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 Technologiesa player specializing in Lenovlenovomission critical solutions, has signed one agreement with VHITa company engaged 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 Edge server ThinkSystem SE350 it allows you to physically connect automation components to different machines with a single PC or server, and the GPU allows you to run complex artificial intelligence algorithms with the machines.
In this way, it is possible to obtain data from the cameras located in the production facilities and at the 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, VHITdeclares: “As confirmation of our commitment to introducing cutting-edge technology applications for industrial automation, we are pleased to partner with Lenovo and Lynx to accelerate a new secure, IoT-based quality control system, and we are also migrating to soft PLC architecture. a very promising setup. In increasingly connected production environments, manufacturers demand solutions that are secure, versatile and enable the conservation of resources. Lenovo and Lynx allow us to have robust, security-critical and highly accessible systems, which is 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, VHITcomments: “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, CEO & Country General Manager Infrastructure Solutions Group, Lenovoconcludes: “At Lenovo, we believe that high-performance platforms and technologies are essential to communicate and analyze the flow of data in the shortest possible time, which is why the edge devices where the data is generated are placed to represent a bridge between source information and the cloud (private , public or hybrid). Lenovo devices are ideal for assembly lines in factories, as they are designed according to the principle of “zero touch” installation, so that they can operate in places where they are not directly controlled by IT personnel“.