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Mobile Robots and Smart Vision Boost Factory Intelligence

23 April 2018
Hikvision smart warehouses uses mobile robots and smart vision that can make near real-time decisions. Source: Intel/Hikvision

Intel Corp. is showcasing its latest interconnected and intelligent technologies for the industrial internet of things (IIoT) including greater machine automation, increased machine-to-human interaction and the ability to control all aspects of operation in real time.

Part of this roll out includes Hikvision’s computer vision-guided robots powered by Intel’s Movidius Myriad 2 VPUs that are used in unmanned sorting centers at and at Mattel in its smart factory. These robots increase efficiencies and safety as they move products along the production line through final staging and warehouse areas.

Beckhoff Automation’s TwinCAT Vision brings real-time image processing to the factory floor to detect mechanical anomalies along the production line. The quality assurance processes are streamlined, minimizing downtime and defects while increasing production using Intel Xeon processors.

Intel says it is working with partners to demonstrate how to evolve condition and performance of legacy machines from hands-on human intervention to an automated process. This includes adding connectivity but also using software and analytics tools to unlock opportunities and more compute system by consolidating systems at the edge and drive software-defined process automation.

Intel says EXOR Smart Factory uses this approach utilizing scalable compute, reconfigurable hardware and workload acceleration to ensure connectivity from edge to cloud. This also provides reliable remote monitoring and orchestration for industrial machines.

Intel will be discussing these changes to the IIoT at this week’s Hannover Messe in Germany.

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Date Event Location
10-15 Sep 2018 Chicago, Illinois
11-13 Sep 2018 Novi, Michigan
23-28 Sep 2018 Madrid, Spain
27 Sep 2018 The Reef, Los Angeles
03-05 Oct 2018 Boston, Massachusetts
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