Friday, 23 September 2022

Cultivating STEM-learning opportunities.

Design and Innovation Studio opened to educate and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders through interactive learning.

Endress+Hauser has inaugurated its Design and Innovation Studio, a centre equipped with Industry 4.0 technology and STEM-learning opportunities for students K-8 as well as applications for high school students. In partnership with Purdue Indiana (USA) Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness centre (IN-MaC), the process automation manufacturer welcomed local educators, guidance counselors, and teachers to the grand opening of its new centre. The centre offers 3D printing, robotics, Spheros, Little Bits, engineering and science modules, and coding. Teachers can reserve the space as an extension of their classroom activities as all curriculum is aligned with Indiana State Standards.

“After years of engagement and awareness through established activities with middle and high school students, this Design and Innovation Studio provides our organization the opportunity to create career and early STEM awareness for younger students,” said Nicole Otte, Director of Workforce Development, Endress+Hauser. “It further expands our early talent initiatives. We really look forward to partnering with local educators to integrate this studio into their curriculum.”

Additional studio expands educational offering.
In addition to opening the Design and Innovation Studio at the Endress+Hauser location, the two organizations were able to fund another Design and Innovation Studio at a different local location in Johnson County. The second location will serve Indian Creek Elementary, Intermediate and Junior High School.

“IN-MaC is thrilled to be partnering with Endress+Hauser to build awareness and increase access and equity in STEM educational pathways,” said Sascha Harrell, director of education and workforce for IN-MaC. “This collaboration is designed for students and teachers to gain skills required to succeed in the innovation-focused twenty-first century, learn more about STEM careers, challenge their understanding of the industry, and leverage their interests to inspire participation and prepare youth for future jobs.”

Endress+Hauser STEM LEAD challenges conventional learning.
Concurrently with the opening of the Design and Innovation Studio, Endress+Hauser also kicked off its Youth STEM LEAD program for high school students. This initiative allows high schoolers the opportunity to interact with and learn directly from Endress+Hauser subject matter experts. This program offers a free 90-minute session once a month for students to explore career opportunities within the STEM field. Each session will feature a new topic, some of which were specifically chosen ahead of time, while the remaining will be chosen by participants via an online survey to provide students the unique freedom to have control over their learning experience.

Educators interested in reserving the space for their students should fill out this reservation form.


@Endress_US @Endress_Hauser @Endress_CA @EndressUK @LifeAtPurdue #PAuto #STEM #Education

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Safety bar code positioning system.

In the past, system manufacturers had to use two sensors and two different technologies for position detection. But not anymore: The new FBPS 600i safety bar code positioning system from Leuze enables position detection with a single sensor.

The FBPS 600i from Leuze is connected to a safe evaluation unit via two SSI interfaces and is suitable for applications up to performance level e.

Simple implementation of safety functions.
In intralogistics, it is important that the stacker cranes and transverse transfer cars pose no danger to the staff. The position and speed must be monitored during maintenance work or when operating with a manned car. Until now, system manufacturers had to use a redundant setup with two sensors in order to meet performance level d. This problem is now solved with the new single-sensor safety bar code positioning system FBPS 600i, which already meets the requirements of performance level e. This means that safety functions can now be easily implemented. The unit is connected to a safe connection unit, for example, a frequency inverter, via two SSI interfaces. The FBPS 600i also requires less space in the system, and the installation effort is reduced significantly.

Ideal for quick movements.
The FBPS 600i has an impressive error reaction time of only ten milliseconds. This makes it especially suitable for position detection when quick movements are involved. Important parameters, such as the speed curves and the throughput can be optimized as a result. The sensor’s large working range of 50–170 millimeters also enables flexible integration in different types of systems.

Reliable in operation.
The new safety bar code positioning system is installed on the stacker crane or transverse transfer car. A bar code tape is affixed on the opposite rack. In the development of the FBPS 600i, the Sensor People emphasized maximum reliability: With every scanning pass, the FBPS 600i reads multiple codes of the tape, from which the software determines highly precise position values.

The sensor scans the code at various locations through the diagonal path of the scanning beam and the movement of the transfer car. This prevents reading errors caused by local soiling or damage. The self-adhesive bar code tape, which was optimized for industrial application, also facilitates flawless operation: It is UV resistant, extremely resilient, and mechanically durable. In addition, the printed position values are easy to read and simplify handling.

The well-thought-out fastening concept with a quick-change system ensures simple mounting of the FBPS 600i devices. The device can be safely secured with an easy-to-access screw on the mounting clamp. This saves time during assembly.

@LeuzeUK @TheSensorPeople @mepaxIntPR #Pauto #Manufacturing

Thermal imaging in the scientific field.

Teledyne FLIR is launching a five part series of English-language webinars on thermal imaging on 27th September 2022. 

The five different sessions will focus on the fact that cooled and uncooled detectors are manufactured for similar purposes (namely, to measure energy in the infrared range, typically temperature), but that - although the purpose is the same - the architecture of each type of detector results in very different, sometimes unique, capabilities.

The first session is on Tuesday, 27 September at 3 p.m. with the topic "Speed". During the session participants will learn about the differences between infrared detectors, readout electronics, integration times, frame rates and high-speed applications. Anyone interested can register free of charge at this link!

The four other webinars will cover topics such as spatial resolution, thermal sensitivity, spectral filter options and synchronisation and all participants of the first webinar will be automatically invited to the four further dates.

@flir @mepaxIntPR #Webinar #Scientific


Friday, 16 September 2022

The 4 bar future.

Roy Schep, Manager Energy Efficiency, SMC Netherlands on helping OEMs develop energy-efficient machines.

Roy Schep
OEMs traditionally design their pneumatic machinery and equipment for an operating pressure of 7 bar. However, by reducing this to 4 bar, I know from experience that end users can cut their energy costs by up to 29% in some instances, creating a powerful USP for the OEM. To help achieve such a desirable outcome, increasing numbers of OEMs are engaging with our team of experts here at SMC, who can offer both the know-how and products to turn this concept into reality.

The shift to 4 bar standard operating pressure is already taking place at some large manufacturing companies. While not seeing mainstream adoption just yet, we believe it will become standard practice in the not-too-distant future as regulations tighten and public pressure for more energy-efficient industry grows.

With this thought in mind, OEMs must begin preparing for a 4 bar landscape. By making the transition now they can become industry pioneers, not only helping to capture a larger share of a rapidly emerging market, but significantly boosting their corporate image. Sure enough, while this task may at first appear daunting, working with the right technology partner can help ensure a painless changeover.

Although the vast majority of machine components will still perform at 4 bar, we should of course keep a close eye on some of them to ensure they operate as intended.

