Friday, June 1, 2018

Virtual trade fair on enclosures.

Rittal is organising a virtual trade fair centred on its new VX25 large enclosure system allowing visitors to experience the huge number of options the new Rittal large enclosure system will provide.

The virtual fair has been developed to give a detailed review and assessment of the features and benefits of the new VX25 enclosure system. This includes expert analysis of its functionality and the advantages its assembly offers plus practical tips on how control and switchgear manufacturers can simplify and speed up their processes.

Visitors can look forward to:
  • Interactive content that will help increase efficiency
  • Virtual trade fair booth with 3D exhibits
  • Live enclosure assembly workshops with direct dialogue
  • Live chats with personalised help to address your questions
  • Lecture theatre with live presentations on all issues related to VX25
  • Discussions with Rittal experts to provide a comprehensive insight into this global innovation
The virtual show runs on June 7, 2018, with sessions starting at 9:00am and running through until 5:00pm. Participants will be able to switch on live chat during the fair to ask questions and to receive individual advice from Rittal experts from all over the world.

VX25 is the first enclosure system that has been fully developed to meet the requirements for increased productivity in control and switchgear manufacturing and along the Industry 4.0 value chains.

With the “SYSTEM PERFECTION.” slogan, Rittal is promising a major innovative leap, which has been made possible by depth of experience and intensive customer dialogue.

The VX25 offers the highest possible quality and consistency of data, reduced complexity and savings in time, as well as safe assembly.

@Rittal_Ltd #PAuto 

Hygienic pressure sensor is safer.

A new generation of hygienic pressure sensors in Baumer's PP20H family closes a gap in its portfolio and also offers an attractively-priced solution for demanding hygienic applications. The sensor has a robust, IP69K-rated stainless steel housing which is designed to handle a variety of applications, and is equipped with a condensate-proof silicon measuring cell.

Its scaled pressure range from -1 to 40 bar and wide range of process connections make it extremely versatile. It is available with 4 ... 20 mA signal and IO-Link. It complies with the strict hygiene requirements in the food and pharmaceutical industries and is CIP and SIP-capable.

Thanks to the hermetically-sealed measuring element, the measuring cell is completely insensitive to condensate, even with extreme temperature fluctuations in damp environments. Together with its excellent temperature and long-term stability and high accuracy, the sensor guarantees demanding hygienic processes are monitored, controlled and regulated safely.

This compact pressure sensor covers the wide media temperature range from -20°C to 125°C without requiring a cooling line, providing space-savings in installation. Additionally, a variety of applications can be covered by just one sensor model. This saves on storage and reduces costs.

Several sensors can be simultaneously configured via IO-Link. This simplifies switching point adjustment for different process stages at start-up or batch changes and saves time. Diagnostic data can be instantly called up and evaluated, which increases system availability.

The modular sensor structure enables shipment within 48 hours after receipt of order (ARO).

@BaumerGroup #PAuto 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Air preparation products.

The ASCO Numatics™ 653 Series air preparation products suitable for applications where high-flow-rate is required.

The ASCO Numatics 653 Series of air preparation products are announced by Emerson. Available in 3/4” and 1” port sizes, the 653 Series has a high flow rate for its size. This enables customers to power more products from the same Filter-Regulator or Lubricator (FRL), or reduce pressure drop across the system, both of which enable potential energy and cost savings. The range of the 651, 652 and 653 Series consists of filters, regulators, filter regulators, lubricators, soft starts, quick exhausts, diverter blocks and shut off valves.

“The introduction of our 653 Series greatly expands our global offering of high-flow air preparation products.” said Scott Weickel, Vice President of Engineering for Machine Automation applications at Emerson. “The addition of the new port sizes enables international manufacturers to select a comprehensive range of advanced technology air preparation products in sizes ranging from 1/8 to 1”, all from one supplier. This makes selection and purchasing simpler.”

