Industrial

Industry 4.0 Solutions

Ingredients to make Industry 4.0 a reality

Our innovative analog and embedded processing products, system expertise and easy-to-use design tools help you deliver the digitalization of systems to enable smarter, safer, more efficient factories. TI helps you design what’s next in industrial sensing, control, communications, functional safety and power management

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From mmWave sensing to embedded processing, we help you meet the toughest industrial requirements

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Production cell

Gateway/EDGE Computing

All components on the manufacturing floor are connected and controlled inside a network domain which is called operational technology (OT).

In order to protect this domain from the outside world of communication – Information Technology (IT), a secure gateway function is required. In addition, the data format and communication protocol is adjusted at the edge.

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Whitepaper: Wi-Fi® mesh networks: Discover new wireless paths

We will discuss wireless mesh networking from the top down. We will cover its main concepts and advantages and show a variety of possible wireless mesh applications along with a general deployment consideration.

Whitepaper: Building a gateway from the sensors to the cloud

New connectivity standards continue to emerge with no convergence in sight, while legacy systems with a decades-old infrastructure consisting of mostly wired protocols need retrofitting to interoperate in the new IoT space.

Programmable logic controller (PLC)

Industrial control systems use programmable logic controllers to automate a large 24 volt input/output system. These IO modules can reside next to the PLC CPU or connect through Industrial Ethernet to remote IO systems.

For cabinet deployed IO functions, protection class IP20 is sufficient. Machine deployed IOs support high protection class IP67. Industrial sensors either connect via the IO system or directly over Industrial Ethernet to the PLC network.

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Blog: Who tampered with my PLC? Are industrial control systems too flexible?

Many (if not most) machines are controlled by specialized computers called programmable logic controllers (PLCs). The roots of this trend reach back into the late 1960s when machines and assembly lines became increasingly complex, as did their corresponding control systems.

 

Whitepaper: Machine Learning Powers Autonomous Industrial Systems

Running a factory that perfects itself would seem to be the ideal dream of a manufacturing operations manager. What could be better than having automated systems that learn from their mistakes and continually improve?

 

Whitepaper: MSP430™ FRAM Microcontrollers With CapTIvate™ Touch Technology

The most noise immune capacitive touch MCUs and first to offer an IEC 61000-4-6 certified solution.

Machine tool with CNC

Modern machine tools support concurrent processes of multiple parts with multiple tools. Such machines have up to 100 axes which are very dynamic in speed and very precise in position.

An automated tool changer with data logging and quality checks of the tool support full online documentation of the production process. User friendly control panels support additional visualization of all process parameters and connect the machine to the IT world.

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Whitepaper: Time sensitive networking for industrial automation

Industries like automotive, industrial and performance audio use real-time communication with multiple network devices and will benefit from the TSN standard.

 

Video: DLP® technology enables fast accurate 3D scanning & printing

DLP® technology enables fast and accurate 3D scans using structured light for industrial, medial and security applications. Watch video now.

 

Whitepaper: Making factories smarter, more productive through predictive maintenance

Manufacturers who are looking to enable effective predictive maintenance require advanced integrated circuit (IC) solutions that cover every stage of data collection from the sensor to the cloud.

Machine vision

Cameras are used to detect the presence and position of objects. More enhanced systems include precise measurement and quality checks with reference parts. In addition, surroundings of machines and robots are scanned for safe workspaces.

Multiple cameras or scanners are combined to provide a real-time view of the production process. Direct integration into control systems enables a more efficient collaboration of man and machines.

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Blog: Light that freezes motion – insight into a LED lighting control design for machine vision

It’s not a question whether there is motion or not; there is only the question about the speed (v) of the motion and the challenge of capturing an image with the sharpness required.

 

Blog: A Modular View on of an LED Lighting Control Design  (Part2)

During the design process, we packaged details into smaller subcircuits and gave those blocks descriptive names.This helped us convert our ideas into the actual circuit.

 

Whitepaper: Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors and actuators

Greater factory connectivity and control is ushering in what has been named the fourth industrial revolution, after the earlier revolutions of steam power, assembly lines and early automation.

Transport and handling

Flow of raw material, products and packaging requires identification, tracking and transportation. In certain applications parallel movement with multi-carrier systems increase the throughput of the system.

Palletizing is used to stack many objects in one area to reduce the transport overhead.

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Training: Webinar-Fitting High-Tech, Capacitive Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) into Space Constrained Form Factors

Building advanced HMI solutions that fit in some of the smallest spaces and bring sleek and functional design capabilities with capacitive sensing using MSP430 MCUs with CapTIvate technology.

