Thursday, 21 January 2021

On-line configuaration tool for valves & actuators.

Festo has introduced a new online configuration tool that makes it easier and quicker to select the correct valve or actuator for your process application. Simply select a few parameters and the Festo valve configurator will suggest appropriate combinations, offering a fast, reliable and easy way for process engineers to source coordinated and ready-to-install solutions.

Commenting on the new valve configurator, Leon Kelly, Manager of the Process Automation Centre for Festo UK & Ireland, says: “Configuring the optimum process automation solution for your media is child's play using the Festo online configurator. It simplifies the whole engineering and purchasing process and allows you to obtain the perfect valve unit in just a few clicks. It includes some really helpful features: for example, the configurator can generate a bill of materials to show the component breakdown. Also if you need a configuration ID for repeat orders, or a CAD model for your final configured solution, that’s not a problem – the configurator can produce those as well.”

Digital journey
The online valve configurator is the latest solution from Festo designed to drive digitalisation forward and support customers as they enter the age of Industry 4.0. As an automation expert, Festo is combining its extensive knowledge of industrial applications with the latest developments in information technology to realise online applications for industrial automation best practice.
 Festo is also using digital communication to support its customers throughout the Digital Customer Journey, guiding users safely and comprehensively through the Festo portfolio: from information procurement and configuration, through ordering and delivery, to commissioning and maintenance: as well as the technical training offered by Festo Didactic
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The online valve configurator is ideal for selecting Festo butterfly valve units (KVZA), ball valve units (KVZB) and quarter turn actuator units (KDFP). It simplifies the specification and purchase process by ensuring that all components – from process valves, actuators, pilot valves and limit switch boxes to positioners, adapter kits and hand levers – are from a single source and are perfectly matched and pre-assembled. It is also possible to use the configurator to select an actuator unit without the process valve: ideal for automating existing process valves, or where there is a preference for a third party supply.

Following a step-by-step guide, the user simply chooses the required parameters in the configurator’s input menu. The configurator suggests the right solutions by taking all relevant factors into account: from the initial product search, configuration, sizing and documentation right through to ordering and delivery of the ready-to-install process valve or quarter turn actuator unit. The configurator can also accommodate unique customer-specific requests.

Together with the proposed solution, the configurator automatically generates an order ID for the complete combination, which can be used for placing future orders. There are also benefits in terms of documentation because the CAD data for the complete, configured unit can be downloaded. Immediate price and delivery time information also make the ordering process easier.

@festo_global @Publitek #PAuto 

Linear guide selection tool.

An online tool has been launched by Thomson Industries that simplifies the selection and purchase of their wide range of profile rail linear guide components. Using the tool’s intuitive interface, design and system engineers can reach their optimal profile rail solution in a matter of minutes, eliminating potentially hours of research and analysis.

Thomson on-line tool
“Thomson offers the broadest line of profile rail linear guides in the motion control industry, and we now make it super easy for designers to quickly view their options and match a solution to their applications,” said Markus Brändle, Product Line Specialist – Linear Bearings and Guides at Thomson. “The new selector tool is part of our commitment to bringing online industrial buyers the same levels of convenience and decision support they get when working closely with Thomson application engineers.” 

The Thomson profile rail offering includes the next generation 500 Series ball and roller linear guides, 400 Series, AccuMini, compact MicroGuide®, and lightweightT-Series. It is a complete family of rails and carriages in a broad range of styles, sizes and unique features produced to industry standard dimensions for easy retrofitting into existing applications or designing into new ones.                   

From an intuitive menu displaying the main types of profile rail linear guides, users reach a list of recommended solutions for their application in only a few clicks. They can then filter on parameters such as load, length, carriage style, accuracy and required corrosion resistance. Up-front pricing and lead times, and user-prompted live assistance are also accessible – all without leaving the original page.