Actuators: pushing ahead.
When designing a machine from scratch, it makes sense to start with the components that do the work: the actuators. In general terms, these are the elements that may not perform at their best, or sometimes not at all, using lower pressure.

Two variables are key: force and speed. In my experience, actuators in the majority of horizontal applications operate at lower supply pressure because they are only acting against friction, not force. As a result, it’s normal to size actuators for use in horizontal orientations to perform at a certain speed.

In vertical applications, however, the story can be different as the cylinder pressure has to overcome the load pressure. These applications tend to be more critical and usually demand specific considerations to ensure the actuator meets its intended objective. Reducing the pressure to 4 bar in vertical applications may require the use of a larger bore actuator to ensure the required force. If using a larger bore size is an issue due to lack of space, our VBA series pressure boosters can provide the required pressure level in that local part of the application without having to increase the main line pressure, making it possible to use the existing actuator size.

In either case, a simple calculation can indicate the theoretical force of the cylinder: F= P x A, where F is force in Newton, P is pressure in bar and A is the effective area of the cylinder bore in cm2. As a point of note, if working at 4 bar demands a larger bore size, the saving in air consumption will offset any additional cost.

One challenge that could arise is that of space. What if a cylinder with a larger bore will not physically fit with your designated design space? Here, scrutiny is required to select a supplier that can provide compact and lightweight actuator solutions. A company such as SMC offers more compact cylinder solutions than its competitors. These products also feature a lower minimum operating pressure and a number of energy-saving concepts.

The other option is to use a different technology, such as a double-force cylinder. Again, tapping into the expertise of a reputable pneumatics supplier will prove useful in specifying the optimal solution.

Valves: take control.
It’s not really high or low pressure that controls actuator speed, but the flow of air it receives. If you need higher speed; the valve will control that for you. With the cylinder bore and force defined, it’s possible to select the valve size. We offer directional and process valves with the lowest power consumption, making them ideal for use at 4 bar.

Blowers and vacuum units.
When it comes to blowers and vacuum units, higher pressure does not mean higher performance, but quite the opposite, which is why a product like a high-efficiency nozzle has the potential to deliver notable gains. This solution can maximise air blow efficiency thanks to a more focused blowing impact. Indeed, governed by the Bernoulli Effect, you can improve air blow thrust by 10%.

We recently saw this in action at a customer producing liquid detergent. The company’s bottle un-scrambler machine housed 25 air nozzles from an SMC competitor, costing €22,441 in annual air consumption. After application analysis we recommended that the customer adopt our high-efficiency nozzles. These products could provide the same blowing performance (flow and impact force), but with a lower nozzle diameter - thus allowing lower inlet pressure. Reduced air consumption led to savings of €6,183 a year, delivering amortisation in just 1.57 months. Performing the same replacement process on six further lines led to total annual savings of €37,098.

SMC’s firm commitment to 4 bar is also visible with our vacuum units, which actually function at their best (maximum efficiency) when using low operating pressure. At 4 bar, we ensure the vacuum pressure necessary to hold the component or product securely. Beyond this pressure, air (and money) is simply wasted and the vacuum unit loses efficiency. By turning up the pressure, you are not getting more force or speed, just more inefficiency.

Regulate to accumulate.
As regulators handle point-of-use pressure they can be good collaborators in the 4 bar journey, largely because we can use them to reduce the pressure even further at points where it’s possible. This might include air blow or vacuum applications, endowing the machine with even more energy efficiency. Every little helps.

Monitoring the pressure.
Although a pressure switch plays no direct role in the 4 bar concept, it can prove beneficial in the long run. For instance, when designing a machine for 4 bar, you need to monitor pressure as the margin is low. In the first instance, pressure monitoring acts as a control measure for the machine to receive the 4 bar it needs. Secondly, pressure switches can monitor air consumption and identify any pressure losses. Air leakage is something that no machine can afford, especially at 4 bar.

The 4 bar future.
OEMs should propose that end users adopt machinery which operates at 4 bar in order to stay competitive. To help expedite a project that involves designing a machine for this operating pressure, SMC’s expert team can deliver the optimal outcome for both OEMs and end users. Through early project engagement we can provide the correct sizing for each pneumatic component and ensure it consumes less energy without compromising machine performance. In addition, we can deliver solutions with minimal impact on surrounding or connecting components, thus avoiding any unnecessary time and cost for redesigns. Retrofit projects also benefit from this approach.

@SMCPneumaticsUK @SMCPneumaticsNL @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Ball valve for high-pressure applications.

The new model HPBV ball valve from WIKA, for high-pressure applications up to 20,000 psi (1,379 bar), is designed for a wide variety of applications in in the process industry, machine building or automation.


The model HPBV is available with various bores and enables bidirectional flow. Its robust design, with floating ball, blow-out proof valve spindle and high-quality PTFE sealing packing, offers maximum safety and a long service life for the instrument. A valve seat made of PEEK withstands chemicals, heat and wear.

Two connection types are available for the new valve: NPT and cone/thread (for nominal pressure 20,000 psi/1,379 bar). Operation is smooth, even under high loads - the ball valve can be closed and opened with just a quarter turn. In addition to the standard version, there is an optional oil- and grease-free variant for oxygen applications in accordance with ASTM G93 Level C.

For the model HPBV, WIKA offers an application-specific assembly with a high-pressure gauge. Such an instrument hook-up is delivered ready-to-install and leak tested.

• WIKA products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@WIKANews #PAuto #PAuto #Manufacturing


Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Major investment in research hub led by Australian government to improve sustainability and reduce emissions.

The Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Research Hub for Resilient and Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (RIIS) has been joined by Emerson as an Industry Partner, working with the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) at the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales.

Emerson will donate $2 million in cash, in-kind equipment, software, engineering and training support over the next five years as the RIIS Research Hub engages with industry, government and the community to develop and implement science-based policy and integrated practical solutions to the current and future challenges facing Australia’s urban, resource and energy infrastructure.

Professor Abbas Rajabifard (left), director of the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) and deputy director of the RIIS Hub, welcomes Boris Gabin, vice president and general manager for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business in Australia and New Zealand, to the Australian Research Council at the CSDILA Centre in Melbourne.

“We welcome Emerson as an Industry Partner,” said Professor Abbas Rajabifard, director of CSDILA and deputy director of the RIIS Hub. “The Melbourne University CSDILA team looks forward to working closely with them to deliver transformational technologies to address Australia’s critical infrastructure needs.”

The public-private venture will integrate advances in sensor technology, connectivity, data analytics, machine learning, robotics, smart materials and reliable models to deliver resilient and adaptive infrastructure systems in sectors essential to Australia’s prosperity, including mining, gas, water and energy.

