Advantech: Server-grade IPC for Medical Imaging Equipment -Decreased Scan Times Reduce Medical Hazards

Reduction of medical scan times is crucial due to the great amount of radiation one is exposed to, and integrated, low-dose medical equipment is the key.

The vendor was looking for a dual-processor motherboard with large memory capacity that could support multiple GPU cards so that the machines could generate images rapidly and reduce scanning time. It was not easy, however, to find such high-grade industrial PC platforms.

Advantech provided an ASMB-310IRIntel® 5500/5560 dual-processor server board featuring six ECC registered DIMMs up to 48GB capacity, two PCIe x16 double-deck GPU expansion cards to enhance graphic performance, redundant design, and remote management functionality to enable easy maintenance. Due to its ideal component placement, additional full-length medical proprietary cards could be used without problem. Redundant design for hot-swap HDDs, power supply units (PSUs), and cooling fans also boosted ASMB-310IR system reliability beyond the specified project requirements.

ASMB-310IR integrates well with the customer’s equipment, providing high product reliability, backed by Advantech’s co-validation service support. The system also supports huge storage capacity: up to 16TB when configured with an Advantech server-grade chassis – HPC-7480 with its eight SAS/SATA hot-swap hard drive cages.

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Advantech: Weighing and Packaging Machine

Automatic system includes HMI, drives, servo motors, PC based controller, motion slave modules, and digital I/O.

Automatic and highly accurate weighing & packaging machines are critical for many sectors, like pharmaceutical, medicine, food & beverage, jewelry, gold, silver, and more. After the weighing process, a conveyor system will transport the material to the packaging system. In recent years, these automatic weighing & packing devices have started to include intelligent features such as flexible orders and more detailed production systems. One client of Advantech’s was looking to upgrade their weighing and packaging machinery with a powerful PAC to achieve high-precision driving with high-end capabilities.

System Requirements

In the past this customer had been using a PLC with a touchscreen, which was causing them a lot of problems, such as difficulty in integrating 3rd party weighing scales via communication interface, difficulty in PLC motion control and interlock control functions, and running out of memory for control and production parameters. They were looking for a powerful new PAC to realize easy expansion capabilities with simple secondary development to achieve high-precision driving with advanced features. Advantech’s APAX-6571XPE and AMAX-2000 series were the ideal solution to integrate motion, networking & information processing functionality.

This system uses Advantech’s APAX-6571XPE controller and realizes complicated processing by integrating high-precision motors and high-power variable frequency drives. Combining digital input and output achieves integration and optimization of incorporated control. Through the built-in AMONet port, AMAX-2242/J2S and AMAX-2756SY can be managed by APAX-6571XPE. AMAX-2242/J2S controls 4 Mitsubishi motors revolving the conveyor belt. AMAX-2756SY receives digital sensor signals and generates output signals to control LED indicator, buzzer, switches and buttons. To get the weight information of the object, ADAM-4117 is connected through RS-485 to measure the analog signal from the weighing-scale. FPM-3120G and its resistive touchscreen functionality complete the system with flexible HMI. AMONet has been implemented to ensure time-deterministic control with 1 ms time interval. APAX system provides C and .NET API for high-performance motion and DI/O control. Furthermore, Microsoft embedded systems allows conversion and storage between the HMI and database to be easily realized, while production data can be transmitted to the back database via Ethernet.

This application focuses on high accuracy measurement and motion control. By connecting APAX-6571XPE with ADAM-4000 and AMONet motion modules, the system integration effort has been greatly shortened, improving both reliability and accuracy. By integrating a high-precision motor and high-speed data acquisition modules, the overall system cost has been greatly reduced as well, reducing the overall wiring & cabling cost. With the help of high speed computing, mass storage and versatile communication interfaces, the system now meets the requirements of rapid communication with high-precision weighing and quick data acquisition.

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Advantech: Enhancing Productivity at the Hospitalier de Luxembourg

Advantech’s POC-S196/S176 Slim Point-of-Care Terminals provided good performance-cost ratio with needed I/O connections. Saves space and increases productivity.

