Google Glass 'could revolutionise' industrial automation

drivesncontrols | Posted: 24 Dec 2013, 09:40

 
Google Glass (shown above) is a wearable hands-free computer that shows information on a heads-up display in the user's field of view. The technology, which is still being developed by Google, also incorporates a camera, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, WiFi, Bluetooth, a proximity sensor, memory, and a transducer that allows the wearer to hear sounds transmitted via their skulls.
 
Google is developing the technology mainly for consumer applications, but Beckhoff believes that it could be used in industrial environments to supplement and enhance conventional production practices. For example, service technicians could use the camera to read a QR code on a device such as a motor or actuator and the glasses would then display the history, properties or status of the component. The camera could also be used to take pictures of what the operator is seeing.
 
Andreas Thome, Beckhoff’s product manager for PC control, believes that Google Glass has the potential to change the way machines are operated in future. "We think that it will revolutionise the way that people will interact with machinery on the shopfloor," he says.
 
Google Glass wearers can view images in the form of "slides" that can be scrolled from left to right in a similar way to image-viewing software. Extra information can be obtained by touching a pad built into the side-arm. This could allow machine operators to view information such as a machine’s status or associated datasheets as they stand next to the machine. If necessary, the operator could use Google Glass to contact colleagues or experts In Beckhoff’s demonstration, Google Glass was integrated with the company's TwinCat automation software. The glasses were communicating with a Web server that was supplying the status of a TwinCat-controlled machine. The glasses receive and display this machine status in the form of signal values or error messages and could be used to pinpoint the error location. The glasses could also be used to acknowledge and reset the machine status.
 
 

According to Thome, the demonstration (above) shows "how easy it is to get deep and profound information on machines on the shopfloor and still be able to walk around and work hands-free."He believes that the glasses "represent a good example of the fusion of Internet technology and automation technology within the framework of Industry 4.0." 

Automation

Tire industry's demand for robots is explosively growing

Tire industry's demand for robots is explosively growing

It is reported that the industrial robot technology has been widely used in the overseas tire manufacturing enterprises’ logistics and intelligent production. In China, more and more industrial robots are being applied to the tire sector.

TopView software monitors power use in the UK

TopView software monitors power use in the UK

Balancing the supply and demand of electricity is a dynamic challenge and a mandatory requirement for electricity providers on the grid. In the UK, Endeco Technologies provides CashBack from National Grid and energy savings from energy bill optimisation.

Adaptive robots with IoT

Adaptive robots with IoT

Following the sensation created by new adaptive robots like Big Dog, research in this area continues to deliver exciting news. The newest development is a robot that can re-learn how to walk with a broken leg in less than two minutes.

Manufacturing pay rises outstrip the wider UK economy

Manufacturing pay rises outstrip the wider UK economy

The average pay settlement in the UK manufacturing sector during the six months to July was 2.6%, according to figures released by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Chinese manufacturing automation transformation process slow

Chinese manufacturing automation transformation process slow

According to the statistics released by International Federation of Robotics, per 10,000 workers are equipped with more than 300 multi-functional industrial robots in South Korea and Japan. In China, however, there are only 23 robots for per 10,000 operators.

Internet of Things: big impediments, big needs

Internet of Things: big impediments, big needs

The heart of the newly popular Internet of Things (IoT) is internet-enabled sensing nodes.

Lead integrators and the future of manufacturing

Lead integrators and the future of manufacturing

A new level of partnership between manufacturers and automation solution providers aims to fill the engineering skills gap.

Universal Robots releases collaborative robots

Universal Robots releases collaborative robots

When a human enters the robot’s work-cell, the robot arm can operate in reduced mode, and then resume full speed when he leaves again. Or, the robot can run full speed inside a CNC machine for example, and then reduced speed when outside.

Top five things that go wrong with electric motors

Top five things that go wrong with electric motors

There are myriad issues that can cause electric motors to fail. However, among this rogue’s gallery of problems there is a set of usual suspects that crop up more often than the others.

Energy harvesting via wireless to reduce energy usage

Energy harvesting via wireless to reduce energy usage

These retrofit projects call for innovative, sustainable technologies that can be easily installed at relatively low cost. Automation systems monitor, control and conserve energy, delivering savings between 20% and 40%.

Beckhoff and Rockwell Automation patent dispute settled

Beckhoff and Rockwell Automation patent dispute settled

“Rockwell Automation has granted Beckhoff Automation the license to more than a dozen U.S. and European linear motor patents. The license agreement between the two companies settled a patent infringement litigation amicably.”

It came from outer space...

It came from outer space...

Many of the technologies created for government programs have found their way into industrial applications. Now the sharing of innovation is also moving the other way, as wireless communications and computing power go from the commercial/industrial world into government equipment and facilities.

Work starts on £1.5m engineering lab for Welsh drives-maker

Work starts on £1.5m engineering lab for Welsh drives-maker

The drives-maker Control Techniques has started work on a new £1.5m engineering laboratory at its headquarters in Newtown, Wales. The company will use the 900m2 building to develop new products and technologies.

