Ekatra Reduces 50% Development Time of New IIoT Liquid Fertilizer Tank Monitoring Application

Ekatra, Sierra Wireless | September 30, 2020

Sierra Wireless, the leading IoT solutions provider that combines devices, network services and software to unlock value in the connected economy, today announced that Ekatra successfully reduced the development time of its new Industrial IoT (IIoT) liquid fertilizer tank monitoring application by 50 percent using Octave™, the all-in-one, edge-to-cloud solution for connecting industrial assets. Octave enabled Ekatra to easily integrate IoT edge devices into industrial tank equipment, extend application intelligence to these IoT edge devices, and then integrate tank data into their cloud, allowing them to cut development time for the application from six to three months.

“Small and medium-sized companies are driving the growth of the Industrial IoT with innovative, practical, problem-solving applications that are transforming industries,” said Olivier Pauzet, VP Product IoT Solutions at Sierra Wireless. “Ekatra is an excellent example, transforming regular liquid fertilizer tanks into smart tanks that can tell you when they are leaking or automatically stop themselves from being overfilled, and in only three months. By eliminating the need to build IIoT infrastructure from scratch, Octave makes it easier and faster to get IIoT applications from concept to market, allowing practically any company today to begin realizing the benefits of Industry 4.0.”

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Industrial manufacturers typically experienced single-digit revenue growth through the 1990s, but most recently, growth has slowed tremendously for many companies. All industrial manufacturing sectors, from industrial machinery and tools to industrial electronics and automation, to general manufacturing and construction, have been experiencing a significant slowdown.

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Industrial manufacturers typically experienced single-digit revenue growth through the 1990s, but most recently, growth has slowed tremendously for many companies. All industrial manufacturing sectors, from industrial machinery and tools to industrial electronics and automation, to general manufacturing and construction, have been experiencing a significant slowdown.

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Foxconn | October 16, 2020

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UL Introduces Extended Manufacturing Assembly Process Enabling Faster Speed to Market for Original Equipment Manufacturers

UL | October 12, 2021

UL, the global safety science leader, announced today that Schneider Electric is the first company to utilize UL's new Extended Manufacturing Assembly Process (EMAP). EMAP brings the final assembly of products closer to the point of installation and promotes faster speed to market by enabling UL authorized assemblers to apply the UL certification mark to a compliant product at a location outside the walls of the original equipment manufacturers' (OEMs) factories. Additionally, EMAP is assisting in moving towards digitizing the issuance process of the UL Mark, which also allows for digital traceability of the UL Mark on certified product. This digitization process will help streamline the surveillance aspect of the final assembly process and help facilitate a more flexible supply chain solution that permits more efficient installations. EMAP helped significantly reduce the time from order to delivery for Schneider Electric's FlexSeT switchboards. FlexSeT is a new generation of low-voltage switchboards that gives users the digital power to dramatically accelerate time to market and reduce lead time for manufactures and their customers. Amid today's demands and constantly changing landscape, Schneider Electric is embracing the changes with all of our partners so that together we can meet our clients' needs,We could not find a better collaborator than UL to meet this challenge, and we are thrilled to be its first customer for EMAP. This will allow us to continue providing the highest quality products, streamlined services, informing in real time, digitizing solutions and saving time to improve productivity at all phases. Rohan Kelkar, executive vice president of Schneider Electric's Power Products division EMAP adheres to the same rigor of UL's assessment, compliance and inspection processes. EMAP-authorized assembly sites must meet the same qualifications as a UL authorized factory through three key steps in the overall process: Authorization of assembly sites Issuance process of how UL authorizes and applies the UL Mark for product safety Surveillance by which ongoing inspections occur William Colavecchio, director of Strategy and Portfolio Innovation for UL's Engineered Materials group, added, "In recent years, the typical manufacturing process has become a complex mix of supply chain, manufacturing and final assembly processes. OEMs are expanding their distributed manufacturing model, and some stages of the process are performed at external sites beyond the walls of the OEM-owned factories, which is why we worked with Schneider Electric to increase the speed to market for its FlexSeT switchboards through EMAP." To qualify for UL's EMAP, OEMs will determine which of their assemblers are eligible to complete their final assembly. UL will then conduct an assessment and inspection of the static assembler's sites. This is the same assessment and inspection UL already conducts at OEM factories and will now complete at static assembler's fixed sites. A UL authorized assembler is a qualified company, such as a distributor, contractor or other OEM partner, that is completing the product's final assembly outside of the UL-authorized OEM factory. UL authorized assemblers are permitted to apply the UL Mark for product safety at the final assembly point in the same manner as a UL-authorized OEM factory. About UL UL is the global safety science leader. We deliver testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help our customers, based in more than 100 countries, achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals. Our deep knowledge of products and intelligence across supply chains makes us the partner of choice for customers with complex challenges.