“Emerson is proud to be a partner to the ARC’s research hub. The hub aligns with Emerson’s purpose to drive innovation that makes the world healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable. We look forward to collaboration opportunities with all the partners, and sharing our expertise, technology and advanced software solutions that will support Australia’s critical infrastructure in remaining resilient as we transition into a more sustainable future,” said Boris Gabin, vice president and general manager for Emerson’s Automation Solutions business in Australia and New Zealand.

The ARC research hub adds to the more than 350 tertiary institutions worldwide that Emerson has worked closely with over the last 20 years to support automation innovation, education and training for sustainability and decarbonisation research and development.

@Emerson_News @EMR_Automation@EmersonExchange @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Automation #Environment

Monday, 12 September 2022

European champions analysed.

This year’s European Automation Champions (EAC) analysis has been announced by the ARC Advisory Group. This report provides market intelligence on European automation players, including analyses of market structures, technology trends, and other key factors.

EAC Analysis Ranks Top Suppliers by
Capabilities vs. Industry Coverage
According to Florian Güldner, ARC Europe Managing Director, “The community of European-based automation suppliers is a unique ecosystem that benefits from cooperation with local users, machine builders and system integrators, allowing it to project its strength and competitiveness worldwide.”

The sample for the new EAC analysis consists of 100 European automation suppliers analyzed by player type:

  • Broad Solution Providers: Suppliers with a comprehensive offering in hardware and software. They cater to a broad range of industries and their value proposition is the integration of products and industry know-how. Large solution providers like ABB, SAP, Schneider Electric and Siemens lead the ranking with broad portfolios of automation products and industry solutions.
  • Technology Specialists: Suppliers with a limited product offering (often best-in-class) that covers a wider range of industries. Companies such as Balluff, Beckhoff, KROHNE or WAGO are covered in this section.
  • Industry/Application Experts: These experts have a broad offering but focus on a dedicated set of industries or applications. The Körber Group, SKF, Swisslog and Voith fit into this segment.
  • Focused Companies: Narrow in scope in terms of industry and products, these companies provide a mix of best-in-class solution portfolio and industry focus. They are often rooted in a specific product or industry but have expanded their offerings over the years. Examples of focused companies are Bartec, Forcam, Kontron or SAMSON.

Top 20 Suppliers Revenue Analysis
Europe is home to both large solution providers with a global presence, as well as countless domain experts that offer industry-specific solutions. Large solution providers enjoy a large installed base around the globe and a strong service network that provides them with access to the markets and large projects.

Among the Top 5 are Siemens, ABB, Schneider Electric, SAP and SEW Eurodrive. Many of the remaining top 20 suppliers are technology specialists like Sick or Lenze, often referred to as hidden champions. Many companies have positioned themselves clearly, often with outstanding business relationships with their customer base. There is direct competition among the top 20 in a few areas such as sensors or drive technology, otherwise the competencies are clearly divided, so that there is also cooperation between different organizations.

The competitive environment is highly fragmented, and many suppliers from small to larger ones compete in the high-end European market. A few specialists with unique selling propositions address less competitive niche markets, in some cases with limited market opportunities.

Overall, the European automation market is well positioned with solution providers across a broad spectrum of applications. It is highly innovative, making Europe a leading and competitive region in the global automation world, from sensors to enterprise software.

@arc_advisory #PAuto #Automation

Lighting the Thames!

"And they'll set the Thames on fire, Very soon!" wrote W.S.Gilbert in one of the songs in Castle Adamant in the nineteenth century. This was in a list of impossibilities but maybe this venture is something that would make him think again. 

A small section of the Thames is to be illuminated using power generated by the flow of the river itself, as Kingston University (GB) tests prototypes of a new hydroelectric turbine design.

The turbine will sit on a pontoon and will provide a floating test and measurement laboratory. On this will be an array of sensors and monitors, including a TorqSense the wireless torque sensor from Sensor Technology Ltd.

"To say that this is a harsh environment for laboratory equipment is a bit of an understatement," says Rod Bromfield, Senior Lecturer, of the Faculty of Engineering, Kingston University. "We can only use robust kit with a proven industrial pedigree." The turbine under test has been developed by Hales Marine Energy near Eastbourne on the English south coast and is expected to be deployable in tidal seas as well as rivers. The design application of this turbine is to sit on a submergible tank that will sit on the sea bed and can be floated up to the surface when required. Significantly, the design is almost infinitely scalable: the unit under test is 1m diameter and produces about 1kW; 5m turbines suitable for inshore deployment would generate round 20kW; smaller units would be ideal for river use. With access to the test site being by small boat, Rod knew that his test regime had to be both simple and comprehensive.

"The critical measurement is torque, as this indicates the power we can derive from the system. We had to be certain that we would get continuous measurements over an extended period of time, because we need to map power production against actual river flow. Also for this technology to succeed in the emerging green power market it must be capable of continuous and predictable energy production." 

One of the engineering issues that Rod faced was the relatively slow revolution of the turbine, in this test below 50rpm. This helped define the choice of the TorqSense, but it is also a key feature of the Hales turbine - the slow speed means less stress on moving parts and therefore less servicing. It also minimises habitat disturbance, so that the ecological impact is low.

"When I contacted Sensor Technology I was very concerned about vertical mounting and harsh environment performance," recalls Rod. "Fortunately there have been TorqSenses installed vertically, including several high up on vertical axis wind turbines, where they have to withstand gales, hurricanes and lashing rain."

Turbine
The design of the Hales turbine is reassuringly simple, and therefore likely to survive underwater installation with long service intervals. It was developed by Paul Hales, a design engineer who has spent a career associated with the sea. 

  "It’s based on the traditional water wheel, but mounted on a vertical axis - on its side," he explains. "Using modern engineering and materials it is possible to take this effective early turbine and by turning the output shaft to the vertical to immerse the whole turbine into the tidal flow. To overcome the high resistance on the wheel blades that on one side are trying to move against the water flow, they are shaped and hinged to present a minimum resistance. The large blade area on the drive side produces very high amounts of torque (rotational force) at low speed, in the range of 10 -20rpm. Coupled with modern permanent magnet generators that can start producing electricity rotations as low as 2rpm, my turbine can offer the possibility of tidal generation worldwide.”

Paul continues: "Water is nearly 800 times denser than air so it carries far more energy, making water turbines a very attractive alternative to wind energy. Notably seabed systems are not an impediment to shipping, nor do they have any visual impact and ecological issues are minimal for low speed systems."

Paul says that he could envision an array of his turbines on every headland along the English Channel and at intervals down the Thames.

"Of course, that is just the start. The simplicity of the design, its robustness and low maintenance, relative ease of installation all add up to making it suitable for deployment in remote and less developed areas. Its low ecological footprint addresses many of the issues raised by environmentalists. Its continuous and utterly predictable power output overcomes the intermittency associated with wind, wave and solar power.

