#SPS17 Extreme environments require Extreme switchgear !

The steute business unit “Extreme” develops and manufactures switchgear for ambient conditions in which conventional switches and sensors would quickly malfunction or never be suitable in the first place. Such conditions include subzero temperatures and explosive atmospheres.

PR04_Ex Schwefel 45339PR02.jpg_ico500For the combination of these two areas, each of which has its own specific set of requirements, steute has developed new position switches and magnetic sensors which it will be presenting at the SPS IPC Drives.

The new Ex 97 and Ex 99 series of position switches, with standard dimensions to DIN EN50047 and DIN EN 50041, will complement the existing Extreme range. They can be used in Ex zones 1 and 2 (gas-Ex), as well as 21 and 22 (dust-Ex), and also in safety-related applications – as approved position switches with an added safety function. Different actuators are available for optimal adjustment to individual applications.

The temperature range for these Ex position switches extends down as far as -60oC. The appropriate tests, e.g. impact tests in extreme subzero temperatures, have of course all been passed. The two new series are sealed against dust and are anti-corrosive. In the development of these new switches, steute had in mind applications such as the position monitoring of valves in oil and gas exploration.

As an alternative to these electromechanical switching devices, steute has also developed an Ex RC M20 KST range of cylindrical magnetic sensors for Ex zones and subzero temperatures. Their characteristics are equally extreme and they also work reliably in temperatures down to -60oC. Because they are so well sealed, they are extremely durable, even in very dusty environments.

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#SPS17 Intelligent diagnostic and communication system.

With BAUDIS IoT, Baumüller presents a system for predictive maintenance.  But BAUDIS IoT can do much more than that. It is an IoT-capable diagnostic and communication system that allows for a simple networking of machines and systems via the Internet and the intelligent analysis of data. The networked version benefits from the long-standing expertise of a successful system.

BMN_Motek17_BaudisIoT_v2_1500x1500.inddBAUDIS IoT is the consistent enhancement of the BAUDIS diagnostic system developed by Baumüller, which has successfully been in use for more than 20 years. BAUDIS increases the process reliability and availability of production and is successfully used worldwide in machines and plants.

The system can be used independently of the manufacturer of the automation components and the sensors and therefore can easily be retrofitted and upgraded. It is therefore equally suitable for greenfield and brownfield plants, i.e. for the digitization of new and existing production facilities.

Intelligent Diagnostic and Communication System
With brownfield plants, the networked system consists of sensors, a BAUDIS IoT box and an easy-to-use software with smart data algorithms. Data is recorded by local sensors on the drive or also on other electrical or mechanical components. For example these record the engine state, such as reporting resulting bearing damage or creating a vibration measurement, in order to detect wear on mechanical components at an early stage. The recorded data is collected in the BAUDIS IoT box with the Baumüller solution and is passed on to an evaluation unit. Subsequent recommendations for action are derived from this. With greenfield plants, the required data is read directly from the control system.

BAUDIS IoT from Baumüller allows for the continuous monitoring of automation components and machine states, data recording and analysis and the generation and output of a recommendation for action. The evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms. The system is thus continuously made more intelligent and uses algorithms to develop independent solutions (machine learning). By avoiding production errors, productivity increases and does so automatically through a self-regulating process.

Two versions for data archiving and evaluation 
In principle, two versions for linking machines and systems are available. If the decision favors the local version, the data recorded on the drive will be evaluated directly by the operator on site. If the remote option is preferred, the data is uploaded to the cloud and is archived and analyzed either centrally at the customer’s location or externally at a service provider’s location for example. The benefits of the second version: The networking of plants and locations in the cloud or via a central server, i.e. an evaluation unit, allows for additional comparisons and evaluations. In addition, the updates can occur centrally. Externally, the evaluation always occurs with the latest available algorithms.

Smart data analysis saves time and money
Industry 4.0 applications create countless opportunities to improve machines, optimize drives, increase availability and make service more efficient. BAUDIS IoT is an industry 4.0 technology solution and provides for an intelligent networking of systems. With BAUDIS IoT, machine operators have an ideal system available to them in order to monitor their production and, in the event of a looming failure, to be able to act or react quickly or in a timely manner, thus increasing the running times of the machines and systems by means of scheduled maintenance measures. This saves time and money and improves the machine availability as well as the productivity. For the machine manufacturer, BAUDIS IoT is a good way to offer the system as an option and thus to create added value for his customers. Baumüller can completely take over the installation, monitoring and maintenance of the BAUDIS IoT system if desired.

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#SPS17 New motor and drive ranges.

Leroy-Somer is launching new ranges at SPS IPC Drives.