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Fetch Robotics Introduces Full Conformance with R15.08, the First Safety Standard for Industrial Mobile Robots

Fetch Robotics | May 03, 2021

Fetch Robotics reported today that its full set-up of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) adjusts with ANSI/RIA R15.08, the new wellbeing standard for mechanical mobile robots. This most recent achievement guarantees that Fetch's AMRs can be securely used in all current use cases all through stockrooms, industrial facilities, appropriation focuses and satisfaction focuses. Delivered on Dec 25th, 2020 by the RIA (Robotics Industry Association), R15.08 is the new wellbeing standard for modern mobile robots. As of late, a developing number of assembling, appropriation, and satisfaction focuses have started utilizing mobile robots for an assortment of material taking care of assignments, from getting bundles between workstations to shipping beds across a distribution center. Preceding R15.08, nonetheless, there was no security standard explicitly intended for AMRs, which move autonomously through offices and regularly need to keep away from snags like large equipment and human laborers. R15.08 gives specialized prerequisites to the plan and joining of AMRs, guaranteeing that AMRs shield office administrators and laborers from wounds that can bring about common and criminal liabilities, administrative fines, and higher protection costs. "The distribution of R15.08 is a turning point for the AMR business," said Melonee Wise, CEO at Fetch Robotics. "Though past wellbeing norms were intended for modern arms or mechanized guided vehicles, R15.08 is explicitly intended to deliver security concerns interesting to completely autonomous robots. This new standard will set the establishment for more secure working environment conditions by and large." The new standard gives a complete structure to evaluate the wellbeing of AMR frameworks, which are characterized as both the AMR base and any extra frill. R15.08 indicates that if the first producer or an outsider adds a connection to an AMR (making an AMR framework), it is viewed as a framework maker and consequently is liable for the accreditation and wellbeing of that gadget. Accordingly, the standard covers a wide number of assembling courses of action, for example, when an AMR producer offers the mechanical base to an integrator who at that point adds a connection (like a rack, truck, receptacle, or arm) so the robot can finish work processes. The standard likewise covers integrators that add connections and stations to move things like beds on or off of an AMR base. Indicating the inclusion of R15.08 for both the AMR itself and the total AMR framework mitigates hazard for end clients, who preceding R15.08 may have been utilizing an AMR that adjusted to R15.08 with a connection that didn't adjust to R15.08. As the maker of the two its AMR bases and its AMR extras, Fetch Robotics can guarantee that its AMR frameworks adjust with the new security guidelines, giving clients significant serenity while conveying the innovation. "Wellbeing is our main concern in choosing and conveying mechanization arrangements in our assembling and warehousing offices," said Harry Chase, Director of Advanced Materials at GE Appliances, a Haier organization. "Fetch Robotics is our principle supplier of autonomous mobile robots. The way that their AMRs adjust to R15.08 gives us the certainty that they improve representative security just as assist us with accomplishing our effectiveness objectives." This declaration goes ahead with the impact points of Fetch's arrival of its freshest AMR, the PalletTransport1500, which supports cross-docking, returns, and case picking work processes for contactless bed transport in dispersion places. About Fetch Robotics Fetch Robotics is an award-winning intralogistics mechanization organization settled in Silicon Valley. By joining autonomous mobile robotics with the force of the cloud, the Fetch Cloud Robotics Platform gives on-request mechanization answers for material taking care of and stock administration, with the ability to discover, track, and move nearly anything in any office. Fetch Robotics' answers and administrations are sent in driving dispersion, satisfaction, and assembling revolves throughout the planet, expanding labor forces to drive expanded effectiveness and profitability.

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