"When, over the test period, people stand on Richmond Bridge and watch a modest array of lights bobbing about on a buoy, they may not know it but they will be seeing the future!"

@sensortech @KingstonUni #Power #Energy

Friday, 9 September 2022

Campaign highlights manufacturing powerhouse.

A new ‘Go Boldly’ tagline and global ad campaign reinforcing the evolution of the long-time manufacturing powerhouse has been announced by Emerson. Building on the company’s cultural transformation and role as a technology and software partner across essential industries, ‘Go Boldly’ spotlights the ways Emerson is helping the world’s largest companies reach their sustainability goals and optimise operations.

Through new investments, including its recent transaction with AspenTech, Emerson is accelerating its value creation strategy while building on its software capabilities to offer end-to-end technologies that are poised to transform industrial manufacturing and production. ‘Go Boldly’ campaign stories showcase how Emerson is using this automation to help provide cleaner power, reduce energy emissions and enable real-time insight into plant operations across key industries through advanced software.

“Emerson is aggressively transforming our internal culture, driving a greater focus on inclusion and empowerment, while continuing to strengthen our software portfolio and helping our customers explore novel automation technologies,” said Katherine Button Bell, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Emerson. “‘Go Boldly’ is an invitation to join us in making the world healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable through innovation and our deep industry knowledge.”

Emerson’s new ‘Go Boldly’ campaign was developed in partnership with DDB Worldwide and replaces the company’s longstanding ‘Consider It Solved’ tagline. The campaign will debut across global multimedia vehicles including CNBC, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.

As part of the new campaign, Emerson is also introducing its own seven-note ‘sonic logo’ that can be integrated into any future Emerson music tracks. This new musical motif gives Emerson a distinctive, ownable and memorable sound.

@Emerson_News  @EMR_Automation@EmersonExchange @HHC_Lewis #PAuto #Automation

Position switches.

One of the features of the recently developed ES/EM 97 series of position switches currently being launched by the steute business unit "Automation" is a modular design.

The actuator heads can be easily fastened, replaced or turned in 90o steps with four captive screws. The switching inserts can be removed after opening the screw-free cover – simplifying installation.

With these features, steute aims to make its ES/EM 97 series universally applicable throughout the automation industry. Accordingly, it has a wide range of actuators (various fulcrum levers, roller levers, spring rods…) and dimensions to EN 50047, the prevalent standard for automation technology.

The new series can also be used in machine safety applications, i.e. as position switches with safety function. Paired with a suitable receiver, they achieve a safety level in line with Performance Level e to EN ISO 13849-1 and SIL 3 to EN 62061.

For the position switches with safety function, two additional actuator heads are available. In the "AZ" version, the ES 97 becomes a safety switch with a separate actuator – the classic design for position monitoring of guard doors in line with machine safety. And the ES 97 SB is suited to space-saving hinge-mounted position monitoring of turning guard doors.

The steute business unit "Automation" is thus expanding its product range to include a – like all steute switching products – particularly flexible, robust and high-quality series of position switches which can be flexibly adapted to suit individual applications.

@mepaxIntPR #steute #Manufacturing #Pauto #Automation

Learning about digital transformation.

A new Digital Transformation Training Series has been announced by the The International Society of Automation (ISA).

The training series is a set of courses that cover emerging technologies associated with digital transformation. The goal of the series is to increase the foundational knowledge of these technologies and explain how they can be applied to drive efficiency across multiple industries. The series is well-suited for engineers, technicians, business leaders, and managers engaged in industrial automation and its related fields.

“The ISA digital transformation series will help organizations cross the chasm on adoption of digital technologies and upskill workforce across their enterprise,” said Prabhu Soundarrajan, ISA Executive Board Member and President-elect for 2024.

The Digital Transformation Training Series’ first course, Introduction to IIoT — The Industrial Internet of Things (DT101), is now available. This course will provide more awareness of the industry 4.0 movement as businesses begin shifting more towards increasing digital transformation efforts for conventional industrial and manufacturing processes. Students will learn about the basic concepts of internet of things (IoT), how these concepts and underlying technologies have evolved, and how they are currently being applied to industrial applications.

“This training is different for two reasons. First, it’s modular-based and will keep growing over time. Second, it includes a mix of theory and strategy with hands-on practical applications that are related to real-world controls and automation professionals that they live in every day,” said Jeff Winter, Division Director of ISA’s Smart Manufacturing & IIoT Division (SM/IIoT) and Industry Executive, Manufacturing at Microsoft.

Additional topics on big data and data visualization are currently under development and plan to be released in late 2022.

@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #Training

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Domain-specific brewery process control.

The ABB Ability™ BeerMaker intelligent process control solution just launched will further support breweries in their operational efficiency through digital transformation. ABB’s brewmaster, who has the notable achievement of qualifications from Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan (D), devised the new package alongside a team with deep process knowhow.

“Our new solution is from our own ABB brewmaster for brewmasters and truly has domain-specific knowledge embedded as well as ABB’s expertise from years in this field,”
said Marcello Gulinelli, Global Head of Food and Beverage, Process Automation, ABB.

It will benefit beermakers seeking to optimize their processes, reduce their impacts on water and energy resources and meet consumer demand for more sustainably crafted drinks. The new solution is based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA® distributed control system and will help brewers improve process quality, achieve high engineering and operator efficiency, enhance safety and boost plant productivity. It has been made available to ABB’s end customers and channel partners.

As part of its launch, ABB Ability BeerMaker will be presented at this year’s drinktec, the world’s leading beverage and liquid food trade fair, held in Munich from September 12 to 16. The timing of the event coincides with the city’s Oktoberfest, which returns after a two-year break due to COVID-19 and runs from September 17 to October 3.

The process automation solution comprises a technological package including a control system with batch functionality following the worldwide S88 standard and a digital twin to simulate new recipes. Crafted and tested with brewing knowledge from ABB’s brewmaster, it can be adapted for each customer using a variety of parameters.

Ready-made and tested templates and objects bring a high level of automation and intelligence of plant functions into operators’ hands. There is a prepared inventory for queue handling, diagnostics and comprehensive cleaning in place (CIP) support.

Designed to meet the industry’s need for intuitive, visual solutions, BeerMaker will help to empower operators to manage their preferred operating procedures and have freedom to use the package on computers, tablet or mobile devices. Teams can gain greater process certainty by testing on a real-time digital twin, a complete and operational representation of the control system and a powerful tool for companies deciding on a new strategy to easily simulate new recipes.