Motoreducteur frein Commander ID300.jpg_ico500First and foremost, they are demonstrating Commander ID300, a new integrated drive for the control of its IMfinity® induction motors from 0.25 to 7.5 kW. This all-in-one drive solution has been designed to meet the strategic challenges of increasingly complex and demanding production environments, induced by the transition to Industry 4.0.

A decentralized system, the motor and drive assembly offers strong dynamic performance and outstanding efficiency levels for process, manufacturing and intralogistics applications, through an easy to install and easy to set-up package.

For a high level of performance, Commander ID300 is provided with advanced features for optimizing machine and process performance: onboard PLC, fieldbus communication, extra input/output or preset configurations such as a pump program for pressure regulation (constant pressure / variable flow). It integrates also onboard safety functions for compliance with SIL3/PLe.

Commander ID 300 offers customized solutions thanks to a modular concept. The wide choice of options and adaptations enables configuration in line with machine architecture. The system can also integrate an FFB brake for dynamic braking and /or a gearbox from the helical 3000 range, ensuring maximum adaptability. Extremely robust, Commander ID300 is an “easy-to-use” solution, ensuring quick and smooth operation.

Moteurs ATEX.jpg_ico400In addition, visitors to the exhibition are able to preview the new range of Leroy-Somer ATEX safety motors for the first time, ahead of a formal launch in the coming months. Indeed, boosted by the success of its proven IMfinity® range of asynchronous motors, Leroy-Somer has designed its ATEX version based on the same platform.

This new complete and homogeneous range dedicated to explosive, gas and dust atmospheres provides a safe and energy saving response for zones 1 and 2 as well as zones 21 and 22.

Fixed and variable speed-compatible, the new motors are suitable for all ATEX markets where quality, performance, risk management and compliance with standards are essential. Covering power ranges from 0.75 to 200/400kW according to models, they have been developed to meet Manufacturing and Process Industry requirements, for the most demanding users and the most innovative machine manufacturers.

These new ranges will also be part of the Express Availability offer, the premium Leroy-Somer Service which ensures rapid delivery while minimizing spare and stock requirements.

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#SPS17 Real-time solutions for efficient asset management.

ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, addresses the topics of asset tracking and automation in times of digital transformation at the SPS IPC Drives 2017. In hall 7A, booth 330, the specialist for industrial communication, mobile computing and explosion protection demonstrates how companies can implement and put IIoT-solutions to profitable use: including innovative solutions for real-time localization and an efficient, interconnected asset management.

ecom_Sicheres Arbeiten mit mobilen Losungen.jpg_ico500A key focus is placed on the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons Loc-Ex 01 for ATEX / IECEx Zone 1 and Loc 01 for non-hazardous areas. The BLE beacons developed especially for businesses with extensive factory premises or hazardous areas connect people, sectors, assets and systems. They combine digital and physical data into a single business intelligence unit and help to shape the entire value chain to reduce costs while simultaneously increasing productivity and efficiency.

By attaching small BLE beacons, assets become intelligent, localizable objects, which can provide arbitrary information, such as temperature or fill level, and even respond to events such as keystroke, brightness, shock or positional change. Apart from the spatial information, additional data about local process parameters is transferred in real time. In addition, neighborhood relations and alarms can be defined, for example, if dangerous goods are to collide or to be stored side by side.

The Bluetooth 4.1 standard ensures that the beacons are compatible with both currently popular as well as hazardous area explosion-proof tablets and smartphones like the Tab-Ex 01 and Smart-Ex 01. Together with suitable applications they form a comprehensive system for any digitization strategy. The BLE beacons are part of a wirelessly interlinked, explosion-proof solution portfolio that includes smartphones, tablets, peripherals as well as apps and software. Visitors can get an inside look into the comprehensive Mobile Worker Ecosystem with a large selection of hardware and partner software products at the ecom and Pepperl+Fuchs exhibition stand.

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SPS17 EMC & power quality.

Schaffner is  exhibiting at the SPS IPC Drives 2017 trade fair and introducing product innovations from its EMC, Power Quality and Power Magnetics divisions.

EcosineSPS will be the first opportunity to see the new Ecosine Active Sync range of active harmonic filters. This market leading modular and ultra-compact design provides THDI <5%, even for complex and time-varying load profiles, has 3 and 4 wire versions and features 3-level IGBT inverter topology for reduced power losses. The range is highly configurable for a huge variety of harmonic mitigation applications.

On display will be their latest turnkey LCL filter for active front end regenerative drives requiring an efficient and matched grid connection. 

And also on the stand will be a range of power magnetics components including transformers and water-cooled inductors for medium frequency and customer-specific applications.

