Discrete Manufacturing

Discrete Manufacturing





Discrete manufacturing varies from Process Manufacturing. In Discrete manufacturing, the production floor works off orders to build something. Examples include: toys, medical equipment, computers and cars. The resulting products are easily identifiable. On the other hand, in Process manufacturing, the products are undifferentiated, for example: oil, natural gas and salt.

Discrete manufacturing is often characterized by individual or separate unit production. Units can be produced in low volume with very high complexity or high volumes of low complexity. Low volume/high complexity production results into needing an extremely flexible manufacturing system that can improve quality and time-to-market speed while cutting costs. High volume/low complexity production puts high premiums on inventory controls, lead times and reducing or limiting materials costs and waste.

Industry Profile - Discrete Manufacturing includes makers of consumer electronics, computer and accessories, appliances, and other household items, as well as "big ticket” consumer and commercial goods like cars and airplanes. Discrete Manufacturing companies make physical products that go directly to businesses and consumers, and assemblies that are used by other manufacturers.

The processes deployed in Discrete manufacturing are not continuous in nature. Each process can be individually started or stopped and can be run at varying production rates. The final product may be produced out of single or multiple inputs. Producing a steel structure will need only one type of raw material - steel. Producing a mobile phone requires many different inputs: the plastic case, LCD display, the mainboard, PVC keypad, sockets; and cables made from different materials, at different places. This is different from Process manufacturing, i.e.  production of paper or petroleum refining, where the end product is obtained by a continuous process or a set of continuous processes. Discrete manufacturing process allows for temporary stoppage of work in one area without affecting the entire unit, whereas continuous process manufacturing requires that entire production process be stopped.

Discrete manufacturers produce and sell goods they can count — a reality that encourages many to forecast demand by looking at past performance. It’s understandable: using previously filled orders for discrete resource and production planning is far easier than using anticipated consumption quantities, which vary in real time — and require far more flexibility to manage.

Relying on the past may have worked in the old, batch-and-queue days of discrete operations. However, manufacturers navigating a competitive global marketplace can’t manage today by looking at yesterday’s results. Firms that focus on past performances miss huge opportunities to leverage insights, expertise, and market knowledge from their sales forces and customers — intelligence that can make customer demand more visible, forecasts more accurate, product development more nimble, and supply chains more efficient. And in the current economic climate, in which customer orders (and even customers) disappear overnight it’s more important than ever to link true demand and actual production.

Industrial HMI, IT and OT Convergence

Asset-intensive organizations can no longer afford to keep information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) separate because of the convergence of several critical factors. There are growing demands for increased operational efficiencies, optimization of Industrial plants, as well as modernization of automation and business processes. The market demands intelligent information for better decisions, reduced costs, and shortened project timelines. Industrial automation and process control industries have been going through an enormous amount of change; and the restructuring, unbundling and introduction of competition had radically changed the way the industry used to work a couple of decades ago. There is tremendous pressure to drive maximum operational efficiency, increased reliability, and at the same time reduce cost. Moving from just automation to real-time optimization of business processes, demands real-time access to all information related to a process by people engaged in that process. Integration of OT and IT decisions result in less costly technology deployments across an enterprise which effectively meets the operational goals of a business.

AIS industrial Panel PCs and Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems easily integrate into existing Ethernet and TCP/ IP installations which engineers use to monitor and control mission-critical processes; thereby allowing operators to see desktop quality graphics and real-time updates of your processes in a web browser from anywhere in the world. By gaining timely access to key performance indicators (KPIs), decision makers can make business decisions from real time information. Information convergence between manufacturing and business systems within an enterprise allows greater business agility and opportunities for innovation.

Benefits of IT/OT Convergence

  • Network efficiency improvements
  • Reliability of the network
  • Improve performance and production
  • Enable better decision making company wide
  • Reduce costs from efficiency gains and optimization of operational processes, asset maintenance, and workforce management

Convergence of Windows Embedded Operating System Technology

AIS industrial panel PCs powered by Microsoft Windows Embedded standard operating systems promote economic deployment of Human-Machine Interface solutions in manufacturing environments. Human Machine Interface (HMI) terminals feature visual computing interfaces with the performance and reliability for industrial automation and control systems. The dynamic visualization of AIS HMI panel PCs also provide stable real-time operating system support, increased processing performance and a wide range of network and communication interfaces, along with a rugged compact size and energy-efficient design.

