Automation

Enabling Tomorrow’s Industrial Production and Smart Automation

Every day, the world’s factories are growing smarter and more connected. This is largely driven by developments in industrial computer platforms and IoT software frameworks, the central components for the control, interaction and connection of machines, data and processes.

As a global leader in embedded computing technology, Kontron closely collaborates with its extensive network of partners and suppliers. Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides highly efficient and flexible automation platforms. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall.

Application Stories

Ectron Corporation

Ectron Corporation

Kontron COM Express modules help Ectron reap the rewards from its new range of Industrial IoT Edge Computers.

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Wind power and species protection go hand in hand

Wind power and species protection go hand in hand

How to reconcile wind power and nature conservation - an intelligent solution enables automated function monitoring of wind turbines.

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Computer-on-Modules Invade HPC

Computer-on-Modules Invade HPC

Ready for Today’s Demanding Embedded & IoT Projects with compact and efficient computer-on-modules (COMs) to support some of the most sophisticated ...

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Quality is the Key

Quality is the Key

AI-supported digital inspection systems ensure highest quality

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Light for the Louvre

Light for the Louvre

Intelligent lighting automation for a stunning presentation

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Future Perfect: Predictive Maintenance and AI

Future Perfect: Predictive Maintenance and AI

Kontron's powerful Rackmount Server KISS 4U V3 SKX helps realize growing potential of AI-enabled predictive maintenance for energy and automation.

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Sensor Network for the Smart Factory

Sensor Network for the Smart Factory

KINEXON implements intelligent navigation for driverless vehicles

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Smart Control over all Printing Processes

Smart Control over all Printing Processes

Kontron's Industrial Computer Platform is the heart of Heidelberg's new press control station

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Sicherheit im Streckennetz (available in German only)

Sicherheit im Streckennetz (available in German only)

Ergonomische HMIs optimieren die Überwachung des Zugverkehrs.

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Smart Factory Automation

Smart Factory Automation

Kontron puts KBox Industrial Computer Platforms to work on its paperless shop floor.

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From idea to industrial reality

From idea to industrial reality

voxeljet uses Kontron's KISS Rackmounts for its industrial 3D printers 3D printing systems have revolutionized many industrial sectors. The automotive ...

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Heidelberg Postpress relies on embedded technologies from Kontron

Heidelberg Postpress relies on embedded technologies from Kontron

Working with Kontron, Heidelberg Postpress developed a high-quality control IPC to handle and coordinate its paper folding machines. The unit is easy ...

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Adding IoT to Water Works Wonders for Malaysian Rice Growers

Adding IoT to Water Works Wonders for Malaysian Rice Growers

Kontron's Industrial Computing Platform enables innovative IoT precision farming solution. In Malaysia demand for rice puts the country's water reserves ...

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High-speed vision systems

High-speed vision systems

Customized image processing solutions with CompactPCI® Serial

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High-Performance Control for Mining Trucks

High-Performance Control for Mining Trucks

Mining trucks are huge transport vehicles used on open-cast mines all over the globe, and the T 282 C made by Liebherr is the most powerful model in the ...

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Intelligent positioning systems

Intelligent positioning systems

To enable faster and more precise positioning with less wear and tear of transfer carriages in automatic warehouses, the Automotive Aftermarket Business ...

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Kontron COMs help Glacier industrial computers keep their cool

Kontron COMs help Glacier industrial computers keep their cool

CHALLENGE: Glacier Computer needed a powerful and rugged small form factor embedded computing solution for its industrialbased Everest products.

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Robust and long-term available Panel PC in a cost-effective housing

Robust and long-term available Panel PC in a cost-effective housing

In order to improve order picking for the large base of small warehouses and assemblies, SSI Schaefer developed an affordable Pick-by-Light (PbL) system, ...

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Laser control in semi-custom design - TRUMPF migrates from VME to customized Computer-on-Module design

Laser control in semi-custom design - TRUMPF migrates from VME to customized Computer-on-Module design

With the migration from VMEbus to a solution with Computer-on-Modules on tailor made carrier boards, the new laser control ...

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iNOEX relies on Intel Atom processor-based HMIs with the Kontron Nano Client Panel PC

iNOEX relies on Intel Atom processor-based HMIs with the Kontron Nano Client Panel PC

The Intel Atom processor-based Kontron Nano Client panel PC with stainless steel housing has been implemented as a visualization client and HMI ...

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Kontron Panel PC controls biogas plants with Open Source software from Awite

Kontron Panel PC controls biogas plants with Open Source software from Awite

For the smooth operation and economic success of biogas plants, robust and durable components with long-term availability are essential factors.

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Soccer player versus machine

Soccer player versus machine

The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund, Germany has developed a robot goalkeeper with lightning fast reflexes that ...

