Friday 31 May 2024

Hydrogen-Powered vehicle fuel efficiency & reliability.

Stable pressure delivery in all flow conditions with a longer service life

The TESCOM™ HV-7000 Series two-stage pressure-reducing regulator,from Emerson, is designed to maximize fuel efficiency and improve reliability in hydrogen-powered vehicles. Easy to install, HV-7000 Series regulators provide stable pressure delivery, high reliability, and long service life for heavy-duty vehicles powered by fuel cells or hydrogen combustion engines.

The HV-7000 features two-stage pressure reduction and a positive seal designed to deliver hydrogen to the fuel cell at optimal pressure in all flow conditions, even as the vehicle hydrogen storage tank depletes. The two-stage pressure reduction significantly lessens decaying inlet characteristic compared to single-stage regulators, while the positive seal design offers superior shut-off performance. Together, these features can minimize fueling costs, as well as the risk of downstream component failure and downtime.

“Reliable vehicles with superior fuel efficiency are valuable assets that minimize total cost of ownership and maximize road time for companies operating fleets of hydrogen-powered trucks or buses,” said Fabrice Jannet, director business development for hydrogen with Emerson’s discrete automation business. “A profitable fleet starts at the component level. That’s why the TESCOM HV-7000 Series is engineered for automotive purpose, with a range of innovative features that boost hydrogen fuel efficiency and reliability in a design that is easy for system integrators to install.”

The most common cause of regulator failure is contamination, which can damage soft goods such as seats and seals, causing leakage and vehicle downtime. HV-7000 features such as tied valve stems, integrated filters and patented redundant seals make the regulator contamination-resistant, improving vehicle service life and extending time on the road.

The redundant seal design extends cycle life if one seal experiences wear; the filter catches solid particles produced during installation before they can contact soft goods, and the tied valve stem counteracts seat contamination and wear. Preventing contamination and resulting leaks can help avoid fuel loss, safety hazards, system damage and equipment downtime.

In addition to its benefits for the vehicle user, the HV-7000 is also designed to help fuel cell system manufacturers and integrators assemble the regulator into their system as quickly as possible. The regulator is compact and lightweight, with a flat shape and mounting holes designed specifically for mounting the regulator against other flat surfaces in the system. Such easy installation helps reduce manufacturing and procurement costs and eases scale-up as production volumes increase compared to other pressure regulation technologies.

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Embracing LIMS.

A new case study released by Autoscribe Informatics (A Xybion Company) highlights how CIA Labs has streamlined their approval process, reduced the burden of paperwork, and improved their overall turn-around times by adopting Autoscribe’s Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Based in Saint Joseph, (MI USA) Custom Industrial Analysis Labs (CIA Labs) has been in operation for over 30 years serving the pharmaceutical, food and agribusiness industries, as well as testing for various industrial and chemical clients. CIA Labs is a full-service contract chemical analytical laboratory offering a wide spectrum of analytical and consulting activities for clients across the USA and globally. CIA Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). All pharmaceutical work is performed in compliance with cGMPs.

Prior to adopting a LIMS, paper was used to manage each sample and its associated data, from registering the sample at reception to capturing the analytical results and calculations in the laboratory, including the manual creation of certificates of analysis (CofAs). Over the years the volume, complexity and variety of the testing performed has grown dramatically, to the extent that paper processes were becoming a significant bottleneck for the business.

The main benefit of Autoscribe’s LIMS has been to help eliminate these bottlenecks, by removing the need to pass paperwork between the various departments and automating the creation of reports and Certificates of Analysis (CofAs) for clients. Previously, as an FDA lab, all the manual paperwork had to be checked and double checked by hand to guard against errors. Analytical results are now captured in the laboratory and checked online by the QA team. CofAs are automatically created once the checks and approvals have been completed. As a result, the total turnaround time from samples arriving to results being released to the customer has dramatically reduced.

CIA Labs are configuring the LIMS themselves as their needs evolve. “The Autoscribe team were always understanding and helpful during the implementation phase, even though timescales were heavily disrupted during the implementation by us moving to larger offices and the Covid pandemic”, they said. “Autoscribe support is always available should we have questions or issues; their team is always friendly and helpful.”

“CIA Labs is a great example of how laboratories can use the power of a LIMS to digitize and automate processes across their organization”, said Dr Simon Wood, Product Manager at Autoscribe Informatics. “Autoscribe’s LIMS allows them to meet the audit and compliance needs required by the EPA, FDA and DEA with ease, as well as service their clients more quickly and efficiently, ensuring the continued growth and success of their business.”

@AutoscribeLtd @AutoscribeCorp @cialabs #LIMS #Laboratory #USA

Rainfall and nickel concentration on environmental conditions.

Continuous metals monitor reveals environmental improvement opportunities.

A new continuous metals monitoring technology was recently trialled at a river by a Talc production plant in central Finland. The trial was conducted to assess the possibility of avoiding the need to sample and analyse large numbers of environmental water samples.  The new monitoring technology employs Micro-Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (µDOES®), and was supplied by the Finnish company Sensmet.

“The results were extremely enlightening,” explains Jari Sirviö, Development Engineer for Elementis, the plant’s owner. “Luckily, a heavy rainfall event occurred during the brief trial, and we discovered a rapid increase, and subsequent decrease, in nickel concentration that closely followed the rain. This strong correlation between rainfall and nickel provides an important insight into the behaviour of nickel, and raises a number of important questions; it also highlights the enormous benefits that can be gained from continuous monitoring.”

It is common practice globally, to monitor metals concentrations by sampling for laboratory analysis, and the plant had previously taken samples three times per week. In contrast, the continuous and automated monitor makes a measurement every 5 minutes, 24/7. “Lab analysis would not have been able to demonstrate the correlation between rainfall and nickel concentration,” Jari explains. “We are therefore delighted to see that this new monitoring technology can deliver greater insights into the factors affecting water quality, so that we can continuously improve our environmental performance.”

Employing over 1,300 people at more than 24 locations, Elementis is a specialty chemicals company with operations worldwide. The company is focused on distinctive, high-value solutions and products to improve performance and enhance sustainability for customers in the personal care and product performance specialties markets. The Elementis plant at Sotkamo produces Talc according to market demand, as well as Nickel concentrate as a by-product.

Talc is one of the softest minerals, and with platy and hydrophobic characteristics it adds value to a range of industrial products including paper, paints & coatings, polyester putties, plastics, ceramics, food, and fertilizers.

Nickel is used in a wide range of industrial applications such as the manufacture of stainless steel. However, its importance has been heightened in recent years as a component of rechargeable batteries – in electric vehicles for example.

Environmental monitoring.
Elementis constantly aims to design better products that use less resources and create less pollution. In addition, the company has identified water management, waste minimisation and ecological impacts as material issues within its sustainability strategy.

