#HM17 Softing providing direct access to Siemens controllers.

Softing will be presenting a new version of its dataFEED OPC Suite at Hannover Messe. End users will be offered a whole series of new functions intended to help save time and costs while ensuring error-free system integration.

dataFEED_OPC_Suite_block_access_cmyk_300dpi_EN.jpg_ico500The most important new feature in the dataFEED OPC Suite is the possibility of using direct data access with “optimized block access” in Siemens controllers. Users also gain direct symbolic data access to Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 and S7-1500 controllers.

As a second new feature, dataFEED OPC Suite now also supports the Siemens S7-2 protocol, which enables symbol information to be read directly from the controller. The symbol import or time-consuming manual data point configuration previously required is no longer needed. OPC client applications also receive information about symbolic addressing via the OPC server or OPC UA server integrated into the dataFEED OPC Suite. As a result, data points for the respective data blocks can now be accessed using symbolic names.

Last but not least, there is also a new version of the dataFEED Exporter, which can be used for the direct export of symbols from a Siemens TIA Portal V14 project and their subsequent import into the OPC Suite. Apart from current Siemens controllers, dataFEED Exporter 1.10 also supports older controller types such as the SIMATIC S7-300/-400.

Andreas Roeck, Product Manager at Softing Industrial: “With the new version of the dataFEED OPC Suite and dataFEED Exporter, our customers now have an easy-to-use, integrated solution for high-performance access to the complete family of Siemens SIMATIC S7 controllers. This makes data integration simple and reliable for a wide range of applications – even in complex systems.”

Softing’s dataFEED OPC Suite combines a full package of components for OPC and IoT cloud communication within a single product. The integrated MQTT gateway enables easy integration of legacy and new controllers into IoT cloud solutions such as Microsoft Azure or IBM Bluemix. A state-of-the-art user interface with intelligent, practice-oriented default settings and intuitive user guidance gives system engineers and end customers a quick, straightforward and future-proof approach to implementing data integration solutions with datafeed OPC Suite.

Visit Softing Industrial at Hannover Messe, April 24 to 28, 2017, Hall 8, Stand E20.

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#HM17 Baumüller presents networked automation solutions.

Baumüller will be displaying its exhibits in line with the guiding theme of the trade fair “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” at Hannover from April 24-28, 2017 (Hall 14). The visitors will experience the added value of Industry 4.0 solutions based on numerous features for smart production: from an integrated system for predictive maintenance to the web-capable visualization for quick commissioning and flexible adaptations in the production process.

baumueller_hm17Produce flexibly thanks to maximum networking
Two networked material handling and robot systems at the trade fair stand will show how production is optimized through networking. The palletizing process of the 3-axle material handling system and the welding of the robot occurs in one process. The communication occurs via a Euromap 67 interface. Both systems are complete solutions from Baumüller, from the control software to the drive. Baumüller thus shows how machine modules can be optimally automated for the production process and also flexibly automated depending on the application. The individual modules can easily be combined to form complete machines and systems or also integrated into new or existing systems.

In the system area, the focus is on component developments as well as innovations in software and visualization. Standardized databases, a wide range of field buses and open interfaces are the basis for flexible and efficient communication and networking. With the software modules from Baumüller, mechanical engineers and machine users benefit from pre-programmed comprehensive features, which simplify the commissioning of Baumüller considerably and thus help achieve a faster time-to-market and high level of error security. The modules can easily be incorporated in the programming interface of the respective control unit so that there is not any additional programming work.

Visitors can convince themselves of the intuitive operation of the Baumüller visualization and the advantages of web capability directly at the exhibits. The user can then conveniently access the visualization of the production data on a smartphone or tablet whenever needed.

In the service area, Baumüller offers networking via sensor-based machine monitoring that can be coupled by machinery manufacturers or users with different service models. The condition monitoring system improves the availability of machines and reduces the costs for service and maintenance. This solution is also presented at the trade fair booth as part of the overall package.

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#HM17 “HARTING@Hannover Messe: a strong connection for 70 years”

“Ice cream, bananas and cake!”

An impressive anniversary will be celebrated at this year’s Hannover Messe (24 April to 28 April 2017, Hall 11, Stand C15). Long since the world’s biggest industry trade show, Hannover Messe will be exactly 70 years old this year. And the Harting Technology Group has good reason to join the celebrations, too: this family owned and family managed company is among the handful of exhibitors who have made the journey to the capital of Lower Saxony every single year since 1947. Hanover is highly significant to Harting for many different reasons.

The company’s attendance at this year’s fair comes under the banner “HARTING@Hannover Messe: a strong connection for 70 years”. The Group sees itself as a pioneering force for digital transformation, offering yet more innovative Integrated Industry products and solutions this year, too. “Integrated Industry creates value. At this year’s Hannover Messe, we will be demonstrating how Harting products and solutions can make a real contribution to delivering increased customer benefit”, says CEO Philip Harting.

