MAS Innovazione tecnologica

Our challenge for Tech Innovation during the Global Pandemic

It has been already two years since that famous 21st February 2020, the day Italy stopped. That virus with a strange name, Covid-19, wasn’t distant anymore. It was in our cities and towns. It was the beginning of something we are still living inside: the global pandemic. It seems ages, yet it feels time frozen. 

Dealing with this new, complex, and constantly evolving global scenario is the biggest challenge. For us at MAS Elettronica, the focus on Tech Innovation has never faded out. Every day we studied, elaborated, and found innovative solutions to face new challenges. 

During these two years, we have touched on the uncertainty of resources’ procurement. Lockdowns, closures, restrictions, and staff reduction have negatively influenced resources’ imports, especially from strategic areas in Asia. Raw materials cost has reached the highest level and at some point, components were rare and unavailable. 

The effects of the global pandemic were not only physical but also social and human. The social distancing has separated us for long periods and we have almost forgotten smiles and handshakes. Then quarantines for close contact or for testing positive to Covid-19. Thanks to technology, although only virtually, the distances shorten; but the confrontation and feedback from colleagues are surely less effective and immediate. 

The global pandemic taught us to act quickly, developing new strategies with a more flexible vision of reality and discovering new instruments and means. Working together with colleagues and other companies has been fundamental; we strengthened relationships with our players and clients to overcome together obstacles that could have affected projects and activities. 

It happened that the reactions and actions were not the perfect ones, but they were effective and successful. We always fulfill our commitments with those who believe in MAS and in our professionality. Trust in us is the energy that has kept our engines running even during those moments when the World seemed stacked against the global pandemic. 

2022 will be an imporant year for MAS Elettronica. We have new and challenging goals for our company and for ourselves to pursue our mission for Tech Innovation. All we have learned till today is priceless for MAS and it is the right incentive to face even better this transitional and historical period.

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Robot, Cobot and Computer Vision: the Industry 4.0 technologies

In the industry of the future humans and machines will collaborate together even more: computers, robots and other technological tools, like AI or computer vision systems, won’t be any more ‘the tools of the trade’ but active collaborators in the production. This industrial revolution is already happening nowadays thanks to the use of automated mobile robots and cobots with integrated computer vision.

There are numerous advantages for industries for using robots: production efficiency, process automation, precise movements, cost reduction, and resources optimization. New generation robots and cobots are also easy to program and can be fully integrated into the existing production processes.

Cobots, collaborative robots for industry 4.0

Collaborative robots, also known as cobots, are versatile instruments that can have a key role in the automation of production processes, even for small businesses. In order to be more efficient, cobots need to be integrated with other key elements, like computer vision systems. A high-quality computer vision system is crucial to use a cobot to carry out operational tasks and quality controls. 

A cobot can move independently thanks to computer vision: the robot can detect a landmark that guides its movements, localize a product to perform a pick-and-place task, read a barcode or avoid an obstacle. A cobot can be used for assembling, packaging, storage or logistics

Thanks to high-resolution cameras, a collaborative robot can identify patterns and perform quality controls to detect anomalies and promptly intervene on the production line. The cobot evolution will bring to a real collaboration between humans and machines: analyzing the captured images, the robot will understand what the worker needs for a specific task. 

Cobots can perform tasks that can be potentially dangerous. For example, in a chemical firm, there are tasks where there is a real risk for intoxication or contamination. The global pandemic taught us that cobots can be used for sanitizing rooms.  

Using Machine Learning Technologies, cobots can have a real collaborative role. They can collect data to monitor machines, perform predictive maintenance, prevent errors, and also make decisions based on objectives and verified data. 

Mobile robots with Computer Vision

Thanks to the integrated computer vision systems and machine learning technologies, Automated Guided Vehicles, known as Agv, can perform different tasks, change their paths and avoid obstacles. They can carry heavy loads, avoiding worthless tasks for the operators. They can walk long distances, never stop, carry heavy goods without suffering fatigue. 

Agv robots can move independently thanks to physical landmarks or guidelines that guide their movements through the path. The main risk is that markers need to be regularly replaced. 

Lgv robots (Laser Guided Vehicles) are innovative mobile robots that can navigate thanks to a laser that scans the entire area and they don’t need landmarks. Versatile and flexible, Lgv robots use sensors and cameras to freely move around. 

MAS Elettronica solutions for Computer Vision and robotics 

MAS Elettronica designs and creates specific solutions for AI and Computer Vision, fundamental elements for mobile and collaborative robotics.  In our catalog, we can highlight: 

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2021, numerous successes for MAS: technological solutions, partnerships and events

As 2021 is gone, it’s time to do a wrap-up of the year. It has been an intense year, full of events, partnerships and new technological solutions. We stop just for a brief moment, as we want to revisit what happened in 2021 but we are ready to look forward to continuing in our mission: build a technological and innovative future. 

