Monday, July 16, 2018

Significant impact on policy recognised. @NCDAwebeditor #PAuto @isauto

The National Career Development Association (NCDA)—a non-profit organisation that provides professional development expertise and resources to practitioners and educators—presented a Legislative Award to Michael Marlowe, the past Executive Director of the Automation Federation. The award was presented on 22 June 2018 in Phoenix (AZ USA), at the NCDA Global Conference.

The NCDA Legislative Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on policy or legislation related to the career development profession or to its recipients at the local, state, or national level.

In a press release announcing the award, NCDA recognized Marlowe’s long-standing contributions and collaboration: “Michael Marlowe has provided exemplary service and leadership in his role as co-chair of the NCDA Government Relations Committee. In his role at the Automation Federation, Mike established and supported a valuable collaborative effort with NCDA. Mike’s personal involvement and contacts with the White House and with key federal agencies, and his ability to utilize them to strengthen NCDA’s advocacy initiatives have produced results time and again.

NCDA is pleased to honor Mike with the Legislative Award for his good work and effective leadership in advancing NCDA’s Government Relations initiatives.”

@NCDAwebeditor #PAuto @isauto

Intelligent & multifunctional sensors. @Balluff #PAuto

Generating, transporting and processing information are central tasks in the Industry 4.0 environment. The basis for all the information is intelligent sensors which provide the required input. With their BOS 21M ADCAP, Balluff  have a newly developed optical multifunction sensor series.

The versatile all-rounder uses red light and allows choice from among four sensor modes: background suppression, energetic diffuse, retroreflective or through-beam sensor. All the sensor functions can be configured over IO-Link while the system is running, so that a remote teach-in can be initiated by the controller.

In addition the sensor detects actual operating conditions, collects and processes information and provides far more data than just the switching signal over IO-Link. Detection signals are prepared and pre-processed in the sensor. This relieves the burden on the system controller and reduces data volume on the fieldbus systems.

Comprehensive, smart diagnostics functions provide important information such as life expectancy, operating hours and function reserve. Increasing amount dirt deposits, sensor misalignment, setting errors or other irregularities can then be reliably detected early by monitoring the emissivity values as a measure of the sensor signal quality. But when it comes to operating security this intelligent sensor offers even more. The BOS 21M ADCAP is the first to optically monitor the output of the emitter LED directly and to determine the "stress level" by means of the sensor interior temperature and the supply voltage.

@Balluff #PAuto

MES in Europe.

The Connect Group has chosen Aegis’ FactoryLogix® digital MES platform, across their four manufacturing sites within Europe, providing contiguous execution management and exact traceability.

The Connect Group’s high-end customers, expect nothing short of perfection in manufacturing, which includes complete traceability of production in the form of the comprehensive digital build record of materials and processes that Aegis’ FactoryLogix MES solution provides. With complex, critical products manufactured across multiple manufacturing sites, the challenge was to ensure seamless manufacturing execution with the highest level of traceability, which could no longer be met by legacy tools.

Dirk Van Benthem, IT Application Manager, Connect Group commented, “During the selection process, we were impressed with the way that Aegis’ engineers were knowledgeable about our needs, being specialists equally in SMT (Surface Mount Technology), post-SMT and non-electronic assembly processes. They looked after every aspect of the integration with machines, business systems, and operational processes, providing dependable pricing against well-defined objectives, which clearly differentiated Aegis from other vendors we evaluated.”

Aegis’ FactoryLogix brings in-depth, live visibility of the operation, providing key manufacturing metrics across every aspect of shop-floor management. Being SAP certified, FactoryLogix easily utilizes this data to provide a significant enhancement to existing enterprise business systems.

Daniel Walls, European Managing Director, Aegis software stated, “This is a great example of how FactoryLogix stands out as the most modern digital MES application in the industry, connecting directly with machines and automated processes, as well as managing and supporting manual operations, combining every facet of manufacturing information to meet advanced customer needs with standard functionality. FactoryLogix operates end to end throughout the whole production flow, no matter where it may be located.”

With Aegis software as an integral part of their manufacturing technology, the position of Connect Group as the most capable, reliable, and cost-effective supplier in the industry is firmly underpinned, as more customers than ever before require the highest level of digital manufacturing expertise.

@FactoryLogix #PAuto

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Control and Estimation!

Yokogawa and Shell have jointly developed a platform for Advanced Control and Estimation R5.02.