Plant Floor and Enterprise Networks
AIS HMI systems use industrial Ethernet technology and support industrial Ethernet protocols to connect your plant assets, manufacturing and business systems; integrating manufacturing data from the plant floor to the front office. As a result, manufacturers are out-pacing the market with regard to improved network and corporate operational performance.

Enterprise Connectivity

  • AIS HMI systems  provide real-time access to factory floor data from enterprise applications, allowing continuous production process optimization and increase in overall factory productivity
  • AIS HMI systems use Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) that provide a unified programming model for rapidly building service-oriented applications that communicate across the web and the enterprise.

Industrial Security
AIS created one platform to build sustainable converted industrial solutions powered by Windows Embedded architecture featuring state-of-the-art HMI technology. These new solutions supplement the changing demands of the industry by providing intuitive design driven by consumer devices in daily use, and promoting transparent connectivity company wide. Windows Embedded operating systems, combined with AIS industrial HMI systems, deliver important business benefits to global manufacturers including: enterprise connectivity, endless possibilities for innovation, platform familiarity, reliability and support.

Endless Possibilities
AIS HMI systems, with realistic-looking interface design, optimize the training time for factory workers, increase the accuracy of user interaction with machines, and reduce downtime due to human error.

Convergence of Embedded Intel® Technology

AIS offers Intel Embedded processor-based panel PC systems as an open platform to develop HMI and visualization solutions. AIS industrial embedded panel PCs are designed to increase performance, provide real-time connectivity and interactive touch screen functionality for industrial automation and process control industries. The AIS rugged touch screen panel PCs feature an easy-to-use user interface, color TFT display and HMI interactivity which improves operator productivity by enabling effective visualization of plant operations and efficient controls.

Integrated Safety HMI and 3D Machine Vision System
To minimize Human Machine Interface development efforts, designers want to develop scalable systems that can be easily upgraded as performance expectations increase. The plant managers and control engineers are looking for architecture that can enable low cost, small form factor configurations with a minimum number of components. Responding to these escalating requirements, AIS next generation Dual-Core Intel® Atom™ processor-based platforms offer improved performance and lower power consumption along with improved graphics utilizing a dedicated media engine and enhanced 3D performance machine vision.

Energy Management
AIS HMI systems integrate a standard computer network architecture connectivity solution with high network bandwidth that enable energy data over Ethernet/IP solution. This allows a significantly easier way for manufacturers to deliver vital energy data from the plant floor to business systems. It enables operators to gain greater visibility into energy consumption at the equipment and facility level, and moreover, improves their ability to optimize energy utilization and production processes.

Industrial HMI Systems and the Connected Factory

  • AIS Embedded HMI systems offer low power and thermally efficient application performance in a small form factor
  • AIS HMI systems have industry-standard IP networking and open source operating systems that are ready to meet the rigorous performance, security and availability requirements of factory automation
  • AIS HMI systems have exceptional flexibility in incorporating a wide range of standard and user-configurable I/O interfaces
  • AIS HMI systems enable industrial Ethernet, fieldbus protocol standards, and PLC run-time
  • AIS HMI systems with flexible/ reconfigurable platforms support multiple solutions

Convergence of the Ecosystem Partner

AIS relies on industrial ecosystem partners to provide expertise and experience in successfully implementing industrial automation, process control, machine, instrumentation and manufacturing solutions for our customers. With HMI and SCADA software developers, you may face the challenges of combining complex operator interface hardware technologies in a rapidly changing business environment. To bridge the gap between these complex integration demands, AIS has been constantly developing new ways in effectively collaborating with our ecosystem partners to enable you, our customers, to achieve measurable benefits while sharpening your competitive edge, by using AIS Windows Embedded-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) and Operator Interface Terminals. As a result, you can in turn serve your customers better, quicker and more efficiently.

AIS will support and always ensure that our skilled Ecosystem partners are delivering highly productive software solutions to end-users, and utilizing our wide range of industrial rugged HMI operator interface terminals (OIT) as the recommended hardware solutions. AIS' highly qualified team of engineers will ensure that your HMI product is packaged to withstand rugged, harsh industrial environments, while considering all user interfaces (M2M and HMI) at all times. AIS has strong hardware integration experience with HMI and SCADA hardware systems, including high performance and reliable I/O connectivity for the Industrial Automation and Control industry. In addition, our focused Project Development team will closely manage projects; from analysis, execution, and documentation to completion. Up to date documentation, excellent communication, and continuous engineering/capability improvements are practiced to provide the best support to our Ecosystem partners.

