Friday 12 April 2024

Simulating MIMO connections.

Anritsu Corporation has introduced a newly developed Butler Matrix 4x4 (0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz) MA8114A to expand its Butler Matrix module lineup of simulating MIMO connections.

The MA8114A is a Butler Matrix transmission path with 4 input and 4 output ports and supports the 6 GHz band (5.925 GHz to 7.125 GHz), which is not supported by the existing Azimuth STACSIM-WB-(Static Channel Simulator) (ACC-339) used for evaluating 4x4 MIMO throughput of LTE/5G base stations and Wi-Fi devices. The MA8114A helps users to build a stable 5G/W-Fi evaluation environment, and efficiently test throughput.

Development Background.
LTE/5G Base station and Wi-Fi device vendors use the Over The Air test environment to evaluate the maximum throughput with 4x4 MIMO for their products. This entails measuring the Tx/Rx radio performance of wireless devices using an anechoic or OTA chamber which is designed to block external radio waves. Because the transmission environment varies depending on the distance to the User Equipment (UE), a drawback of this approach is its low reproducibility of measurement results. While reproducibility can be improved by connecting the two devices using an RF cable, a simple coupler cannot simulate the MIMO transmission environment. The MA8114A solves this issue, ensuring highly reproducible measurements.

The upper-limit frequency for NR FR1 has been extended beginning with 3GPP Release 17, and the 6 GHz band has been added to Wi-Fi 6E/7. The MA8114A supports a frequency range up to 7.125 GHz in preparation for countries launching services on new frequency bands.

The product lineup of the Butler Matrix module also includes the Butler Matrix 8x8 (0.6 GHz to 7.125 GHz) MA8118A with 8 input and 8 output ports, which supports a frequency range up to 7.125 GHz as well. The MA8118A can be used not only for 8x8 MIMO throughput evaluation but also to enable efficient testing of devices having multiple RF ports.

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Industrial PCs with powerful performance and reliability.

Compact Industrial Computer Equipped with AI Acceleration Module

Compact and fan-less industrial PCs have been announced by DFI. Their EC70A-ADP is designed with rich I/O and wide temperature support, enabling diverse deployment for AMRs and AGVs. EC700-ADN, equipped with the Hailo-8 module, offers advanced AI computing capabilities for industrial automation applications.

According to a recent market research report by Emergen Research, the global embedded systems market size is expected to reach USD 169.4 billion by 2032. This growth is primarily driven by the increasing adoption of AIoT devices and automation technologies across various sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, and logistics.

As businesses continue to prioritize efficiency and data-driven decision-making, DFI's Box PCs arrive amidst this burgeoning trend in embedded computing.

The DFI EC70A-ADP stands out as an ultra-compact, fan-less industrial computer powered by the 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Alder Lake-P Processor. It boasts a sleek and silent design suitable for space-constrained or noise-sensitive environments. With 8GB of onboard memory and an additional SO-DIMM DDR4 slot, the EC70A-ADP offers flexible memory options. Its dual display support allows for enhanced visualization, while compatibility with 5G-NR modules ensures future-proof connectivity. The EC70A-ADP also delivers unparalleled robustness and reliability with a wide operating temperature of –20°C to 60°C, making it ideal for deployment in AGVs, AMRs, or material logistics systems.

DFI’s EC700-ADN is also tailored for space and noise sensitive environments by combining robust performance with a slim form factor. However, what sets the EC700-ADN apart is its compatibility with the Hailo-8 module, offering unparalleled AI computing capabilities. Its advanced analytics algorithms are capable of processing high-resolution and high-frame rate videos, resulting in superior accuracy in detecting small and fast-moving objects. Moreover, it significantly reduces false alerts and generates comprehensive metadata, thereby enhancing operational efficiency.

Its built-in OOB functionality facilitates remote diagnostics and system reboots for malfunctioning systems, even when the device is turned-off or the OS has crashed. This enables remote troubleshooting and streamlines issue resolution for optimized operations optimization. Featuring LPDDR5 & eMMC support, and up to Quad Display Support via VGA/HDMI/USB-C, the EC700-ADN emerges as the top choice for AIoT, factory automation, and robotics applications.

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General manager in autonomous mobile solutions.

Johan Lundblad has been appointed as General Manager at Kollmorgen, Autonomous Mobile Solutions division.

Johan Lundblad
Johan has over 25 years of experience in various executive leadership roles. Since 2018, he has served as Global Sales and Marketing Director, leading the growth journey of the Autonomous Mobile Solutions division with a customer-centric and collaborative approach. We are confident that Johan is a trusted leader with a passion for our products and business model, that will serve him well in his new role.

“I am excited to take on the role of General Manager of the Kollmorgen Autonomous Mobile Solutions division. Having worked close to our partners in all regions of the world I am confident I will offer the continuity needed to ensure strong relationships for continued success. I am proud of our company, our skilled teams and our industry leading NDC Solutions offering,” says Johan Lundblad.

The management team extended its sincerest gratitude to Tobias Byfeldt for his leadership, passion, and dedication over the past 13 years.

“I am very proud of what we have accomplished as a company over the past 13 years I have had with the company. With Johan taking over the leadership we ensure that we will continue to execute our strategy. Our strive to lead and develop the market will remain untouched and as always with customer focus and dedication to provide the best Autonomous Mobile Solutions there is,” says Tobias Byfeldt.

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25th anniversary in test and measurement.

Partnership celebrated with an award ceremony.

Fluke Corporation recently hosted an award ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Premium partnership with CalPlus GmbH.

Flavio Romano, Senior Director of EMEA Sales, Fluke Corporation said: “The success of our partnership is owed to CalPlus’ unwavering commitment to customer-centricity and excellence in customer service, innovation and technical expertise. CalPlus’ profound product understanding enables them to provide comprehensive training and unmatched support, expediting the discovery of optimal solutions. Their proactive innovation ensures they lead in meeting evolving customer needs. Together, our shared vision for growth in the German market has forged a strategic alliance marked by mutual trust and a relentless pursuit of excellence.”

Upgrade and save 20% for a limited time.
Fluke Calibration is offering European customers the opportunity to upgrade and save 20% on the 55X0A Series of High-Performance Multi-Product Calibrators. For a limited time, customers can trade in their existing precision calibrator regardless of the manufacturer and upgrade to the latest technology. Featuring three advanced models, the 5560A, 5550A and 5540A provide the most compre-hensive electrical workload coverage with the highest accuracy, an intuitive designed front panel, MET/CAL com patibility and much more. 
This limited time offer ends on 28 June 2024.

A leading German specialist distributor for test and measurement equipment and the leading supplier of calibrators for electrical quantities and temperature, CalPlus was formed in 1999 by former employees of Fluke. Today, the company serves customers in all areas of the German economy, including colleges, universities, research institutes and authorities, and is headquartered in Berlin.

The success of the longstanding, historical partnership between the two companies is down to the extensive technical knowledge that the CalPlus sales team has of Fluke Corporation’s products. CalPlus is also the exclusive German distributor for Fluke Calibration’s electrical and temperature calibration portfolio.

