Friday, January 2, 2015

Weighing into the baking industry in France!

Aria, based at Vieillevigne, in the Loire Atlantique department of France, has been for more than 30 years, and continues to be, a specialist in the manufacture of storage, handling and weighing equipment for the baking industry. Aria very recently parted company with its mechanical welding business to set up Aria industrie.

This new entity has set up and is developing a subcontracting business offering its excellence to companies in the region, initially within a radius of 150 km, focusing on the food industry, robotics or special equipment. Being within convenient distances of customers, the company is able make heavy, large dimensioned parts of up to 1 metric ton and 4.5x2.0x3.5 m at competitive prices and with attractive carriage rates.

Boiler making excellence on industrial scale
Company manager, Benoit Sieler, is backed by a production workforce of 15 who are fully experienced in boiler making, whether it be steel, stainless steel or aluminium. The manufacture of folded parts and frames for conveyors or robot systems is carried out directly from customer drawings by dealing industrially with constraints associated with welding, such as folding radii. After welding, Aria Industrie carries out all necessary second operations including machining, drilling, tapping and painting in order to deliver finished products to its customers.

Eurochain VR Vario hoist and Verlinde jib cranes are indispensable for production
The 2500 m² workshop is made up of two adjacent buildings with a throughway between them; the first is fitted with a 2 metric ton capacity suspended crane which travels a distance of 20 m. Its roller path is supported by a stand-alone metal structure. The 2-metric ton Verlinde Eurochain VR Vario hoist borne by the suspended crane, travels 8m horizontally and 6m vertically. Used in the storage facility, it handles 14m long metal bars and transfers them to the sawing hall to be cut into sections.

The Eurochain VR Vario hoist is powered through a trailing cable and the radio remote control ensures good operator safety. Indeed, as the metal bars are heavy and very long, it is vital for the operator to be able to stand back physically to ensure proper supervision and guidance of the load. The variable speed electric motors integrated in the Eurochain VR Vario hoist ensuring up/down travel and in the trolley for horizontal travel, also contribute to the system's safety by preventing loads from swinging due to jerky travel. Finally, limit switches for horizontal travel and for the hoist brake complete the safety aspect of the hoist unit for this shop in which the Eurochain VR Vario hoist is installed.

The other building is equipped with 3 Verlinde jib cranes one of which incorporates a 500 kg hoist and the other two, 1-metric ton hoists. Each hoist is controlled by a hand control with a cable link. Loading and off-loading operations at work stations are carried out by the jib cranes that facilitate the handling of pieces, like turning them horizontally or vertically at 180° (the latter operation is carried out in two phases). The jib cranes are indispensable for shop operations and are entirely focused on productivity. They must ensure fault-free serviceability.

"No-worry" handling equipment
According to Benoit Sieler: "the Verlinde handling equipment installed is vital for our manufacturing processes and from our point of view, its main quality is that it can be forgotten! As we cannot call to mind any failure or inopportune downtime, we consider it as 'no-worry' equipment. To date, annual scheduled maintenance has always enabled fault-free continuity of service."

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Archive 2014!

One of the beauties of the internet is that posted items remain on line as long as the domain exists or until it is taken down by the administrator. Here we have included link to the items published during 2014/

News Items throughout the year!

We welcome news of your products, people, publications, projects and applications as well as company moves.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Protecting high-end smart phone & tablet accessories.

The Brand Protection business of Brady has created a customised product authentication system to protect Element Case high-end smart phone and tablet accessories from counterfeiting.

The solution features complex, securely designed labels that can be scanned for authenticity by any smart phone equipped with a publicly available barcode-reading app. External labels on product packaging are matched with internal labels inside the product’s frame, providing instant digital authentication. Brady integrated HP’s Global Product Authentication Service (GPAS) into the solution, allowing Element Case customers and supply chain partners to instantly validate if a product is genuine.

