Automation

Intelligent assistance systems for mobile applications

In the future, intelligent assistance systems will re­volutionize the workplace. While large companies already use assistance systems, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have not yet reached their potential in the utilization of ass­is­tance systems. This is due to, above all, the as­s­istance system’s broad range of uses while at the same time, de­manding a high degree of flexibility. Lemgo researchers at the Institute of Industrial Information Technology (inIT) at the OWL University of Applied Sciences have introduced a cutting edge solution: an assistance system for the mid-sized sector which focuses on mobility, intelligence and modularity.

Centrum Industrial IT (CIIT), D-32657 Lemgo, www.ciit-owl.de

Smart sensors – overview of the advantages and disadvantages

Which advantages can sensors provide? Sensors are essential in capturing basic diagnostics from industrial machines and equipment. However, as the people maintaining these machines near retirement, a new, younger workforce is emerging. And while this new generation is comfortable with rapidly evolving manufacturing technology and the data that comes with it, they are not necessarily as in tune with the equipment as the seasoned staff.

Rockwell Automation GmbH, D-40468 Düsseldorf, www.rockwellautomation.com