In 2022, this expertise enabled CalPlus to secure the largest single order for Fluke Calibration of $6.7 million – $4.5 million on hardware and $2.2 million on Premium Care plans – with a semiconductor and component test systems manufacturer. The accuracy, reliability and stability of Fluke Calibrations’ products are of critical importance to calibration and primary laboratories in Germany.

Jürgen Mau, Managing Director of CalPlus says long-term customer and supplier partnerships are at the heart of CalPlus’ corporate philosophy. “Having Fluke as a Premium partner for 25 years has enabled us to make substantial inroads into the electrical and temperature calibration market in Germany. Over the years, we have also expanded our in-stock range of Fluke’s industrial and networking portfolios to reflect the considerable growth in the renewable energy sector, including solar and wind power as well as electric vehicles. These rapidly evolving markets demand reliable testing and calibration solutions of the highest quality. Fluke is a true innovator in these sectors and enables us to deliver complete solutions to our customers.”

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Thursday 11 April 2024

Miniature CO2 sensor.

The STCC4 from Sensirion, enables mass-market CO2 monitoring in a wide range of applications with unmatched form factor, cost efficiency and low current consumption. They have now launched the latest addition to their CO2 sensor portfolio in the last quarter of 2024. 

The STCC4 is one of the world's smallest sensors for direct CO2 measurement, unlocks vast new applications for monitoring CO2 previously limited by size and cost constraints. Designed for seamless integration into compact electronic devices, the sensor is a groundbreaking newcomer in the CO2 sensor market.

Utilizing the latest technological advancements in thermal conductivity sensing, the STCC4 provides the accuracy needed for indoor air quality applications at a low current consumption. Both accurate signal compensation and monitoring of relevant indoor environmental parameters are achieved when STCC4 is combined with Sensirion’s industry-leading temperature and humidity sensors. Engineered and manufactured in Switzerland, it has been optimized for easy integration into high volume applications through its SMD design and tape & reel packaging. The STCC4 is suitable for a wide range of applications, including indoor air quality monitors, smart thermostats, air conditioners and much more.

“CO2 monitoring is essential to ensuring comfortable indoor environments. We believe that the size and cost efficiency of STCC4 will empower healthy air wherever people work or live,” says Dr. Kaitlin Howell, Product Manager for CO2 sensors at Sensirion.

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Is fibre right for your industrial network?

Henry Martel*, Field Application Engineer with Antaira Technologies, discusses fibre cable types and costs

In the rapidly evolving landscape of industrial IoT networks, understanding the intricacies of fibre optic cables is essential for IT technicians and plant management alike.

Although fibre has been deployed for more than four decades, several misconceptions remain. At the top of the list is that installing fibre optics is more expensive than copper due to its networking devices, terminations, and cables. Another is that fibre is harder to install and terminate than copper. Last, there’s the fallacy that fibre cables are fragile since they're “made of glass”. We’ll dispel those lingering myths here.

Fibre optic cables are now the fastest-growing transmission medium for both new network builds and expansions, especially in applications that require high bandwidth, long distances, and immunity to electrical interference. Network backbones transmitting huge amounts of bandwidth-consuming data files almost exclusively rely on fibre.

So, is fibre right for your industrial network? Let’s find out.

Fibre Optic cable construction.
As the name implies, fibre optic cables carry optical signals using fast-traveling pulses of light instead of electricity over long distances. At the cable’s core are extremely pure glass fibres the same width as human hair that transmit light photons down the length of cable.

10-Port Industrial PoE+ Light Layer 
3 Gigabit managed Ethernet switch.
A 125µm layer of glass cladding surrounds the core to guarantee that light is reflected, rather than leaking out at the edges, therefore enabling the signal to travel longer distances without attenuation. Over the cladding is a buffer that keeps the cable's internal glass structure safe from damage and discourages excessive bending. An additional layer of reinforcing fibres shields the core, followed by a rugged plastic jacket.

Durability of fibre cables.
fibre is far from fragile. The strength members of fibre cables provide protection against crushing blows, bending forces and, of course, the pulling tension encountered during installation. Reinforcing around the core keeps the cable stiff to maintain the allowable cable-bend radius and prevent kinking when pulling around corners. Once installed, fibre optic cables are sturdier than copper with fewer parts. In fact, a fibre optic cable can last up to 50 years, withstanding extreme temperatures, high shock, moisture and vibration without degrading.

All this doesn’t mean careless installation won’t damage fibre optic cables. Exceeding bending radius limits or kinking the cable will lead to micro-cracks that increase the potential for degradation. Poorly spliced cable will give rise to fibre movement if splice materials have different characteristics than the cable, such as different thermal expansion coefficients. Malfunctions in fibre optic networks are virtually always due to poor installation, misaligned fusions, or accidental cuts.

Despite the built-in mechanical protection in modern fiber optic cables, some industrial or outdoor plant installations require more protection. In these instances, armored cables are recommended.

Armored fibre optic cables are manufactured to handle abrasion, impact, UV damage and are designed for underground direct burial out of the box. Armored cables can be a cost-effective alternative to running the cable through protective conduit. Conduit installation costs are incurred twice: first, when installing the conduit and second, when installing the cables, hence doubling labor and material costs. Armored cables cost more than standard fibre cables, but the labor to install them is considerably less.

Single-mode fibre.
Fibre optic cables are broken down into two main product categories — single-mode (SM) and multimode (MM).

Single-mode cable has a small diametral core of 9µm that permits only one mode of light to propagate. SM decreases the number of reflections created as light passes through its core, resulting in lowered attenuation and creating the ability for a signal to travel several miles before needing to be enhanced. SM is the preferred choice for long-haul networks, telcos, campus backbone and large enterprises spread over extended areas.

SM is available in two classifications:
• OS1: for use in indoor locations over shorter distances and where electrical interference may be greater.
• OS2: targeted at outdoor installations with a maximum range of 125 miles. OS2 cables support bandwidth speeds of up to 400 gigabits per second (Gbit/s) over distances up to 80km or further using off-the-shelf optical modules. OS2 is generally more tolerant to flexing and stretching than OS1. Not surprisingly, OS2 cables also tend to be more expensive than their OS1 counterparts.

Multimode fibre
Multimode (MM) fibre optic cables feature multiple strands, ranging in number from 2 to several hundred, resulting in a wider core (50µm to 62.5µm) that accommodates the transmission of numerous data streams over one cable. However, the larger core has its limitations. Due to higher signal attenuation, MM cables are unable to handle the same long distances as SM fibre cables, typically 2km or less, so they are used to connect in short range applications. MM developed with a plastic core may be used in place of glass for certain industries, such as mining or sensing applications, while bigger core diameter fibre (called MM200) is necessary in other applications.

