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Tech must be the servant rather than the master

26 Sep

People and communities are putting new technologies to use in solving social problems

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Technological innovation often starts with a promise of empowerment — plans to make the whole world’s information accessible (Google), to give people the power to build community (Facebook), to share ideas instantly (Twitter), or simply to enable them to do more (Microsoft).
However, as technology companies have grown, many people have a sense of disenfranchisement and powerlessness. Their data are collected and traded — often hacked — in ways that are difficult to monitor and control. Smart cities are covered in sensors but the information is not necessarily freely available. People fear that robots will take their livelihoods. Social media can be an arena for bullying rather than free speech.

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Away from the bleak headlines, however, people and communities are still putting new technologies to use in solving social problems, holding authorities to account and overcoming injustice or inequality. Often these projects and innovations happen at grassroots level and on low budgets, practically invisible to the wider public.


Tech lines by Leaders:
Every piece of technology should help embellish the capability of human beings. We definitely want more productivity and efficiency, but we do not want to degrade humanity.

“The ability to really make sure that we’re not only thinking about the person, but the institutions people builds,”

“We think about it at the global scale, but most importantly, for us, it’s not about our technology, it is about what you can do with technology to create your own technology, to have real impact in moving our society and economy forward. That’s what is central to our mission,”

“In fact, technology trends and paradigms will come and go, but what will center us is this sense of purpose and mission?”

This is a time where the profound impact of technology in everything that people do is so much deeper, so much broader, whether one is talking about precision agriculture, or precision medicine, the future of connected products, smart cities or smarter factories.

“There isn’t a single industry that isn’t being transformed.

We collectively have the opportunity to lead in this transformation,”
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Agile Testing and Test Automation Bangalore

07 Sep

Agile testing test automation

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This one-day* event brings together subject experts, thought leaders and practitioners speaking on the foremost themes of these topics. The speakers highlight the aspects that are easy to adopt and discuss the difficulties and how to surmount them. Learn more about Test Automation Framework, Functional and Non Functional Test Automation, Mobile Test Automation, Web Test Automation and many more.

Agile Testing Conference is focused more on collaborative learning from the people who are involved in agile testing, and want to explore the future of Agile. With a focus on best practices, our events allow attendees to explore strategies surrounding TDD, BDD, ATDD, Continuous Testing and many more.

Test Automation Summit brings together people who are passionate about automation testing – enthusiastic and experienced speakers and delegates, who learn from each other through review presentations, case studies and round table discussions.

Understanding The Agile Methodology

But in case you’re still wondering what, exactly, Agile is all about, its basic principles can probably best be explained in comparison to more traditional approaches to software development, such as “waterfall,” which Agile adherents believe to be an archaic holdover from an era when software first became a packaged commodity to be produced and sold to consumers like other physical goods.

In the Agile approach, developers and testers are seen as two sides of the same production coin, two parallel lines that should always meet and compare notes daily. From an Agile perspective, efficient production is severely hampered if your developers are striving to refine their code to a state of perfection before passing it on to a separate testing team, who then strive to break it in as many ways as they can before sending their damage report back to the dev team. This two-step process requires time, money, and frequently leads to internal division between a given company’s developers and testers. Instead, Agile suggests that these two essential functions be merged—not necessarily in terms of people, but in terms of time and process—thus bridging the illusory divide between code creators and code breakers, and even reducing the need for robust testing teams, while still respecting the necessity of both roles. One could even say that in Agile, developers are encouraged to think more like testers, continually checking their own code for potential errors, and testers are encouraged to think more like developers, tempering their natural destructive tendencies to engage more fully in the creative process itself. Barber refers to this as creating a “product delivery team with a unified vision of delivering production-worthy code the ‘first’ time by integrating developer thinking and tester thinking throughout the code writing process.” This integration implies both that developers enhance their tester thinking skills and embrace the notion of direct interaction, even pairing, with those who specialize in tester thinking while coding.

Agile testing test automation

Automated software testing

The objective of automated testing is to simplify as much of the testing effort as possible with a minimum set of scripts. If unit testing consumes a large percentage of a quality assurance (QA) team’s resources, for example, then this process might be a good candidate for automation. Automated testing tools are capable of executing tests, reporting outcomes and comparing results with earlier test runs. Tests carried out with these tools can be run repeatedly, at any time of day.

The method or process being used to implement automation is called a test automation framework. Several frameworks have been implemented over the years by commercial vendors and testing organizations. Automating tests with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or open source software can be complicated, however, because they almost always require customization. In many organizations, automation is only implemented when it has been determined that the manual testing program is not meeting expectations and it is not possible to bring in more human testers.

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Micrologic leverages automation for growth

28 Aug

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The smart-technology driven Industry 4.0, which enables connectivity of machines, devices, and people anytime, anywhere and at any place, is today fast becoming a mantra for the manufacturing world. The Bangalore-based Micrologic Integrated Systems designs, develops, manufactures, validates and delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in automating the manufacturing processes in assembly, inspection, test, and packaging.
Jayaram M S, director of Micrologic Integrated Systems, believes that his passion for electronics has made him an entrepreneur, which is what led him to found the company in his residential premises 15 years ago. Today, the company supplies highly electronic and automated assembly lines to the automotive industry which helps them to productionise faster and develop superior products. Micrologic helps manufacturing companies to become future ready by way of adopting automation to produce higher quality products with faster turnaround time.
“I was passionate about electronics as a child. While working for Tata Power, I got to know about business processes and was instrumental in implementing ISO 9000 at the company. This offered me a real insight in the business,” says Jayaram who, along with his team, has grown the firm into a promising automation enterprise over the past decade.

