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A method for caring for cables will be discussed. pg 38


Finding better ways to recycle waste by using it for energy are being discovered. pg 50

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Sebastian Lim CH, Business Development Manager of Keysight Services Solutions Group for SouthEast Asia (SEA) region, and Yong En Haur, Metrologist from Keysight Services Solutions Group, discussed Keysight’s growing focus on Calibration and Repair Services in SEA region.

Q: We are seeing Keysight Technologies transforming from a hardware-centric to a solutions-centric company, with a growing focus on Services solutions. What drives this change and why is it important? Sebastian Lim: As products continue to evolve towards greater complexity with shorter time-to-market, electronic engineers need a more holistic integrated solution to overcome their increasingly challenging measurement problems. The test and measurement industry is transitioning from the mindset and culture of a hardwarecentric ‘box’, to solutions-centric ‘application’. Aligning with this shift, Keysight initiated the transformation to focus on solutions and applications to better address specific customer needs. This is vital as we are committed to ensure engineers have the right instrument solution when they need it. The solutions are going to be more and more enabled through software, with measurement science delivered through our services. Our broad portfolio of Services offerings help customers manage test instruments across the instruments’ lifecycles - calibration, repair, technology refresh, asset management, consulting, training and product purchase alternatives. We want to help customers find new ways to maximise their asset usage, streamline their engineering operations, and achieve lower costs. This offers a superior customer experience and subsequently increases customer satisfaction. Keysight Services assemble an industry-leading array of people, processes, and tools focused on helping customers implement new technologies and engineer improved processes that lower costs. It basically helps to bring breakthrough ideas to market faster, keep the line moving error-free, manage test equipment maintenance and compliance, strengthen measurement science expertise within customer’s workforce, and reduce cost throughout the entire instrument’s life cycle. Keysight’s success is driven by the perpetual evolution of electronic

technology and by our capability to enable customers to make breakthroughs in this challenging environment. Q: Why is Keysight calibration different from other calibration providers? Yong En Haur: We can view Keysight calibration’s differentiators from 3 key areas - Measurement Confidence, Fast and Professional Service, as well as Shared Expertise that lowers the Cost of Ownership. First, Keysight offers confident calibration with better measurement uncertainty to ensure the conformance of the instruments specifications. We calibrate the instrument performance corresponding to all data-sheeted specifications, for all installed options, every time. If the instrument is observed to be out-of-specification, we are able to perform adjustments and repairs in-house, and restore the equipment back to original performance. If the instrument passes all tests, the process is concluded: The instrument is within specification and customers can use it with confidence. This lowers customer’s risk of making incorrect measurements or shipping faulty products which may lead to tremendous adverse consequences. Let me give you a practical example. One of our customers shared its first-hand

experience with a third-party calibration provider. Customer found out several key specifications either couldn’t be tested or weren’t being tested by the third-party calibration provider. Consequently, the customer’s technical staff performed additional audits that revealed more problems. In the aftermath, the customer switched to Keysight as its calibration provider. As the original equipment manufacturer, Keysight is able to test more parameters and more points, and perform adjustments that bring out-of-alignment instruments back into specification. As a result, the customer is now receiving calibration services that meet or exceed the level of quality it expects in its test systems and end products.

Q: What does Keysight services offer to help accelerate technology adoption, in view of the current electronic test & measurement mega industry trends, such as 5G Wireless, IoT, Connected Car, Industry 4.0? Sebastian Lim: Let’s look at the challenges faced by businesses in these industry trends and I’ll share how Keysight services solutions meet their needs. Connected autonomous car is something not far from us now. The challenge here is the requirement to meet strict safety and quality regulations, which needs accurate measurements between design and manufacturing teams to reduce risk of false passes and false failures. In this area, Keysight measures the performance of every warranted specification, every installed option, every time, which is traceable to national metrology institute

and we offer accredited calibration to ISO/ IEC 17025 with 17 accreditation bodies in 19 countries. Customers can therefore improve occupant safety and ensure reliable communications with peak-performing systems, and produce trusted test results around the world with our consistent automated calibration procedures. For wireless manufacturing and IoT, the challenge is to accelerate new technology adoption and to maximise uptime. Keysight offers on-site calibration to reduce downtime to hours with planned service to customer’s schedule. We also have on-site resident professionals to maximise uptime with a fulltime Keysight professional technician and automated electronic test equipment at customer’s site. What’s more, with our multivendor one source solutions, businesses can reduce complexity with one point of accountability and one service-vendor relationship, and lower ongoing costs by achieving economies of scale with one vendor. To transition affordably to nextgeneration technologies, customers can stay competitive by upgrading the functionality of their existing test assets, and make a seamless transition when they’re ready to migrate to Keysight new or Premium Used / refurbished instruments. Keysight Services is committed to help customers to accelerate technology adoption and lower costs.

the capability to calibrate Keysight and non-Keysight instruments, including spectrum analysers (up to microwave range), function generators, low frequency sources, Source Measure Units (SMUs), oscilloscopes up to 13 GHz, power meters, power supplies, loads, LCR meters, digital multimeters, and counters. The scope of capability for this service includes a broad range of electrical and radio frequency / microwave calibration. This move demonstrates Keysight’s commitment to offer our customers in Malaysia a rapidly expanding spectrum of high-quality support services covering their broad range of assets, in order to bring the best-in-class customer experience to customers. We will continue to expand our services and coverage based on our customers’ needs.

Q: Can you tell me more about the newly set up local calibration centre in Malaysia, what are the benefits to local customers? Yong En Haur: This is Keysight’s second service centre in Malaysia after Penang. The purpose of setting up this new local calibration centre in Selangor is to provide better proximity to serve and reach out to customers in this region. Customers can benefit from our one-stop service solutions for a wide range of instrument inventories with fast turnaround time. We found that there is a need for a high-quality calibration solution provider to service customers in the Malaysia central and southern regions. The addition of the experienced service team in Selangor further enhances our industry-leading, flexible service solutions to help customers achieve their business goals. The Selangor Service Centre officially commenced operations on May 3, 2016. It features a state-of-the-art calibration laboratory that provides factory adjustment and a full suite of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tests that covers all test points for all specifications. The lab has

Q: What’s your strategy for customer outreach in Southeast Asian region? Sebastian Lim: We offer complimentary Services On-site Seminars to our customers as an Asia-wide initiative to increase customer awareness and preference for Keysight’s expanding Services portfolio. Customers learned about Keysight’s Services portfolio, calibration’s impact on business performance, and technical differences between calibration services. Presentations were delivered by Keysight experts. Customers’ feedback was very positive and they were impressed by the depth of Keysight’s expertise as well as the breadth of our Services portfolio. Events like this demonstrate why Keysight is the leading services provider in the industry, highlighting our significant differentiators. Those who are interested to participate in our Services on-site seminars are encouraged to contact our Marketing Program Manager for South Asia Pacific region, Cheng See See at see-see. Engage with our experts today and feel confident in your measurements with a Keysight Services plan that fits your budget and schedule.


Keysight metrologists who guide standards boards and develop the Measurement Uncertainty (MU) calculations,ensure our measurement uncertainties are complete and low. Lower measurement uncertainty is synonymous with higher measurement accuracy and measurement result validity. Keysight MUs are often comparable or just below what is available from national metrology institutes. Ours have been audited by the major accreditation bodies and the proof is in our Scopes of Accreditation. Second, Keysight’s fast and professional calibration service minimises downtime as a result of our automated calibration procedures that speed up the service. Our Volume On-Site Calibration (VOSCAL) service brings Keysight calibration equipment and expertise to customer’s site, reduces downtime to hours instead of days, with equipment removed only for the time it takes to calibrate. We also offer multivendor calibration as a one source solution for Keysight and non-Keysight test equipment A single calibration solution for all electrical, radio frequency, physical, dimensional, thermodynamic and optical instruments. Third, Keysight has more than 30 service centres around the globe to provide shared expertise and consistent quality of calibration worldwide. This improves test results correlation across global teams and through design-chain with consistently calibrated test equipment. Customers can also benefit from our valuable extras, such as the latest service notes and firmware, cleaning and lubrication – proven to reduce equipment failures and out-of-tolerance conditions. This subsequently lowers the cost of ownership.


