AWS Hanover debut reveals understanding of IoT in manufacturing

By Valentijn de Leeuw

Industry Trends

Amazon Web Services (AWS) made its first full-blown appearance at the Hanover Fair this year with a large booth that demonstrated the company’s understanding of modern, digital manufacturing processes, and highlighted the its partnerships with key industry players (see below). The company offers "AWS IoT Core", a cloud platform that manages communication and security for connected devices as they interact with cloud applications and other devices. The platform offers a growing number of IoT services like AWS Lambda, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon S3, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service with built-in Kibana integration. These services help users to build IoT applications that gather, process, analyze and act on data generated by connected devices, without having to manage any infrastructure.

AWS Hanover debut reveals understanding of IoT in manufacturing
Newcomer on the block: AWS made its industrial ambitions clear at the Hanover Fair


With Amazon Appstream, clients and partners can stream desktop applications from AWS to an HTML5 compatible web browser - that is, on virtually any desktop or mobile device. Todays’ cloud and virtualization technologies enable an easy and instantaneous on-demand availability of computational resources and services. This flexibility enables responsive, collaborative engineering or operations-related activities with their highly variable demand on resources. Cloud platforms can be configured for high availability and provide close to real-time updates of information upon entry by the user. Security risks of cloud solutions should receive high attention, but can be managed to a level of acceptable residual risk with appropriate measures.

AWS’s Industrial and Software Partners at the Exhibition

AWS prepared a webpage on solutions developed with industrial partners in the automation, electronics and industrial services. The company hosted a ‘street’ of industrial software partners with activities along the value lifecycle, from product design to manufacturing. The demos show that AWS has credible solutions for the design and manufacturing domain. They included:

Dassault SolidWorks running in AWS Appstream, accessible through a browser and taking advantages of scalability and cost efficiency of the cloud.

Autodesk’s Generative design mimics nature’s evolutionary approach to design. The power of the AWS cloud makes the calculation of different solutions feasible. 

SiemensTecnomatix® Intosite software is a cloud-based web application that maintains a 2D, 3D and panoramic image-based representation of a production facility, presents it in its geographical context, and allows you to navigate through the facility in the simple and familiar way you navigate Google Maps. 

Hololight  is a Munich-based startup specialized on AR applications. They teamed up with DAQRI and showcased the life change of 3D objects with augmented reality wearable tech DAQRI Smart Glassesdesigned for industrial use.

Splunk provides machine learning and predictive analytics. The company showed a connector to OSIsoft's PI system to draw conclusions in industrial operations from machine and network data OSI Connector from PI to AWS. This allows the enrichment of PI with secondary sensor data and other IT data providing customers with an ability to store and run analytics and visualization on massive volumes of data. 

Actyx provides electronic documentation including instructions, drawings videos and 3D models. The company also provides machine data collection for performance management and electronic team collaboration tools.

Siemens XHQ is a manufacturing intelligence solution preliminarily used in process industries. The demo showed XHQ running in AWS Appstream and used in a browser. The example showed a production line in Monterrey, Mexico, integrated with Siemens MindSphere.

Ham-Let makes smart valves for the process industries. The company showed a use case with the valve integrated with Siemens MindSphere on AWS. It demonstratedhow information from two sensors connected to a Ham-Let H-800L valve can be used to predict failures and prevent downtimes. 

Tulip demonstrated user-oriented, self-configurable solutions for operator guidance at assembly workstations. The platform is built natively as SaaS, and demonstrated on AWS. 

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