Convergence of Open HMI Platforms

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Distributed Control System (DCS) components, and visualization and configuration software are all increasingly becoming PC compatible and standard protocols. Consequently, a trend towards PC-based operator control and monitoring system for visualizing and operating processes, production flows, machines and plants in all sectors – from the simple single-user station to distributed multi-user systems and cross-location solutions with web clients, reduce overall system cost and improve business efficiency and flexibility. The factory floor is becoming an increasingly Internet-connected and networked environment. This includes the adoption of systems for remote monitoring, long-distance support, diagnostic services and the integration of in-plant systems with the enterprise. AIS offers a complete line of PC-based HMI solutions for the Industrial Automation and Control market segment that helps manufacturers develop and deliver products for connected enterprises.

High Reliability
AIS HMI devices are integrated with Embedded Intel architecture processors and chipsets, including: ultra-low, high speed, maximum uptime, long lifetime support and availability, and high MTBF industrial grade components.

High Flexibility
Customized panel PC configurations, with choice of display, memory, data storage and Windows Embedded operating system.

High Levels of Ruggedness
AIS HMI devices are ruggedized designed to operate in environments with temperature extremes and high levels of dust, dirt, grease, moisture, humidity, shock, vibration, and EMI/RFI.

AIS next generation HMI Touch Panel Series are engineered to meet the increasingly complex processes, demanding visualization and control tasks of machines and automation systems while simplifying operation and programming. Using flexible and standardized interfaces for embedded computing allows for easy and efficient integration for almost any machine, application or environment.

Premium HMI Touch Panels

Premium HMI Touch Panel PCAIS Premium HMI Panel PCs are equipped with: NEMA 4X/IP66-compliant stainless steel front bezels featuring a corrosion and chemical resistant surface, integrated with Intel® Core™ i7-4650U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.30 GHz), DDR3L-1600 memory up to 16 GB, RAID high availability storage, PCIe expansion slot, and 12-24 VDC power supply. They come standard with Windows Embedded Standard 7/8 and an X86 PC-based platform. The Premium series is modular, field-replaceable, easy to service, maintenance-free, rugged and fan-less. It is able to withstand high electromagnetic environments, as well as shock and vibration. Available in both single touch and multi-touch screen, wide screen options ranging from 15” to 24”, the new HMI family offers an extremely wide selection of interfaces and gesture-based touch panel solutions to serve its various requirements. Moreover, the Premium Series come with UL listing, CE Marking & CB Scheme – making them the most advanced, powerful, and no compromise modular HMI series with superior high speed processing capabilities that meet any HMI, SCADA, MES, ERP, networking or OEM applications. Learn more »

Standard HMI Touch Panels

Standard HMI Panel PCAIS Standard HMI Panel PCs are equipped with: NEMA 4X/IP66-compliant stainless steel front bezels featuring a corrosion and chemical resistant surface and utilize an Intel® Atom™ Processor E3845 (2M Cache, 1.91 GHz), DDR3L-1333 memory up to 8 GB, removable 2.5" SATA hard drive bay and 12-24 VDC power supply. They come with Windows Embedded Standard 7/8 and X 86 PC-based platforms and are modular, field-replaceable, easy to service, maintenance-free, rugged, fan-less, shock and vibration resistant and able to withstand high electromagnetic environments. The Standard series is available in both single and multi-touch screen models. Single touch models are available in 12.1”, 15”, 17”, 19”, 21.5” and 24” touch screen sizes. Multi-touch models include: 15.6”, 18.5”” and 21.5” display sizes. Moreover, the Standard Series come with UL listing and CB scheme certificate, offering functionality and affordability in a modular compact package covering the greatest range of industry requirements from medium-to-high-end HMI, SCADA, MES and OEM applications. Learn more »

