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The century of the photon

The century of the photon

Most likely, the word photonics is not part of yourusual vocabulary, but the technologies developed in this field are increasignly used in the daily course of our lives. If we pay attention to the definition of photonics given by dictionaries such as Merriam-Webster´...

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Industry 5.0, seriously?

Industry 5.0, seriously?

It seems unbelievable, but 5 years have passed since CARTIF inaugurated the blog with the post on Industry 4.0 in which I analysed some of the keys to the so-called “fourth industrial revolution” and how it could affect the industry in our country. It has always...

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Hardware and software ‘easy-to-use’

Hardware and software ‘easy-to-use’

There are many research and innovation projects whose objective is the design and development of an electronic device, whose purpose is to satisfy main requirements of the market. In general, we look for devices with the necessary capacity to acquire information about...

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New applications of Deep Learning

New applications of Deep Learning

A little more than a year ago, in another post of this blog, our colleague Sergio Saludes already commented what is deep learning and detailed several of its applications (such as the victory of a machine based on these networks over the world champion of Go,...

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Artificial vision in hot stamping

Artificial vision in hot stamping

With this post, I would like to try to show a very clear example where, the intelligent use of a suitable artificial vision system can solve a major problem in a production line at a reasonable price. The body of our vehicle consists of a multitude of metallic pieces,...

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Blockchain and the electric market customers

Blockchain and the electric market customers

In a previous post I tried to explain the Blockchain technology. In this occasion I will try to explain how customers in the electric market could benefit from it. One of the most interesting Blockchain’s applications are the smart contracts. While a traditional...

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What is ‘Blockchain’?

What is ‘Blockchain’?

The “Blockchain” is the technology supporting Bitcoin, the infamous cryptocurrency known for being the first widely used and reportedly used in some criminal activities. Blockchain is also the technology underlying Ethereum, which is also a means to implement smart...

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Machine vision for quality control

Machine vision for quality control

Machine vision is behind many of the great advances in the automation of the industry since it allows the control of quality of 100% of the production in processes with high cadences. A non-automated process can be inspected by the operators themselves in the...

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Data value and knowledge extraction

Data value and knowledge extraction

Last November I attend third Big Data Value Association (BDVA) Summit in Valencia. The BDVA is a fully self-financed non-profit organization under Belgium law that represents the ‘private’ side in Big Data Value Public Private Partnership (Big Data Value PPP), while...

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Why is smart the Smart Grid?

Why is smart the Smart Grid?

It is not easy to find a definition for Smart Grid that summarizes every objective, topic and technology included under this concept. Searching and surfing the web, one can find long and detailed descriptions including many of the Smart Grids related topics, or other...

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The best film of Leonardo DiCaprio

The best film of Leonardo DiCaprio

I had planned to continue talking about Green Manufacturing initiatives, but I have decided to write a new post with a different but complementary approach to sustainable manufacturing. Before the Flood is a 2016 documentary film about climate change firstly screened...

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Spatial Augmented Reality in Industry

Spatial Augmented Reality in Industry

Recently, the Augmented Reality is becoming more and more common due to use of hand-held devices on our daily life such as smart phones, tablets and lately smart glasses. In this way, different applications, in many cases for leisure, like “Pokemon GO” or “Snapchat”...

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IoT, farming and market

IoT, farming and market

Agriculture and husbandry are economical activities with high social value in some places around Europe; they have an important share in the economy of many European regions and the European Union devotes a significant part of its annual budget to farming and the...

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What is deep learning?

What is deep learning?

In the 20th Century 80’s decade there was reborn interest in neural networks, both in academia and industry. A neural network is an algorithm that mimics the neural connections present in the neocortex. The interest was motivated by the rediscovering of algorithms to...

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Safety in collaborative robotics

Safety in collaborative robotics

In July 2015 we were surprised by the news that a robot kills factory worker after picking him up and crushing him against a metal plate at Volkswagen plant in Baunatal (Germany). They insisted the death was a result of human error and not any malfunction on the part...

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Augmented reality. The new work tool

Augmented reality. The new work tool

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that is little by little is making way in our daily lives. In broad terms, it consists in embedding digital information to the reality we have before our eyes through real-time superposition of this information about the image...

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Internet connected agriculture

Internet connected agriculture

Agriculture is a so old human activity that popular wisdom is full of proverbs and sayings giving recommendations about the best way to precede in farm duties. Popular wisdom along with the knowledge transmitted from parents to children has determined agriculture...

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SAGIT, Advanced Production Management System

SAGIT, Advanced Production Management System

Spanish SOHOs and SMEs have faced in recent years to a very complex macroeconomic environment. Indeed, it might be more precise saying that they are still facing this situation. The fall in the domestic consumption, along with financial constraints, has caused a...

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Green Manufacturing and Greenwashing

Green Manufacturing and Greenwashing

Beyond painting your factory or your products in green color In our previous post, we mentioned two corporate sustainability initiatives (one from IKEA and another from Google). It is true that these two companies are somehow unique cases, without easy extrapolation...

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The Green Manufacturing main barriers

The Green Manufacturing main barriers

The biggest obstacles are not the technology barriers but the psychological and organizational barriers. In the previous post, we explained the three steps (Reduce, Recover and Replace) through which a factory can reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases associated...

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Service Robotics: from fiction to reality

Service Robotics: from fiction to reality

Robotics, mainly service robotics, has long been the subject of science fiction, with protocol droids designed to serve human beings like C-3PO from “Star Wars”, military robots like Johnny 5 from “Short Circuit”, robot cleaners like Wall-E, or maids like Rosie from...

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Can I optimize my factory?

Can I optimize my factory?

The estimation of a successful manufacturing realization is often linked to the project criteria quality, time and costs. Often it’s not possible to find optimum solutions for all criteria. For example, an exceeding quality leads to higher costs as normal. Thus, a...

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Green Manufacturing

Green Manufacturing

Three steps to reduce waste, emissions and the use of resources “Green Manufacturing” can be defined in many ways, but in this post and the following ones, we will focus on the “greening” of manufacturing, this is, reducing pollution and waste by minimizing the use of...

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