A water treatment plant was built at the Sotkamo facility in 2021, using lime to raise the pH of site wastewaters and remove contaminants such as metals. In compliance with an environmental permit, together with Finnish environmental law, high quality process monitoring ensures the receiving environment is not polluted by the discharge, and includes an upper limit for nickel in the receiving river water of 0.034 mg/l.

During the period immediately after the installation of the neutralisation plant, a large number of laboratory samples were taken as the plant was optimised. This prompted Elementis staff to investigate the possibility of continuous analysis, which led to the trial of Sensmet’s µDOES® analyser.

Continuous multi-metal monitoring technology.
Sensmet's Micro-Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy, µDOES®, enables the multi-metal real-time analysis of aqueous samples. In addition to nickel monitoring, the technology can also be utilised to monitor elements such as lithium, sodium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, copper, and more.

The patented µDOES® technology is based on atomic emission spectroscopy. A micro-discharge (electric spark) is created directly inside the aqueous sample, causing a microscopic volume of the fluid surrounding the spark to be flash-heated to 10 000 °C. Molecules in the micro-discharge are dissociated into atoms, which are excited to their respective higher electronic states. Upon returning to their ground state, these atoms release their excess energy by emitting light at their characteristic wavelengths. The µDOES® measures this atomic emission spectrum to derive quantitative analysis of the sample, displaying measurements locally, and transferring data to the user’s DCS and database as needed.

The µDOES® analyser has provided the Sotkamo staff with new insights into the factors affecting nickel levels, which enables the development of mitigation measures. “Sensmet’s continuous monitoring technology has delivered a real lightbulb moment for us,” Jari Sirviö explains. “Now that we know about the correlation between rainfall and nickel concentration, we can investigate a range of options that could be employed to lower nickel levels, and with continuous monitoring we will be in a better position to evaluate the results.”

In recent years there has been a global trend toward greater use of continuous environmental monitoring. “This has been enabled by advances in technology,” explains Sensmet CEO Dr Toni Laurila. “However, as this trial has demonstrated, continuous monitoring delivers a range of other important advantages, that combine to further improve environmental protection.”

@Sensmet_Ltd @_Enviro_News #Environment #Pauto

Laser welder.

Automates assembly of small plastic parts with complex geometries.

The new Branson™ GLX-1 Laser Welder, from Emerson, offers users flexibility to meet the growing demand for joining small, complex or delicate plastic components and assemblies. Its small footprint and modular design make it compatible for use in ISO-8 cleanroom environments, while an integral automation controller simplifies installation and interfaces with production robotics.

The precise, servo-based actuation controls of the GLX-1 welder allow for greater freedom to design and join components with three-dimensional contours in small-part applications for the medical market, such as catheters and wearables with microfluidic parts, as well as sensors in the electronics, automotive and appliance markets. The new welder can join high-performance and blended polymers and components with critical or complex 3D joint geometries or preassembled parts without risk of damage due to heat or vibration. Laser welds are completed without flash or part marking, giving parts a superior aesthetic appearance.

To support device makers’ increased interest in closed-loop product recycling, the GLX-1 can also safely and nondestructively “un-weld” plastics used in common medical devices and wearables. This disassembly capability enables reclamation and reuse of valuable internal components while enhancing sustainability initiatives and reducing waste.

“There is increasing demand for smaller and more intricate high-quality plastic components, often housing sensitive electronic components in a range of important markets,” said Emma Wood, global product manager for non-ultrasonics at Emerson. “Delivering strong, clean joints and advanced connectivity features in an extremely compact package, the new GLX-1 Laser Welder enables manufacturers to design and efficiently produce the highest-quality products.”

The GLX-1 welder relies on Emerson’s Simultaneous Through-Transmission Infrared® (STTlr) laser-welding technology, which delivers unmatched production efficiency, weld strength and aesthetics that typically surpass those that are possible using other plastic welding methods. The GLX-1 delivers weld power using Branson’s high-power laser banks, which offer configurable power levels up to a maximum of 250 watts per bank.

An advanced servo-driven actuator provides precise, repeatable, closed-loop downforce control, from low to high levels. An optional, closed-loop pneumatic control is also available. The results are rapid weld cycle times that support high-volume, high-quality production in a range of applications. Efficient and accurate tool changeover is ensured, thanks to a radio frequency identification (RFID) function that recognizes and matches weld recipes with correct production tooling.

The GLX-1 also provides exceptional connectivity and security, with weld data collection, transfer, and security features simplifying weld-data transfer over internal customer networks. Operational and security features are accessed through the welder’s intuitive, easy-to-use 12-inch touchscreen HMI, which is mounted on a swiveling pendant arm for easy viewing at convenient angles.

The welder ensures maximum security, with 99 levels of customizable password protection. It also connects easily with plant networks to meet industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or communication requirements, offering Data Interface Gateway (DIG) and Fieldbus interface gateway compatibility, a USB port and an OPC-UA interface.

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Thursday 30 May 2024

A tiny but practical camera...

So small, so ingenious: 5 MP autofocus camera available in a practical starter set.

This autofocus camera is tiny, but definitely not to be underestimated: The uEye XS from IDS Imaging Development Systems weighs just 12 grams and fits into almost any application with its size of just 26.4 x 23 x 21.7 mm. Thanks to its autofocus and 5 MP CMOS sensor, it delivers consistently sharp images and videos from a distance of just 10 cm – for example in hand-held scanners, on robotic arms or in passport photo machines. The uEye XS starter set is ideal for testing the camera. In addition to the compact USB2 camera, it includes a cable, a tripod adapter and a tripod.

If the distance between the lens and the object is constantly changing, users benefit from industrial cameras with automatic focus. They eliminate the need for manual refocusing and ensure that objects or labels are always perfectly visible. When it comes to image quality, however, other factors are also decisive, such as natural colour reproduction and harmonious contrast.

IDS has therefore equipped the uEye XS with many other practical automatic features familiar from consumer technology. This includes white balance, exposure and gain. As a result, it delivers the best possible result in every situation. Anyone wishing to fine-tune even more precisely can adjust settings in the SDK (IDS Software Suite).

Thanks to its small size and the proven USB2 interface, the uEye XS camera is suitable as a component in embedded vision systems. It is used, for example, in medical or security applications, in transport and logistics or in kiosk systems.

@IDS_Imaging @mepaxIntPR #Pauto #Vision

Hydraulic hose replacement and repair on site.

Customised hoses, fittings, and tooling to suit each site, this fully equipped containers minimise machine downtime and lost revenue.

Danfoss Power Solutions has launched its on-site hose assembly workshop program. The program brings hydraulic hose replacement and repair capabilities directly to construction, oil and gas, mining, and other sites where hydraulic equipment operates, minimising operational disruptions.

These on-site hose assembly workshops are fully equipped mobile containers stocked with the specific Danfoss hoses, fittings, and tooling to suit the needs of the work site. The workshops enable on-the-spot hose assembly creation and repair 24 hours a day, seven days a week, minimizing equipment downtime and associated costs.

