AUTO BATCHARGER

OVERVIEW

This is a microprocessor board for managing the battery pack recharge cycle for industrial machinery (handling machines).
The board controls and manages the charging of the battery pack according to the standard charging profile for lead-acid batteries.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

Although very small in size, this board is capable of controlling peak currents of up to 100 A, with very little heat dissipation in relation to the energy transferred. It is an economy and “energy-saver” board.


The board “manages” the charging of the battery, so the “power interface” with the mains (usually just transformer + rectifier bridge) is separate.
The card current sensor is based on the use of a “brass plate” in series with the negative battery conductor, making wiring in the system simple and economical.


The card monitors the battery status during charging. In the event of anomalies, it stops recharging and warns the operator by means of LEDs.


Again with a view to energy-saving, at the end of the recharge cycle, if correctly wired, the card is able to disconnect the “power interface” from the mains. This eliminates unnecessary energy consumption from the mains, as in the case of long pauses between charging cycles.


Particular care has been taken in the management of recharging so as to achieve “clean” switching, thus maximum reduction of electromagnetic interference [EMI] and a strong reduction in noise from the power interface.
The board, which is produced in various models, allows the requirements of mains voltage as well as various battery packs to be met.
The power supply is taken directly from the battery pack to be recharged.


The simplicity of the necessary parts, reduced to a minimum, and careful attention to the technological choices made, make this board a truly economical and easy-to-use solution for battery recharging.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Mains voltage: 110V; 230V nominal
  • Manages battery packs of: 12V,24V,36V,48V
  • Nominal Battery-pack current sensor: 1 SHUNT
  • Battery-pack voltage sensors: 1

APPLICATIONS

  • Cargo handling
  • Manufacturers/maintenance of forklifts
  • Battery-powered machines for cargo handling
  • Marine sector

1MHZ-3MHZ ULTRASONIC POWER GENERATOR

OVERVIEW

Ultrasound power generator board for 1MHz and 3MHz handpieces. Product typically used in the “AESTHETIC” sector.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

he board generates the power signal for driving 1MHz and 3MHz PIEZOCERAMIC handpieces [alternatively] with continuous modulation of the power supplied by amplitude modulation.
It implements sensors for

  • disconnected
  • short-circuited
  • generic overload

It has a connector for connecting 2 external LEDs indicating the active handpiece.
A sophisticated JOB sensor [optional] allows effective ultrasound delivery only when the handpiece touches the skin to be treated and as long as it remains in contact.
The delivery mode can be continuous or modulated ON/FF with all possible parameters programmable by the user.
The communication port used is the typical RS232 serial port [therefore connectable to a PC].
A sophisticated hardware + firmware system allows the handpiece drive signals to be generated digitally, i.e. expressed in numbers.

A special function [SEARCH], allows to find the specific resonance frequency of the mounted handpiece by a simple use of the PC. It is possible to save on the local PC all the specific operating parameters of the handpiece, then back up the data, or to attach the file to the handpiece to a remote customer, who by connecting the handpiece and uploading the file on the board, gets back the same operation as before; this feature can be used to supply “already calibrated” handpiece-replacements.
A large number of programmable parameters make it possible to customise/customise operation according to the most diverse requirements. In addition, the numerous operating ‘sensors’ allow you to work safely and have real time diagnostics on everything significant.
It handles a large number of control/alarm functions in current use and the diagnostics are therefore very accurate.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Board power supply: 12Vdc / 0.5A
  • Nominal Handpiece power supply: 30Vdc / 2.5A nominal
  • Handpieces manageable: 2, 1MHz & 3MHz alternatively
  • Control ports: 1 [RS232].

APPLICATIONS

  • Beauty equipment
  • Cream manufacturers

WINE SMART LABEL

OVERVIEW

Easily connect with your consumer using innovative technology.

Today’s consumers live in a rapidly digital world that is seamlessly integrating into everyday life. The consumer desire for convenience, as well as immersive consumption experiences, has driven rapid technological change across the FMCG, retail, and food service landscapes. In turn, consumer needs and expectations are evolving, and brands are now embracing the latest digital technology to cater to these newfound behaviors and expectations.