Like SM, MM cables are split into several classifications:
• OM1: maximum bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s, 100 feet distance (obsolete in ISO/IEC 11801 and TIA 568 standards)
• OM2: maximum bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s, 260 feet distance (obsolete in ISO/IEC 11801 and TIA 568 standards)
• OM3 maximum bandwidth of 10 Gbit/s, 1000 feet distance
• OM4: capable of reaching 1300 ft at 10 Gbit/s and 40 Gbit/s up to 500 feet
• OM5: like OM4 but uses different colors of laser light to increase support for greater bandwidth up to 200 Gbit/s or even 400 Gbit/s.

MM should not be confused with “breakout” fibre optic cables. Breakout cables are essentially a group of SM or MM jacketed fibres bound together within an outer jacket. A single connector is shared at one end of the breakout cable with individual connectors on the other. Color-coded cables are "broken out” and therefore enable several connections between network devices with different speed ports, while fully utilizing port bandwidth. Consider, for instance, a switch with a 100G port connected to ten 10G ports. Ideal for patching, breakout cables simplify installation, reduce cable congestion, and improve overall cable management.

Single vs Multimode.
In the past, the general rule was MM for short indoor/same building applications while SM was for long distance links and just about everywhere else. That is changing. Recently, there’s been a big decrease in cost-per-foot for SM cables. Also, the price of SM transceivers has come down considerably, while their designs have become more resilient; in the past, an attenuator was required, or you’d risk burning out the receiver if the cable was too short for the laser used.

Both these factors have made SM more cost-efficient for indoor/ same building applications. With 40- and 100-Gbit/s connections becoming commonplace, SM increasingly makes business sense for new installations and network expansions. Single mode electronics are still about 30% more expensive than conventional electronics because they require more complex optical processors to create powerful light sources. However, when factoring in the lower costs of SM cables, the overall expense is similar — yet SM’s performance benefit is dramatically better. SM supports brighter, more powerful light sources with lower attenuation. Its bandwidth is unlimited, at least in theory. Although MM comes in five different cable grades, none of them can match SM’s limitless bandwidth over short or long distances.

Cost: Fibre vs Copper
In general, fibre remains more expensive than copper in the near term. However, fibre ends up costing less in the long run after factoring in copper’s overlooked costs, maintenance, interference, risk of tampering and replacement expense.

There is no question that installation prices for fibre are higher than those for copper due to the skill required for terminations. But as we said earlier, the cost of fibre cable, hardware, and components is declining. In addition, fibre usually requires less than half the networking hardware, has significantly less downtime, and is less expensive to scale and maintain.

Another big plus is that fibre optic cables are immune to electrical noise. Produced by motors, relays, welders, and other industrial equipment, electrical noise can seriously interfere with copper cabling. The more distance that copper cabling travels between two points, the more noise it absorbs and the more the signal deteriorates. Data is also more secure with fibre since it does not radiate signals and is nearly impossible to tap, thwarting a potentially expensive cyber-attack. Importantly, fibre makes upgrading unnecessary as network speeds and requirements escalate.

Installed “first costs” have long been the driving force behind selecting a cabling medium. Frequently, these costs become the reason users choose to deploy copper instead of fibre. But with the price of industrial fibre networks rapidly dropping due to the factors described above, there are now both short- and long-term benefits that make fibre a more compelling choice. Fibre termination.
Many technicians fear that installing fibre connectors on bulk fibre requires a high level of skill to be done correctly. Several years ago, this was true, but today it is not always the case. The old school way involved solvent glue, lots of small pieces, and hand polishing the tip. Besides being difficult and time-consuming, the precision required by this method led to unacceptable levels of light loss and back reflection when performed by a less experienced technician.

Today there are better ways to terminate bulk fibre like using pre-polished connectors, fusion or mechanical splicing, and fibre optic pigtails allowing successful implementation even for beginners. Network technicians can choose the best termination option for their needs by weighing the benefits of each technique. Of course, they can also order factory pre-terminated fibre optic cables in the lengths needed that have already been tested for plug-and-play deployment. That said, field termination or “on-site” termination requires a trained technician adhering to industry standards and using specialized tools. The same goes for splicing broken or severed fibre cables to maintain network integrity.

Like any network technology, fibre terminations are not immune to problems even when performed by a professional. Once a termination is complete, the optical signal must be tested to ensure proper connectivity. Routine troubleshooting will help identify any underlying issues without interrupting network service. Contamination of connector end-faces by dust, dirt and oil is one of the primary causes for signal loss and failure. Poor polishing or incorrect alignment of fibres can also result in signal loss, as can exposure to excessive humidity or caustic chemicals.

* Henry Martel is a Field Application Engineer with Antaira Technologies. He has over 10 years of IT experience along with skills in system administration, network administration, telecommunications, and infrastructure management. He has also been a part of management teams that oversaw the installation of new technologies on public works projects, hospitals, and major retail chains.

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Prototyping of End-to-end AI Accelerated Vision Applications.

BitFlow has successfully integrated the unprecedented computing power of the NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Orin module, which can perform 275 trillion operations per second (TOPS), with the lightning-fast data rates of its CoaXPress (CXP) frame grabbers.

When combined with the NVIDIA AGX Orin Developer Kit, this cost-effective platform empowers engineers to prototype complex machine vision and autonomous inspection applications, leveraging AI accelerated image processing while simultaneously supporting up to four CoaXPress (CXP) cameras and multiple concurrent AI application pipelines. Groundbreaking new applications are more easily developed that augment rule-based machine vision with image-based analysis, making it possible to move beyond “pass/fail” to tasks like image classification, image segmentation, and object detection.

Once proof-of-concept is established, a production model can move forward utilizing an Advantech AIR-030 AI Inference System Box featuring PCI Express x16 and based on the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin. As a result of this innovation, Time to Market and associated development costs are significantly reduced.

50GB Data Transfer. BitFlow CXP frame grabbers connect directly to the Jetson AGX Orin via a built-in x16 PCIe slot. Image data may then be transferred at speeds up to 50GB per second from CXP cameras to the NVIDIA Ampere GPU architecture — much faster than what NVIDIA Jetson users are typically limited to using USB3 or GigE Vision cameras. BitFlow CXP frame grabbers DMA directly into the embedded GPU memory for image capture, pre-processing, and machine learning inference, shifting the load from the host computer to avoid CPU overhead.

Besides faster transfer speeds, the CoaXPress interface allows a single cable to carry all data, control, triggering, and up to 13W of power to connected cameras at lengths as far as 100 meters. CoaXPress eliminates the need for multiple cables and a local power supply, therefore giving the system integrator far more flexibility for their prototype designs.

Seamless integration between the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin and BitFlow frame grabbers is achieved through BitFlow’s Linux AArch64 SDK. With the SDK being universal, not only is BitFlow's full line of CXP frame grabbers (Cyton and Claxon families) supported, but additionally the BitFlow Axion Camera Link family is an option for customers.

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Wednesday 10 April 2024

Artificial intelligence is in the air.

Embracing the opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance its productivity, innovation, and customer satisfaction.

Gasmet recognizes the importance of AI as one potential driver of development and growth in the gas analysis industry. AI can help the company to leverage the power of data, improve its employer brand, increase its operational efficiency and agility, and deliver better customer experience and satisfaction.

