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GROB Systems Launches GROB-NET4Industry Manufacturing Execution System

Designed to Meet Industry 4.0 Requirements

GROB Systems, a global leader in the development of manufacturing systems and machine tools, announces GROB NET4Industry modules, designed to meet the needs of Industry 4.0 in a manner that is flexible, productive, and conserves resources.

GROB-NET4Industry features various modular components that can be combined in a highly customizable manner, ensuring the ideal solution for each application case. The modules within GROB-NET4Industry allow customers to manage direct and indirect areas around the machining process to achieve the most efficient utilization of high-precision, premium-quality machines. From production planning, monitoring, and analysis to the visualization of workpiece machining processes, proactive servicing, and maintenance, all areas of production are integrated.

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Additionally, GROB-NET4Industry modules are equipped with integration platforms for all machine types, with the goal of implementing manufacturer-independent digitization concepts and offering comprehensive project support to all customers. The modules are available on the control systems of leading manufacturers like SIEMENS, HEIDENHAIN and FANUC.


Available GROB-NET4Industry modules include:

GROB4Portal               Secure industry platform for all cloud services and other services

GROB4Line                 Monitor machines via smartphone

GROB4Analyze           Machine feedback for the CIP process

GROB4Connect           Connect the shop floor to the ERP system

GROB4Track               Monitor machine axes at all times

GROB4Care                Service and maintenance portal

GROB4Automation     Intuitive control software for unmanned operation

GROB4Interface          Machine communication the easy way

GROB4Pilot                   Multifunctional and interactive machine operation

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In conjunction with GROB-NET4Industry, GROB4Pilot control enables almost entirely paperless production operations. The multifunctional and interactive operating concept is state of the art, featuring a capacitive touch screen, internet connectivity, and 3D support that makes it possible to depict all processes relating to machining. Boasting a feedback function and a walk through supported by visual features, the controllers also open up a whole new way of working.

For more information on GROB Systems please visit: https://www.grobgroup.com/en/

About GROB Systems

For over 90 years, GROB has been known worldwide for the development and manufacturing of machines and production lines for automotive OEMs. GROB has since expanded its portfolio to include universal 5-axis machining centers. The unique retractable spindle provides unmatched accessibility to the work piece, and even upside-down machining, in a collision-free environment. They are easy to install and maintain, and provide outstanding performance and precision from lot size 1. 

GROB is a family-owned company located near Munich, Germany and has full manufacturing capabilities in Germany, Brazil, China, Italy and the United States. More than 500 employees at the 400,000 square foot facility in western Ohio support GROB customers across North America.

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Internet Infrastructure Demand Rises during COVID-19 Pandemic by 30 Percent

Internet infrastructure has experienced significant growth in demand due to the increased amount of people confined to their homes, consequently working and shopping remotely due to the enforced precautionary measures.

Having most of our daily activities migrating to the digital space, internet infrastructureis being strained by the sheer amount of users. As a result, e-commercehas been booming as many stores remain shut due to safety policies. Additionally, there has been anotable increase in subscription-based digital services, as out-of-home entertainment is no longer a viable option.

Internet service providers areextending data caps to meet the newfound reliance on the network, however, some experts express uncertaintyconcerning internet infrastructure’s ability to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.

“The amount of time people are spending online, whether it be for work or leisure, has been immense, which is not surprising, considering all the restrictions that have been enforced,” says Vincentas Grinius, CEO of Heficed.

With millions bound to their homes due to the pandemic, people are moving most of their activities to the digital space, which has tremendously increased global usage of the internet network.With millions bound to their homes due to the pandemic, people are moving most of their activities to the digital space, which has tremendously increased global usage of the internet network.

“In pursuance to maintain stability, the demand for internet servers has risen by at least 30 percent, and, based on how the current events are developing, the need to accommodate the reliance will only continue to grow,” adds Mr. Grinius.

According to Mr. Grinius,Heficed has accumulated enough server stock supply to meet the current demand and lessen the strain on the infrastructure, as a wide range of hardware is kept in storage facilities throughout the US and Europe. Furthermore, Heficed is encouraging companies to lease their unused IP resources via the IP address market in order to facilitate more resources for ISPs and others in need of network infrastructure.