 

Blog: The fourth industrial revolution with Mesh

This revolution is characterized mainly by fusion of technologies enabling inter-communication between different production line machines.

Tool Control

Electronic tools in the manufacturing line have dedicated control units which are specific to functions such as welding, painting and milling. These tools may only power up when they are taken out from the tool magazine.

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Whitepaper: Time sensitive networking for industrial automation

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) is an Ethernet extension defined by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) designed to make Ethernet-based networks more deterministic.

 

Whitepaper: Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors and actuators

Optimizing overall factory communications is necessary to meet the wide variety of requirements from systems of all sizes.

 

Whitepaper: Making factories smarter, more productive through predictive maintenance

Manufacturers who are looking to enable effective predictive maintenance require advanced integrated circuit (IC) solutions that cover every stage of data collection from the sensor to the cloud.

 

Robot control

A special variant of industrial control exists for manipulators of industrial robots. Up to seven axes allow flexible movement in all directions.

A number of interfaces are required to integrate a robot arm into a production system. Interaction with PLC, tools and cameras enables a higher degree of automation. Additional sensing technologies and functional safety designs make human collaboration possible.

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Viedo: Robotic mapping and navigation using TI's mmWave sensor

This video demonstrates how developers can use a TI mmWave evaluation module and the Robot OS to map and navigate various settings.

 

Whitepaper: Time sensitive networking for industrial automation

Industries like automotive, industrial and performance audio use real-time communication with multiple network devices and will benefit from the TSN standard.

 

Blog: Where shrinking makes sense: improving isolated, split-rail power designs in industrial applications

Industry 4.0 describes a trend towards further automation combined with intelligent communication. As a result, PLCs need to be equipped with more I/O ports in process engineering, industrial automation and facility management.

Environmental control

Many products require a tight control of temperature, humidity, air purity and light during the production process to maintain excellent and consistent product quality. These parameters get even more important with additive manufacturing. Besides the handling of raw materials and products the automated transportation of chips is part of the smart factory.

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Blog: How to get more processing without sacrificing power consumption

Every day more electronic devices are being connected to centralized networks for the purpose of data collection and analysis.  These products range from industrial sensors used to monitor a factory process, an intelligent fire detection system or a home Wi-Fi®-connected thermostat.

 

Blog: Powering smart sensor transmitters in industrial applications

Smart sensor transmitters are widely used in factory automation, process instrumentation and control equipment to measure temperature, pressure, flow, level and many other process variables.

 

Reference design:  Energy Harvesting Booster Pack

A BoosterPack that harvests energy from a wide variety of current sources or from the onboard solar cells to power any low-power TI LaunchPad.

Industrial communication (Wired)

Many different control systems with hundreds of sensor and actuators share a common, deterministic backbone to make sure information flows at the right speed and at the correct time.

The time sensitive network can only meet the requirements through wired communication interfaces. However, wireless technologies gain more momentum for service ports with mesh networks collecting less time critical data.

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Whitepaper: Time-sensitive networking for industrial automation

Industries like automotive, industrial and performance audio use real-time communication with multiple network devices and will benefit from the TSN standard.

 

Whitepaper: Selecting the right industrial communications standard for sensors

Optimizing overall factory communications is necessary to meet the wide variety of requirements from systems of all sizes.

 

Blog: IO-Link: The backbone of the smart factory

You may think that factories are already efficient based on the quality of products you buy today and the price at which you can purchase them. In reality, factories have numerous inefficiencies that an interface like IO-Link can help reduce.

 

 

Autonomous guided vehicle (AGV)

A new way of transport in factories which uses intelligence to find the shortest route, pick the right parts and avoid collisions with other vehicles or humans. Equipped with a robot arm and vision system, AGVs can take over complex tasks of machine loading and unloading.

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Blog: The fourth industrial revolution with Mesh

Today, we experience its fourth stage. This revolution is characterized mainly by fusion of technologies enabling inter-communication between different production line machines.

 

Whitepaper: An inside look at industrial Ethernet communication protocols

In this paper, we will look at many industrial Ethernet protocols in detail and the increasing need for a unified hardware and software platform that enables multiple standards as well as delivers the real-time, determinism and low latency required for  industrial communications.

 

Training: mmWave Training Series

The mmWave training series is designed for you to learn the fundamentals of FMCW technology and mmWave sensors, and start development quickly.