Friday, October 18, 2019

Challenge to make splash.

Being active together for a good cause: this is the idea behind the Endress+Hauser Water Challenge. In local events, employees donate a fixed amount for every kilometer covered, and the company doubles the amount raised. The money will be used for water aid projects in Asia, Africa and South America. After the kick-off in Reinach (CH), the initiative will now be carried around the world by the Group’s companies.

“For many people, clean drinking water is a valuable and scarce commodity,” explains Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. For decades, the company has supported safe, efficient and environmentally friendly water supply and treatment with its products, solutions and services. “Now we are transferring this commitment to the non-profit sector,” said the CEO. The aim is to give more people access to clean water.

The Endress+Hauser Water Challenge is open to all employees of the company who like to move and at the same time want to do something good for other people. “The shared experience is more important than a quick time,” emphasizes Matthias Altendorf. The routes should always be close to water. The activities can vary – from hiking and cross-country skiing to swimming, everything is possible. The money collected will always be used for a specified water aid project.

At the kick-off of the Endress+Hauser Water Challenge on 10 October 2019 in Reinach, 250 employees ran and walked a total of around 2,300 kilometers. Smaller runs took place on the same day on the fringes of company events in Vienna and Freiburg, (D). In the end, around 10,000 CHF (€9100) was collected from the first charity run. Further campaigns at international locations are being planned.

With the money from the Reinach run, a well is to be drilled in the village of Dak Lak in the Vietnamese province of Kon Tum, which will ensure the water supply even in periods of drought. There are also systems and installations planned to treat and store the water. Endress+Hauser employees in Vietnam will make sure that the donation goes entirely to the water aid project.


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Open communication standard in pharma recognised.

OPEN-SCS and Werum IT Solutions successfully staged the “OPEN-SCS plug fest” at Werum’s headquarters in Lüneburg (D).  The OPEN-SCS working group is partnered with the OPC Foundation to develop an open source standard covering the complete business transaction for the data exchange in pharma packaging serialization.

OPEN-SCS honored with Pharma 4.0 Award
During the plug fest the interfaces between the ISA levels 2-3 and 3-4 and the different vendors have been tested. Besides Werum (manufacturing IT including serialization solutions) the companies ACG (end-to-end pharmaceutical solutions), ADVANCO (packaging/distribution serialization and track and trace level 3 and 4), and WIPOTEC (serialization provider of level 2 systems) took part in the interoperability tests. Complex data containing, for instance, serialization mass data, were exchanged and the compliance with the OPC UA standard checked.

“The results are very satisfactory,” says Costantino Pipero, leading the event on behalf the OPC Foundation. “We fully achieved our goals, testing the interfaces, interoperability, and compliance adherence. The specification is viable, that means no changes are needed. For OPEN SCS this is the basis to now start and speed up implementation.”

In recognition of its efforts to develop an open communication standard, the OPEN-SCS working group was honored with the Pharma 4.0 Award by the Pharma MES / Pharma TRACKTS! conference. The award will further boost OPEN-SCS to realize its vision: to reduce the total cost of ownership for packaging serialization in the pharma and biotech industry.

 #PAuto #Pharma @Werum @OPCFoundation

Connection and cable facility opened.

To support the unprecedented growth of its Benelux business, LEMO has invested in a new, purpose-built, hi-tech and eco-friendly facility near Amsterdam.

"With 2,500 m2 (doubled in size), we have plenty of growing room to triple assembly and double office staff," says Niels Zonneveld Managing Director of LEMO Benelux.

Their Dutch subsidiary was opened in 2005 initially to cover the Benelux market. Meanwhile, its staff grew from 2 to over 50 people. Today, LEMO Netherlands has a cable assembly department as well and is home to the LEMO European Distribution Centre, supplying several European companies. It also hosts the European stock of LEMO’s Northwire Cable.

Located in Haarlem, the new, pure contemporary style 3-storey building has been designed for efficiency. Expert support was provided to the architects in order to optimise the flow of goods and people. The facility also offers expanded inventory and expedited delivery services.

#PAuto #Benelux @mepaxIntPR @LEMOConnectors

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Powering the food chain...

On a trip to Rome some years ago we were introduced to the extraordinary food enterprise called Eataly* - a sort of IKEA for food albeit Italian food and drink (is there any better sort!). This made this story more interesting to us.

Have you ever wondered how much work is hidden behind a glass of wine? Or how wheat is sown, harvested and transformed into a pasta dish? FPT Industrial and Eataly announce a three-year partnership to recount the food chain, from farm to table. The two companies have chosen an exceptional stage for this world premiere: Eataly Smeraldo in Milan, where, throughout the month of October, visitors can learn about the ingredients of this special story.