What do Smart Labels mean?

  • Product activation to make them digital (IoT).
  • Data collection to allow Brand Owners to control their supply chain (grey market activities) and better understand the dynamics of their market (business intelligence).
  • Possibility for Brand Owners to exchange data with their prospects and clients (On Trade / Off Trade / Home) in one-to-one communication.
  • Possibility for consumers to interact with the product and get more out of it.

Smart Labels can be broken down into two categories:

  • Interactive – how you connect with the consumer via your packaging such as Augmented Reality, NFC and Printed Electronics
  • Track and Trace – supply chain management such as Digimarc, EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) tags and RFID

Engage your customers with Smart Labels

Security and Authentication

Security and authentication is an important feature of the 1.100 Euro wine. Each bottle comes with a unique certificate including bottle number, packing date and even the name of the person who was responsible for the packing process.

The company produced a new, super-premium and limited edition Barolo (Nebbiolo). It was equipped with custom-made, NFC tamper evident tags embedded on the closure to verify that the wine is authentic and unopened. JOULEHUB delivered and integrated labels in the NFC tags.

Augmented Reality Experience

The mobile application for iOS and Android developed by VR-BRAIN gives wine drinkers the opportunity to learn more about the company founders, winery and the wine they are enjoying, thanks to the Augmented Reality experience. The AR can be initiated from every wine brand, available in over 30 countries worldwide.

INDUSTRIAL TRANSFORMATION 4.0

OVERVIEW

The customer’s need was to understand if some of their production machinery (aged between 10 and 15 years) were easily upgradable and it was possible, with some changes, to analyze some important information of the production cycle such as temperature, humidity, brightness, etc..

The customer did not want to change the machines of this particular line (for reasons of certification and design) but only wanted to update them.

We worked on this study recreating to scale some machines of the production process of the customer.

Benefits
  • Increased performance efficiency
  • Reduction of Corrective and Predictive Maintenance costs
  • Early problem forecasting
  • Reduction of production costs
  • Energy and maintenance cost savings

TECHNICAL DETAIL

Thanks to our designers, we first analysed our customer’s system and created a model of the main machines found in the company. We created a “Steam Machine” and inserted some sensors: humidity, temperature, pressure, brightness.
With Microsoft integrated systems, we created an IOT Hub to capture all the information coming from the machines. These data, after being analyzed, studied and learned by our AI, were displayed on a dashboard thanks to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform.The on-site operator can associate a job directly without having to contact the technician. Thanks to the app loaded on his vehicle or portable device, the technician is always aware of the latest tickets assigned and work orders.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Sensors produce data
  • Profibus sensor concentrator
  • Siemens SPS (PLC)
  • AZURE IoT Hub Connector
  • Configurable device and system connectivity
  • Concentrate & harmonize sensor data (OMPP)
  • Field Gateway
  • Microsoft AZURE Platform
  • IoT Hub / Stream Analytics / Machine Learning
  • Cloud Gateway
  • Collect data
  • Analyse & interpret data
  • Anomaly detection
  • Trigger follow-up process

APPLICATIONS

  • Industrial Automation, Automation
  • Steelmaking
  • Metalworking

AFTER-SALES MAINTENANCE WITH AUGMENTED REALITY

OVERVIEW

For one of our Swiss customers who designs and manufactures automotive parts, we have designed an after-sales remote maintenance system using augmented reality. The company sells these products abroad and was looking for a method to reduce logistical support costs (travel, training, entertainment expenses) and reduce downtime for the arrival of the technician. The project included three particular uses: training, maintenance and repair.

