• Additive Manufacturing Technologies (3D-printing) Additive Manufacturing Technologies (3D-printing)AM technologies refer to a group of technologies that build physical objects from Computer Aided Design (CAD) data. The AM-technologies parts are created by the consecutive addition of liquids, sheet or powdered materials in layers. Additive manufacturing, is one pillar of the industry 4.0 by increasing process automation, flexibility of the production, improving the ... Read more
  • Artificial intelligence Artificial intelligenceArtificial Intelligence (AI) is a concept whereby computers perform tasks which usually require human intelligence. AI has been integrated into our daily lives, e.g. search engines, spam filters, robot vacuum cleaners and robot lawnmowers. An automated guided vehicle which reads routes, prevents accidents and avoids obstacles is a good example of applied AI. It is basically ... Read more
  • Augmented Reality Augmented RealityVirtual Reality (VR) provides access to a virtual 3D world, while Augmented Reality (AR) adds elements to the physical world around you. AR glasses consist of transparent glass. The glasses allow you to view the updated weather report without blocking your field of vision of the physical world. Or the current temperature of your current speed ... Read more
  • Autonomous robots Autonomous robotsSome modern factory robots are “autonomous” within the strict confines of their direct environment. It may not be that every degree of freedom exists in their surrounding environment, but the factory robot’s workplace is challenging and can often contain chaotic, unpredicted variables. The exact orientation and position of the next object of work and (in ... Read more
  • Big data Big dataThe Internet of Things generates large quantities of data every millisecond. Industrial companies have faced the following challenge for a number of years: What do we do with the overflowing data reservoir and how do we prioritise the most essential elements of said data? Read more
  • Blockchain BlockchainBlockchain can be summarized as “connected computers reach agreement over shared data”. In essence, blockchain is just a database or ledger. Howeber, blockchain uses public key cryptography and certain other technologies to maintain the integrity of the ledger on a decentralized “peer-to-peer” computer network. Blockchains can be used in novel and powerful ways because they ... Read more
  • Cloud CloudThe cloud is a place on the other side of your Internet connection where you can open your apps and services and where you can store your data in a secure manner. Three reasons why the cloud is important: It does not cost effort to manage or maintain it. The available space is unlimited, there is no need ... Read more
  • Cyber Physical Systems Cyber Physical SystemsCyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are objects with built-in software and processing power, such as the satellite navigation system in your car or the smart watch that not only displays the time bus also analyses your activities. Industry 4.0 is often referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things. ‘Things’ within a production system are more complex and ... Read more
  • Cyber security Cyber securityCyber security refers to the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. Cyber security mainly protects access through the Internet. Cyber security refers to all measures taken to protect programs, computers and networks against digital crimes. Digital attacks and news items on leaks in ... Read more
  • Digital Twin Digital TwinDigital twin refers to a digital replica of physical assets, processes and systems that can be used for various purposes. The digital representation provides both the elements and the dynamics of how a machine, an Internet of Things device, … operates and lives throughout its life cycle. Digital twins integrate artificial intelligence, machine learning and software ... Read more
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