With the industry’s highest flow characteristics, related to size, the ASCO Numatics 651, 652, and 653 Series are ideal for use in any application that requires high volumes of air or where space is limited. Original equipment manufacturers will benefit from the wide temperature range (-40°C to 80°C), and ATEX and CUTR certification, which enables this product to be used in challenging and harsh environments, and applications such as valve piloting in the process industry. The modular air preparation products have a robust construction and are easy to assemble, mount, and position. New endplate flanges allow the removal of the manifold assembly without disconnecting the piping.

The 651, 652 and 653 Series incorporate front-facing easy-to-read, low-profile gauges. Optional integral red/green pressure range indicators make it easy to monitor the desired pressure. The small footprint and clean lines help achieve robust, modern-looking equipment. Long-lasting laser-etched tags and covers ensure product information will remain visible even in challenging - environments. In addition, an optional 3-micron pleated pre-filter has been added to the line’s coalescing filters and coalescing filter/regulator combination units. This eliminates the need for a separate particulate filter unit and reduces cost, size, and weight.

@ASCO_EU  #PAuto @Emerson_News

One million cameras....

1,000,000 – is a figure of particular importance for industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH this year. Only three years after the production of the 500,000th camera, the company delivers the millionth IDS camera in the second quarter of 2018. A milestone that confirms the visionary strategy of the people of Obersulm (D).

Daniel Seiler (IDS MD) & Jürgen Hartmann (Founder, Owner, & MD of IDS)
IDS has always recognised customer requirements at an early stage with an instinct for technological trends.

"Cameras are already a standard component of many different applications. This will become even stronger in the future. I see great opportunities for our products, especially in the field of deep learning," explains IDS founder Jürgen Hartmann.

The completely new generation of vision app-based sensors and cameras illustrates the further development and expansion of the company by opening up new business fields. The IDS NXT platform enables and supports networked applications in industry 4.0 and is as versatile in its functions as a smartphone. However, numerous new models and features will also be developed for the rapidly growing 3D vision segment and for the portfolio of classic industrial cameras, in this VISION year of 2018.

An innovation and technology centre with an area of around 4,500 square metres is planned. "We want to start construction work in the fourth quarter," explains Jan Hartmann, Managing Director of the B39 Technology Center and son of IDS company founder. This is good news for the region. The medium-sized company is also growing steadily in terms of personnel. With the new appointments made in May, the company has passed the 250-employee mark.

@IDS_Imaging #PAuto 

Uninterruptible power at World Soccer Fest.

Delta have recently implemented their uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to provide enhanced reliability and energy efficiency to various mission critical applications in five of the football stadiums selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Mr. Victor Cheng, head of Delta’s Information & Communications Technology Business Group (ICTBG), remarked, “Delta congratulates Russia for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. We are extremely pleased to have our state-of-the-art UPS systems backing up the infrastructure that facilitates a thrilling, safe and eco-friendly environment in five of the stadiums that will host football fans from all over the planet during the world’s most relevant sporting event.”

Power capacity over three megawatts (MW) in Delta’s UPS systems now ensure sound power supply to football field and emergency lighting, broadcasting and data transmission, as well as security systems in these stadiums. The extensive use of Delta’s UPS portfolio by both government and private entities in Russia, and its superior technology features, such as leading AC-AC efficiency up to 96%, were crucial factors to achieve this major milestone.

Mr. Marat Fayrushin, General Manager of Delta Electronics in the Russia & the CIS region, said, “This breakthrough is cemented by our credentials in Russia, where Delta’s UPS systems and our partners’ professional services enable higher energy efficiency and steady operations in data centres and other mission critical applications in government entities, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and universities.”

Within the five football stadiums, over 1.2 MW power capacity of Delta’s UPS systems support football field and emergency lighting, more than 1.5 MW sustain key infrastructure such as common area lighting and fire protection systems, and approximately 300 kW support surveillance and data transmission equipment.

@DeltaEMEA #Pauto #Sport @FIFAWorldCup

Next phase strategy in IoT development targets Europe.

