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Raspberry Pi Innovations and Their Use in Manufacturing

The industrial uses of the Raspberry Pi controller are growing as industries have an increase in their range of systems needed to thrive. The Raspberry Pi controller can be used to build Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for small to large scale projects. It is used in the oil and gas industry, consumer goods and the agriculture industry among others.

OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY — PETROLOG

Petrolog provides IoT solutions for oil well automation and remote monitoring, helping operators increase production and reduce operating costs.

Petrolog’s main product is a POC (Pump Off Condition) controller. The controller detects when a well enters pump off condition, which occurs when the fluid in the well is too low for the pump to lift it to the surface. It then automatically shuts down the well, allowing more fluid to flow into the well until the pump can function properly again. The POC controller has a sensor that sends the status of the well to a Raspberry Pi sitting in a control box above ground, which then sends the status to Petrolog and its customers over a 3G/LTE network.

Before the innovation of Raspberry Pi, the Petrolog team would drive hours to troubleshoot. But now they can see all of their device monitors at once using the Raspberry Pi and make adjustments without the cost for traveling to the wells.

Agricultural manufacturing — CNC farming machine

Farmbot is an open source CNC farming machine. The company is located in San Luis Obispo, California. Among other components, it uses Raspberry Pi 3 and 8GB microSD card. It can only be programmed and controlled using the web application, meaning an active internet connection is required to send and receive data. The Raspberry Pi boards used in the machine have built-in WiFi and allow the user to take pictures and communicate with the web application and Arduino. This development is an example of how Raspberry Pi is integrated into agricultural technology to regulate production of plant-based products.

Beer Manufacturing - Fuzzy Duck Brewery

Fuzzy Duck Brewery is a small scale brewery located in Lancashire UK that uses the Raspberry Pi controller in the brewing process. During the brewing process, a DS18B20 temperature sensor connects to a Raspberry Pi before being placed in the hot liquor tank. Data is then sent down the wire to a general-purpose I/O (or GPIO) pin. Since the RPi.GPIO allows control to the pins on a Raspberry Pi using the programming language Python, it is possible to then monitor the temperature. This is done through a special-purpose software. If the brew gets too hot or cold, the heaters are then adjusted. In order to control the temperature, the brewery makes use of three methods: an electronic control panel, a web page viewable on a smartphone, and a PyQt4 GUI application, all of which can be used at the same time. Fuzzy Duck also uses software running on a Pi for its invoicing and cask tracking. That software was written using Python 2.4.

Other raspberry pi innovations

There are seven further examples of Raspberry Pi innovations not included in the above case studies. Keeping a global scope, there is a mix of American and European firms. The Raspberry Pi itself is a UK product originally marketed for educational purposes. From the blogs and industry articles, there are currently few live industrial applications of this system but are expected to increase as an industrial focused Raspberry Pi system (Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3) was introduced in January 2017.

Here is a list of other companies and their respective websites that use Raspberry Pi's:

Conclusion

The Raspberry Pi controller proves to be more than just an educational opportunity, its origins, through its use in various industries. It cuts down on costs, such as transportation to industrial sites, and allows for an optimized control of operations of a product/service. Its application in the oil and gas industry detects signals on wells and machinery and converts them onto a universal platform for company teams to monitor the well-being of projects.
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Safety & Video Analytics Solutions in Manufacturing

