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Using Arduino allows programming complex systems easily and intuitively. Even some schools adopt this cheap and functional open source platform as part of their curricula, and the number of codes developed for Arduino is proof of its success and acceptance worldwide. But what about the industry? Is it possible to combine the Arduino facilities with the necessary robustness for industrial equipment?
Efficiency and quality in the industry is being sought hard more and more every day. Industrial automation equipment increasingly contributes to this with new technologies and connected, smart and affordable devices. One of the smartest equipment in the industrial area however, the PLC - Programmable Logic Controller - which is currently a solution to many automation problems; instead of being intuitive and simple to use, it requires programming in LADDER language, which is a language that few people have mastery of and this shortage ends up inhibiting small and medium automation market.
This kind of programming already exists, and it is called Arduino. Arduino is an open-source platform created to be cheap, functional and easy to program, thus reaching audiences such as students and amateur developers. The ease of programming is proven, for example, by the number of codes created every day based on this platform. Massimo Banzi, one of Arduino creators, in his TED Talks video, talks about the difficulty of creating something that even a child can program and points out that the community - people around the world who develop the codes - is largely responsible for the platform success in the world. GitHub, for example, is seen as the major code repository of this community.
The company presents itself as: “GitHub is how people build software”. More than 36 million users participate in this community and learn, share and work together for code generation. According to data gathered from GitHub's research tool, since Arduino creation (October 2007), over 426,000 code commits for this platform have been performed.
Yes, that is the idea. Making engineering accessible should be seen as a gain as the basic level of understanding grows as a whole. Start a technical school or engineering career already knowing the basics makes room for much more complex projects and technology developments. And because of that many schools, even in the elementary level, have already adopted Arduino on its curricula.
Indeed, the maker-market is more concerned with doing different things, implementing interesting features than designing hardware with robustness and reliability. But what if you could put the two together? Arduino and robustness. Industrial hardware with international certifications of reliability and Arduino programming? Is it possible?
Yes, it is possible, believe me. Arduino's programmable I/O module DigiRail NXprog will be released by NOVUS on 2020's first semester and it is a great example. The device was designed to simplify and modernize the industrial programming language. In addition to the facilities of Arduino’s world, the hardware is robust and has all the international required certifications to give reliability to the most complex industrial processes.
Designed for the modernization and digitalization of the electric power industry, the 13th Latin-American Smart Grid Forum has NOVUS as a sponsor and exhibitor. The event, held on November 29th and 30th, gathered authorities, executives, managers, and engineers from electric power utilities and distributors from countries such as Brazil, Chile, and Colombia.
Aderbal Lima, founding partner, CEO of NOVUS for 38 years and current board member of the company, participated in a business mission to Dubai in the second half of November. Lima attended the event as a representative and president of the Foreign Trade Council of FIERGS (Federation of Industries of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). The activities at Expo Dubai serve to create networking between entrepreneurs and investors. In addition, it was also possible to visit startups and the information technology industrial center.
When the integrity of a product or package is threatened because of variations in humidity, the control and recording of this variable are essential to avoid losses. To maintain the quality standard in measurements, equipment with calibration certification is required. Thus, NOVUS offers relative humidity calibration for all its compatible products and for third-party instruments.
NOVUS collective vacation begins on December 27, 2021. The company returns to work on January 6, 2022.
The 13th edition of the Smart Grid Forum takes place on November 29th and 30th in São Paulo, at the Frei Caneca Convention Center. In addition to participating in the exhibition, NOVUS supports the initiative as a sponsor in this edition that has the theme "Accelerating energy digitalization and sector modernization in Brazil and Latin America".