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Caring For Cables


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Physical Infrastructure For A Resilient Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture

Cables can degrade if they are not maintained and properly cared for. Cable carriers are designed to guide and protect cables and hoses on moving machinery, ultimately extending the cables life. By Joe Ciringione, Igus

While in recent years the M12 connectors had only been used for connections on the sensor-actuator level the range of applications meanwhile has extended itself to data transfer and power supply. By Rolf Kunath, Franz Binder




Automation Of Thai Manufacturing Offers A Bright Future

Physical infrastructure deployment for Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) using best practices and a building block approach will be discussed. By Andy Banathy, Panduit

As factories are becoming increasingly automated, robotic solutions are finding usage across the full spectrum of applications. Robots are increasingly being designed to collaborate effectively with their human counterparts that is seen as vital for their continued growth across sectors. By Shermine Gotfredsen, Universal Robots


Safety Solutions For Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration

Will robots replace humans? This is a question often asked, but many companies are focusing more on collaboration instead. Designing them to help humans and not necessarily replace them. By Fanny Platbrood, Sick



IoT In The Process Sector

The Internet of Things is a relatively new phase, but the implications are huge for many industries. More data from an exponential increase in sensors means a much increased optimised plant or process, reducing costs, whilst increasing safety and performance. By Mark Johnston




On The Fast Road To Success

A combination of Vega sensors secures production in one of Europe's most modern production facilities for motor and industrial oils. By Dipl.-Ing. Sabine MĂźhlenkamp, specialised journalist for chemistry and technology



The Rising Trend of Biomass and Biogas In Asia

Companies have been finding new value to waste materials, using them to generate clean energy via biomass. By Jonathan Chou


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IOT IN THE PROCESS SECTOR IoT is transforming many industries. The process sector is no exception. pg 34


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The Importance Of Material Choice And Smart Materials

IAA interviewed Voo Chung Mong from Mitsubishi Electric Asia on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is impacting the company's business. By Mark Johnston

Material choice plays a pivotal role in manufacturing. Smart Materials go one step further by adding intelligence to these materials. Such materials act to increase productivity and improve safety within production facilities.


Avoiding The Blue Screen Of Death: Welcome To A New Generation Of CAD Reliability

Operating software in the cloud has many advantages. Reliability and redundancy are a couple. CAD is taking a similar approach, launching cloud-based solutions. By Dave Corcoran, Onshape


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KEEPING SAFE IN A VOLATILE MARKET The structured cabling market is on an upward trend with the global market expected to grow to US$13.13 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 9 percent between 2015 and 2020. This according to a new market research report ‘Structured Cabling Market by Solution Type (Products, Services and Software), Vertical (IT & Telecommunication, Residential & Commercial, Government & Education, Transportation, Industrial and Others) and geography - Global forecast to 2020’. Much of this growth can be attributed to global technology trends in regards to IoT and cloud computing, and a need for increased speed and connectivity. More data centres are being built requiring an increasing amount of cables, as well as a continued expansion of communication infrastructure across the globe. What is expected to drive the future market is the growth of LED lighting systems, as well as the shift from analogue to IP-based video surveillance systems. In many ways the trends enabling growth in the structural cabling market are also enabling other sectors, such as robotics. The common denominator is data. With trends such as IoT causing an exponential increase in data, which requires more data centres and thus cabling. In regards to robotics, as they become more intelligence more of the heavy computing will be done in the cloud, in a remote data centre, rather than being encased locally within the machine. This greatly increases to decision making capability of the robot. A recent trend within the robotics sector is collaboration. Whilst some worry that robots will replace humans, it does not have to be so. Trends, especially in Europe are more towards collaboration. They are being designed to work alongside humans in a safe and productive way. This collaboration could be helping a human lift objects that usually would be beyond their capacity to lift. They can also be used in dangerous situations where humans cannot. We cover the robotics sector in this issue, as well as industrial cabling, together with topics on automotive, sensor technologies, and trends in biomass. As always, if you have any questions on industrial automation or suggestions for future issues, do not hesitate to make contact with the Industrial Automation Asia team.

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Epson’s Continued Growth In Southeast Asia A Result Of Focus On Business Sectors

Automation Industry Top News at a glance

UPS First Global Logistics Integrator To Launch On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network In Asia UPS said its partner Fast Radius will open a 3D printing factory in a UPS facility in Singapore by the end of this year.

Epicor Warns Developed Markets A Lack Of Technology Infrastructure Investment Could Hinder Growth Businesses operating in developed markets risk falling behind businesses in emerging markets that are placing greater importance on leveraging technology to fuel growth.

Fluke Acquires eMaint Enterprises Fluke has acquired eMaint Enterprises, a Computerised Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) company.

Schaeffler And IBM Enter Strategic Partnership The global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has chosen IBM as its strategic partner for its digital transformation.


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Singapore: Epson’s growth within Southeast Asia continues to strengthen as it focuses on growing its corporate and industrial business, and as it emerges as a technology company driven by its core technologies. It has shown consistent revenue growth over recent years as it drives expansion within the business segment, with nine percent growth across the region in FY15 in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines, with positive growth over the past five years. In the mid-term, we expect

to continue a double-digit growth trend. The company will continue to focus on its four key areas of innovation to drive growth — Inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Announced earlier this year, the company’s 25 year vision aims to create a new connected age of people, things and information with efficient, compact and precision technologies. It provides the technology direction for the company and is the next step in its growth as a technology company worldwide.

Universal Robots Now Certified For Applications In Cleanroom Environments Singapore: Universal Robots’ lightweight collaborative robot arms can now be implemented in controlled environments: After successful tests in accordance with VDI 2083 Part 9.1, the international industrial guideline concerning the various functions and measures of cleanroom technologies, the robot arms and the accompanying controller boxes made by the Danish pioneer in human-robot collaboration have been awarded the certification for cleanroom applications by the international certification organisation TÜV SÜD. In compliance with the industrial norm ISO 14644-1, the robots UR3, UR5 and UR10 are now authorised for the global use in cleanroom environments of the cleanroom class ISO 5. The controller box, in turn, has received authorisation for cleanroom class ISO 6. The controller box may be upgraded for deployment in cleanrooms requiring the class ISO 5 with a few technical modifications. In the Federal Standard 209E, often referenced in the USA, ISO 5 and ISO 6 are the equivalent of class 100 and class 1000 respectively. TÜV SÜD’s test seals for Universal Robots’ robotic arms and controller boxes now allow the deployment of UR robots in areas where aspects regarding purity and hygiene — such as particle emission, easy-to-clean surfaces and extreme reliability — are decisive criteria for precise automation processes.

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Software AG Makes Key Leadership Appointments In Asia Pacific

Singapore: Software AG has announced the appointment of Mike Slater as Chief Operating Officer for Software AG’s Asia Pacific and Japan region and the promotion of Anneliese Schulz in the new role of VP of Software AG’s Asia region. In their new roles, they will be responsible for managing and strengthening the company’s operations and business initiatives in their respective regions. These new leadership appointments aim to help the company capitalise on the tremendous opportunities across Asia Pacific with the trend towards digitalisation.

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MaryAnn Wright And Tracy Accardi Elected To Maxim’s Board Of Directors Singapore: Maxim Integrated Products has announced it has elected MaryAnn Wright and Tracy Accardi to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. With these two appointments, the size of Maxim’s Board increased from seven to nine directors. Ms Wright serves as group VP, technology and industry relations at Johnson Controls. During her nine-year tenure with the company, she has served in several leadership roles focused on R&D, engineering and product development. Before joining Johnson Controls, Ms Wright was executive VP of Engineering, Product Development, Commercial and Program Management at Collins & Aikman Corporation from 2006-2007. Ms Accardi has served as VP of Global Research and Development, Breast and Skeletal Health Solutions at Hologic since 2014, where she leads development of screening, diagnostic and biopsy systems for the detection and treatment of breast cancer. Previously, Ms Accardi was CTO at Omniguide Surgical from 2012 to 2014, and Executive Consultant at Mednest Consulting from 2011 to 2012, after having held senior research and development positions at Covidien from 2007 to 2011, Johnson & Johnson Company from 2003 to 2007, and Philips Medical Systems from 2001 to 2003.