Advantech has revealed its European growth strategy as it enters its next phase of IoT development. The company is targeting revenues of €350m across Europe by 2025. Advantech is accelerating the deployment of branch locations throughout the region, to better leverage its 25 years of local industry experience. A new co-creation model is also being adopted by the company to construct the Industrial IoT (IIoT) ecosystem and strengthen the influence of vertical domains. This will culminate with an IoT Co-Creation Summit scheduled for November 1-2, 2018 in Suzhou (CN), where a new vision for the next phase of IoT development will be mapped out along with industry partners.

Hans-Peter Nüdling
“Advantech’s brand recognition in IoT and Industry 4.0 has grown significantly across Europe” said Hans-Peter Nüdling, Associate Vice President eIoT. “The company opened a new European Service Center in Eindhoven recently. The completion of this center is Advantech’s first step towards becoming Europe’s most comprehensive IoT solutions provider.” This expanded, smart European HQ facility also includes a warehouse and production plant. The company employs some 400 people here in Europe and has a strong presence in 10 European countries. A new branch location was opened in Stockholm last year.

Jash Bansidhar
“Advantech customers benefit from our very large production capacity” explained Jash Bansidhar, European Sector Head Industrial IoT Group “Headquarters in Taiwan also assist with the optimization of local organizations, talent and culture, and will also seek business opportunities through a regional advisory board. An increased sales presence here is one of the company’s primary goals to actively respond to recent developments in Industry 4.0 trends in the EU.”

Various Advantech product divisions from headquarters are now fully connected with European frontline business teams, and the compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2017 has reached 25%. Over the next three years Advantech will seek to

  1. elevate operation levels in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands; 
  2. establish branch offices in emerging European locations for conducting business and providing technical support; and 
  3. focus on key industries, such as machine and factory automation, medical, transportation and automotive, as well as expanding deployment in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands.

To assist with the company’s growth strategy for IoT development and help various fields adopting intelligence solutions, Advantech will host for customers and partners an IoT Co-Creation Summit this coming November. The summit will take place at the International Expo Center in Suzhou (CN) on November 1-2, 2018, where the results of cooperating with various eco-partners will be showcased.

@AdvantechIA #PAuto #TandM #Europe

Diagnostics-Enabled Safety Relays.

The new KFD2-RSH safety relays from Pepperl+Fuchs combine a diagnostic function, line fault transparency, and dual redundancy in a 1oo3 (one out of three) architecture. During each switching operation, the function of the switching contacts is automatically checked. This drastically reduces the effort required for proof testing. Thanks to line fault transparency, the entire signal circuit can be monitored for line faults without the need for additional wiring. The relays are immune to test pulses and are therefore compatible with digital output cards for all common control panels.

The 1oo3 architecture with dual redundant switching contacts is at the core of the new modules. For DTS (de-energized-to-safe) applications, there are three serial contacts. For ETS (energized-to-safe) signal circuits, there are two groups of three contacts each, arranged in parallel. The safety function is ensured, even if up to two contacts in a group fail.

The integrated diagnostics function moves the three contacts successively with a time delay during each switching operation. In ETS applications, all three relays of both contact groups are initially closed with three consecutive switching events. During the delay period, the device checks whether this contact closes the circuit and detects any faulty circuits.

DTS device diagnosis takes place during the restart process. Initially, two relay contacts are closed simultaneously, then the third contact is closed after a time delay. The idea is that there is no current flowing before the third contact closes, otherwise this relay is defective because it no longer disconnects the circuit. Another relay is checked during every switching cycle.

After switching three times, the relay module is fully tested once without any additional effort. The diagnostics results are provided:

  •  via the LED on the module
  •  as a collective error message on the power feed module
  •  by evaluating the test pulses from the control panel
  •  on the additional relay output

The KFD2-RSH safety relays provide comprehensive line fault transparency. As a result, short circuits and lead breakages can also be detected on the field side through the control system's digital output card (DO card) and assigned to a specific signal circuit. No additional wiring is required.