Benefits
  • Reduced travel costs
  • Possibility of assistance in remote locations
  • Reduced waiting times for service

TECHNICAL DETAIL

Before going into the specifics of the applications, let’s have a quick overview of how Augmented Reality is used in the after-sales phase. For the post-purchase there are ways of involvement through AR that consist of games and animations that are activated thanks to a QR code or other types of markers placed on the product packaging. Its use can be through smartphones, tablets or thanks to smart glasses that allow you to have your hands free and thus be able to operate directly on the product or interact with the information displayed.
The AR allows to provide complete information, presented in an engaging and interactive way, through the use of 3D images or videos. Augmented reality is directly applied to the product and additional information becomes visible on the product itself or in manuals and instruction manuals, which become interactive.
Our platform is equipped with the advanced Augmented Reality technology that allows you to communicate visually and in real time with the maintenance technician wherever he is.

 

Our platform will take care of everything else, putting the operator in contact with the maintenance technicians and, from a distance, will guide him step by step to carry out the intervention in a timely manner, solving the problem and reducing the machine downtime.
With the help of our remote maintenance and service platform, there is a drastic reduction in maintenance costs, and thanks to the speed and ease of operator intervention, normal plant operation will be restored, reducing the economic loss associated with production downtime.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Remote viewing for real-time assistance
  • More effective management of interventions
  • Efficient maintenance
  • Remote management of interventions
  • Always available manuals
  • Lower cost for the company
  • Dynamics 365
  • Azure
  • IOT
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APPLICATIONS

  • Sector: Any sector, just adapt the platform to the machines in question and update Database

WAREHOUSE MOVEMENTATION IN A WHITE ROOM

OVERVIEW

Our customer, a well-known Ticino pharmaceutical company, decided to adopt an automatic storage system in order to move the product from the warehouse to the production department. The six-step redesign project included savings on personnel costs, errors and inventory, and better use of space, as well as the fiscal benefits of the Industry Plan 4.0.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

Automation is increasingly a strategic lever for improving efficiency and process control, even in non-industrial contexts.
To meet these traceability requirements and to reduce manual work, our customer has decided to install an innovative automated warehouse for the storage of materials.
The cabinet is entirely controlled via WiFi and integrated with the management information system. It also has an optical barcode reading device that allows the IT association between the calibration code of the individual package and the relative batch and expiry data given in the loading document.
The warehouse had to work in a clean room.

The warehouse had to work in a clean room.
The project of analysis, sizing and evaluation of the automated warehouse was divided into six phases:

  1.  AS-IS process analysis: study of the activities carried out by the customer before the installation of the new warehouse, carried out according to the principles of business process orientation (Davenport, 1993).
  2. Collection and study of historical data: creation of a database of all incoming and outgoing movements and their respective stocks, in a time horizon representative enough to serve as a basis for the sizing process.
  3. Identification of the TO-BE scenarios: definition of a series of possible scenarios as the values of some drivers of the future state change: the evolution over time of the demand for different materials; their coverage index in stock and the way in which the warehouse is used during loading and picking of materials.
  4. Sensitivity analysis: calculation of the impact of the variations in each of the drivers considered on the size of the storage area and on the hourly daily occupation of the robotic system. The stress test has allowed to identify the ideal capacity and to verify the robustness of the system to the different scenarios assumed.. 
  5. Layout and flow redesign: find the optimal location for the automated system within the warehouse and production spaces.
  6. Economic evaluation: carried out on the basis of an estimate of the investments required for the installation of the automated system, the operating costs and the savings achieved through its adoption.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • System Power Supply: 15Vac / 1A rated
  • Level sensor: 1 proportional in barrel
  • Temperature sensors: 1 proportional in cask
  • Outputs ON/OFF: 16 type [EIOS] max 32Vac/2A
  • Digital inputs: 8 of type [EIOS] max 32Vac/48Vdc

APPLICATIONS

  • Industrial washing
  • Metal washing
  • Hospital washing
  • Mining

ULTRASONIC GENERATOR

OVERVIEW

Ultrasonic generator board at 30KHz power with remote controlled emission.

Typical product in the ” AESTHETIC ” sector.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

Power generator module controlled remotely via a communication port.
It implements all user and diagnostic-user functions, such as actuator, controlled by a superior system such as PLC or other control system.