Value HMI Touch Panels

Value HMI Panel PCAIS Value HMI Panel PCs are equipped with NEMA 4/IP65-compliant aluminum front bezel, corrosion resistant surface. Integrated with an Intel® Celeron® Processor N2930, on-board non-volatile DDR3L-1333 memory and a standard SD card slot, the new series of touch panels deliver a great combination of performance, features and functionality at an affordable price. The Value line of HMIs come standard with Windows Embedded Compact 7, Embedded 7 or 8 (32/64-bit) operating systems and are available in a variety of screen sizes (7” to 21.5”) in both single and multi-touch. These systems offer real-time performance, compact and lightweight aluminum die-cast housing and are: easy to service, maintenance-free, space-saving, fan-less, able to withstand high electromagnetic environments and are resistant to shock and vibration. Moreover these come with UL listing and CB scheme certificate and are: simpler, smarter, and more cost-effective all-in-one solutions. AIS offers the greatest value, feature set and capabilities for use 24/7 at machine level HMI, operator control and visualization applications. Learn more »

AIS has an extensive set of tools for HMI panels & displays design, simulation, and testing. We offer a wide range of electrical, software, mechanical, health, safety, and the environmental design capabilities. AIS designs to meet: automotive, industrial, commercial, hazardous, military, marine, ISO, IEC, UL, CE, MIL, DNV, ATEX, SAE and/or customer specific applications.

AIS implements the latest quality control practices and techniques (APQP, FMEA, Gage R&R, PV&V, SPC CAR/CAPA) to meet the demands of international regulations and standards (ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS16949).

Design Technology Capabilities

Design Technology Capabilities

Designing Break-Through Technologies with People, the Environment & Profitability in Mind

Design Cycle System for New Product DevelopmentAIS aspires for total excellence in everything we do. Creative and technical problem solvers who respond critically and resourcefully to the demands of technology innovation…a company who appreciates the importance of technology designed for life, company and the environment…and a resource committed to sustainability, profitability and efficiency. This sums up the spirit and approach of the AIS design technology team when solving complex engineering challenges and dilemmas. 

The design cycle is a tool used to develop technologies to solve a problem. Knowing how to apply their immense technical expertise and hands-on experience, gained through years of solving real world problems, is what differentiates AIS from the rest.  

AIS adheres to a four-stage process for in-house development of new product designs and technologies – a time proven methodology that has helped create numerous ground breaking technologies and solutions for their customers.  The design cycle is a model intended to be the central tool to help AIS create and evaluate products/solutions. The AIS design cycle consists of four major stages as they relate to the objectives of the new product development.

AIS Design Cycle System for New Product Development:

  • Inquire & Analyze Stage: AIS identifies and analyzes the problems to be solved and objectives of the overall project and then summarizes findings with action plans
  • Ideation Stage: In this creative process stage, product design ideas and concepts are generated. Once the appropriate design concept and strategy is selected, AIS plans the entire design through execution phase of product development
  • Creation Stage: Demonstrating their technical skills, AIS uses state-of-the-art equipment, tools and techniques to produce the new product/solution and make any necessary justified design changes if required
  • Assess Stage: AIS evaluates the final product/solution and testing methods. If necessary revisions or upgrades for further refinement are made then proceed to final production

Electrical Design Capabilities

Innovating Electrical Designs while Meeting the Necessary Specifications and Standards

Electrical Design CapabilitiesAIS has an extensive set of tools for electrical circuit design, simulation, and testing. Offering a wide range of electrical design and engineering capabilities, AIS provides custom integrated electronics system design and development, including evaluation and analysis to several standards.  Some of the key standards that AIS’s designs meet include: automotive, military, marine, ISO, UL, CE, MIL, and/or customer specific applications.  The combination of talented and highly trained design engineers and state of the art equipment and tools, allows AIS to deliver a design optimized for functionality and manufacturability.

  • Electronic Circuit Design: Analog circuits, digital circuits, mixed-signal circuits
  • Printed Circuit Board Design: Single-sided, double-sided, and multi-layer boards
  • Embedded Logic and Signal Processing Board Design: RISC microprocessors or controllers, ARMs, DSPs, and FPGAs
  • Industrial Embedded Board Solutions: Single board computers, computer on modules & extension single board computers with integrated high-performance embedded processors. Some of the microcontroller/processors manufacturers used by AIS are: Intel, AMD, TI, Freescale, and Samsung
  • Electronic Circuit Simulation and Analysis: Analog or digital electronic circuit simulators, and mixed-signal electronic circuit simulators

Software Design Capabilities

Embedded Software Solutions from Conceptualization through Implementation

Software Design CapabilitiesThere are many aspects to consider in the design of an embedded software solution. The importance of each aspect should reflect the goals the software is designed to achieve.  With this in mind, AIS offers complete software design, coding, testing, and documentation services using a software development process in a controlled environment.