The whole selection process typically takes less than five minutes to get the user to the optimised profile rail that meets their requirements. Once the configuration is complete, they can either add it to a shopping cart for immediate purchase, download a 3D model into their CAD program or access a PDF containing product features, benefits and technical specifications. 

@Thomson_Ind @bcm_pr #PAuto

Vision resource on view.

"Knowledge increases when it is shared" – following this maxim, IDS is making its expertise as one of the leading manufacturers of digital industrial cameras free of charge and directly accessible on a new platform - the IDS Vision Channel. In addition to online events, useful tools such as calendars and live chats, the Channel also offers a media library with recordings of past events and additional, exclusive content. 

The online sessions address image processing topics around 2D, 3D and embedded vision as well as artificial intelligence. They are short, focused and build on each other depending on the topic. This makes them interesting for both beginners and experts. Afterwards, questions can be discussed in the group or with the speakers. This makes the IDS Vision Channel ideal for knowledge exchange and knowledge building.

The speakers are from a wide range of disciplines at IDS, from product management to development to management. In addition there will be guests – such as the IDS Solution Partners or start-ups – depending on the subject. The experts are available to answer questions during and after the online sessions. Each event will be offered at least twice so that people from every time zone can participate live. The channel language is English. An overview of all upcoming dates can be found in the IDS Vision Channel calendar, which allows the various events to be easily filtered, booked and managed.

"We bring our specialists to you – conveniently on the screen. Participants can choose suitable events from a wide range of topics and receive tips and tricks for their own applications," summarises IDS Managing Director Jan Hartmann

As travel restrictions continue due to the pandemic, the IDS Vision Channel is intended to serve as a digital meeting place and to foster exchange within the international machine vision community. The launch event is scheduled for 28th of January 2021. Interested parties are cordially invited to take a look at the opportunities and challenges of machine vision with the experts at IDS and to learn more about the future-oriented developments of the company. Registration is open and free of charge.

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Imaging

Analytics Platform of the Year.

Real-time data and analytics are key drivers for optimising operational performance, asset health and plant safety

The ‘IoT Analytics Platform of the Year’ award has been received by Emerson for its Plantweb™ Optics Analytics software. The honour, part of the fifth annual IoT Breakthrough Awards, recognises Emerson’s analytics software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve reliability, safety and sustainability while optimising production for industrial manufacturers.

“Industrial manufacturers generate vast amounts of data, but few companies are really gaining the insights needed to optimise their operations,” said Stuart Harris, group president for Emerson’s digital transformation business. “With Plantweb Optics Analytics, we are providing manufacturers with advanced analytics capabilities that are easy to deploy and quickly deliver results. This IoT Breakthrough Award recognises our industry-leading technology, expertise and focus on value creation for our customers.”

New technologies present a wealth of opportunities for manufacturers today. In fact, analytics has the potential to deliver more than $4 trillion of growth in industrial manufacturing, according to McKinsey. Emerson’s Plantweb Optics Analytics is a powerful industrial IoT analytics software that collects and interprets operational data to provide real-time visibility into equipment health and operational performance. With embedded domain knowledge, Plantweb Optics Analytics can improve performance at all levels across an enterprise, from simple equipment to complex assets, process units and entire production plants. Plantweb Optics is part of Emerson’s award-winning Plantweb™ digital ecosystem of transformational technologies, software and services.

Emerson’s Plantweb Optics Analytics software draws from a combination of data-driven models and principles-driven analytics to identify, predict and prevent more than 80% of common equipment failures, leveraging machine learning, predictive modelling and artificial intelligence to provide insight that impacts business performance. The company also recently introduced augmented reality (AR) technology for Plantweb Optics, enabling workers with enhanced access to critical information and expert guidance as well as empowering remote collaboration to maintain operations and prevent downtime.

The IoT Breakthrough Awards programme recognises innovators, leaders and visionaries from around the globe in a range of IoT categories, including Industrial IoT, Enterprise IoT, Consumer IoT, Connected Home and more. This year’s programme attracted more than 3,850 nominations from companies all over the world.

