Welcome to Brembo’s Digital Factory

first_imgIoT Drives Innovation for the Cars of the FutureEleven years ago, my husband Simon, baby Ellen and I visited Monaco during the Grand Prix. I was immediately struck by the atmosphere and excitement surrounding the event. You could say that trip was the start of my love affair with car racing!Today, I’m still a big fan and am particularly fascinated with Le Mans. It’s not just about the skill and endurance of the drivers over a 24-hour period as they navigate the track at high speed, making critical decisions in literally a fraction of a second. No, I’m even more fascinated by the whole race strategy, selecting the best car, the right brakes and tyres, understanding track grip and studying the weather forecast. For me, car racing is an amazing combination of engineering and science coupled with human skill and judgement.Digital transformation Knowing all this, you can imagine how excited I was when our team recently participated in an IoT digital transformation project with Brembo, a world-leading manufacturer and innovator in brake systems for high performance cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles. I love the fact that the company is responsible for every part of the product life-cycle, all the way from research and design through to producing the castings in the foundries, manufacture, assembly and test. It’s a real end-to-end process.Monitoring productionTwo years ago, Brembo took the decision to digitally transform its business. The Company’s goal was to develop a heterogeneous environment across all of its factories worldwide and reduce its operational costs. Fast forward to today and our Dell edge gateways and embedded PCs are being used to monitor production lines in all 17 of the Company’s plants across the world.Knowledge is powerWhat has this delivered in terms of business benefits? According to Paolo Crovetti, Brembo’s Chief Information Officer, IoT has helped the Company increase productivity with the team now able to assess the efficiency of each production line in real-time as well as conduct historical analysis. “It’s easier to review quality stats and access data on every single product coming out of the factory every day. We can quickly access information about what materials are being used, what parts take the longest time to produce and what might be causing the production line to fail.”Data-driven decisionsIn the past, the parameters for each line were decided by local production managers and line operators. Now using data mining and machine learning, Brembo can quickly identify what parameters work best in terms of output and quality. Instead of stopping production to conduct routine maintenance, engineers can also monitor the performance of the machinery and are supported in predicting when maintenance needs to take place.Innovation is keyIn Brembo’s world, innovation is key. The team is constantly researching and testing the efficacy of materials such as carbon, carbon ceramic and aluminium. After all, efficient, light-weight brakes can reduce the weight of the car, which is important not only from a safety perspective but also for the environment in terms of reduced emissions. Since 2002, Brembo has been working on mechatronics, a new science that merges mechanics, hydraulics and IT. This innovation is now being road-tested.Safety is keyIn everyday life, we take so many things for granted. We assume that when we hit the brake pedal, the car will automatically slow down. The truth is that your life can literally depend on the car brakes responding. And so, I was fascinated to learn that Brembo considers Le Mans the ideal test bench for technical innovations that will later appear in regular road cars. Read more here.I am proud of the fact that Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions is helping to improve efficiency and drive innovation, supporting Brembo in its bid to develop and manufacture the safest and best performing brakes possible.Have you implemented IoT in your factory? What has been your experience of industrial automation? Do join the conversation. Follow us on Twitter  and join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page.I’d love to hear your comments and questions.View our Brembo video case study here, and learn more about out work in industrial automation at Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions. If you would like to speak to somebody, please contact us.last_img read more

Chinese marathon champ banned for eight years over doping

first_img0Shares0000Wang Jiali pictured in April 2017 after winning the women’s marathon at the 13th Chinese National Games © OSPORTS/AFPSHANGHAI, China, Jan 10 – China’s national marathon champion and Olympian Wang Jiali has been banned for eight years after failing a drugs test, her second violation, the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA) said on Wednesday.The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2017 National Games, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO during out-of-competition testing in August and her career now appears over. The CAA also fined Wang 40,000 yuan ($6,000) and banned her coach Lyu Qiang for life.Wang — who came 57th in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics — was banned for two years in 2013 for a previous violation, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.Separately, China’s Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) said it uncovered 77 violations last year, calling it proof that the country is stamping down on drugs cheats ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.China this week banned speed skater Shi Xiaoxuan for two years for failing a drugs test, the second such case to hit the national team in quick succession.CHINADA said it conducted a record 17,000 tests last year and vowed to root out drug cheats.“In the past year we improved a lot, including testing methods, test plans and management,” Chen Zhiyu, CHINADA deputy head, was quoted by Xinhua as saying.“As the workload continues to grow, we have maintained a high level of accuracy in lab tests and better planning led to more effective control, so we found many more positive cases last year.”Last year’s testing returned 132 positive results, but in 55 cases the athletes were not punished because CHINADA ruled that they had tested positive for clenbuterol due to food contaminated with the banned performance-enhancer, Xinhua said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

For first time China and EU to join forces on climate

first_img By Jean Chemnick, E&E NewsMay. 31, 2017 , 2:30 PM Email For first time, China and EU to join forces on climate The draft also called the Paris Agreement a “historic achievement” and “proof that with shared political will and mutual trust, multilateralism can succeed in building fair and effective solutions to the most critical global problems of our time.” President Trump’s national populism has been seen as a rebuke to post-World War II multilateralism.It comes amid reports that Trump plans to withdraw the United States from participation in the agreement among nearly 200 nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The administration also is reportedly considering pulling the United States out of the underlying U.N. framework calling on nations to address climate change globally.The European Union in the draft reaffirmed its commitment to the joint developed-world pledge to mobilize at least $100 billion a year by 2020 to help poor countries cope with the impacts of global warming.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has exchanged barbs with Trump in the days since last weekend’s Group of Seven summit ended in division over Paris and trade issues, is meeting today with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The two are expected to make a statement of their own.Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2017. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals Li Shuo, senior global policy adviser for Greenpeace in East Asia, said the E.U.-China pact is a direct response to the Trump administration, which has single-handedly dismantled the bilateral relationship that the United States and China forged throughout the Obama years.”The moment when Trump announces the Paris pull-out will mark the divorce of [the] U.S.-China climate relationship and the beginning of a reinvigorated partnership between China and the E.U.,” he said. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Read more… Friends of Europe/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Originally published by E&E NewsThe European Union and China will issue a statement Friday declaring climate change “an imperative more than ever” in the face of expected U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.A final draft statement seen by E&E News, prepared for a meeting Friday, is the first-ever bilateral agreement on climate change between the European Union and China. It will be backed by all 28 E.U. member states, including the United Kingdom. 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