To support its AI initiative, Gasmet has launched a pilot project with a limited group of employees to explore new possibilities to utilize AI in its daily work. The pilot project will provide valuable feedback and insights for future AI developments.

Nenne Nordström-Saarivuori
“We believe that enabling AI in everyday life is not only an employer's responsibility, but also an employee's right to have access to today's tools. We are embarking on a journey that is still unknown and few know how the path will wind. The important thing is that we take a bold step forward with curiosity, towards the possibilities AI brings for all of us - naturally assessing and taking into account the risks” states Gasmet’s CEO Nenne Nordström-Saarivuori.

As a part of its AI strategy, Gasmet has implemented organizational changes. Their long-standing Chief Technology Officer Rami Vuorinen has been appointed as Director of AI, effective from April 2024. His responsibilities will include rooting AI to Gasmet’s way of working and enabling AI’s future potential on products and services.

The new AI Chief comments “I am excited to have this opportunity at Gasmet. It is a privilege to be able to delve into something that is new to all of us and to accelerate the take-up of AI and inspire our experts to use it. It is particularly exciting to be leading a change that was recognized and worked on closely in Gasmet's management team since early 2023.”

Gasmet believes that these changes will strengthen its ability to meet customer needs in both the short and long term and ensure flexibility in a changing business environment. "It has been great to see the enthusiasm and commitment among colleagues," says Nenne Nordström-Saarivuori.

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Inline peak power sensor.

The launch of Anritsu's new inline power sensor MA24103A has been announced. This is designed to measure accurate Peak and True-RMS average power measurements from 25 MHz to 1 GHz and 2 mW to 150 W power range.

Several applications demand accurate peak and average power measurements well below the frequency range of 1 GHz. Agencies in Public Safety, Avionics (air traffic control and repair stations), and Railroads, etc. must maintain critical communications between the control centers and the vehicles. The slightest error in making measurements or maintaining a communication network in these markets could risk public safety or even have fatal consequences.

The advantage with lower frequencies is that they can propagate a longer distance and maintain communication with fast-moving vehicles. Normally, at lower frequencies the power of the transmitting signal is in the range of watts, which makes the MA24103A more suited for these types of applications. This highly accurate, Inline Peak Power Sensor communicates with a PC via USB or with an Anritsu handheld instrument equipped with the high accuracy power meter option 19.

Some of the main markets that benefit from this low frequency Inline Power Sensor include:
• Broadcast Network and Manufacturer: Lab performance accuracy and low insertion loss over a wide temperature range (0 ºC to 55 ºC), making it perfect for field applications.
• Railroads: to evaluate various systems like Positive Train Control Systems, End of Train (EOT) signals, automated train control systems, and FM voice base stations.
• Avionics: such as Airports for beacon testing, surveillance radar testing, localizer, and marker testing.

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RF edge launch connectors.

Samtec has released a new line of RF edge launch connectors with a narrow body design that is 33% smaller than traditional edge launch connectors. These connectors are commonly used in a lab setting for high-frequency test and measurement applications, high-speed digital component test and evaluation boards. Frequency capabilities are DC to 67 GHz (185-EL Series), DC to 50 GHz (240-EL Series) and DC to 40 GHz (292-EL Series). Interface types include 1.85 mm, 2.40 mm and 2.92 mm.

As the name suggests, Samtec’s RF edge launch connectors are installed on the edge of the board. Doing so makes it easy to align the launch pin with the circuit trace, which also helps to ensure proper ground alignment for preventing RF leakage. Samtec’s RF edge launch connectors compression mount to the printed circuit board instead of requiring solder. Proper alignment and the removal of solder allows for increased signal integrity performance capabilities (versus soldered edge launch, or even vertical or angled launch connectors).

The solderless design of the 185-EL, 240-EL and 292-EL Series connectors means they are reusable, also known as field replaceable; with up to 500 mating cycles, this makes them extremely cost-effective. Samtec’s RF edge launch connectors are easy to install and do not cause damage to a printed circuit board.

“When electrical performance is critical, edge launch connectors are often selected in lieu of vertical or angled launch connectors. Samtec worked to enhance the overall connector design for advanced impedance and VSWR performance over other edge launch connectors commonly found in the industry. Combined with Samtec’s Sudden Service® offerings, which include signal integrity and launch optimization services, we anticipate Samtec RF edge launch connectors to quickly find homes in the marketplace.” says David Beraun, RF Product Marketing & Development Manager at Samtec

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Tuesday 9 April 2024

Weld seam inspection.

An innovation leader in automotive lightweight construction, Waldaschaff Automotive GmbH, is meeting the complex challenges in subassembly thanks to cutting-edge solutions from SmartRay.

Klaus Steigerwald, Head of Customer Unit at Waldaschaff Automotive, said: “The SmartRay system enables us to inspect 100% of the weld seams on each component objectively, optically, and in a norm-based way, and this is essential to secure our quality.”

The manufacturing process for high-voltage battery housings, also known as battery frames or trays, is challenging due to the size of the housing, and the process steps required to combine the individual components into the finished product.

The battery housing is a complex structure with seams that are difficult to reach and inspect. However, by utilising SmartRay’s industry-leading sensor system for weld seam inspection, Waldaschaff was able to inspect 100% of the weld seams on each component, improving quality, efficiency and accuracy.

JOSY is a high-speed, all-in-one system for non-contact, 3D visual inspection of joining technologies and weld inspection. This system incorporates pre-calibrated 3D sensors with intelligent software tools and advanced algorithm processing to deliver high-accuracy weld inspection that meets international standards.

Waldaschaff has installed 16 JOSY weld inspection systems across four production lines, on different battery housings. In total, about 200 MIG and laser welds are checked, enabling Waldaschaff to manage the welding process proactively and preventively, saving time and material through a more efficient rework process.

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Monday 8 April 2024

Compact solution for big challenges.

A safe connection for transmissions under adverse conditions

Space is a scarce commodity - especially in the world of electrical engineering, where every millimeter counts. Regardless of whether it is a portable optical device or a stationary installation. The trend towards ever smaller applications poses new challenges for users and manufacturers. To meet these requirements, ODU offers a suitable solution with the ODU MINI-SNAP® Super Shorty in the F series. This connector solves problems in places where there is no room for error, particularly thanks to the possibility of tailoring the cable assembly to the specific application.

Optimized for demanding conditions: 25% space saving without loss of quality.
The ODU MINI-SNAP® Series F Super Shorty combines the advantages of the ODU MINI-SNAP® series in a smaller design. The connector offers the usual reliability with a size reduction of up to 25%. This makes the ODU MINI-SNAP® Series F Super Shorty the ideal solution for applications that require easy mounting in extremely confined spaces. A more efficient and flexible system design is therefore possible without having to compromise on performance or reliability. However, not only is a suitable connector required, a suitable cable assembly is also required for error-free transmission.

