Smart Factory for intelligent Manufacturing- Part 2
The fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0, aka IIoT, Industry Internet of Things) is here to stay. With the inception of big data analysis, edge computing, and artificial intelligence (AI), manufacturers are embracing intelligent automation where the collection of big data is of great importance. How to associate the latest technologies with industrial applications, the performance of hardware design is the key.
Computer-on-Module (COM) or System-on-Module (SOM) is the most popular and excellent high-performance computing solution for various industrial applications. It is a form factor, highly integrated, and compact computer. Although the use of industrial products is similar to consumer computer devices, industrial computers often need to operate under more tough conditions, such as extreme cold or hot weather, underwater, high vibration, and strong ambient magnetic/ electric field. Embedding a computer in the product/ system that meets the requirements needs to consider high performance and rugged design for reliability together.
There are also some benefits of using Computer-on-Board:
1. Accelerate time-to-market. The development of specific use products or solutions may focus on the core value of the product and just let the CoMs take care of the essential design commodities.
2. Optimize product development cost. Enhance product’s profit margin by leveraging economies of scale and reducing project costs, with an off-the-shelf CoMs.
3. Use proven solutions. Eliminate significant development risk by using a reliable solution.
4. Access to the latest technology. Regularly and quickly updated CoMs make the products and solutions stand out from the competition.
COM Express provides wide market acceptance. As for intelligent manufacturing, whether a smart factory’s data acquisition, condition monitoring, predictive maintenance, or robotics for automation, COM Express standard has found widespread adoption.
A COM Express module design-in product or solution also needs a carrier board and cooling or thermal part, so the performance can be completely showcased. Netiotek can also offer tailor-made carrier boards and thermal pads for COM Express which meet your specifications.
Read more about our COM Express solution for smart manufacturing:
In the previous article of our series, we introduced rackmount computers which can provide an organized working station or stable & high-performance systems.
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