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31 August 2020 | Technology

Recab: IIoT – Industrial Internet of Things

Industry 4.0 has seen new concepts and technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation developing at a rapid pace.

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Guidance, What is IIoT (IIoT)- Industrial Internet of Things:
One key element of Industry 4.0 is the Internet of Things (IoT), where computing systems connect seamlessly with other devices in the cloud – transferring data over a network without human intervention. By combining these connected devices, it is possible to gather data, analyse it and create insights and actions to help with any given task. Consumers use cloud solutions every day, and now see them as part of the natural order. In the world of business, too, new technologies are emerging all the time that help increase productivity, eliminate errors and facilitate almost limitless connectivity.

Internet of Things (IoT) – generates connectivity
Within manufacturing, the IIoT does the same thing on an industrial scale. Rather than supporting simpler consumer or IT requirements, IIoT generates connectivity between machines, factories and entire supply chains.

In this new, hyper-connected world, the IIoT is revolutionizing the way we build things by enabling the acquisition and accessibility of far greater amounts of data, at far greater speeds, far more efficiently than before.

IIoT – the potential to connect all its component parts
However complex a machine might be, the IIoT has the potential to connect all its component parts, including sensors, cameras and embedded computers. Data is transferred from the machines and reassembled in the cloud, making it accessible from anywhere in the world in real time. As the breadth, depth and granularity of the data increases, machines can learn and improve performance.

Operators can use IIoT to predict when their machines will need maintenance or replacement, minimising downtime and maximising productivity. With cloud connectivity, there is also almost limitless potential to share information and optimise processes leading to rapid advancements in technology and innovation.

Challenges with IIoT in your business
But, as with all major breakthroughs, there are challenges for organisations to overcome. The nature of cloud computing and open source principles, where code is freely available to be shared, can make companies nervous that they are being exposed to unnecessary risk. Some organizations might be reluctant to adopt a fully cloud-based solution because they are worried about losing control of their data.

There is also the problem of mindset. Many people are resistant to wholesale change, and fearful of what new processes and systems might mean for their roles and livelihoods.

Recab: IIoT provides manufacturers with a world of new possibilities.
At Recab, our role is to provide the right hardware, insight and practical support for customers looking to navigate this new world of connectivity within an industrial environment. We are cyber security experts, so customer data remains safe at all times, while our suite of services covers the whole spectrum of computing from edge to cloud – including routers and application software.

Cutomer Case – Nordomatic AB a leader in energy-efficient building automation:
One of Recab´s recurring customers – Nordomatic AB, is a leader in Europe when it comes to energy-efficient building automation. By combining an optimal indoor climate with heavily reduced costs and a long-term sustainable society they create a unique offer. What primarily distinguish them is the combined competence and enthusiasm for both building automation and energy efficiency within properties says Kenneth Martinsson – CTO Cloud Service at Nordomatic.

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Kenneth Martinsson – CTO Cloud Service at Nordomatic.

All parameters play a role for Nordomatic:
Energy efficient building automation is based on utilizing all the surplus energy that is created in a building, but which usually is not taken to use. The solution also takes the property´s building structure into account, since every property have a unique thermal inertia and is therefore optimally controlled according to precisely those conditions. Someone called it “Eco-driving” for real estate.

Solutions:
In order for our customer to be able to handle an overview and future forecast of approximately 200 facilities, Recab provides routers as well as VPN-solutions such as, see link below:
Router
VPN-Solution: iCom Connectivity Suite – VPN

All monitoring takes place via a web browser where it is simple to keep track of statuses -whereupon you get an overview without being at the locations in person – “Eco-driving” for real estates.

 

Our three core divisions are Sensor, ID and VisionIndustrial Data Communication  and Embedded Computing Services, and these teams have access to a vast portfolio of products.

Some of our key global partners within Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) :
Belden Hirschmann
Insys
Moxa
Siemens Ruggedcom
Acksys
ETIC
Netmodule
AAEON

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24 August 2020 | Technology

Industry 4.0

How Industry 4.0 is helping Recab revolutionise computing hardware. We are now in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution. Just as with the three that preceded it, this has meant a seismic shift in the way we use technology to help make advances in all areas of our lives and work.

