Manufacturing & Industrial Automation Lead The Way

I’m always surprised that some people think of manufacturing as stodgy, old school and slow to change – in my view, nothing could be further from the truth! All the evidence shows that the manufacturing industry has consistently led the way from mechanical production, powered by steam in the 18th century, to mass production in the 19th century, followed by 20th century automated production.

The data center merging with the factory floor

Fast forward to today. The fourth industrial revolution is well underway, driven by IoT, edge computing, cloud and big data. And once again, manufacturers are at the forefront of intelligent production, leading the way in adopting technologies like augmented reality, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud-based supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA) plus programmable automation controllers (PACs). Watch the video below that addresses how manufacturers are changing to embrace Industry 4.0.

In fact, I always visualize the fourth industrial revolution, otherwise known as Industry 4.0, as the data center merging with the factory floor, where you have the perfect blend of information and operational technology working together in tandem. Let’s look at a couple of examples.

Helping monitor and manage industrial equipment

One of our customers, Emerson, a fast-growing Missouri-based company with more than 200 manufacturing locations worldwide, provides automation technology for thousands of chemical, power, and oil & gas organizations around the world. Today, Emerson customers are demanding more than just reliable control valves. They need help performing predictive maintenance on those valves.

To address these needs, Emerson worked with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to develop and deploy an industrial automation solution that collects IoT data to help its customers better monitor, manage and troubleshoot critical industrial equipment. With our support, Emerson successfully developed a new wireless-valve monitoring solution and brought it to market faster than the competition. This is just the first step in what Emerson sees as a bigger journey to transform services across its entire business. You can read more about our work together here.

Bringing AI to the supply chain to reduce waste and energy

Meanwhile, San-Francisco based Noodle.ai has partnered with us to deliver the world’s first “Enterprise AI” data platform for manufacturing and supply chain projects.

This solution allows customers to anticipate and plan for the variables affecting business operations, including product quality, maintenance, downtime, costs, inventory and flow. Using AI, they can mitigate issues before they happen, solve predictive challenges, reduce waste and material defects as well as cutting the energy required to create new products.

For example, one end-customer, a $2 billion specialty steel manufacturer, needed to increase profit per mill hour, meet increasing demand for high quality steel at predictable times, and reduce the amount of energy consumed. Using the “Enterprise AI” data platform, the customer reported $80 million savings via reduced energy costs, freight costs, scrapped product, and raw material input costs.

Helping design innovative and secure voting technology

Yet, another customer, Democracy Live wanted to deliver a secure, flexible, off-the-shelf balloting device that would make voting accessible to persons with disabilities and that could replace outdated, proprietary and expensive voting machines.

After a comprehensive review of vendors and products, Democracy Live asked us to design a standardized voting tablet and software image. Our Dell Latitude solution complete with Intel processors and pre-loaded with Democracy Live software and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system provides strong security and advanced encryption.

And the good news for Democracy Live that we take all the headaches away by managing the entire integration process, including delivery to end-users. The result? Secure, accessible voting with up to 50 percent savings compared with the cost of proprietary voting machines. Read what Democracy Live has to say about our collaboration here.

Change is constant

Meanwhile, the revolution continues. Did you know that, according to IDC, by the end of this year 60 percent of plant workers at G2000 manufacturers will work alongside robotics, while 50 percent of manufacturing supply chains will have an in-house or outsourced capability for direct-to-consumption shipments and home delivery? More details available here.

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And don’t forget we offer the broadest range of ruggedized and industrial grade products, designed for the most challenging environments, including servers, edge computing, laptops and tablets. We’d love to hear from you – contact us here and do stay in touch.

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Polaris Transportation digitises with RPA and hyperledger tech

Cloud computing, distributed ledger technology, machine learning, the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are among the technologies the Polaris Transportation Group is looking to deploy to become a tech leader in the transportation sector.