How the partnership began in 1947


Hannover 1947

Back then, company founder Wilhelm Harting was not to know that, by 2017, his grandchildren Philip and Maresa Harting would be the head of a Technology Group employing 4,300 people – the third generation taking the company forward since1945.

When “Wilhelm Harting Mechanische Werkstätten” opened 1945 its doors in Minden, Wilhelm Harting was on the lookout for customers for his new business – initially successful for its electric fences, hotplates, energy-saving lights and irons. “He was looking to strike up a relationship with new customers”, remembers Dietmar Harting, who went along his father and with his brother Jürgen when they were children. Both boys found the “Export Messe” really exciting. “There was ice cream, bananas and cake”, says Dietmar Harting.

The first fair in the summer of 1947 lasted 21 days and was open exclusively to German exhibitors. Around 1,300 companies attended the event in Hanover, which attracted 736,000 visitors and generated export contracts to the tune of nearly 32 million US dollars. Because there were only 180 hotel rooms available, over 10,000 visitors had to stay in private accommodation.


Hannover 2016

As it attended more fairs over the next few years, Harting demonstrated its entrepreneurial vision and feel for technology trends and the needs of customers and markets. The following decade was marked by the production of medical apparatus, tape recorders and jukeboxes. The Han® connector patented in 1956 and the new types of connector that followed marked the beginning of a huge success story, attracting lots of attention to Harting at the fair and confirming its market position. The production of modern cigarette vending machines also made a significant contribution to constantly rising sales. The end of the 1970s marked a new era, with the introduction of internationalisation – the first step towards becoming a global company.

Coming in April, Hannover Messe has been the most important date in the Harting trade fair diary for seven decades now. With a main stand covering 1,600m² and as a partner on several shared stands – as ever –Harting continues to stake its claim as a highly innovative technology company. With complete hardware and software solutions for all applications in the field of industrial connection technology, the company has also developed into a solution provider for Integrated Industry (Industrie 4.0).

Commitment and Recognition
Harting’s commitment to the fair is not limited to its physical presence in the line-up, however. Its strong sense of belonging is also evidenced by Dietmar Harting’s long-term role as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Hannover Messe and the Construction and Investment Committee of Deutsche Messe AG Hannover, his work with the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Messe AG and, since 2002, his role as its Vice Chairman. Dietmar Harting was awarded the Lower Saxony Service Medal (2004) and the Trade Fair Honorary Gold Medal (2006) for his far-reaching commitment.

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#ISAuto An invitation for Automation Professionals.

“Make it part of your annual professional development plans to attend an ISA Technical Division Symposium, “ thus states a recent communique from the International Society of Automation (ISA).

isa_div_sympCheck out the dates and locations below for their upcoming  industry-specific events or download their 2017 events flyer! All these events are scheduled at various venues in the United States.

• Analysis Division Symposium (AD) 23–27 April 2017, Pasadena, CA

• Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division Symposium (FPID) 16–17 May 2017, Boston, MA

• Leak Detection and Repair-Fugitive Emissions Symposium (LDAR) 20–22 June 2017, Galveston, TX

• Power Industry Division Symposium (POWID) 26–29 June 2017, Cleveland, OH

• Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium (WWAC) 8–10 August 2017, Orlando, FL

• Process Control and Safety Symposium and Exhibition (PCS) and International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) 6–9 November 2017, Houston, TX

Missed one of ISA’s 2016 division symposia events? Proceedings from all 2016 offerings are now available as downloadable products. These compilations of expert presentations serve as an insightful resource related to the valuable expert content provided as part of these industry-specific events.

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#EmrEX Cloud-based IIoT solutions #EMrNA16

Emerson is working with Microsoft to help industrial manufacturers realise the business impact and value of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) with Emerson’s recently announced Plantweb digital ecosystem and Connected Services, powered by the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite.


Lots of interest at Peter Zornio’s IIoT sessions at EmrEX in Austin (Pic: Jim Cahill)

Plantweb, the most comprehensive and integrated Industrial IoT platform in the industry, supports Emerson’s vision to help customers leverage data, technologies and best practices to improve reliability, safety, energy management and overall operational performance across the enterprise. 


Extending a more than two-decade relationship, Emerson is also broadly adopting Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT technology, both in its DeltaV™ and Ovation™ control systems and in data gateways, for local data processing and to serve data to Azure IoT Suite. Emerson chose Microsoft to power its Industrial IoT applications for its comprehensive offerings that span the intelligent edge with Windows and the intelligent cloud with Azure.