The cyber security market is estimated to grow to $170 billion (USD) annually by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.8 percent from 2015 to 2020.

Global Survey: Cyber Security Awareness Rises, Yet Bad Habits Persist Singapore: While 82 percent of respondents believe the IT security industry is making progress against cyber attacks, those gains are undercut by egregious security practices in critical areas such as privileged account security, third-party vendor access and cloud, according to results from a new global survey commissioned and released by CyberArk. The 10th annual CyberArk Global Advanced Threat Landscape Survey 2016, themed ‘Cyber Security: Past, Present & Future,’ examined whether global enterprises are learning and applying lessons from high-profile cyber attacks, and how security priorities and business decision-making are being influenced.

Headline-making cyber attacks have driven significant increases in cyber security awareness. However, the failure to turn increased awareness into the enforcement of security best practices undermines progress for organisations’ cyber security efforts. Organisations are increasingly adopting a post-breach mindset, preparing to deal with ongoing cyber attacks and activity in the case of a breach. This preparedness is leading to positive steps in post-breach planning, but concerns exist about how overconfidence may affect the ability to protect against cyber attacks. As cyber attacks continue on trusted institutions such as government, utilities and financial systems, respondents identify

what types of cyber attacks or tactics are most concerning. Respondents also share which cyber attack scenarios they think represent the most immediate and potentially catastrophic threat in general. The survey found a varied global picture in terms of preparedness for increased regulatory oversight and the impact on cyber security programs and accountability.

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Epicor Warns Developed Markets Businesses A Lack Of Technology Infrastructure Investment Could Hinder Growth

Singapore: Businesses operating in developed markets risk falling behind businesses in emerging markets that are placing greater importance on leveraging technology to fuel growth. Global research from Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industryspecific enterprise software, found that 54 percent of emerging market business executives cited ‘technology leadership’ as a significant growth factor, compared to just 36 percent of those in developed countries. The research, which was conducted by MORAR Consulting and commissioned by Epicor, questioned over 1,800 business leaders from 12 countries across the globe. Also recognising the importance of flexible technology and business systems in fuelling growth, executives in emerging markets are putting themselves in a stronger position when it comes to preparing for international expansion. Businesses that have more agile working practices can respond more quickly to changing market environments, making them more prepared to deal with the demands of growth. Of those surveyed globally, three-quarters (75 percent) of businesses in emerging markets agree that flexible working practices and technologies, such as mobile working, are significant in helping retain key people, compared to just 62 percent of those in developed countries. In addition, the research found that businesses in developed markets are less likely to see the value of using the latest technology to free people up from mundane tasks, such as repetitive invoice processing and manual stock counting. Sixty-five percent of business leaders in developed markets said this was a significant contributor to their staff retention, compared to 75 percent of business leaders in emerging markets. Twenty-nine percent of business leaders in Singapore, said that expansion into new industries and product areas was a main priority for their business over the coming year. To support this, 67 percent of Singaporean business leaders recognised that cuttingedge technology/IT was a significant factor in the retention of key staff. As a developed market, it is vital that Singaporean business leaders actually continue to focus on flexible working practices and modern business solutions to translate their growth goals into tangible expansion plans. In the same survey, 40 percent of respondents identified technology leadership as a significant factor to help stimulate growth. Yet these findings suggest that unless businesses in developed markets invest in technology they may struggle to meet their targets, with emerging market competition set to outstrip them with the latest technologies and processes. In today’s dynamic and globalised economy, where competitors transcend across continents, organisations need to be flexible in order to adjust to market pressures as they grow.

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INKRON And NAGASE Group To Intensify Their Bilateral Relationship Hong Kong/Helsinki: NAGASE Group as NAGASE & CO., LTD. and Nagase ChemteX Corporation (hereinafter jointly called NAGASE Group) have announced a move to expand its relationship with Inkron Limited, by the acquisition of a minority stake in Inkron Limited. At the same time, the Companies agree on extensive global collaboration in commercialisation and distribution of Inkron’s technology and products. This move is expected to accelerate Inkron’s technology and product penetration into the global electronic and semiconductor markets while providing NAGASE Group with access to new siloxane based chemical solutions. This new agreement is a natural progression from the Development and Manufacturing collaboration the parties started earlier this year, concentrating on the areas of OLED and on-cell touch sensor materials. The partnership builds on the strengths of Inkron’s technology leadership in siloxane and nanoparticle based optical and electronic materials, and NAGASE Group’s global reach in specialty chemical sales-and-marketing distribution network. As a pioneer of siloxane nano-particle products, Inkron’s partnership with NAGASE Group enables the fast turn-around and adaptation of its boutique landscape of products. This quick and efficient scale-up pipeline through Nagase Chemtex industrial footprint, enables our partners full access to ISO and TS certified manufacturing quality control with the advantage of unique short turn-around commercialisation of specialised chemical solutions. In addition to NAGASE’s scale-up; commercialisation; volume production and quality systems; Inkron and NAGASE, as part of this agreement, share a global presence in bringing to market products that enable our clients with the advantage of highly specialized solutions within touch panel; display; mobile and the wearable device industry embracing the Internet of Things.

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Schneider Electric Launches ‘Light It Up’ To Bring Access To Electricity To Rural Communities Singapore: Schneider Electric has announced that it has launched ‘Light It Up’, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme to bring access to electricity to rural communities across the Asia Pacific region. From mid- September to early November, the company’s employees will distribute more than 1,800 units of the Mobiya solar lamps to rural communities in 12 countries across the region. Economic and social development is largely driven by access to energy. However, around 1.3 billion people on this planet still lack access to modern energy today, while another one billion people have access to only unreliable electricity networks. A significant proportion of the world’s energy poor are living in Asia. In countries like Myanmar and Cambodia, the rural electrification rate can be as low as 18 percent. The company believes that access to energy is a basic human right, and it is committed to put reliable, affordable and green energy within reach of a great many households across the Asia Pacific region.

Flexicon Opens New Office In Germany Aschaffenburg, Germany: Flexicon (Europe) has opened a new office in Aschaffenburg, G er many to prov ide f ac tor y-direc t engineering services and technical sales support to customers throughout Germany, it was announced by Keith Bourton, MD. The Aschaffenburg office is headed by Christian Löchler, regional sales manager. He holds an Engineering degree in Plastic Processing Technology from Fachhochschule Darmstadt (University of Applied Sciences). At Flexicon he will be responsible for building relationships with plant engineers, managers and other equipment specifiers in facilities that handle bulk solid materials across the food, pharmaceutical, mineral, plastics and general chemical industries.

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UPS First Global Logistics Integrator To Launch On-Demand 3D Printing Manufacturing Network In Asia

Singapore: UPS said its partner Fast Radius will open a 3D printing factory in a UPS facility in Singapore by the end of this year, expanding the UPS on-demand 3D printing network to Asia and enabling customers to increase their supply chain efficiency with additive manufacturing. UPS also will establish an Advanced Solutions team in Asia to create a Centre of Excellence that develops supply chain solutions and promotes wider applicability of 3D printing with customers. Businesses can use the Fast Radius On Demand Production Platform to produce industrial parts, which are expedited for delivery via UPS’s global and intra-Asia transportation network. UPS announced the expansion during a press event that also was attended by representatives from the Singapore Economic Development Board, Fast Radius and SAP. In May, UPS and SAP announced a co-innovation agreement to collaborate on a solution that would integrate SAP’s extended supply chain and internet of things solutions with the UPS additive manufacturing and logistics network, to ‘connect the manufacturing floor to the customer door.’ Companies that virtualise their inventories can not only save costs by reducing the number of parts made ‘just-in-case’ but also can produce smaller quantities cost effectively and with the same quality, in addition to minimising lead-times because parts are produced closer to where they are needed. Businesses of all sizes can use 3D printing to: • Reduce inventory for slow-moving parts • Lower transportation costs as goods travel digitally • Produce less costly and shorter production runs compared to traditional manufacturing • Prototype and manufacture initial production runs with lower capital and less time • Customise goods in a more cost-effective manner • Create and receive high quality rapid prototypes quickly Once the facility opens customers can place their 3D printing orders either via the Fast Radius website or by visiting the factory located at UPS House in Singapore. Fast Radius will direct the order to the optimal manufacturing location either in Singapore or the US based on speed, geography and product quality requirements. UPS can ship as early as the same day. In the US the 3D printing network also includes more than 60 The UPS Store locations, providing multiple printing locations and geographic coverage.



