#EMREX19 Edge-based Machine Health Monitoring.

Emerson and Arrowhead Systems, have announced that they have partnered to produce a next-generation, machine health monitoring solution which will increase uptime for high-speed palletiser production used in container stacking but is also adaptable for use with other primary products.

emerson-arrowhead-systems-partner-on-next-gen-edge-based-machine-health-monitoring-solution-en-us-5986912The Busse SJI Viper™ High Speed Bulk Palletizer and Alpha Turbo™ High Speed Depalletizer are paired with Emerson’s machine health monitoring to give customers a solution for greater overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) by monitoring, in real-time, critical motion and pneumatic system parameters including air flow, pressure, vacuum, mechanical actuation speeds and motor vibration. System analytics and health information is processed at the edge via a local data historian with both local display or remote monitoring on a tablet or smartphone giving operators an easily accessible tool to monitor health.

“This solution offers the quickest and most scalable way to increase OEE and ultimately increase the overall production efficiency of your plant operations,” said Dana Greenly, director of business development for food and beverage packaging with Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

The new, edge-based system has the PACSystems CPL410 at its core to bring all sensor data together for accessibility, visualisation and analysis. It is customisable and scalable to adapt to any primary product palletising system or complete packaging line. With real-time monitoring of machine health and diagnostics at the operator’s fingertips, reactive maintenance to machine failures goes away. Predictive maintenance enables planning for potential issues which otherwise negatively affect the OEE of the packaging line.

“Because we have container handling equipment running at some of the highest speeds in the industry, reaching 4000 cans per minute or more, predictive monitoring of machine health is vital to our customers’ success,” said Scott Chehak, general manager, Busse-SJI.

Emerson’s automation technologies help packaging lines gain flexibility by accommodating numerous package sizes and complexities; reduce losses by improving productivity, product quality and waste reduction; and improve operator and product safety without limiting production. Emerson’s expertise helps packaging lines reach their full potential by tackling today’s packaging challenges: flexibility, reliability, contamination and waste, and safety.

 

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#SPS19 Connectivity in process.

Softing Industrial Data Networks will show smart gateways for multi-protocol process control and a mobile plug & play solution for configuration and maintenance of field devices at the trade show  (November 26 to 28, 2019 Hall 5, Booth 346).

PM_smart_industry_cmyk_300dpi_093019.jpg_ico500With smart gateways and mobile enterprise solutions, Softing Industrial Data Networks presents itself at the SPS 2019 trade show in Nuremberg as a partner for the process industry on its way to digitalization.

In many process plants control systems of different manufacturers and different generations are in operation due to long running times. The resulting different communication interfaces make it difficult to exchange production and plant data across systems when implementing industry 4.0 applications. Softing’s smartGate product family supports users in integrating disparate protocols, ensures end-to-end digital data exchange and thus creates the prerequisites for greater efficiency and flexibility in production.

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epGate

In addition to the pnGates for PROFINET and the mbGates for Modbus/TCP, Softing will present the new Ethernet/IP to PROFIBUS gateways epGate DP, epGate PA and epGate PB at the fair. This completes the smartGate product family which now supports all Ethernet protocols relevant to the process industry: PROFINET, Ethernet/IP and Modbus/TCP. The epGates enable the convenient connection of PROFIBUS devices to Ethernet/IP controllers, e.g. from Rockwell, Schneider Electric or Emerson.

 

There is also news for the Modbus/TCP to PROFIBUS gateways. At the fair, version 1.20 of mbGate DP, mbGate PA and mbGate PB will be on display, which has been extended by the “High Availibility” option. It allows the operation of a redundant system with two Modbus/TCP controllers and two Modbus/TCP gateways. In this way, system availability is ensured even in the event of a connection failure. The mbGates enable the direct integration of PROFIBUS PA and DP segments into Modbus/TCP systems. They act as Modbus server and PROFIBUS master and connect up to four PROFIBUS PA segments as well as one DP segment with Modbus TCP.

All gateways allow use of the existing power supply in technology upgrade projects, which significantly reduces engineering costs. Configuration and asset management can be carried out using industry-standard tools.

