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Article Highlight: ‘At the Rugged Edge: Protecting Industry 4.0 Devices in Harsh Environments’ HZO’s Stephen Gold in US-Tech Publication

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Stephen Gold | Originally Published in US Tech, February 2021

At the heart of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices and edge equipment lies the PCB. To accommodate new specifications for product protection brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0, manufacturers have made significant modifications to PCBs, while considering processing power, size, memory, and connectivity. Each of those factors is essential, but they are useless without proper physical protection.

The digitalization of heavy industry has transformed manufacturing equipment and processes, with the goal of creating an end-to-end ecosystem that uses the industrial IoT (Internet of Things), edge computing, and advanced analytics enabled by artificial intelligence (AI).

Data traffic from devices can be managed and processed in real time, collecting, organizing and compiling new insights from the edge of a network to its computing center. This new type of ecosystem encompasses all internal functions, such as sales, procurement, engineering, and R&D, and impacts external factors, such as supply chain, logistics and end users…

At the heart of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) devices and edge equipment lies the PCB.

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