It supports PIEZOCERAMIC handpieces at 30KHz or similar frequencies, as it is possible to ‘calibrate’ the specific handpiece directly on the board.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Card power supply: 12Vdc/250mA
  • Handpiece power supply: 48Vdc/1.5A
  • Handpieces managed: 1 PIEZO 30KHz
  • Control ports: 1 specification for “HUB” management

APPLICATIONS

  • Manufacturers of beauty equipment
  • Solvent-based washing machines without drums

PREDICTIVE MINING

OVERVIEW

Mining has become an increasingly precise practice. Modern mines have applications that ship and synthesize data from a variety of sources resulting in accurate mine planning, scheduling, operations and transportation. Data flows in from diggers, grinders, concentrators and trucks. In conjunction with data from enterprise systems, miners are able to make sophisticated forecasts. They know that a pump will fail in exactly 3 months, a truck’s bearings will need replacement in 2 weeks or an electric rope excavator will stop.

Cognitive computing and predictive analytics together with machine learning technologies are poised to heighten the levels of accuracy and preciseness in operational areas. These are the technologies to put on your must-watch list.

Let’s briefly consider a scenario which mining experts suspect leads to inefficiencies and bottlenecks, but unfortunately have little or no control over. This scenario concerns the operators of functioning within the next 5 shifts.  It is relatively easy to continue to make improvements around the edges of available data and reap incremental benefits. However, with the technology available today, it is possible to stretch the horizons of intelligent mining beyond the existing paradigm. As an example, cognitive computing and predictive technology can accurately tell us where to dig, how much to dig and where the ore should be shipped for blending in order to meet contracts or take advantage of a sudden spike in prices.

Big excavator equipment

These are large and expensive machines – so expensive that mining operations cannot afford to have standby excavators. They need to operate at maximum efficiency with minimal downtime. While machine performance data can predict when an excavator is likely to fail, there is no accurate way to measure poor operator performance during a given shift and neutralize it so that production is not affected.

It is entirely possible that an operator is in a portion of the mine where the geology is highly variable and the excavator is loading the incorrect material onto a truck. This is not necessarily a fault of the operator. It is a professional hazard. Is there a way to alert the operator inside the cab and direct the operator’s attention to the correct material? In other words, can we augment the operator’s skill, experience, knowledge and judgment and dial up the levels of performance to absolute maximum?

A peek into the future

  • As it turns out, we can. A modern mine operation that uses an Artificial Intelligence platform that can be ‘plugged in” to its total environment can provide digital assistance to the operator. The system inside the cab could listen to the operator using a natural speech algorithm and maps this against actions of the excavator. The system would learn with every action and iteration. The system would also use the vast array of sensors on the equipment to provide real-time feedback and guidance to the operator so that they can adjust their actions and get better performance. 

    Geological information could be displayed on the cab window as a HUD or a Heads-Up-Display (see Figure 1: Augmenting Operator Skills, Experience and Judgement Using Cognitive and Machine Learning Technology). The simple-to-follow graphic representation of the mine ensures the operator knows where to dig for maximum efficiency.

Learnings from other industries

  • Now let’s move this scenario up by one level. Imagine for a moment that the cognitive system in the cab has access to operational information about the excavator. The system is capable of monitoring and mapping, say, the swing of the excavator arm against optimal metrics. The system automatically alerts the operator every time there is an over-swing, informing the operator of the exact loss in productivity, “Harry, that continual over-swing cost us 3% in productivity last shift. Need a visualization to control the arm accurately for the next pass?” Harry, our operator, can see (on the HUD) that he is falling behind on his shift objectives and immediately takes corrective action prescribed by the advanced on-board system.

    From here it is a simple step to gamifying the cab and delivering motivational data to Harry. A dashboard inside the cab can potential display not just Harry’s target productivity, but that of other operators in the shift (“Harry, John in Digger 17 in the East End of the pit is ahead by 10 points”). The leaderboard can inject some fun and games into achieving improved performance and, more importantly, motivate operators to enhance their skills using technology as a coach.