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DHL Express Unveils New HK$78 Million Tsing Yi Service Centre

Hong Kong: DHL Express has announced the opening of its new service centre located at Goodman Interlink in Tsing Yi. The new facility complements the company’s existing service centres in Cheung Sha Wan and Tsuen Wan and significantly bolsters the overall shipment handling capacity of the company, supporting the steady business growth in the market. The new Tsing Yi Service Centre represents a total investment of HK$78 million and measures approximately 13,000 sqm, double the size of the previous centre located at the same building. The centre boasts the strongest handling capacity among all DHL service centres worldwide and is able to handle up to 380 tonnes of shipments per day. The new facility also features some of the most exclusive equipment including a brand-new high speed reweigh and re-measure machine that doubles the processing output to 2,200 pieces per hour, representing almost HK$1 million in investment. To further enhance shipment security, the facility is equipped with 122 closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) which provide 24-hour monitoring services. The opening of the new centre is well positioned to support future volume growth, underpinned by the construction of a third runway and other infrastructure developments in the city, and expected to further boost the air cargo output of Hong Kong International Airport. DHL also witnessed a strong growth in Time-Definite International (TDI) shipments over the past year and is confident that demand for TDI express services will continue to grow with the rise of e-commerce. Strategically located at the heart of Tsing Yi, the DHL Express Service Centre offers direct access to Hong Kong’s transport network, including close proximity to Hong Kong international airport, the city’s central business district, container terminals and mainland China.

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Construction App FinalCAD Secures US$20 Million Series B Led By Serena Capital, Caphorn Invest And Aster Capital

Singapore: FinalCAD has announced that it has raised US$20 million in Series B round led by Serena Capital, Caphorn Invest and Aster Capital. Investment will fuel international business growth, expansion into new sectors and advanced research and development. The company is planning to use the funding for international business development, as well as expanding new sectors such as civil infrastructures and energy. New funding will also fuel research and development for furthering advanced fields: smart data analytics, artificial intelligence for objec t s recognition, augmented reality linked to BIM models, digitisation of lean construction processes, and open API interoperability.


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Fluke Acquires eMaint Enterprises

US: Companies to offer reliability platform, increasing uptime with seamless integration of maintenance devices, data and systems Fluke Corporation has acquired eMaint Enterprises, LLC, a Computerised Maintenance Management Software (CMMS). eMaint’s software platform is used by more than 50,000 maintenance professionals in 55 countries providing asset management solutions in multiple markets including food processing, healthcare, facilities, fleet, services, manufacturing, and more. No further details were announced.

Worldwide Photonics Market Growth Of 8.4 Percent CAGR To 2021 Dominated By Manufacturing Technology Pune, India: The worldwide photonics market size is estimated to reach US$724.22 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 8.4 percent between 2016 and 2021 with manufacturing technology forecast to register fastest growth while media, broadcasting, and telecommunication set to dominate the end-use industry for photonics market. The High performance and energy saving photonics products such as high speed fibre optics communication networks and highly precise laser systems makes them preferable in various applications. The photonics market in the manufacturing technology application segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. Photonics products are used in manufacturing units for cutting and welding operations using lasers. Lasers are replacing traditional machine tools in manufacturing applications as low cost fibre laser and industrial pulse lasers are being developed. Photonics are also used in the manufacturing of consumer electronics such as DVD players, television, and optical mouse pointers. The media, broadcasting, and telecommunication sector is estimated to be the largest end-use industry for photonics. The industry is growing due to rising demand for optical fibres. Optical fibres are preferred over metallic wires due to greater safety and security. Moreover, optical fibres cater to high speed transmission requirements for 4G, LTE, and FTTx networks. Optical fibres have witnessed an increase in demand due to investments in telecommunications and information technology and new developments in countries such as China, the US, India, and Western and Eastern European countries. Mobile phones and personal computing are promoting the use of photonics in the media and broadcasting industry by enabling data exchange using optical fibres. Asia-pacific is estimated to be the largest and the fastest-growing market for photonics. The high growth rate in the region is owed to high demand from countries such as Japan, China, and India. China is projected to be the largest market for photonics in Asia-pacific in the near future. India is estimated to be the fastestgrowing market in Asia-pacific. Growth of important industries such as building & construction and media, broadcasting, and telecommunication has increased the demand for photonics in the region.


The Growth Of The IR Imaging Industry Lyon, France: Initially focused on military applications, the uncooled IR cameras market has grown significantly into new market segment s during the las t 10 years. Yole Développement’s analysts have identified three main applications — thermography, automotive and surveillance & security — that could reach 1.5 million units by 2021. In addition, consumer applications linked to the explosion of the smartphone market are now in high growth mode and could add more than 10 million by 2021, as detailed in the optimistic scenario of Yole Développement’s IR Imaging report entitled Uncooled IR Imaging Technology & Market Trends report (August 2016). Step by step, the IR imaging industry is getting out of high-end applications and moving towards larger-volume consumer applications. In early September, ‘More than Moore’ market research and strategy consulting company Yole Développement (Yole) and its partner CIOE organised a conference to highlight the latest technical innovations and analyse players’ positioning and strategies. The first Executive IR Imaging Forum took place in Shenzhen, China, alongside the 18th China International Optoelectronic Expo 2016, to discuss the latest technical breakthroughs, tomorrow’s challenges and the way to success. With this event, along with the IR Forum and the Sapphire Forum the same week and at the same location, the consulting company confirmed its strong position in the field of uncooled IR imaging and reaffirmed its strategy of development within the Greater China area.




GE Oil & Gas Awarded Contract By BP For Third Natural Gas Liquefaction Train In Tangguh Expansion Florence, Italy: GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract to supply gas turbine-driven compressors for a third natural gas liquefaction train for the Tangguh expansion having provided the original equipment for Trains 1 and 2 when the plant was first established. The order for the third train equipment has been placed with the GE Oil & Gas local business partner in Indonesia, PT IMECO Inter Sarana. The Tangguh facility in the Papua Barat Province of Indonesia is being expanded to increase Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production by a further 3.8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), bringing total plant capacity to 11.4 mtpa. Indonesia is one of the leading suppliers of LNG in the region and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Energy consumption grew 3.9 percent in 2015, having nearly doubled over the last 15 years. The majority of the gas produced by the third liquefaction train will provide energy for the Indonesian domestic market. The components of the turbo compressor strings supplied by GE Oil & Gas will be manufactured at GE facilities in Greenville, South Carolina, US and Florence, Italy, where the train will by assembled and load tested. It will be fully digitallyenabled, including advanced sensors and monitoring capabilities to allow continuous equipment care to safely maximise availability. The equipment will be ready for shipment to Indonesia in mid 2018. The low pressure/medium pressure Mixed Refrigerant (MR) string will include one horizontally split centrifugal compressor for low- pressure MR and one barrel type centrifugal compressor for medium pressure MR, driven by a GE MS7001EA gas turbine and a helper/starter steam turbine. The propane/high pressure MR string will include one horizontally split centrifugal compressor with side streams for propane and one barrel centrifugal compressor for high pressure MR, driven by a GE MS7001EA gas turbine and a helper/starter steam turbine. GE Oil & Gas will also supply heat recovery steam generator for each of the two strings. For the installation of the new LNG train, GE Oil & Gas will leverage its local footprint and global engineering capabilities to provide on-site support and develop local talent through training programs.

