Industry is entering a new era where the systems developed during Industry 3.0 (which became smarter through the use of computers and automation) are being connected to each other, leading to even greater efficiency and productivity. This concept, called Industry 4.0, relies on several design principles to further this goal. How can Sivers IMA radar sensors fit into this approach?
The first design principle in Industry 4.0 is the one of interoperability, meaning that the machines and their sensors can communicate amongst themselves and their human users using the internet. Moving to a universal communication medium will allow for more responsive and intelligent manufacturing systems to be created, spanning global distances, by using the same ubiquitous network. Sivers IMA radar sensors are well prepared for this requirement as the MCU supports IP communication across a variety of physical layers, allowing the customer to select interfaces such as Ethernet or WiFi via internal hardware or addon cards.
Transparency in information refers to the design principle of creating a virtual copy of the physical system being controlled via sensor data; taking the basic low level raw signals generated and aggregating them into a more valuable and contextual whole. The extensibility and flexibility of the Sivers IMA radar platform allows users to easily and quickly generate this raw data. This could be the analog signal from the radar front end for use in a machine learning algorithm. Or it could be information about a target that has already been identified, classified and tagged by the onboard MCU and signal processing. The important feature is that the customer can select whatever level is most appropriate to the application.
The third design principle of Industry 4.0 concerns itself with the concept of “technical assistance”, or using sensors and systems to support humans in two ways – in decision making by aggregating and visualizing data, and in physically supporting humans in tasks. Radar can perform a vital role in this context, by providing a highly reliable and non-contact method of generating an understanding of an environment, especially in difficult or hazardous situations, by seeing through rain, fog, and dust. For example, the Sivers IMA RSE02401/00 radar sensor has been designed to detect humans at ranges up to 25 meters – ideal for safety applications where machines and robots are working in close proximity to people.
Decentralization of decisions is the final design principle of this new era of manufacturing, and specifically refers to the ability of industrial systems to make decisions autonomously, unless there are exceptions requiring higher order resolution. This level of trust in digital control will require sensors capable of delivering a clear situational picture to which radar is quite well suited, providing a solid state, non-contact technology for measuring presence, speed or distance.
Given these general design principles, this next phase of industrial evolution will require capable partners to industry for the development of a new generation of sensing technologies and thinking. Sivers IMA is an experienced provider of such know-how and products, and works with a variety of suppliers in providing innovative and cost-effective solutions. Infineon is one such company and has added Sivers IMA as one of their module partners for 24 GHz radar sensors in their pursuit of new applications and markets, including in Industry 4.0, for their transceiver chips. Sivers IMA is listed on the Infineon website as a provider of engineering, design, and manufacturing services for customers interested in using their RFIC products. The first product released by Sivers IMA using Infineon technology is the EVK02401/00. This evaluation kit uses a single TX/RX transceiver to create a highly flexible reference platform enabling the development of custom-tailored sensor solutions for Industry 4.0.
Here you can find more about our Sivers IMA radar technology: https://www.siversima.com/products/radar-sensors/
Here you can find out more about Infineon radar partners: https://www.infineon.com/cms/en/product/rf-wireless-control/mmwave-mmic-transceivers-24-86-ghz/24ghz-radar-industrial/#!partners
Product manager Radar Sivers IMA