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Industry 4.0 the industrial revolution

In the 1800s, the first industrial revolution saw manual labor replaced by steam power. Then, at the start of the 20th century, electricity changed the industrial landscape again. In the second half of the 20th century, the third industrial revolution placed computing at the center of everything. Industry 4.0 is all about connectivity. Our computers have become so sophisticated, they can learn to communicate – not only with each other, but with machines, factories and entire supply chains. In this interconnected world, it is possible for manufacturers to streamline operations and optimize processes, delivering huge cost-savings and efficiencies.

 

Industry 4.0 – ability to predict early potential problems 

Companies can also start to automate asset tracking and predictive maintenance. Previously, machines had to be taken out of commission periodically for planned repairs and upgrades. Industry 4.0 solutions give manufacturers the ability to predict when potential problems are going to arise before they actually happen, minimizing downtime and saving money.

With every advancement in digital technology, AI and automation, organisations have better visibility of their entire operation – a ‘helicopter view’ with real time access to data insights and analytics. Cloud computing technology enables almost limitless storage and sharing potential, and removes the requirement for siloed servers and data centers. Multinational organisations can now standardize global practices and bring harmony and continuity to all aspects of their business.

Industry 4.0 – Only benefits or…

But with all the great benefits Industry 4.0 brings, there are challenges to be addressed.

Even in the most basic office environment, IT upgrades and process changes can be difficult and expensive. In industrial settings, the complexity and costs increase exponentially. Hardware is required that can operate in tough physical environments. It needs to be robust and rugged, and able to withstand exposure to dust, vibration and extreme temperatures.

Many industries require strict adherence to regulations and specific certifications, so ensuring compatibility across a range of solutions can be difficult.

There is also the question of competition. As more companies adopt an Industry 4.0 model, it is becoming increasingly important to follow suit, and that can put pressure on staff and budgets.

But if you can overcome these obstacles and successfully embrace Industry 4.0, it will boost the efficiency and profitability of your entire operation.

 

At Recab, Industry 4.0 is at the heart of our business.

For many years we have been leaders in the field of embedded computer systems, helping customers all over the Nordic region make enhancements to their IT capabilities and processes. Since 2018, we have added two business sectors: Industrial Data Communication  and Sensor, ID and Vision. This gives Recab access to a vast portfolio of products, and gives us the potential to provide a holistic service across all a customer’s hardware needs.

In a complex and highly fragmented market, Recab provides customers with the expertise, experience and reassurance they need. Whether an organisation is looking for a single product, or a tailored solution across a range of interconnected products, we work with the biggest suppliers from Asia, Europe and the US and can help design and implement customized packages from edge to cloud.

 

Some of our key global partners within Embedded Computer Systems:
Kontron Europe GmbH
Concurrent Technologies Plc
nVent (Schroff)
SINTRONES Technology Corp.
Congatec AG
Neousys Technology Inc.

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17 August 2020 | Technology

Industrial PCs – Rugged solutions that are built to last

Many organizations across diverse vertical markets are faced with a choice over the type of computing set-up they need to optimize their operations. Often, this comes down to whether they can achieve their goals using commercially-available PCs and equipment, or whether it is better to invest in an industrial computing solution.

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Industrial PC – designed for longevity

Usually, companies make these decisions based on budget. But it is important to consider the long-term benefits of an industrial model before selecting a cheaper commercial set-up. Industrial PCs are built to last much longer than their commercial counterparts. It is widely accepted that Industrial PCs might provide up to 15 years of service, whereas commercial machines tend to have a much shorter shelf-life. After one or two years, you have to replace them and start again.

Not only that, Industrial PCs are designed for longevity. Their parts and components continue to be supported for many years, so their overall life-cycles are much longer. This is important because it means users can implement long-term strategies knowing their technical set-up will remain stable and reliable.