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West Brings Two Unified Communications Offerings Under One Name

Singapore: West Corporation, a provider of technology-enabled communication services, announced that its InterCall and West IP Communications services and solutions will be rebranded together under the ‘West’ name in the Asia Pacific region. The change follows the 2015 rebrand in North America and is effective immediately. InterCall was acquired by West in 2003. West IP Communications, previously Smoothstone IP Communications, was acquired by West in 2011 and provides a complete suite of cloud-based enterprise communications applications and services. These products and solutions will be offered as West’s Unified Communications Services line of business. Unified Communications Services will focus on four complementary components that span the unified communications spectrum: Conferencing & Collaboration, Digital Media Services, Managed Voice Services and Network Services. These services help organisations streamline communication and encourage collaboration, transforming their business offerings and optimising their workforces. A new, global, website for Unified Communications Services showcases the combined Conferencing and Collaboration, Digital Media, Managed Voice and Network services portfolio.


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A Second Life For Used Batteries: Vattenfall, BMW And Bosch Test Electricity Storage In Hamburg

Florence, Italy: What should be done with still-usable batteries at the end of their life cycle in electric vehicles? The Battery 2nd Life project organised by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch merges them into a large storage facility in Hamburg, Germany, to keep the electricity grid stable. Storage stabilises the electricity grid within seconds Electromobility and electricity storage are two core elements of the new energy landscape. Used batteries from electric vehicles are being merged to form a large electricity storage facility in Hamburg. The stored energy is available within seconds and can help to keep the electricity grid stable. Electricity storage is essential to enable a stable electricity supply with alternative energy sources. Natural fluctuations in solar power plants and wind turbines must be compensated as much as possible using storage methods with the greatest possible efficiency. After successful completion of the design phase, Frank Horch, Hamburg Senator for Trade, Transport and Innovation, threw the switch for trial operation of an electricity storage facility in the Hamburg Harbour district. The storage facility developed by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch is situated near the Steinwerder Cruise Centre and in future will supply electricity to ensure grid stability. T h e e le c t r i c i t y s t o r a g e f a c il i t y consists of 2,600 battery modules from Herzogenaurach/Ehningen, Germany: The global automotive and industrial supplier over 100 electric vehicles. It has a power Schaeffler has chosen IBM as its strategic partner for its digital transformation. IBM rating of two megawatt s (MW) and a will act as the technology provider, consultant and development partner for a digital storage capacity of 2,800 kilowatt-hours ecosystem to support Schaeffler in the integration of its mechatronic components, (kWh). This is enough to supply electricity systems and machines into the rapidly expanding world of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), to an average two-person household as well as implementing market ready new business models based on digital services. for seven months. However, the stored energy is not intended for general supply, As a first milestone the two companies have built a digital platform for all of but instead is sold on the primary control Schaeffler’s added-value digital services from October this year. reserve market by Vattenfall, along with Schaeffler is working closely with IBM to develop innovative solutions for its own power from other flexibly controllable transformation and for customers using design thinking and agile development methodologies. facilities. The storage facility delivers An open, digital ecosystem is being built to form an environment in which the primary control reserve power necessary company can work smoothly with its customers and partners, with the digital platform to keep the 50 Hz grid frequency stable. as the technical foundation. Primary control reserve power must be “The joint implementation of Schaeffler’s digital agenda is the perfect fit to leverage available within a few seconds. and promote our new cognitive IoT capabilities for the manufacturing sector,” said Ivo The joint project provides a useful Koerner, Board Member Sales, IBM Germany. The base will be a global, hybrid cloud second life for bat teries previously infrastructure using IBM’s application platform “Bluemix” with Watson IoT to create fitted in BMW electric vehicles which differentiating applications and mobile apps for the Internet of Things. have reached t he end o f t heir li fe Schaeffler’s components such as bearings or clutch release systems are used c ycle in the vehicle. Af ter the used in important parts of machines and vehicles which produce critical information batteries have been tested and wired about condition and movement. The company has put significant investment into up, they are merged into the electricity research and development in recent years and has incorporated sensors, actuators storage facility where they constitute an and control units with embedded software into these products. With this, it is now important resource of the new energy possible for these parts to collect and process valuable data on the condition of a landscape in stationary deployment. machine and then convert this data into added-value services.

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INDUSTRY UPDATES FDT Group Announces Profibus Device Integration With FDT 2.0 The FDT Group, an independent, international, not-for-profit industry association supporting FDT Technology, has announced the certification of the first Device Type Managers (DTMs) compliant with the FDT 2.0 specification. FDT is the most widely adopted standard for industrial device integration. FDT Technology holds the key to integrating any device, system or network in today’s complex industrial automation architecture. A Distributed Control System (DCS), Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), asset management application or other solution enabled with an FDT/FRAME seamlessly employs DTMs as software drivers for intelligent devices supplied by instrument manufacturers. A Communication DTM (CommDTM) is the first DTM to be activated upon communication setup in an FDT/FRAME system. It standardises the communication channel to the corresponding communication operations of the mapped network protocol. A Generic DTM has the ability to universally represent all devices with compliant parameters of a specific protocol, creating simplicity in the architecture employed by a single DTM within the FDT/FRAME system. The Operation A DTM or collection of DTMs are plugged into an FDT/FRAME enabled system — simplifying device integration and lifecycle management from sensor to enterprise with performance-driven data of connected devices for engineering, asset management, control systems and other GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



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applications through a standardised user interface — no matter the supplier, device type/function, communication protocol or route taken to get to the device. Thorsis Technologies (previously ifak system GmbH), a developer of industrial communication and distributed automation solutions based in Magdeburg, Germany, supplied the first DTMs meeting conformance requirements based on the FDT 2.0 specification for Profibus DP. Two DTMs are now FDT certified and available to the market: the ‘ isPro CommDTM V4,’ which allows seamless communication of all devices on the Profibus network; and the ‘isPro Generic Device DTM,’ which looks inside each device providing operational management, including configuration information and status of each device within the centralized FDT/ FRAME system environment. “The global end-user community is driving the demand for FDT-enabled solutions employing FDT 2.0 Technology, and thus the growth of our certification program,” said Glenn Schulz, MD of the FDT Group. “Based on modern Microsoft .NET technology, the FDT 2.0 standard maintains proven FDT heritage, but includes numerous performance enhancements while ensuring backward compatibility with our existing installed base. We are pleased manufacturers are responding to industry requirements by bringing certified FDT/DTMs based on the FDT 2.0 specification to market.” Thorsis Technologies’ Michael Huschke commented: “Our company is proud to offer the first certified FDT 2.0 DTMs to the global automation community. This development will help the industrial sector reach a new level of intelligent device integration with improved security and interoperability. End users can concentrate on operational

workflows instead of having to spend time worrying about infrastructure.” The FDT Group The FDT Group oversees a worldwide, independently owned and operated network of accredited testing laboratories that are regularly audited to ensure compliance with the FDT testing and certification requirements. The objective of FDT certification is to ensure interoperability by testing the conformance of DTMs with the FDT specification. Systematic tests performed during the certification procedure dramatically reduce the probability of interoperability issues, as such avoiding potential integration costs and project delays by the user. To certify a DTM based on the FDT 2.0 version, it is necessary to use the DTM Common Components, which provide developers with pre-written and pretested FDT specification requirements to speed the product development, testing and certification process. This approach simplifies DTM testing since the Common Components inherently meet the established test cases, which creates consistency in the interface between the DTM and the FRAME for seamless integration. More than 8,000 devices currently are supported by FDT-certified DTMs, making it the most widely adopted standard for integration of devices in industrial control systems.

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Hannover Messe is a global trade fair for the industrial automation sector. This year Delta introduced a spectrum of new solutions for the automation and energy sectors.

