IoT Solutions, Computing and Testing
IoT Solutions, Computing and Testing
Industry-Leading Precision, High Performance, Proven Reliability
Ectron has decades of experience specializing in ruggedized, reliable metrology instrumentation designed to provide highly accurate data, even in harsh environmental conditions. Today, Ectron is also leading the field in Industrial IoT (IIoT) by providing First Mile Solutions to the Cloud using Edge Computing with AI/ML capability including solutions covering the entire manufacturing value chain from first sensor touchpoints to the Cloud.
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ECTRON PARTNERS WITH ARROW ELECTRONICS TO IMPROVE FACTORY PRODUCTIVITY, PRECISION, PERFORMANCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH FULL-STACK SOLUTIONS
IoT projects are the heart of modern industrial transformation. Connecting devices, sensors, and plant control systems is critical for generating new data-based insights. While the benefits of IoT are numerous, IoT implementations are complex and can be very tedious. A variety of factors need to be taken into consideration when deploying IoT solutions.
Deployment considerations include decisions on the right technology platforms to connect sensors, edge devices, data transmission infrastructure, and cloud storage. Ensuring that the data from devices is aggregated at scale and archived appropriately for analytics is also crucial. Further, deciding the scope and frequency of the data collected is also important. All these considerations make technology and cross-domain expertise central to the success of IoT deployments.
In industrial and factory settings, the device infrastructure is heterogeneous and is a mix of modern devices and legacy devices that may not even be on TCP/IP connectivity. Unlike in other settings, disruptions or problems in the devices or network can have dire consequences for human safety and incur massive financial losses. IoT deployments need to not just manage a challenging device landscape but also ensure that operations continue without disruption.
ECTRON COLLABORATES WITH MICROSOFT TO ACCELERATE INTERNET OF THINGS SOLUTIONS WITH THE RELEASE OF ITS SERVER CLASS EDGE COMPUTER
Ectron, a “First Mile IIoT Solution” provider, announced that its server-class edge-computer has joined Microsoft’s Azure Certified for IoT program. Participation in the Azure Certified for IoT program ensures that hardware and software has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Customers who utilize devices and platforms from the Certified for IoT hardware ecosystem can get their IoT solutions up and running quickly and realize new efficiencies and business transformations.
Ectron Corporation, based in San Diego, California, provides a PaaS (Platform as a Service), Edge computers, ruggedized signal conditioners, amplifiers, and thermocouple calibrators. Ectron’s Azure IoT-certified family of ECT-MAN, server-class edge computer (Server Class Computer ECT-MAN – Ectron) enables customers to deploy Ectron’s plug-and-play solution for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and provides edge and cloud analytics enabled by Microsoft Azure.
“Microsoft’s Azure Certified for IoT program validates our ability to jumpstart customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations,” said Gautam Kavipurapu, Ectron’s COO and VP of engineering. “Decreasing the usual customization and work required for compatibility helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution.”
“We welcome Ectron’s server-class edge-computer to Microsoft’s Azure Certified for IoT ecosystem that extends our promise to bring IoT to business scale, by offering interoperable devices and solutions from leading technology companies around the world,” said Michael Kuptz, General Manager Americas, IoT and Mixed Reality Sales, Microsoft. “With trusted offerings and verified partners, Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT provides opportunities for customers, across industries, to realize digital transformation.”
IoT projects are complex and take a long time to implement. Customers find that choosing and connecting the right set of devices, assets, or sensors to the cloud can be time-consuming. To jumpstart their IoT projects with confidence, customers are looking for certified devices and platforms that are tested for readiness, compatibility, and usability with Microsoft Azure IoT services. By choosing a partner from the Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT program, customers can save time and effort on project specs and RFP processes by knowing what devices and offerings will work with Azure IoT services in advance.
ECTRON PARTNERS WITH KONTRON TO RELEASE RUGGED INDUSTRIAL COMPUTERS FOR APPLICATIONS IN IoT AND CONTROLS
In 2017, Ectron commenced operation under new ownership and management. With this, the company adopted a new strategy of delivering a more comprehensive solutions capability for Industrial IoT applications – from the first sensor touch point to the cloud, including analytics and Artificial Intelligence enabled Machine Learning at the edge.
