Vegam Solutions: the future of smart manufacturing
Founded in 2000, is a global leader in manufacturing transformation and technology solutions. By providing digital factory, industrial internet of things (IoT) and big data and analytics solutions, Vegam Solutions strives to make manufacturing plants smarter and more efficient.
By harnessing digital mapping and simulation of real world processes Vegam Solutions helps manufacturing organisations to minimise costs, enhance safety and allow for new business models based on data.
Industrial internet of things (IoT)
Via Industrial internet of things (IoT) Vegam Solutions can seamlessly integrate IT, data and physical elements in order to ensure manufacturing plants are ready for industry 4.0 allowing for easy communication between systems.
Big data and analytics
Described as a ‘pioneer in industry 4.0’ Vegam Solutions prescriptive analytics with real time and historic data, providing the capability to identify patterns and make informed business decisions.
The benefits of Vegam Solutions transformation and technology solutions
Cost reductions: which help to improve productivity, cycle times and inventory management, as well as reduce losses.
Enhancing quality: allowing data driven quality and the use of analytics and predictive production as well as adherence to SOP.
Competitiveness: providing the capability to make new products faster, develop a future ready plant and flexibility to new business models.
Safety and compliance: enable more transparent operations and just in time training, as well as safer operations and improved process compliance.
Manufacturing transformation and technology solutions
Smart manufacturing execution systems
Known as , Vegam Solutions technology helps to enable Industry 4.0 solutions to develop smarter factories. The technology creates a cyber-physical environment allowing for real time communications between both humans and machines to extend into a virtual world of IoT.
Smart maintenance solutions
By harnessing IoT capabilities Vegam Solutions helps organisations improve machine reliability, increase plant uptime, optimise maintenance process and reduce costs via its maintenance management solution - .
Industrial IoT solutions
The solution provides manufacturing organisations with real time data collection and transmission; anytime and anywhere monitoring capabilities; the ability to make better and more informed decisions; and the ability to analyse and optimise production operations.
Discrete manufacturing solutions
vPromax - an IoT based smart platform for discrete manufacturing. Vegam Solutions platform offers plug and play capabilities for discrete manufacturing lines, providing real-time analysis, overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), process visibility, line status and alerts.
Thales Group to Provide Tech for Low Earth Orbit Satellites
The Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, Thales Alenia, which specialises in the space industry is set to supply the world’s only network of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO) with its industry-leading technology. More specifically, the Optical Inter-Satellite Links ─ which is hailed as the ‘best technology for the next generation of the Galileo Navigation System’, by the European Space Agency. Through the implementation of Thales Alenia’s optical systems, the satellite network will be able to provide global, fine-scale coverage, overland, oceans, and both poles, without compromising the security of data communications.
Telesat, a Canadian satellite services company, is currently developing the network and has commissioned Thales Alenia Space to build its broadband constellation. The network, which will be named Lightspeed, will apparently comprise 298 individual satellites, each weighing roughly 700 kilograms. These satellites will be capable of delivering multiple terabits per second worldwide for secure broadband professional services with low latency and high levels of performance. Ergo, it’ll be incredibly fast.
‘The Optical Inter Satellite Links technology is based on Thales Alenia Space’s product line Space Optical Communications, i.e., OPTEL-C. The more compact OPTEL-µ is another optical communications product from this line. This is particularly good for downloading data from small LEO satellites’, according to Innovation Origins.
Thales Alenia Space Background
Thales Alenia Space is the largest satellite manufacturer in Europe ─ the Swiss branch, which has been commissioned in this particular announcement, opened up five years ago in Zurich, where the company primarily specialises in the development and manufacture of instruments for scientific satellites, but also on optical communication terminals for space applications.
The Swiss Space Sector
When it comes to the European and international space industry, the Swiss sector is becoming increasingly important. Approximately 100 Swiss companies already produce incredibly sophisticated pieces of kit and technologies for space missions, and Switzerland also plays host to the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre, which was established back in 2016 in an effort to help entrepreneurs ‘realise their innovative ideas and transfer technologies from space to Earth and from Earth to space.’