Friday, 3 February 2023

Renewable power technology and software portfolio.

Helping producers navigate the emerging sustainable energy economy.

Combining its comprehensive power expertise and renewable energy capabilities into the Ovation™ Green portfolio, Emerson is helping power generation companies meet the needs of customers navigating the transition to green energy generation and storage. By uniting the recently acquired Mita-Teknik software and technology with its own industry-leading Ovation automation platform, deep renewable energy knowledge base, cybersecurity solutions and remote management capabilities, Emerson has created a new extension of its power-based control architecture. The resulting portfolio focuses on the emerging clean energy market to provide simplified renewables automation to help power producers build and scale sustainable operations.

Renewable electricity capacity has seen record growth in recent years. However, transitioning to cleaner energy systems or scaling up existing ones is a complex undertaking for power producers. Wind turbines, solar arrays, lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen electrolysers and hydroelectric power all use a wide variety of automation software and technologies. As renewable portfolios grow, the number of applied technologies will multiply, increasing learning curves and adding complexity to operations as solutions from different vendors require additional integration. While some existing systems can provide layers of connectivity between very specific assets, the Ovation Green portfolio will deliver a single set of purpose-built software and solutions that supports different technologies in one standardised, intuitive system.

“Countries around the globe are focused on transitioning to a clean energy economy in the coming decades, and while green energy is a simple concept everyone understands, the road to implementation is not always clear,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water solutions. “With the Ovation Green portfolio, our software, support and solutions are unified in one system from a single trusted provider to help power producers more quickly, easily and reliably manage their renewable electricity operations.”

Full access to real-time and historical operations information empowers owners and operators with greater visibility and control of all renewable assets across the enterprise. Through an integrated portfolio of data-driven asset control and management solutions, Ovation Green technologies provide secure, standardised access to data, independent of equipment manufacturer or system type, across a single or multiple sites.

By gathering, collating and contextualising vast amounts of data created by renewable generation and storage assets, the Ovation Green portfolio provides a clear view of renewable operations in a seamless space. The portfolio will empower actionable intelligence from a unified platform to drive faster, more informed decisions to increase availability and production while reducing operations and maintenance costs.


• Emerson’s Ovation Green portfolio will be featured at the Intersolar and Energy Storage North America Conference, February 14-16, in Long Beach (CSA USA)

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Thursday, 2 February 2023

System integrator acquired.

Safety-related automation solutions specialists, the HIMA Group, has acquired the British system integrator Sella Controls. Representatives of both companies signed an agreement recently in Manchester (GB). Both companies intend to continue their growth strategies and expand their range of solutions for railway technology and the process industry following this agreement.

LtoR: Jörg de la Motte, Eddy Turnock, Ian Wright, Steffen Philipp, Chris Parr, Dr. Michael Löbig, John Blackwell 

"HIMA has had a long-standing and close relationship with Sella Controls and shares the same vision and values. With Sella Controls the HIMA Group will accelerate its international expansion and strengthen its global competitiveness," said Steffen Philipp, Shareholder HIMA Group. 

HIMA and Sella Controls will maintain their focus on safety-related automation, control solutions and the digitalisation of functional safety. "The acquisition of Sella Controls is an important milestone in our HIMA growth strategy. By joining our forces we will enhance our global position as a leading supplier for safety-related automation solutions for the process and rail industries", stated Jörg de la Motte, CEO HIMA Group.

Sella Controls is in a leading market position in Britain and Ireland. In particular, Sella Controls' expertise and portfolio of solutions in the rail sector is an excellent addition for HIMA, which intends to push ahead and market internationally. Business in the process industry is also to be further expanded in these countries. One focus here is the digitalisation of functional safety, which HIMA is pushing under the motto "Safety goes digital".

HIMA's existing customers will benefit from even more intensive support as a result of the acquisition, while Sella Controls' customers will benefit from a larger service portfolio.

HIMA will ensure continuity of the management: John Blackwell (CFO) and Eddy Turnock (CSO), both previous owners, will continue to lead Sella Controls. In addition, Chris Parr, who previously led the Process Division at Sella Controls, will join the Management Board as CTO.