DO cards on control panels often offer built-in diagnostic functions. The module input effectively filters the test pulses coming from the DO card. This prevents an unintentional switching of the field device as a result of a diagnosis measure or the unintentional display of a line fault in the control panel.

The single-channel devices are certified in accordance with the ATEX/IECEx Zone 2 and UL standards and are suitable for DTS and ETS applications up to IEC61508 SIL 3. The DTS modules are also suitable for applications up to EN ISO 13849 PL e.

App for wireless pressure gauges.

Emerson’s Plantweb™ Insight application provides streamlined view of networked Rosemount™ wireless pressure gauges, helping maintenance personnel stay informed and safe

A new Plantweb™ Insight application for wireless pressure gauges that displays data in an easy-to-understand dashboard for maintenance leads and instrumentation and electrical (I&E) personnel has been announced by Emerson. An entire suite of Plantweb Insight applications collectively helps users quickly make sense of plant data and drive overall enterprise profitability.

This Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application delivers field data from a fleet of wireless pressure gauges as frequently as once per minute. By keeping operators updated on changing conditions remotely, the app allows personnel to make fewer manual rounds and minimise their exposure to hazardous areas.

The gauge itself, the industry’s first WirelessHART® pressure gauge, utilises industry-proven Rosemount™ pressure sensor technology to deliver reliable pressure readings. It provides up to 150x overpressure protection compared to traditional gauges using bourdon tube technology, and two layers of process isolation for a safer field environment. The gauge, which has a 10-year life, also reduces maintenance costs by eliminating common weak points found in mechanical gauges.

The new application is the latest addition to Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem, a scalable portfolio of technologies, software, and services that take advantage of IIoT innovations to extend the benefits of automation beyond process control to the entire enterprise, improving operations, strengthening decision-making, and institutionalising best practices.

Easily integrated with a variety of WirelessHART gauges and remote field sensors, Plantweb Insight applications combine continuous, real-time data provided by Emerson’s Pervasive Sensing™ strategies with predictive analytics to give maintenance and operations personnel actionable, up-to-date process information in any location, improving reliability, safety, production, and energy management.

@EMR_Automation  #PAuto #IIoT @HHC_Lewis 

Digitally retrofitting plastic injection moulding controls.

Digitally retrofitting real-time production monitoring to plastic injection moulding manufacturing lines: benefits include better productivity, cost savings and extended machine lifetimes.

One of the key issues facing today’s manufacturing industry is how to improve the productivity of existing production lines for minimum cost outlay. This article demonstrates how a “digital retrofit” of integrating additional intelligent devices and sensor technology into a well-established production line of plastics injection moulding machines can help to achieve these objectives.

An important element of Industry 4.0 is the ability to apply digitalisation to the production environment by adding more intelligence into the existing process. Initially manufacturers have been wary of Industry 4.0, on the assumption that effective implementation would require expensive major changes to production lines. However, through a digital retrofit approach, it is possible to “smarten” up existing processes for minimal cost over a short period of time, resulting in a fast return on investment and immediate productivity gains.

Digital retrofit provides four different ways to improve production processes, increase cost savings and extend the lifetime of different types of machinery:
Legacy machine protocol conversion;
Condition monitoring
Energy measurement
Asset management and
Predictive maintenance.

Legacy machine protocol conversion
Central machine monitoring and process optimisation offer the best way to ensure that production lines and their associated constituent parts operate more effectively and economically. Many machines in well-established production lines, which may be between 15 and 30 years old, can still perform their main functional tasks successfully. However, they do so much less efficiently than their modern-day counterparts. For example, they do not have the same level of computing power, enough memory capacity to record and store relevant data, or the ability to communicate with their modern equivalents. In many cases, these machines also use data formats and operating communication language protocols from the 1980s and 1990s, which are no longer used by today’s PLCs and industrial PCs.

