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Challenge to determine the use case of IoT The Internet of Things is characterized by the technical connection of devices and systems to the Internet. Although this connection is the starting point of many IoT projects, in most cases it can be realized with relatively little effort after careful consideration of the available options. The mere technical use of IoT, however, does not generate any business value per se, neither for the product, for the process nor for the company as the product or process owner. One of the challenges that must be considered at the beginning of a project [...]

The CAD-CAM Process Chain: The Status Quo (Part 1)

How do we define the CAD-CAM process chain? The " CAD-CAM process chain " is a frequently mentioned and recurring buzzword in the field of production-related design. But what is this anyway? And who benefits from that? We want to address these questions together and try to find some answers. Digitization as a puzzle piece to the finished product Let's first look at the use of computers in design and manufacturing. The use of CAD software (Computer Aided Design) has been widespread in the field of design for many years. For this purpose, the software market offers a wide [...]

IoT vs. IIoT - Differences between Consumer Products and Industrial Systems

The term Internet of Things describes the connection of systems, devices and everyday things to the Internet. The term basically does not distinguish the exact way of connection or the resulting design of the application. Industrial Internet of Things (short: IIoT) is a collective term that describes the connection of industrial machines and production plants. The term IoT, on the other hand, is often used to refer to ubiquitous, consumer-oriented IoT products. IoT and IIoT - A technical difference? If you look at the application examples for the Internet of Things already known today, you can distinguish between two large [...]

What is IoT? A Definition of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) describes the ability to link all kinds of devices. Due to the increasing ubiquitous access to the Internet through WLAN and mobile communication, everyday devices and systems from the private and professional environment can participate in the Internet through ever smaller and cheaper computing power. As a rule, this Internet connection is accompanied by the fact that devices are able to transmit data which they record at their location and in their context using sensors. They can react to control commands through other higher-level applications and thus do something desired. Examples range from switching a [...]

The Arduino-plattform - SWMS Playground

Physical Computing Platforms With physical computing platforms such as the Arduino, smaller projects can be realized quickly. Such platforms are a good introduction to microcontrollers and programming. Especially in the short time of student internships it is difficult to get familiar with larger projects and without previous knowledge of microcontrollers or programming, almost impossible. Boards like that in the Arduino-plattform are a good way to enable students without previous knowledge to work independently on projects. Here you can find out what we have already been able to achieve with a few internships and what we still have in mind. Welcome [...]

Getting Started! - How can digitalization projects be successful?

Digitalization. A mega trend, hype and revolution all in one, but at least one topic that affects all parts of a company, from the management down to the employees. The need for companies to deal with this topic is being increasingly emphasized by scientists, experts and politicians, and with full justification. The (digitalization-) mechanisms and technologies are so diverse and powerful that every company can make use of them and grow with the design of digital products, processes and business models. In our last blog article we already analyzed the most important reasons why digitalization projects fail . The main [...]

Why do digitalization projects fail?

A topic that is rarely discussed because it is difficult to present is the failure of digitalization projects . On the one hand this is understandable, since nobody likes to publicly emphasize the failure of a project that is driven forward with a lot of energy and possibly also a lot of money. On the other hand, the professional exchange loses a lot of experience. Similarly, the danger of a repetition cannot be countered by other participants for similar reasons. Therefore, some of the practical experiences gained in everyday consulting will be presented here and some of the reasons for [...]

Teamcenter RAC Customization

In addition to the possibility of using software such as the Teamcenter PDM system as supplied by the manufacturer, many customers take the opportunity to implement their own ideas of processes and views. The following example shows how the user interface of the Siemens Teamcenter PDM system can be customized and how the company's own program logic can be integrated. What is Teamcenter RAC? The Rich Application Client (RAC) is Teamcenter's most widely used user interface. With the help of the RAC, the user can access all Teamcenter functionalities that are important. A Rich Application Client generally, a graphical user [...]

How can my company get practical benefit from IoT platforms?

IIoT platforms are the central component in the Industrial Internet of Things The so-called IoT or IIoT platforms play a central role in the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT for short. These support all tasks from the acquisition of plant data, storage, visualization, processing and analysis, to the implementation of actions based on the knowledge gained. The respective platform providers provide software components which can be supplemented by individual applications. Individual developments versus platform use The development of our own systems, which would have to map the complete process flow from data acquisition by sensors, data storage, visualization, data [...]

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