Hose assembly workshops are ideal for sites where timely access to replacement and repair is critical. A hose malfunction at a remote location, for example, may require long-distance travel or equipment transportation, or an extended wait for a shipment to arrive. With an on-site workshop, staff can quickly and conveniently repair or replace hose assemblies with the exact hose and fitting types in use at the site.

“Unforeseen equipment breakdowns and maintenance issues can lead to costly downtime. Locating a service provider, ordering a replacement, waiting for the shipment, then installing a new hose assembly can cost millions in lost revenue, depending on the equipment and the site,” said Okan Cebeci, EMEA product manager, Rubber Hydraulic Hose and Fittings, Danfoss Power Solutions. “Our mobile workshops provide businesses with immediate, cost-effective access to hose repairs and replacements with high-quality, reliable Danfoss components, helping to sustain normal operations.”

The customisable configurations of Danfoss on-site hose assembly workshops enable workspace optimisation for maximum productivity. Machines can be selected and arranged within the container according to specific hose requirements and production needs. Tooling options encompass crimp machines with their respective die sets, cutting machines, and skiving machines equipped with both internal and external skiving tools. Storage options consist of hose reels, shelves, and fitting cabinets featuring ergonomic drawers. An electric control panel streamlines simultaneous operation of multiple machines.

@Danfoss @NapierPR #Pauto #Hydraulics

Maximize production and enhance efficiency with AI.

Seeq and Equinor, an international energy company, have announced a multi-year commercial agreement for the Seeq Industrial Analytics and AI platform to be leveraged across Equinor’s global assets to further accelerate digital transformation outcomes.

Through the agreement, Equinor will implement Seeq to empower its engineering teams to optimize production and improve energy performance across a variety of assets. Initially, the company plans to leverage Seeq to monitor well and process behavior, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of daily operations to maximize production, enhance workforce collaboration and increase efficiency.

“Innovative energy organizations like Equinor want to leverage interoperable systems that utilise collective knowledge to accelerate value,” said Dr. Lisa Graham, CEO at Seeq. “Seeq is honoured to provide our open, industrial analytics and AI SaaS platform to Equinor to drive rapid, enterprise-wide digital transformation outcomes.”

Seeq delivers a self-service, industrial analytics and AI platform that accesses and leverages vast amounts of historically underused data. By incorporating leading-edge technologies, including AI, machine learning and other capabilities, into its platform and leveraging its global partner network, Seeq powers a range of use cases for employees across the enterprise to accelerate digital transformation outcomes such as operational excellence and profitability, workforce upskilling, and sustainability.

Amitec, a Norway-based, Seeq-certified partner with deep expertise in the energy industry, will support the Seeq implementation for Equinor.

@SeeqCorporation @Equinor #PAuto #Manufacturing #AI

Accurate industrial lasers.

A range of high-precision Industrial Lasers from BEA Lasers is now available from BEC Distributors. The green and red laser modules are used to aid accurate, precision alignment.

The BEA Green Lasers incorporate green diode modules in two different styles - the single mode 520nm, or the DPSS 532nm laser. The green laser appears seven times brighter to the human eye and offers very accurate alignment.

The Red Lasers have red laser diode modules in two different wavelengths - the 650nm is ideal for a more budget application where the 635nm is more visible but has a slightly higher price point.

A Ruggedised option is also offered - the laser diode modules are mounted in and protected by a very rugged Nickel Plated housing, complete with M12 connectors designed for harsh environments. The ruggedised lasers are fitted with a 2 meter long PVC jacketed cable, suitable for a 85Vac­-264Vac switching power supply. 

@BECDistribution #PAuto #Manufacturing

Communication in energy parks.

Cepsa, one of Spain's largest integrated energy companies, operates two energy parks in the south of Spain. For years, employees at the plants have relied on Pepperl+Fuchs products to communicate with each other and document daily tasks such as maintenance. The introduction of 5G has now created new standards in terms of availability, network coverage, and latency, opening an opportunity to gradually replacing existing Smart-Ex® 02 inventory with the intrinsically safe Smart-Ex® 03 5G smartphone from Pepperl+Fuchs.

With the intrinsically safe Smart-Ex® 03, Pepperl+Fuchs presents its first 5G- and Wi-Fi 6-capable smartphone. For flexible use in public and private networks, companies and mobile workers now have a smartphone that enables and optimizes all digital application scenarios, even in harsh environments. Cepsa has been relying on the expertise of Pepperl+Fuchs and its subsidiary brand ECOM Instruments for years. More than 1,100 Smart-Ex® 02 smartphones are currently used for communication between mobile workers. In addition, the company uses more than 300 Tab-Ex® 03 tablets, which employees use to document maintenance tasks, create and check checklists, or conduct video conferences. The company is therefore taking an important step towards digitalization.

The use of 5G has several benefits for the Spanish energy company. The company has deployed two private mobile networks in its energy parks. These technologies serve as use case enablers, making Cepsa a pioneer of this type of technology in the energy sector.

The 5G mobile communications standard offers industry a decisive advantage in the form of campus networks. These private 5G networks are made available to companies in cooperation with the network operator of their choice or set up individually for them. As a result, these networks are protected against unauthorized access from outside and at the same time guarantee the availability of bandwidth.

5G also enables network slicing. The available bandwidth of the network is divided into different channels, known as slices, which in turn can be prioritized. For example, the company defines a slice for critical communication and ensures that the bandwidth is always available in an emergency.

In addition, 5G scores with extremely low latency times, which makes push-to-talk applications even more effective since Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC) is an important part of communication within Cepsa, which is available securely and uninterrupted with the Smart-Ex® 03 from Pepperl+Fuchs. In contrast to analog means of communication, the connection runs via the mobile network. With 5G, communication is therefore even more efficient, faster, and without delay.

@PepperlFuchsUSA @Cepsa @mepaxIntPR #Pauto #Energy

Monday 27 May 2024

Merger benefits environmental management and gas sensing.

ENVEA Inc., global leader in environmental management solutions, and California Analytical Instruments (CAI) the leading provider of continuous, online single and multi-gas analytical sensing technologies, have joined to form one group – CAI ENVEA Group.

The formation of this new group will benefit the industry in multiple ways, offering a broader expertise by combining research and development as well as training, support and service.

Shawn Kriger, ENVEA Americas, said: “By uniting our companies, and with a shared commitment to innovation and growth, CAI ENVEA Group will offer our customers in the Americas enhanced service and support, with a common interface between the current product lines.”

Sales and technical teams, together with an international network of partners, will be supporting this customer focus and drive to improve lead times. Other locations around the globe will benefit from support from research and development teams, and production units in France, Britain and Germany.

ENVEA Inc., is the original US-located subsidiary for ENVEA products, providing environmental management solutions for the protection of people and planet. ENVEA’s equipment and technologies encompass ambient, emissions, and process monitoring systems such as gas analyzers, dust monitors, solids and flue gas flow meters, as well as environmental data processing and reporting solutions.