The platform for Advanced Control and Estimation is a software suite that brings together advanced plant process control technology developed by Shell and the real-time control technology that Yokogawa has developed in its role as a control system supplier. This upgrade from version R5.01 provides enhanced functionality that will help customers optimise the control of operations throughout their plants, maintain high system availability, reduce operator workload, and improve productivity. The Platform for Advanced Control and Estimation suite is positioned as a solution in Yokogawa’s OpreXTM Asset Operations and Optimisation family.

Advanced process control systems improve product yield and reduce energy consumption by maintaining temperature, flow rate, pressure, and other process values within a set range and keeping them as close as possible to their optimal set points. Such systems are increasingly used in facilities such as oil refineries, petrochemical plants, chemical plants, and natural gas liquefaction trains. Advanced control solutions are attracting considerable interest due to their ability to improve productivity.

Yokogawa’s platform for Advanced Control and Estimation suite delivers the following functionality:
• Multivariable model predictive control (the control of multiple variables based on predictions made using models of the dynamic characteristics of plant responses)
• Soft sensing for estimating quality in real time based on temperature, flow rate, pressure, and other process values
• Customisation of calculations

Yokogawa has continued to enhance this suite in response to changing customer requirements, and the release of version R5.02 meets the need for solutions that can optimise the control of operations throughout a plant, ensure high availability, and alleviate problems with high workload caused by reductions in the number of plant operators and expansion in the range of items that must be monitored and controlled.

1. Plant-wide optimisation of control with large-scale applications.
With large-scale applications, advanced control systems need to be able to quickly process huge amounts of data. Version 5.01 of this software suite is suitable for small to medium-size applications and can optimise the control of individual processes. With the enhancements made to R5.02, this software suite now offers significantly greater processing speed. As a result, it can now handle large-scale applications involving multiple processes and is thus capable of optimising the control of operations throughout a plant.

General and utility processes in plants can have an effect on or be affected by those processes that are subject to advanced control. Previously, operators had to view data on separate screens for the production control system and the advanced control system. With R5.02, operators can now view lists of all the measurement data on a single screen. By being able to access all this data in one place, they can respond more quickly to any changes.

2. Maintaining high system availability regardless of changes in operational conditions or aging of facilities.
With this software, a trend line showing the predicted values when advanced control is active (closed loop prediction trend) can be superimposed over a trend line that is based on the actual measured values. By comparing them, it is possible to easily identify errors in a dynamic response model. Such errors are the result of a deterioration in advanced control performance caused by changes in operational conditions or the aging of facilities. System availability can be maintained by rebuilding the dynamic response model whenever these errors become significant.

R5.02 has been enhanced to enable the display of a trend line that predicts plant behaviour when advanced control is inactive (open loop trend). This enables operators to know in advance what impact this will have on a process.

3. Improved operability for efficient operation and monitoring.
With a single press of a key, operators can call up items from a list of recently displayed screens. Frequently used screens can also be accessed quickly by registering them as favourites.

@YokogawaIA  #Pauto #Oil

Friday, July 13, 2018

Most innovative in Germany.

SLM Solutions Group AG has again been selected as one of the most innovative companies in Germany. In a study, Focus and Focus Money examined the 5,000 German companies with the highest number of employees. SLM Solutions prevailed in the surface and material processing category.

Focus and Focus Money distinguished SLM Solutions Group AG ("SLM Solutions") as "Germany's most innovative company" in the category of surface and material processing.

Uwe Bögershausen, spokesperson of the Executive Board of SLM Solutions, noted with pleasure: "The award from Focus and Focus Money impressively confirms the beneficial use of our technology in many industries. We are pleased about the award "Innovation Prize 2018", especially since it is already the second award as an innovative company in Germany within a very short time. The awards confirm us in our technological concept: highly productive machines for serial production of functional parts of the highest quality. As a technology leader in the field of additive manufacturing technology, we have no intention of resting on our laurels, but are developing machine concepts of tomorrow already today.”

The study "Germany's Most Innovative Companies" was carried out by the public relations agency Faktenkontor with scholarly support from the International School of Management (ISM) for the order of Focus Money and Deutschland Test.

Social media contributions about the 5,000 companies in Germany with the highest number of employees were evaluated in the context of the study during the period April 2017 to March 2018. Posts were examined in five subject areas: innovation, investment, research & development, new products and technology.

@SLMSolutions_NA #PAuto

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Collaborating Innovator in network configuration.

ADLINK is now a Collaborating Innovator of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) operator-led consortium. ADLINK and its broad range of strategic ecosystem partners continue to play an increasingly important role in influential industry consortiums such as ONF, Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) and Open Compute Project (OCP) by working together on advanced, open architecture business initiatives.

