What’s New: Intel and its ecosystem partners are showcasing a wide range of interconnected and intelligent technologies to enable Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions at Hannover Messe. This includes innovative ways to leverage legacy equipment and boost automation, plus research on the challenges and complexities of today’s factories.
“In this age of rapid digital transformation, we need to reimagine manufacturing and factories as we know them. Intel, with a strong partner ecosystem, is supporting manufacturers on their journey to the intelligent factory. By providing products transforming the compute technology from the factory floor to the cloud at the edge to drive industrial process automation, Intel is empowering manufacturers to deliver on the promise of intelligent factories now.”
— Christine Boles, vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager for the Industrial Solutions Division at Intel
What It Means: Fueled by the IIoT, new factories are interconnected and data-driven. They are becoming more intelligent and responsive, with greater machine automation, increased machine-to-human interaction, and the ability to nimbly adjust and control all aspects of operations in near real time with advanced edge compute. These factories support collaboration among humans, machines and production systems throughout the manufacturing ecosystem.
What It Looks Like: Beckhoff Automation’s* TwinCAT Vision for quality assurance (QA) brings near real-time image processing to the factory floor to proactively detect mechanical anomalies along the production line. QA processes are streamlined, minimizing downtime and defects and increasing production. Powering the solution are high-performance Intel® Xeon® processors, which bring the requisite server-grade compute to the edge. Hikvision’s computer vision-guided robots, powered by Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 VPUs, are currently being used by both JD.com in its unmanned sorting centers and Mattel in its smart factory. These robots increase efficiencies and safety as they move products across the production line through final staging and warehouse areas.
New Research: Intelligent factories are only as effective as the collaboration between humans and machines. Workers hunger for change and “intelligent” solutions for labor-intensive jobs, but many distrust new technology. To better understand the challenges and complexities of today’s factories, Intel’s Dr. Irene Petrick with Dr. Faith McCreary surveyed workers and leaders from manufacturing plants and factories for the report “Industry 4.0 demands the co-evolution of workers and manufacturing operations.” Petrick will discuss this research at Hannover Messe, at 10 a.m. CEST, Friday, April 27, in Hall 8, Stand D17.
Intel at Hannover Messe: Visit Intel’s booth in Hannover Exhibition Grounds Hall 6, D38, during the April 23-27 event in Germany.