The special Cursor X framework in the Eataly Smeraldo store in Milan

The Milanese store is welcoming visitors in a tailor-made setting representing vine shoots to celebrate the month of wine. Cursor X - the engine concept of the future, a symbol of how FPT Industrial conceives technology, innovation and sustainability - is displayed hanging from Eataly Smeraldo's stage, among the roots of a vine tree. The engine, designed for Planet Earth and for greener agriculture, is Multi-power, because it can be powered by natural gas, electric batteries and hydrogen; Modular, easy to install and quick to maintain; Multi-application, adapted to any vehicle and mission; Mindful, capable of self-learning, predicting and programming its own maintenance. The set-up has been designed to be sustainable as the emissions for its production will be offset by the planting of trees.

From seeds to high-quality food on our tables, FPT Industrial and Eataly divide the story of the virtuous production process in the store into four thematic areas dedicated to typical products of Italian cuisine: wine, pasta, tomatoes and cheese.

With its engines, FPT Industrial helps to plant, harvest and deliver high-quality products to our table, placing sustainability at the heart of its research. Throughout its history, the Brand has been a key player in the changes of agriculture, thanks to its innovative and increasingly environmentally friendly engines.

Today, 40% of the wheat and 80% of the wine grapes in the world are harvested thanks to machines powered by FPT Industrial. “The partnership with Eataly is one that once again makes us proud of our products and our mission, because we can recount and explain the role of our engines along the entire food chain”, says Carlo Moroni, Head of Communication for FPT Industrial. “From farm to table, FPT Industrial is the sustainable and innovative engine of agriculture”.

“The earth is tired. Therefore, technologies that express environmental responsibility are very welcome”, explains Francesco Farinetti, CEO of Eataly. “The agricultural sector production chain is witness to virtuous changes through technologies that express respect for the environment. If we can also do our small part by telling our customers about these new frontiers, then we do it very willingly. For us, the ideal scenario is to innovate while preserving traditions”.

The story of this chain is also broken down into two events at Eataly Smeraldo. The first one will be held on October 18th at 6:30 p.m. with Chiara Maci, the new TV face of Food Network with the series "L'Italia a morsi", presenter of the show "Cuochi e Fiamme" and author of various cookbooks. She will be the key figure of a cooking show that will engage the public in the preparation of original dishes.

I'm hungry already.... Sláinte!

* We understand that their are branches of Eataly in the USA and possibly in other countries.

@FPTIndustrial @EatalyIT #Food #Italy

Industry leader recognition.

Delta has just been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) 2019 assessment as the industry leader within the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components sector for the fourth time.

With the global challenge of climate change and strong competition among peers, Delta has now been included in the DJSI World Index for the 9th consecutive year and in the DJSI Emerging Markets Index for the 7th consecutive year. The 2019 DJSI survey not only underscores Delta's continuous dedication towards climate change action and superior performance in economic and social dimensions, but also rewards the Company with the highest score in 8 criteria, outperforming the previous years. The DJSI assessment recognizes Delta’s efforts in the three dimensions of ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance). With its focus on climate change action, in 2018, Delta reduced its carbon intensity by 16.8% in efforts to achieve the Science Based Target (SBT) set in 2017 of reducing its carbon intensity 56.6% by 2025.

Mr. Jesse Chou, Delta's chief sustainability officer, highlighted, "Our long-term commitment is to realize Delta's corporate mission, 'To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow', by leveraging our core competence in high-efficiency power electronics, developing comprehensive energy-saving solutions capable of lowering mankind's carbon footprint, implementing carbon reduction, and fully disclosing our goals and progress in ESG. Delta achieved its scheduled milestone of 16.8% science-based carbon reduction in the first year. In 2019 our cooperation with the Delta Electronics Foundation in the promotion of environmental education and green buildings and transportation concepts helped us achieve full credits in “Innovation Management”, “Environmental Reporting”, and "Social Reporting”. Delta also led the electronics industry in 5 major criteria for the 2019 DJSI corporate sustainability assessment: “Materiality”, “Risk and Crisis Management”, “Codes of Business Conduct”, “Product Stewardship”, and “Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy”. Delta’s dedication to innovative development, enhancing eco-efficiency, increasing its percentage of renewable energy, and balancing the development on ESG, have supported us in achieving this year's industry leadership position."

Delta has focused on climate change issues and passed the review by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2017, while proposing the goal of reducing the carbon intensity by 56.6% by 2025 with 2014 as the base year. Delta became the first enterprise in Taiwan and the 87th in the world to pass the SBTi review. Through internal efforts to implement 1,846 energy-saving solutions at its plants in 2018, Delta increased its global use of renewable energy ratio to 22%. With the purchase of International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-RECs), Delta’s carbon intensity was decreased by 16.8% in 2018, surpassing the original SBT of carbon reduction by 16.5% for 2018.

To accelerate the transformation to low-carbon transportation in response to the UN's goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C, in 2018 Delta took the lead in joining the EV100 initiative for international electric vehicles, and is the first member globally that provides energy infrastructure for electric vehicles. Delta has also introduced the climate-related financial disclosure protocol as a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and continues to be proactive in implementing mitigation and adaptation work in response to climate change.