Assembly and complete solution from a single source.
Past experience has shown that the connection or assembly with the right cable can be a problem within the confines of a small connector architecture. This fundamental, application-independent challenge was taken into account during the development of the ODU MINI-SNAP® Super Shorty. Despite its reduced size, the connector has enough space for convenient and professional connection of the cable strands. The design also provides the optimum conditions for overmolding and protection of the termination area - either in a straight or right-angled design. The ODU MINI-SNAP® Series F Super Shorty connectors are available as ready-made assemblies with matching cable and overmolding for an end product tailored to the application. This means that customized solutions for specific inserts can be produced from a single source. This ensures a more straightforward procurement process compared to dealing with various partners.

Durable and reliable thanks to protection class IP68.
The technical characteristics of the ODU MINI-SNAP® Series F Super Shorty underline its position as the optimum solution for demanding applications in confined spaces. With a service life of at least 5,000 mating cycles, it impresses in terms of longevity. By meeting protection class IP68 for optimum protection against the ingress of dust and water, the connector can also be used in harsh environments. The push-pull locking system ensures both a safe connection and easy removal in hard-to-reach places. Even blind plugging can be done thanks to the simple handling and half-shell coding. As an extra option, the ODU MINI-SNAP® Series F Super Shorty is also available in a very attractive tin-nickel version in addition to the standard finishing in matt chrome.

The compact design for more flexible and efficient applications retains the technical advantages but makes the ODU MINI-SNAP® Super Shorty of the F series an attractive solution. "Practical in use, the connector and cable provide a safe connection for transmissions under adverse conditions - without compromise."

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Process & Temperature meter.

The 330R2 1/8 DIN Process and Temperature Panel Meter from Moore Industries replaces their discontinued 330R Process Monitor. The 330R2’s universal input and dual process relays satisfy a wide variety of process and temperature applications. Thanks to the 300R2’s UV-resistant and sunlight-readable 4-digit display and an operating temperature range of -40 to 65°C, it is particularly well suited for harsh outdoor environments. 

The 330R2 is housed in a 1/8 DIN enclosure and accepts a wide array of analog inputs including process voltage (0-5V, 1-5V, 0-10V, ±10V) and current (0-20mA, 4-20mA, ±20mA) inputs, 100 Ohm RTDs, and the four most common thermocouples.

Among the 330R2’s highlights is its ability to provide 24VDC to power the transmitter’s 4-20mA signal with the high-level input-powered units, simplifying wiring and reducing overall installation costs. Additionally, an isolated 4-20mA output option is available for retransmission of process and temperature inputs. The 330R2 is a versatile and durable panel meter enclosed in a shallow-depth 1/8 DIN casing with a NEMA 4X & IP65 front panel with adjustable display intensity, making the 330R2 especially effective for outdoor applications.

Featuring 2 form C (SPDT) relays the 330R2 provides alarm and control flexibility for critical temperature and process loops including pump control applications. UL & Canada-UL Listed, the 330R2 adheres to the safety standards of UL 508 Industrial Control Equipment. The meter can be programmed quickly and easily either on a PC or in the field. Field programming is accomplished via the four push buttons on the faceplate, or the unit can be programmed with free programming and monitoring software. This programming software enables you to save configuration settings to a file, facilitating easy programming across multiple meters.

@MII_Worldwide #PAuto

Friday 5 April 2024

Tests for for GEO Satellites.

The functionality of Anritsu's Signalling Tester MD8430A has been expanded with the introduction of a protocol test solution for Non-Terrestrial Network (NTN) devices for Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites. As a result of the upgrade, the MD8430A can now support NTN Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technologies.

NTN NB-IoT is an IoT communication service for areas that terrestrial base stations cannot cover and is used in such fields as maritime shipping, logistics, mining, and automobiles. It enables a host of IoT devices to connect to the network with low power consumption. Its current specification is 3GPP Release 17. With this functionality enhancement, Anritsu will help to improve the quality of NTN devices and contribute to the realization of a prosperous network society.

Development Background.
In the past, individual satellite operators have offered proprietary satellite communication services. However, since the standardization of NTN communications in 3GPP Release 17, the satellite communication service market has rapidly grown, and various verifications based on the standard specifications have become necessary. For GEO satellites, NTN device vendors need test environments that can simulate the communication delay over a distance of approximately 36,000 km between satellite and device. Satellites must also transmit information over this distance to the device for delay compensation. To support these test requirements, Anritsu has developed a protocol test solution that boasts high reliability built on test experiences with market-leading customers and high flexibility in condition setting.

Product Outline.
The MD8430A is a base station simulator that can build a simulated network necessary for the development of chipsets and devices. With its software option NTN NB-IoT (GEO) MD8430A-043 and its control software option NTN over IoT Framework for RTD MX800050A-070, the MD8430A can be connected to an NTN device for GEO satellites, which makes it possible to test the connection with the NTN network and roaming between the terrestrial network and NTN network, among others.

@Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @MediaTek @NapierPR #TandM #Telecommunications

Thursday 4 April 2024

Driving Sustainable Innovation in Northern Ireland's Industries.

Digital Catapult, Britain's authority on advanced digital technology, has launched a cutting-edge accelerator programme with Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to support the region’s net zero ambition. The Tenfold NetZero Accelerator Programme will support three of Northern Ireland’s leading agriculture and manufacturing businesses to develop proofs-of-concept that will drive adoption of sustainable innovation across the region, and solve complex industrial challenges.*

LtoR: Neville Graham, Head of Farmer Services, Dale Farm; Sue McGuire, Senior Strategic Partnership Manager, Digital Catapult; Andrew Muir MLA, DAERA Minister; Fiacre O’Donnell, Sustainability Director, Encirc; Jason Rankin, General Manager, AgriSearch

The solutions set to be developed during the programme aim to reduce glass waste during the production of dark glass bottles and identify novel agricultural innovation methods to enable more accurate measurement and usage of nutrients using advanced digital technologies. The programme is now taking applications from the UK’s world class technology startup and SME community to support the development of these solutions working alongside Northern Ireland-based AgriSearch, Dale Farm and Encirc.

Speaking at the launch of the call for applications at Dale Farm in Belfast, Minister Andrew Muir, said: “I am delighted to be here today alongside local industry. Tenfold NetZero demonstrates how Northern Ireland’s public and private sector can work together to develop solutions that benefit industry, drive innovation, achieve green growth and hopefully create sustainable business models that can be emulated across DAERA’s sectors.”

The Climate Change Act 2022 sets an ambitious target to reduce Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050 and it is hoped the programme can deliver sustainable climate action solutions and help local business achieve net zero.

Sue McGuire, Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager at Digital Catapult, said: “Our goal is to ensure businesses of all sizes can achieve business growth and improved efficiency in their journey to net zero. The programme is a unique opportunity for industry to partner with the wider UK technology ecosystem and leverage emerging digital technologies through their insights, knowledge and skills.”

Participating technology solution providers will have the opportunity to access the ideal testbed for sustainable agriculture innovation, by working alongside leading Northern Ireland dairy cooperative Dale Farm and AgriSearch, the farmer-led research organisation.*

Neville Graham, Head of Farmer Services, Dale Farm said: “As a farmer-owned cooperative we are committed not only to reducing our carbon footprint, but ensuring that the 1,300 farmers who own Dale Farm have resilient, sustainable and profitable farm businesses for years to come. We are delighted to support this project alongside government and industry partners, as we explore how new technologies and digital transformation can help the agri-food sector move towards net zero.”

