ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION
Renesas Electronics Corporation | June 09, 2022
Renesas Electronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced semiconductor solutions, unveiled the RZ/T2M motor control microprocessor units (MPUs) with the highest performance for applications such as AC servo drives and industrial robots. On a single chip, the RZ/T2M combines rapid and highly precise realtime motor control with the newest industrial Ethernet, as well as functional safety operation. Customers can reduce the number of external components in their BOMs and product sizes by using the RZ/T2M, which provides all important peripheral functions for motor control.
The RZ/T2M is made up of two Arm® Cortex®-R52 cores that operate at a maximum frequency of 800 MHz. The peripheral functions required for motor control are connected to a dedicated bus that is directly connected to the CPU, allowing the CPU to access these operations with minimal delay. Furthermore, the huge memory capacity (576 KB) is firmly associated with the CPU, eliminating the variance in execution time that can occur when cache memory is used and ensuring deterministic, rapid processing. These features enable the RZ/T2M to provide fast and precise control for high-performance applications such AC servos, inverters, and industrial robots.
Renesas has added support for the PROFINET IRT protocol to the RZ/T2M, in addition to important industrial networking protocols such as EtherCAT, PROFINET RT, and EtherNet/IP. The new MPU also has an Ethernet switch that supports the next-generation Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) standard, which allows numerous devices to run in perfect synchrony.
In most cases, adding two external MCUs for safety monitoring increases BOM costs when developing industrial equipment that meets functional safety criteria. Because the RZ/T2M has a hardware configuration that is optimized for functional safety, just one external MCU is required to implement functional safety. In addition to motor control and network connection, the RZ/T2M may execute functional safety operations.
Renesas also plans to release functional safety solutions later this year, including a SIL3-certified software kit combination that includes a self-test software kit that allows the RZ/T2M to self-diagnose failures and a SIL3 system software kit for mutual diagnosis and software isolation functionality. The new RZ/T2M processors will be supported by IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm Functional Safety Edition, an integrated development environment approved for functional safety-related development and a necessary tool for implementing the above software.
Functional safety continues to be an important requirement for many of our customers. Companies choosing the new Renesas’ RZ/T2M in their next design can be sure that IAR Systems will support them with certified development tools and professional technical support globally, substantially reducing both design time and project cost.”
Anders Holmberg, CTO at IAR Systems
HOVER | August 09, 2022
HOVER, the technology company that transforms smartphone photos of any property into a digital twin with valuable 3D data, today announced that it is offering its entire 3D measurement and takeoff solution for new construction jobs with the ability to upload blueprints. Now, contractors can secure the same 3D models with exterior measurements that HOVER provides from smartphone photos through blueprint designs. HOVER now supports both the improvement of existing structures as well as ground-up new construction projects.
"HOVER's mission is to help people improve their homes with the world's best 3D property data, and today's launch makes that mission even more accessible, Supporting contractors in streamlining their workflows is at the core of what we do. Now, with a faster, easier, more affordable path to prepare takeoffs for new construction bids, contractors can simplify their bidding process and stand out from the competition with inspiring, visual representations of the finished product."
-A.J. Altman, Founder and CEO of HOVER.
Now, with a faster, easier, more affordable path to prepare takeoffs for new construction bids, contractors can simplify
HOVER's new construction solution transforms blueprint plans into scaled 3D models with comprehensive measurements for the property exterior – powering takeoff, proposal, and ordering features in the HOVER platform. Transforming a 2D, black & white drawing into a 3D digital twin allows contractors to instantly demonstrate real colors and materials on an unbuilt home, inspiring property owners and helping contractors stand out from their competition. With a fast turnaround, HOVER eliminates the historically arduous process of manually scaling measurements from drawings that can take up to a week and makes it more cost effective for any contractor to include project visuals in their proposals.
"Before this solution existed, I didn't have time to scale off a blueprint. Now, I can bid on more jobs and win more business. It's a game changer."
-David Ferraro, Owner of Good Guys Contracting.
HOVER is developing the most accurate and usable data set of physical property to deliver a simpler and more transparent home improvement experience. Used by contractors, insurance adjusters and homeowners alike, HOVER drives efficiencies with a mobile app that measures, designs, and estimates costs all in one place; smartphone photos transform into beautifully rendered, fully-measured 3D models of any home.
Foresite | July 26, 2022
Foresite Technology Solutions, LLC, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) construction company, today announced a partnership with Lilt, the leading global experience platform, to integrate multilingual content into Foresite's platform for increased accessibility and improved Foresite user experience.
With this new capability, Foresite seeks to eliminate the barriers that foreign language can have in communication-based safety issues in construction. A 2019 report from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages highlights the importance of multilingual capabilities in construction, reporting that 42% of construction industry employers rely heavily on employees for whom English is a second or third language.
Foresite solves some of the biggest challenges builders and trade contractors face, including increasing productivity, safety, and efficiency at the jobsite, while supporting upskilling of the labor force with learning in the flow of work. With the integration of Lilt, Foresite incorporates cost-effective multilingual content to support its efforts to break down language barriers, an imperative software capability in the construction industry.
"From the start, we envisioned Foresite as the open platform of choice, connecting strategic partners to drive innovation for our customers, Our partnership with Lilt highlights how we use leading technology partners, such as Lilt, to improve the construction industry labor force with multilingual upskilling content. This partnership represents the leading edge of our strategy to reimagine and re-equip the labor force and bring a range of partners to the Foresite ecosystem."
-John Gillett, founder and CEO of Foresite.
Lilt leverages experienced human linguists and its AI-powered platform to translate websites, product manuals, compliance materials, technical documentation, e-learning content, and more for their customers, providing end-to-end multilingual support. The Lilt platform utilizes AI and automation to maintain quality and keep margin of error to a minimum.
"Foresite recognizes that the elimination of language barriers reduces risk, increases safety, and empowers employees, We started Lilt to increase access to opportunity for all, and we're inspired to join Foresite in this important work for the construction industry."
-Spence Green, CEO of Lilt.
Beyond the advanced Lilt technology, employing highly educated, experienced translators improves consistency in the Lilt product and services for their customers. Lilt works with diverse enterprise customers across the construction industry, translating content such as on-site construction e-learning content, supply chain visibility platform information, and app-based risk management product information, and it will bring this experience to bear in this new partnership with Foresite.
Foresite is an innovative and transformative construction platform built on 25 years of intellectual property and industry knowledge. The platform provides intelligent gross margin management for field operations, serving builders, trade contractors, manufacturers, and insurers, in addition to unprecedented control over critical operational processes. Users access preconfigured content-based solutions such as workforce efficiency & productivity, job site logistics, project safety, quality control, and regulatory compliance, rapidly driving process optimization at the jobsite.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Lilt is the leading global experience platform, enabling organizations to build and deliver multilingual experiences at scale across every step of the global customer journey through its translation technology and services. The Lilt Platform uses AI and automation to make the localization process faster, better, and simpler, bringing human-powered, technology-assisted translations to global enterprises. Lilt gives industry-leading organizations like Intel, ASICS, Emerson, UiPath, and Canva everything they need to scale their global experience programs and go-to-market faster. Lilt has additional global offices across North America, Europe, and Asia.