Delta has recently issued its 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report. Delta's high energy-efficient products have helped its clients save 28.1 billion kWh of electricity from 2010 to 2018, reducing 15.06 million tons of carbon emissions. From 2011 to 2018, a total of 1,846 energy-saving solutions were implemented at its major plants, saving 230 million kWh of electricity and reducing about 186,000 tons of carbon emissions. As for energy conservation through green buildings, the 15 certified factories and 5 academic buildings that Delta has sponsored to build have saved 17.83 million kWh of electricity and reduced about 11,200 tons of carbon emissions. Delta is dedicated to fulfilling it corporate mission "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow" and is committed to making greater achievements in energy conservation and carbon reduction.

#PAuto @DeltaEMEA @SPDJIndices 

Simplified motor integration for linear motion systems.

Mounting kit featured in improved Thomson Linear MOTIONEERING® online sizing and selection tool.

Thomson Industries has launched an upgraded RediMount option, a pre-engineered, modular adapter kit for seamlessly installing motors or gears in less than five minutes. The improved option is now the default for Thomson linear motion systems and precision linear actuators, and its capabilities are factored into optimal sizing recommendations generated through the company’s Linear MOTIONEERING product sizing and selection tool.

According to Alexander Schollin, Product Line Specialist EMEA & Asia at Thomson, “Lead time is minimised significantly as the motor or gear and systems can now be shipped with RediMount pre-installed. Whereas design engineers previously spent valuable time searching for the optimal motor flange kit and installing the individual components upon receipt, now they can order our upgraded solution, significantly reducing lead time and having only the simple task of bolting on their motor upon receipt.”

RediMount accommodates a wide range of motor types and sizes or gears, which can be mounted to linear motion systems and actuators faster and with less effort than ever before. “RediMount also includes updated smart part numbers with a specific motor ID, which reflect the motor or gear manufacturer and type,” added Schollin. “For engineers with old product numbers, we developed a translator, which converts the old product number to a new one including motor ID.”

Furthermore, by using the Linear MOTIONEERING tool, customers can now check if their motor is powerful enough and meets the specifications of their application. This is a critical enhancement for project-based machine builders and automation partners. Products now available with the enhanced RediMount kit include:

  • M (Movopart®) linear units: These are ideal for economical, transport-grade applications such as packaging, material handling and factory automation.
  • WH (SpeedLine) linear units: The units are designed for high-speed material handling and packaging.
  • WM (PowerLine), WV units (DynaLine) and MLS units (ForceLine) linear units: These units are developed for applications such as machine tool automation and test/measurement.
  • T-Series actuators (T60/T90/T130): These rod-style precision linear actuators are designed for use in material handling, machining and factory automation applications. They are ideal for replacing hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders.

RediMount facilitates various Thomson linear motion systems and precision linear actuators.

Finally, apart from reduced lead and engineering time on the overall system, RediMount is also designed with a flexible coupling that matches or exceeds the high input torque of the linear unit.

#PAuto @Thomson_Ind  @bcm_pr

Photoionisation detector.

Latest TVOC 2 incorporates well proven MiniPID 2 sensor technology for continuous detection of total volatile organic compounds

Ion Science has redesigned its TVOC fixed photoionisation detector (PID). Developed for continuous monitoring of total volatile organic compounds (TVOCs), the TVOC 2 features eye-catching new branding and incorporates the company’s latest market-leading long life MiniPID 2 sensor.

Their TVOC 2 has three selectable detection ranges of 0 – 10, 0 – 100 and 0 – 1000 parts per million making it ideal for monitoring applications in a range of industries including manufacturing, processing, offshore, refineries, petrochemical, chemical, waste and water treatment, indoor air quality and pharmaceutical.

By incorporating Ion Science’s MiniPID 2 sensor, TVOC 2 boasts Fence Electrode Technology for increased resistance to humidity and contamination allowing extended operation in the field. A robust and rugged design helps ensure accurate results in the harshest of working environments.

Ion Science’s TVOC 2 utilises a diffusive sample technique resulting in less contamination issues compared to pumped systems which reduces lamp cleaning and servicing requirements. The 4-20 mA analogue output enables TVOC 2 to be integrated into a Distributed Control System (DCS) to give warning or control of high VOC levels in the working environment.

The ATEX approvals enable a three wire TVOC system to be used in Zone 2 hazardous areas, without safety barriers. Plus, ATEX and IECEx approvals allow TVOC to be used in Zone 1 hazardous areas, with safety barriers.

Ion Science’s TVOC 2 is simple to install, service and calibrate and does not require a hot work permit. The MiniPID 2 sensor is accessible and changeable in a matter of seconds.

@ionscience @elhcomms #PAuto #TVOC