CAI provides continuous, online single and multi-gas analytical sensing technologies and caters to a diverse range of domestic and international customers within the power, petrochemical, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical, and agricultural sectors, including governmental and regulatory bodies.

@EnveaGlobal #PAuto #Environment

Friday 24 May 2024

Precise liquid water analysis.

Servomex has launched its SERVOTOUGH SpectraExact 2500F with the capability of measuring liquid water in corrosive, toxic and flammable streams.

This innovative photometric analyzer is a rugged and reliable solutionand brings a new level of precision for liquid water analysis. It delivers flexible, real-time, online process analysis capability with robustness and reliability in a wide range of industrial applications, and is ideal for liquid water analysis in EDC, acetic acid, and acetone.

Rhys Jenkins, IP&E Spectroscopic Product Manager, said: “The SpectraExact delivers highly accurate, stable, and reliable gas and liquid analysis in hazardous locations. The sample cell allows the sample stream to be corrosive, toxic, and flammable. The ppm to percent level measurements and low cost-of-ownership mean it is ideal in applications including the measurement of water in EDC, VCM and PTA.”

The SpectraExact 2500F uses a single beam, dual-wavelength non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) measurement technique which offers high performance, increased measurement sensitivity and a high degree of stability.

The analyzer has ATEX, and IECEx hazardous area approvals, with North American approvals underway. The analysis is made by using special ultranarrow infrared measurement and reference filters, and a high integrity sample cell designed to handle liquids. It is calibrated using the Karl-Fischer titration method, a standard laboratory technique for trace water determination.

Digital communications enable the SpectraExact 2500 to be operated remotely and safely, and operators benefit from the user-friendly interface, with minimal maintenance required through non-depleting technology.

@Servomex  @codacomms #PAuto #Water 

Ye olde analyser!

Competition to find Signal’s oldest working gas analyser

A competition to find the oldest working Signal gas analyser in the world has been inaugurated by the company. Any Signal customer can enter by emailing the serial number of their instrument along with a couple of photos, before 14th June 2024. There will also be a prize for the best photo – irrespective of the instrument’s age.

“We know that many customers have been using their analysers for significantly longer than ten years,” explains Signal MD James Clements. “Our factory has been located in Camberley, near London since 1984, and over the last 40 years we have supplied thousands of analysers to customers all over the world. Many of these regularly come back to the factory for service, so we know that these instruments are lasting really well, which is a credit to my father John Clements who started and ran the business for several decades.”

The two competition winners (1. Oldest instrument & 2. Best instrument photo) will each receive a free service to rejuvenate their instrument (parts and transport not included).

The idea for the competition was prompted by a refurbishment request from a customer in the USA with a Signal 3010 portable FID analyser that had obviously been “used enthusiastically” over an extended period. Signal Service Manager Roy Kinslow said: “This analyser had clearly been subjected to long-standing and wide-ranging physical challenges, but we were able to restore full functionality, and with a new casing, it looked almost as good as new.”

As good as new!

Anyone interested in entering either of the competitions should email their photos and serial numbers to

@GasAnalysers @_Enviro_News #PAuto 

Locating battery defects.

Battery manufacturers are being helped by AMETEK Surface Vision to improve quality and productivity by detecting and identifying defects in the production process with its industry-leading inspection system. Defect detection is a major consideration in battery inspection, as defects lead to product quality and safety issues as well as reduced productivity.

An automated surface inspection system that delivers 100% inspection is vital to detect and identify all defects, and when supported by machine-learning and classification capabilities, it can also help find the root cause of repeating defects.

SmartView is the industry-leading surface inspection solution, trusted worldwide to detect, identify and visualize surface defects in real-time. Merging state-of-the-art software and hardware into an advanced surface inspection platform, SmartView provides total vision integration for high-speed defect detection, monitoring, and reporting. It delivers robust features, flexible operation, and proven, high-quality results.

SmartView’s high-speed inspection system delivers high-resolution image acquisition of defects including contamination, strips, relief material, cutaways, coating defects, insects, pinholes, folds, foreign particles and pollution. SmartView technology is quick, easy to install, and designed with a user-friendly interface.

Real-time notification technology allows operators to add control labelling systems to highlight defect positions which optimize yield management and increase throughput.

Volker Koelmel, Global Manager - Plastics, Nonwovens and Paper, said: “Many defects are one-off occurrences, but occasionally they may be caused by a flaw earlier in the process. In this instance, the process will continue to create defects until the root cause problem is identified and remedied.
“Our surface inspection systems deliver reliable, highly sensitive defect inspection, with streaming high-definition video that allows re-inspection. By analysing the root cause, surface inspection solutions can stop repeated defects, resulting in less waste and more profit, while making it possible for battery manufacturers to meet increasing demand.”

Using the inspection and monitoring solution provided by AMETEK Surface Vision, battery cell manufacturers are assured of adaptable defect detection that supports quality and reduces the need for manual intervention.

@surfacevision @codacomms #PAuto #Manufacturing

Faster USB hubs.

USB-IF certified hubs offer seamless compatibility among wider range of industrial devices.

The world’s first industrial USB Hubs certified by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) is now bwwn offered by Moxa. With USB 3.2 Gen 1 SuperSpeed 5 Gbps data transmission rates through every port, the new UPort USB 3.2 Series hubs deliver ten times the performance of USB 2.0, even in heavy-load applications.

Depending on the model, Moxa UPort USB 3.2 hubs can expand a single USB port on a host PC to either four or seven USB ports for seamless communication to a variety of USB upstream (type B) and downstream (type A) devices such as sensors, analysers, cameras, and other peripherals. 

USB-IF Certification.
In order to be certified by the USB Implementers Forum, Moxa UPort USB 3.2 hubs underwent extensive testing for connection, communication and power capabilities. USB-IF certification verifies a number of strict electrical requirements for the SuperSpeed USB operation per the USB 3.2/2.0 specification. As a result, Moxa UPort USB 3.2 hubs:

  • Support SuperSpeed USB 3.2 Gen 1 for up to 5 Gbps USB transmission.
  • Are fully compliant with interoperability requirements.
  • Have sufficient power for devices to function.
  • Facilitate a smooth transition back to SuperSpeed operation from the suspended state.

    Moxa UPort USB 3.2 hubs provide 900 mA power for all ports in compliance with the USB-IF Battery Charging Specification (BC 1.2), allowing for flexible USB expansions without the need for additional adapters. When BC 1.2 support is successfully detected and confirmed by the hub, Port 1 delivers a 1.5 A current to expedite the charging process. With a power range of 12 to 48 VDC, Moxa the hubs are perfect for mobile applications, as well.

