Blog by Professor Frédéric Barbut, medical microbiologist, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris, hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris

Did you know that we all carry many millions of bacteria on our hands? Anything between 100 to 1,000,000 per square centimetre of skin! But before you start to panic, rest assured that many of these bacteria occur naturally, along with fungi and viruses, and are normally harmless (or ‘not pathogenic’ to use the scientific term). They are known as ‘resident microflora’ and can actually be beneficial in protecting us from infection. Common strains include Staphylococcus and Micrococcus.

Siemens Digital Industries Software, in collaboration with KU Leuven, has launched the Digital Twin for Smart and Sustainable Products Chair to promote methodological research, stimulate innovations in industrial applications, disseminate results and support educational activities within the field of digital twin technologies.

ARIA (Automated Robotic Industrial Assistant) has a small footprint, is fully configurable, and offers a broad array of options and preprogrammed software packages that enable the unit to be tailored to the application.

Artigo, an international rubber flooring company, will produce their next-generation flooring collections from 2025 with UPM BioMotion™ Renewable Functional Fillers (RFF). By incorporating UPM Biochemicals’ RFF, Artigo has achieved CO2 footprint savings of up to 0.5 kg CO2e/sq. meter1 and managed to reduce the weight by up to 5% per square meter flooring.

M-Trace® Electronic Test Record Software offers digital cleanroom-friendly solution for sterility testing
Digitizes pharmaceutical microbial quality control workflows
Enables complete, real-time, comprehensive data traceability and regulatory compliance, reducing deviations and human error

Partnership to facilitate collaborative research in academia and industry to further progress in life sciences.

Partnership to facilitate collaborative research in academia and industry to further progress in life sciences
Multi-dimensional program to build local research capability and startup ecosystem as well as joint R&D projects
Further example of Merck’s close cooperation with Korea, following the recent € 300 million bioprocessing investment in Daejeon

With TwinCAT runtime for real-time Linux®, Beckhoff is opening up new application possibilities for real-time control. The ability to execute several TwinCAT runtimes on a single industrial PC means users can now combine different system parts on one high-performance computer to streamline programming and diagnostics. It also makes it possible to access a GPU (graphics card) from the real-time environment, providing a hardware accelerator for particularly computing-intensive applications such as vision – and much more besides.

TwinCAT runtime for real-time Linux® is based on Beckhoff’s own Linux® distribution, which expands the existing spectrum of operating systems beyond Windows and TwinCAT/BSD. This distribution was developed using the free Debian operating system and includes a Linux® real-time kernel as standard for real-time execution of the runtime. The Debian package system also makes it easy to install additional software.

This all combines to provide a TwinCAT runtime for stable real-time control on a Linux® platform. Using container technologies such as Docker®, Podman, or LXC, several TwinCAT runtimes can be executed on a single IPC to achieve modularity in machine and other control applications. The individual execution of several TwinCAT runtimes on a single industrial PC facilitates hardware consolidation with corresponding cost advantages due to the improved utilization of the available computing capacity.

Linux® users can take advantage of a whole new world of automation possibilities, while the familiar TwinCAT application programming remains unchanged. Benefits include the optimized execution of several real-time applications on a single CPU, increased user flexibility thanks to the modular control code, simplified addition or replacement of application modules, and the targeted execution of updates for individual applications. There is even a reduced overall investment in terms of both time and costs for engineering.

TwinCAT runtime for real-time Linux® will initially be available for the new ARM-based CX82x0 and CX9240 Embedded PCs (with ARM Cortex™ A53 CPU). The Beckhoff Linux® distribution will then be successively rolled out for all of the company’s other industrial and embedded PCs.


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