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mobilLink

Modern process plants require digital, mobile, networked and standardized solutions that make data from plants, machines and field devices easily accessible and streamline maintenance procedures for configuring, commissioning and troubleshooting the devices. This is where Softing’s mobile interface mobiLink comes in. It provides access to the three most important communication protocols in process automation – HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and Profibus PA – via a single interface. The connection to the mobile device can be made via USB or Bluetooth. With the newly available FDI Communication Server it is now possible to use mobiLink with FDI applications. The DevCom app for Android or Windows adds an application for device parameterization to the offering. A new version – mobiLink Power – will be available at the beginning of 2020. This will allow field devices to be supplied with power, which is obtained via the USB port. An external power supply for the field devices is no longer necessary.

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#SPS19 Fresh drive for solutions.

Complete drive solutions, including for the growing demand for collaborative robots and automated guided vehicles will be the theme of Kollmorgan at this years SPS in Nuremberg. The AKM2G-series servo motors are expanded for applications in the low-voltage sector. They will also show the second-generation functional safety technology in the AKD2G series servo inverters.

2 Kollmorgen_AKD2G_Servo_Drive“Fast Forward to the Future” is the trade fair motto of the company during SPS (Hall 3, stand 250). For the second generation of servo motors, the control arm is at full throttle. The high power density with greater torque per engine size opens up new ways to construct machinery as a smaller overall size is often sufficient to handle the AKM2G. Above all, compact applications with a high functional density benifit most from this feature, for example, in the design of collaborative robot kinematics and automated guided vehicles (AGV).

The new safety functions within the second generation of drive control systems also have what it takes to make factory automation smarter. Under the heading of Safe Motion, the new AKD2G series servo drives are available with a range of solutions that make it possible to simply integrate even complex safety functions using intelligent engineering. Secure encoders, connection with just one cable, and the loss of additional I/O modules open up more free space and buy time in the installation. They will be demonstrating how such solutions could look in reality with real exhibits in action.

 

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#SPS19 Industrial Ethernet portfolio.

Drawing on a decades-long heritage of expertise in analogue, mixed-signal and digital semiconductor technology, Analog Devices (ADI) will launch an industry-first portfolio of Industrial Ethernet solutions at SPS 2019 (26-28/11/2019) to address communication challenges within Industry 4.0, Smart Factories, and the digital transformation.

ADIEthernetPortThis new portfolio will encompass a range of innovative Industrial Ethernet technologies for building robust, scalable Ethernet connectivity solutions that advance the state-of-the-art in edge connectivity, data integration, synchronization, and system interoperability. Designed both for today’s industrial networks and tomorrow’s TSN-based systems, this portfolio will provide the flexibility, scalability and speeds to support virtually any topology and network architecture in the factory.

Visitors to the ADI booth, Hall 5, Stand 129, at SPS will learn more about these technologies, showcased in interactive demonstrations that illustrate the value of ADI deployments in various industrial use cases.

Forum presentation:
The Future of TSN in Industrial Networks
Analog Devices will participate in the Exhibitor Forum series of presentations at SPS 2019. At 14:00 on 26 November, ADI’s Tom Weingartner and Jordon Woods will be speaking on the topic of “The Future of TSN in Industrial Networks”.
The Forum is located in Hall 3.

The first demonstration illustrates the deployment of Ethernet using one of today’s industrial protocols in a time critical synchronized motion application, enhancing production quality and efficiency. A second demonstration shows how the same functionality can be achieved using TSN to carry both standard Ethernet traffic and time-critical traffic in a converged network, enabling seamless factory upgrades and flexible manufacturing.

The third demonstration is focused on ADI’s leadership role in enabling Ethernet to the Field and shows the new IEEE P802.3cg/10BASE-T1L physical layer standard communicating over 1km of single twisted pair cable, enabling Ethernet connectivity to various field instruments with a combination of industrial Ethernet protocols running simultaneously, resulting in digitization of process measurements and control.