Additional digital solutions based on ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) have the capabilities to identify energy consumption, beer or extract losses and provide reporting functions and dashboard visualization. These include the ABB Ability™ BatchInsight concept, which can use big data analytics to identify process anomalies at the earliest stages. Operators and customer brewmasters will benefit from making decisions in real time to further improves processes, quality and productivity.

“We’re confident this is a technological package that is ready for advanced and digital solutions,” said Gernut van Laak, Brewmaster and Global Food and Beverage Solution Manager, ABB. “It can be applied within a customer’s installed base to enhance efficiencies and help reach sustainability targets.”

“We are using the full breadth of our automation and control system platform and connect the whole factory, including shop floor operations, simulation, digital and control room solutions, with less engineering and always with the possibility for expansion. We’re looking forward to further work with brewing customers to optimize to their plant specifics.”

Breweries will experience intuitive controls and high-performance human-machine interfacing, fast detection and resolution of process disturbances, consistent alarm messages, report management and standard operating procedures (SOPs), while engineers will benefit from a structured application design with process technology functions, and powerful pre-testing with built-in simulation.

@ABBgroupnews @abb_automation @drinktec #PAuto

Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Compact Ethernet/IP encoder.

Wachendorff is expanding its range of Ethernet-based encoders: Encoders with the EtherNet/IP protocol are now available, including the most compact in the world: the WDGA58F. Wachendorff's R&D team has succeeded in minimising the sensor to an installation depth of just 46.5 mm.

The encoders are certified by the ODVA. The resolution in single and multi-turn can be individually configured via an integrated web server (single-turn 16 bit, multi-turn 43 bit).

The very high environmental data, e.g. temperature range from -40 °C up to +85 °C, shock 1,000 m/s² or vibration 50 m/s² at 10-2000 Hz, allow the use in harsh industrial environments as well as in mobile working machines.

The devices with hollow end shafts eliminate the need for additional couplings and the devices with shafts guarantee a long-lasting and stable connection with their very high bearing loads of up to 400 N.

@Variohm @mepaxIntPR #wachendorff #PAuto 

Tuesday, 6 September 2022

Investment to complement vision for wireless and the evolution IIoT portfolio.

A strategic investment has been made by Emerson, through its corporate venture capital arm Emerson Ventures,  in Spearix Technologies, whose adaptive, multi-core radio processor provides a system-level solution for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wireless communication.

Through the investment and Emerson Ventures’ value-add strategic investment approach, Emerson will support Spearix’s technology and early stage growth while expanding upon its own IIoT capabilities. Emerson Ventures is the first corporate or institutional investor to make an investment in Spearix. In conjunction with the investment, Emerson has also entered into an engineering collaboration agreement with Spearix.

“As the IIoT grows, billions of sensors and radio frequency (RF) transceivers will operate near others in low-cost, unlicensed RF bands. Wireless networks are increasingly challenged by a variety of RF aggressors, which can impact reliability and range,” said Thurston Cromwell, vice president of development and innovation, and head of Emerson Ventures. “We believe technologies like what Spearix is building have promise in overcoming the obstacles caused by interference and congestion. Emerson will realise even greater reliability and range through the implementation of Spearix technology into our robust industrial wireless mesh network portfolio and associated software products. Spearix technology also presents an enormous opportunity to significantly improve the performance of many other wireless communication protocols.”

“Emerson Ventures’ investment will enable Spearix to drive its advanced RF and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) architectures forward and continue to deliver solutions that resolve connectivity issues in harsh and congested RF environments,” said Laura Schafer, vice president and general manager, pervasive sensing and connectivity solutions at Emerson. “This technology offers a novel hardware and software approach that has the potential to significantly improve performance while preserving investments made in existing communication protocols.”

Based in Cedar Park, (TX USA), Spearix’s primary product offering is a multi-core radio processor and associated software that adapts to optimise performance and power based on measured environmental conditions. The technology has been shown to greatly improve the connection reliability of industrial protocols while operating under heavy interference induced by high-power, high-bandwidth pervasive Wi-Fi operation.

“At Spearix, we have ambitious plans and goals, and we are excited to partner with Emerson, which brings the same innovative thinking we rely on each day,” said Manas Behera, founder and chief executive officer at Spearix. “Emerson is an ideal fit for us, as they have the right people, technology, processes and market expertise. Together, we think we’re going to solve a tremendous challenge currently facing IIoT.”

Juan Conchas, vice president of sales and marketing at Spearix, added: “The Emerson partnership is a key step in commercialisation of Spearix technology unlocking many new use cases in high-value applications beyond industrial. The market is calling for industrial level reliability across many emerging applications, particularly in open spectrum bands like 2.4GHz where coexistence will be a challenge.”

The investment will complement Emerson’s vision for WirelessHART® and the evolution of its IIoT product portfolio. Emerson led the development of WirelessHART as an open standard in the 2000s, establishing it as the leading wireless protocol for industrial applications. Integration of Spearix technology offers a step-change in reliability and range that is fully compatibility with existing WirelessHART systems and will improve co-existence and spectral efficiency, provide larger network support to reduce total cost of ownership, offer higher data rates to accommodate data-rich devices, and provide redundancy for critical applications.

@Emerson_News @spearixtech @EMR_Automation@EmersonExchange @HHC_Lewis#PAuto #IIoT

Appointment highlights talent, diversity & inclusion in power.

Danfoss Power Solutions has appointed Robin Carter-Cooper as global director of talent and diversity & inclusion (D&I), effective immediately. Based in Grand Blanc, (MI USA), Carter-Cooper joins the human resources leadership team, reporting directly to Christina Fuchs, vice president of human resources.

Robin Carter-Cooper
In this newly created position, Carter-Cooper will guide talent management and D&I initiatives across Danfoss Power Solutions. She brings more than 10 years of leadership experience to the role, focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in high-performing work cultures.

“I’ll be drawing on my experience cultivating welcoming, diverse, and inclusive cultures to lead the Danfoss Power Solutions team in implementing DEI and organizational transformation best practices,” Carter-Cooper said. “We strongly believe that intentional DEI programs ultimately lead to organizational and personal growth and success. I look forward to leading this effort at Danfoss Power Solutions.”

“Robin will play a key role in advancing our talent management and D&I focus across the business,” added Fuchs. “The diversity of our staff drives innovation and increases our agility in a fast-evolving world. This is especially relevant with Danfoss’ expanding global footprint and strategic ambition to lead the green transformation.”

Prior to joining Danfoss Power Solutions, Carter-Cooper served as chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for Oakland County in Michigan. Prior to that, she was executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion and 504 compliance officer for Rochester Community Schools in Rochester Hills, (MI USA). Carter-Cooper has also held health education leadership roles at Genesee Early College and the University of Michigan, both located in Flint, Michigan.