As an open, collaborative, non-profit consortium driving transformation of network infrastructure and carrier business models, the ONF serves as the umbrella for a number of projects, building solutions by leveraging network disaggregation, white box economics, open source software and software-defined standards to revolutionize the carrier industry. Working closely with leading communication service providers and equipment vendors on various open source projects, the ONF leverages its released reference designs to facilitate the roll-out of next-generation networking solutions, significantly driving down both Capex and Opex for the whole ecosystem and opening up enormous business opportunities for new services.

“Telecom operators are driving solutions based on open hardware and software architectures, enabling infrastructure for quick time-to-revenue while lowering TCO for emerging Edge and 5G deployment. At this inflection point, the ONF is well positioned to catalyze a transformation of the networking industry with its newly established strategic plan,” said Jeff Sharpe, ADLINK director of product strategy and business development for networking and communications. “We are very excited to join and contribute to ONF, as we will be able to leverage the ONF’s community resources and reference designs to develop next-generation networking solutions. Our ultimate goal is to bring ADLINK’s innovation and unique value proposition for network transformation to the carrier industry.”

ADLINK began its focus on open architecture by becoming a major contributor to the OCP more than five years ago. At the ONF, ADLINK will leverage its Open Compute Carrier-grade Edge Reference Architecture (OCCERA), OCP and GPU-based solutions to develop next-generation networking and communications platforms, enabling use cases such as Advanced Multi-access Edge Computing (AMEC), universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) and extremely low-latency Edge Compute platforms for 5G networks. ADLINK’s solutions will effectively address the requirements for low-latency, high-bandwidth and compute-intensive applications driven by the needs of security, deep packet inspection (DPI), Edge Computing, virtual network functions (VNF), 5G evolution and revenue producing solutions for operators.

As a leading ODM, ADLINK is an ideal contributor to the ONF-envisioned business model with its high quality design and manufacturing capabilities, producing cost-effective COTS/custom solutions with reduced time-to-market. ADLINK offers design services in every major geographic region, which benefits customers with increased responsiveness, short delivery lead-time and ease of doing business locally. ADLINK also ensures best practices in product lifecycle management by leveraging its long-standing strategic partnerships with major processor and software vendors.


Connecting in freezing conditions.

CryoCoax is a new division of Intelliconnect Europe specialising in connectors and cable assemblies for Cryogenic Systems. CryoCoax cabling and connectors are used across many applications and industries, those already addressed include measurement and testing, system quantum computing, space and instrumentation.

The CryoCoax range of connectors includes sturdily constructed stainless steel interconnects including SMA, SMP, custom designed products and all common connector interfaces. Cables and cable assemblies from CryoCoax are crafted from the finest materials and using the most advanced manufacturing techniques available in the market with test capabilities to 40Ghz.  This division designs and manufactures standard, IP68 and glass sealed hermetic adapters and a range of attenuators, from 0dB – 30dB which are specially configured to withstand the lowest temperatures.

CryoCoax provide cryogenic cable and component solutions to clients across the world, for a diverse range of applications and industries. Core capabilities include: ability to withstand temperature to 2K and below, stainless steel cable assemblies to 40GHz, niobium titanium cable assemblies to 40GHz, cupro nickel cables, raw St/St and NbTi cable, non-magnetic cables, SMP connectors, crimp solderless and 2.9mm connectors and adapters, sealed adapters, hermetic connectors and adapters, attenuators, low temperature hardware

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of CryoCoax, comments,”CryoCoax specialises in the design and manufacture of cryogenic interconnect products. As a dedicated division of the Intelliconnect group, CryoCoax has the security of a long established and very successful connector manufacturer at its heart and is going from strength to strength, providing cryogenic solutions to some of the biggest tech companies in the world.”

Philips continues,” We combine decades of experience in the interconnect industry with a modern, streamlined approach and we have an outstanding record for providing defect-free, high-quality cryogenic products. Our expert team of designers and engineers will work alongside customers from start to finish of a project to ensure the best possible solution is delivered.”

CryoCoax’s cryogenic cables and components work to beyond 2 K (-271.15°C) and are ideally suited to a wide range of applications including test and measurement, instrumentation, medical and material research and cryogenic systems including dilution refrigerators, superconducting magnet systems, low temperature detector systems, infrared array systems.

• CryoCoax is a member of the British Cryogenics Council (BCC) and the Cryogenic Society of America allowing it to extend the market reach of its cryogenic cables and components and to participate in the rapid development of this growing field. The BCC currently has over 100 members and it provides a broad spectrum of expertise from companies providing cryogenic products and services to universities undertaking low temperature research and end-users of cryogens and cryogenic systems. More information on Intelliconnect’s membership is available on the BCC website

 @IntelliConnLtd  #PAuto