This year’s Hannover Messe saw the introduction of many new technologies and solutions, particularly those associated with energy efficiency, renewable energy, and EV networks. Delta presented a spectrum of automation and energy management solutions with leading energy efficiency for smart factories, green buildings, renewable energy systems, EV charging networks, and more. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



At the Hanover Fair this year Delta introduced and now offers the following solutions: Industrial automation solutions: Delta’s (Netherlands) Integrated Factory Control Platform integrates the mid-range PLC AH500 series as host controllers, the SCADA System DIA View and the industrial energy management system DIA Energie for real-time manufacturing process monitoring. All data is managed by the Industrial PC IPC series and preserved by the Vida Grid internet Cloud service for customers’ real-time management. According to the company, 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 include 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 will also demonstrated automation solutions for food packaging, energy saving for elevators, and power quality. Within the 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 eight axes via CANopen motion network or up to six axes via pulse control (200 kHz). The drives, MH300 and MS300 series, with up to 40 percent 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 platform for centralised management and distributed control of several systems with different protocols (for example CANopen) within building operations. According to the company it improves efficiency and reduces 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, California, US. The company also showcased various products of battery energy storage solutions, renewable energy solutions, EV charging solutions, datacentre infrastructure solutions, as well as telecom network energy solutions.

MOL Danube Refinery Named Fieldcomm Group

2015 Plant Of The Year FieldComm Group has announces that the Danube Refinery of MOL, Plc, located in Szazhalombatta, Hungary has been selected as the FieldComm Group 2015 Plant of the Year. This award is given annually by FieldComm Group to recognise the people, companies and plant sites around the globe that are using the advanced capabilities of Foundation Fieldbus, HART and WirelessHART technology in real-time applications for improved operations, maintenance and asset productivity. This is the second time the Danube Refinery has been selected for this distinguished award having first been recognised in 2010. Building upon their past successes, the management and staff aggressively continued their digital transformation by initiating no less than 10 major projects to provide additional diagnostics, maintenance and information integration to other processes and operating units. “This project began by integrating process instrument diagnostics and device utilisation with Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS), Asset Management System (AMS) and SAP, combining islands of systems that used to be separate, and creating triggers for launching transmitters, control valves and positioners,” said Gábor Bereznai, head of maintenance engineering at MOL Danube. “This was done by having the diagnostic system inform the CMMS about the valves. This data could then be used in morning meetings with our maintenance team and other staff to help us do risk assessments, and identify other problems.” “The proven performance of Foundation GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



Fieldbus, HART and WirelessHART protocols have enabled users like MOL to experience a digital transformation connecting to valuable process and device data within their plant – to improve plant performance in a cost-effective way,” said Ted Masters, FieldComm Group President and CEO. “Connectivity to the enterprise for visualisation, analytics and integration into other systems multiplies the value that leveraging Foundation Fieldbus, HART and WirelessHART device data in real-time can bring to the enterprise. We congratulate the management and staff of the Danube Refinery for their outstanding achievement and for being recognised a second time for this award.” Plant Of The Year After winning their 2010 Plant of the Year Award, Bereznai, Bartók and their colleagues have launched expansions and multiple diagnostic and maintenance projects to bring similar benefits to other facilities at MOL Danube. So far, they have expanded the use of FieldComm Group technologies up to more than 4,700 connected devices on 15 operating units including 42 WirelessHART devices and six gateways connected to SAP-PM CMMS. “We are also planning to adopt HART-IP (Internet Protocol) with their OSIsoft PI historian and software” said Tibor Komróczki head of Process Information and Automation. József Bartók, head of maintenance instrumentation and electrical engineering at MOL Danube, added: “Online diagnostics provided by HART and Foundation Fieldbus instruments do more than preventive maintenance. They ensure stable operation of the system and increase control precision. This adds directly to the bottom line.” According to Mr Bereznai, HART, WirelessHART and Foundation Fieldbus technologies helped MOL realise benefits and savings throughout plant operations:

The MOL Danube refinery has been named as the FieldComm Group 2015 plant of the year.

Saved US$2 million in reduced maintenance costs and avoided unscheduled shutdowns; Reduced commissioning time 20 percent with HART; Increased plant’s profit potential with increased loop-control accuracy and data availability; Saved two days of unscheduled downtime or at least €637,000 when data let staff diagnose and repair a head pressure control’s intelligent positioner, instead of removing the entire valve; Reduced valves selected for repair during a planned shutdown from 60 percent to 5 percent for an estimated savings of €54,600 per unit per shutdown.

The FieldComm Group Plant of the Year award is given annually to recognise the people, companies and plant sites around the world using the advanced capabilities of FDI, Foundation Fieldbus, HART and WirelessHART in real-time applications to improve operations, lower costs and increase availability. Previous award recipients include Nucor Steel (US), Dow Chemical (US), Monsanto (US); Shell (Canada); MOL (Hungary); Mitsubishi Chemical (Japan); PVSDA (Venezuela); Statoil (Norway); Sasol Solvents (South Africa); BP (USA); Clariant (Germany); and DuPont (US).

Asia Success Of EtherCAT In China Continues

The EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) reaches another milestone, breaking the 500 member level in China.

The world headquarters of the EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) in Nuremberg, Germany was founded in 2003 and has since grown into a global phenomenon. Today, the ETG maintains regional offices in four other countries. One such country is China where Beryl Fan, manager of the local ETG office in Beijing, and her team promote EtherCAT technology while supporting implementation in the Chinese market. In these areas, they have become wildly successful: When the ETG China Office was founded in 2007, there were fewer than 10 member companies. Now, the People’s Republic of China has broken the 500 member barrier. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



The ETG member companies themselves come from various branches of industry, evidence of the widespread adoption of EtherCAT in China. Additionally, leading companies and universities, as well as research institutions, actively study EtherCAT technology and its implementation. Reflection Looking back at the development of the ETG in China, accrediting the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics as an official EtherCAT Test Centre (ETC) in 2013 was a significant step in furthering the organisation’s work in China. In 2014, EtherCAT became a recommended national standard in China, making it even easier to implement and use the technology there. The next step followed in 2015 when EtherCAT was included in the National Intelligent Manufacturing Standard System Construction Guidelines as one

of the recommended standards for high-end machine building, as well as for intelligent manufacturing in China. EtherCAT has not only been well established as a communications standard within industry, but has also become a major force in the Chinese market. Visits to local automation fairs prove that: There are almost no exhibitors, locals as well as those from foreign countries, which do not provide devices that communicate via EtherCAT. Pleased With Success Mr Fan is pleased with the success of the ETG in China and remains convinced that positive developments will continue into the foreseeable future: “We keep working hard to make EtherCAT even stronger in China. Building on the versatile support and service we offer our members, we strive to help them enhance their performance even more — working toward the goals of the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategy.”



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y any measure, global manufacturing has been in a bad way with most developed countries suffering severe downturns due to recession and rapidly falling demand. Added to that is the reduction in employment in the manufacturing sector. This has been a worldwide trend as consumer demand and consumer confidence in the economic structure has declined. In Asia increased labour costs have also contributed to a downturn in employment numbers as manufacturers struggle to achieve a profitable return. Commodity price increases and an oversupply of manufacturing capacity in markets such as China have also had a major impact. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



But as they say, with every dark cloud there is a silver lining and for Asia the opportunities to build a strong manufacturing capability are there for the taking. Statistics show that despite the global downturn, manufacturing continues to grow, albeit slowly, and it remains one of the major sources of GDP for many nations. This is particularly the case in the Asia Pacific region. Recent figures released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) show a very optimistic trend from South East Asian Economies with GDP growth forecast to continue well into 2017. An increase in foreign capital investment in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines is continuing to have major benefits for the manufacturing sector in those countries. Seizing Opportunity A level of uncertainty around Thailand appears to be lifting as higher levels

Robots enable greater productivity through performing repetitive tasks.

of investment, local and international has given domestic demand a much needed boost. But there are a number of major infrastructure projects commencing or about to start in Thailand which will require the support of the local manufacturing sector. Figures show that about 16 percent of global GDP is derived from manufacturing and as the developed economies of Europe and the Americas recover from their recessionary gloom, they will be looking to return to much higher levels of production. For Asia and Thailand in particular this presents a major opportunity to drive innovation in technology and meet the increasing output demands of end users. The 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitive Index produced by Deloitte