We found two video analytic (or video content analysis) solutions for the manufacturing sector for improving safety, efficiency, and business growth. Below, we outline the solutions offered by Samsung’s Nexplant Safety, and Schneider Electric’s Surveillance, Video Analytics and Access Control. These companies both offer customizable solutions for manufacturing industries and offer different benefits in using their products.
SAMSUNG — NEXPLANT SAFETY
Samsung SDS, the information and communications technology arm of the Samsung Group, uses “advanced analytics platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), and blockchain technologies”, to support a range of industries. Samsung’s Nexplant solution helps to gain control over the manufacturing environment and optimizes manufacturing processes to provide an innovative and streamlined advantage. Nexplant is an AI-based ‘smart factory’ solution. Nexplantcollects and analyzes sensor data from manufacturing equipment through IoT (Internet of Things) by applying artificial intelligence to the manufacturing process, promptly detects and controls the anomalies, thereby maximizes production efficiency.”
A key part of this solution, Nexplant Safety, is focused on ensuring worker and plant safety through its advanced video analytics. This cost-saving solution offers tailored surveillance, eliminates dead zones, and provides real-time surveillance. Nexplant Safety "manages rules for environment safety video analytics based on company SOPs; sends event notification of anomalies and issues in real time; provides operation, repair, and maintenance management; provides linkage analysis using color, shape, motion, and space to model the subject of interest; recognizes and tracks subjects of interest, providing predictions for specific situations; and ensures seamless connection to CCTV, VMS, and other standard control equipment."
SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC — SURVEILLANCE, VIDEO ANALYTICS AND ACCESS CONTROL
Being ever mindful of the increasing pressure faced by manufacturers, whether it is increased pressure to ensure their buildings and facilities are safer — whether from physical threats, corporate espionage or from the theft of physical or intellectual property — Schneider Electric offers a total solution for security, video and access control. This solution includes Intelligent Video Analytics.
Schneider’s solution consists of intelligent video analytics, security cameras & surveillance systems, video management systems, and access control management. Schneider Electric’s strength lies in its robust solutions for particularly harsh environments or environments with difficult lighting conditions. As an added-value Schneider’s solution also includes thermography (thermal imaging), presenting information from both process control, and environmental and emission systems.
ADVANTAGES OF VIDEO ANALYTICS
Camera’s operating 24/7 generate a very large amount of data. Storing this data in raw-form incurs steep storage costs. Reviewing footage can take extensive amounts of staff-time, incurring significant costs, and humans are often prone to error. Video analytics solutions applying deep learning techniques through augmenting staff with an artificial intelligence based solution, enables the automatic identification of specific patterns of behavior; reduces the amount of raw video footage that needs to be stored; and the more video it reviews, the more it learns, thereby enhancing the efficiency and capability of the solution.
CONCLUSION
We found two key video analytic solutions for the manufacturing sector for improving safety, efficiency, and business growth. Above, we outlined the solutions offered by Samsung’s Nexplant Safety, and Schneider Electric’s Surveillance, Video Analytics and Access Control. These companies both offer customizable solutions for manufacturing industries, while both offer different benefits in using their products, depending on needs.

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Innovative Products in Manufacturing

As the global manufacturing industry faces more pressure to lower their costs, increase their yield, and meet their target profitability, there is a need for innovative products that can help them achieve their objectives. Some of these products include OSISoft’s PI system, RFGen’s mobile solutions, and Valarm’s platform with IoT sensors. Other advanced products for the manufacturing industry include the following: Progressly’s platform, SAS’s analytics solution, Aspen Technology’s process manufacturing software, Coupa’s cloud-based solution, and Iconic’s intelligence solution. These solutions utilize advanced concepts like IoT elements, cloud computing, data analytics, predictive machine learning principles, tailored software and centralized platforms that can lead to more streamlined processes, reduced safety concerns, and improved operational and business measures. The three products mentioned above are described in detail below while the rest are listed in the linked spreadsheet.

COMPANIES PROVIDING INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS TO THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY

Based on several manufacturing sector reports, the whole industry is undergoing a renaissance that is now being referred to as Industry 4.0. This involves the continuous spread of digitization initiatives across all manufacturing operations especially on consumer goods, the forefront of manufacturing. With this trend, several innovative products are continuously being developed by companies in order to help manufacturing companies utilize digital technology.

OSISoft’s PI system

One of OSISoft’s products, the PI (Predictive Insights) system has been used by several manufacturing companies in their effort to digitize their value chain and improve their operations.
Without the PI System, manufacturing firms found it challenging analyzing multiple streams of random data being generated across the end-to-end manufacturing process. It is highly important to analyze this data in order to exactly pinpoint the areas where they need to focus their improvement efforts to attain the desired operational results.
The PI system can help manufacturing companies make sense of the random data being generated across all their systems. The system can help integrate all this data from various sources within the value chain and generate useful insights that can be used to identify the best direction to take.
Examples of the PI system in action can be seen in several food manufacturing case studies where applications have been built based on the PI system.
One such case is Tyson Foods, a meat and prepared foods' producer. With around 68 million pounds of meat being processed, the company had limited visibility of what exactly was going on in their internal operations. Important business decisions seem to be made on a whim without any data basis. In order to improve their decision-making process, the company has adopted the Factory Talk Historian, a data gathering platform that is built on OSISoft’s PI system.
Tyson already achieved positive results from the use of the Factory Talk Historian in their effort to reduce waste from their sausage packaging operations. Prior to the use of the application, they just sent QA personnel to check the machines every fifteen minutes with no real results. After deploying the application into their production lines, they were able to gather targeted data and were able to generate several useful insights. In this case, they found out that their tolerance limit for sausage weight is too close to the ideal weight, thus generating more wastage from the way the machines cut and reject sausages. They decided to adjust the tolerance levels and the sausage wastage level has since been reduced.

