The Central Advanced Research and Engineering Institute at Hyundai Motor Company develops future mobility technologies. Rather than provide conventional vehicle products to customers, this research center creates new mobility devices with a wide range of speeds for a variety of people, including the elderly and the disabled. As our society ages, there is a greater need for systems that can aid mobility. Thus, we are developing wearable exoskeleton robots with NI embedded controllers for the elderly and patients with spinal cord injuries to use.
Developing a system that can handle complex control algorithms to capture data remotely from various sensors simultaneously and perform real-time control of multiple actuators for a wearable robotics device for walking assistance.
While on-site in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, the DAQRI team of Business Development and Solutions Architecture personnel worked closely with KSP Steel’s production leadership to understand the steel production process, operational challenges, and worker pain points.
A medical product company needed to install 230 thin client PCs across four manufacturing plants. Thin clients have been used in offices for many years, but their introduction onto the factory floor has been slow. A thin client network consists of a management computer in a secure, air-conditioned room with back up UPS, whilst on the factory floor there are a number of simple computers which are used to connect to the management computer, thereby removing the need to install individual operating systems and applications on each of the clients whilst also ensuing that there is only one point of failure.
The company was looking for a network architecture that would have the lowest maintenance costs and the quickest deployment time. To meet all these needs, each of these sites would have approximately 50 thin clients installed on the factory floor and these would then be connected to a central server located elsewhere on the site. This leaves only one point of maintenance for software updates, security patches and rules for what applications are allowed to run on the thin clients.
Water pumping, treatment and conveyance are among the largest energy and cost outlays for many local and regional municipalities. Electricity time-of-use rates and peak pricing tariffs are driving those costs even higher. This case study describes how Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) implemented a process data monitoring and control solution in order to analyze and optimize energy use, reduce deployment costs and save operational expenses.
New Sun Road is a registered California Benefit Corporation committed to implementing solutions to climate change and global energy poverty. This group of talented engineers is partnering with Ugandan green energy startup GRS Commodities to deliver reliable and clean power to the Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, Uganda. The goal of the pilot system is to provide affordable and reliable solar powered electricity to businesses on Kitobo Island.
Although no small feat, deploying the solar power grids is likely the simplest part of the solution. Solar was the obvious choice for the power source because it is economical and relatively simple to deploy.
The primary difficulty lies in managing the energy grid and ensuring proper maintenance without having to be on-site at every location. The capability to remotely monitor the grid will enable New Sun Road to expand their service across the Ssese Islands in a more efficient manner since each grid can be monitored from one central location. But, in remote areas, where communication options are limited, how do you remotely monitor and manage a smart solar power grid?
Without a local ISP, this can be a complex challenge, so the team decided to enable remote connectivity over the global cellular network.
In addition to communication challenges, another major difficulty New Sun Road had to overcome was finding a device capable of withstanding the high temperatures within their network hubs. The device would be residing within a NEMA enclosure in direct sunlight, so the capability to function under extremely high temperatures was a must.
The 215,000 street lights in Los Angeles include more than 400 different styles distributed across 7,500 miles of roadway. Maintenance has traditionally depended on crews who scout the streets at night to identify outages— that, and calls from citizens. The bureau handles 40,000 such calls per year. They needed to find new technology that could improve customer service, make people feel safer, and create a more livable city.
Designed to alert drivers when schoolchildren are present, especially in low-visibility conditions, school-zone flasher signals are typically updated manually at each school. The switching is based on the school calendar and manually changed when an unexpected early dismissal occurs, as in the case of a weather-event altering the normal schedule. The process to reprogram the flashers requires a significant effort by school district personnel to implement due to the large number of warning flashers installed across an entire school district.
Global energy leader ENGIE is implementing an ambitious digital transformation strategy that is vital to the Fortune Global 500 company’s plan to confront the major challenges posed by climate change and promote people’s access to reliable, innovative, socially responsible, low carbon, and decentralized energy. To do this, ENGIE plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.
Using the LabVIEW RIO platform, including a CompactRIO embedded system and a real-time controller with an FPGA control architecture provided by Single-Board RIO, to acquire data from various sensors and control peripheral units, high-speed communication devices, and actuators; and using LabVIEW software to acquire reliable data by conducting real-time analysis and applying various robot control algorithms to dramatically reduce development time.
