ABB and Konecranes speed up the Industrial Internet Campus

The campus in Otaniemi will receive products and software from the companies for research and teaching purposes.

ABB provides the campus with motors for the test bench of magnetic bearings, frequency converters to control the rotation speed of motors and a monitoring system. Photo: Santtu Teerihalme / Aalto University

Aalto University Industrial Internet Campus fosters multidisciplinary research, education and innovation together with industrial partners. Now two major industrial companies, ABB and Konecranes, speed up the campus operations by supplying equipment and systems with open interfaces. These will be available for Aalto University's researchers and students as well as other companies.

ABB has provided the campus with motors for the test bench of magnetic bearings, frequency converters to control the rotation speed of motors and a monitoring system. Measurement data produced by the smart products will be compiled utilizing ABB's data management software. This information is significant for developing activities and new innovations.

'The Internet of Things, Services and People is a major opportunity for the industry. The cooperation of companies and the university brings together the best resources for supporting development work and innovation. We are happy to be involved in this groundbreaking initiative and actively making possible the new era of industrial production where people, services and things communicate in real time', says Panu Virolainen, Head of R&D in Discrete Automation and Motion division of ABB Group.

Co-innovation spirit

Konecranes will provide the campus with a smart CXT NEO-based crane in the autumn of 2016. The crane will be equipped with TRUCONNECT® remote monitoring technology, which enables large Industrial Internet ecosystem integration and further full-scale research and innovation work.

Konecranes will provide the campus with a smart CXT NEO-based crane in the autumn of 2016. Image: Konecranes.

'Through the cooperation, Konecranes can be an active partner in the community that creates the future of the Industrial Internet', says Mikko Uhari, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Technology, Konecranes.

'Opening crane data interfaces to researchers and other developers enables innovations that, in the long run, will benefit everybody in the ecosystem'.

The research on ABB equipment will focus on e.g. the remote control over 5G network and the backup systems of the magnetic bearings. The research topics for the Konecranes smart crane are related to the utilisation of the sensor and maintenance data in product design and testing as well as interoperability with other manufacturers’ equipment.

'Open interface systems promote co-innovation spirit between companies. The cooperation with ABB and Konecranes will greatly accelerate the operations of the Industrial Internet Campus', praises Professor Martti Mäntylä of Aalto University.

Contact person:

Professor Martti Mäntylä
Tel. +358 50 351 2160
[email protected]

Aalto Industrial Internet Campus

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