Carter-Cooper holds an education specialist degree in school administration educational leadership from Oakland (Michigan) University, a master’s degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Georgia State University.

@Danfoss @NapierPR #Power #DEI

Anniversary discount announced!

Fluke Networks has announced a new limited time discount promotion on a range of bestselling copper and fibre testing solutions, with major savings.

In recognition of Fluke Networks 30th anniversary, customers can now benefit from a limited time discount offer on many of the bestselling copper and fibre solutions designed for installing and testing critical networking infrastructure.

The ‘No fuss. Just savings’ offer was developed in celebration of Fluke Network’s 30-year anniversary, following the launch of the company’s first cable tester in December 1992. Customers are invited to take advantage of exclusive savings on a wide range of products, with discounts of £800 (€930) offered on the DSX-602 PRO CableAnalyser through to £4,000 (€4650) on the DSX2-5000QI-G-INT CableAnalyser.

The substantial discounts are available to all customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Commonwealth of Independent states (EMEACIS). The offer is available for a limited time between September and December 2022 and is valid with purchases of qualifying products only made from Fluke Network’s authorised distributors.

Robert Luijten, Fluke’s Training Manager and Test & Measurement Expert said: “We are pleased to provide our customers with a limited-time discount on some of the most powerful and sophisticated copper and fiber testing solutions available in the market. Historically, Fluke Networks has provided loyal customers with great opportunities to move up to the next generation of testers with our popular trade-in programmes. Many customers have taken advantage of this over the years. However, our new ‘No fuss. Just savings’ offer no longer requires trade-ins. Customers can now enjoy no returns, registrations, or hassles – all they must do is contact their local distributor to take advantage of these great discounts.”

Resolve and prevent network connectivity faults.
Fluke Networks range of testers for twisted pair copper cabling can locate connectivity faults quickly to minimise downtime and lost productivity. The testers provide accurate, error-free certification even in the most complex projects that may involve several teams, different media types and multiple testing requirements. The range can be used to test up to Cat.8 cabling that can support the transmission of data up to 40Gbps over balanced twisted-pair copper cabling.

The DSX is built on Fluke Networks’ modular Versiv™ cabling certification system that can cut cabling installation and maintenance costs by up to 65%. Cornerstones of the Versiv system are the intuitive Taptive™ Graphical User Interface for ease of use and error-free operation and the ProjX™ management system which ensure that all testing is carried out efficiently and correctly. The Versiv system was recently upgraded with a high dynamic range Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) and an MPO fibre inspection camera. Accelerate fibre testing and certification

Fluke Networks’ fibre testing tools are the preferred option for network cabling installers, architects, technicians, and engineers due to their rugged design, accuracy and ease of use. While fibre optics has become the preferred option for reliable connectivity within smart buildings, data centres and other networked environments, locating faults can be a lengthy and costly process. The Versiv-based OptiFiber Pro OTDR makes this easy. Thanks to the EventMap function, the tool automatically identifies events including connectors, splices, bends and splitters.

The CertiFiber Pro, another feature of Fluke Networks’ Versiv system, offers an optical loss test set with the fastest time to certify. This means two fibres at two wavelengths can be measured in just under three seconds, providing automatic pass/fail analysis to meet critical industry standards or custom test limits.

Depending on the modules that are inserted in the Versiv mainframes, the system transforms itself into a copper cable tester (DSX), fiber loss and length tester (CertiFiber Pro), an OTDR (OptiFiber Pro) or into a fiber inspection instrument with a camera (Fiber Inspector Pro or Fiber Inspector Ultra). All products feature the same user-friendly interface. Being able to operate and program different testers with a common user interface is unique in the industry. Moreover, the measurement data gathered by the different testers can be easily consolidated in a single report by a LinkWare-supported personal computer or a LinkWare Live cloud-based service. LinkWare Live enables Project Managers to manage jobs and testers from any smart device.

@FlukeNetDCI @FlukeCorp @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto #Electrical #EMEA

Monday, 5 September 2022

Digital lift shaft measurement systems.

Wachendorff’s Silent Move™ series digital shaft copying systems provide highly accurate position feedback to within 0.02 mm and lift speeds of up to 4 m/s and with a measurement range of up to 120 metres. For straightforward integration with lift control and regulation systems users can select incremental encoders with pulsed output or absolute values covering CANopen, CANopen LIFT, SSI or RS485. 

Variohm EuroSensor, Wachendorff’s distribution partner in Britain, fully supports he Silent Move lift monitoring range includeing all necessary components for fast and straightforward mounting in lift shafts used for low-rise residential elevators and home lifts, hydraulic lifts, limited-use/limited-application (LU/LA) systems, cargo lifts, construction site lifts and more.

Silent Move systems are available in two basic design formats: a measuring unit comprising the incremental or absolute encoder on a mounting bracket with pulley wheels and separate toothed belt to attach to a customer designed mounting arrangement – or as a complete measuring system with the measuring unit and all the necessary parts to mount the belt on a standard lift installation (typically including profile rails and clamps, damping spring mechanism and fittings etc.). The toothed pulley measurement unit, which is optionally equipped for a nubbed belt or timing belt, is attached to the lift car and rolls along the belt which is mounted between the shaft head and the bottom of the lift shaft and includes a simple but efficient spring tensioning mechanism. These systems are available with a circumferential (continuous) belt arrangement or an in-line guided belt. Both arrangements offer particularly quiet and smooth running.

Wachendorff Automation GmbH is a developer and producer of rotary encoders, motor feedback devices and complete measuring systems with a strong reputation for delivering highly robust and reliable solutions across a broad range of industries. As part of a comprehensive product range, the German manufacturer combines its industrial grade incremental and absolute encoders with application-specific components as complete digital shaft copying systems for position feedback on elevators and lifts in medium height buildings and structures.

To address the flexibility required for the widest range of lift and elevator applications, Silent Move is available in circumferential and guided formats in a standard range with a nubbed belt and as an extremely quiet “Light” range with a toothed belt. A “Compact” range with a guided toothed belt design provides a solution for particularly tight installation. All these variants are available with optional Wachendorff WDGI 58B incremental encoders with 5000 ppr TTL or HTL quadrature A and B channels, or WDGA 58B absolute encoders offering a wide choice of industry standard protocols. 

Custom tailored variants and redundant encoder versions also available on request. A fourth design variant, the WDGMS, is limited to a lower speed and shorter measurement heights and is based on a round cable rather than a toothed belt (limited to 1 m/s and 53 metres length). This variant includes a WDG 40S incremental encoder.