Employing DAQRI SMART HELMET™ and visual markers at process-observation points, KSP Steel engineers could access two new capabilities.
1. Just-in-place AR data visualization: Workers could safely access necessary information at the point of need, without wasted travel time or an interruption of situational awareness.
2. Portable Process Data: Workers can select an AR data visualization for a given observation point and pin it to their AR display, independent of the unique marker. This decouples the dependence on installed physical infrastructure and allows the user to safely take information with them, providing exponential improvements in process flexibility.
o meet the customer's requirements, Advantech's ThinManager ready hardware, consisting of the UNO-2053GL, ACP firmware and ThinManager software was presented. This deployment required the installation of ThinManager and HMI software on the server only, and the UNO-2053GL acted as a thin Client on the plant floor. 230 UNO-2053GL with AMD Geode™ LX800 processors, were installed across the four sites. The UNO-2053GL has no operating system or storage installed; each time the server boots, ThinManager sends the control software to the UNO-2053GL over the network and it then runs the small Linux operating system in RAM. The UNO-2053GL with an operating temperature range of -10 ~ 55°C (14 ~ 131°F) has been designed specifically for harsh industrial environments, and its rugged aluminum chassis protects the fanless and cableless design from the rigors of the factory floor. To guard against network failure, each UNO-2053GL has dual LAN ports that will automatically switch should one go down; thus, data will be protected and successfully transferred and stored on the management server. The management server is stored in a separate air conditioned room with UPS systems and a back-up server. On the factory floor, each UNO-2053GL is connected to a flat panel such as the IP65 compliant 15” FPM-3151G for onsite management.
Engineers determined that MRWPCA has the potential for additional peak power reductions by monitoring and controlling “time of use” (TOU) power requirements at the plant. Savings would come in part from qualifying for alternative PG&E rate structures, leveraging the use of the solar installation and carefully controlling monthly peak power demand. The plant set a goal to maintain peak loads below 500 kW to qualify for a lower electricity tariff that would minimize monthly costs.
These energy management goals required the ability to closely monitor and analyze a massive amount of new real-time data from twenty individual pumps and plant processes, with the ability to control discretionary lighting loads. In order to facilitate these goals, MRWPCA chose and installed a new energy and demand monitoring system.
The MRWPCA energy monitoring and demand management system was developed through a cooperative effort with MC Engineering, Inc., a California-based engineering consulting firm, and Candi Controls, which provides a cloud-based platform for machine-to-machine (M2M) data monitoring and control. MC Engineering specializes in identifying efficiency gains for water and wastewater utilities by leveraging technology and real-time data to develop projects that are funded from resulting efficiency gains and related savings. Candi Controls specializes in cross-platform, device- and protocol-agnostic communications. The company also has a suite of “PowerTools” user-interface templates which leverage its M2M platform, one of which was used to cost-effectively create a unique MRWPCA mobile and browser app.
Water treatment systems analysts began the project by obtaining in-depth knowledge of plant operations, conducting a facility audit and targeting strategic loads for monitoring. Low-cost energy monitors were then installed at strategic locations throughout the plant to meter instantaneous power usage. The data is encrypted and streamed via a local network to a hosted cloud service for archiving and processing. Additional network-based control switches were installed to manage industrial lighting during high-use periods if required to help keep peak load below the threshold goal.
By monitoring large loads that have some degree of operator discretionary control, an optimal time-of-use strategy and target usage peak was to be maintained. The data and controls are managed through a software Application Programmer Interface (API) and presented to operators through a secure web-based graphical interface on laptops, computer screens and portable Apple iPad tablets. The app includes a Facility Overview page to provide staff with at-a-glance real time power data.
New Sun Road chose the Digi TransPort WR11 XT to enable a connection to the available 3G HSPA+ network, which would allow for remote monitoring of the grid. The WR11 XT provides a reliable connection to the global 3G network while withstanding high operating temperatures of the network utility hub.
The New Sun Road team needed to ensure that they could effectively manage the grids remotely, should power go down or any other issue that could interrupt service to their customers. Using Digi Remote Manager, their operations team can easily push out new device configurations, firmware updates, and remotely diagnose and fix any issues in the network. The cloud management platform also makes it possible to monitor device temperature and alert the team if a device is starting to reach a user-defined temperature threshold as well as any other changes in device-state that they choose to actively monitor.