Jason Rankin, General Manager at AgriSearch, said: “This programme offers our network of farmers the opportunity to gain access to expertise in advanced digital technologies that they would never formally have access to and solve mass challenges across beef, sheep and dairy farming, and help achieve our goals to reduce costs, improve performance, drive innovation and improve welfare for primary producers.”

Encirc, a market leader in glass container design, manufacturing, bottling and logistics solutions, is also providing a rare opportunity for an SME to partner and feed into a global supply chain. Encirc’s Sustainability Director, Fiacre O’Donnell, said: “Our challenge is around quality inspection for dark coloured glass at our Northern Ireland plant and solving this will reduce waste, improve our efficiencies and will help us drive towards our goal of producing zero emission glass.”

*The closing date for applications is 12th May 2024. Further information on the challenges, selection criteria and terms and conditions can be found here.

@DigiCatapult @daera_ni @AgriSearchNI @Encirc #PAuto Sustainability,

Wireless in stone!

World-known manufacturer of natural stone processing plants and machines, Pedrini, and CoreTigo, have announced an advancement in natural stone processing machinery. By integrating CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless devices into its machinery, Pedrini was able to enhance existing machines, gaining the benefits of this industrial-grade wireless communication, without the need to design new machines.

Pedrini sets a high bar of innovation and digitalization for the industry by constantly growing and developing, taking it into the era of Industry 4.0. Pedrini’s SPECTRA B220 planetary calibrating machine is designed for thickness grinding of natural stone slabs including marble, granite and quartzite. The machine’s calibrating unit is composed of numerous spindles equipped with diamond tools. Optimal performance relies on real-time accurate reading and control of the current of each spindle while in high-speed operational mode. The SPECTRA B220 now utilizes CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless communication for monitoring the machine spindles. The wireless solution replaces the need to run communication cables from the spindles through the slip rings of the calibrator and to the PLC.

The deployment’s complexity is reduced significantly with an IO-Link Wireless Bridge (CoreTigo’s TigoBridge) connected to a multiport I/O Hub that communicates current data from 8 spindles simultaneously (and a total of 48 spindles per machine with six TigoBridges). A single IO-Link Wireless Master (CoreTigo’s TigoMaster) collects all the data from the Wireless Bridges on the machine over the air, and communicates it directly to the PLC. The data is visualized on the HMI and enables real-time machine calibration and optimization.

The use of IO-Link Wireless communication allowed Pedrini to switch from complex and high-cost communication slip rings on the calibrators into smaller and more cost-effective slip rings. This new machine design enables a range of benefits and advantages for the SPECTRA B220 machine:

    • Slip ring complexity reduction – cost-effective solution with reduced deployment time and effort
    • Increased flexibility – the wireless solution enables simple retrofit and system expansion by easily adding dozens of connected spindles without slip ring or cabling constraints
    • Improved maintenance – reduced spare parts for expensive slip rings, reduced cable wear and tear, and reduced maintenance operations due to wireless interferences.
    • Reliability – IO-Link Wireless provides performance which is a million times more reliable than conventional wireless systems (such as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). It coexists with other wireless networks, does not require line of sight, and is designed for high-speed motion applications in harsh industrial environments.
"Implementing CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless technology enabled us to further innovate our plants and machines, digitalizing these, and keep marching forward into the Industry 4.0 era," said Michele Romano, Automation Coordinator at Pedrini. "This allows us to offer our customers the increasingly higher level of service and ever-evolving work methods they are used to.”
@CoreTigo #Pedrini #Construction

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Information and communication acquisition completed.

HMS Networks has finalized the acquisition of Red Lion Controls from Spectris Group Holdings Limited. The two companies are now one entity and can start working together on common go-to-market strategies and product offerings.*

Staffan Dahlström
The acquisition, which was first announced December 11, 2023, has now been approved. This means that HMS Networks now has 1200 employees in 18 countries. Most staff are stationed in the U.S., Sweden and Germany.

What to expect.
For HMS and Red Lion customers, there will be no initial changes. The HMS and Red Lion company names remain unchanged and product brands will be marketed and sold as before through the same channels. Production and shipping are handled from the HMS and Red Lion entities respectively. Contact details and email addresses remain, with the exception of India where Red Lion staff will get an address.

Synergies ahead.
Going forward, the merger of the two companies will provide many synergies, especially as it widens the American market for HMS and the European market for Red Lion. The greatest proportion of Red Lion’s sales comes from North America, through a well-developed distributor network that HMS will be able to utilize to drive sales of HMS’ gateway and remote access offering. With about 60 percent of its sales in the large automation markets in Europe and well-developed and targeted market channels, HMS will be able to cross-sell selected parts of the Red Lion offering in Europe.

“We are thrilled to welcome all new employees and valued customers of Red Lion to the HMS Networks family, marking an exciting new chapter in our journey. As we now jointly initiate the integration process, we look forward to leveraging our combined strengths, shared values, and commitment to delivering exceptional customer value. Over the next few quarters, our focus will be on ensuring a seamless integration and actively pursuing synergies between our companies. Together, we look forward to accelerating our position in the North American market.”, says Staffan Dahlström, President and CEO of HMS.

* Information and communication technology leader expands presence in North America. (15/12.2023)

Red Lion products are marketed in Ireland through Instrument Technology.

@hmsnetworks @redlioncontrols @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Communications

Thursday 28 March 2024

Long reach transmission.

Turnkey kit includes transceiver, receiver, mounting hardware.

Antaira Technologies has launched a turnkey solution kit that extends the reach of 10/100 Ethernet and 802.3at PoE over UTP copper cabling up to 800 meters for reliable point-to-point connectivity. Eliminating the need for a local power supply, Antaira LEP-401M-KIT LAN extenders are ideal for deploying remote PoE (15W) and PoE+ (30W) powered devices, such as IP surveillance cameras, access points, and VoIP phones, beyond the 100-meter distance limitations of Ethernet cabling.

Antaira's LEP-401M-KIT contains a long-reach transceiver and receiver, both housed in IP30-rated metal enclosures hardened to withstand harsh industrial conditions and a wide temperature range (-40° to 75° C), along with all necessary hardware for wall mounting. There is no easier way to tackle the challenges of extending Ethernet infrastructure in industrial automation, traffic surveillance, city-wide security, and many military and utility applications where environmental conditions exceed commercial product specifications.

Supported by 55-57VDC, the transceiver has one RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet port with Auto MDI/MDIX and a single PoE injector port, while the receiver is equipped with one RJ-45 PoE/PSE port and one PoE extender port with auto-negotiation technology. Diagnostic LEDs on the front and back panels convey local operation status and help technicians troubleshoot network faults.

@AntairaTech @OConnell_PR #PAuto #Communications

Synchronized communication protocols.

New communication protocols that support easier integration with third-party controllers while delivering industry-leading performance.

