Pocket-Sized Solution Helps Advance Industry 4.0

 By Jeff DeAngelis, Managing Director of Industrial & Healthcare Business Unit, Maxim Integrated 


My team at Maxim is focused on developing industrial solutions that support Industry 4.0, which refers to the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) in factories. The smart factories that result from this push can level the playing field by:

  • Improving productivity
  • Enhancing quality and reliability
  • Enabling operational efficiencies that make manufacturing more cost-effective

In short, smart factories can help countries re-shore manufacturing capabilities that were previously outsourced and, in turn, create new economies.

Portable Industrial Platform Fits in Your Pocket

Maxim has created an open-source industrial hardware platform that demonstrates another powerful aspect of Industry 4.0: adaptive manufacturing. Using the platform, a manufacturing line can adapt to different products by re-configuring sensors on-the-fly using IO-Link technology.  As a result, operator intervention won’t be required on the manufacturing floor. This new Pocket IO development platform supports rapid prototyping of any industrial control system.

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Maxim Pocket IO PLC Development Platform

In less than 10 cubic inches, Pocket IO provides 30 IOs including 4x IO link master ports, 8 digital outputs with Maxim’s safe / fast demag technology, and 3x encoder/motor driver ports.Using Maxim’s advanced industrial power products reduces the power dissipation of Pocket IO by another 30%,so you can run it on standard AAA or AA batteries. Learn more about how you can use the Pocket IO platform in your next industrial automation application from my article, Vision Realized in Advancing industry 4.0 Solutions.

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