to be in place to prevent physical injury or damage – a concept referred to as functional safety. Intel’s functional safety solution uses virtualization technology on a multi-core Intel processor to run safety critical and non-safety application software in separate virtual machines (VM).

Software-defined industrial systems from Wind River enable manufacturers to analyze data in real time and make better results-based decisions. At Hannover Messe, we will demonstrate how control systems can be virtualized, which results in less physical hardware on the factory floor, all while maintaining and upgrading existing plant equipment to reduce long-term costs.

 

Optimizing Operations and Industrial Robotics

A robot and a human working collaboratively in a smart factory.

When sensors, data analytics and cloud infrastructure are all humming together, manufacturers can better monitor, manage and control their machines. This leads to increased productivity and machine availability and generates a near-constant stream of data; much of which needs to be analyzed instantly to make critical control decisions. We will be showcasing SAS Analytics for IoT, which includes SAS Event Stream Processing running on an Intel platform at the edge, to analyze streaming sensor readings such as motion, light and sound in real time. SAS can process millions of signals per second while simultaneously identifying and assessing potential problems that would otherwise go unnoticed. By forecasting impending failures and generating right-time notifications, issues can be addressed proactively to maintain safety, productivity, and profitability.

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs), are at the heart of a factory control network, and now connect to the enterprise to enable Industrial IoT. Altera’s award-winning, more secure, cloud-enabled PLC provides the flexibility, low cost, power and small footprint needed to quickly develop a complete Industry 4.0-ready PLC within a board half the size of a credit card.

 

Asset Management and Predictive Maintenance

Programmable logic controllers are at the heart of a factory control network.

Exciting solutions like Accenture Connected Asset Management empower companies to proactively manage their assets for quicker, more informed decisions by enabling and unlocking digital content, edge analytics, prescriptive actions, and alerts. We are featuring an oil production facility solution, but the possibilities are transferrable to other industries. The solution incorporates cutting-edge technologies from across the ecosystem including the Accenture Connected Platforms as a Service (CPaaS), Intel IoT gateways built for extended temperature environments, and Exara field instrumentation technologies.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to expensive and critical industrial equipment. Our predictive maintenance solution uses vibration data to alert personnel when equipment failure is imminent. Users can train a system that includes vibration sensors mounted on a crankshaft and Intel IoT gateways. The gateways send data to the cloud for analysis by machine learning algorithms. The algorithms differentiate normal wear from problematic behavior for individual pieces of equipment.

Transforming the average shop floor into a “smart factory,” requires connectivity between machines, people and systems. Digitizing shop floor processes across a connected landscape, analyzing production data to enable predictive maintenance and enabling “real time” decisions requires a comprehensive tool set of hardware, software and services. Our booth will feature a Dell “Shop Floor in a Box”, to connect, visualize and transact production equipment data using solutions from Intel, Dell Edge Gateway, OSISoft, Kepware and SAP.

A factory's top engineering data analyst ensures that her factory is delivering secure, interoperable, scalable solutions thanks to Intel IoT industrial solutions.

We are also featuring a predictive quality and maintenance solution from ADLINK and IBM that integrates sophisticated machine learning capabilities to provide stable, accurate, and fast analytics in the most extreme environments. The ADLINK PMQi Cognitive Gateway, based on the Intel IoT Gateway, connects, aggregates, and filters data from several types of sensors and protocols at the edge. This gateway uses a scoring engine from IBM to calculate asset health scores, and analyze and act upon information in near real-time.

With $20 billion a year currently spent on maintenance of industrial machines, totaling 330 million hours of work, the market is ripe for industrial Internet IoT software that can effectively ingest and process machine big data. GE Digital will demonstrate the Predix software platform, purpose-built for the Industrial Internet to drive powerful operational and financial outcomes. We will show how Predix collects sensor data from industrial equipment, performs analytics on the edge, and then streams results to the Predix cloud for big data and advanced analytics. The combination of data collection, analytics and resource management provides insight to operators to make real-time decisions to prevent asset downtime.

 

Make Intelligent Connections at the Intel Booth

Join us at the Intel booth at Hannover Messe (F09, Hall 8) in Hannover, Germany, April 25- 29, 2016 and discover how Intel is powering the new IoT-enabled industrial revolution. For more information, visit www.intel.com/newsroom/iot. I look forward to seeing you in Hannover.

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Tony Neal-Graves

About Tony Neal-Graves

Tony Neal-Graves is vice president in the Internet of Things Group and general manager of the Industrial and Energy Solutions Group at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for driving and developing compelling Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to support the automation and control of industrial machinery and processes in manufacturing and production environments; solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution, automation, security, and consumption of electricity; and solutions for the efficient extraction and refinement of oil and gas products. Prior to his current position, Neal-Graves was vice president of the PC Client Group and general manager of Intel China R&D based in Shanghai. In that role, he was responsible for developing the China R&D leadership team, ensuring operational excellence and efficiency. He also led the Workstations business and the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor program. He led the team responsible for developing and bringing to market Intel’s premier product for highly parallel applications. Neal-Graves held several management positions across Intel’s Embedded Communications Group, including general manager of the Strategic Planning Organization and general manager for Intel’s business that focused on standards-based board and system-level solutions for the enterprise and service providers. Neal-Graves joined Intel in 2000 as the technical assistant to the vice president of Intel’s Communications Infrastructure Group, where he managed operations and strategic planning. During his 22-year career in telecommunications, Neal-Graves was a general manager at Lucent Technologies and has held senior-level positions in product development, marketing and sales with AT&T, Bell Labs and Lucent. Neal-Graves earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Southern California. He also is a graduate of the Congressional Fellows Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he was an aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Ways and Means Committee. Neal-Graves was awarded the 2011 Black Engineer of the Year Award at the 25th BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference.

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