Current events have revealed how well businesses are prepared to accommodate a remote workforce. Business VPNs, that give workers direct access to their company’s system through a private network,have been overwhelmed by the employee usage. High-capacity VPNs are essential for companies seeking to continue their work, as organizations that are less equipped will eventually succumb to the increased load. Adapting a highly developed network infrastructure, such as offered by Heficed, can aid in handling the escalating use and help maintain operational stability.

The Internet may need to strengthen its backbone, as the ever-growing online activityhas attracted a new wave of cyberattacks.Novel threats are targeting internet users in an attempt to retrieve sensitive data. Heficed offers abuse management as part of their service package, seeking to combat any malicious activity, directed at their clients' resources.

The present state of affairs has highlighted some of the weaknesses concerning the current network infrastructure however implementing some additional measures to improve its stability may prevent companies from compromising their operations and ensure they continue to work during the pandemic.

ABOUT HEFICED

Headquartered in London, Heficed provides full-range services for IP lease, monetization, and management services. Heficed serves around 60 multi-billion industries starting from hosting to automotive or healthcare. With the millions of IP addresses and 12 years of industry experience and the operations globally Heficed can meet any demand needs. That includes automated provisioning bare-metal solutions and cloud services in 8 locations around the world. More information: https://www.heficed.com.

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Rohde & Schwarz presents cutting-edge conformance testing solution for 5G NR FR2

Rohde & Schwarz highlights its innovative 5G conformance solution for both FR1 and FR2, featuring the latest version of the popular R&S TS8980 RF test system, now covering 5G NR. To enable over the air (OTA) testing, the solution includes the new R&S ATS1800C compact antenna test range (CATR) based 5G NR mmWave test chamber.

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5G NR necessitates new testing approaches. The introduction of the new, mmWave based FR2 frequency range for 5G and the increased use of active antennas without physical connectors requires testing to be performed over the air (OTA). Rohde & Schwarz has developed a test solution able to perform the first tests for RF conformance in 3GPP FR2. The device under test, a 5G smartphone, is placed in the R&S ATS1800C chamber. The chamber is also available in a new special configuration for extreme temperature testing in 3D.

A test system for mobile technologies up to 5G
The R&S TS8980 is a well-established family of RF conformance test systems. With the addition of the new R&S CMX500 radio communication tester, the RF conformance system gets 5G NR signaling functionality.

The upgraded R&S TS8980FTA is the only RF conformance test system in the market supporting mobile technologies all the way from 2G to 5G on one platform. A unique feature of the R&S TS8980FTA is the smooth upgrade path to 5G. Users who already have the previous version of the R&S TS8980 can upgrade to 5G RF FR1 testing by adding the R&S CMX500 as an extension box. While in FR1 all the tests are done in conducted mode the need in FR2 is to test over-the-air. This is realized by extending the TS8980FTA by a very compact CATR system.

Compact, flexible CATR system for FR2 testing
A CATR testing solution features a reflector to minimize the space requirements for OTA tests. For the 5G frequency range FR2 user equipment conformance test, CATR designs are the best practical choice since the required plane wave signals are available in distances measured in decimeters from the reflector, instead of meters as in direct far field chambers. A CATR setup is reciprocal and can be used for the transmission characteristics of the device, as well as the receiver characteristics.

The setup includes the new CATR based R&S ATS1800C for FR2 testing. It is a turnkey, high-end chamber with the smallest footprint in the industry of only 1.3 m², featuring class-leading signal integrity and shielding in a small space. The solution includes a gold-coated reflector providing a large quiet zone of 30 cm, fulfilling 3GPP 5G NR conformance test requirements. Completing the test setup is a configuration for extreme temperature testing. With a frequency range 18-90 GHz, the solutions have potential applications well beyond the current FR2 bands.

Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.

R&S ® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG.

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Anritsu Adds IQ Capture, Streaming Capability to Field Master Pro™ MS2090A RTSA

― New Options Combine with Best-in-Class Wide Bandwidth, Long Memory, and Fast Transfer Speed to Provide Comprehensive Signal Analysis in General Purpose Applications ―

Anritsu Company introduces IQ capture and IQ streaming options for its Field Master Pro MS2090A that make the real time spectrum analyzer (RTSA) the first handheld analyzer to capture 110 MHz of IQ data. When combining the new features with the best-in-class wide bandwidth, long memory, and fast transfer seeds, the MS2090A can conduct comprehensive spectrum analysis in a variety of general purpose applications, including military intelligence and government regulations.

