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Emerson helps companies improve earnings as much as 15 percent and achieve Top Quartile performance

As the oil and gas, petrochemical, refining and other manufacturing companies face mounting pressure to achieve improved financial results, Emerson has launched Operational Certainty™, a technology and engineering-based programme designed to help industrial companies achieve top performance and recover more than $1 trillion in operational losses globally.


Mike Train – Emerson Automation Solutions

Emerson is introducing new peer benchmarking insights to bring better perspective on best practices and technologies to achieve Top Quartile performance in the areas of safety, reliability, production and energy management. Top Quartile is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies.

The company is also launching a new Operational Certainty consulting practice plus expanded project execution methodologies and resources. Additionally, the company announces a new Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) digital ecosystem to provide the technology foundation for companies to securely implement Industrial IoT to achieve measurable business performance improvement.

“With a global contraction in capital spending, the industry is under tremendous pressure to hit financial targets with existing assets,” said Mike Train, executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions. “The key to setting and achieving new performance goals is first understanding what is possible given today’s technologies and which levers can deliver measurable, predicable results.” 

A few examples of Emerson’s findings:

•             In terms of safety, Top Quartile performers had one-third the number of safety incidents as compared to their average industry peers. 

•             In terms of asset reliability, Emerson found that Top Quartile performers spend half as much on maintenance compared with average performers and operate with an incremental 15 days of available production each year.

•             In the domain of production, Top Quartile manufacturers spent 20 percent less on production-related expenses as compared to average producers.

•             In the areas of energy and emissions, the top 25 percent of producers spent one-third as much as the industry average on energy costs and had 30 percent less CO2 emissions.

Despite years of operations improvement programmes, many producers are increasingly disappointed with nominal improvements achieved. Due to limited peer benchmarking and uncertainty about which approaches will yield the greatest improvements, companies are trapped by decades-old work practices that fail to take advantage of advanced digital technologies, resulting in stagnant financial performance. 

“Manufacturers are stuck in a ‘grind it out’ mindset, frozen in a paradox of needing dramatically better results yet being risk-averse to try new approaches,” said Train. “Companies lack the confidence in knowing which investment option will move the needle on financial performance.  Operational Certainty provides a clear roadmap.”

With its industry expertise, consulting services, comprehensive automation technologies portfolio and new Industrial IoT solutions, Emerson is able to help customers extract greater value from their investments and deliver measurable results to the bottom line.

“By helping customers leverage the best practices and strategies of Top Quartile performers, Emerson is able to help customers improve their earnings as much as 15 percent,” said Train.  “We know precisely what behaviours are delivering industry-leading performance and what is required for other companies to reach those levels.”

To aid customers in establishing a path to Top Quartile performance, Emerson starts with Operational Certainty Workshops, consultant-led sessions that help customers pinpoint their causes of poor performance, prioritise actions that can yield the greatest improvement and establish a scalable work plan for achieving those results. Customers interested in the Operational Certainty Workshop can learn more at Emerson’s website.

In 2015, Emerson first introduced the opportunity for Top Quartile performance in capital projects with Project Certainty, a commitment to help the industry address a crisis in poor capital project performance. Emerson reported industry data demonstrating that 65 percent of all projects over $1 billion fail to meet financial and schedule goals. The industry has responded, adopting new approaches and technologies to transform the way capital projects are designed, engineered and executed.

“Emerson introduced Project Certainty at precisely the right time, when the industry was desperately seeking new ideas for improving capital projects,” said Train. “We believe the same is now true for Operational Certainty. Customers are hungry for new ideas and proven ways to harness the power of Industrial IoT to make technology work in measurable, meaningful ways.”

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#HM16 Reliability recognised.


LtoR: Eugene Wojciechowski (Husky), Randy Auld (Husky), Andreas Baumüller (Baumüller), Stephan König (Husky), Roel Hoogveld (Husky)

Husky presented Baumüller an award as the supplier of the year 2015 in the category “Date & Delivery Reliability” at the Hannover Messe 2016. The drive specialist Baumüller with headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and the plastics machines manufacturer Husky, with headquarters in Canada, have already collaborated for many years. Baumüller supplies the machine manufacturer with motors, drive technology and accessories.

Thanks to the constant further development of its internal process flows, the automation provider Baumüller can satisfy its customers’ requirements to their full satisfaction. Husky therefore decided to award the honor to the drive manufacturer “in recognition of outstanding delivery performance“.

“We are very pleased by this award”, says Andreas Baumüller, Managing Partner of the Baumüller Group. “We see this is as a sign that constant optimization and innovations are paying off for our customers as well as for us.”