2021 events to show our technological solutions

  • July 2021: the first webinar for our clients organized by MAS and KOAN. During the event, “Usage of Linus and Yocto on MAS SBC MINA i.MX8 platform”, Marco Cavallini, CEO of KOAN, and Sandro Mascetti, CEO of MAS, showed step by step how Yocto works. Yocto is an open-source project born in 2010 to help developers to design personalized systems based on Linux. 
  • December 2021: our LIFCL Evaluation Board was presented during the workshop organized by Arrow Italy and Lattice Semiconductors. 
  • Ospiti di TTM Technology: Stoccarda Vision (October 2021) and Sicurezza 2021 (Milan, November 2021) with SBC NVIDIA Lightfront, the board designed for J CUBE Inc which have the performance and capabilities needed to run modern AI workloads, making it possible to add advanced AI to any product.

2021: strategic partnership for MAS Elettronica

  • Partnership with Schurter Electronics to expand the Embedded market in Italy. It is a collaboration aimed at offering better hardware and software support in a competitive and demanding market. MAS supports the sales and operations areas in the Embedded division of Kevin Schurter Spa.
  •  Partnership with TTM Technology to develop AI solutions for computer vision. The common objective for MAS and TMM is to realize the best solution on the market, strengthening multimedia applications and integrating computer vision into AI solutions. 
  • Partnership with First View to distribute MAS products on the US market and to develop new solutions. 
  • Strategic partnership with LASER NAVIGATION for the NVIDIA solutions with the SophyAI software. The collaboration is aimed at sharing specific knowledge and proposing Made in Italy technological solutions for AI, both hardware and software. 

2021: new competencies and technological solutions 

2021 has been an important year full of innovations for MAS Elettronica. We have developed numerous technological solutions, offering valuable opportunities to our clients to develop innovative and efficient products.  

Among our new products, we would like to highlight

  • MAS LIFCL Evaluation Board: the evaluation board for developers, realized with Arrow Italia and Lattice Semiconductors, to evaluate applications’ performance while programming;
  • SBC FRIDA IMX8M: SBC based on the NXP integrated multicore processor i.MX 8M Family: the solution with complete modularity.  
  • NVIDIA SBC Lightfront® AI for JCUBE Inc: this SBC board hosts the nVidia Jetson NANO and XAVIER SOMs which have the performance and capabilities needed to run modern AI workloads, making it possible to add advanced AI to any product. 
  • CPU ANITA IMX8M NANO: a general-purpose system on module compliant with SMARC 2.0. Designed to work in Industrial, Automotive and Consumer environments.
  • CPU AURORA IMX8M PLUS: a general-purpose SOM designed in SMARC 2.0. format and specialized in AI Main applications are Medical, Industrial, Automotive, Consumer and AI.
  • IMX8M e NVIDIA technologies. 

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Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept: why it is important for your project

Designing and realizing a new and successful product, software or service could be a bet, but we don’t necessarily need to appeal to fortune for an idea to be winning. The most efficient way is to elaborate a Proof of Concept (POC): a theoretical planning exercise to test a product’s feasibility that can include concrete elements like a prototype or a pilot. 

The meaning of Proof of Concept

Proof of Concept is a conceptual prototype to evaluate the potential development of a new idea and its investments. It is a simulation of a concept, followed by a real one with testing. To implement a POC it is necessary to draft the project’s objectives and its technical specifications and to create a functional environment where to test the Master Project as it would be real. 

There are other terms often used when speaking about POC: prototype, pilot, and MVP (Minimum Viable Product). They are not synonymous with Proof of Concept but steps of the same process. Once the POC has demonstrated the feasibility of the concept, the next steps could be: 

  • a prototype: a real model of the product; 
  • a pilot: a product released for a small audience;
  • a Minimum Viable Product (MVP): a product with basic features and moderate costs to test the market and receive feedback from clients. 

Prototyping, the concrete element of Proof of Concept

Building a prototype is an important step in the development process as the concept becomes real and it is like a tailored suit. 

MAS Elettronica offers a rapid prototyping service of boards planned in two or three weeks. The prototype objective is to implement the Proof of Concept and at the same time define the technical requirements to produce the boards. A functioning model can highlight the product potentialities and also allow prompt intervention to solve possible criticalities before the final production.  

Among the advantages of prototyping, we can state: 

  • the reduction of defects or errors, 
  • the opportunity to improve the product thanks to the prototype testing, 
  • cost and time optimization, 
  • saving-investment.

Full Custom Production

If the prototype is tailored-made, also the production is customizable. At MAS, the entire production process is curated by our specialized experts and by our valuable partners: from the Proof of Concept to prototyping, from board testing (ICT and functional) to the production and the quality control and packaging. 

Once the POC is done, we study the ideal product to realize the client project. We realize a prototype in a short period to rapidly test functionalities and efficacy, we analyze the results and we promptly take actions to improve the quality of the product.

Personalized testing 

Every project is unique, every client is unique: for this reason, testings are personalized to guarantee the best results. Boards are tested in every component to ensure full operation and technical compliance. The functional tests are carried out through systems of tests provided by the clients or through our proprietary and innovative testing platform, MAS Mastester, developed by the Test Engineering Team of MAS Elettronica. The planning of the test fixture is realized inside MAS.

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