Sella Controls' 118 employees will be retained and additional hires are planned. The three locations will also be retained. Sella Controls has two divisions: the "Centre of Excellence Rail Solutions" with locations in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville, near Leicester, and the "Process Solutions" division, which is based in Stockport near Manchester. The company will continue to trade under the name "Sella Controls" with the addition of "A HIMA Company".

"It’s a Win-Win-Situation for HIMA and Sella Controls, with multiple synergies: HIMA will benefit from the long-term experience of Sella Controls in the development of solutions for the rail industry and we at Sella Controls will be able to utilize HIMA’s global sales and service to boost our international business," said Eddy Turnock, CSO Sella Controls.

"As a family-owned company, the HIMA Group is long-term oriented and stands for customer orientation, sustainable growth and people-focus. That’s why HIMA is offering great opportunities for further development of the Sella Controls team," added John Blackwell, CFO Sella Controls.

"The investment in Sella Controls is a clear signal that growth by acquisition is an important element of the HIMA growth strategy," said Dr. Michael Löbig, CFO HIMA Group. 

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Change in leadership.

Walter and Peter Kurz have retired from the operational side of the business and take up advisory functions as Chairman and Deputy Chairman of an Advisory Board at thin film and finishing technology enterprise Leonhard Kurz. Dr. Andreas Hirschfelder, previously Senior Vice President of the Business Area Plastic Decoration, becomes the Chief Executive. Dr. Hirschfeld has been with the company for 26 years, working in various roles including as CEO of the subsidiaries PolyIC and BURG DESIGN. Since 2018. A Doctor of Organic Chemistry he has also been responsible for the Business Area Plastic Decoration as Senior Vice President and a Member of the Management Board.

Dr. Andreas Hirschfelder
“I’m delighted by the confidence the Kurz family have placed in me. Continuing the company's success story is both an honor and an incentive – especially in the challenging times we currently live in. But I am convinced that, as an international team, we can meet this challenge and continue to delight our customers in future,” said Dr. Hirschfelder

In a joint statement, Walter and Peter Kurz stated, “We are handing over a highly innovative company that is financially very healthy. We have every confidence that Dr. Andreas Hirschfelder will lead Kurz to continued success.”

Since the early/mid 1970s, Walter and Peter Kurz have developed their family business, which was founded back in 1899, into one of the world’s most successful experts in attractive, functional surface finishing. The decorative, functional layers applied to carrier foil are used in countless everyday products such as cosmetics packaging, wine bottle labels, household devices, and in plastic components for cars. One mainstay is the creation of security features, for example for documents. The Kurz Group is represented in more than 30 locations worldwide and employs over 5,500 people.

In recent years, the Group has consolidated its position as a trailblazer in the sustainable finishing industry. For example, in 2021 Kurz joined the UN Global Compact Network, the world’s largest, most important initiative for sustainable, responsible company management. A comprehensive sustainability report was published in 2022. Their range of products and services is also continually being made more environment- and climate-friendly.

The newly founded Leonhard Kurz Advisory Board will comprise Walter Kurz, Peter Kurz, Andreas Kurz, Dr. Katharina Kurz, Anja Kurz and two external members. This will ensure that the company continues as a family business.

The company Management Board is also being partly reorganized as a result: Thomas Hertlein, previously Executive Vice President of Kurz Transfer Products USA, becomes a Member of the Executive Board of the Group from the beginning of the 2023 fiscal year. Rainer Süßmann succeeds Dr. Hirschfelder as Senior Vice President of the Business Area Plastic Decoration. Both add their strength to that of existing Management Board members Werner Adel, Markus Hoffmann, Ralph Hopfensitz and Dirk Bockwinkel.

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Powering the future of machine performance.

The Danfoss range of hydraulic, fluid conveyance, and electrification products and services at the 2023 International Fluid Power Exposition in March, (Las Vegas,NV USA)a. At its booth, S80515, Danfoss will demonstrate how the company is “Powering the future of machine performance.”

“Autonomy, electrification, connectivity, and digitalization aren’t just buzzwords. They’re enabling original equipment manufacturers to develop machines with better productivity, safety, efficiency, precision, and operator experience,” said Mike Hill, senior vice president, OEM sales, Danfoss Power Solutions. “At Danfoss, we’re helping OEMs harness these trends and working with them to design, iterate, and validate their machines faster. It’s how we’re powering the future of machine performance.”