A prime example of a production environment that accommodates mixed protocol legacy machines would be a plastics injection moulding machine (PIMM) line. Such machines, when well maintained, can attain as much as a 30-year operational life. However, some of the older software protocol operating languages (e.g. EUROMAP 15), cannot be directly connected to a factory MES (Manufacturing Execution System) without expensive annual custom software licensing charges. In a lot of factories these machines still require individual programming by an operator, which can be very time consuming for reasonably large installations and therefore potentially requiring input from multiple personnel.

An MES keeps track of all manufacturing information in real time, receiving up-to-the-minute data from robots, machine monitors and employees. Although manufacturing execution systems used to operate as self-contained systems, they are increasingly being integrated with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites. The goal of a manufacturing execution system is to improve productivity whilst reducing cycle-time and the total time required to produce an order.

Harting, a world leader in Connectivity & Networks solutions, now offers a new innovative solution to these challenges. MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) is an edge computing device in the form of a digitally retrofittable IP67 package with Linux-based open-source software. Its modular software and hardware architectural design platform permits the user to choose the programming language and development environment they are most familiar with. In addition, MICA is rugged, compact and maintenance-free, meaning it is suitable for use in the harshest industrial environments.

For the PIMM specific plastic moulding component manufacturing environment, Harting has developed the “MICA EUROMAP 15” variant, which converts the legacy EUROMAP 15 TCP/IP machine operating communications protocol into OPC UA for example, via an intermediate JSON software format. In addition it offers the potential to provide IIoT web enablement and access to “Cloud” services for Big Data analysis or virtualisation, via an optional downloadable MQTT container. As a result, the “MICA EUROMAP 15” provides a customisable interface to the plant MES/ERP, configurable with any specific operational software. By digitally retrofitting a “MICA EUROMAP 15” in this way, the user can also eliminate expensive custom “MES” access software licensing charges. Of course you are also able to integrate the legacy machines for a fraction of the cost of installing a new state-of-the-art protocol operating machine.

By integrating IIoT/MES accessing edge computing devices directly with legacy machines across its own in-house production injection moulding lines, Harting has proved that a return-on-investment payback period of 6-12 months can be achieved. Machine process parameters can now be remotely monitored and modified more quickly via centralised factory control stations, reducing downtime and enabling manpower to be much more effectively employed. Machine operators could even monitor and affect the process of the production line from off-site, via a smartphone or suitable tablet device.
In the near future Harting will also be releasing a PIMM specific “MICA EUROMAP 63” variant that provides a similar solution approach for the more up-to-date EUROMAP 63 protocol based machines.

Condition monitoring / Energy measurement
Additional real-time condition monitoring of legacy machine key operating processes can help to reduce downtime and extend lifetime, thus achieving manufacturing productivity improvements. This can be accomplished by digitally retrofitting additional stand-alone MICA devices to store, analyse and process data from existing or extra retrofitted sensors. As a result, tasks such as monitoring pressure, temperature and flow rates becomes easy, whilst allowing remote centralised process control adjustment via the MES network. Communication with the machine fitted sensors is achieved via a simple Ethernet switch and interlinked active I/O blocks. Either a “MICA Basic” or “MICA Energy” can act as a suitable device in these circumstances.

Asset management
A MICA RFID variant converts the MICA device into a specific RFID Reader, which, when used in conjunction with passive UHF read/write transponders that are fitted to key replaceable mould tools, allows maintenance records to be written and stored onto that particular tool. This can ensure the optimum refurbishment scheduling of high value mould tools

Predictive maintenance
Critical operating parts of a plastic injection moulding machine which are subject to continuous wear and tear include the plasticising screw pump and associated check valves. As wear increases, this can result in a significant number of rejected parts and expensive financial losses. This situation can be resolved by monitoring the changes in the operating power curve characteristics of the screw pump and the pressure loading at the check valves.
Integration of a “MICA Energy” variant provides RS485 Modbus TCP/IP compatible I/O interfaces for linking to the appropriate functional I/O blocks on a machine that access this specific operating data. By pre-setting critical safe operational limits, the “MICA Energy” can set up alarm conditions for when these limits are breached, allowing machine operators to carry out corrective maintenance as part of the important predictive maintenance process.