A unique piece to the New Sun Road solution is the custom software application developed by the company to provide real-time analytics and remote control for both the solar generation system and the end users’ electricity usage. The analytics engine allows the team to anticipate problems before they happen, ensure correct maintenance, understand user needs, and continuously optimize the system.
After piloting systems from several different managers, street lighting directory Ed Ebrahimian selected Philips CityTouch, “the best product at the lowest price.”
CityTouch capabilities that helped decide Ebrahimian included remote monitoring, automatic notification of outages and other events, easy installation and simple commissioning, accurate lighting asset information, integration with the bureau’s existing management systems, and futureproofing through software as a service delivery.
• CityTouch software
• CityTouch connector node
RTC Manufacturing, a provider of school zone safety equipment, utilised the power of an IoT platform and network capabilities to provide remote connectivity to schoolzone warning flashers for enhanced student safety. The IoT solution enables remote, two-way communications between the school district’s central traffic office and an embedded electronic device in the flasher signal signs. In the event of an early dismissal, the flasher schedule can be changed very efficiently across the entire school district with one simple update. This improvement saves a significant amount of time and frees administration personnel to assist students as they enter and exit the school safely
RTC integrated the secure cellular network, as well as its embedded cellular module, allowing each flasher panel to communicate wirelessly. Advanced IoT platform capabilities allows the schools to receive text or email alerts informing them when a bulb burns out or when the battery is failing. These real-time updates enable technicians to be dispatched for repair before any students or administrators are put at risk.
After a thorough review process, ENGIE selected C3 IoT as its strategic partner to provide the technology foundation for its enterprise-wide digital transformation. Since the joint press conference in Paris announcing the agreement in June, ENGIE and C3 IoT have initiated an aggressive roadmap enabling ENGIE to immediately leverage C3 IoT’s high-performance, integrated, enterprise-scale IoT analytics and application development platform. In addition to using C3 IoT’s pre-built SaaS applications, ENGIE will develop and deploy custom applications on the C3 IoT Platform across all of ENGIE’s 24 business units worldwide.
This unified application suite and shared IoT platform will accelerate business integration and leverage economies of scale by capturing functional best practices and expertise within and across business lines and providing the ability to benchmark, rationalize, and share the benefits of comprehensive data across geographies and industries.
Additionally, ENGIE and C3 IoT are partnering to establish ENGIE’s Digital Factory, a global Center of Excellence that unites highly skilled data scientists, developers, and business analysts to create a self-sustaining group of 100 experts knowledgeable in analytics and data – as well as ENGIE’s organization and operations – to propagate techniques and expertise across ENGIE worldwide.
C3 IoT is training a dedicated ENGIE team to become expert implementers of the C3 IoT Platform and applications in order to meet ENGIE’s goal of increasing shared functional expertise, unifying product strategy, and delivering operational data consistently across ENGIE’s lines of business.
During a recent visit to C3 IoT’s headquarters, ENGIE CIO and Chief Digital Officer Yves Le Gelard sat down for a video interview to explain ENGIE’s mission and why C3 IoT is an essential partner enabling ENGIE’s digital transformation.
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KSP Steel, the first Kazakhstan Company producing steel seamless pipes for oil and gas sector, was founded in early 2007. Republic of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev attended the official opening of KSP Steel’s plant in the city of Pavlodar in December 2007. The total area of the company production facilities amounts to approximately 133 ha. Over 7,500 well-trained specialists work there. The company’s head office in Almaty coordinates the operation of the plant.
A medical product company
The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) operates a regional wastewater treatment plant that is the world’s largest water recycling facility designed for raw food crop irrigation. MRWPCA operates 25 pumping stations and a main plant that together treat 20 million gallons of wastewater per day.
New Sun Road is a registered California Benefit Corporation committed to implementing solutions to climate change and global energy poverty. They bring expertise in finance, engineering, economics, and conservation to partnerships with local operations in rural developing economies to design, build, and operate clean, renewable power systems.
ENGIE provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs approximately 155,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of nearly €70 billion in 2015. The global power company plans to invest €1.5 billion in new businesses and digital over the next three years.