    In addition to USB-IF certification, Moxa is the only USB-IF certified USB hub with FCC/UL certification to ensure the industrial safety and electromagnetic requirement. Moxa UPort USB hubs are ruggedly engineered for industrial environments, featuring a sturdy metal housing and an expanded operating temperature range of -40° to 85° C (0° to 60° C standard). In order to avoid serious damage from Electrostatic discharge (ESD), the hubs incorporate ESD Level 4 (contact 8 kV, air 15 kV) protection, qualifying them for installation in sensitive medical, industrial and process control operations. Using the extensive diagnostic LEDs and built-in LED indicators (UPort 400A models only), an administrator can quickly check the status of each port independently, saving time and money.

    The Moxa UPort USB 3.2 line consists of four 400A Series models and two 200A Series models. The UPort 200A Series is a general-purpose USB 3.2 hub, while the UPort 400A Series is a heavy-duty industrial design. Included in the UPort 400A Series package is a high retention USB cable with a latch and screw lock to prevent accidental disconnection between the hub and the host computer. All hubs can be wall-mounted or installed onto a DIN-Rail for convenient access to the port connections.

    @Moxa_Europe @OConnellPR #PAuto #USB

  • Thursday 23 May 2024

    Fluid conveyance division head appointed.

    Domenico Traverso has been appointed as the president of its Fluid Conveyance division of Danfoss Power Solutions, effective June 1. In addition to his new role, Traverso will continue to serve as president, Incubation division, and lead the Business Development and Innovation function. Traverso reports directly to Eric Alström, president of Danfoss Power Solutions, and plays a key role on the Power Solutions Leadership Team. He is based at the company’s offices in Hamburg (D).

    Domenico Traverso
    Traverso will take on overall responsibilities for Fluid Conveyance, leading its four business units — Rubber Hydraulic Hose and Fittings; Connectors; Fuel, Air Conditioning, Thermoplastic, and Specialty; and Private Label and SEL Hose — and all functional areas, including sales; engineering; strategy and business development; finance; human resources; procurement; and safety, environment, health, and quality. Traverso brings a proven track record in scaling innovation and internationalization to his new role, plus demonstrated success in effectively driving growth and profitability.

    “My focus will be on optimizing our Fluid Conveyance business in its current markets and positioning it for growth in emerging and rapidly expanding market sectors,” Traverso said. “Ensuring seamless operational performance is my top priority, as it directly impacts our customer experience through improved lead times, on-time delivery, and exceptional quality. Superior performance will also drive our growth and expansion efforts. There are significant needs and incredible potential for fluid conveyance systems in data centers and electric vehicles, and Danfoss is ready to deliver with the right components and deep application know-how.”

    “Domenico is a long-time trusted member of the Power Solutions Leadership Team, and we all value his entrepreneurial mindset, leadership experience, and positive energy,” Alström added. “His unique perspective and skillset will make a difference as our Fluid Conveyance division adds new markets to its leading positions in mobile and industrial machinery.”

    Traverso joined Danfoss in 2010 as vice president at Sauer-Danfoss, where he led a portfolio of four independent businesses. In 2014, he was appointed president, Work Function division, a role he held until being named president, Editron and Incubation divisions, in 2021.

    Prior to Danfoss, Traverso held a variety of management roles at GKN Automotive. He has more than 20 years of experience, specializing in turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs, and post-merger integrations. He holds certificates in executive management, finance, and business from the London Business School; International Institute for Management Development; University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business; MIT Sloan School of Management; and UCLA Anderson School of Management.

    @DanfossPower @Danfoss @NapierPR #Pauto #Power

    Industrial plugs and sockets.

    Inelco Hunter has announced the availability of Amphenol's Industrial range of Plugs & Sockets, which combine toughness with ease of use and safety-critical features.

    “Easy & Safe” is a range of IP67 and IP44 plugs, connectors and socket outlets/inlets. They are reliable, safe and easy to work with, providing water and dust protection to the self-cleaning contacts. This feature prolongs the plug and socket lifetimes whilst minimising the risk of accidents, injuries and damage to the connected equipment.

    “Tough & Safe” is a range designed for environments that have high demands of functionality and safety. They feature robust housings made from PBT plastic. They are IP67 Watertight (16-125A) or IP44 Splashproof (63A). The plugs and sockets are rated at 16-125 A, 50-690 VAC. All of the external screws are made from stainless steel. “Critical & Safe” is a range designed for applications with frequent connection/disconnection. The housings are made from PBT or aluminium. They are IP67 Watertight or IP44 Splashproof with a rating of 16 - 125A, 50-690 VAC. Again, all of the external screws are stainless steel.

    Common to all three ranges, the IP67 cable glands provide excellent strain relief and sealing performance. The glands work with a large span of cable diameters and can be re-used.

    Inelco Hunter's in-depth engineering support ensures rapid implementation, speeding up the customer’s time-to-market. Their engineers will work with the SME engineers. This added-value support is at the core of their philosophy, and has been for the last 30 years, setting them apart from the "stock and ship" distributors.

    @InelcoHunter @amphenol #PAuto #Safety

    Wednesday 22 May 2024

    Protection from catastrophic actuator failure.

    Severe injury or death can be caused by the explosive forces released if a high-pressure spring-loaded actuator device fails, along with significant damage to equipment and facilities. However, there is often a lack of regular inspection and maintenance, and the risks have attracted little attention in terms of technology or regulation. A pioneering new energy containment safety device designed to reduce these risks has been launched by Survitec.

    David Montgomery, Head of Sales at Survitec, asserts: “The introduction of the Gauntlet is a testament to our proactive stance on safety enhancement. The absence of detailed regulatory control pertaining to valve actuator failures or maintenance of this critical component is a pressing issue that demands immediate attention. We urge regulators to initiate further discussions and ask operators to act promptly to safeguard their personnel and critical plants in the event of an uncontained failure of an actuator.”

    Compatible with all valve actuator types, the Survitec Gauntlet is a protective sleeve constructed from lightweight “bullet-proof” para-aramid armouring, ten times as strong as steel, and designed to contain the unpredictable forces of failure.

    Technically qualified by the classification society Lloyd’s Register, the Survitec Gauntlet provides immediate containment protection, enhancing safety measures and minimising potential hazards. It is of minimal weight, placing no additional stress on the actuator, and protects the workings of the actuator from further corrosion and component degradation.

    Survitec has supplied its Gauntlets to a majority of operators, including super-majors in the North Sea, and has recently received an order from a Spanish oil and gas operator.

    Valve actuator failures offshore are often due to corrosion and the age of the units, with hundreds of actuators in service on each offshore installation.

    Paul Gwynne, Sales & Contracts Manager at Survitec, said: “The valve return spring sits in a pre-loaded or loaded condition and is powerful enough to close down the valve even during full operation. However, far too many of these actuators have been left to degrade. We are now seeing hundreds in an unsafe or unknown condition – which may be intensified by pneumatic and/or hydraulic control pressures and, therefore, a huge issue and possible danger to equipment and personnel.