The Azure IoT Suite provides Emerson with a scalable and secure cloud application environment as part of its Plantweb digital ecosystem. Plantweb provides the technology and service framework for Emerson’s Operational Certainty programme, a strategic approach to help customers break free from stagnant financial performance through adoption of industry best practices and advanced technologies.

Oil and gas, refining, petrochemical and other companies can now leverage their existing investments in instrumentation sensors and communication infrastructure to power new applications to improve reliability, energy management and safety. Today’s new offerings mark an important step in Emerson’s vision to provide its customers those applications deployed as Industrial IoT services, without the need for in-house domain experts. 

“Emerson and Microsoft have a long-standing relationship to deliver sensor-driven distributed applications to run plant processes safely and reliably,” says Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer, Emerson Automation Solutions. “By integrating Microsoft IoT offerings, including cloud-based Azure IoT Suite and smart device-driven Windows 10 IoT, we are excited to expand the Emerson Plantweb digital ecosystem to cloud applications that can also be delivered in a turnkey ‘connected service’ model for the entire enterprise.”

 Sam George, Microsoft partner director, Azure IoT said, “Emerson has a laser focus on helping their customers achieve their highest performance and their offerings are a great example of the transformational power of IoT. Our proven success with the Azure IoT Suite and Windows 10 IoT in industrial applications provides the flexible, secure environment industrial manufacturers need to confidently adopt Industrial IoT.”

This combination of Emerson application expertise, hosted on Microsoft Azure, will provide a compelling suite of Industrial IoT applications to expand digital intelligence to the entire manufacturing enterprise. These applications will be easily and quickly deployable and have immediately quantifiable business benefits for industrial manufacturers looking for better operational performance.

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#EMrex Harnessing IIoT for Operational Certainty. #EMrNA16

Leveraging decades of digital automation expertise, Emerson has introduced the expanded Plantweb digital ecosystem, a scalable portfolio of standards-based hardware, software, intelligent devices and services for securely implementing the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) with measurable business performance improvement.


Peter Zornio presents (Pic @MNTrain twitter)

Plantweb becomes the most comprehensive and integrated Industrial IoT portfolio in the industry. In addition to highly secure process control, safety and asset management systems, Plantweb now supports enterprise-wide operations with an expanded portfolio of Pervasive Sensing field instruments, the Secure First Mile family of software, gateways, security devices and services, the Plantweb InsightTM and Plantweb AdvisorTM scalable suite of software applications, the AMS ARESTM Platform, and Microsoft-enabled, cloud-based remote expert Connected Services.

First introduced as the industry’s most advanced process control and safety network, Plantweb now harnesses the power of Industrial IoT to expand digital intelligence to the entire manufacturing enterprise, while also providing an architecture for on-premise applications. Plantweb provides a comprehensive framework to help manufacturers achieve Top Quartile performance in the areas of safety, reliability, production and energy. Top Quartile is defined as achieving operations and capital performance in the top 25 percent of peer companies.

“In 1997, Emerson revolutionised the automation landscape with Plantweb, the first field-based digital plant architecture,” said Peter Zornio, chief strategic officer, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Now, we are doing it again by harnessing the power of Industrial IoT to give customers the technology foundation for Operational Certainty.”

Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem includes several new products, services and partner-enabled solutions:

• Pervasive Sensing: Expanding the industry’s largest portfolio of measurement and analytical technologies, Emerson is introducing a non-intrusive temperature sensor, as well as new sensing technologies in the area of corrosion detection, medium voltage electrical protection, and hazardous gas leak detection, among others.

• Secure First Mile: Getting the right data to the right people can improve operational performance, but with increased connectivity comes increased risk – especially during the `first mile’ when data is moved from the plant floor onto the internet to power IT and cloud-based applications. Emerson’s Secure First Mile is a set of architectural approaches and designs that allow customers to selectively connect highly secure data from protected control and operation systems (OT) to operational performance applications in the cloud environment (IT).  The portfolio, which includes a family of security services and robust, secure and flexible servers, gateways, and data diodes, ensures experts gain immediate access to the information they need, whether on premise, in a private company cloud network or to a third-party service provider.

Plantweb InsightSoftware: A comprehensive, lightweight portfolio of IT-friendly applications with analytics for monitoring asset health. Plantweb Insight applications can run independently of existing business systems and distributed control systems (DCS) and provide a simple yet powerful entry point to Industrial IoT. These applications are perfect for proving an Industrial IoT strategy and gaining quantifiable business impact. Plantweb Insight applications can be deployed as a single asset class and scale to a wide range of assets, each with low entry cost and simplified set up. Virtual machine-based deployment makes Plantweb Insight a low IT requirement application.