The Hospitalier de Luxembourg, opened in 1976, is one of the largest hospitals in Luxembourg. It employs about 2000 medical professionals, admitting and caring for about 25,000 patients a year and seeing around 400,000 patients on an outpatient basis. Services of the Hospitalier de Luxemboug include hospital, diagnosis, care, treatment, research, and education. Administrative overhead at a facility of this size is significant. Management personnel are constantly trying to operate more efficiently and speed up clinical processes.

Solution

After careful consideration, the Hospitalier de Luxembourg chose Advantech’s POC-S196/S176 Slim Point-of-Care Terminals, with LCD panels capable of displaying high contrast images in 16.7 million colors. Advantech slim point-of-care terminals are available in 17” and 19” models, and are very easy to integrate into an existing ICU environment. The touchscreen provides a friendly and easy-to-use interface for medical personnel, and the all-in-one design offers a perfect solution for areas with limited space. The hospital divided the project into four phases with a plan to install wall-mounted 19” POC systems in the ICU, and 17” units elsewhere,either wall-mounted, or on anesthesia devices or mobile carts. The primary deciding factors for the hospital were an outstanding cost/performance ratio, and the inclusion of a variety of I/O connectors as standard features.

Advantech’s POC-S196 Point-of-Care Terminal has a slim 19” TFT LCD display and Intel® Core™ Duo processor. With an IPX1 rating, it is designed to resist spills and water damage, and the sealed, IP65-certified front panel is dust tight. The POC-S196 has a variety of I/O connectors: 1 x RS-232/422/485 (isolated, and set by jumper) serial port; 4 x USB ports; and 1 x DVI-I port. The system supports up to 4 GB SDRAM and has a wireless option. The quiet, fanless design is perfect in the quiet environment of the hospital, as well as making it suitable for audio measurement applications. Additionally, the POC-S196 meets UL60601/EN60601regulations.

  • Improved efficiency
  • Easy monitoring and access to patient information
  • Enhanced medical quality and easy for staff to use
  • Space saving
  • Fanless
  • Isolated design reduces electrical leakage
  • Easy to integrate within existing hospital
  • Best cost/performance ratio on the market

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Advantech: Automatic Guided Vehicle

An automated guided vehicle (AGV) is a mobile robot that follows markers or wires in the floor, or uses vision or lasers. They are most often used in industrial applications to move materials around a manufacturing facility. One of our customers was looking to build an AGV for use in their warehouse that could integrate sound, light, and computer technologies which could be programmed to communicate with other robots to ensure products are moved as intended throughout the warehouse, whether to be stored for future use or sent directly to shipping areas.

System Requirements
Automated Guided Vehicles can be used in a wide variety of applications to transport many different types of material including pallets, rolls, racks, carts, and containers. AGVs excel in applications with the following characteristics; repetitive movement of materials over a distance, regular delivery of stable loads, medium throughput/volume, when on-time delivery is critical and late deliveries are causing inefficiency, operations with at least two shifts, or processes where tracking material is important. The customer had the following requirements when looking for products to help build their AGV:

  • An industrial computer platform with good anti-jamming ability
  • Easy for I/O expansion
  • Signals (such as offset and speed) acquisition and motor monitoring
  • Long time and failure-free operation

AGVs employ a lot of technology to ensure they do not hit one another and make sure they get to their destination. Loading and transportation of materials from one area to another is the main task of the AGV.  Central logging stores all the data and history from these vehicles which can be printed out for technical support or logged to check for up time. This solution consists of an industrial computer platform for connecting the monitor, keyboard and I/O expansions to read data of speed sensors and offset sensors as well as monitor the motor of the vehicle.

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Advantech: Remote Monitoring System in Wind Power Generation

The Advantech UNO-2170 was used as a rugged remote monitoring system, interfaced with several different vendor products to provide feedback to the Energy Management center through Ethernet.

Wind power generation systems are always installed in very harsh environments with extreme temperatures (for example, offshore environments might be below -10°C), with an abundance of dust and vibration. Under these circumstances, applying an IPC with a fan as the host platform will result in reliability problems and system crashes. One of our customers aimed to design a reliable power generation monitoring system, and they were looking for a compact platform that could be easily installed to replace their traditional IPC system.