    “What is known is that many actuators have suffered significant corrosion of the unit's internal workings, not only the exterior weather shield, which is visible. The problem can be compounded when these actuators are tagged as non-operational or decommissioned, no longer serviced but in place, but still containing a pre-load force in the spring, which can be equivalent to several tonnes depending on the size of the actuator.

    “There have been a lot of occasions where the spring has eroded to the point of failure, then failed catastrophically, or the retaining bolt and end cap have failed and been ejected. So much so that the UK Health and Safety Executive has advised all operators to enforce action in this area. The force and impact of an actuator failure can be violent and often potentially fatal, impacting people, critical plants and even pipelines.”

    The concept of the safety device was developed due to issues identified in the North Sea oil and gas sector, oil rigs, platforms, and floating installations, such as FPSOs and FSRUs. The Survitec Gauntlet can be applied to any facility that operates actuator valves and where risks need to be mitigated.

    @survitec @SCLPatrik #PAuto #Safety

    BAS control series.

    Described as an indispensable solution for programming and maintaining a Niagara system, Niagara Workbench™ is seldom used with field controllers because the controllers do not incorporate Niagara.

    Contemporary Controls' line of Sedona controllers—the BAScontrol series and the Micro PC Edge series—are both compatible with the N4 Sedona Driver to deliver a one-tool solution for your Niagara N4 (version 4.11 or later). The BAScontrol series of unitary controllers are ideal for general purpose applications, such as controlling fan coils, heat pumps, lead-lag pump sequences, and constant volume air-handlers and RTUs. The Micro PC Edge controllers utilize technology developed for two highly popular micro PC platforms but designed for commercial applications.

    Each series feature BACnet as a communications protocol and Sedona as a license-free function block programming language.

    With the N4 Sedona Driver installed on N4 Workstation or N4 JACE, Niagara4 can be used to communicate via Sedona (SOX) to Sedona devices to read/write their points. It can also be used to program the wiresheet on Sedona devices.

    See also Programming and maintaining with field controllers. (17/4/24) 

     @ccontrolsgmbh #Pauto #TandM

    Tuesday 21 May 2024

    Breakthrough in powertrain innovation.

    University College London's (UCL) HyperMile Racing Team proudly announces a pioneering advancement in automotive technology aimed at revolutionising efficiency in the Shell Eco-Marathon. Harnessing the power of Sensor Technology's TorqSense rotary torque transducer, the team has developed an innovative powertrain system poised to redefine performance standards in the eco-racing sphere.

    UCL's HyperMile Racing Team, known for its dedication to pushing the boundaries of sustainable transportation, has partnered with Sensor Technology to integrate cutting-edge torque measurement capabilities into their vehicle design. This collaboration has resulted in the creation of a highly efficient powertrain system meticulously engineered to maximise energy utilisation and minimise waste.

    The use of Sensor Technology's TorqSense transducer provides the team with real-time insights into the performance dynamics of their vehicle, enabling precise adjustments to optimise efficiency on the track. By leveraging this advanced sensor technology, UCL's HyperMile Racing Team aims to achieve unprecedented levels of fuel efficiency and endurance in the upcoming Shell Eco-Marathon.

    "We are thrilled to unveil our latest innovation in collaboration with Sensor Technology," says Bartol Vahcic, Technical Director of UCL's HyperMile Racing Team. "By integrating the TorqSense transducer into testing our powertrain system, we are confident that we can push the boundaries of eco-racing and set new benchmarks for sustainability and performance." 

    The Shell Eco-Marathon serves as the ultimate proving ground for innovations in energy efficiency, attracting top engineering talent from around the world. With the introduction of their groundbreaking powertrain system, UCL's HyperMile Racing Team aims to make a significant impact on the future of sustainable transportation and inspire the next generation of eco-minded engineers.

    This years competition takes place on May 22nd -24th at Circuit Paul Armagnac, Nogaro, (F), and Sensor Technology will be willing the UCL team on.

    A new era in field testing for diverse applications.

    The Site Master MS2085A Cable and Antenna Analyzer and the MS2089A with Integrated Spectrum Analyzer groundbreaking test and measurement instrumentation have been unveiled by Anritsu. These latest entries to the Anritsu lineup are designed from the ground up to further cement Anritsu's dominance in the installation and maintenance arena and to also address the multifaceted demands of the general-purpose market. They redefine industry standards for functionality, precision, and user-friendly operation, marking a transformative leap forward in field testing technology.

    Raymond Chan
    , Product Manager at Anritsu Corporation, expresses his enthusiasm: "We are thrilled to launch the Site Master MS2085A and MS2089A, signifying a monumental stride in field testing technology. These innovations underscore our dedication to advancing testing and measurement technologies that not only meet but exceed our customers' evolving requirements across various sectors. They stand as a testament to Anritsu's unwavering commitment to excellence, setting a new benchmark for field testing proficiency."

    "These instruments encapsulate the pinnacle of modern engineering, combining Anritsu's extensive experience and commitment to customer-focused innovation." They merge the functions of cable and antenna analysis with spectrum analysis and monitoring in a seamless, integrated solution. It is tailored to support a wide spectrum of industries, including telecommunications, broadcasting, aerospace, satellite, and defense, facilitating a variety of applications from Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and satellite monitoring to interference analysis and routine installation and maintenance tasks.

    Highlighted Features and Advantages:
    • Multi-functional Capability: The Site Master's integration of cable and antenna analysis alongside spectrum analysis equips professionals with a singular, versatile tool for a wide array of testing and analysis needs. It stands as a comprehensive solution for assessing antenna systems, diagnosing wireless networks, or conducting spectrum signal monitoring.
    • Operational Efficiency: Merging multiple testing functions into one device, the Site Master significantly optimizes field testing workflows. This consolidation reduces the need for multiple instruments, streamlines testing processes, and allows for greater achievements in shorter timeframes - effectively enhancing productivity while minimizing operational costs.
    • Accuracy and Dependability: Engineered for precision and built to withstand rigorous field conditions, the Site Master ensures consistent, reliable outcomes. Its superior measurement accuracy and robust construction instill confidence in every test result, allowing for precise, informed decisions under any circumstances.
    • Advanced Features: With features like Real-Time Spectrum Analysis (RTSA), IQ capture and streaming, and PIM hunting, we're not just meeting industry standards, we're creating them.

    @Anritsu @AnritsuEMEA @NapierPR #TandM #PAuto

    Displays for signs.

    Sunlight readable, wide viewing angles and low power consumption.

    A range of large format e-Paper display modules have been introduced by Review Display Systems (RDS). Three e-Paper display modules are available initially, these include a monochrome 13.3-inch display, a colour 25.3-inch display and a monochrome 31.2-inch display.

    The display modules employ the latest e-Paper technology that provide energy efficient, paper-like features and can be powered by a lithium battery. Power consumption is less than 0.01 watts when the display image is static, and less than 3.5 watts when the display image is being updated.

    The e-Paper display modules operate in reflective mode by reflecting ambient light and can operate in bright sunlight without any impact on the user viewing experience. Display images and content can be easily seen and viewed from a wide viewing area.

