Lenovo and Lynx simplify VHIT production with edge technology for Industry 4.0

An innovative platform, designed exclusively with IoT and cloud technologies, simplifies production and increases the efficiency of VHIT for real-time quality control in the production of automotive vacuum pumps

The digitalisation path that leads a company to transform itself into a smart company goes through the correct automation of processes. Lenovo and Lynx Software Technologiesleader in mission-critical edge solutions, has signed one agreement with VHITleader in the production of mechatronic components for the automotive industry, for the development of a new approach to quality control based on the use of cameras and soft PLCs (Programmable Logic Controller), aimed at improving decision-making processes and allowing real-time analysis in industrial environments.

The solution adopted by VHIT is based on the ThinkSystem SE350 edge server, which is extremely suitable, thanks to compact dimensions, robust and with smart connection functions, security and control in difficult environments, combined with the Lynx platform, a framework dedicated to security and minimizing downtime on machines that affect company production. The solution is capable of virtualizing multiple PCs within the same industrial server, where multiple algorithms can be managed simultaneously. The ThinkSystem SE350 edge server allows you to physically connect automation components to different machines with a single PC or server, and the GPU makes it possible to run complex AI algorithms with machines.

In this way, it is possible to obtain data from cameras located in production facilities and logistics warehouses and to utilize machine learning algorithms for quality control, in order to generate an optimal decision in real time.. The system allows you to drastically reduce false rejections and prioritize real-time data analysis, allowing for faster intervention. Once connected to the cloud, the system benefits from constant access to advanced artificial intelligence algorithms and data analysis packages.

In addition, the solution proposed by Lenovo and Lynx paves the way for the “soft PLC” to allow VHIT to release the PLC software from the industrial hardware. As a result, all traditional software engineering techniques, such as debugging and control looping, can help optimize PLC logic and correct recurring errors and default settings. This will contribute enormously to reducing downtime, which in a high-intensity industrial context greatly affects the company’s productivity.

Riccardo Sesini, Digital Transformation Manager, VHIT: “We reaffirm our commitment to introduce advanced technology applications for industrial automation, and we are pleased to partner with Lenovo and Lynx to accelerate a new secure, IoT-based QA system, and we are also migrating to soft architecture. PLC, which seems to be a very promising configuration.In increasingly connected production environments, manufacturers demand solutions that are secure, versatile and enable the conservation of resources.Leno and Lynx allow us to have robust, security-critical and highly accessible systems, why this collaboration was the obvious choice to help us take another important step towards industrial automation and digitization in a secure way. and scalable “.

Corrado La Forgia, CEO, VHIT: “Partnership agreements like the one we have entered into with Lenovo and Lynx are crucial to building our future and continuing our path of innovation to better meet our customers’ needs.”

Alessandro de Bartolo, AD & Country General Manager Infrastructure Solutions Group, Lenovo: “At Lenovo, we believe that high-performance platforms and technologies are essential for communicating and analyzing data flow in the shortest possible time. hybrid devices. Lenovo devices are ideal for assembly lines in factories, as they are designed on the principle of “zero touch” installation, so that they can operate in places where they are not directly controlled by IT personnel. “

The context

Today, several industrial PCs are installed at a short distance from assembly lines and machine tools used for various purposes: PLC devices in execution, interface between automation components and IT software, artificial intelligence algorithms, etc. This situation has led to the need to install and manage a large number of industrial PCs per line or machine and has caused a huge workload in managing Windows services and applications. Furthermore, in the case of PLC standards, the traditional PLC architecture, based on hardware and software, does not allow the use of classical software engineering techniques to troubleshoot and resolve recurring standards. In addition, AI algorithms running near machines require significant hardware features, and daily operation requires the use of remote desktops to control the software portion of the algorithms; an element representing a critical problem to be solved when the number of the latter increases.

Lynx software

As for the new production quality control systems, Lynx’s framework focuses on safety and minimizing equipment downtime that can affect the company’s production. LYNX MOSA.ic for Industrial consolidates mixed critical workloads running on the same multicore processor: resources and performance provided by the hardware platform, capacity of the software components. At the same time, the framework completely isolates critical applications from non-critical workloads to provide high levels of immunity to cyber attacks. In addition, this greatly reduces the complexity of the architecture, the cost and the number of error points, a critical element to ensure the robustness of the business of the company.

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