Kollmorgen has announced the latest update to its AKD2G servo drive. With the introduction of these new features, Kollmorgen has broadened its offerings to additionally support PROFINET IRT and Ethernet/IP with CIP Sync alongside CANopen®*, EtherCAT®*, and FSoE time-synchronized communication protocols. Each protocol is rigorously tested with a variety of motion controllers and certified by industry standards organizations.

The AKD2G servo drive update allows for synchronized motion between multiple drives using a wide variety of control architectures. Thanks to its flexibility and high performance, AKD2G is the ideal drive for use in applications that require highly precise coordination across multiple axes of motion.

The drive features industry-leading power density in a compact package and is easy to mount — with one- and two-axis variants available. Engineers can leverage single-cable Smart Feedback Device (SFD) or HIPERFACE®* DSL connections or choose from a wide range of other feedback devices.

Finally, the drive features an optional SafeMotion® Monitor (SMM) firmware with a safety level of SIL3/PLe to meet functional safety needs and enable a wider range of applications.

“The AKD2G servo drive is an ideal option for automation designers and OEMs that are actively optimizing their designs — offering increased performance, a smaller footprint, and greater design flexibility,” said James Davison, Senior VP/GM at Kollmorgen. “It’s a system designed with our customers in mind to make automation engineering easier, more efficient, and more powerful.”

The AKD2G paired with AKM2G motors is part of the 2G Motion System, a suite of motion products designed to work together for ultimate ease of setup and higher performance. Engineers also can take advantage of the drive’s compatibility with a wider range of controllers and feedback devices — or with other motors, as needed.

@AboutKollmorgen @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Wireless air treatment.

Emerson is creating sustainable solutions for their customers with CoreTigo's wireless industrial automation technologies. The collaboration tackles the challenges of Compressed Air Management in machinery, ultimately reducing energy waste and CO2 emissions, while enhancing maintenance efficiency and operational processes.

The solution enhances Emerson’s AVENTICS high-end air flow and pressure regulation units, by supplementing and retrofitting these into wireless units with CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless products. Named the “Energy Saver”, the solution provides a holistic approach that creates the most cost-efficient and simple way to enhance production lines with an advanced air treatment application.

The Aventics AF2 Air Flow Sensor and EV12 Pressure Regulator are each connected to CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless Bridge (TigoBridge), which instantly converts it into a wireless device with industrial-grade communication capabilities. The TigoBridges transmit wirelessly to CoreTigo's IO-Link wireless gateway, while the Energy Saver provides a constant stream of airflow from “Floor to Cloud™” for analysis and monitoring. In addition, the solution from EMERSON controls the pressure regulation unit independently from the machine’s PLC or the air compressor, allowing intelligent operation without machine downtime or PLC programming. Maintaining control over air pressure is essential for ensuring the machine remains in a stable and secure state during periods of inactivity, while also minimizing pressure to prevent unnecessary air wastage.

The Energy Saver solution offers a range of benefits, including a reduction in CO2 emissions through minimized air leakages and optimized machine idle mode operation. It ensures sustainability and compliance with regulatory standards, promoting environmentally friendly manufacturing. By preventing prolonged non-optimal air flow, it minimizes unplanned downtime and maintenance requirements, while reducing cable wear and tear thanks to its wireless setup. Its simple deployment requires no modifications to the PLC setup or complex cabling layouts. Furthermore, it contributes to cost savings by lowering energy expenses and reducing maintenance and deployment costs overall.

Emerson’s IO-Link Wireless based Energy Saver solution was developed with a major food and beverage manufacturer and is expected to continue revolutionizing various industries in the near future.

@CoreTigo @EmersonExchange @Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

Wednesday 27 March 2024

Flying probe test on screen!

The latest video showcasing the capabilities of the RAPID H4 Flex has been unveiled by Seica. This is a unique solution dedicated to test flex PCBs directly in the production Reel. The RAPID H4 Flex is the most versatile and high performance flying probe test system in the world for fixtureless test technology.

Seica has designed the system RAPID H4 FLEX for flex PCBs with a dedicated vacuum plate in the test area to minimize board warpage for the extremely thin flex circuits, our response to the constant demand for testing FLEX PCBs, which are rapidly spreading around the consumer electronics, automotive, medical, smart home industries and others. These are designed to fit into small areas with bending improving the miniaturization process and the high-density mounting design.

@seica #Electronics #TandM

Appointment for enhanced global sensors' sales.

Hummingbird has appointed James Adams as Global Sales Manager, to provide a worldwide focus and enhanced sales support across the team.

James Adams
James first joined Hummingbird as an apprentice in 2007 and developed his career over 13 years. He returns to the company with a broader experience and a wealth of knowledge from the industry, which will benefit the Hummingbird team and both existing and new customers.

Commenting on the role, James said: “I’m excited to be back and share my product and industry knowledge helping to drive sales success on a global scale.”

Hummingbird has a global sales network of experienced managers who help customers integrate sensing solutions into their product designs across a range of industrial and medical OEM partners. James is part of a wider team that is trusted by customers globally to ensure the right solution is developed to deliver their technical and commercial needs.

Chris Edwards, Hummingbird Business Unit Manager, said: “It’s great to have James back on board. He’s increased his commercial and industrial knowledge which will be invaluable to Hummingbird and our customers.”

Hummingbird continues to develop ground-breaking gas sensing technologies for the world’s leading-edge healthcare and industrial manufacturers, helping to solve their challenges.

@HBSensing @codacomms#PAuto

Metal-free pumps.

Electrophoresis with agarose gel is an important method for analysis and quality control in the life sciences. The basis for precise results is the accurate filling of the agarose columns. This process works with metal-free pumps from HNP Mikrosysteme GmbH.

Pumps from HNP Mikrosysteme are used for demanding filling tasks in various industrial sectors. One task is the production of agarose columns for electrophoresis applications. Here, a low-percentage agarose solution is filled into plastic capillaries at up to 65 °C in dosing quantities of 30 µl - 50 µl. The modular pump mzr-2942 is used. It is a metal-free pump. The wetted parts of this pump are made of ceramic and PEEK to prevent transfer of metal ions.

Agarose gels are used, for example, for the quality control of DNA and RNA samples after critical work steps during the production of genomic libraries. Sample volumes of only 2 µl - 5 µl are required. The results are available after just 20 to 30 minutes.

HNPM pumps ensure process reliability in applications where extremely small quantities of liquids are required. Five series of micro annular gear pumps (mzr-pumps) enable the smallest dosing volumes from 0.25 µl and volume flows from 1 µl/h to 1152 ml/min.

@PresseBox #HNPM #Pharma #LIfeScience

Computer almost outside!

A robust, efficient, and user-friendly touchscreen computer solution for semi-outdoor applications.

DFI has introduced its latest KS101-EHL industrial touchscreen PC designed for reliability and durability in semi-outdoor applications. Equipped with energy efficient Intel Atom® Processors, the Panel PC provides the high performance required by various industries such as automatic car wash machines, ticket machines, and parking payment machines. Combined with its rugged design and intuitive interface, the KS101-EHL ensures operational and energy efficiency.