System drivers and BIOS, operating systems, embedded firmware and real time operating systems, application programming interface and boot loader software designThe AIS software design team has worked on developing a variety software products for diverse categories, applications and market uses with visualization, control and monitoring equipment. From complex, military qualified, real time software design, to easy-to-use graphical user interfaces, AIS is your total embedded product software solution.

  • System Drivers: BSP for a variety of hardware boards, including development/porting of the device drivers for various peripherals such as serial and Ethernet communication, graphics display, touch screen and Keyboard controller, PCI/USB/ATA bus-architectures, audio and video drivers, etc.
  • System BIOS: BIOS flash is a tool that allows customers to update and backup the BIOS on AIS hardware platforms
  • Operating System: Windows Embedded 8/7/XP/CE , embedded Linux, and QNX embedded solutions are total BSP to help customers speed up their project development
  • Embedded Firmware: A wide range of embedded firmware solutions, no-OS environment, straight code-to-hardware, hardware architectures: 8-bit, custom (optimized) 32bit processors
  • Real Time Operating System (RTOS): Real time Linux and Windows CE
  • Application Programming Interface: A set of routines, protocols, and tools to build software applications
  • Bootloader: A custom u-boot with specific configurations

A Thorough and Comprehensive Process for Embedded Software Lifecycle Management Success

HMI and Displays Embedded Software Lifecycle Management Embedded software is a key driver in the success of today’s industrial equipment and products. AIS embedded software solutions enable the innovation and flexibility customers require achieving success in increasingly competitive markets.  In light of this need, AIS’s approach to embedded software lifecycle management goes well beyond conventional thinking, techniques and tactics. They employ a comprehensive process to managing the entire lifecycle of an embedded software solution. The AIS lifecycle management process includes: project planning and scoping, architecture design, coding and integration, system design testing and debugging and support through entire life of the solution.

Mechanical Design Capabilities

Turning Complex Engineering Ideas into Mechanically Viable Products and Solutions

Pulling together the combined resources and expertise of AIS’s cross-discipline design team allows them to efficiently develop and execute mechanical designs that are right for the project.  Their flexibility enables them to adapt throughout the mechanical design process and deliver the proper solution for their customers.

Human Machine Interface Display Mechanical Design ProcessAIS selects or designs product enclosures to satisfy the customer’s unique application and environment. Fabrication techniques include machined, cast, metal, and molded. In addition, AIS always considers requirements for EMI, fluid sealing, thermal transfer, ease of assembly, and cost when designing a mechanical solution. Our mechanical and system design expertise includes:

  • Design-to-manufacturing methods
  • Detailed drawings and documentation
  • 3D CAM/CAM/CAE
  • PCB Design & Simulation Software
  • In-House Prototyping

IMAGE DESIGN CAPABILITIES

Optimal Viewing from Every Angle, No Matter the Environment or Condition

AIS integrated leading-edge TFT-LCD panels ensure superior performance and excellent color quality and imaging in a broad range of indoor and outdoor operating environments. From measuring instruments, automatic teller machines (ATMs), retail point of sale terminals (POS), to factory automation equipment (FA) and touch screen kiosk, AIS integrated TFT-LCD panels have all the earmarks of superior performing panels and monitors. AIS TFT-LCDs deliver:

  • High Reliability: AIS integrated LCD panels feature wide operating temperature range, forward compatibility, RoHS compliance, low EMI technology & long life lamp.
  • Optimal Visibility: With excellent display characteristics even when viewed from extreme angles, AIS integrated LCD panels also offer ideal visibility and viewing in less than optimum conditions
  • Outdoor Use Technology: Low reflection, high brightness and Transflective LCD modules and other features ensure AIS integrated LCD panels are ideal for continuous outdoor use.

Brilliant Color Conversion and Reproducing True-to-Life Images

Leveraging the very latest in color optimization and image reproduction technologies, meeting industry design standards and offering the ideal product mix for industrial and critical military applications, AIS high reliability imaging and vision processing devices support all your specific requirements. With a typical display the reproduction of images is visibly different from the original source because of display device characteristics and design. AIS integrated LCD panels with original Natural Color Matrix optimization technology separates color data and luminance components, while controlling individual display colors (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow) for optimized performance. Natural Color Matrix optimization delivers balanced color conversion without the loss of panel color properties to ensure color quality is extremely close to the original image. 