Harting’s MICA (Modular Industrial Computing Architecture) range of rugged, compact edge computing device variants are ideal for applying cost-effective digital retrofit Industry 4.0 productivity improvements into existing plastics injection moulding production facilities. They can smarten up legacy machines, enabling users to get more out of existing and often aging assets. Through the collection of smart performance data, MICA can help to identify weaknesses in the production process and opportunities for improvement. They can also extend machine lifetime, increase machine service intervals and reduce line downtime.

MICA provides a platform to enable the best business decisions to be taken to optimise return on investment on plastics injection moulding line capital projects. Also, by following a step-by-step digital retrofit approach, companies can adjust their Industry 4.0 implementation timing and investment strategy in line with a more manageable phased modernisation approach, according to their available budget and labour resources.

@harting, #PAuto #Plastics

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Appointment in phototonics.

Marcus Gögelein is the new Head of Development at IMM Photonics, Unterschleißheim (D). He has thus assumed responsibility for the entire project‐portfolio management.

Marcus Gögelein
Following his engineering studies in the field of opto‐electronics, Mr. Gögelein worked in the area of micro‐lens development, and gained experience working in a multi‐national team both in Germany and abroad.

As an engineer focussing on optics development, he joined our company in 2008, and supervised diverse projects both in fibre optics and in the area of laser‐diode modules and collimators. Starting in 2011, he took over the production management of prototype construction, after which he took charge of the department "Optics development and mechanics" in 2015.

Thanks to his various internal positions, Mr. Gögelein is highly familiar with the close collaboration and necessary seamless transition from development to prototype construction within the company.

 #IMM_Photonics #PAuto 

Industrial compliance and performance software enhanced.

Ocean Data Systems (ODS) tells us that Dreamport version 4.82 has now been posted and available for download.

This is technically a maintenance release, is available to all 4.8 customers. Along with a broad array of Customer Software Change Requests (SCRs), this release delivers on a theme of Partner Connectivity. Dream Report is now the official solution for the Aveva - ClearSCADA solution and version 4.82 includes drivers to access historical values, historical messages and real-time values. This release also includes new connectivity for the OSIsoft - PI Historian and Asset Framework. Enhanced connectivity is also delivered for the Aveva - Wonderware Online InSight product and the Dream Report - Advanced ODBC Driver for time series data in SQL Databases.

“Each new “Purpose Built” Driver added to Dream Report enables Dream Report to ideally support a new market segment and lets those customers benefit from Dream Report – Compliance Reports, Performance Dashboards and Ad-hoc Analysis,” explained Roy Kok, VP Sales and Marketing for Ocean Data Systems. “We always include enhancements that benefit our entire installed base and this release is no different. The Dream Report release notes, in the documentation directory, will detail all changes.”

General features and benefits improvements include an enhanced Automatic Statistic Table to add flexibility for ad-hoc analysis, new access to Table Footer data delivering the ability to enhance report calculations using table footer results and support for .xlsm (Excel File Format) to support macros.

@OceanDataSys  #PAuto #SCADA

Infrared pyrometer.

The Thermalert® 4.0 is a versatile infrared spot pyrometer for automatic, noncontact temperature measurement in harsh industrial environments. Launched by Fluke® Process Instruments it is intended for use with temperatures of -40 °F to 4,082 °F (-40 °C to 2,250 °C), the pyrometer series comprises 13 models with varied spectral responses, including dedicated sensors for metals, glass, plastics, paper and food products.

Backed by 150 years of industrial experience, the Thermalert 4.0 is a smart, integrated sensor providing temperature measurement performance suitable for demanding factory automation applications. The device offers a choice of optics for long and short focal distances, and its exceptional ambient temperature range of 68 °F to 185 °F (-20 °C to 85 °C) enables measuring points to be set up without any extra cooling.