Jayaram, a first-generation entrepreneur, learned the art of doing business along the way, initially starting with embedded product development in early 2000. The company ventured into automation in 2006 by doing PLC base equipment and first developed a vision-based inspection system for instrument clusters for the automotive industry. As a first project, the company built an instrument cluster line for Continental in India for two-wheeler instrument clusters. Earlier, this line used to be imported from Germany but Micrologic help provide the company an import substitute.
This was followed by an automated line for Hyundai Motor India for its i20 hatchback in Chennai, which was producing 180 different variants, handling complex operations. It also supplied an instrument cluster line for Ford’s Tier 1 supplier for the Figo. Micrologic has worked with key automotive clients and its automated assembly lines are currently running at Mahindra Electric, TVS Motor, Hyundai Motor India, Continental India, Magneti Marelli, Visteon India, Varroc Group, Faurecia, John Control and Bosch.

About a decade ago, the electronics content in passenger cars and two-wheelers was minimal but today it has rapidly increased. Also, due to higher emission norms, ECUs are coming into vehicle engines thereby increasing their complexity. At the same time, OEMs are keen on rolling out zero-defect products and it is here that Micrologic helps companies with automated assembly lines to achieve this quality goal.
Understanding its customers need for speed, precision, and flexibility, Micrologic designs, develops, manufactures, validates and delivers comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in automating the manufacturing processes in assembly, inspection, test and packaging. The company approaches every project with a pre-automation consultancy approach, where the requirement is first defined. Its capabilities of system design, mechanical engineering, electronics, embedded engineering, robotics, machine vision, software development, PLC integration, part manufacturing, assembly, integration, test and validation under one roof helps it deliver complete solutions to its customers.
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Continuous assembly line; iSight vision inspection.

“We do mechanical engineering with 3D modeling, build parts ourselves with our own manufacturing system unit, then do electronic and electrical engineering, design and complete integration of the entire system in one unit and build the complete software that goes in this system,” says Jayaram.
The highlight of these machines is that they are Industry 4.0 enabling, which means they acquire data about whatever they do and send it to the Cloud. This data can be used for analysing productivity, quality, rejection and production outcome, among other things. These machines assemble and inspect parts at each stage and track a particular part by integrating the stores with the manufacturing line. The operator can easily view the entire activity underway, thanks to software call visual factory running in the background. The company designs, develops the software and hardware of the entire line, and sells the completely built assembly-line.
When queried about how the company attained its critical skills for building these complex and automated machines, Jayaram says, “In 2007, we had our team trained in Germany to understand the technologies and concepts of manufacturing, which gave us a lot of exposure. After that, we continue to learn with each project. This has helped us further leverage our capabilities.”
The learnings from the European experience applied in India proved to be instrumental in bagging business from Tier 1 European suppliers in India.
Until a few years ago, most assembly lines were run by people but there are certain applications and processes where machine intervention is necessary due to the sheer scale and complexity involved, which is where automation comes into play. “An electronic part has about 200 parameters at a complete assembly and this is not physically possible to simulate and test. Our machines create vehicle conditions and simulate the vehicle part. Every product comes out of the line in just 20 seconds, completely tested and traced back to its parameters,” says Jayaram.
By manufacturing critical automated assembly lines locally, Micrologic is providing import substitutes and saving foreign exhchange. It also offers high-quality local service support, which is critical for these systems as they produce thousands of parts per hour and simply cannot afford to break down. Micrologic machines have in-built intelligence, offering an alert before any possible maintenance issue props up.
Although the company caters to all automotive segments, it foresees demand coming its way from electric vehicles for its battery assembly, battery testing and battery management systems.
“We have deployed an EV testing system at Mahindra Electric where the vehicle is connected to our system, which is measuring all the voltages through the engine control units. Going forward, battery management is where we will be working closely,” says Jayaram. He believes battery technology is improving rapidly. Battery pack assembly is quite complex and automation is necessary; if a raw battery pack is installed in an EV, it could possibly lead to a safety issue. Thus, the company foresees greater prospects in this area. It is also working on building its own EV charger.
Two years ago, due to capacity constraints, the company moved to a bigger location but even this proved to be insufficient to meet demand. Two months ago, Micrologic has once again moved, this time into an even bigger facility.
The automotive sector contributes nearly 80 percent of Micrologic’s total revenue and has been growing consistently. The near-term focus is to grow the Indian business even as it diversifies into other industries. While it has not yet commenced exports, it is is exploring opportunities. The immediate focus is on building capabilities in India and training people with the right skills.
“We are excited about the future with Industry 4.0 – it’s all about software and electronics. EVs are also looking promising for us. Next-gen vehicles will not only be electric but intelligent, which offers us a brighter future,” says Jayaram, brimming with confidence.
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