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Touche Tohmatsu Limited identified Thailand as one of five Asian nations that are part of a regional industrial growth group. The report indicated at Thailand, along with Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Vietnam, could form a manufacturing powerhouse block and a global power. The lower costs, access to workers skilled and otherwise, will say the report, see this block of nations rise in world ranking by 2020. One key element is the need, particularly for Thailand, to look at the manufacturing process, structure and technology. The report states that the block countries will need to have an ‘agile manufacturing capability’ and the need to be flexible and innovative in the application of modern manufacturing techniques. Being competitive from a cost and quality perspective will drive much of the future growth. It also means that Asia need to be looking closely at its manufacturing processes and retooling to ensure the region builds a highly efficient manufacturing sector focused on automation and the implementation of robotics and collaborative robots (cobots). Sustaining Manufacturing Success The retooling and the use of robotics is a vital component in the future continued success of the Thai manufacturing capability. Universal Robots has been working with a number of Thai manufacturers to help them obtain the competitive edge required to win major tenders and to attract global customers. Universal Robots believes that developing unique applications which offer faster moving manufacturers the opportunity to automate many repetitive and high precision processes will free up the labour force for other tasks such as research and development and marketing. The cost benefit of these changes is far reaching and will contribute to the elevation of Thailand as a manufacturing growth centre. The company has developed strong collaborative processes with manufacturers through Asia to create robotic solutions with strong input from the company’s technical experts and the

The use of robots cut down on mistakes, costs, and increase productivity.

manufacturers themselves. In Singapore the company has established an R&D hub where manufacturers are able to test various factory floor scenarios using its light weight, highly flexible robotic solutions which are adaptable to many manufacturing processes. Looking closely at the prevailing trends, the work required for the success of an efficient automated manufacturing sector must include the implementation of a number of key elements. These include: 1. Leveraging Manufacturing Intelligence — This involves amassing and utilising in-depth manufacturing intelligence. In particular, leveraging manufacturing intelligence requires understanding the markets, the competitive environment, the collection of in-factory data from automated equipment such as sensors and the collection of vital information on productivity, asset management, production processes and cost minimisation and management. 2. Predictive Analysis — This means the use of all collected internal intelligence to build a predictive analysis of the market. The key to success will be the ability to predict movements in the market, changes in the cost base and the ability for the manufacturer to move quickly to adapt to market forces.

3. Quality assurance — This refers to the maintenance and priority status of quality in manufacturing, the reduction of waste and the provision of environmental awareness and adherence to environmental principles. For instance, sales to global markets will most often rely on proof of environmental management controls. 4. Setting A Real-Time View — This means setting in place a process for visualisation which will allow the management to have a holistic and dynamic view of all operations in real time. This would include the ability to oversee people, assets, inventories, system, and suppliers throughout the process. There are a number of technology tools which help manufacturers do this. 5. Investment In Robotics — The most innovative companies in Asia are already investigating the use and application of robotics, particularly cobots; where there is a synergy between machines and the workers. This helps to provide the vital flexibility component allowing the manufacturers to apply the cobots to the tasks where they are most effective and efficient. We can see from OECD data that by 2025 there will be an emergence of a new global consuming class and that




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organisations with components can look to these examples to capitalise on the ever growing China manufacturing colossus.

Robots are used extensively for precision work.

the Asia Pacific region will account for the most dynamic group of people in this category. The ‘new rich’ as they are being called, will demand a much more efficient and quality oriented manufacturing sector. Diversity of product and goods which reflect the ‘fashion’ of the market will result in higher levels of flexibility. The inevitably increasing costs of production and more specifically increasing labour costs will continue to impact global manufacturing and this is now having a much greater impact on manufacturing in Asia. Freeing Up Human Labour The OECD has reported that hiring in manufacturing is likely to increase substantially over the coming decade, however, it is this cost which is becoming one of the limiting elements for the development of a competitive sector in Asia. It is here where the automation processes and more specifically the implementation of cobots will have its greatest impact. The ability to apply robotics to the manufacturing

cycle and to free up human labour to undertake more specialised tasks such as research and development, analytical management of the manufacturing cycle and supply chain management, will result in increased output, greater quality and lower costs. Gaining a cost-competitive edge has been a growing factor in forcing Asian manufacturers to move offshore. The constant search for lower labour costs is not necessarily tied to productivity benefits for the end user. Inarguably, automation is well within the grasp of most Asia Pacific manufacturers. The rapid and continued advances in robotic technology provides lower cost, higher throughput equipment resulting in a much faster return on the investment to manufacturers. This means that manufacturers are able to substantially increase output while at the same time increasing quality and productivity generally. The emerging markets that abound in Asia, which includes Thailand, have the opportunity to follow this lead. Smaller manufacturing operations supplying larger

The China Market The China market is under pressure to keep its costs down as the labour force demands higher wages and improved working conditions. In many cases, the Chinese market is tooled up for large scale manufacturing but is not able to meet smaller scale flexible output. Investment in robotics in China has increased rapidly to cater for the changing market pressures. In 2015 Chinese based organisations made up 13.2 percent of robot sales worldwide and this year the figure is expected to rise to more than 24 percent. This is also a worldwide phenomenon with a report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) showing a total of 168,000 robots sold worldwide in 2013. That was a massive five percent increase from 2012. Labour intensive industries throughout Asia are increasingly viewing automated production lines as the key to future survival. Versatility In Robotic Solutions The trend towards cobots on production lines has meant that smaller organisations have the opportunity to tender for supply contracts which would have previously been out of reach. Increased levels of productivity with product quality and the ability to meet stringent international benchmarks in output is the end result of the new manufacturing dynamic. What appears to be happening in markets such as Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam is the application of smaller scale robotics solutions allowing the manufacturer to adjust the production levels and thus allowing them to save on labour costs and rely less on unskilled workers. The trend is now for technology which can work alongside human labour, or Cobots. Human interaction with the robot workforce involves some programming and the placement of the robots allows flexibility and adaption


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Skills Development G ov e r n m e n t s a n d b u s i n e s s a r e concentrating on education and the development of specialised and innovative skilled workers. Many emerging companies are creating R&D facilities which are incorporating the data analysis, supply chain maintenance and technology upgrades to keep ahead of the competition. The general increase in levels of education in computer technology, maths, engineering and sciences has provided Asian companies with a strong base to build on. That process of education is creating innovation in diverse areas, for example work is underway to provide solutions for the reduction of energy used in the manufacturing process. This of course is a major and growing cost. Energy consumption together with rising real-

estate costs have pushed business owners to innovate and think outside the box when it comes to reducing overheads. New method of reducing power usage by robots is one of the first areas being addressed. Growth Market The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) expects that the sale of robots

worldwide will increase by about six percent on average year on year from 2014 to 2016. It has also predicted that the annual supply of industrial robots will reach more than 190,000 units in 2016. To think that global figures were around the 80,000 mark just 10 years ago, the recent boom can be attributed to the rise in production capabilities as well as the modernisation of factories or warehouses.

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which will add productivity benefits to the manufacturing process. Being able to move a robot from one task to another also adds a dynamic which previously was unheard off in applications for industrial robots. Smaller scale factories now have the option to move a robot to a production line process where it is most needed and then move it again to another task further down the line. The massive gains in speed of delivery can provide the business owner with the difference between winning and losing a tender. This model lends itself perfectly to many Asian manufacturing operations. Many of these manufacturers are smaller scale and not bound by legacy technology which may not allow for the flexibility of cobots. The development of these more adaptable organisations does require government support. In many countries across Asia the process of fostering innovation in the production process is well underway. In Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, government support through joint venture innovation funding is finding new and better ways of applying new technologies including robotics, to the manufacturing process.




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ARTICLE TAG Safety Solutions, Robots, Collaboration

Safety Solutions For Intelligent







uman-Robot Collaboration (HRC) describes a work scenario in which humans and automated machines share and work in the same workspace at the same time. Driven by Industry 4.0, this model of collaboration promises highly flexible workflows, maximum system throughput and productivity, as well as economic efficiency. However, ensuring that HRC is actually able to live up to this promise requires exactly the right safety technology for the application in question. One of the major issues associated with Industry 4.0 is making work processes flexible. At the extreme end of the spectrum, this may involve manufacturing products in batch size one under industrial mass-production conditions — that is, manufacturing unique items on a conveyor belt.

Industry 4.0 has brought collaboration between humans and robots to the fore. This involves both human and robots sharing the same workspace at the same time.