Responding to Counterfeiting
Element Case is the premier boutique manufacturer of luxury accessories for smart phones and tablets. As an iconic pop culture brand, the company has encountered unprecedented levels of counterfeiting from international markets. In order to eliminate these counterfeits and provide its discerning customers full protection against copycat products, the company has tapped into Brady’s latest product authentication technologies.

In addition to this new anti-counterfeiting solution, Element Case has registered its trademarks globally, aggressively pursued infringers, and employed a team dedicated to finding and shutting down counterfeiters. Brady’s brand protection business provides the perfect complement to these internal resources for the brand.

"The Brady Difference!"
After exhaustive research, the HP GPAS platform that Brady offers with its labelling solutions was selected as the most appropriate digital authentication tool for Element Case. It offers cloud-based brand protection for consumers and supply chain partners to instantly verify the authenticity of products using smart phones. It also provides Element Case with supply chain tracking and real-time analytics driven by a customisable business rules engine.

“Brady was honest and pragmatic about the capabilities and limitations of an authentication system and was flexible in meeting the needs of our company and products,” says Jeff Sasaki, founder and CEO of Element Case. “They were unique in their approach, gaining an in-depth understanding of our brand and our supply chain first, before coming up with a custom solution that fully addresses our specific needs.”

“We’re excited to help Element Case create the complete brand experience through our physical and digital labelling solutions. With these tools, customers can scan and register the products they buy, enabling them to further be a part of the Element Case culture. In addition, the company will be able to realise reduced counterfeiting problems and increased sales,” says Dennis Polinski, global product manager, brand protection solutions for Brady.

“Partnering with Element Case not only gives us the opportunity to assist in their stand against counterfeiting – it allows us to support a superior brand that brings consumers a unique, aesthetic product known for its durability,” adds Polinski.

New battery library for system simulation!

Allows engineers to reduce risks and costs by incorporating battery behavior in their system-levels models.

Maplesoft™ has released the MapleSim™ Battery Library, an add-on component library to their advanced system-level modeling tool. The MapleSim Battery Library allows engineers to incorporate physics-based predictive models of battery cells into their multidomain models so they can take battery behavior into account early in the design process.

Enables engineers to allow for
battery behavior early in
the design process
This is a modern approach to physical modeling and simulation, dramatically reducing model development and analysis time while producing fast, high-fidelity simulations. With the MapleSim Battery Library, engineers can include battery behavior in their system-level models, allowing them to understand how the battery will behave as part of the greater system. With this information, engineers can optimize battery and system performance, and reduce the risk of undesirable effects such as battery overheating.

The MapleSim Battery Library supports both equivalent circuit and electrochemical battery models, and includes parameter identification tools for determining model parameters from experimental data.

It can be used in any modeling project that involves batteries, including consumer electronics, electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, power electronics, and energy storage in power generation applications. Typical projects include battery load analysis and optimization to maximize the time between charges; hardware-in-the-loop testing of Battery Management Systems; thermal modeling and cooling system optimization to stabilize battery temperature; and State of Health effects on charge/discharge efficiency and thermal runaway.

“Battery behavior plays a significant role in so many of today’s products,” says Paul Goossens, Vice President of Engineering Solutions at Maplesoft. “With MapleSim and the MapleSim Battery Library, engineers now have the tools they need to understand how the battery will behave as part of the overall system early in the design process. They can optimize the design, and save significant amounts of time and cost by detecting and avoiding problems before they occur.”

MapleSim and the MapleSim Battery Library are part of Maplesoft Engineering Solutions, which provides both products and services to help engineers reduce development risk and bring high quality products to market faster.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Design software!

For switchgear with ratings above 1600 amps, Air Circuit Breakers (ACB) and copper connections have to be tested for short circuit and the effects of heat rise.

A typical ACB connection drawing as
generated in the RPE software.
Rittal’s latest RPE software can supply the actual current carry capacity (Inc) of all leading air circuit breaker manufacturers, plus the CAD drawings of the ACB connections required to fit within Rittal’s Ri4Power modular switchgear systems.

This software facility will reduce build time and assist the panel builder or designer to comply with the new IEC 61439 switchgear standards.