    At JOULEHUB we have been leading the way with cognitive computing, predictive analytics and machine learning across a variety of industries ranging from financial services to oil & gas and for horizontal processes such as help desk support. These are labor-intensive industries and practices where the pressure for urgent intervention to bump up the accuracy of processes and boost productivity is high. We believe there are several learnings from these industries that can be applied to mining:

    • Knowledge extraction from large structured and unstructured data sets and building industry and processspecific curated knowledge systems
    • Integrating multiple heterogeneous data sources to synthesize ideas or patterns and map them against industry models
    • Dynamically linking external and internal knowledge sources for real-time decision making
    • Creating human-centric visualization and seamless natural language machine interaction
    • Analyzing operator/ FTE behavior with visual and voice interfaces to create appropriate interventions
    • Modifying business processes with new information, users or interaction modes

    Cognitive computing and predictive analytics are going to lead the future of mining. These technologies will not only address productivity, but elevate human, asset and environmental safety to previously unattainable levels. At the moment, the logic and reasons to assess these technologies is exciting and spells a considerably improved future. 

WATER WASHING SYSTEM

OVERVIEW

The system consists of several boards assembled to form an autonomous unit.

It is typically an ‘industrial’ product oriented to light industry, industrial machine tools and similar [e.g.: metal washers].

It completely manages the entire complete water-based washing cycle.

Tenet has remained constant: we’ve always focused on the intersection of people, processes, and information. As the Association for Intelligent Information Management, we help organizations put their information to work.

TECHNICAL DETAIL

Equipped with proportional level sensor, PTC temperature probe, and other 8 digital inputs of the ‘advanced’ type [EIOS] [e.g.: unbalanced load, thermal-motor protection, closed porthole, locked porthole, detergent presence probe, programming access key, etc.] and 16 outputs ON/OFF 32Vac / 4A each synchronous, for low industrial voltage, of the ‘advanced’ type [EIOS] able to minimize both radiated electromagnetic interference [EMI] and harmonics conducted at the level of the machine power supply line.

The outputs manage a variety of machine peripherals, such as heaters, water inlet solenoid valves, portholes, multi-speed motors, rotation reversal, numerous solenoid valves/detergent dispensers, solenoid valves/drainage pumps, alarm signals.

It has some “FIXED” washing programs that cannot be deleted by the user but can be recalled/modified/launched, without the modifications made altering the FIXED program used as ‘base’. A large non-volatile onboard memory, allows you to create, edit, save, launch and recall many work cycles directly from the user, so in fact, to create your own library of work cycles.

A backlit display with 2 lines of 20 large alphanumeric characters with dynamic fields management, allows to have detailed information both during the cycle execution phase and during the creation/modification of the cycles, even at a minimum distance from the screen panel.

It has a serial communication port [for use with a PC] for loading data on the [DGM] terminal, usually by the manufacturer, which allows the system to be adapted to the specific machine on which it is installed; these DGMs contain mechanical and electrical data, timings, limitations, etc. specific to the machine.

The DGMs are also stored on non-volatile memory.

The communication port also allows you to read from the system all its content in terms of washing cycles, DGM and any other type of data useful to be stored [backup] on a local PC, so you can eventually create a CLONE on another machine directly from PC.

The diagnostics on the display is based on string-error + errorcode that can be found in the user manual and then better explained in terms of details, causes, remedies, etc.

The system allows the loading [always as DGM] of a file containing the ‘language’ used in the messages on the display, greatly increasing the possibilities of customization / customization.

Keyboard with 12 multifunction keys added to the 7 LEDs complete the screen of user interface.

Technology has come a long way since then, and the variety of the information objects we’re managing has changed a lot, but one tenet has remained constant we’ve always focused on the intersection of people, processes, and information. As the Association for Intelligent Information Management, we help organizations put their information to work.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • System Power Supply: 15Vac / 1A rated
  • Level sensor: 1 proportional in barrel
  • Temperature sensors: 1 proportional in cask
  • Outputs ON/OFF: 16 type [EIOS] max 32Vac/2A
  • Digital inputs: 8 of type [EIOS] max 32Vac/48Vdc

APPLICATIONS

  • Industrial washing
  • Metal washing
  • Hospital washing
  • Mining