Additional demonstrations showing interoperability of ADI solutions can be seen at PROFINET International (Hall 5, Stand 210) and ODVA (Hall 5, Stand 128).

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#EMREX19 Advanced industrial wireless network solution.

Emerson is partnering with Cisco to introduce a next-generation industrial wireless networking solution that fundamentally transforms data management to improve plant productivity, reliability and safety. The new Emerson Wireless 1410S Gateway with the Cisco Catalyst® IW6300 Heavy Duty Series Access Point combines the latest in wireless technology with advanced WirelessHART® sensor technology, delivering reliable and highly secure data, even in the harshest industrial environments.

NextGenAPInstalledTo help enable new digital transformation strategies, this industrial networking solution combines Emerson’s expertise in industrial automation and applications with Cisco’s innovations in networking, cybersecurity and IT infrastructure. Driven by the demand for greater productivity, lower maintenance costs and improved worker safety, industrial manufacturers are accelerating investment in robust IoT sensor networks combined with scalable operational analytics tools to improve organisational collaboration and decision-making. In these environments, network performance and security are critical for success.

“A secure connection that scales easily is the foundation for every successful IoT deployment.” said Liz Centoni, senior vice president and general manager, IoT at Cisco. “By using the power of the intent-based network, Cisco provides a secure, automated, rock solid infrastructure helping IT and operational teams work together to reduce complexity and improve safety.”

This next-gen wireless access point provides enhanced wi-fi bandwidth necessary for real-time safety monitoring, including Emerson’s Location Awareness and wireless video. These applications enhance personnel safety practices, improve plant security and help ensure environmental compliance. A reliable and fast connection between devices and people streamlines decision-making by providing real-time analytics. It also enables a mobile workforce to virtually come together, collaborate and resolve critical issues in a timely manner.

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Bob Karschnia

“Products installed in industrial plants need to last for years, even decades,” said Bob Karschnia, vice president of wireless at Emerson. “This kind of longevity was a critical design and engineering requirement to ensure this new wireless access point was future-proofed to meet a rapidly evolving technology landscape.”

Industrial environments remain some of the most challenging and hazardous environments in the world, requiring a scalable, resilient and flexible wi-fi solution that can withstand extreme conditions in remote locations while helping ensure the safety of workers on site. The new wireless access point supports mobile applications that offer instant access to process control data, maintenance information and operation procedures, enabling improved plant productivity and worker safety.

 

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#EMREX19 Supplier partners chosen for outstanding performance, innovation and collaboration

Emerson’s AVENTICS GmbH recently received the Bosch Global Supplier Award in the category “Purchasing of indirect materials” and thus ranks globally among the best suppliers of Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services. Only 47 companies were recognized from a base of 43,000 suppliers.

aventic-updated-iiot-productBosch has been presenting these awards every two years to honor supplier excellence since 1987. Suppliers are selected for outstanding performance in the manufacture and supply of products or services – notably for partnership in addressing concerns around quality, costs, innovation and logistics. This year’s award ceremony, whose theme was “Transforming Together. Staying Ahead,” was held in Blaichach, Germany.

“With the Bosch Global Supplier Award, we pay tribute to our best suppliers around the world. The award-winners have achieved outstanding levels of excellence, and work with us in an exceptional spirit of partnership. From technological expertise to logistical quality and entrepreneurial potential – our award-winners have it all,” said Andreas Reutter, head of supply chain management at Robert Bosch GmbH.

“We are very proud of this award. It confirms that the technical expertise provided by AVENTICS pneumatics engineers and customer support provides a dependable foundation for credible partnership, facilitating innovation and customer success.,” added Dr. Peter Saffe, Vice President Marketing Machine Automation at Emerson.

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#EMREX19 Industry’s most comprehensive operational analytics portfolio.

Following years of strategic investment and innovation, Emerson has developed the industry’s most comprehensive operational analytics portfolio, delivering actionable insights to address industrial manufacturers’ most pressing operational challenges.

analytics-slide-1-en-us-5994270“The amount of data created in a manufacturing facility today is unprecedented, and there’s a great deal of hype in the marketplace over how analytics can turn this data into performance gains,” said Peter Zornio, chief technology officer at Emerson’s Automation Solutions business.