With 110 MHz bandwidth and 200 MSps sample rate, the MS2090A can capture and stream twice as much data as any other handheld analyzer.  Additionally, having IQ capture and streaming in RTSA mode allows for the capture and/or streaming of data without pausing the sweep, so users can monitor the spectrum visually while the capture is being conducted. The result is more information is acquired on spectrum surrounding bands of interest.

Of particular benefit for intelligence and government applications, the MS2090A RTSA can stream data to Bird Technology’s IQC5000B dual-channel RF record and playback system. The turnkey solution enables 110 MHz of bandwidth to be streamed at 16-bit format and up to 15 TB of data to be stored. Powerful post-processing analysis, including evaluating data in various domains, replaying data as spectrum with full-time resolution, and smart algorithms to search for signals, can be performed. Data can also be streamed to a USB 3.0 drive or PC over Ethernet.  

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Signal data can be captured and segmented into I and Q samples with the options. Capturing the actual IQ data and analyzing it sample by sample allow the finest details of signal and spectrum behavior to be monitored. Additionally, unknown signals in spectrum where secure communications are required can be identified and evaluated to determine if they are harmless or nefarious. IQ data also allows regulation officials to gather more information on unknown signals to better locate and identify unauthorized communications in all bands, for more efficient spectrum clearing.

For 5G applications, the 110 MHz of capture bandwidth allows mobile operators to gather data on a full 5G NR signal in a single sweep. It can also post process the data to locate any anomalies that will adversely affect network performance.

IQ sample formats of 8, 10, 16, and 32 bits are available with the options. The higher bit depths provide greater resolution for highly accurate narrow bandwidth captures. In applications in which dynamic range is not essential, the lower bit depth can create more efficient storage and improve data processing time.

Field Master Pro MS2090A Outline

The Field Master Pro MS2090A RTSA provides a continuous stream of FFT measurements over a 110 MHz analysis bandwidth, as well as 2.055 µs probability of intercept (POI). The result is users can more accurately detect signals that are short in duration or hop compared to standard swept-tuned spectrum analyzers. Density and spectrogram displays are available to more easily identify and track intermittent or pulsed signals. Seven models are available with frequency coverage of 9 kHz to 9/14/20/26.5/32/43.5 and 54 GHz.

About Anritsu

Anritsu Corporation (www.anritsu.com), a global provider of innovative communications test and measurement solutions for 120 years. Anritsu’s “2020 VISION” philosophy engages customers as true partners to help develop wireless, optical, microwave/RF, and digital solutions for R&D, manufacturing, installation, and maintenance applications, as well as multidimensional service assurance solutions for network monitoring and optimization. Anritsu also provides precision microwave/RF components, optical devices, and high-speed electrical devices for communication products and systems. The company develops advanced solutions for 5G, M2M, IoT, as well as other emerging and legacy wireline and wireless communication markets. With offices throughout the world, Anritsu has approximately 3,500 employees in over 90 countries. 

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Coronavirus/IAITAM Warning: More Breaches Likely as Unprepared Companies, Agencies Face “Nightmare” Data Risks

Even Companies That Send Employees Home With Proper Safeguards Face Challenges, but Those Relying on Uncontrolled Employee-Owned Phones & Computers to Get Work Done “Are Sitting Ducks”.

Many companies and government agencies have already sent employees home to work remotely in response to concerns about the coronavirus.  This week, thousands of additional employers will likely follow suit until concerns about the contagion ease.  The International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM) is warning that most employers may have rushed into making their decision without thinking through how to secure their most sensitive data.

IAITAMLogoDr. Barbara Rembiesa, president and CEO of IAITAM, said:  “We always say that you can’t manage what you don’t know about and that is going to be a truth with nightmare consequences for many companies and government agencies struggling to respond to the coronavirus situation.  The impulse to send employees home to work is understandable, but companies and agencies without business continuity (BC) plans with a strong IT Asset Management (ITAM) component are going to be sitting ducks for breaches, hacking and data that is out there in the wild beyond the control of the company.”