Compact and rugged, the Thermalert 4.0 provides best-in-class repeatability, response time, and accuracy. The advanced IP65/NEMA4 instrument employs real-time background temperature compensation and laser aiming, and its DataTemp Multidrop system software supports remote configuration, monitoring, field calibration, and firmware updates. These functions can significantly lower service costs and time spent on setup and troubleshooting. Plug & play operation further facilitates installation and maintenance.

Reliable and easy to operate, the new pyrometer delivers outstanding optical resolution. Two-wire loop-powered, RS-485 and analog outputs are available to meet diverse user requirements. In addition, galvanic insulation ensures correct readings. Up to 32 devices can be connected as part of an RS485 network. Additional fieldbus options are planned for the future. Moreover, retrofit of existing measuring points has been made as easy as possible.

A wide variety of options and accessories are available to customize the installation of Thermalert 4.0 sensors. Lens protectors and air purge collars offer protection under severe conditions. Water- and air-cooled housings can be specified for operation in ambient temperatures up to 315 °F (175 °C). For extremely challenging environments, the ThermoJacket is recommended. This rugged cast aluminum housing protects the sensor in ambient temperatures to 600 °F (315 °C).

The Thermalert 4.0 is backwards compatible with legacy Raytek® and Ircon®; sensors, and can be equipped with fixtures for Endurance, Thermalert TX, and XR pyrometers. Adapters are available for use with Modline® 4 and Marathon® MM fixtures.

@FlukePI #PAuto 

Distant sensors.

Leuze electronic is expanding its range of distance sensors and and can now offer its customers a solution for specific applications in pallet warehouses.

With the new ODS 110/HT 110 and HRT 25B L distance sensors, Leuze electronic is expanding its series of distance sensors and offers its customers a large selection of different designs with long operating ranges and several switching points available. Due to their compact housing size and with an operating range of up to 5 meters, they are particularly suited for use in situations with limited installation space in pallet warehouses and for applications in the field of automated material flow for which at least two different switching points are required. In addition to the multi-depth compartment occupation check, these include for example push-through or collision protection in shuttle applications.

The new distance sensors are characterized by a high repeatability of 3 mm and extremely high color and surface independence ensuring fine positioning as well as easy commissioning. Models with an analog output and IO-Link are also available.

@Leuzeelectronic #PAuto 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Optical sensors for longer distances.

The forward-thinking product design of the photoelectric sensors, R200 and R201 from Pepperl+Fuchs enables applications with longer operating distances. Just like the compact R100, R101, and R103 series, both new products consistently offer all photoelectric functional principles in a design that is now larger and suitable for specific mounting situations. Usability is intuitive and identical across all series—and the standardized IO-Link connection via the latest Smart Sensor Profiles also enables convenient and reliable integration of the sensors.

R100-, R101- and R103- with the new R200- and R201 sensors

With the R100, R101, and R103 series, as well as the new R200 and R201 sensors, choosing the relevant sensor is easier and users also benefit from maximum flexibility in every application and mounting situation. In terms of their technical features, the new series also include robust DuraBeam laser technology and high-precision Multi Pixel Technology (MPT) for distance measurement. Standardized usability across all series and functional principles plus the IO-Link interface facilitate parameterization of the sensors during commissioning and when there is a change to the functional principle or to another series.

The new R200 and R201 series offer all photoelectric functional principles: thru-beam sensors, retroreflective sensors with a polarization filter or for clear object recognition, energetic diffuse mode sensors, sensors with background suppression and foreground suppression, measuring light barriers with two switch points, and distance sensors.

All series have an intuitive and identical look and feel during parameterization. Quick and easy sensor adjustment is guaranteed by a multiturn potentiometer and a push button, which function as a combined operating element with three LEDs for visualizing the configuration, status, and diagnostics. Across all series the user benefits from standardized usability: The look and feel when parameterizing a thru-beam sensor, a retroreflective sensor, or a diffuse mode sensor for the R100, R101 or R103 series is the same as for the R200 and R201 designs. This also applies to measuring devices with multiple switch points or distance sensors.