Complete System Control with Unitronics Vision570-J

Complete System Control with Unitronics Vision570-J

The Vision570-JTM from Unitronics is an integrated PLC with a 5.7” color touchscreen and I/O modules that snap on to the back of the unit.

Totaling 41 firms got involved in robot in Shanghai and Shenzhen

Totaling 41 firms got involved in robot in Shanghai and Shenzhen

The statistics shows that there are currently totaling 41 enterprises involved in robot in Shanghai and Shenzhen. The listed companies’ entrance into the industrial robot industry also represents the trend of traditional manufacturing transformation and upgrading.

US manufacturing PMI hits a four-year high

US manufacturing PMI hits a four-year high

The US manufacturing sector has rebounded sharply from its three-month low in July to hit its highest level since April 2010, according to the latest PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) survey, published by Markit.

Turkish Machinery coming to US Market

Turkish Machinery coming to US Market

“with rapid development, Turkish Machinery sector is increasing its export share in the Turkish economy and exports. Turkey’s machinery exports, which were USD 3.0 billion in 2003, have reached USD 14 billion in 2013. "

Internet of Things software upgrade

Internet of Things software upgrade

GE Intelligent Platforms upgrades three of its automation software products to align with the company’s vision for the Industrial Internet.

Galanz implements automation renovation, over 60% staff acquires level certification

Galanz implements automation renovation, over 60% staff acquires level certification

Besides, Galanz has been reported to invest RMB 3 billion last year in automation renovation through which only 2 instead of 8 workers are needed to accomplish the task in part of the new production lines.

Premium motor sales up, cheap motors down

Premium motor sales up, cheap motors down

Revenues for IE3 Premium Efficiency (and the equivalent NEMA Premium) are on course to almost double by 2018 to over $8,000 million globally.

ABB continues divestment strategy

ABB continues divestment strategy

The ABB Full Service business, which provides outsourced maintenance, is the fifth business that ABB is letting go in less than a year. The sale to Nordic Capital is part of ABB’s strategy to focus on its core portfolio.

How behavior-based safety could become mainstream

How behavior-based safety could become mainstream

However you feel about behavior-based safety and its supposed shortcomings, a variety of emerging trends and factors are aligning to make an actual BBS system both more achievable and more effective.

Global sales of IE3 motors will overtake IE1 by 2018

Global sales of IE3 motors will overtake IE1 by 2018

Global sales of IE3 high-efficiency electric motors and the equivalent Nema Premium machines will almost double to more than $8bn by 2018, according to a new forecast from the analyst, IHS.

Foxconn automation equipment project gets started in Jiyuan

Foxconn automation equipment project gets started in Jiyuan

With a total investment of RMB 2 billion, the 560-mu automation equipment project, as an important part of Foxconn’s future industrial deployment in the province, will be equipped with 9 plants, 3 affiliated workshops and 2 office buildings.

IE3 motor recenues boosted by regulations

IE3 motor recenues boosted by regulations

Revenues for premium-efficiency motors are expected to almost double by 2018 as governments push to phase out standard models.

BYOD security in perspective

BYOD security in perspective

As personal computing devices began entering the industrial workspace in significant numbers through corporate deployments and adoption of BYOD programs, IT and engineering departments raised red flags.

Looking for controls engineering skills? Try certified systems integrators

Looking for controls engineering skills? Try certified systems integrators

The Control System Integrators Association partnered with Automation World to develop a survey that would provide an overview of how the manufacturing industries see system integrators.

Robot market to reach $171.7 billion by 2020

Robot market to reach $171.7 billion by 2020

Consideration of Robot Market Forecasts indicates that markets at $53 billion will reach $171.7 billion by 2020. Growth comes as every industry achieves efficiency by automating process robotically.

Chase Sun to raise RMB 950 million for automation base construction

Chase Sun to raise RMB 950 million for automation base construction

The announcement indicates that the automation production base project will be invested with RMB 990 million among which RMB 920 million will be the raised funds and the rest RMB 70 million will be self-collected funds.

Pharma Expo Conference program announced

Pharma Expo Conference program announced

Chicago conference in November, co-located with Pack Expo International, will include Manufacturing Operations, Compliance Trends and Pharmaceutical Packaging tracks.

Molex releases watertite FD multiple

Molex releases watertite FD multiple outlet boxes

Molex announces three Watertite FD Multiple Outlet Boxes with Closure Plugs and Reducers.

New codewheels for rotary encoder kit

New codewheels for rotary encoder kit

POSIC expands the choice of code wheels for its ID1101C inductive rotary encoder kit to larger diameters.

Belden Introduces Magnum 10RX router

Belden Introduces Magnum 10RX router and security appliance

Belden released the Magnum 10RX router and security appliance, which offers improved performance and security with maximum...

Point Grey introduces GS3-U3-41S4

Point Grey introduces GS3-U3-41S4 Camera for Scientific Imaging

Point Grey announced Grasshopper3 GS3-U3-41S4 camera, based on color and monochrome versions of the Sony ICX808, a 1/1.8"...