 

Industrial PC – for critical applications


Consider also the environment your computers need to operate in. Any application where a computer is required to run 24/7 is usually beyond the scope of commercial technology. Critical applications require industrial computing solutions, whereas commercial PCs are designed to be switched off at the end of the working day.

Reliability is a big factor for these applications, particularly if they are required to operate outdoors. Specialist, robust machines are essential to ensure you get optimized performance, strong weather-resistance and minimal down-time.

 

Industrial PC – harsh environment

The harsher the environment, the more essential industrial computers become. Many are able to perform in extreme temperatures, with a typical range of -20 to +75 °C. If you compare that to commercial PCs with their range of 0-35 °C, you can see that industrial models are the only real option for year-round outdoor performance.

Certain industries also have tough regulatory and certification benchmarks. Marine and off-shore applications, for example, require equipment to meet rigorous performance standards. This creates a layer of complexity that only a bespoke industrial solution can provide.

 

Industrial PC – connectivity, compatibility and automation

In the modern age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, connectivity, compatibility and automation are all vital considerations. But with most industrial solutions as nimble as commercial PCs in terms of cloud technology and interoperability, it should be possible to find something that solves all your challenges around staying connected across multiple locations and platforms.

Industrial PCs come in a wide range of forms to cover a multitude of purposes and usages:

  • Industrial motherboards, from COM modules to ATX, ensure large span of performance
  • Legacy IO, like serial ports for connecting to sensors
  • BOM freeze secures long-term product qualification
  • Interface slots for industrial grade IO boards and storage
  • Conformal coating prevents corrosion

Recab: Industrial PC

At Recab, we are committed to putting together the best bespoke industrial solutions for our customers. Working with the most prominent suppliers all over the world, we can provide rugged industrial PCs and components for any application in any vertical market.
When we work on a project, we prefer to look to the future. We suggest hardware that is built to last and can stand up to the harshest environments. With our vast experience and expertise, we know that investing in industrial solutions from the start provides better value for customers in the long term.

For many years we have been leaders in the field of embedded computer systems, helping customers all over the Nordic region make enhancements to their IT capabilities and processes. Since 2018, we have added two business sectors: Industrial Data Communication  and Sensor, ID and Vision. This gives Recab access to a vast portfolio of products, and gives us the potential to provide a holistic service across all a customer’s hardware needs.

 

Some of our key global partners within Embedded Computer Systems:
Kontron Europe GmbH
Concurrent Technologies Plc
nVent (Schroff)
SINTRONES Technology Corp.
Congatec AG
Neousys Technology Inc.
AAEON
Printec-DS Keyboard

 

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10 August 2020 | Technology

Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI)

Recab: How HCI created a data center revolution. In the past, data centers were big - They had to accommodate isolated, single-purpose hardware for every IT function. As a result, organizations had to invest vast sums in multiple hardware units, many of which sat idling the majority of the time, creating an environment of high cost and low efficiency.

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The development of HCI


In recent years, there has been a new way of thinking around data centers that allows organizations to consolidate resources in a different way. By making data centers more hardware efficient, companies can be more agile in the way they manage their computing systems.

 

Converged infrastructure

First, converged infrastructure brought together diverse IT elements into one box, merging computing units, storage, and networking technologies. All to create an integrated and unified system that could perform multiple business functions. This gave organizations flexibility, increased available real estate and saved significant costs. But it still required hardware. Companies still needed to provide a physical location for their servers.

 

Hyperconverged infrastructure(HCI)


Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) goes one step further. HCI is hardware-agnostic and has heralded the emergence of software-defined data centers (SDDC). Virtualization software enables hardware to be abstracted and migrated to the cloud. And that way creating a single interface with lower operational costs, improved performance for every application, better data governance, and no vendor lock-in.

 

On-demand computing

Most important of all, it gives companies access to on-demand computing, optimizing hardware only when you need it and exponentially increasing scalability and processing capacity. HCI solutions give many organizations in diverse vertical markets the versatility they need.

With HCI, there is almost limitless possibility in terms of suppliers and compatibility. You can eliminate vendor lock-in and over provisioning, meaning greatly reduced infrastructure spending across your entire data center.