AIS is fully dedicated to continuously monitor product line improvements and embraces the latest technologies in designing and manufacturing LCD displays that achieve realistic and true-to-life image reproduction. In line with these goals, AIS performs many base line tests to guarantee the best monitor performance, viewing and image quality achieved.

Monitoring Testing

Human Machine Interface HMI Display Calibration Test Image• Dark Black Level
• Perfect Pixel Tracking/Phase
• High Video Bandwidth Index
• Smooth Grey Scale with 256 Intensity
• Accurate Gamma
• RGB High Frequency Balance
• Wide Viewing Angle
• High Quality Scaling
• Few Motion Artifacts
• Screen Uniformity
• High Peak Brightness
• No White Saturation
• High Contrast
• No Bad Pixels
• No Ringing and Overshoot
• Weak Reflections
• Weak Streaking
• White-Point Color Temperature, 
• Brightness and Contrast Controls

VIDEO & VISION DESIGN CAPABILITIES

Visualizing Advanced Embedded Video & Vision Solutions

Visualizing Advanced Embedded Video and Vision System, In-Cab Multifunction Display SystemsEmbedded video and vision has emerged as one of the fast growing technologies for industrial and commercial applications.  Its powerful functionality and advanced visual capabilities has completely changed the user interaction experience in a variety of applications in industrial, automotive, military and aerospace.  AIS TFT LCD modules are designed for high reliability, optimal visibility, and enhanced view-ability.  They add powerful imaging, video and vision processing capabilities to industrial embedded system applications. With expert integration experience and knowledge, AIS’s market-leading TFT LCD modules, applications processors and system-on-chip solutions offer the perfect combination of programmability, performance and power for both mobile devices and industrial systems. Moreover, AIS’s video and vision design capabilities help their customers realize success in the embedded vision market for areas such as automotive vision systems, industrial machine vision and more. Some key application opportunities include:

Video & Vision Applications Overview

  • Machine Vision: Machine vision refers to applications where operational guidance is provided to equipment for the execution of functions based on the capture and processing of images. Providing the "sight" or "vision" to the equipment greatly enhances its capabilities, resulting in improved product quality, increased productivity and decreased costs.
  • Driver Assistance Systems: With keen focus on improving safetyautomotive vision control systems process digital information from sources digital cameras or other sensors to perform tasks such as lane departure warning, drowsiness sensors, or parking assistance. The processed information can be displayed on screens or announced via acoustical warning signals.
  • Radar/Electronic Warfare: Integrated GPS guidance, image processing for target recognition, and real-time flight path guidance computations are all enabled by high performance processors. AIS integrated multicore processors meet the demanding requirements of mission critical functions in a variety of military and aerospace applications.

SYSTEM DESIGN CAPABILITIES

Taking Industrial Design Ideas into Sophisticated, High Performance Industrial Embedded Systems

Industrial embedded systems, ranging from operator interface terminals and mobile devices to process control equipment, become increasingly sophisticated and run on an ever diverse set of hardware and software platforms. This presents increasingly complex issues and requirements for manufacturers to continually create new applications and maintain existing ones.  

Intelligent Embedded Video and Vision Systems Engineering and ServicesRecognizing these challenges for their customers, AIS provides complete engineering solutions and services to help them create winning embedded industrial solutions. This comprises hardware and software services to create complete industrial systems, including integration of microcontrollers and processors, LCD displays, touch screen interfaces, video and audio subsystems, connectivity stacks and device layer integration and optimizations. Based on open architectures platforms such as Texas® Instruments (TI) ARM, Freescale™ Semiconductor, Inc. i.MX 6 and Intel® Atom microcontrollers and processors, AIS Embedded Systems designs offer the ultimate in flexibility and migration.

Many years of embedded hardware and software design has afforded us a unique understanding and insight optimizing solutions for our customers. Our software integration strengthens the performance of the hardware and reaps maximum processing power.  Regardless of specification and/or system requirements, AIS has the total in-house resources, industry knowledge and expertise to design specific hardware and software that is cost-effective, reliable, efficient and superior in performance.