• Plantweb Advisor Software: A robust suite of integrated analytical expert applications for asset health, performance modelling and facility-wide energy optimisation. Health Advisor, Performance Advisor and Energy Advisor applications are scalable to thousands of assets across multiple facilities for enterprise-wide equipment and energy analytics. Plantweb Advisor applications can be run on premise, in a private company cloud network or through a third-party cloud services arrangement. The widely adopted OSIsoft PI System’s highly scalable open data infrastructure is used as a platform for these applications. Plantweb Advisor suite applications are an easy migration and extension of investment in the Plantweb Insight applications when users seek a more advanced, integrated analytical environment.

•  AMS ARES Platform: An easy-to-deploy software asset management platform that aggregates the health of assets from multiple business systems, and pushes this data to relevant plant personnel depending on their roles and responsibility, either on desktop or mobile device. (see also 

• Always Mobile: Enabling the mobile professional access to role-based tools, analytics and dashboards anywhere, anytime, Emerson extends the reach of Plantweb by adding mobility to the AMS and DeltaV™ process automation platforms. Experts can now have secure, mobile access to the information needed to perform their jobs, regardless of where they are. The DeltaV Mobile application allows users to securely and remotely monitor their process and receive notifications on user-selected process alarms. The AMS Trex™ Device Communicator provides maintenance technicians with a consumer-quality user experience in a rugged tool built to withstand harsh industrial environments in order to isolate and repair problems without interrupting production. AMS Asset View’s persona-based alert system ensures that reliability personnel receive the important and relevant alerts needed to ensure asset health critical to production.

•  Connected Services: An Industrial IoT-enabled cloud services offering for real-time monitoring of important assets’ health, energy consumption and other operational applications. Emerson experts constantly monitor and report on asset and operational performance, prioritised repair and asset trending. The service is highly scalable, leverages existing technology investments and utilises advanced security capabilities of Emerson and Microsoft.

• Microsoft Azure and IoT Cloud:  Emerson has standardised on the cloud-based Microsoft Azure IoT Suite to enable Connected Services, expanding the Plantweb digital ecosystem to provide a secure, flexible platform for private cloud networks and third-party cloud service relationships.

According to research conducted by Industry Week, only five percent of industrial manufacturers have a comprehensive Industrial IoT strategy, while more than 50 percent see improved business performance as a reason to invest in Industrial IoT technologies.

“We have heard from customers and industry analysts alike that there is a paradox creating gridlock for customers today,” continued Zornio. “Market volatility is driving a cautious, ‘grind it out’ mentality, yet company operating performance goals demand new, transformational thinking and action. Technology is offering a vast set of new options, yet customers are left wondering how and where to begin this digital transformation.”

Emerson’s recently announced Operational Certainty program provides a clear business case for Industrial IoT investment, with an emphasis on targeting specific business challenges and achieving measurable success with limited effort or investments. As business impact is achieved, customers can then scale their adoption based on project return on investment.

“There is a lot of talk about the promise of Industrial IoT,” said Zornio. “Emerson is delivering that promise today with a compelling, flexible business case in Operational Certainty and the most robust, scalable technology and service platform with the Plantweb digital ecosystem. Emerson is putting the ROI in IoT.”

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#EMrex New Platform shifts toward delivering actionable insight. #EMrNA16

The AMS ARES™ Platform, introduced byEmerson, is designed to prioritise and deliver asset and device health data, enabling maintenance decisions that increase operational and asset availability. Anywhere and anytime, users can securely access and share key data, with asset health summaries available on traditional desktop PCs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets−inside or outside the plant.

pc_tab_phone_screenThe introduction of this Platform represents an evolution toward a new, modern portfolio of AMS technologies and services, focused on providing digital intelligence and tools to help customers operate their plants and assets more effectively. Part of Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem, the AMS ARES Platform gathers data from multiple sensing technologies, and provides a holistic view of the current health status of plant assets. 

Persona-based access to information ensures the right personnel have instant access to clear health overviews of assets that are relevant to their plant responsibility. A streamlined dashboard and embedded tools for assigning prioritisation based on criticality allow users to determine quickly the urgency of an issue, facilitating faster workflows to increase plant performance.

“Plant personnel need to know the health of their assets in relevant time to when they need it,” said Duncan Schleiss, vice president of business development, Emerson Automation Solutions. “Emerson is committed to delivering solutions that provide information to those that can fix problems before they become production issues. By providing a secure, flexible and easy to deploy platform that communicates with many types of assets, asset health is published and available to all with minimal effort and in relevant time.”

The AMS ARES Platform marks a measurable shift away from managing data and toward delivering actionable insight. More asset visibility doesn’t have to mean slogging through more data. The AMS ARES Platform delivers information based on responsibility so that each person sees only pertinent data.

Designed as a platform to evolve with process industry evolutions, the AMS ARES Platform takes advantage of the OPC UA open architecture. Giving users the potential for HMI and historian connectivity and access to business intelligence and reporting tools, the AMS ARES Platform can make asset health truly part of the business dashboard.

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