Monthly Archives: February 2020

Mobile Internet Technologies

One important global innovation is the birth of the internet. Since then many people have relied on faster internet connectivity. From personal needs to financial transactions, everything now has the influence of the internet. On that note, the world must be grateful for the development of this kind of technology. It has made the lives of individuals easier and more accessible. Most importantly, it allows everything that people know will never happen.

Through the undying demand of people for technology to serve their needs, mobile phones were made with internet connection capacities. This was made possible because this compliments the lifestyle of a busy individual who relies on his/her phone and internet connection during day to day interactions.

The major benefit of mobile internet technology has been very much observed on how it affected the individual’s communication and transportation affairs.

In terms of communication, it proved that it can transcend through time and space. The existence of social networking sites like Facebook and twitter had made it convenient for people of different places to share information and interact through Facebook chat. With mobile internet, it doesn’t stop you from being visible all the time. Now that you can access these sites on your phones, you have the chance to give live updates to your friends, upload photos straight from your phone and give them live feedbacks anytime and anywhere.

Mobile internet helps make businessmen always on the go. With your internet connected phone, you can open your emails and check your accounts instantly. You don’t have to carry with you portable laptops because now, you can already do transactions in your phone. You don’t underestimate the power of your mobile phone. Aside from checking mails, you can also use it to check your other accounts like bank transactions. Know the latest news through live streaming; learn the latest fad through lifestyle sites. All that and more with just the power of your fingertips.

In terms of transportation, mobile internet keeps track of directions. When scheduled for a flight, you can use your phone to check the airline sites and avail of the cheapest promo and you can book them right away. There’s no need to go to the airport. All there is to do is use your phone. When driving to your next destination, you will never be lost when you access the internet and use Google maps. Even if you’re not familiar with the place, it can get you there in no time with no other device but your phone.

Smart Laser Marking Control Boards

You might have a fair share of smart devices or connected to the Internet such as smartphones, wireless scanners that send your images to the cloud, or fitness tracking devices. Your workplace may have industrial equipment that is connected to the “Industrial Internet of Things,” sending readings, performance reports, and alerts to managers and technicians. Some of these devices can even communicate with other devices, automating a number of tasks. Add a smart laser tagging control board to the list.

What are Smart Laser Marking Control Boards

Smart laser marking control boards are hardware devices that can connect to a network and communicate with other devices such as programmable logic controllers. These control boards look similar to traditional motherboards that are found in PCs. Also, the control boards make marking systems much smarter.

For example, an article in Industrial Lasers explained that it’s not unusual for manufacturers to have dedicated terminals used to control each piece of laser equipment (source: Industrial Lasers, Laser marking Joins the Industrial Internet of Things). With such an arrangement, any change to the laser-marking job has to be made at each dedicated terminal. This isn’t a simple matter of clicking a few buttons. The jobs need to be downloaded and initiated, which can become quite tedious and time-consuming.

If you’re thinking this is highly inefficient, you’re right. With smart laser marking control boards in place, just one programmable logic controller is used to control the entire network of connected and appropriately equipped laser devices.

This innovation is likely to change laser-marking, making it much more efficient moving forward. Just as you can print a document to a network printer, factory workers are able to send laser jobs to marking devices — all without having to individually configure each device’s workstation.

While the control boards make it possible to download, select, and send marking jobs to marking devices, there’s more to the story than hardware alone. Software, remote APIs, and Ethernet IP communications enable the exchange of information.

Advantages of Smart Laser Marking Control Boards

Though the technology is complex, the advantages are simple:

  • There’s no need for individual computers to manage each marking device. This simplifies marking dramatically, improves efficiencies, and reduces energy consumption and costs.
  • Each smart control board simply plugs into the network, becoming a part of the Industrial Internet of Things. These control boards replace the individual PCs, allowing your marking devices to be controlled remotely.
  • There’s less downtime associated with laser marking job changes. Let’s say you have ten marking devices handling your laser jobs and that it takes an average of 10 minutes to download and initiate a new job. When changing the job, you’d have to download the new job ten times on ten different computers as well as perform the same initiation steps on each computer. Using our hypothetical 10 minute time frame, that’s over an hour and a half of time spent. The more devices you have, the more time is lost.