In May this year, the company’s in-house incubator set up its newest company, NorthStar Digital Solutions, through which Polaris has deployed robotic process automation (RPA), machine learning, IoT and AI to consolidate and automate antiquated systems technology.

Discussing how the company began its digital transformation, Polaris CTO Dave Brajkovich says: “We had gaps in our technology. The CEO reorganised the business. We needed to get digitised and catch up with technology.”

When Brajkovich joined the firm 18 months ago, there were many areas of the business that relied heavily on manual processes, he says. “I immediately realised there was loads of manual administration work being done. They were very mundane tasks. Lots of people thought they were doing the right thing, but there were also lots of silos across the business and a lot of inefficiencies, such as one area of the business had more work than another part.”

“We won’t be replaced by machines any time soon”

Dave Brajkovich, Polaris Transportation

Automation is often associated with reducing the work that people have to do, potentially leading to job cuts. But for Brajkovich, bots enable people to work more creatively. “We won’t be replaced by machines any time soon,” he says. “We will integrate and automate where we can and let people work on the client relationship, answer phones and value add. We are trying to utilise our people and boost human capital. People work hard and bring value to the business.”

Brajkovich’s goal is to provide a platform that should enable Polaris to run straight-through processing, avoiding the incumbent inefficiencies in manually handling freight paperwork.

The company operates cross-border freight services across the US and Canada and selected Work Fusion to automate customs handling, a heavily paper-based manual task. “We focused on customs document processing because we deal with a lot of customs paperwork, which takes a lot of effort and is a monumental task,” says Brajkovich. “Eight to 10 people touch these documents every day.”

Given the nature of the business, Polaris deals with 1,000 to 1,500 customs documents a day, says Brajkovich, but he adds: “Our non-intelligent OCR [optical character recognition] system didn’t do the job. We couldn’t get to a point where we could handle customs with a straight-through process system.”

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According to Brajkovich, Polaris selected Work Fusion because it wanted a technology platform that could automate with process and become part of the company’s DNA. The platform also needed to offer application programming interface (API) connectivity and integration with the company’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

The platform uses machine learning to understand any extra conditions in the customs documents that may require extra attention. Brajkovich says: “We manage by exception and use machine learning to teach the bot what it needs to look out for.”

An example of where an exception may be raised is when a document suggests that the product being shipped via Polaris may require an extra compliance check, such as if contains the acronym FDA – the US Food and Drugs Administration.

“The system learns and adjusts to change with minimal input and is able to scale,” says Brajkovich.

The road ahead

With North Star Solutions, the company has embarked on multiple routes to deliver digitisation and make IT another aspect of the business model, says Brajkovich. As such, the company has a blockchain hyperledger programme to provide integration with the outside world.

“We are working with our delivery partners, hooking up the ability to pass through orders from system to system, using the hyperledger as a base,” he says. “We want to be able to take data from one system and push that data to the client’s system. What happens is that the hyperledger becomes a common document with auditability and traceability.”

Brajkovich believes that combining the hyperledger platform with RPA can make a huge step forward in straight-through processing of cross-border shipments, which normally require paperwork for customs checks. “When we work with a customs broker, we take the customs paperwork from the client, process it to make sure everything is in order, and pass it on to the customs broker,” he says.

The link with the external world, outside Polaris, is via paperwork, he adds. “The paperwork from the client goes into our data stores. But we push paper back to the customs broker, which then processes it in its own system.”

The company is working on a project to eliminate this manual process, says Brajkovich. “It will enable us to share an API with the customs broker. No one will have to verify the data, which means we should be able to clear freight more quickly.”

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Global underground analysis reveals monetization of IoT attacks is increasing

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today released new research detailing a fast-growing market for IoT attacks. Cybercriminals from around the world are actively discussing how to compromise connected devices, and how to leverage these devices for moneymaking schemes.

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Micro Incorporated
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new research revealing that IoT automation platforms in smart buildings
are presenting attackers with new opportunities for both physical and
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