RFGEN’S MOBILE AND VOICE SOLUTIONS

RFGen provides its advanced mobile solutions for the manufacturing industry in order for them to improve their overall efficiency and be able to follow strict regulations.
As with the case of the feed, food, and beverage sector, the regulations on edible ingredients are very stringent in these areas. Ingredients that move through the supply chain are difficult to track manually. With RFGen’s mobile solutions, the ingredients can easily be tracked while moving through the supply chain using RFID and voice solutions. This way, tracking errors are reduced and inventory data becomes more accurate. This can also help in food safety as the purity of the ingredients are regularly tracked while being processed.
RFGen’s solutions can also combine automatic data collection with dynamic workflow changes in order to generate consistent insights.
Meanwhile, RFGen’s Vocollect Voice Solutions can help improve warehouse operations. Advance picking techniques can optimize warehouse paths for faster stacking. Voice can be used in picking items with 99% accuracy. This resulted in a reduction in the learning curve of new employees by 50%. In terms of employee productivity, voice picking and voice putaway enabled an increase of 35%.

VALARM’S PLATFORM AND IOT SENSORS

Valarm provides customizable platforms and software that can be modified depending on the needs of the specific industry.
For example, water usage of a supply chain is an important component to track in order to ensure process uniformity, prevent water safety issues, and avoid waste. IoT sensors can be placed in strategic locations across pipelines to be able to gather the required data. This data can then be consolidated into the platform for further analysis and insight generation.
Valarm’s platforms and software, combined with its advanced IoT sensors, can allow for more improvement possibilities that can help save time and money for the manufacturing companies.
Other innovative products for the manufacturing industry include the following: Progressly’s platform, SAS’s analytics solution, Aspen Technology’s process manufacturing software, Coupa’s cloud-based solution, and Iconic’s intelligence solution.
All the information above can be found summarized in the linked spreadsheet.

CONCLUSION

Advanced technological products like OSISoft’s PI system, RFGen’s mobile solutions, and Valarm’s platform with IoT sensors are being provided to manufacturing companies. Other breakthrough products for the manufacturing sector include the following: Progressly’s platform, SAS’s analytics solution, Aspen Technology’s process manufacturing software, Coupa’s cloud-based solution, and Iconic’s intelligence solution. These innovative products employ innovative concepts like IoT solutions, cloud computing, data analytics, predictive machine learning insight generation, bespoke software and customizable platforms. Overall, the products are expected to help the manufacturing industry reach their target safety, operational and business success measures.

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Companies Providing Innovations to O&G Industry.

Companies that specializes in delivering advanced products and solutions to the energy, oil, and gas industries include Progressly, SAP, Accenture, Emerson Automation Solutions, Allegro, Aspen Technology and many more. Their products and services usually involve the delivery of tailored platforms and software products, remote-operated vehicles, and bespoke processes. These innovative products aim to help the oil, energy and gas industries reach their business goals through more streamlined and productive operational processes.

COMPANIES PROVIDING INNNOVATIVE PRODUCTS TO THE OIL, GAS, AND ENERGY SECTORS

As more challenges are being faced by the oil, gas and energy industries, businesses under these sectors need to turn to advanced digital innovations in order to streamline their operations, adhere to regulatory requirements, and meet their overall business targets. Fortunately for them, there are many innovative companies who can provide customized software, centralized platforms, special equipment, tailored solutions and other advanced technological products and services that can help the oil, gas, and energy industries face these challenges.
Based on a pre-compiled list from a report and additional information from other credible sources, there are 33 companies that provide advanced digital solutions to the oil, gas, and energy industries. As the list of the companies and their innovation information are quite long, the data were all transferred to the linked spreadsheet. The spreadsheet contains 33 innovative companies, their innovative solutions, their benefits to the oil, gas, and energy industries, and their websites.

Just to give a glimpse of some of the companies included, see below for the details:

Progressly

Progressly offers the world's first Operational Performance Management platform that connects multiple workflows across several processes and systems. Through its no-code platform, oil and gas companies can benefit from The platform’s real time insights and workflow connections that will be generated by the system.