The wind power generation monitoring system is a dedicated application based on Windows 2000/XP. It needed a high performance platform rather than a general platform for Windows CE. Equipped with an Intel Celeron M 600 MHz or Celeron M 1.0 GHz CPU and Onboard 512 KB battery-backup SRAM, UNO-2170 is a powerful model that provides Windows CE 5.0 & 6.0, Windows XP Embedded, and Linux ready solutions.

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Sun Tracking System for Solar Energy

Based on its very nature, solar energy isn’t available 24 hours a day. Making the most of our suns energy requires highly efficient solar cells and advanced sun tracking systems. Sun tracking allows the solar cells to face the strongest sunlight while it is available, so they need to be able to detect the strength of sunlight in different directions to determine the best location for the strongest sunlight. The solar plates must be constantly adjusted to the correct angle and direction by the sun tracker system, which requires a multi-axis motion control system.

Challenge
Because sun tracker systems are installed in outdoor areas in direct sunlight, the devices in the system needed to be able to withstand harsh environments and have wide operating temperatures. This particular system also required a robust DAQ module to measure voltage from different transmitters and a reliable controller with precise stepping control.

Application Solution
System Description: The ADAM-4117 measures the input voltage signal from the sunlight transmitters to detect the direction of the strongest sunlight then informing the result to PEC-3240. PEC-3240 controls the stepper motors of the sun tracker system. If the different strength of the sunlight is detected between two transmitters, the PEC-3240 will calculate the sunlight strength difference to adjust the stepper motors to find the optimal position of the solar cell module. If there is no difference of the sunlight strength between two transmitters, it means the solar cell module is in the optimal direction of sunlight. The system can keep track of the relative data to adjust the stepper motors to control the angle and position of the solar cell module for getting the best performance.

After implementing the PEC-3240 as the control mechanism for this application, the sun tracker system has operated efficiently and reliably without any breakdowns or downtime. This positioning system outlines the inherent strength and benefits of the PEC-3240, which is suitable for many similar motion control applications. Not only can this Embedded Motion Controller simplify existing system architectures to save costs, but its rugged design provides a very reliable solution. Combined with the Advantech ADAM Remote I/O module, the PEC-3240 offers more flexibility for different system requirements.

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Solar Thermoelectric Control System

The Sun is a huge source of abundant power, sending nearly 10,550 EJ of energy to the Earth every day. This is more energy in one hour than all the combined cities of the world use in one year. To try and harness this magnificent power, many countries have been investing in solar technologies for over 30 years. Today’s solar thermoelectric systems include reflectors, mirrors, heat insulating absorbers and advanced motion control technology. Advantech’s own Industrial Wireless Ethernet products are a perfect fit for many such applications due to their great performance, reliability and ruggedness.

Wireless communications are an excellent complement to industrial wired solutions for many applications. In a typical solar thermoelectric control system, a combination of wired and wireless communications can effectively solve problems related to data transmission and field application issues. Two connection modes are supported; Infrastructure and Ad-hoc. When in Ad-hoc mode, the wireless network card does not require a huge network structure and a high-speed, simple network can be built without a lot of end-user effort. In this solar thermoelectric control system, the client required a wireless network with the following requirements: – Industrial grade equipment with high electromagnetic compatibility – Fanless products to operate in extreme environments with high temperatures and humidity – Long MTBF – Easy network management.

WLAN Access Points (AP) are very similar to an Ethernet switch. On one hand, each AP communicates with regular nodes (Clients) regardless if they are fixed nodes or mobile nodes. On the other hand, APs can connect directly to each other through a cable or an independent wireless network, thus realizing communications without the limitations of a wireless network. This solution adopted Advantech’s Wireless AP EKI-6311G and Wireless EKI-1351 Serial Device Server. 100 PLCs have been deployed in the field, and each PLC adopted Wireless mode to transmit information to the host computer. Moreover, these PLCs are far away from the central control room. Therefore, Advantech recommended to the ratio of 1 Wireless AP for every 10 PLCs to guarantee reliable wireless network transmissions. The Wireless APs apply WDS (Wireless Distribution System) technology allowing them to be bridged flexibly, making it easy to transmit data to all of the 100 PLCs through 100 EKI-1351’s and then upload all relevant information to the central control room.

