Monday, January 20, 2020

Co-operation in Industrie 4.0

Dunkermotoren becomes part of the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

Nils Herzberg, Uwe Lorenz -
The digitalisation of factories and plants as well as the Internet of Things promise ever new possibilities for the automation industry. In this development, a wide variety of technologies from the field level to the cloud and also across different stages of the value chain must be combined across manufacturers to create tangible added value for our customers. The supreme discipline here is that within such an ecosystem, all participants speak the same language and no time-consuming integration is required.

Dunkermotoren has accepted this challenging discipline. At the same time, the drive technology manufacturer has recognized that this cannot be solved by one company alone, but only in conjunction with a partner ecosystem that consists of component manufacturers, software companies, machine builders and integrators. The company has found this partner ecosystem in the Open Industry 4.0 Alliance. The goal of this alliance is to build an interoperable and manufacturer-independent ecosystem that delivers functioning industry 4.0 solutions based on existing standards.

@Dunkermotor #PAuto #IoT

Trouble shooting thermal imaging camera.

Fluke has introduced the new TiS60+ thermal imaging camera, the ideal troubleshooting and preventive maintenance tool for industrial maintenance technicians and engineers. The new Fluke TiS60+ features IR-Fusion™ technology, which blends visible and infrared images to varying degrees to help pinpoint exactly the location of a problem. This model is ideal for users who are new to thermal imaging or if being used by a team with varying levels of thermal imaging experience as the TiS60+ offers easy-to-use fixed focus.

The Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Imaging Camera features 320 x 240 resolution images for clarity and image detail on a 3.5 inch LCD screen, especially when capturing smaller temperature differences from further away. Designed to withstand a 2 metre drop and water and dust resistant to IP54, it can be used in a temperature range of -20°C to +400°C. The TiS60+ can work without a break, with a battery life of over 5 hours of continuous use. Sleep mode saves the battery life in between inspection points: simply pressing the power button one time gets the camera back up and running.

Often the next big challenge with infrared images is to make sure that the images taken by the team can quickly be added to work orders. The TiS60+ features IR Photo Notes which makes this easy. They give the camera operator a simple way to add pictures associated with the image, documenting the equipment name or the room location associated with the thermal image, so that the person creating the work order can send the technicians to the right location for repairs.

Fluke Connect™ desktop software, provided with the camera, allows users to record and share thermal images in real time via their smartphones or tablets and automatically upload them to the cloud. The software enables creation of professional reports in minutes while efficiently capturing full radiometric data to support the maintenance program.

 #PAuto @FlukeCorp

M2M wireless modules.

Anglia has significantly strengthened its M2M wireless offering with the signing of a Britain and Ireland distribution agreement with SIMCom Wireless Solutions *, suppliers of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless modules and solutions.

Commenting, John Bowman, Marketing Director of Anglia, said, “SIMCom allows us to improve support for customers who are looking for cost effective, basic M2M or IoT functionality especially those still using the popular 2G networks. They also have products supporting access to the high performance 4G and 5G networks. This is a great addition to Anglia’s line card and complements our existing activities and portfolio of products. The engagement with a company of SIMCom’s stature and position in the market underlines Anglia’s commitment, strength and credibility in the M2M and IoT space”

Mr Nikola Balj, Business Development Director Western Europe at SIMCom added, “SIMCom is keen to offer customers in the UK and Ireland market the best possible access to our industry leading wireless technology platform modules and terminal level solutions. We believe that Anglia will be a great partner for us. They have shown an excellent understanding of our solutions and their customers’ needs and have very strong and well-established relationships with key accounts. We are looking forward to a successful partnership.”

* SIMCom is one of the world’s largest IoT wireless module manufacturers by number of units shipped according to ABI Research Inc. It has a range of modules covering 2G, 2G+GNSS Combo, 3G and 4G in standard form factors with sizes down to 17.6mm x 15.7mm allowing customers an easy migration path as they require more functionality or need to specify different modules for each territory. SIMCom also has modules to cover global network requirements and the new 5G standards as well as GPS and GNSS modules for tracking applications.