This decision followed extensive market research among existing and potential customers by Ectron’s CEO Kary Dodd and its COO/VP of Engineering Gautam Kavipurapu. The market feedback was clear: There was a significant gap in the market for harnessing Ectron’s expertise and complete computer solutions; purpose built for key edge-based industrial applications, especially engine/machine condition monitoring, but also HMI computers and IoT Gateways. Furthermore, Ectron realized that being able to offer complete end-to-end IoT solutions – consisting of sensors, networking, instrumentation amplifiers, gateways and industrial computers – would be in increasing demand for transforming factories into Smart factories.
For more information on how Ectron can turn any factory into a Smart factory in a matter of weeks without interrupting production with Ectron’s plug-and-play PaaS SmartEYE, click here. For more information about Ectron’s partnership with Kontron to build stand-alone rugged industrial computers for applications in IoT and Controls, click here.
Ectron Selected By Department of Energy For Project to Spur New Smart-Manufacturing Technology Innovations
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced selections totaling up to $1 million for five projects to identify ways to use smart-manufacturing technologies to improve productivity, precision, performance and energy efficiency.
Bolstering domestic manufacturing is a top priority for the Trump Administration. In a report titled, “Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” the White House calls for new, smart-manufacturing technologies to “facilitate a digital transformation in the manufacturing sector by enabling the application of big data analytics and advanced sensing and control technologies to a host of manufacturing activities.”
This request for proposals (RFP) falls under a new category of CESMII projects called “smart-manufacturing innovation projects.” Selected project teams will create “smart-manufacturing profiles”—a library of reusable information, including models of manufacturing processes and related equipment—that will help achieve CESMII’s energy objectives.
Ectron Collaborates With Microsoft to Accelerate Internet of Things Solutions
SAN DIEGO, July 14, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Ectron Corporation (www.ectron.com) today announced it has joined Microsoft Azure Certified for Internet of Things (IoT), ensuring customers get IoT solutions up and running quickly with hardware and software that has been pre-tested and verified to work with Microsoft Azure IoT services. Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT allows businesses to reach customers where they are, working with an ecosystem of devices and platforms, allowing for faster time to production.
Ectron Corporation, based in San Diego, California supplies ruggedized signal conditioners, amplifiers, and thermocouple calibrators. Ectron’s Azure IoT certified family of ECT-ECI edge computers (https://www.ectron.com/product/edge-computer-ect-eci) enable our customers to deploy Ectron’s plug and play solution for IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and provide edge and cloud analytics working with Microsoft Azure.
“Microsoft Azure Certified for IoT validates our ability to jumpstart customers’ IoT projects with pre-tested device and operating system combinations,” said Gautam Kavipurapu, Ectron’s COO and VP of engineering. “Decreasing the usual customization and work required for compatibility ensures Ectron helps customers get started quickly on their IoT solution.”
ECTRON CORPORATION OF SAN DIEGO SELECTED FOR NAVY SEAPORT MAC
Ectron Corporation has been selected for participation in the U.S. Navy’s SeaPort Next Generation (SeaPort-NxG) multiple-award contract vehicle, which is estimated to annually award approximately $5 billion over the next 10 years.
Ectron has capabilities in embedded computing, systems engineering and program management for complex systems design and development. It’s thermocouple simulator-calibrator, the Model 1140A, has been a mainstay, high precision industry leading product for many years and has been consistently used by Naval PMEL.
Ectron Corporation and Xceler Systems to Launch New Products for Industrial and Embedded Markets
The first product is going to be an Arduino compatible development hosting an FPGA for general purpose use as well as IoT applications to be launched mid quarter. The companies also announced they will work together to launch other system and sub-system level products based on the Xceler Graph processor technology in embedded and computing markets.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROCESSING MOVING FROM CLOUD TO EDGE
The recent rise of artificial intelligence (AI) can be partly attributed to improvements in graphics processing unit (GPU) processors, mostly deployed in cloud server architectures. GPUs are massively parallel processors that can map well to the large number of vector and matrix multiplication calculations that need to be performed in deep learning.
HOW AI WILL WORK AT THE INDUSTRIAL IOT EDGE
The convergence of the Internet of Things ( IoT), robotics, big data and machine learning will create enormous opportunities for industrial firms as well as significant challenges.
It should come as no surprise that IoT is one of the most eagerly anticipated trends in heavy industry. Powered by a host of technologies, including low-cost sensors, IP and wireless networks, private and public clouds, and powerful edge infrastructure, industrial IoT promises to transform the way companies provide products and services and interact with customers and partners.