Silent Move lift monitoring systems are certified by TÜV Germany and like all Wachendorff measurement devices are covered by a 5-year warranty. Designed for compactness and simplicity in operation they offer optimised noise reduction with long working life. Encoders and all components are resistant to typical lift shaft contamination and are essentially maintenance free. A wide choice of electrical output and mechanical configuration options allows lift designers and manufacturers an optimised lift motion profile and gentle acceleration/deceleration performance for maximum user comfort. Installation is fast and straightforward for new or retrofitted systems.

Comprehensive information on the complete Silent Move lift measuring systems range is available on the Variohm EuroSensor website. Variohm EuroSensor supplies and supports the full range of incremental and absolute encoders, and specialist measurement systems from Wachendorff.

@Variohm @mepaxIntPR #Automation

Friday, 2 September 2022

Fast turnaround bespoke connectivity solutions and special purpose products.

Unique in the world of RF components, Intelliconnect has a highly experienced in-house team of expert engineers and designers that can design bespoke RF products for global markets.

Intelliconnect has provided technology companies with solutions to issues relating to electrical performance, physicality, interface, water resistance materials, finish and obsolescence since 2003. Champions of innovation Intelliconnect have created an IP67/68 system for internally and externally sealing connectors through to their new cryogenic range for quantum computing and research.

Constantly seeking new solutions they offer the fastest turnaround in the industry for drawings, typically 24 hours, samples from three weeks and fast production delivery within a matter of weeks from acceptance.

Their design teams work closely with customers to ensure that the help, advice and, ultimately, the product exactly meets the requirement and is delivered, providing optimum performance at the lowest possible acquisition cost.

The Intelliconnect Covert Product Range is comprised of non-reflective black zinc finished connectors, adapters, duct caps and cable assemblies intended for use in many security applications. The company also offers a wide range of high specification stainless steel connectors as well as in-series and between-series adaptors.

Standard products include low-cost, high quality coaxial connectors and adapters from the Taurus range. These are suitable for al RF and microwave applications including medical, telecoms, satcoms, instrumentation, aerospace, space, traction, oil and gas, and marine. Taurus connectors are available in widely used industry standard formats including BNC, SMA, MCX and N type.

Steve Groves, Global Sales Director of Intelliconnect, comments, “Our complete focus on RF and Cryogenic connectors means that we have no distractions and can use all our expertise to support our customers and provide them with connectors and cable assemblies that exactly meet their requirements with no compromises.”

@Intelli_Connect @proactivefleet #PAuto #Security

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Security Certification launch.

The new ISASecure certification offering for industrial internet of things (IIoT) components based on the ISA/IEC 62443 series of standards has just been announced.

The IIoT Component Security Assurance (ICSA) certification was inspired by recommendations published in the joint ISA Global Security Alliance (ISAGCA) and ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) study. Details of this landmark study are available in the Learning Center section of the ISASecure website and were presented during our October 2021 webinar. The study and resulting ISASecure IIOT certification scheme address the urgent need for industry vetted IIoT certification programs.

A live webinar this important new certification offering will be held on 7 September 2022. This webinar will provide an overview of the new ISASecure IIOT Device and Gateway certification program and its basis in the ISA/IEC 62443 set of industry standards.

Register here.


@ISA_Interchange #PAuto #IIoT #Cybersecurity

Reliable temperature sensor for automotive applications.

Sensirion is adding the STS4xA, a highly reliable digital temperature sensor series specifically designed for automotive applications. The sensor platform supports automated optical inspection and comes with an advanced on-board diagnosis system.
The STS4xA series currently consists of two versions: STS41A-AD1B and STS41A-AW1B, with the latter offering optional wettable flank packaging to support automated optical inspection (AOI). Moreover, the integrated on-chip heater enables advanced on-board diagnosis (OBD), making it possible to perform a functionality and plausibility diagnosis instead of simple presence checks.

“The expansion of our next-generation temperature sensor series means more opportunities for our customers to benefit from high precision and reliability in automotive applications. Our STS4xA temperature sensor builds on the established foundation of the STS4x sensor family, delivering a wide supply voltage range and low current consumption while maintaining top performance”, says Matthias Scharfe, Product Manager for Humidity and Temperature Sensors at Sensirion.

The sensor platform is based on Sensirion’s CMOSens® Technology and draws on Sensirion’s extensive experience in temperature sensing, thus benefiting from the company’s well-established engineering expertise. The cost-efficient STS4xA features an I²C interface and provides a wide supply voltage range. Thanks to its small size and four-pin dual-flat no-leads (DFN) package, the STS4xA can easily be integrated into a variety of automotive applications. Moreover, it meets relevant industry standards, such as 85 °C/85 % RH accelerated life tests.

@sensirion #Automotive

Financial Officer.

Amanda Blum has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer with Lynx Software Technologies. Blum was previously with Green Hills Software, an established provider of embedded safety and security solutions, where she served as the Corporate Controller. She will oversee finance, accounting and other administrative support functions and report into CEO Tim Reed.

Amanda Blum
“As we seek to accelerate growth, organically and with acquisitions, and optimize the Lynx business, it was critical for us to bring on a financial leader capable of providing our team with the data and insights needed to make business decisions in real time. Amanda’s experience in the embedded safety and security software industry combined with her broad skillset, spanning accounting, financial planning and analysis, M&A and tax, make her an obvious choice to add to the Lynx leadership team. I’m excited to welcome her aboard and look forward to partnering with her in this next phase of the Company’s growth,” Reed stated.

"I’m thrilled to join Lynx‘s executive leadership team at this critical juncture. In today’s environment, Lynx is in a unique position to help customers ensure that their mission critical systems can be relied upon to operate as intended, on time and securely, while simultaneously enabling customers to be more efficient and nimbler. I look forward to partnering with Tim and the rest of the Lynx team to accelerate growth,” commented Blum.

Prior to joining Green Hills, Blum held several senior financial and accounting positions at Sientra, Inc., a publicly traded medical device company. Her responsibilities spanned accounting, financial planning and analysis, SEC reporting and tax, while also participating in strategic M&A activities. She is a certified public accountant and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting.

@LynxSoftware @NeeshamPR #PAuto

Leadership award.

Expertise, vision, information management, success, ehtical conduct, human competence and diversity: Ayla Busch had convinced the jury in all these categories and therefore received the German Leadership Award 2022.
Lars Wagner, COO at MTU Aero Engines AG, presents Ayla Busch with the award.
Source: Andreas Schwarz

“Ayla Busch is a leader with a special, with a unique style, based on appreciation, a sense of family, communication and, above all, diversity – in the fullest sense”, said nominator Lars Wagner, Chairman of the German Leadership Award jury and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at MTU Aero Engines AG.

