Konecranes ex­plores dig­i­tal au­to­ma­tion cloud

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - INTERNET OF THINGS -

KONECRANES IS ex­plor­ing ad­vanced net­works and global dig­i­tal au­to­ma­tion cloud to be able to utilise future net­work tech­nol­ogy and de­velop 5G ca­pa­bil­i­ties avail­able to­day. Konecranes has been one of the first com­pa­nies to em­ploy tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Nokia’s Dig­i­tal Au­to­ma­tion Cloud.

Konecranes Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, Tech­nolo­gies, Juha Pankakoski, be­lieves that this ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy has po­ten­tial to en­hance Konecranes’ cur­rent of­fer­ing by in­creas­ing net­work ca­pac­ity and re­duc­ing la­tency.

Pankakoski first dis­cussed the cus­tomer ben­e­fits of util­is­ing cloud tech­nolo­gies at a Nokia stu­dio broad­cast at the end of April, where he was joined by ex­perts from Nokia and Busi­ness Fin­land.

Konecranes dig­i­tal so­lu­tions are al­ready im­ple­mented in global scale, with over 570,000 digi­tised ser­vice as­sets in 55,000 lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing more than 1,500 in Aus­trala­sia. More con­nec­tions are be­ing added ev­ery day.

Real-time equip­ment mon­i­tor­ing tech­nolo­gies, such as Konecranes’ Tru­con­nect can be em­ployed on any of Konecranes’ broad range of over­head cranes, jib cranes, gantry cranes, and lif ting de­vices, that can typ­i­cally lif t any­where be­tween 500kgs and more than 2,000 tonnes.

Konecranes and Nokia share the sim­i­lar ob­jec­tive of nav­i­gat­ing the dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and au­to­ma­tion of in­dus­try in such a way that brings tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits to com­pa­nies across the globe.

Pankakoski said that fac­to­ries of the future will have fully au­ton­o­mous de­vices, ca­pa­ble of col­lab­o­rat­ing with hu­mans and each other to man­u­fac­ture and de­liver prod­ucts. But well be­fore that hap­pens, ma­chines will be­come in­tel­li­gent enough to guide hu­mans to do their work bet­ter – thus mak­ing work­ing places safer and the op­er­a­tions more pre­dictable.

“The ad­vanced net­work, com­bined with Nokia’s Dig­i­tal Au­to­ma­tion Cloud, has the po­ten­tial to bring ma­chine-to-ma­chine com­mu­ni­ca­tions, IoT se­cu­rity and ma­chine learn­ing to the next level, which would par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fit our cus­tomers at ports and large man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions,” he said.

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