Partstat Partner News August 2021

By Logan Wamsley

Hewlett Packard Shipments Up 20% in 2021 Despite Chip Shortage

In a welcome surprise in a time where the COVID-19 pandemic has been responsible for a multitude of supply chain disruptions such as chip shortages, Hewlett Packard (HP) along with other tech brands such as Dell are posting surprisingly strong sales figures. This comes despite both chip shortages and shipping delays, as well as warning that price increases may be imminent.

According to research firm Canalys, HP maintained its top spot as the largest PC company in the U.S. in the second quarter, with a 21.9% market share, compared to Apple’s (AAPL) second place showing of 20.6%. Dell was third, with a 15.6% share. Shipments for HP products, however, are up by over 20% compared to the 3% decline of Apple shipments.

“The commercial and education segments have exploded,” said Brian Lynch, research analyst at Canalys. “The U.S. economy has bounced back well from its pandemic woes and small businesses are recovering, which will lead to a wave of purchasing from the segment.”

Moog Renews Distribution Agreement with S3

Moog has announced that they have renewed their agreement to appoint S3 as distributor of Moog UH-60 components and systems in multiple countries. The scope of the relationship will increase over 300%, with the opportunity for future growth between the two companies.

The partnership is mutually beneficial for both parties. Based on Moog’s legacy as an industry leader, the agreement with S3 supports S3’s position in the aerodefense industry and will provide fleets around the globe with supplies.

“We are very proud and honored to have this growing relationship with Moog. The collective team has been a thrill to work with… all the creativity, collaboration, and focus on customer satisfaction has been truly wonderful,” said Paul McBride, Vice President of Global Business Development, S3 AeroDefense, in a press release.

“Moog is proud of our global support of the UH-60 portfolio. S3 Aero Defense’s experience in the UH-60 community provides Moog Aircraft with a great opportunity to enhance our existing customer support,” said Paul Blunden, Director International Military Sustainment for Moog Aircraft Group.

Rockwell Automation Announces Plans for Growth Throughout 2021

With more than $2 billion in orders for the final quarter of 2021, a record amount for the company, Rockwell Automation has announced new plans for “profitable growth.”

In June, for example, Rockwell announced plans to acquire Plex Systems, a company that specializes in cloud-based technology, for $2.2 billion. According to reports, Rockwell anticipates Plex will generate $15 million in sales by the end of the 2022 fiscal year and have operating earnings of $20 million.

“It really provides additional value for customers across a wide variety of industries, whether or not they have Rockwell control systems as part of their core automation,” said Blake Moret, chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation.

Additionally, Rockwell continues to expand its facilities in Milwaukee. In March, it brought online a new manufacturing line at its downtown Milwaukee facility to manufacture production motor contactors. It represents the first new manufacturing line in Milwaukee since the late 1990s.

“We did that to show you can be competitive even in a location that has relatively high labor costs,” Moret said.

AAEON Partners with NTUST to Create 5G Technology Testing Site

AAEON has announced a partnership with the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) and Chunghwa Telecom to help create the 5G Smart Manufacturing Technology Research and Validation Site.

According to the press release, this research and testing site will be designed to operate and evaluate Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) server implementation, focusing on developing and refining Smart Manufacturing applications which utilize 5G cellular networks. AAEON provided the hardware for the MEC server in the form of the FWS-8600 edge computing server, powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® SP processors.

5G cellular communication is increasing in popularity, thanks to low latency, high bandwidth capacity and faster speeds, resulting in continuous growth in data traffic from content providers, video streaming and more. However, increased demand on 5G networks threatens to throttle these advantages as more smart IoT applications come online. The new testing site will act as a ground to hone new solutions for this issue.

This joint project has already produced a proof of concept utilizing a streaming video test. Streaming video and audio are sent to the terminal device from a surveillance camera, with various parameters adjusted to test MEC server performance, including stream resolution, framerate, and number of connect users. Test observers can measure any delay or drop in quality of the stream, as well as other factors. This allows for a number of important performance indicators to be identified which can optimize the MEC structure and 5G applications, helping improve hardware and software integration solutions.