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Advantech: State-of-the-Art Bedside Infotainment Terminals Set Hospital Apart from Competition

In pursuit of high-tech, efficient services well attuned to patients’ and doctors’ needs, the hospital turned to Advantech for a solution to meet their objectives.

Sanatorium & Hospital constantly strives to find a better way to improve its services to patients and make their stays more pleasant. Advantech’s Patient Infotainment Terminal (PIT) was selected to provide a means to enhance medical treatment, minimize errors, positively identify medical staff and their patients, and have access to information. From sales, to selection of a software solutions partner, to installation and deployment by GE Healthcare, the systems integrator, Advantech assisted in the delivery of an all-encompassing system solution. During the Phase III construction, Advantech’s PIT terminal was integrated into every in-patient area, creating a high-tech and modern infrastructure to support advanced medical services in a patient-friendly environment. Over 450 systems have already been installed at the hospital, offering a wide variety of TV channels, broadband internet access, medical-related videos and hospital information to deluxe private suites, deluxe private rooms, private rooms, semi-private single rooms, the general ward and the pediatric ward. The same system will be installed in the ICU at a later date. VOIP phone is available in most areas except for the general ward. With the PIT’s SIM card reader being an effective identification tool, the hospital hopes that the systems act as the springboardfor a future of extensively computerized access to information and patient records.

Advantech Patient Infotainment Terminal (PIT) is an Intel-based 17”, fanless touchscreen PC. It is mounted next to a patient’s bedside using 75/100mm VESA standard mounting holes. PIT products have an IP65-certified, rubber-sealed front panel, an IPX1 drip-proof rating, and carry UL60601-1/EN60601-1 medical certifications.PIT products feature a 5-wire resistive touchscreen panel (30 million touches), smart card reader and microphone. The smart card reader can identify hospital personnel. High-resolution displays enable the viewing of X-ray images and other information right at the patient’s bedside. PIT products are internet-ready with the capacity of delivering a wide variety of health-related information (in the form of health-related articles and high-quality videos), multimedia entertainment and communication options to patients, as well as bettering medical services. During the newphase renovation, hospital planners installed the PIT system with a full set of accessories, including a handset, remote control, earphone and keyboard.

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Advantech: Patient Infotainment Terminals Bring Benefits to Hospitals

The administration wanted a hospital that was fully patient-centric. Their vision was to have “secure information available to the right person at the right time”.

In 2002, the St. Olav Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, was beginning to show its age. A decision was made to design a new hospital on the existing site from the ground up, over a ten year period. The administration wanted a hospital that was fully patient-centric. Their vision was to have “secure information available to the right person at the right time”.”

A terminal next to every bed”, was one of the defined requirements from the St. Olav and New Ahus hospitals. Advantech and Imatis collaboratively developed the bedside terminals, using Advantech’s Patient Infotainment Terminal, a fanless Intel Celeron® M 1.06 GHzprocessor-based system, with customized software applications by Imatis.

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Enhancing Data Accuracy and Efficiency in the Blood Lab at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

Errors can occur if mistakes are made when matching blood samples to patients.

In the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH), phlebotomy technicians in the blood lab check labels on blood samples with that of patient data from patient health insurance cards. According to Chi-Rey Lin, Supervisor of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, about 13,000 to 14,000 people per month have their blood drawn in the hospital’s lab. On weekends, the hospital sees more than 500 patients per day. Errors can occur if mistakes are made when matching blood samples to patients. To reduce human error and improve service quality, CGMH installed Advantech Patient Infotainment Terminals (PIT-1501W) to assist with patient identification. PIT-1501W units are installed on the countertops in the blood lab. Thanks to the unit’s slim size, all-in-one computing design, and medical-grade features, the PIT-1501W is good fit for the space constraints of the counter area. With an anti-bacterial enclosure and a water-proof front panel, PIT-1501W is easy to clean. Designed for reliability, longevity, and backed by a superior warranty, the patient infotainment terminal is better for healthcare applications than a consumer grade, all-in-one personal computer.

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