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Partnerships Pioneering New Solutions in Maintenance, Energy, and Automation

Partnerships Pioneering New Solutions in Maintenance, Energy, and Automation

March 21, 2024
These 3 partnerships are pioneering a zero-trust remote access maintenance service, revolutionizing portable power stations, and redefining warehouse management.

Mitsubishi Electric, Dispel Expand Operational Technology Security Business

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has joined with Dispel LLC, a developer and distributor of secure remote access and operational management solutions, to expand its operational technology (OT) security business through marketing and technical development.

Based on the agreement, Mitsubishi Electric will integrate its factory automation (FA) equipment and OT security solutions with Dispel’s secure remote-access technology to provide a Zero Trust Remote Access Service that monitors, controls, and verifies remote-access operations involving equipment in manufacturing facilities.

Mitsubishi's goal is to accelerate digital manufacturing by using data throughout entire product lifecycles, from design and installation to operation and maintenance, strengthening the company’s circular digital engineering business.

“At Mitsubishi Electric, we are creating new value in OT security by combining our OT technology and expertise in manufacturing with information-system security technologies from leading security vendors,” said Kunihiko Kaga, Mitsubishi Electric’s Representative Executive Officer and Industry and Mobility Business Area Owner.

“Through our collaboration with Dispel, we expect to contribute to OT security and society as a whole by providing secure environments for remote maintenance.”

“What matters to industrial customers is uptime, availability, and crew safety,” said Mr. Ian Schmertzler, President of Dispel. “Cyber security should not be something they need to worry about, but the shifting regulatory and threat landscape has made it impossible to ignore. By providing a Zero Trust Access platform aligned with NIST 800-53 to their customer base, Mitsubishi Electric is making it possible for their clients to refocus on what matters.”

Infineon, Worksport Collaborate to Reduce Weight, Cost of Portable Power Stations With GaN

Worksport will use Infineon’s GaN power semiconductors GS-065-060-5-B-A in the converters for its portable power stations to increase efficiency and power density. 

Infineon’s GaN transistors will enable the power converters to be lighter and smaller in size with reduced costs. Infineon will also help Worksport optimize circuits and layout design to further reduce size and increase power density.

“Infineon’s high-quality standard and solid supply chain provide us with the best components to ensure power-dense converters for our COR system product line and contribute to a first-class end product performance,” said Worksport CEO Steven Rossi.

Worksport's COR battery system can be integrated into a pickup truck or recharged by any solar panel or wall outlet. By replacing the former silicon switch in the power converter with Infineon’s GaN power semiconductors and operating the transistors at higher switching frequencies, Worksport will be able to reduce the battery system weight by 33% and system costs by up to 25%.

GaN is proving itself as a game-changing technology across many markets and applications. For example, in data centers, GaN solutions have a global energy savings potential of 21 TWh annually, 10 million tons of CO2 equivalent. 

Infineon’s GS-065-060-5-B-A is an Automotive-grade 650V enhancement mode GaN-on-Silicon power transistor. It offers very low junction-to-case thermal resistance for high-power applications such as on-board chargers, industrial motor drives, and solar inverters. It features simple gate drive requirements (0 to 6V) and a transient tolerant gate drive (-20/10V).

Kardex and Addverb Partnership for Intralogistics Software

Kardex and Addverb, a global robotics and warehouse automation company based in India, are setting out to create an easily integrated and optimized storage process for companies of all sizes in all industries.

Addverb's WMS is based on a microservices architecture making it scalable and flexible for users. Its algorithms optimize resource and material handling to ensure better workflows and greater productivity. The cloud-based architecture guarantees global access and real-time data with the highest possible security standards.

"Thanks to the partnership with Addverb, we are able to offer our clients one of the most advanced warehouse management solutions for highly efficient storage. The combination of our technologies will set new standards in the integration of logistics systems" emphasizes Dr. Volker Jungbluth, Head of Corporate Technology at Kardex.

The partnership is a step forward in the advancement and innovation of warehouse management technologies. Both companies are convinced that their joint effort will contribute to boosting the efficiency and agility of companies worldwide.