    The three large format display modules offer the following specifications:
    - the monochrome 13.3-inch display module features a resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels, a 4:3 aspect ratio, and 178°/178° degree (up/down, left/right) viewing angles.
    - a four-colour 25.3-inch display has a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, a wide 16:9 aspect ratio, and 178°/178° viewing angles. When used with dynamic voltage control, the four colours, yellow, white, magenta and cyan can combine to create a colour palette of up to 60,000 colours.
    - a monochrome 31.2-inch, with a resolution of 2562 x 1440 pixels, a wide 16:9 aspect ratio, and 178°/178° viewing angles.

    The fully integrated display modules feature built-in hardware peripherals to support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 4G to enable remote updating and ease of maintenance. Built-in mechanical mounting features enable ease of design and fast installation. Weatherproof mechanical enclosures support an IP65 rating which enables reliable outdoor use even in wet environmental conditions.

    The optical and operating features of the large format e-Paper displays are ideal for digital signage applications such public information terminals, retail signage and public transport systems.

    @ReviewDisplays @ReVis_Solutions #Transportation #PAuto

    Hardware gateway for industrial edge and cloud applications

    Softing's edgeGate simplifies access to Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Computerized Numerical Controllers (CNC). It enables seamless and secure data integration into advanced management systems such as Enterprise-Resource-Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Execution System (MES) or Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA). This integration is available for both new and established facilities. Communication via OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) ensures a robust and reliable connection.

    Additionally, edgeGate provides Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) functionality. This feature facilitates the direct integration of machine data into private or public IoT cloud applications. The MQTT implementation is generic and compatible with multiple cloud providers. Like the OPC UA standard, MQTT supports a range of security mechanisms including encrypted connections, certificates, and user authentication. These features collectively enhance data security significantly.

    It is practically maintenance-free and allows connection to controllers without interfering with existing systems. Supported controllers include Siemens Simatic PLC, Siemens Sinumerik controller, Fanuc CNC controller, Modbus TCP, Allen-Bradley PLC, or OPC UA Client machine data. It provides a simple web interface for fast application configuration as well as an additional security layer and communication encryption.

    The capabilities of edgeGate can be expanded by integrating the edgeConnector products from Softing Industrial which offer similar functionalities in a Docker-based software version. Another compatible product is Softing’s Docker-based edgeAggregator software which provides a powerful OPC UA data integration layer.

    "We are pleased to offer a hardware solution that complements our Docker-based software offering," says Abel Jimenez, Product Manager at Softing Industrial Automation. "edgeGate simplifies the connection of PLC and CNC controllers to management systems with robust communication functions such as OPC UA and MQTT and increases efficiency. edgeGate offers a comprehensive data integration solution that can stand alone or be extended by Softing's Docker-based edgeConnector and edgeAggregator software."

    @SoftingIA @mepaxIntPR #PAuto #Manufacturing

    Monday 20 May 2024

    The importance of metrology in modern industry.

    On the occasion of World Metrology Day on May 20, 2024, Bruno Martin, Director Quality Management & Director Metrology at Minebea Intec, gave an expert interview. In this interview he sheds light on the fundamental role of metrology in modern industry and explains why precise measu-rements are essential for product quality assurance and reliability.

    Bruno Martin
    What is metrology and why is it so important for the industry?
    Metrology establishes traceability, accuracy, and reproducibility, which in turn provides stability. It’s there in the background of every industry, establishing a foundation upon which producers & consumers can establish trust. It provides guiding principles that power commerce, fuel innovation, and ensure safety. As techno-logy & industries continue to advance & evolve, metrology will remain in position as the cornerstone that provides support for so many aspects of civilization, and we will develop even more ways to utilize this science. Metrology is the scientific study of measu-rement, which is fundamental to ensuring accuracy and consis-tency in production processes. In industry, precise measurements are crucial for maintaining product quality, compliance with stan-dards, legal aspects and operational efficiency.

    What role does metrology play in quality assurance and how does it contribute to the reliability of products?
    Metrology is central to quality assurance as it ensures that all measurements are accurate and consistent, which is essential for producing reliable products. By implementing precise measure-ment systems, companies can detect deviations and defects early in the production process, thus preventing faulty products from reaching the market. At Minebea Intec, our advanced metrology solutions, such as high-resolution platform scales and load cells, provide the accuracy needed to maintain the highest standards of product quality and safety.

    What technologies and instruments are used in modern metrolo-gy and how have they evolved in recent years?
    Modern metrology employs a wide range of advanced technolo-gies, including digital sensors, automated inspection systems, and sophisticated software for data analysis. Over the past few years, there has been significant progress in enhancing the precision and speed of these instruments, driven by innovations in electronics and data processing. Minebea Intec continually invests in the de-velopment of cutting-edge technologies, such as our X-ray inspec-tion systems and metal detectors, ensuring that our customers benefit from the latest advancements in metrology. >p> How does Minebea Intec support companies in implementing precise measurement processes in production?
    Minebea Intec offers comprehensive solutions that integrate high-precision weighing and inspection technologies with expert ser-vices. Our products, such as the Combics® weighing indicator and the Inteco® load cell, are designed to provide accurate and reliab-le measurements under various industrial conditions. In addition, our Engineering Support and Partnership Program ensure that customers receive tailored advice and assistance, from initial in-stallation to ongoing maintenance, ensuring optimal performance throughout the product's life cycle.

    What future trends and challenges do you see in the field of met-rology and how is Minebea Intec preparing for them?
    The future of metrology is shaped by trends such as Industry 4.0, digitalization, and increasing demand for real-time data and analy-tics. These trends present challenges in terms of integrating com-plex systems and ensuring data security. Minebea Intec is actively preparing for these challenges by investing in research and deve-lopment to create innovative solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. Our commitment to continuous impro-vement and our focus on German Quality position us to lead the way in the metrology field, providing reliable, cutting-edge tech-nologies that deliver ‘the true measure’ of excellence.

    @MinebeaIntec #Automation#TandM

    Friday 17 May 2024

    Ethylene producer's furnace operations.

    A large US ethylene producer has been provided with 28 thermal imagers by Ametek Land. This is to provide continuous, highly precise, temperature measurements for optimum process control in its four cracking furnaces*.

    Ethylene is a key element in a range of everyday items from plastics to polymers and is produced by cracking hydrocarbon feedstocks at high temperatures with steam.

    The furnace must be kept at a consistently high temperature to avoid inefficiencies and be effective. LAND’s high-definition NIR-B-2K thermal imaging camera delivers non-contact measurements with outstanding accuracy to help optimise furnace performance, extend tube life, and improve safety.

    The NIR-B-2K is a high-resolution short-wavelength radiometric infrared thermal imaging camera, and provides improved definition at a distance, measuring temperatures in the range of 600-1800 °C (1112 to 3272 °F). It provides a cutting-edge clear thermal image unaffected by the furnace's hot atmosphere and allows operators to measure from any of the 2,904,768 pixels.