@PepperlFuchs #PAuto

Lead acid batteries!

Rechargeable batteries from Yuasa, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of valve-regulated lead acid batteries, are available from stock from JPR Electronics.  Applications for Yuasa batteries include security, CCTV, fire protection, emergency lighting, telecoms, UPS and golf buggies and mobility scooters.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments, “Yuasa are the market-leading manufacturer of sealed lead-acid batteries and have global reputation for high quality, high reliability power sources ensuring standby power is always available for critical systems.”

The NP series rechargeable sealed lead acid battery series offers maintenance-free 6V and 12V versions in a range of capacities from 1.2 to 38 ampere-hours (Ah). Yuasa’s special construction prevents any leakage of electrolyte from the case or terminals and the batteries provide high energy density, long and reliable service life up to 5 years in standby mode and cyclic use of 180-200 cycles.

Key features include excellent performance in either float or cyclic use, up to 1200 charge/discharge cycles, excellent recovery from deep discharge. Connection is via tab terminals up to 12Ah and bolt terminals for higher power batteries.

The Yuasa Yucel range of valve regulated SLA batteries provide a reliable and long-life source of power for in electronic products and systems and standby applications. The range is available in 6 and 12V options with capacities from 1.2 to 38Ah.

@Jprelec #Pauto 

Precise positioning over long distances.

The FLEXPOINT Long Range Line Module from Laser Components is a highly-precise positioning tool for long distances. Even at 50 m, the line is only 4 m long and can be adjusted to line widths of a few millimeters with an easy-to-use focusing device.
This module is available with red (660 nm) or green (520 nm) lines. Customers have the choice of any output power in a range between 5 mW and 30 mW.

Using the optional battery packs, the laser module can also be operated without a power line - for example in mobile use. A special precision mount, allows for exact beam alignment along two axes.

The Long Range Module is ideally suited for tunnel construction, alignment of large machines, or other adjustments over long distances.

 #PAuto @LaserComponents

Secure operator identification on the pharma floor!

Development of authentication solutions for pharmaceutical and biotech production.

Werum IT Solutions and authentication expert Nymi have entered a strategic partnership. As part of their collaboration, the two companies are developing joint solutions for the smart authentication of employees on the pharmaceutical shop floor – an important prerequisite for ensuring data integrity and increasing efficiency in the pharma and biotech production.

Nymi Band enables smart authentication of users
“Together with our customers and partners, we evaluate new technologies for operating concepts on the shop floor of the future,” says Christiane Dickel, Product Manager at Werum IT Solutions. “The use of an innovative wearable for authentication has proven to be very promising. We are looking forward to working with Nymi and are confident that our new joint solutions will add significant value to customers in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.”

Nymi offers wearable, biometric authentication solutions that are backed by Nymi’s Enterprise Management (NEM) console for ease-of-deployment, security and privacy, while greatly increasing productivity. The Nymi Band is a multi-factor biometrically authenticated wearable that is worn by shop floor workers to perform day-to-day authentication tasks, such as digital signatures within an MES. Once setup, the user simply has to put on the Nymi Band and authenticate using their fingerprint. The device will then remain authenticated for as long as it remains on the user’s wrist. As an extra layer off security, the band also has sensors to read the wearer’s electrocardiogram, this confirms that the person wearing the Nymi Band and placing their finger on the sensor is indeed the authorized person. This authentication solution will be fully integrated into Werum’s PAS-X MES and is intended for use in already existing systems as well as by new customers.

“We are excited to be bringing our wearable authentication solutions to the life sciences industry with the market leader, Werum IT Solutions. As manufacturing becomes increasingly digital, we believe the value of continuous authentication will play a critical role to increase data integrity, but also maximize productivity, providing a substantial leap forward for manufacturing IT,” says Shawn Chance, VP Strategy at Nymi.

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