#PAuto #M2M #Wireless @angliaLive @simcom_m2m @NeeshamPR

Friday, January 17, 2020

Pulse valve more effective, efficient and convenient.

Emerson is introducing its newly redesigned ASCO™ Series 353 Pulse Valve, designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users achieve a more effective, efficient and convenient bag cleaning every time.

With a higher peak pressure, wider temperature range, patented quick mount clamp connection and overall part simplification, the new series provides longer bag and filter life and lower maintenance.

The new valve can be used in a wide range of applications, including concrete processing, grain, agriculture and feed, metalworking (abrasive blasting), food processing, foundries, pharmaceutical, mining, rubber mixing/processing, metal processing, lime industry, cement factories, power plants and steel mills.

Without optimum peak pressure, dust collector cleaning becomes inefficient and the consumption of compressed air rises. Because it hits peak pressure quickly, the Series 353 creates a more effective cleaning process. The new design also leads to improved airflow through the filter bags or cartridges for optimized dust collector performance while reducing costly compressed air consumption.

“Through a rigorous engineering design and testing process, Emerson has optimized the ASCO Series 353 Pulse Valve to open, hit peak pressure and close faster than the competition. This gives our customers optimized filter cleaning and significant compressed air savings across all reverse-jet dust collector system applications,” said vice president of global marketing for Emerson’s industrial automation business, Erik VanLaningham.

In addition, the valve is designed with fewer moving parts for increased reliability and simplified maintenance. A longer valve lifespan — over one million cycles on average — results in more time between valve maintenance cycles.

The Series 353 also offers a patented quick mount clamp connection, providing faster, easier installation, as well as connection options, like the classic dresser connection and threaded version.

Emerson’s redesigned Series 353 provides a broader operating temperature range of -40°C to 140°C (-40°F to 284°F), making it suitable for moderate-to-harsh industrial and hazardous environments.

 #PAuto #OEM @ASCO_EU @EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @mepaxIntPR

Linear position sensors.

The TM1 series linear position sensors, recently launched by Novotechnik and available from Variohm EuroSensor, are designed for simple and direct integration within hydraulic/pneumatic cylinders or harsh-environment machinery. With a working range of up to 2 metres, an absolute positioning resolution of 0.1 mm and no speed limit, the new sensor features Novotechnik’s ‘touchless’ magnetostrictive measurement technology for uncompromised durability, maximum reliability and a mechanically unlimited working life.

Aimed at demanding position and speed sensing tasks on mobile construction equipment, agricultural and industrial machinery, the TM1’s installation flexibility includes integration on single- or double-acting cylinders with a choice of plug-in or screw flange mounting. The cost effective sensor is also suitable for external mounting. For in-cylinder applications, high pressure resistance is guaranteed up to 350 bar and up 450 bar for pressure peaks, with a temperature rating that covers -40 °C to +105 °C. The sensor has a standard protection rating to IP67 and optional to IP69K for the plug-in flange version. Its MTTF life rating is more than 20 years.

With a nominal supply voltage of 12…24 VDC, the output signal can be optionally specified for analogue current, voltage or CANopen and CAN SAE J1939 field bus interfaces. Working length is specified in 25 mm intervals from 50 mm up to to 2 metres. The separate ring-shaped magnetic position marker is available in a wide choice of designs to facilitate straightforward installation and both plug-in and screw mount versions can be supplied with flying leads, a bulkhead mounted connector or a cable and connector.
The new TM1 series conforms to EN 13309 for construction machinery and to ISO 14982 for agricultural machinery. RF protection is up to 200V/m meeting ISO 11452-2, exceeding the E1 requirements of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA).

As Novotechnik’s exclusive UK distribution partner, Variohm provides comprehensive support for the TM1 series and the German manufacturer’s complete range of linear and rotary position sensors. Variohm EuroSensor is a UK-based manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner providing wide-ranging sales and application support throughout its extensive range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies - for cost effective solutions to demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.