SAP and Accenture Collaboration

SAP agreed to partner with Accenture PLC ACN in the development of breakthrough cloud-enabled solutions for the oil and gas industry.
One of the solutions is the Connected Hydrocarbons Logistics solution (CHL), which will help in the real-time management of the total inventory of oil and gas companies in order to improve the efficiency of the hydrocarbon supply chain.
Another solution is all about providing new suites of tools and services for the upstream value chain of these oil and gas companies such as Upstream Operations Management and Upstream Direct.
SAP and Accenture's solutions will have the following benefits to these companies: help in real-time inventory tracking and increased downstream operating margins and upstream production, while at the same time, reduce costs and risks.

Emerson Automation Solutions

Emerson aims to provide their exclusive Big Loop Workflow solutions for the gas and oil companies' reservoir characterization workflows that can integrate static and dynamic domains.
The firm’s workflow solutions can help the oil industry have better pictures of their reservoir's condition that can lead to better field development decisions.

Landmark

Landmark offers a huge portfolio of its innovative proprietary solutions that includes data and analytics, science, software, and services to the oil and gas industry. Two of its notable solutions in the past are the following: 3D Seismic interpretation workstation that can provide better workflow state pictures and an OpenWorks® project database, the pioneering software framework that can combine oil and gas industry's applications and data.

The company’s offerings aims to provide the following benefits to the oil and gas firms: reduce costs, increase in production, and boost productivity and profitability.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin has created the Marlin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and the Remote Multi-Mission Vehicle (RMMV) for various advanced unmanned undersea applications. These unmanned vehicles are equipped with sensors that come with 3D laser-imaging capability that can help oil and gas companies with their undersea explorations.

The unmanned vehicle will benefit the oil and gas industries through its productive sea exploration capabilities that can lead to better awareness and decisions for underwater oil explorations.

Speedcast/Harris CapRock Communications

Speedcast/Harris CapRock Communications provides Harris CapRock® One, an intuitive communications service that can provide the oil and gas industry with multiple satellite access and transport layers in one centralized terminal for better application network connectivity.

The offered solution hopes to aid oil and gas companies in overseeing their remote facilities in order to be more efficient in their operations.

SAS

SAS provides innovative solutions such as advanced analytics, data integration, and business intelligence to various oil and gas companies. The company’s breakthrough solutions enable oil and gas firms to extract better insights from their data that can yield the following benefits: better decisions, increase in productivity, boost in efficiency, and reduction in losses.

C-Innovation

C-Innovation specializes in advanced subsea solutions that involves remotely-operated vehicles (ROV) and subsea construction for various industries including oil and gas. It aims to improve the results of undersea operations of oil and gas companies.

Allegro

Allegro provides its Commodity Management Solution to risk managers for a more exhaustive risk management approach. The company's Commodity Management solution hopes to decrease uncertainty and risk for oil and gas companies.

Aspen Technology

Aspen Technology offers its optimized process manufacturing software for various industries that include oil and gas.

Its manufacturing software aims to enable oil and gas companies to have more productive and streamlined work processes.

AssetPoint

AssetPoint offers tabware and software EAM solutions for oil and gas businesses for their critical and dynamic assets. The solution being offered by AssetPoint can help oil and gas companies track their assets more efficiently and gain more value from them.

Bluware

Bluware provides tailored software solutions for oil and gas companies' asset management transactions. The company’s asset management software can help oil and gas firms to gain more value from their assets.

Cohesive Solutions

Cohesive Solutions specializes in providing asset management and regulatory compliance solutions for oil and gas companies.
Its products and services aim to aid oil companies in attaining their goals of having safe, environmentally sustainable and profitable operations.

Coupa

Coupa's offers its cloud-based spend management solutions to oil and gas companies.
The company’s solutions can generate insights that can help companies attain their target profitability levels.

CONCLUSION

Companies that provide breakthrough products and solutions to oil, gas, and energy companies are the following: Progressly, SAP, Accenture, Emerson Automation Solutions, Landmark, Lockheed Martin, Speedcast/Harris CapRock Communications, SAS, C-Innovation, Allegro, Aspen Technology, AssetPoint, Bluware, Cohesive Solutions, Coupa, Digital H2O, Enertia Software, Ensyte, Evoleap, Iconics, Liquid Frameworks, Locus Technologies, Mobile Data Technologies, Moblize, Monico, NeoFirma, New Century Software, OAG Analytics, Omniware America, OSIsoft, RFgen Software, Valarm, Waterfield Energy Software, and WellCycle. Various solutions provided include platforms, customized software, advanced equipment, and tailored solutions. The benefits that the oil, gas, and energy companies can gain from these advanced technologies are the following: more streamlined operations, more productive processes, and attainment of overall operational success measures.

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