 #baumüller #PAuto
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#HM16 Memorandum of Understanding signed!

The OPC Foundation and CAN in Automation have agreed to collaborate in the development of specifications, white papers, guidelines and processes that provide the infrastructure necessary for the two organizations to promote system wide interoperability. Deliverables from the collaboration between the two organizations will benefit the members of both of the respective organizations in the pursuit of developing and achieving information integration across a multitude of domains.

OPC+CIAAt the Hannover Fair, Thomas J. Burke (left), President and Executive Director of the OPC Foundation and Holger Zeltwanger, CiA Managing Director, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both organizations agree to closely cooperate in the development and marketing of shared deliverables to foster interoperability.

“The OPC Foundation collaboration with CAN in Automation provides the infrastructure necessary to achieve information modeling of data from CAN technology enabled devices and networks and be able to leverage the power of OPC UA providing generic information integration and seamless communication between devices and applications from the embedded world to the cloud”, says Thomas J Burke. “CAN networks are used in many different application fields, inclusive of vehicles, industrial automation, building automation, healthcare and oil / gas. This closely aligns with the vision of OPC Foundation in the pursuit of domain independence and seamless interoperability across domains”.

“The intended mapping of OPC UA services to CANopen brings embedded and deeply embedded real-time networks to the factory-level communication systems,” says Holger Zeltwanger. “OPC UA servers can be implemented on CANopen host controllers, gateways, or other sophisticated CANopen devices.”

  • The OPC Foundation is a nonprofit international standards organization dedicated to providing the best specifications, technology, certification and process to achieve multivendor, multiplatform, secure reliable interoperability for moving data and information from the embedded world to the enterprise, inclusive of big data and cloud functionality. The OPC Foundation has developed the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) as the infrastructure and solution for the Internet of Things and is domain independent.
  • The CAN in Automation (CiA) international users’ and manufacturers’ group established in 1992 develops the internationally standardized CANopen® technology. This includes the CANopen and CANopen FD® application layer and communication profile specifications as well as the CiA® standardized CANopen device, application, and interface profiles. CiA also specifies application programming interfaces (API) as well as middleware-mappings to CANopen.
 @OPCFoundation #CAN #PAuto
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#HM16 Automation & Energy Management Solutions for Smart Factories & Green Buildings.

Delta  exhibited enhanced spectrum of automation and energy management solutions with leading energy efficiency for smart factories, green buildings, renewable energy systems, EV charging networks and more. Delta’s smart integrated factory solution featured “customer-centric” logistics management, real-time monitoring and management via the VidaGridTM internet cloud service. Their building automation solutions, Building Management and Control System and Delta Energy Online, recently installed at Delta’s Americas HQs (poised to become the 1st net-zero green building in Fremont, Ca., USA) were major highlights of their showcase along with the new 25kW Wallbox DC Quick EV Charger.


Their innovative, comprehensive and energy-efficient portfolio of solutions included:

  • Industrial Automation Solutions: Delta’s Integrated Factory Control Platform integrates the mid-range PLC AH500 Series as host controllers, the SCADA System DIAView and the industrial energy management system DIAEnergie for real-time manufacturing process monitoring. All data is managed by the Industrial PC IPC Series and preserved by the VidaGridTM internet cloud service for customers’ real-time management. This system architecture fosters higher productivity and flexibility in a wide range of manufacturing processes with its “customer-centric” logistics management approach.

Other automation solutions included the Multiple Water Pumps Control Solution and CNC solutions. The Multiple Water Pumps Control Solution is for applications in HVAC systems, water treatment and related fields. Delta demonstrated automation solutions for food packaging, energy saving for elevators and power quality.

Within the full range of AC motor drives, AC servo drives, PLCs, industrial PCs, machine vision solutions, HMIs, industrial Ethernet switches and smart sensors, the AS Series PLC, featuring a 32 bit SoC CPU, is able to control up to 8 axes via CANopen motion network or up to 6 axes via pulse control (200kHz). Their new compact drives, MH300 and MS300 Series, with up to 40% size reduction and built-in PLC, support open/closed loop control for both IM and PM motors.