With sustained growth in recent years, the car wash industry has a growing demand for the optimization of human-machine interfaces and other equipment. Various environmental conditions such as high temperature, strong light, high humidity, and road dust can cause damage to sensors, connections, and screens. Therefore, products used in car wash systems must meet industry requirements of different application environments to maintain the safety, durability, and efficiency. Industrial-grade touchscreen tablets with robust designs play a crucial role in similar applications.

The KS101-EHL is IP65 rated for protection against dust and water. The wide operating temperature and wide voltage design also guarantee reliable operations with the fluctuating temperatures of different operating environments. The shock and collision resistance per IEC standards further ensures that the Panel PC can endure the exertions of industrial environments. Equipped with projected capacitive touchscreen technology, users can directly touch the screen even when wearing different material gloves or with wet hands. Furthermore, the KS101-EHL supports ten-point touch for greater intuitiveness and convenience. Additionally, the KS101-EHL provides a brightness of 500 nits to ensure clear visibility.

@DFI_Embedded @mepaxIntPR #PAuto

New comprehensive automation platform.

SCADA, MES and operations management software technologies to promote smarter, safer, optimised and more sustainable operations with new DeltaV.

As part of its Boundless Automation™* vision for helping organisations deliver more seamless operations, Emerson is evolving its DeltaV™ brand into the DeltaV Automation Platform. The newly expanded automation platform will include supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, manufacturing execution systems (MES) and operations management software alongside the distributed control systems (DCS), safety instrumented systems (SIS) and other technologies that have been part of the brand for decades. The evolution builds a more comprehensive automation platform to make it easier for users to deliver smarter, safer, more optimised and more sustainable operations.

Organisations across nearly every industry including life sciences, specialty chemical, mining and extraction, food and beverage, energy and more are experiencing new complexities as they face the modern challenge of improving throughput, performance and quality while simultaneously increasing the sustainability of operations. Navigating this increased complexity requires seamless mobility of data, reliable performance and advanced control strategies from the plant floor to the corporate boardroom. The comprehensive nature of the new DeltaV Automation Platform will empower users to move away from ‘plant-by-plant’ strategies to ‘site-by-site’ or even enterprise automation solutions – the more advanced, integrated automation strategies that are increasingly necessary to compete in a complex global marketplace.

“In an era of increased demand and higher sustainability targets, today’s organisations are looking for ways to manage and contextualise data across the many software solutions they use to help unlock easier, faster and safer decisions,” said Nathan Pettus, president of Emerson’s process systems and solutions business. “The DeltaV Automation Platform will combine a flexible, fit-for-purpose portfolio of DCS, SIS, SCADA, MES and operations management software with unmatched application and cross-industry expertise to help cross-functional teams across the enterprise more easily achieve their goals.”

With an extensive portfolio unified under one brand, users will have access to a comprehensive technology ecosystem that provides a broader suite of solutions. Organisations will more quickly and easily find the right solutions to meet their specific needs and will gain easier access to service, training and support.

All solutions in the DeltaV Automation Platform will be seamlessly supported through the Guardian™ digital customer experience. Users will have a single point of access to Guardian’s digital tools and subscriptions for all their solutions, providing easy access to real-time monitoring, in-depth analytics and actionable insights.

The continuing evolution of the platform will also extend to future Emerson products. Development for DeltaV Automation Platform offerings will focus on products and systems that communicate and work better together, offering users a more cohesive and streamlined experience.

* See also "Towards "Boundless Automation." (25/10/2022), "Towards next-generation automation platform." (EMREX Americas - 4/10/2023), " Boundless exploration, engaging and evolution on the Rhine!" (EMREX EMEA 4/3/2024)

@EmersonExchange @Emerson_News @EMR_Automation @HHC_Lewis #PAuto

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Robotic automation into the building process.

ABB Robotics has announced it is collaborating with tech start-up AUAR, to advance the use of robotic micro-factories to build affordable, sustainable low energy timber homes.

AUAR’s transformative approach to integrating robotic automation into the building process will tackle skills shortages, boost sustainability, and improve health and safety by deploying robots in a global network of local micro-factories. These micro-factories will construct energy-efficient, affordable buildings from sheet timber. AUAR reports today that it has completed a £2.6M (€3.03M) seed round led by deep-tech and AI fund Miles Ahead, alongside ABB Robotics & Automation Ventures and several other investors.

“The increasing capabilities of robots enabled by vision and AI, coupled with their inherent speed, flexibility and consistency, makes them the ideal solution for meeting the growing need for affordable, high quality, sustainable housing,” said Craig McDonnell, Managing Director Business Line Industries, ABB Robotics. “With 95 percent* of building firms in our recent market survey describing sustainability as ‘important’ or ‘very important’ to their businesses, and 38 percent* seeing robots as a way of reducing waste, our collaboration with AUAR opens new possibilities for homebuilders to deliver affordable sustainable homes at scale.”

ABB is already heavily involved in helping construction companies automate their processes. ABB robots are widely used in a range of modular assembly and 3D printing building projects worldwide, as well as academic projects researching new ways to integrate robotic automation into construction.

The collaboration with AUAR follows the announcement by ABB working with German management consulting firm, Porsche Consulting, to develop innovative new practices in modular housing manufacture.

AUAR is the brainchild of two architects, Mollie Claypool (CEO) and Gilles Retsin (CTO/Chief Architect) who have worked for over 10 years on robotics, automation, construction, and architecture. During that time, they have relied extensively on support from ABB Robotics to realize their vision.

The relationship has already seen ABB Robotics win the prize for ‘Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Construction’ at the 2023 Robotics & Automation Awards. AUAR’s automated micro-factory approach provides a solution to many of the challenges facing building companies, including supply chain issues, project delivery and quality and skills shortages.

Conventional buildings consist of thousands of different components shipped from around the world, making it almost impossible to automate construction. In contrast, AUAR’s goal is to work with one type of material and one type of machine to dramatically simplify the supply chain.

The production process uses standard sheets of timber. A robot cuts the sheets into components and assembles them into units that are transported to site, enabling complete customized homes to be built in a matter of weeks.

While many of the assembly tasks are automated, AUAR’s approach supports local jobs by promoting the use of micro-factories close to construction sites, where local contractors and suppliers can coordinate delivery.

The micro-factory approach is flexible enough to meet whatever each market demands. Each facility can be scaled to reflect local needs, with the ability to ramp up production by adding modular robot cells.

“With the focus on the dual needs of building more affordable homes and minimizing the environmental footprint of buildings throughout their lifetime, automated modular construction presents a great opportunity to rethink the way that the buildings are constructed,” added McDonnell. “Our collaborations with AUAR and Porsche Consulting mark an exciting step in our efforts to accelerate the use of robotic automation in the construction industry to help address its challenges and deliver the sustainable buildings of the future.”

*ABB Robotics global market survey, 2023

@ABBRobotics @ABBgroupnews @ABBMeasurement @abb_automation @NapierPR #AUAR #Robotics #Construction