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Thursday, 12th December 2019

EU Opens Subsidies for Electric Battery Push

BRUSSELS ---The EU's powerful anti-trust authority on Monday approved billions of euros in subsidies from seven member states as Europe seeks to make up lost ground in batteries. The move is part of a big push led by Germany and France to prepare Europe for the emergence of electric cars, as gas combustible engines are phased out over climate change concerns.The European car industry employs over 10 million people and the EU is deeply concerned about Europe's dependence in a highly strategy sector on car batteries from Asia. Batteries represent 40 percent of the cost of an electric car and are currently manufactured by companies in South Korea, China and Japan.The mega subsidy of 3.2 billion euros ($3.5 billion) from Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Sweden and Finland will go to a consortium of 17 companies and will help generate an extra five billion euros in private investment, a statement said. The European Commission, the EU's executive and anti-trust enforcer, usually holds a strict line against state subsidies, but in 2014 gave more leeway for countries to back strategic transnational projects."I am delighted that the Commission has verified and authorised the first major battery project in Europe in just a few weeks," said German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier in a statement.This is "a great success for Germany and Europe," he added.The wave of new subsidies are part of something called the European Battery Alliance, a rare effort by Brussels to centralise industrial policy.The campaign, launched in 2017, was designed to entice European industry to create a so-called "Airbus of batteries", in reference to the aviation giant that was born from wide array of semi-private companies a generation ago. Companies involved in the battery projects include German car giant BMW and chemical multinationals BASF and Solvay."The emergence of the European battery industry will contribute to the achievement of the objective set by the European Union to become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050," said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.The battery greenlight comes just days before the EU commission announces its Green New Deal agenda, that includes an ambition to achieve carbon neutrality as well as boost climate-friendly investment.To come to fruition, the Green New Deal will require EU member states to further open national coffers, a prospect that has already received resistance from the Germany, the Netherlands and other wealthy northern states.EUROPEAN BATTERY 

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Wednesday, 27th November 2019

Artificial Solutions to Steer Conversational AI Applications for Scania

Artificial Solutions, the leading specialist in enterprise-strength conversational AI, announced that Scania, a major manufacturers of trucks and buses, will be using Teneo® to build a variety of intelligent conversational applications. Teneo will be used by a central team within Scania to create highly intelligent conversational interfaces throughout the entire organization. Strong collaboration features within Teneo that support enterprise wide development will allow Scania’s developers and business users alike to build advanced chatbot applications in multiple languages for a wide range of internal and external uses.“Conversational AI is changing how people interact with technology by making it faster, easier and more efficient to complete even the most complex of tasks,” says Jacob Pantzerhielm, Manager New Technology at Scania. “We chose to work with Artificial Solutions because of the humanlike conversational experience Teneo delivers, alongside excellent scaling and integration abilities.” Part of the Traton Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions, including trucks and buses for heavy transport applications combined with an extensive product-related service offering.Teneo is Artificial Solutions award-wining conversational AI application development platform. It enables enterprises to build highly conversational applications in more than 35 languages running over any device, service or operating system. Real-time data analytics allows organizations to increase personalization, automatically maintain the conversational system, and deliver actionable insight back to the business, while enabling compliance with privacy regulations such as GDPR.“We welcome the opportunity to work with Scania and are excited about the projects they have planned,” says Stuart Glyde, Sales Director Nordics at Artificial Solutions. “As conversational AI expands its role within enterprises so the need for integration into a wide spectrum of other technology such as robotic process automation increases. This, in turn, places more emphasis on being able to re-use conversational AI resources in order to maximize value, something Teneo enables with ease.”AiTHORITY

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Thursday, 14th November 2019

Creating A Highly Efficient and Comfortable Green Building with Delta HVAC Solution