Key features for users of Rittal’s RPE software include generation of copper connection drawings; production of design verification documentation; the ability to generate users own documentation and internal enclosure temperature calculation.

Further details on the standards or the RPE software used in conjunction with the Ri4Power modular system are available from Rittal.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Helping Grandma stay at home....

 GreenPeak Technologies, has announced the availability of Senior Lifestyle sensor and cloud based intelligent system technology for service providers and retailers. The Senior Lifestyle System empowers children and their elderly parents to privately and securely share lifestyle information, enabling the seniors to feel safe and live longer at home independently, while their children feel secure that their parents are safe and well.

The GreenPeak’s Senior Lifestyle System utilises a network of wireless ZigBee sensor nodes located throughout the home. This network connects via an internet gateway to a cloud based self-learning algorithm with advanced behavior pattern recognition capabilities that learn the normal day-to-day activities and behavior of people in their home. Because it does not require people to wear devices and does not use cameras, the system is unobtrusive and ensures privacy.

“Family Lifestyle Systems can encompass a wide range of living and family social environments. We are starting with the Senior Lifestyle System because that is an acknowledged need – keeping family members and loved ones informed, wherever they are, on how they are doing,” says Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies. “With a growing number of elderly people wishing to continue living in their own home longer, the demands for smart assisted living solutions are rapidly increasing.”

"The core sensing and networking technologies supporting the "Smart Home" and Internet of Things continue to improve, and a big part of that is embracing standardized technologies that are proven to work, and are easy to install and require little maintenance," said Jim Montgomery, Senior Analyst for NanoMarkets. "What will truly drive success in the Smart Home area, though, is creating significantly more value for these systems through applications that address and solve real-world problems. This will create opportunities for everyone: consumers, service providers, and systems manufacturers."

Currently being rolled out in Europe and China, a Senior Lifestyle System learns what the normal patterns in the home are. When do the home’s residents get up in the morning? When are they in the kitchen cooking, when are they watching TV? When do they usually turn on the heating or air conditioning? When do they leave and come back? Where are they in the house and when do they need light? Within a few weeks, the application learns what is “normal”, and therefore also learns what is not as expected and can send an alert to a smart phone or integrated social media app when something is not quite right or when irregular behavior is detected.

The Senior Lifestyle System has been intensively tested in care environments, has won various awards for top quality home care, and is now also available for service providers, retailers, system integrators and Smart Home system developers

User-friendly and intuitive field monitoring even in the most demanding situations

Taking full advantage of Pepperl+Fuchs' powerful Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT), the R2000 Detection scanner is the ideal solution for demanding field monitoring applications and assistance systems. Empty bay detection and gap recognition are as easily accomplished as the detection of overhanging and interfering products in high-speed AS/RS applications. Assistance systems for collision avoidance in both automatic guided vehicles or manually controlled forklifts and tuggers are another class of applications where the PRT-enabled R2000 Detection offers outstanding features and performance.

The speed and performance of the R2000 Detection is due to the revolutionary PRT measurement principle, a true time-of-flight technology based on ultra-short, high-intensity light pulses. As a result, the R2000 Detection offers exceptional ambient light immunity and unparalleled precision, even at long distances.

The R2000 Detection, together with all products in the R2000 family, uses a unique rotating measurement head instead of an complex rotating mirror design. This approach provides several important functional enhancements including a wobble-free scan plane and a 360o field of view. A very fine and precise light beam only a few millimeters in diameter allows the detection of very thin wires and other small objects. Combine those features with an angular resolution of 0.071o—the highest on the market—and the R2000 Detection is in a performance class all by itself. The internal measurement rate of 54,000 data points per second and up to 30 Hz rotation underline the power of the device.

After acquiring the 360o data points, a powerful microprocessor evaluates the raw data and compares it to up to four user-defined detection fields. The TRUE/FALSE results of each detection area can then be logically combined and associated with one of the four digital outputs. Configuration is simplified using a Device Type Manager (DTM) that can be embedded in any FDT-application like