Visitors can also see Danfoss’ fluid conveyance and industrial hydraulics portfolios. The company’s comprehensive offering of hose, tubing, fittings, and connectors will be high-lighted. In the industrial zone, the Vickers by Danfoss line of pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, and brakes will be on display.

With dedicated booth areas for autonomy, connectivity, and digital tools, plus the company’s Editron electric powertrain systems, Danfoss will highlight how it’s paving the way to autonomous machines and zero-emission construction sites as well as delivering next-generation performance through smart, connected solutions. Stations showcasing system solutions for excavators, telehandlers, skid steer loaders, and wheel loaders will demonstrate Danfoss’ application expertise and how it helps OEMs increase speed to market. A variety of the company’s key products will be on display in these areas, including two of its newest releases: Thorx™ cam lobe motors and the Dextreme™ system for excavators.

Danfoss Thorx cam lobe motors reduce shock at speed changeover by 70%, improving machine handling and operator comfort. With an integral parking brake, the motor is 33% shorter in length than other cam lobe motors, reducing space requirements. In addition, the motor’s optimized brake technology lasts 20 to 25 times longer than competitive products, extending the motor’s service life.

Based on Digital Displacement® technology, the Dextreme system provides a pathway to 50% energy savings by tackling losses in the whole excavator hydraulic system. With the most efficient and controllable hydraulic pump at its heart, the Dextreme system provides unique digital flow control, resulting in vastly improved system efficiency and faster operator response times. Through the fast response and digital control of the hydraulic pump, engine loading can be controlled, providing significantly reduced fuel consumption without compromising on productivity.

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Robotics in the cloud ...

Robotics programming software expands into the cloud with powerful new functionalities.

ABB has enhanced its industry-leading RobotStudio® robot programming and simulation software with cloud-enabled functionality. The new RobotStudio Cloud enables individuals and teams to collaborate in real-time on robot cell designs from anywhere in the world, on any device. New features such as automatic version control increase transparency and productivity across teams. The software’s simplified interfaces and intuitive navigation allow users of all skill levels to work on robotic projects.

“At ABB Robotics, we continue to develop innovative and flexible solutions to help businesses overcome challenges, respond to changing customer needs and thrive in an age of increasing digitalization,” said Marc Segura, President of ABB Robotics division.

“New web-based tools like RobotStudio Cloud bring a new level of agility and flexibility to manufacturers in how they plan and design their robotic automation solutions. Offering a simplified user experience, RobotStudio Cloud helps to increase collaboration and reduce complexity, enabling both novices and experts to push the boundaries of robotics programming.”

Already the world’s leading robotic programming software, the new and enhanced cloud based RobotStudio software can help companies program robots more collaboratively while cutting the time, cost and disruption associated with physical testing and commissioning. Now system integrators and engineering teams can collaborate in real-time to design, develop and enhance robotic automation solutions.

New features in RobotStudio Cloud include version control, which allows users to keep track of changes and have full transparency of any amendments. With complete knowledge of who edited the program and when, developers can cut the time needed to resolve errors and performance issues.

Incorporating RobotStudio’s cloud-based virtual controllers, developers have a rapid and powerful robot simulation tool to tune and test programs. By producing an exact digital twin, the virtual controllers give developers complete confidence that – once installed in the real world – the robot will move as precisely as in the simulation. This allows for the fine-tuning and optimization that can help minimize waste or problems when production begins.

The software’s simplified interface makes it easier than ever to produce and change programs, enabling users with little engineering expertise to program robot applications rapidly and with minimum effort. Meanwhile, enterprise-grade protection ensures high security and productivity.

This is the latest chapter in the ongoing development of ABB’s RobotStudio software, which already offers over 500 integrated productivity-enhancing functions.

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Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Celebrating seventy years of measurement and automation technology.

Endress+Hauser is heading into its special anniversary year with momentum. In 2022 the measurement and automation technology specialist increased consolidated sales by almost 17 percent to more than 3.3 billion euros. Nearly 16,000 people are employed worldwide by the Group. The family-owned Swiss company also has a confident outlook for 2023, a year in which it is celebrating its 70th birthday.

