Industrial automation is a key driving force for IoT, efficiencies and productivity can be constantly monitored and improved in the connected factory. Industry 4.0 looks to the ability for factories to build ever more personalised and differentiated products in greater numbers and with the ability to change production processes in a rapid manner. Distributed intelligence and self-organising machines are the order of the day in 21st century manufacturing and connectivity is integral to achieving this.
Key application requirements
Mesh networking, Industry-grade security standards, Enhanced range, High performance data processing, Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread and Zigbee.
Sensors | Remote controls | Robotics
The more information that can be known about systems and processes, the more efficiently those systems and processes can run, and thus compete. Todays tiny, cost-efficient wireless sensors are helping manufacturers adapt to the new era of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). These sensor-based systems all play into informed just-in-time decision making that optimize the entire manufacturing supply chain. Sensors using Bluetooth and other mesh technologies can be incorporated anywhere due to their small size and minimal power needs.
The nRF52832 SoC is a powerful, highly flexible ultra-low power multiprotocol SoC ideally suited for Bluetooth Low Energy, ANT and 2.4GHz ultra low-power wireless applications. The nRF52832 SoC is built around a 32-bit ARM® Cortex™-M4F CPU with 512kB + 64kB RAM. The embedded 2.4GHz transceiver supports Bluetooth Low Energy.
Industrial robotics are a key component of Industry 4.0. Whilst robotics have long been an element in high-value product manufacture such as automobiles, the cost of automated production is falling and becoming more accessible to a wider range of industries. All robotics are equipment with arrays of sensors and actuators and connectivity is vital for human interfacing, robot to robot communication and for diagnostics purposes. there are also situations where it is attrative and feasible to replace complex, costly wiring looms with a connectivity technology such as Bluetooth Low energy. The nRF52 Series are pwerful, highly capable connectivity SoCs with extensive peripheral sets and I/O that are ideal for many robotic use-cases.
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