For many years, IoT and the Industrial IoT has been a major global trend that is predicted to overtake the world. During 2017, we've noticed a significant increase in the maturity of industrial companies and who are adopting Industrial IoT and enabling all the opportunities that are out there. And it seems like we're not the only ones who've noticed this. Will batteries soon be a thing of the past? Arm (www.arm.com) has recently published their predictions for 2018 in the blog post "Predictions for a connected 2018" on www.medium.com, where they rank the 6 most likely developments to take place. And number 2 on that list is: The Internet of Things (IoT) will begin to free itself from battery power" Arm develops their reasoning around the fact that batteries are a "necessary evil" from which the IoT will soon free itself. The solution? Using some kind of harvesting to use the ambient energy around us to power IoT applications. Arm doesn't spend to much time on discussing different energy harvesting technologies but does state the fact that there are numerous technologies out there that are up for the task. Beyond vibration energy harvesting, one could mention RF harvesting and solar power as very interesting choices depending on the application itself.
That IoT is an exciting trend that has tremendous potential is something the majority of the world agrees with. Major consulting and market research firms have published reports on the significance of the trend whilst trying to appreciate just how big the trend might become. But there's one part of IoT that hasn't received as much publicity as it perhaps should have, according to Sundeep Sanghavi, CEO och DataRPM. The Industrial IoT. What is the "Industrial IoT"? The Industrial IoT is a large part of the larger concept know as Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is more simply put a network of intelligent computers, devices and objects that can gather and communicate large pieces of data. This data can be used in various helpful ways by the user. By bringing the IoT to the Industrial world the potential of using predictive maintenance is massive and costs can be reduced. Because as you know, to fix something too later and when it's already broken is far more expensive than regular check-ups. As Sundeep writes himself: Industrial IoT uses machine learning to improve efficiency and lower costs in factories and other industrial environments. Alongside spearheading other breakthroughs, IIoT is the real story of the internet of things — don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. We couldn't agree more and we're certain that the future we're heading towards holds a massive place for Industrial IoT.
ReVibe Energy is today one of the world's most advanced companies within vibration energy harvesting. And even though we're far from finished it's still interesting to take a moment and look back, to where it all started once upon a time. The story finds it beginning in one of the Saab Group's facilities in Huskvarna, Sweden, where ReVibe Energy's CTO and the original inventor Per Cederwall was working. So lets introduce all of you to Per and let him tell you the story with his own words. Per, tell us a bit about yourselves? Well, my name is Per Cederwall and I'm a mechanical engineer and expert in inventing and building products who can survive in the toughest of conditions. On a personal note it can be said that I was born and raised in Jönköping, Sweden, and later on moved to Gothenburg to study Mechanical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and achieve my masters degree. Today, I live in Gothenburg together with my family and spend my time doing what I love the most: creating products that will surpass the customers need and make sure that they have a solution that they will be happy with for many years to come. Tell us a bit more about how you came up with the original idea? At the time, I was working at Saab Training & Simulation in Huskvarna where we designed and manufactured simulation and training systems for armed forces around the world. One of our most successful systems was training system for soldiers and armed vehicles who could simulate a battle through firing harmless laser beams at each other. We experienced a problem with powering the wireless laser sensors, placed on the outside of [...]
Imagine that you are driving a car, you hear something rattling. You get a little irritated and want to find out what is making the sound to silence it. But there are those who instead are interested in the rattling sound since it implies that there are vibrations, vibrations that can be used for creating energy. Find the solution To avoid unnecessary cables and to make it easier to install, it has become increasingly common in both industry and society to use wireless systems. The disadvantage of wireless systems though is that each unit has to get its power through its own disposable battery, which will run out and need to be replaced eventually. Also within Saab Training, wireless systems were used, for example on laser simulators. The two engineers, Per Cederwall and Dan Erichsén at Saab Training Systems noticed in their work the extensive organization needed for handling these batteries, which included everything from planning and warehousing to check battery status and not to mention the extensive management of used batteries. When they realised that the laser simulators they worked with at Saab Training Systems were often used in environments with vibrations, it triggered the idea that instead of having to replace batteries so frequently, one could instead take advantage of the existing vibrations to recover energy - the idea of creating energy from vibrations was born. Get an idea to grow The idea got attention and created interest. It was patented, but wasn't quite ready to be commercialized. It needed to mature and Saab therefore approached Encubator and Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship to suggest that the idea could be one of the projects that their students could get to work with, to see [...]
Have you ever heard the story of David and Goliath? The old tale tells of how the young David defeated the mighty giant Goliath with daring and clever methods instead of traditional ones. At ReVibe Energy, we’ve been inspired by the story. Now, we’re not aiming to triumph over our competitors using the same means David used against Goliath, but rather to attract potential customers through innovative and agile methods. By using engineering simulation software from ANSYS we can distinguish ourselves from our competitors and offer current and prospective customers better products in a shorter amount of time. From 16 to 6 weeks – How We Are Speeding Up Our Product Development Cycle We offer our customers a power source that never runs out by transforming vibrations into electricity. Our products are mainly used to power sensor and monitoring systems, which can be used in a variety of industries and applications. As a result, customers who have very different products are asking us to fit our products to their specific environments. This requires rapid adaptation on our end so we don’t lose the deal, which is why simulation software has become extremely valuable to us. Previously, we spent a lot of time in design and testing loops, but since we integrated simulation software into our product development cycle, we have reduced this process from 16 weeks to 6 weeks! This means that we can offer our customers a first testing period after 6 weeks, which impresses most customers and often leads to an agreement. The Specifics of How We Use Simulation Our products are based on the concept of electromagnetic induction. The core components include a magnet, mechanical [...]