Finally, Schaffner will be unveiling the new RT chokes series. This additional range of inductors completes the portfolio of common mode chokes available which now covers the whole PCBA power range.

They welcome visitors to their stand at SPS IPC Drives 2017 to discuss any power quality, harmonic mitigation or EMC requirements and how Schaffner products may address them.

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#SPS17 Digital data exchange in networked production.

At this year’s SPS IPC Drives, Softing  is presenting itself as a competent partner for the realization of networked automation. With its products and solutions, the company closes technological gaps between OT and IT, and creates the conditions for seamless exchange of digital data in Industry 4.0 applications.

rsz_softing_sps_ipc_drives_2017_cmyk_300dpi.jpg_ico500Plug-and-play data integration
A highlight in the area of data integration is the new “Industrial IoT Starter Kit”, which is presented as a live demo at the SPS IPC Drives. The starter Kit represents a fast and easy way to securely link the production line to the cloud. This plug-and-play solution brings together the power of HPE hardware, Softing software, and Microsoft Azure.

Complete solution for OPC communication and IoT cloud communication
The new release version 4.45 of Softing’s “dataFEED OPC Suite” offers direct symbolic data access to “optimized blocks” in Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 and -1500 controllers. The suite combines a full package of components for OPC communication and cloud connectivity within a single product. Further features are the secure communication via REST protocols and write access to NoSQL databases.

Compact gateway for secure data connectivity
At the trade show, Softing introduces the “dataFEED uaGate MB” for the integration of PLC data from Modbus controllers into local applications and the Cloud. This is a new offering besides the well-known “dataFEED uaGate SI” for the integration of S7 data.

Fast and platform-independent OPC UA Client and server development 
In the field of toolkits Softing focuses on two solutions:
The “dataFEED OPC UA Embedded Development Toolkit“ allows the fast development of OPC UA servers on embedded systems. It is based on the ANSI C standard and features a low memory footprint as well as minimal requirements for computing power. Users benefit from the utilization of predesigned and tested toolkit functions and can use these to significantly shorten the time-to-market of their development projects.
The second highlight – “dataFEED uaToolkit .NET Standard“ – allows the platform independent development of OPC UA clients and -servers, leveraging Microsoft’s .NET Standard library.

Real-time insight into the plant with Industrial Data Intelligence
Softing’s “dataTHINK analytics solution“ shows how gathered production data can be used to optimize production processes. The solution was recently presented with the Frost & Sullivan European Award for Enabling Technology Leadership in the Production Analytics Industry. With dataTHINK, production data can be streamed locally. Subsequently, unsolved disruptions can be eliminated which leads to the optimization of plant performance.

Simple and fast data integration for field devices of process automation
The “dataFLOW commKit FF” and the “dataFLOW commKit PA” represent a new solution for the integration of Foundation fieldbus H1 and PROFIBUS PA in field devices of the process automation. By using the same module hardware, both protocols can be implemented in a single electronic effort. An absolute novelty is the fully customizable configuration of the communication interface via software script. Complex and time-consuming integration projects are now a thing of the past.

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#SPS17 Wireless, Multi-touch & Safety Functions.

The wireless handheld panel HGW 1033 from Sigmatek pulls out all the stops in operating comfort. First, through wireless data transfer, the meter-long cables in the production hall have been eliminated. Second, the mobile panel has a 10.1-inch multi-touch display (PCT) that is suitable for industrial applications and offers a wide range of visualization options and an intuitive operating concept. They will be at SPS IPC Drives (Hall 7, Stand 270).

HMI_HGW1033_Pressebild.jpg_ico500The modern HMI is already equipped with Safety functions: Confirmation button, key switch and a lighting emergency stop button. When inactive, the button appears gray. An illuminated red mushroom button indicates that the HGW 1033 is correctly linked to the system and the Safety elements are ready to use. As with the function-oriented data, the Safety data is transmitted via the standard WLAN network but according to the Black Channel Principle. With the wireless HMI, the machine operator can flexibly select the inspection points and operate multiple machines, robots or system units at the same time with only one panel. For this purpose, a safe 7-segment display for machine identification is integrated.

A dual-core EDGE2 Technology processor provides the necessary visualization power, as well as the integrated battery back, which guarantees 2 hours of continuous use without having to recharge the mobile panel. The wireless panel supports OPC-UA communication and includes a USB interface as standard. Optionally, an RFID reader can be integrated to authorize access levels for example.
Fully equipped, the HGW 1033 weighs 1,500 g including Safety elements and battery pack – it therefore fits light in hand compared to other handheld devices and thereby ensures low-fatigue operation.
On the grip unit located on the back, there are magnets that allow the HMI to be placed on the machine component without a mount – a practical added feature.

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