“With Plantweb Optics Analytics, organisations have a ‘breakthrough’ platform that helps them improve key performance areas such as reliability, safety, production optimisation and energy management – the biggest profit levers for a manufacturer's operations,” said James Johnson, managing director at IoT Breakthrough. “Emerson’s IoT innovation breaks through the IoT analytics category this year and we are thrilled to be able to name Emerson a 2021 IoT Breakthrough Award winner.”

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @IoTBreakthrough @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #IoT

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Load-sensing proportional directional valve.

The SLV20 load-sensing proportional directional valve, a flexible priority-flow-sharing solution for mini and micro machinery has been launched by Eaton. Compared to traditional cast iron control valves, the SLV20 valve offers greater flexibility and control as well as space and weight savings for low-flow applications.

“Our new SLV20 valve is a compact, lightweight solution for low-flow applications compared to a traditional cast iron sectional mobile valve, which can be large and heavy,” 
said Tolu Oluwatudimu, EMEA product manager, screw-in cartridge valves, Eaton. “The valve can help original equipment manufacturers consolidate and reduce the size of main system circuits on mini and micro platforms. It’s also an ideal solution for upgrading from manual to electrohydraulic actuation.” 

It brings priority flow sharing to low-flow machinery with the versatility and serviceability of screw-in cartridge valves. Designed in sections to enable stacking of multiple functions, the SLV20 valve utilizes Eaton’s new ESV9 four-way three-position proportional solenoid cartridge valve in a hydraulic integrated circuit concept. Meter-out or meter-in control is achieved through logic elements, which enables flow sharing and flow prioritization in the same valve bank.

SLV20 sections are manufactured from aluminum drawn bar, which enables production of small batches of individual sections with added functions. This could include pilot-operated check valves, counterbalance valves or other bespoke functions that an application requires, thus reducing the need for remotely mounted ancillary valves. 

The SLV20’s aluminum sections weigh significantly less than traditional cast iron sections, which can lead to efficiency gains and, in some cases, increased load-carrying capability and battery life. A patent-pending multifunction meter-out compensator reduces section size by 40%, saving space on the machine. 

With flows of up to 60 liters per minute (16 gallons per minute) at the inlet and 30 liters per minute (8 gallons per minute) at the work port, the SLV20 valve offers the ideal flow rate for mini and micro machinery platforms across a variety of industries, including construction, agriculture, material handling and vocational vehicles, as well as auxiliary/accessory control on larger machines.

@eatoncorp @NapierPR #PAuto  

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Creating industrial communication.

Renesas Modules offer quick and reliable access to Industrial Real-Time Communication. They support PROFINET CC-B (incl. MRP), EtherNet/IP (incl. DLR) and EtherCAT. The ICC Engineering Tool supports the customer configurimg the module and establishing the communication.

port GmbH offers  an Engineering Tool "ICC" (industrial Communication Creator) for the RENESAS Industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) - a unique and uniform tool to configure not only the objects dictionally of the module. Only one tool (uniform) allows to configure the "on board" available protocols PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT. Besides the settings for the Resource Management, the Device Description, the settings of module and slot parameters, the Driver Settings and the Parameters/Assemblies/Connections the tools as well creates the GSDML (PROFINET), EDS (EtherNet/IP), ESI (EtherCAT) Files – this is unique functionality. The tool is available for Linux and Windows.

The industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) is a certified hardware- and software solution, to speed up the development and offers a fast and price-effective access to the Industrial Ethernet market. One (1) hardware covers the 3 most important Industrial Ethernet Fieldbus protocols. Based on the technology of Renesas and Renesas’ quality standards offer this module certified software of the leading Industrial Ethernet-Protocols PROFINET® + MRP, EtherCAT® and EtherNet/IP ™ +DLR on board. The mechanical dimension is of the same size as a dual port RJ45 block would be. Upon Design-In standard cut-outs and housing can be used, alternatively upon re-designing products this module is mechanically (front cut-out) a drop-in replacement. The built-in PHYs and the simple Footprint enables for an easy design-in.  A SPI connection hooks the module up the customer’s so called host CPU. Accordingly, existing host CPUs - though not as performant as today’s CPUs - can be maintained and used with PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT

The up-front investment for protocol stack licenses, implementation effort and certification cost can be significantly reduced.

Whether 5 or 500 units per year- RENESAS’ industrial RJ45 Ethernet-Module (R-IN32M3-Module) offers easy access to the Industrial Real Time Ethernet market.

Port's ICC Tool offers beside comfort and ease-of-use another option to accelerate the development.  On top this tool allows for a quality improvement as it reduces manual changes in the source code to a minimum. Individual errors by the operator are eliminated. The tool has an extra companion tool running command-line based and can so embedded into automated build systems. 

@mepaxIntPR #PortAutomation #PAuto #Fieldbus

Oceanographic pioneer honoured.

Douglas C. Webb, founder of Teledyne Webb Research has been appointed Oceanographer Emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. This peer appointed honorary position has been bestowed upon Doug Webb in recognition of his contributions to WHOI and to oceanographic science and engineering world-over. 
When asked about the appointment, Dr. Richard Murray, Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution commented, “Throughout his career, Doug Webb elegantly crossed and merged the boundaries of science and technology, all the while setting a terrific example of how to be farsighted to the future while also getting whatever is before him simply “done”. It is a true honor for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to grant him this honorary and esteemed appointment.”

Although always quick to acknowledge the contributions of others, Doug is a gifted engineer and inventor whose pioneering work can be credited for fundamentally changing the way in which scientists are now able to observe the interior of the oceans.  From his graduate work at Manchester University (NH, USA), where he demonstrated the first prototype transistorized computer, Doug brought individual transistor technology with him to WHOI where he developed accurate timing for acoustically tracking langrangian floats (integrated circuits were not yet available).  Throughout his career, Doug has been an early adopter of enabling technologies (i.e. silicon chips, ceramic transducers, satellite communications, GPS, etc.), and continually brought those technologies to bear to solve a set of problems that helped resolve ocean dynamics.

Doug recognized early on that one of the key hurdles facing the oceanographic community and data collection was the ocean’s grand scale and the limited size of the research fleet. He set out to develop and create a toolbox of long-endurance remote sensing platforms that would provide scientists with a better look into the world’s vastly under-sampled oceans.  His innovative workincludes low-frequency acoustic sound sources used for water mass tracking, long range navigation, and tomography (SOFAR, RAFOS, Tonpilz), Vertical Current Meters (VCMs) to measure water chimney convection, profiling floats (ALACE and APEX) that evolved into the ARGO program, and the genesis of ocean gliders (Slocum).  The sound sources are still in use today for a variety of applications. The VCMs morphed into the floats with the added capability of electromagnetic probes (EM-APEX) for water velocity measurements that are now air deployed from C-130 planes. Over the last 20 years of the Argo program, the floats have made over 2 million ocean profiles, or four times as many profiles as all other ocean observing tools combined!  The Slocum gliders, capable of crossing ocean basins with well over a year of endurance, are routinely being used to measure and monitor many facets of the ocean including biogeochemical properties, whale and penguin movements, and facilitating hurricane intensity predictions.

“I continue to have the good fortune of working alongside Doug through many shared adventures. Doug’s spark of inquisitiveness and creativity is contagious, and we strive to follow the advice that he gave to Rutgers students after the first Slocum glider Atlantic Ocean crossing – “Work hard, have fun, and change the world”said Clayton Jones, Senior Director of Technology, Teledyne Marine

@TeledyneMarine @WHOI #Oceanographic #Research