System Design Capabilities Overview:

  • Complete in-house embedded system design capabilities for operator interfaces, mobile devices and control equipment
  • Help customers address current requirements and stay ahead of new ones
  • Delivering synergistic, integrated embedded hardware and software solutions
  • Open architecture platform system design for the ultimate in flexibility
  • Total in-house design resources and expertise for cost-effective and powerful solutions

Environmental Design Capabilities

Designing for Reliable Performance in Extreme Environments and Conditions

In some applications equipment failure is not an option.  Designing and building visualization, control and monitoring equipment that can withstand and perform reliably in extreme environments and conditions is something AIS has amassed extensive experience in.  AIS designs, tests, and qualifies products that are exposed to severe environmental and EMI conditions in military, automotive, and industrial applications.  Testing is conducted using in-house resources or their network of independent testing labs.  As standard operating procedure, AIS routinely tests its designs for compliance to severe military (UL Class/Division, MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-461, and MIL-STD-1275), various SAE automotive and UL/CSA/CE/TUV/ATEX /DNV safety requirements or customer specifications.

  • Military Standard MIL-STD-810: Tested to the MIL-STD-810 standard methodology for a range of extreme conditions including drops, shock, vibration, humidity, altitude, rain, dust and sand-resistance, temperature extremes and thermal shock
  • Military Standard MIL-STD-461: Tested to the MIL-STD-461 standard methodology for EMI and EMC
  • Maritime Environment Standard: Tested to the DNV standard methodology for a range of extreme conditions including temperature, humidity, vibration, EMC compatibility and enclosures
  • ANSI/ISA-12.12.01-2013: Nonincendive electrical equipment for use in class I and II, division 2 and class III, divisions 1 and 2 hazardous (classified) locations
  • ATEX 95 Equipment Directive 94/9/EC: Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres
  • IEC 60079: Standard and general requirements for explosive atmospheres equipment
  • EN 50155: Railway applications - EN standard for electronic equipment used on rolling stock
  • EN 60721-3-2 : Railway applications - EN standard for classification of environmental conditions
  • EN 1672-2 Hygiene: This standard specifies common hygiene requirements processing machines for machinery used in preparing and processing food for humans, and where relevant, animal consumption to eliminate or minimize the risk of contagion, infection, illness or injury arising from this food
  • Highly Accelerated Life Test (HALT): AIS engineers using HALT stress testing methodology to accelerate product reliability testing during the engineering development process; cold step/hot step/rapid temperature cycling/stepped vibration (random)/combined environment stress (temperature cycling and random vibration plus power switching and power margining)

FUNCTIONAL SAFETY SYSTEM DESIGN CAPABILITIES

Functional Safety Standards For Road Vehicle, Railway Applications, Tractors And Machinery, Earth-Moving MachinerySystems comprised of electrical and/or electronic elements had been used for many years to perform safety functions in most application sectors. Functional safety is an integral part of the overall safety of AIS embedded system and HMI display, including the safe management of likely hardware failures and environmental changes. AIS computer-based systems and displays are being used in all application sectors to perform safety functions.

AIS functional safety design engineering is fundamental to enabling complex technology used for safety-related systems. It provides the assurance that safety-related systems will offer the necessary risk reduction required to achieve safety for the equipment.

Machinery Safety Legislation

  • European Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC
  • ISO EN 14121: Safety of machinery -- Principles of risk assessment
  • ISO EN 12100: Safety of machinery - Basic concepts, general principles for design
  • EN 60204: Safety of machinery - Electrical equipment of machines -- General requirements
  • EN 13850: Safety of machinery - Emergency stop -- Principles for design

AIS Functional Safety Standards

  • ISO EN DIN 13849: Safety of machinery -- Safety-related parts of control systems
  • IEC EN 61508: Functional safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety -- Related Systems (E/E/PE, or E/E/PES)
  • IEC EN 62061: Functional safety of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic control systems
  • IEC EN 61511: Functional safety -- Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector
  • ISO 26262: Road vehicles -- Functional safety
  • EN 50126/IEC 62278: Railway applications -- The specification and demonstration of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) -- Basic requirements and generic process
  • EN 50128: Railway applications - Communication, signalling and processing systems -- Software for railway control and protection systems
  • EN 50129: Railway applications -- Communication, signalling and processing systems -- Safety related electronic systems for signalling
  • ISO 25119: Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry -- Safety-related parts of control systems
  • ISO 15998: Earth-moving machinery -- Machine-control systems (MCS) using electronic components -- Performance criteria and tests for functional safety

Quality Management Capabilities

Integrated Quality Measures & Analysis for the Lowest Possible Final Costs & Waste

ISO 9001 ISO TS16949 APQP FMEA PV&V Gage R&R SPC CAR PLMQuality leadership is something AIS strives for on a daily basis. AIS implements the latest quality control practices and techniques to meet the demands of international regulations and standards.  Stringent and comprehensive quality control measures every step of the way assures total customer satisfaction from beginning to end.  From quality policies and planning, to product lifecycle management and document control, AIS quality initiatives will result in a product that meets or exceeds even the most demanding standards, specifications and customer expectations. AIS quality programs include a complete list and menu of services and capabilities.