Building managers in Southeast Asia often look to resolve the challenges of reducing the heat output and carbon footprint while maintaining a comfortable indoor environment in residential structures such as apartment buildings, hotels and senior living facilities as well as medium to large industrial and office buildings like factories and hospitals. To reach these goals, building managers can leverage Delta’s automated and energy-efficient HVAC solutions. As global warming emerges as a major consideration in the building automation industry, building managers can easily boost energy savings and cut costs with Delta’s HVAC solution consisting of:Fan/Pump Vector Control Drive CP2000 SeriesCompact Drive MS300 and ME300 SeriesMultifunction Power Meter DPM Series  •Delta’s Fan/Pump Vector Control Drive CP2000 Series is an advanced, versatile and energy-saving sensor-less vector control drive for fan and pump applications. It’s designed to simplify building networks and save time and money during installation.Available in 230, 480, 600, 690VAC inputs and power ratings from 1HP to 840 HP, the CP2000 is perfect for fans, pumps and HVAC applications. It supports multi-pumps control of up to 8 motors, and features PID control, sleep/wake up functions, flying start and frequency-hopping functions.For connectivity, the CP2000 features built-in Modbus and BACnet that integrates with Delta’s control technologies, such as the Delta Controls eZVFD, an entiliZONE VFD controller module. This pairing reduces hardware and wiring, while enabling remote commissioning, adding onboard intelligence, and allowing for off-site drive configuration.• The Compact Drive MS300 (Standard type) and ME300 (Basic type) Series are Delta’s latest AC motor drives, featuring max. power range of 22kW/30hp and 7.5kW/10hp. The MS300 series  has integrated PLC functions (2k steps) for simple programming needs and a built-in communication slot for various communication cards.The ME300 series built-in multi-pump function can control up to 4 pumps at one time. Both MS300 & ME300 supports IM and PM motors. It’s extremely compact, up to 40~60% smaller than Delta’s other models. The front panel of the smallest model is almost the same size as a smart phone to save installation space.• The Multifunction Power Meter DPM Series provides precise measurement and monitoring for energy usage and quality in parameter groupings. It uploads this data to host controllers and a management platform via RS-485 or Modbus. The DPM Series allows fast data transmission and short reading time by PLCs to enhance system efficiency.Air Conditioning is a key to enhance occupant comfort within a building. However, it also generates a lot of heat which increases the outdoor temperature. Delta’s HVAC solution is designed to detect temperature and humidity changes, time scheduling and conduct operational controls. By using outdoor fresh air for ventilation, it provides thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality to ensure the building sustains a healthy indoor environment.Delta’s innovative building automation technology and global service support provides customers with highly efficient and comfortable green buildings and allows managers optimal operation efficiency to improve energy management while reducing the building’s environmental impact.INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

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Thursday, 14th November 2019

What to Look for in Your Next Manufacturing ERP

Cloud ERP can mean many things. Your next ERP will be the control panel of your manufacturing business for the next decade. The features it provides could make or break the productivity of your entire team.But the way you deploy this platform could have even greater ramifications.Whereas cloud ERP solutions were considered a rarity just 10 years ago, they’re now commonplace. Many manufacturing enterprises are singing the praises of their cloud ERP systems. But that doesn’t mean all cloud platforms are created equal—or that once you’ve decided to go cloud, your decision process has ended. The truth is, “cloud ERP” is a broad category that encompasses several different deployment options.Your Options for ERP DeploymentIt wasn’t that long ago that the only deployment model for ERP was a licensed, on-premise solution. Your company would purchase software licenses, install the software in your data center or server room, and extend access to your users.Today, even if you’re set on a cloud solution, you’ll have several more decisions to make:Software as a service (SaaS). SaaS ERP solutions are hosted elsewhere—rather than on your company’s servers—and accessible to you through a browser.Hosted solution managed by your ERP vendor. In this deployment model, you buy licenses as you would with an on-premise solution. The difference is that you’ll pay a fee for your vendor to manage and maintain the software on their own hardware.Hosted by a third party. The main difference between this model and the previous one is that someone other than your vendor will manage the hardware, hosting, and maintenance.Hybrid. The hybrid model gives you the flexibility to install some elements of your solution on premises while letting a third party host the rest.Which of these options are cloud deployment options? All of them. “Cloud ERP” refers to any solution that your users access through a browser. If you install the software on your own servers, it’s called a private cloud deployment. If the software is installed outside your premises, it’s called a public cloud deployment.Manufacturers Are Embracing Cloud ERP DeploymentsThe many types of cloud ERP deployments available may seem overwhelming at first. But manufacturers are navigating their options—and choosing the cloud in droves.The Mint Jutras 2019 Enterprise Solution Study asked companies which deployment model they’re using. Just 23 percent responded that they’re using traditional vendor-hosted deployments. By contrast, 60 percent reported that they’re using SaaS or vendor-hosted deployments.The cloud will only get more crowded in the years to come. The same study revealed that 28 percent of participants plan to move their ERP deployments to SaaS within the next two years. Another 23 percent plan to do so “eventually.”Get Support for Your Deployment DecisionNow that you know more about your options, which type of ERP deployment should you choose?That’s a decision best made after extensive research and discussion. To keep learning, please download a new report from Mint Jutras, “What to Look For in Your Next ERP.”INDUSTRYWEEK

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