From start-up to global player.

G.Endress + L. Hauser
On 1 February 1953, Georg H Endress and Ludwig Hauser officially registered their enterprise. The company has since grown from a two-man operation to a leading global provider of process and laboratory instrumentation, automation solutions and services. The Group boasts sales and support organizations in 125 countries and manufactures in all major economic regions, thus making the family-owned company a genuine global player.

Strong growth, positive outlook.
“2022 was marked by strong growth. We continued to reliably support our customers despite strained supply and logistics chains,” reports CFO Dr Luc Schultheiss. Thanks to a further increase in incoming orders, Endress+Hauser is heading into its 70th anniversary year with strong momentum. “We expect double-digit sales growth in 2023 as well,” says the CFO. The company is looking to create new jobs around the world and is planning to invest heavily in buildings and equipment.

Focus on long-term success.
Endress+Hauser has nearly doubled its sales volume in the last ten years and grew its headcount by more than 50 percent. Far more than 1.5 billion euros from the Group’s own financial resources was invested in new buildings and equipment in the same period. “Our customers value us, our employees are dedicated to the company and our shareholders think long term,” emphasizes CEO Matthias Altendorf. “We can be proud of what we have achieved and can look into the future with confidence.”

Anniversary celebration. Employees will be celebrating the Group’s 70th anniversary through both small and large events and activities all over the world. From 26 to 28 June 2023, Endress+Hauser is inviting customers, partners and industry experts to attend the Global Forum in Basel, (CH), to jointly discuss the sustainable transformation of the process industry.

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Hydrogen production at lower cost.

Agreement for energy management system to optimize hydrogen production costs for industry and mobility.

Hynamics has signed an agreement to collaborate with ABB and test the ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® for Green Hydrogen energy management system (EMS), which was launched to market in November 2022, across Hynamics’ plants to help optimize electrical costs of hydrogen production by up to 16 percent, according to ABB modelling.*

In order to optimize production costs for low carbon and renewable hydrogen, the performance of the electrolyser process – which uses electricity from renewable sources to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen – can be improved. ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® supports this by serving every aspect of a hydrogen plant lifecycle, from simulation at design and engineering phases to real-time monitoring of energy consumption when in operation. ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® is already available for five other industrial applications.

The system provides data which can help determine optimal energy consumption levels required to produce hydrogen and minimize waste. The tool considers, among other things, the variability of electricity prices, asset availability and other associated factors.

The companies have agreed to share respective resources to determine the compatibility of their solutions. ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® for Green Hydrogen EMS will be deployed at Auxerre (F), Hynamics’ first production and distribution site in Northern Burgundy, approximately 170 km southeast of Paris. The 1 MW hydrogen station for the urban community will supply five buses of the Leo network (Transdev), as well as light commercial vehicles and trucks, removing 2,200 tons of CO2 emissions from the road each year.

“With complementary areas of expertise, the cooperation between ABB and Hynamics will enable us to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen projects on an industrial scale,” said Christelle Rouillé, General Manager of Hynamics. “The integration of ABB's world-class power management system is a necessary step to improve the performance of the water electrolysis process and thus optimize the cost of hydrogen production.”

“We have recently pioneered our ABB Ability™ OPTIMAX® system specifically for green hydrogen to help production companies overcome the challenges of electrolysis in the way of high costs and energy intensive processes,” said Bruno Roche, Global Head of Energy Transition at ABB. “This first deployment of our EMS for green hydrogen is significant and hopefully the first of many if we are to achieve our collective goal of building a resilient global hydrogen ecosystem for a clean energy future.”

The scope of the agreement also includes the deployment of the cloud for the EMS at the Hynamics operation control center, potential performance and reliability tests carried out by EDF and deployment on further Hynamics production sites in 2023.


* 16% saving has been calculated by ABB Corporate Research Center in 2022 and is based upon an optimized versus an unoptimized operation of a hydrogen plant. The results showed an estimated reduction of >14% in electricity costs and >2% in electrical consumption. Thus the lower boundary of OPTIMAX reduction of electrical cost is up to 16%.


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