  • Quality Policy, System And Manual: AIS operates quality management systems which comply with specific requirements of ISO 9001:2008 for manufacture and distribution of industrial grade displays and panel PCs
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP): The AIS APQP quality system is a structured method of defining and establishing the necessary steps to ensure that a product satisfies the customer. This system provides complete tracking of all the information required for process documentation, and features direct links to FMEAs, control plans, inventory items, and customer information.
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA): AIS reliability, safety and quality engineers implement FMEA as a design tool used to systematically analyze postulated component failures and identify the resultant effects on system operations including functional design, and processing FMEA.
  • Statistical Process Control (SPC): AIS SPC quality system enables real-time tracking of product and process quality to facilitate continuous improvement efforts.
  • Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility (R&R): The gage R&R feature in AIS quality system provides the user with the necessary tools to conduct measurement system analysis to assess the accuracy of gages and operators in measuring parameters.
  • Product Verification and Validation (PV&V): The AIS PV&V quality system ensures that a product, service, or system meets the needs of the customer. The PV&V system evaluates whether or not a product, service, or system complies with a regulation, requirement, specification, or an imposed condition.
  • Corrective Action Request (CAR/CAPA): The CAR quality system enables AIS to document, manage, schedule, assign, and track their corrective action activities and provide instant communication to dependent departments such as customer service.
  • Engineering Change Order (ECO): The AIS ECO quality system provides a centralized location to control item revisions, bill of material changes, and more. E-mail notifications are sent through a web-based approval process to the individuals responsible for each step, requiring review and/or approval, and facilitating the exchange of ideas.
  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM): The AIS PLM quality system provides a complete audit trail of a product's lifecycle from the design and quoting process through manufacture and maintenance, to the end of life of the product.
  • Document Control: The AIS document control quality system manages workflow and external documents, providing complete control and visibility over the entire life cycle of documents.
  • Cost of Quality: The AIS cost of quality system helps drive tighter cost control by allowing the quality management team to identify and eliminate poor quality and high production costs in areas such as rejects, unscheduled machine downtime, and returns or reworking.

Supply Chain Management Capabilities

Efficiently Managing the Flow of Goods & Materials for Timely Delivery of Solutions

Supply Chain Management Capabilities, Product Development, Sourcing, Production, And LogisticsSupply chain management is the systematic, strategic coordination of functions and tactics for the purpose of improving long-term performance of the individual companies and the supply chain as a whole. AIS supply chain activities cover everything from product development, sourcing, production, and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.

Managing the flow of raw materials in its supply chain network with expert precision, AIS is committed to meeting the on-going delivery needs and sustainability requirements of their customers. Moreover, their ability to move products and information to, from and between members of its supply chain is critical to achieving total customer satisfaction. The AIS supply chain provides framework for the businesses and their support to jointly deliver goods, services, and information efficiently, effectively and relevantly to customers. AIS provides the business processes and strategic solutions to its clients to achieve integrated, superior logistical management.

Product Lifecycle Management Capabilities

From Beginning to End, Total Product Lifecycle Management with an Improved Bottom Line

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) CapabilitiesProduct lifecycle management presents complex engineering challenges and considerations for companies when developing new products. AIS’s considerable PLM experience and capabilities allows them to easily comprehend the issues and see through all the pitfalls of product development.  Managing the entire lifecycle of products from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products, AIS demonstrates their value-add as a true partner and resource for their customers. In reliability engineering, AIS has the knowledge, tools and equipment to help customers along the widely known product “bathtub” curve of life from a products’ infancy, through useful life and onto final wear out. This valuable reliability engineering expertise and practice greatly enhances product reliability, significant cost savings and bottom line results.

  • New Product Design
  • Reliability Prediction Analysis
  • FMEA
  • Prototypes
  • Functional Test Development
  • Environmental Stress Testing
  • Compliance and Sample Testing for Reliability
  • Production/Ship
  • Field Failure Analysis
  • On-going Cost Reduction
  • EOL Management