Windows Embedded Partner Innovations Showcased at SPS/IPC/Drives 2010

Nuremberg, Germany – Dec. 3, 2010 – Europe’s largest industrial automation show, SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010, took place last week in Nuremberg, Germany. The show attracted 1,323 exhibitors from across 32 countries and an estimated 52,000 people visited the exhibition to learn about the latest innovations, opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

Windows Embedded Partners showcase some of their latest innovations at SPS/IPC/Drives 2010 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Some of the most innovative products and solutions in the areas of control technology, industrial communication, sensor technology and industrial software were on display. Microsoft, alongside key partners Siemens, Beckhoff, Sitek, IntervalZero and Online Development, demonstrated how Windows Embedded platforms and technologies are helping the industry thrive in the current economic environment and navigate the pressure of increasing customer demands.

Beckhoff, a Windows Embedded Gold Partner, demonstrated the recently updated version of automated robot, which is helping drive increased efficiencies and productivity gains for manufacturers. The robot is built on the latest Windows Embedded technologies including Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Microsoft Silverlight, and is controllable by a panel PC running Windows Embedded Compact 7. It provides manufacturers with the versatility and support they need to be able to deliver cost-efficient industrial solutions, enabling them to focus on delivering more choice and value to their customers.

Sitek, an industry specialist and leader in communications between humans and machines, demonstrated its new HMI eTOP504, a 4.3-inch widescreen panel ideal for applications where cost and size are of key importance in making operational decisions. The HMI eTOP504 is built on Windows Embedded Compact 7, providing manufacturers with the ability to quickly and easily connect to and manage a wide variety of industrial devices.

IntervalZero demonstrated its symmetric-multiprocessing-enabled real-time software, which provides developers with a real-time subsystem capable of supporting more than 900 processes and real-time responses. Interval RTX software coupled with Windows Embedded Standard 7 is an essential component in soft-control architectures. This relationship is driving innovation in the industrial automation, digital media, medical systems, and test and measurement markets.

Online Development also showcased its newest eATM tManager product designs running with Windows Embedded Standard 7 on an Atom processor to demonstrate high performance with low power consumption. The eATM tManager products make it easy to transfer data between PLC and PAC control systems and enterprise and plant applications, such as Microsoft SQL Server databases, enabling manufacturers to reduce costs and improve productivity.

Microsoft, Siemens and Intel also demonstrated the latest evolution of the Innovative Production Line (IPL) proof of concept built on the Windows Embedded platform. The IPL illustrated to visitors how manufacturers can seamlessly connect the plant floor to the IT datacenter. It showed how Windows Azure coupled with the latest technologies from Windows Embedded enables constant optimization of production processes, reduces delays and increases overall factory productivity by supporting the analysis and execution of real-time factory floor data from enterprise applications.

This was a very successful show that gave the industry the opportunity to experience how technology is helping make manufacturing processes more sophisticated and responsive. The Windows Embedded team is looking forward to seeing what developments will be on display next year.

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