  • Building Automation Solutions: The Building Management and Control System (BMCS) is an IP-based integrated and extensive platform for centralized management and distributed control of several systems with different protocols within building operations to improve efficiency and to reduce costs. Another solution for buildings is the Delta Energy Online, a web-based tool for energy monitoring and visual analytics as well as advanced energy consumption diagnostics that support strategic plans for energy savings in buildings. These solutions have recently been implemented at Delta’s headquarters for the Americas region, and currently support the building to become the 1st net-zero energy green building in Fremont, Ca., USA.
  • Battery Energy Storage Solutions: Delta’s latest lithium-ion battery modules are valid energy storage alternatives for a wide range of applications. The DBSHV50S high-voltage module, each with 2.59 kWh nominal energy, offers flexible configuration of systems from 48V to 900V and up to MWh-level capacity. These modules support functions such as peak shaving, time shifting and utility ancillary services in commercial and renewable energy storage applications. The DBS48V50P battery module is ideal for energy storage in 48V applications such as residential, telecom systems, data centres and even electric forklifts.
  • Renewable Energy Solutions: Their showcase at Hannover Messe 2016 featured wind power converter technology with leading 98% energy efficiency for electrical excited and permanent excited generators as well as converters for double fed induction generators for wind turbines up of to 6MW in 690V technology and of up to 10MW in medium voltage technology. For the solar PV industry, Delta offers a vast portfolio of single-phase and three-phase PV inverters from 3kVA to 55kVA capacity and a remarkable track record in PV installations across EMEA. Our PV inverters boast industry-leading energy conversion efficiency of up to 98.7%.
  • EV Charging Solutions: The brand-new 25kW Wallbox DC Quick EV Charger offers a lightweight structure and pluggable modular power system architecture for a meaningful reduction in installation and maintenance costs. Its simultaneous dual output boosts convenience as two EVs can be recharged at the same time without sacrificing charging speed. The system is ideal for commercial segments such as EV parking, fleet charging and even residential as it supports RFID and mobile app user access.
  • Datacentre Infrastructure Solutions & UPS: This year, Delta will exhibit energy-efficient UPS models for customers that require reliable power protection and energy savings in their IT operations. The 500kVA Ultron DPS series UPS, featuring IGBT topology to achieve industry-leading 96% AC-AC efficiency, low iTHD < 3% and high-input power factor > 0.99, is designed for green data centres mission as well as mission critical applications in the banking, healthcare, telecom and more. The Ultron HPH series with 20kVA to 120 kVA power rating, recently selected by a world-class German luxury auto manufacturer, also boasts IGBT topology, leading AC-AC efficiency of 96% and full power factor (kVA = kW).
  •   Telecom Network Energy Solutions: The Golden Eagle small cell power system for 4G networks – recent winner of the 2016 iF Design Award –, outdoor power systems integrating hybrid energy sources, solutions for remote power network monitoring and control and rectifiers with industry-leading energy efficiency of up to 97.5% are all a testament of Delta’s commitment to help customers realize substantial opex and energy savings and a lower carbon footprint from their telecom operations.
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#HM16 Battery management systems.

Scienlab presents its engineering services and products for the entire development chain of battery management systems (BMS) at Hannover Messe, Linear Technology Stand H23, Hall

bmsIn addition to its energy storage test system for characterization of cells, Scienlab will also present a BMS test environment for BMS development and validation, as well as newly developed Module Monitoring Electronics using Linear Technology’s LTC6804 multicell battery monitor.

The LTC6804 is a 3rd generation multicell battery stack monitor that measures up to 12 series-connected battery cells with a total measurement error of less than 1.2 mV. The cell measurement range of 0 V to 5 V makes the LTC6804 suitable for most battery chemistries. With six programmable 3rd order low pass filter settings, the LTC6804 data acquisition rate and noise reduction can be optimized for the application. In the fastest ADC mode, the LTC6804 can measure all 12 cells within 290 µs.

The BMS development at Scienlab is based on the proven V-model, which comprises the phases of design, implementation and testing.

BMS design
Alongside its own BMS, Scienlab also offers specific tailor-made solutions for customer applications. For this purpose, the company determines the necessary BMS functions taking into account the individual customer application, compliance with applicable standards and safety requirements. Specifications are then defined for development as well as the software and hardware.

Implementation of BMS software and hardware
Scienlab offers complete model-based software development including code generation in MATLAB/Simulink. This simplifies ideal parameterization of the BMS for the cells used, and thus ensures optimum capacity utilization and maximum durability of the connected cells.

Since the purely statistical values from the battery datasheet are not sufficient for optimum BMS design, cells are characterized with Scienlab’s energy storage test system in order to determine the required parameters. Non-linear effects are also included here, such as the interdependencies of temperature, current or state of charge.