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Agent software from Asentics with multicore industrial servers from Kontron

Agent software from Asentics with multicore industrial servers from Kontron

The new agent-based software architecture from Asentics for industrial image processing on surface inspection applications, such as PCB inspection, takes ...

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Sophisticated Image Processing

Sophisticated Image Processing

Sophisticated image processing systems are becoming an increasingly indispensible part of quality control on automated filling and packaging lines that ...

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Surviving in Death Valley

Surviving in Death Valley

Before a vehicle reaches the mass production stage, countless measurements need to be made to coordinate all components optimally. Mobile measuring systems ...

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Production Planning and Control System in the Automotive Industry

Production Planning and Control System in the Automotive Industry

The target of this project was to create the entire system that monitors the production process on the semiautomatic production machines, records all ...

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Robust Control Technology in use Underground Worldwide

Robust Control Technology in use Underground Worldwide

Eickhoff shearer loaders use modular CompactPCI hardware from Kontron and the CoDeSys Soft PLC together with Profibus and CANopen in a single-system solution. ...

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Excavator

Excavator

CompactPCI computers control automated systems in open-cast mining operations. The objective was clear: a control system on a bucket-wheel excavator for ...

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HMI for the Printing Industry - Printing Press

HMI for the Printing Industry - Printing Press

Replacement of PLCs and NC controls by IPC based controls A customized HMI is integrated into the operating panel of a sheet fed offset printing press, ...

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Laser Control

Laser Control

The laser is a universal tool for non-contact cutting, welding, marking, drilling, punching and forming materials. It is not subject to wear and tear. ...

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Partnerships

Intel®

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. The Intel® Communications Alliance is a community of communications, embedded developers and solutions providers committed to the development of modular standards-based solutions based on Intel technologies. Intel and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

www.intel.com

Microsoft

As a Gold member of Microsoft's OEM System Building Program, Kontron works directly with Microsoft on new releases of MS operating systems. Testing these products on Kontron platforms in advance insures compatibility and maximizes performance.

www.microsoft.com

Freescale Semiconductor

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies.

www.freescale.com

Wind River

Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company’s technology has been powering the safest, most secure devices in the world since 1981 and today is found in more than 2 billion products. Wind River offers a comprehensive edge-to-cloud product portfolio that is backed by world-class global professional services, award-winning customer support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation of critical infrastructure systems that demand the highest levels of safety, security, performance, and reliability. To learn more, visit:

www.windriver.com

KW-Software

KW-Software is the worldwide leading software manufacturer of IEC 61131 programming and runtime systems in the field of industrial control and automation technology. MULTIPROG is the hardware-independent IEC 61131 PLC programming system for creating control applications and the basis for more than 250 control systems. ProConOS is the very fast, realtime and multitasking-capable IEC 61131 PLC runtime system that is available for a great number of embedded platforms. It can also be used in different variants as Soft-PLC. KW-Software is the predominant provider of software for safety technology according to IEC 61508 up to SIL3. The safety-relevant software components are already certified completely manufacturer-independent and can thus be used immediately. KW-Software is intensely and successfully working with the latest technology. This way, we allow our customers to gain a competitive edge and a technological head start.

www.kw-software.com

3S-Smart Software Solutions

3S-Smart Software Solutions develops and distributes CoDeSys the well-known IEC 61131-3 programming system. Today, CoDeSys is the widest-spread IEC 61131-3 development tool in Europe and has established itself as the satadard in controller and PLC programming. CoDeSys is a complete automation suite with object oriented programming, version profiles and controller networks. It contains integrated compilers for all important CPU families, an integrated visualization tool CoDeSys Visualization, an integrated motion control tool CoDeSys SoftMotion and an integrated product extension CoDeSys Safety. CoDeSys SP RTE is the CoDeSys real time SoftPLC under Windows.

www.3s-software.com

Kuhnke Automation

KUHNKE Automation develops and sells customer-specific mechatronic solutions to optimize automatic processes. Core competencies are control and positioning systems, pneumatic solutions and solenoids. Based upon broad technological expertise, KUHNKE creates world class solutions and products which enhance our customer's competitiveness and reduce costs significantly. Ventura, the modular control platform for automation solutions, is the central device for the integration of process control- and field-level. It features EtherCAT, PROFIBUS, CAN and AS-Interface as well as standard interfaces and is custom-designed for the industrial environment. The automation software Ventura Life supports computer simulations for machine and electronic design engineering. Thanks to (repeated) interpretation of the simulation results and subsequent model adaptations improved solutions for machine motion sequences can be developed. Ventura Life thus optimizes the overall design and reduces start-up times. The programming system is based upon CoDeSys in line with IEC 61131. In addition KUHNKE Automation offers Condition Monitoring Systems as well as engineering and maintenance services.

www.kuhnke.com

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