    Jason Rushton, Application Engineer, Ametek Land commented: “The thermal imager is ideal for applications such as ethylene production, where furnaces require optimum process control while maintaining high temperatures. With the NIR-B-2K, plant operators can rest assured as it helps improve process control through continuous furnace monitoring and highly accurate temperature readings in the furnace.”

    Ametek Land is renowned globally for its highly accurate measurement solutions used in a wide range of industrial processes and covering a broad temperature range.

    * Read the latest case study here: Thermal Imagers on Steam Crackers.

    @landinst @codacomms #PAuto #USA

    Thursday 16 May 2024

    All-in-one gateway for worldwide use.

    HMS Networks has announced significant updates to the Netbiter solution for remote management of field equipment. The new Netbiter EC360W gateway now comes with a fully revamped graphical user interface for Netbiter Argos Cloud to enhance user experience.

    The new Ewon Netbiter EC360W is an all-in-one gateway for worldwide use. This new model includes a diversity antenna, making it more robust and ensuring better connectivity in harsh environments.

    Additionally, the launch of the Netbiter Argos app will revolutionize how service teams manage notifications. With push notifications that can be sent and acknowledged via the app, service teams can now utilize these alerts to their fullest potential.

    How it works.
    The Ewon Netbiter EC360W connects field equipment to the Argos cloud via Cellular 4G or Ethernet, facilitating seamless data exchange. The device's dual-antenna setup ensures reliable communication even in the most challenging conditions. The cloud platform displays data via both the web and the new Argos mobile app. With the new Argos mobile app, users can receive and manage notifications. They will now be able to respond to alarms faster and more efficiently, enhancing the monitoring capabilities and responsiveness of this management system.

    Users can enjoy comprehensive insights into their equipment’s performance and status with the Netbiter EC360W gateway and the Netbiter Argos cloud. The solution allows remote management of a wide range of field equipment spread across the globe: power generators, air compressors, chillers, and many more. It is ideal for ensuring the continuous performance and maintenance of critical equipment, even in remote locations.

    James Kime, Netbiter Argos Product Manager at HMS Networks, emphasizes the competitive edge provided to users: "Netbiter Argos is the solution you can partner with to expand your rental fleet and provide that extra added service to your clients that the market requires to stay competitive".

    The Netbiter Argos solution is perfectly suited for rental companies that manage and monitor various assets used for power generation. Offering an out-of-the-box, end-to-end solution, it allows these businesses to effectively track and service diverse fleets of equipment deployed across numerous locations. Netbiter Argos is ideal for companies whose equipment demands constant supervision. It ensures maximum operational efficiency and uptime. Additionally, it's a scalable, future-proof solution designed to handle expanding fleets of equipment seamlessly.

    @hmsnetworks @ewonrouters @mepaxIntPR  #PAuto

    The future of checkweigher operation has arrived!

    New user interface increases checkweig-her efficiency with smart features.

    New standards are been set by Minebea Intec with its latest innovation, the "Blue HMI" user interface for checkweighers. The interface enables intuitive operation and thus offers maximum user-friendliness. The new generation of Minebea Intec checkweighers can be configured, controlled, tested and audited more easily with Blue HMI.

    Dynamic checkweighers are used in various branches of industry, particularly in production and logistics. They are used to detect deviations in the weight of products during the manufacturing or packaging process, to identify faulty products and to ensure com-pliance with weight regulations and quality standards. Minebea Intec offers a broad portfolio of high-precision checkweighers and, with the new Blue HMI, has further developed the user interface for the entire product range with a view to the future.

    Smart functions of the new user interface.
    Whether you need to introduce a new product, adjust line para-meters or define a batch report: The new Blue HMI user interface makes working with checkweighers easier and more efficient. Thorsten Vollborn, Head of Product Management Inspection & Digital Services at Minebea Intec, emphasises the advantages of this technology: "The design concept of Blue HMI is based on what we know from our daily work with high-tech devices. The user-friendly menu navigation and new workflows simplify operation considerably and shorten the familiarisation period.

    In addition to user-friendliness, data security and flexibility also take centre stage. For administrators, Blue HMI offers new and extensive setting options for user and group management. To enable ergonomic working on the system, all checkweighers - including the Synus® , Flexus® and EWK product series - are now also available with a movable display variant.

    Maximum control.
    Blue HMI enables advanced monitoring and analysis functions for checkweighers for better quality control and process optimisati-on. "The operating unit displays the overall system effectiveness and other statistics based on the current weighing results. It also has various logging functions that make it ideal for audits," says Dr Thorsten Vollborn. As checkweighers are often located at the end of a production line, the integrated overall equipment effec-tiveness provides a clear overview of the efficiency of the produc-tion line. All of this is displayed in a new dashboard or "control centre" via new widgets and diagrams.

    In addition to the checkweighers, the combined versions of the Vistus® metal detectors also support the new workflows. Here, the clear visualisation improves the complex, but in many industries indispensable, foreign object detection.

    Versatile interfaces enable optimum integration into the line.
    With the new user interface, Minebea Intec fulfils the needs and increases the flexibility of its customers by equipping the check-weighers with flexible interfaces such as industrial fieldbuses, Ethernet/IP, Profinet or the company's own SPC@Enterprise. OPC UA is fully integrated in accordance with specification 40200 (Companion Specification Weighing) and is optionally on board. The interface can also be expanded to include the PackML specifi-cation 30050 (Companion Specification PackML according to OMAC). "The new 'Browser Remote View' function particularly demonstrates the advanced technology of the Blue HMI," says Thorsten Vollborn. "Similar to an internet router at home, the interface can be loaded like a website in a browser on an authori-sed client." The technology used is platform-independent and can therefore be used from any device with a browser, be it a PC, a mobile phone, a tablet or a TV in the meeting room.

    The elegant stainless steel housing of the Blue HMI not only stands for durability, but also for easy cleaning and modern aest-hetics. These features make it ideal for hygienic industrial en-vironments. With a full HD 15" touch display and a powerful BOX PC, the Blue HMI offers a clear and detailed display.

    Familiar state-of-the-art technology.
    The electronics of the new generation of scales have also been completely revised. The in-house Minebea Intec load cells are also used in all systems. This not only offers many advantages for high-speed applications, but also improves the service of the sys-tems. All checkweighers are approved for legal-for-trade operation and therefore support customers in the legally compliant manu-facture of food products.

    With over 75 years of experience in building checkweighers, Mi-nebea Intec has developed the perfect assistant for customers' daily dynamic weighing tasks and compliance with regulations. The new generation is based on the familiar and proven design, combined with proprietary load cells and a brand new user inter-face, at the heart of every checkweigher. The new Blue HMI not only controls the machine, but transforms final inspection into a new way of optimising production.

    @MinebeaIntec #PAuto #Weighing