With more than 900 analytics software suppliers in the market today, users are overwhelmed with options. Many companies have embarked on enterprise-level ‘data lake’ and analytics programmes, with the goal of enabling any type of application. But most of these offerings are business analytics tools for functions like finance and supply chain management.

Emerson’s portfolio of operational analytics focuses on the greatest source of value for industrial manufacturers – the production itself. Operational analytics with embedded domain knowledge can impact and improve performance of simple equipment, complex assets and process units, and entire production plants.

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Lal Karsanbhai, Peter Zornio and Stuart Harris discussing about Digital Transformation and Analytics at the Emerson Usergroup Americas Conference Sept 2019. (Pic: Jim Cahil)

“We recommend addressing the high impact, known problems first,” Zornio said. “By using proven models that make analytics accessible to the personnel responsible for the performance of assets, our customers can act quickly to solve problems faster. For example, Emerson’s solutions can detect and address 80% of the equipment failure modes contributing to production loss in a plant in real-time.”

Additionally, Emerson’s enhanced portfolio includes machine learning and artificial intelligence that can be used to identify new discoveries and deepen insight to impact business performance. These tools provide perspective previously unattainable with traditional analytics.

“With our acquisition of KNet and its integration into our Plantweb™ Optics asset performance platform, Emerson can provide not only some of the most advanced machine learning and AI tools in the industry, but also 

the connection to people and workflows, which are critical to digital transformation success,” Zornio said.

Emerson’s portfolio now provides both pre-packaged analytics solutions as well as a complete analytics toolbox for users to develop their own applications. This portfolio is supported by Emerson’s Operational Certainty consulting practice and robust data management capabilities that provide a foundation for analytics success.

• See also “Analytics key to digitalization rewards” by Paul Studebaker.

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#EMREX19 Dedicated to digital transformation.

As leaders across industries work to realise measurable business improvement in today’s complex technology environment, global engineering and technology company Emerson has announced that it has established a dedicated organisation focused on digital transformation technologies and programmes.

Stuart_Harris“The industry is at a critical point in the digital transformation journey,” said Stuart Harris (pictured right), group president for this new Digital Transformation business. “Many companies have a vision but struggle to implement practical solutions that deliver results and therefore they are getting frustrated. Other companies are solving specific problems, but not realising value at scale across the enterprise. Emerson has the technology to provide practical solutions, and the experience to define the best practices and roadmap to help make a broad operational impact.”

The new Digital Transformation business – announced at the annual Emerson Global Users Exchange Americas – brings together critical resources to help manufacturers develop and implement pragmatic digital transformation strategies that deliver industry-leading, or Top Quartile, performance. The $650+ million business combines existing expertise in consulting, project execution, smart sensor technologies, data management and analytics – all part of Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem. The organisation will help customers not only establish a clear vision for digital transformation, but also execute with confidence and realise measurable results at each step of their journey.

“In a space inundated by confusing promises, Emerson helps customers define and execute a practical and successful path to digital transformation,” said Lal Karsanbhai, executive president of Emerson’s Automation Solutions business. “With our new Digital Transformation business, we are strategically focused on guiding customers to the right strategy, helping them drive improved organisational alignment, and implementing programmes that accelerate improved business performance.”

Emerson’s new Digital Transformation business brings together existing and new Emerson resources, including:

● Operational Certainty Consulting: facility and enterprise-level roadmap strategies and implementation to improve reliability, safety, production and energy utilisation metrics

● Operational Analytics: the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of predictive diagnostics and advanced analytics, providing insights on health and performance of operational assets

● Industry Solutions: deep, industry-specific expertise on solutions to drive key performance indicators

● Pervasive Sensing: the industry’s largest portfolio of smart, easy-to-deploy, connected devices, including wireless instruments

● Project Management: best practices, tools and resources to implement a digital transformation project with confidence.

“Customers are looking for a partner for their digital transformation programmes, and this move even better positions Emerson to be that credible partner,” Harris said.

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