#PAuto @Variohm @NovotechnikUS

Vibrating fork level high & low pressure.

The Liquiphant FTL51B and FTL41 vibrating fork (vibronic) level instruments has been released by Endress + Hauser. The FTL51B features Industry 4.0 and IIoT capabilities, including access via wireless Bluetooth technology, automatic proof tests and verification, and easy commissioning via a mobile device. In addition, operational clarity is provided by a high-visibility LED.

The Liquiphant FTL51B can be used in storage tanks, containers, and pipes for point level detection of all types of liquids. The instrument’s vibronic sensor is not affected by changing media properties, flow, turbulence, gas bubbles, foam, vibration, or build-up. The instrument works in process temperatures of -58 to 302°F (-50 to 150°C) and pressures up to 1450 psi (100 bar). It can be used in SIL2 and SIL3 hazardous locations, and has built-in automatic maintenance and verification functions.

The economical, general-purpose FTL41 is similar to the FTL51B, but works at lower pressures, up to 580 psi (40 bar), and with a narrower temperature range of -40 to 302 °F (-40 to 150 °C).

Both perform proof tests, with the FTL51B meeting SIL and WHG (Water Resources Act) requirements. The proof test can be activated remotely at a control system, or locally via a magnet or push button test. The proof test diagnoses the sensor for corrosion and build-up, and ensures the entire instrument is operating properly. Verification can be activated either manually or automatically via Endress+Hauser’s Heartbeat Technology, providing a verification report sufficient as documentation for various regulatory agencies.

Access via Bluetooth technology and a mobile device—such as smartphone—allows a user to identify each device, commission it, check the status, start a proof test, and download verification documentation. Bluetooth has a range of 33 ft, allowing a technician to access Liquiphant instruments installed in hard-to-reach locations, such as at the top of tanks.

#PAuto #IIoT @Endress_Hauser @Endress_US @Endress_UK

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Process instrumentation manufacturer has new board.

The Krohne Group has appointed a new Chairman of the Advisory Board and a changed Executive Board. The changes herald a generational change in the family-run company and ensure that the Group will continue to be successfully positioned to meet the challenges of the market in the future.

Michael Rademacher-Dubbick (left) takes
over from Prof. Dr. Rolf Theenhaus
After almost 40 years as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Krohne Group, Prof. Dr. Rolf Theenhaus is retiring. The Advisory Board and all employees thank him for his commitment and creative capabilities, with which he has continuously introduced and promoted innovations and new business areas for them. Michael Rademacher-Dubbick, who has successfully led the Krohne Group for over 25 years as managing shareholder, is the new chairman of the advisory board. With this step, he underlines the constant and close connection of the owner family with the company and its activities.

Dr. Attila Bilgic is the new Chief Executive Officer and Speaker of the Group's executive board. He has been on the Board since 2017 and has been Chief Technical Officer since 2009. Dr. Bilgic is responsible for the areas of research and development, intellectual property, production, quality management, marketing and product management. Stephan Neuburger, member of the Management Board since 1999, will drive growth in new business areas as Chief Business Development Officer.

Effective January 1st, 2020 Ingo Wald and Ansgar Hoffmann are newly appointed to the executive board. As Chief Financial Officer, Ingo Wald heads the finance and human resources departments. He has been Managing Director for Krohne Messtechnik GmbH since 2006 and will continue to hold this position in parallel to his executive board activities for the Group.

As the fourth board member, Ansgar Hoffmann takes over responsibility for sales of the Group as Chief Sales Officer and will also be responsible for IT.  Ansgar Hoffmann changed from GEA Group to Krohne and has many years of experience in leading positions, particularly in sales, most recently as Executive Vice President DACH Eastern Europe.
The new board,(LtoR): Ingo Wald (CFO), Ansgar Hoffmann (CSO), Dr. Attila Bilgic (CEO and speaker) and Stephan Neuburger (CBDO)
#PAuto @krohnegroup