For model-based development, Scienlab also has a model-based test environment. In this environment, the BMS software can be tested at very early stages of development with the aid of cell models and simulation of the other BMS peripheral devices (e.g., charger). Scienlab also realizes the corresponding BMS hardware for the specific customer application.

BMS validation with Scienlab test systems
The BMS is validated with the Scienlab BMS test environment. Using various emulators that simulate the cells, current and temperature sensors and insulation resistances, reproducible, safe and reliable BMS tests are carried out without the need for real components such as battery cells.

Interfaces with real-time capability permit fast data transfer (1 kHz) between the test systems and the hardware-in-the-loop system. The voltage measuring accuracy of up to ± 0.2 mV and current measuring accuracy of up to ± 2 µA ensure exact voltage and current adjustment and therefore optimum emulation of the cell characteristics. Highly dynamic bidirectional voltage sources permit voltage jumps in less than 80 µs.


#scienlab #PAuto @LinearTech

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#HM16 mini industrial computer wins coveted award.

The coveted HERMES AWARD has been won by Harting for the second time at this years Hannover Meße. The company beat four other competitors with its HARTING MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture), the company’s mini-industrial computer.

P_Harting_HermesThe family-owned company had previously picked up the prestigious prize in 2006 for an RFID solution. The Hermes prize is awarded by the Deutsche Messe.

“The HERMES AWARD is the world’s most important innovation prize for industry. We are very excited about this important victory. It highlights the innovative capacity of our engineers and developers”, explained Philip Harting, CEO of the technology group (right). The presentation of the nominated innovations and the award took place as part of the festive opening ceremony of the exhibition on Sunday in the presence of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama. The prize was presented by Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Minister of Education and Research.

The HARTING MICA (Modular Industry Computing Architecture), which was developed by subsidiary HARTING IT Software Development, is an open and modular platform that functions as a core component consisting of embedded hardware and software for Industrie 4.0. The jury was also impressed by the concept of lightweight virtualisation using LINUX containers, which the MICA achieves in a compact field device. The MICA provides existing machinery and systems with intelligence, making it possible to migrate existing factories towards Smart Factories. This in turn enables numerous SMEs to enter the world of Industrie 4.0.


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#HM16 Photoelectric sensors developed for US market.

In time for the Hannover Messe 2016 – and perfect for partner country USAPepperl+Fuchs introduces the new R103 series for the first time. It complements the successful new generation of compact photoelectric sensors already on the market, R100 and R101. The design of the new variant employs an assembly concept widespread in the USA with an M18 thread on the front. The R103 again combines the special benefits of future-oriented product architecture — including all photoelectric functional principles in identical housings as well as the new DuraBeam laser technology. Even IO-Link is fully integrated.

Unbenannt2.jpg_ico400The R103 delivers all the benefits of future-oriented product architecture, as already implemented by Pepperl+Fuchs in the R100 and R101 photoelectric sensors. Thru-beam sensors, retroreflective sensors, foreground suppression or for the detection of transparent objects, energetic triangulation sensors including with background suppression, and measuring photoelectric sensors and distance sensors — the entire range of potential sensor versions is incorporated into an identical housing.

The front M18 “nose” thread allows the sensor to be mounted directly through a perforated plate or through the side panel of the material handling module. The operating and visualization concept is also uniform: Sensitivity, switching threshold, and operating mode can be set using a multiturn potentiometer. Configuration of the switching type and Teach-in of the switch point occur via a push button. A uniform and pleasant look & feel for the operator is thus ensured for every R103 variant.

“Inside” innovations
All R103 sensors are optionally available with the innovative DuraBeam laser technology. This combines the advantages of the PowerBeam LED from Pepperl+Fuchs with the strengths of conventional laser diodes. The results of this combination include optimized detection performance for larger operating distances and operating reserves, highly precise switching characteristics, improved energy efficiency and a longer service life. The Multi Pixel Technology (MPT) developed by Pepperl+Fuchs and an innovative photoelectric ASIC also allow a highly precise and reliable distance measurement in near range applications.

Fit for the “Smart Factory”
Finally, all sensor variants have IO-Link as standard and are thus well equipped for communication capability in the upper fieldbus levels. Whether it is used for parameterization, for diagnostics, or for maintenance tasks, IO-Link enables all R103 sensors in the field of a Smart Factory to communicate from the control level. This communication can also take place wirelessly via smartphone or tablet PC, using SmartBridge® technology from Pepperl+Fuchs. For integration into existing automation environments, all R103 sensors are optionally available with an M8 connector plug, M8 or M12 pigtail, and a cable outlet.

• Pepperl+Fuchs are represented in Ireland by Insteco.

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