The award was presented at the annual alumni convention of the “Collège des Ingénieurs” in Munich. In her acceptance speech, Ayla Busch explained how far back equality and diversity go in the history of Busch Vacuum Solutions: “My parents founded our company as an equal partnership back in 1963. That is unique. And even at the very beginning, we had an employee who was deaf and whom my parents supported in becoming a master craftsman.”

After a reception at the beginning of the event and before he handed over to laudator Lars Wagner, Prof. Hans-Peter Mengele, Chairman of the sponsoring association of the German Leadership Award, explained its significance to the approximately 200 invited guests: “The German Leadership Award is a particularly authentic award for innovative corporate leadership in the German economy. It is sponsored by the network of German alumni of the ‘Collège des Ingénieurs’. The engineers and scientists from the ‘Collège des Ingénieurs’ are among the excellent leaders of the next generation.” Since 2014, these young leaders nominate every year personalities for the German Leadership Award who are role models for them.

After the ceremony, Ayla Busch exchanged views with former award winners in a round table discussion. Afterwards, the participants of the event had the opportunity to network and taste Bavarian delicacies.

@MTUaeroeng #Busch #PAuto 

Integrated control software and solutions for clean air generation.

Integrated wind automation solutions and services are to be provided by Emerson to Taiyuan Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (TYHI) for three greenfield wind farms located in Shanxi Province, China, a region experiencing high growth in its renewable generation base. Emerson’s wind turbine control software and expertise combined with TYHI wind turbines will deliver green energy to over 35 million residents located in Beijing and other Northern China cities.

“Wind energy is an essential component of making a net zero future a reality. Our innovative wind expertise and comprehensive portfolio of wind solutions are backed by five decades of delivering value to global wind turbine owners, operators and manufacturers,” said Bob Yeager, president of Emerson’s power and water business. “The result is our ability to help our customers provide the lowest-cost source of clean energy, taking an important step toward a more sustainable world.”

Decreasing the global carbon footprint to address climate change is critical for a more sustainable world. China is accelerating its use of renewable energy sources to reduce dependency on fossil fuels to less than 20% by 2060. To help address this goal, the China wind market is expected to grow with a cumulative grid-connected wind capacity of 689 gigawatts by the end of 2030, accounting for 67% of the global share.

Emerson’s wind turbine controls and SCADA software will enable the reliable and efficient operation of three greenfield wind farms capable of generating 300 megawatts of clean energy from over 40 wind turbines supplied by TYHI. Emerson’s expanded renewable capabilities and expertise were amplified by the acquisition of Mita-Teknik, a global leader in wind generation solutions with expertise in control design of over 750 wind turbine models and an install base of more than 60,000 systems worldwide.

The collaboration with TYHI to deliver clean wind energy to local communities is one step in advancing China’s sustainability journey. This project is an example of Emerson’s ‘Greening By’ environmental sustainability strategy that is described in Emerson’s 2021 ESG report as helping critical industries leverage the power of automation and novel solutions to deliver the low-carbon energy system transition.

Emerson’s wind experts will work with TYHI on the development and execution of automation projects to reduce project risk and maintain the schedule. The team will also provide services to support start-up and commissioning, as well as surveillance, alarm management and diagnostic reporting services when the sites are in operation.

The wind farms are scheduled for commercial operation in 2023.

@EMR_Automation @Emerson_News @EmersonExchange @HHC_Lewis #TYHI #PAuto #Energy #China

Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Drive systems for transportation & mobility.

Gefeg-Neckar Antriebssysteme GmbH is a drive systems expert for transportation machinery and materials handling equipment applications in mobility, medical, logistics and many other branches of industry. The German designer and manufacturer, represented in Britain by motion specialist Mclennan, includes a custom designed drive systems capability specifically aimed at integration on Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs). 

Supplied as complete Vulkollan™ equipped wheel assemblies with mechanical interfacing adapters, these modular systems include brushless DC geared motors, feedback encoders, optional dynamic or holding brakes - and are supplied with integrated on-board motor controls or for use with external motor controls and optional Safe Torque Off (STO).

Extensively used in production and warehousing settings for transportation, loading and retrieval of pallets, crates, boxes, and components etc., all types of AGVs can be equipped with Gefeg-Neckar’s drives up to a maximum power of 1.5 kW. Powerful brushless DC motors provide maximum efficiency for battery operated AGVs as well as extended life with low maintenance. With load carrying capability per wheel up to 1000 kg, three outline drive models are available for customisation with the nominal wheel diameter between 160 and 230 mm. These are variously equipped with 24 or 48 VDC geared motors with maximum torque output of approximately 16, 27 and 88 Nm, and respective maximum speeds of 244, 182 and 78 rpm. This equates to nominal AGV cart speeds of 2.0, 1.5 and 0.9 m/sec respectively. The modularly designed models can be flexibly adapted to match application specifics with alternative gear unit technologies (planetary, worm and spur), adjusted motor characteristics and tailored componentry to suit the performance required. For medical or high hygiene environments, stainless steel motor, gear unit and hardware versions are available.

Gefeg-Neckar designs and manufactures many other specialist drive transmission systems including wheelchair mobility, wind turbine rotor adjustment, solar panel actuators, rehabilitation equipment, home automation, machinery for wood and metal working, packaging and more.

@mepaxIntPR #McLennan #gefeg_neckar #Transportation #Motion

Appointment in photonic and microelectronic leader.

Mr. Thorsten Scheidler has been appointed managing director for Palomar Technologies' operations in Europe (HQ: Erlangen D), effective October 1, 2022. Mr. Scheidler replaces Mr. Josef Schmidl who is retiring after more than 30 years with Palomar Technologies. 

Thorsten Scheidler
“It’s with sad hearts that we announce the retirement of our long-time colleague, Mr. Josef Schmidl, yet welcome Mr. Scheidler to his new position as managing director for Palomar Europe,” said Bruce Hueners, President and CEO for Palomar Technologies, Inc. “We wish Mr. Schmidl a long, healthy and happy retirement and wish Mr. Scheidler great success in his new role and look forward to working with him.”

Over his 30+ years with Palomar Technologies, Mr. Schmidl was instrumental in opening up the European market to Palomar semiconductor packaging equipment and building the market. He joined Hughes Aircraft in 1986 as a service and applications engineer. In 1995, Mr. Schmidl moved to sales and two years later, he established Palomar GmbH in Erlangen, Germany, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Palomar Technologies. Since then, Mr. Schmidl has grown Palomar GmbH into an organization that provides sales and service support to customers in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mr. Thorsten Scheidler, Sales Director Europe for SST Vacuum Reflow Systems has over 15 years of sales and technical support experience within the power electronics and semiconductor industries in Europe. He has been instrumental in implementing sales strategies for Palomar’s wholly owned subsidiary, SST Vacuum Reflow Systems in the EMEA market.

@PalomarTech #Pauto #Europe