 

Customized HCI solutions from Recab


Recab provides bespoke HCI solutions for anyone looking to drive IT efficiencies throughout their business.

One of our areas of specialism is in delivering support for customers operating in environments requiring rugged hardware, such as the defense and aerospace industries. These are areas where computing technology not only has to be hyper-connected but meet tough certification standards and be resistant to among other extreme shock, vibration and wide temperature ranges.

This kind of customer brief has a high level of complexity and, in the past, would have necessitated many different functions, each requiring an individual hardware unit. But IT infrastructure in these industries has come a long way. Now, Recab can provide customers with rugged and resistant hardware from the best suppliers around the world, with the simplicity and scalability of best-in-class HCI technology.

 

Recab experience and knowhow

We also have the experience and knowhow to put customer plans into action, working alongside them on visualization and practical implementation to set them up for long-term success. Recab’s vast network of suppliers from all over the world means we can always deliver the best value, and our technical expertise allows us to provide easy, compact HCI solutions to fit any customer brief.

Key Characteristics

  • Recab’s latest innovation for our Advanced Modular Computers product family
  • Based upon standard 19” rackmount dimensions – shallow depth (below 300 mm)
  • Multipurpose scalable platform – computing, switching, storage and graphical processing.
  • Redundant power

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03 August 2020 | Technology

Smart industrial vision solutions

Cameras can be used in many applications in an industrial setting. When harnessed with the power of today’s computing technology, they can provide manufacturers with fast, accurate data and insights.

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Typically, industrial cameras fall into three main categories within the segment Smart industrial vision solutions :

 

1) Simple, sensor-like cameras


Some applications just require simple visuals to aid quality control. These cameras are easy to use and configure. They are often used for inline measurement systems, where a camera has a single function, such as checking whether parts or cables are in the correct position. The cameras act like sensors, and provide end-users with a simple ‘Yes/No’ functionality. The simplicity of these applications means the cameras do not need further intelligence built in.

 

2) Smart camera systems


Where more complexity is required within the application, ‘smart’ cameras can be configured that might provide data on several different functions. This allow users to do more analysis based on the results provided. These cameras have computing intelligence built-in, and therefore can provide independent, sophisticated data without requiring connection to external PCs.

Smart camera set-ups usually involve multiple cameras connected to the same controller, so data can be captured from all the cameras and then combined. By shooting from different angles, these cameras can capture low-resolution, high resolution, and 3D measurements in a broad range of applications.

Smart cameras are often used in the automotive industry. They provide quality control when sensors do not have the capacity or the power to check if measurements are correct. But their versatility and computing power means smart cameras are often the best choice for a broad range of applications across many different vertical markets.

 

3) PC vision


If the application is more complicated still, the smart camera hardware might not be able to produce the required data. In these scenarios, computers are used to provide the intelligence, and the camera simply provides the function it has been designed for.

PC Vision gives organizations a vast range of options in terms of the cameras, but gives them challenges when it comes to integration and programming. High quality, cost-effective cameras with specific functions can be selected to meet the demands of any application. For harsh outdoor environments in industries such as military or surveillance there are robust cameras. Some applications also require hardware to meet tough certification standards that might preclude the use of smart cameras.

 


Recab: Experts in Vision


At Recab, it is our job to help customers navigate through the choice of vision system. By acknowledging their needs and requirements we provide them with the right hardware for their application.

Over the years we have developed business relationships with some of the best suppliers of industrial camera hardware there is, such as Keyence and Imperx.. Our relationships with these suppliers are long-standing. There through our team have great knowledge and understanding of  the smart camera solutions they provide.

Where PC Vision solutions are required, we can choose from further leading specialist industrial camera suppliers such as JAI and The Imaging Source, along with many others.

We are proud of our relationships with the most innovative technology companies on the market. Coupled with our industry-leading experience and knowhow, it means that Recab can pinpoint a customer’s exact needs. And there through deliver cost-effective bespoke vision solutions to fit any brief.

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