As an example, Rembiesa cited a 2015 IAITAM report that found 17 percent of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) laptops were not where they were supposed to be and 22 percent had incorrect user information.  The Washington, D.C. office of the SEC sent all employees home to work last week due to the discovery of a coronavirus case in the agency’s headquarters.  Under the circumstances cited in the IAITAM report, the SEC would have little confidence that it knows who is working remotely on which machines and under what circumstances.

In the best-case scenario right now, a company or agency has a Business Continuity plan that incorporates ITAM and one that can send employees home with IT assets that are accounted for and working properly.  Under this approach some employees using high-end, expensive computers and other equipment may not be able to work from home, while others requiring only a laptop and word-processing software will be able to operate offsite with ease.

If your company is sending home people with equipment, IAITAM has this advice:

  1. Sign out and track all IT assets that are being taken home. No IT assets should be allowed to leave a company site for the first time without formally accounting for each movement.
     
  2. Make sure solid firewall and passcode protections are in place for accessing company systems.  Companies and agencies that plan properly will “scale up” to accommodate a shift in traffic from the workplace to remote access.
     
  3. Consider requiring employees to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) about the data they will have access to outside the office. The data is often significantly more valuable than the IT assets in which it is contained.  Vital company information may be at stake and an NDA sends a message to employees that they have serious responsibilities that must be honored and respected.
     
  4. Provide education and training to employees about how to responsibly manage their equipment and the company’s data. For example, parents who are accustomed to allowing a child or spouse to use a personal smartphone or computer must be coached to avoid doing so with company IT assets.  Companies may also elect to forbid the use of company IT assets on public Wi-Fi networks, such as coffee shops and fast-food restaurants.
     
  5. Monitor employee data use and other remote practices. It would be nice to assume everyone will follow the rules and be a team player, but that doesn’t always happen. Any potential for mischief or data abuse may be heightened in a work-from-home environment.  Remember that most data breaches are caused by insiders, not outside hackers.
     
  6. Tighten up the reins on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) practices. The reality is that the longer someone is out of the office, the more likely it is that they will do company business on their personal smartphone, computer, tablet or other Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) asset. A device that is BYOD could simply be a personal phone that receives work emails. If the employee’s contract or policy language does not give the data rights to the organization, the IT Asset Manager will need to make an addendum giving the rights to the organization. The employee may own the device, but the work-related data is 100 percent owned by the company.

What about companies and government agencies that did not invoke their BC plans with ITAM protections built in, and are now sending employees home to work things out as best one can on their own personal devices?  (This could also apply to companies and agencies that have such plans in place, and ITAM, but rushed ahead out of coronavirus fears and did not call on the protective provisions.)  For those companies and agencies, the list of potential problems is long:

  1. Companies and agencies will have little or no information about the devices being used to conduct company business. In the absence of the most basic mobile device management (MDM) system, companies will be almost completely blind as to who is accessing their data.
     
  2. Companies and agencies that do not require their workers to operate remotely through a virtual private network (VPN) will be relying on personal Wi-Fi systems that may be entirely insecure and/or already corrupted. Unprepared companies may also find that their VPNs are unprepared for a tidal wave of outside access.  Companies that allow employees to use BYOD devices to do business on public Wi-Fi systems may be even more vulnerable to attack.
     
  3. The longer employees are working remotely in a vulnerable state, the bigger a target they may become for phishing and other attacks. Already, there have been countless coronavirus-related attacks. Those working at major companies and government agencies may find themselves in the crosshairs of such sophisticated schemes.  In the absence of training and ongoing guidance from their company, the sensitive data on personal devices could be at considerable risk.
     
  4. Data on personal devices (outside the reach of a company or government agency) likely will remain there when the employee returns to work. This creates a huge risk if the personal device is “handed down,” sold to a third-party or improperly disposed of.  In these scenarios, the exposure of sensitive company data may be entirely unintentional and end up becoming public.

ABOUT IAITAM

The International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, Inc., is the professional association for individuals and organizations involved in any aspect of IT Asset Management, Software Asset Management (SAM), Hardware Asset Management, Mobile Asset Management, IT Asset Disposition and the lifecycle processes supporting IT Asset Management in organizations and industry across the globe. IAITAM certifications are the only IT Asset Management certifications that are recognized worldwide. For more information, visit www.iaitam.org