This type of smart factory — where products and production processes are one with state-of-the-art information and communication technology — is becoming home to machines that are increasingly intelligent, and increasingly autonomous as a result. Not only that, but interaction between humans and machines is also set to increase in industrial manufacturing. This is because combining the abilities of humans with those of robots


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Human-Robot Interaction: A Question Of Space And Time Industry 4.0 is not the first time that industrial automation has focused on interaction between humans and machines. To date, the two interaction scenarios of coexistence and cooperation have dominated, accounting for around 90 percent of cases. Space and time are crucial interaction parameters in these scenarios. Coexistence denotes cases in which humans and machines stay in neighbouring areas at the same time while they interact. A typical example of this is an insertion station with a rotating table on a robot cell. Humans and machines work in neighbouring workspaces at the same time, with the area between the two being monitored by a deTec4 Prime safety light curtain, for example. Cooperation, on the other hand, is when humans and machines work in a shared workspace but at different times. An example of this type of work situation is a transfer station for assembly robots. A worker inserts a workpiece and, at the same time, a S3000 safety laser scanner with multiple simultaneous protective fields that detect the worker ensures that the robot speed is reduced or that the robot is brought to a safety-monitored stop. Industry 4.0 is seeing a third form of interaction shifting increasingly into the spotlight: collaboration between humans and robots. This involves both humans and robots sharing the same workspace at the same time. An example of this is a mobile platform with a robot that takes parts from a belt or a pallet and transports them to a workspace, where they are presented and given to the worker stationed there. In collaborative

scenarios such as this, the conventional safe detection solutions used for coexistence or cooperation are no longer sufficient — instead, the forces, speeds, and travel paths of robots now need be to monitored, restricted, and stopped where necessary, depending on the actual level of danger. The distance between humans and robots is therefore becoming a key safetyrelevant parameter. The Risk Assessment Is Always The First Step — Even For ‘Cobots’ No two examples of human-robot collaboration are the same. This means that an individual risk assessment for the HRC application is required even if the robot concerned has been developed specifically to interact with humans. ‘Cobots’ like this therefore have many features of an inherently safe construction, starting from their basic design.

Coexistence denotes cases in which humans and machines stay in neighbouring areas at the same time while they interact.

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Cooporation, on the other hand, is when humans and machines work situation is a transfer station for assembly robots.

At the same time, the collaboration space also has to meet fundamental re q u i re m e n t s s u c h a s m i n i m u m distances to adjacent areas with crushing or pinching hazards. General standards such as IEC 61508, IEC 62061, and ISO 13849-1/-2 are one way in which the foundations for the functional safety of HRC applications are laid. It is also important to give particular consideration to ISO 10218-1/-2, which concerns the safety of industrial robots, and ISO TS 15066, which relates to robots for collaborative operation. Developers and integrators of robot systems not only have to perform thorough checks on the structural safety measures taken by robot manufacturers, with regard to

their functions and compliance with the aforementioned standards, but are also required to consider any hazards or risks that may remain. This means carrying out a risk assessment in accordance with EN ISO 12100 for the robot system, its motion sequences, and its planned collaboration area in order to determine which safety measures are appropriate — such as implementing suitable types of collaboration as defined in ISO/TS 15066. Safety-Related Operating Modes Of Collaborative Robot Systems These technical specifications can be used to discern four types of collaborative operation. The ‘safetyrelated monitored stop’ prevents robots from interacting with humans, while ‘hand guiding’ ensures safe HRC by guiding the robot manually at an appropriately reduced speed. The third type of collaboration, ‘power and force limiting’, achieves the required safety by reducing the power, force, and speed of the robot — through

safety controller limiting functions, for example — to a biomechanical load capacity at which no hazards or injuries are to be expected. This takes place regardless of whether there is unintentional or intentional physical contact between robots and humans. The ‘speed and separation monitoring’ type of collaboration is completely in keeping with the concept of highly flexible work scenarios — and therefore with the principles of Industry 4.0 and production processes in smart factories. It is based on the speed and travel paths of the robot being monitoring and adjusted according to the working speed of the operator in the protected collaboration area. Safety distances are permanently monitored and the robot is slowed down, stopped, or diverted when necessary. If the distance between the operator and the machine becomes greater than the minimum distance again, the robot system can continue moving at typical speeds and along typical travel paths automatically. This immediately restores robot productivity. Functional Safety For HRC: Expertise, Portfolio, And Implementation From A Single Source Of the different types of ISO/TS 15066 collaboration, speed and distance monitoring in HRC applications offers the greatest potential as we move into the future. When considered in relation to these, and in view of the interaction scenarios of coexistence and cooperation that have dominated up to this point, it is clear that safety-related sensor and control technology is facing new challenges to ensure that HRC is able to continue operating unimpeded. It is also worth noting that the more the requirements imposed on the safety of shared workspaces increase, the more collaborative future work situations will become. As things stand, HRC only accounts for a small share of all applications involving human-robot interaction. Innovative solutions for functional safety in robot applications can help to increase this share significantly in the foreseeable future.

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ARTICLE TAG IoT, Process Control, Wireless

IOT IN THE Jonas Berge speaking on Industrial IoT at IoT Asia earlier this year in Singapore.







AA interviewed Jonas Berge, director, applied technology, Emerson, on the application of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the process sector. The IoT is changing entire industries and how they manage their equipment and resources. The process sector is no exception. Q: Firstly, can you give me an overview of how IoT is changing the process sector? Jonas Berge (JB): The process industry has done a fantastic job over the past several decades in regards to process control and safety, and getting process data to the operators so they can control the process. What people have realised is problems in four principle areas, which are:

1. Reliability 2. Energy Efficiency 3. Safety 4. Productivity These are the four areas where plants are looking to improve. Not so much in touching the existing process control but in helping these four different areas. More automation is seen as the solution. We call Emersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concept pervasive sensing. The first thing you need to do if you want to automate something is see what is going on. This is done with a network of sensors. There are more existing plants than there are new plants being built. This presents a challenge as it easier to build


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sensors into a plant from the start rather than modernise an existing plant that already has established systems and procedures. It is rather impractical to run more wiring for 4-20mA and on/off signals, etc. Modernisation is therefore done with wireless sensors, which minimises the need for additional wiring. At the other end of the stack are the apps. The apps sit right at the top of the stack, taking in all of the raw data, and turning it into actionable information that tells you that you need to clean a heat exchanger, or replace a steam trap, or service a valve, for instance. This can be done within the plant, without the need for a third party. However, there is more of a trend towards outsourcing some of these functions, so they do not have to manage these services themselves. Plants today have service contracts. This means that people come to the plant periodically to do checks and surveys of all the steam traps and the vibration of all the bearings, pumps, and so on. Rather than doing this, and having more people walking around a plant, a network of sensors could be used. By using IoT, vibration and steam trap monitoring, for

instance, can be done remotely. The data can be sent to the cloud and monitored as a connected service by an external vendor. Within Emerson we are already doing this for some of our customers. Q: You mentioned upgrading existing plants to wireless instruments. How long have you been using wireless instruments within plants? JB: We are coming very close to 10 years now. It is not the case that we are taking the place of wired instruments; we leave that in place. In the past there have been a lot of missing measurements. When a lot of these plants were built DCS IO cards and the associated wiring were very expensive, so they only automated a bare minimum. A refinery built 20 years ago may have used 50 thousand IO points. Today 100,000 IO points may be used. The most practical way to get an old 20 year old plant up to that same level is to use wireless. Q: This means any new plants that are built today would come with a wireless implementation by default? JB: Yes. A lot of plants today are still wired, but they know eventually they

are going to need to put in additional instrumentation. This is when they will decide going wireless is their best option. Traditionally everything has been wired to the DCS, whether that information has been used for control or not. Even if it is not seen by the operator, it may be of use to the maintenance staff. Why has it been connected to the DCS? Because the DCS is the only piece of equipment in the plant that can accept the 4-20mA signal. Wireless is already digital. A lot of the measurements that have nothing to do with control can go straight into the historian digitally. Wireless comes in very handy there. Q: The analytics part, is that done inhouse or does a third party do that? JB: We let the customer decide. You (the customer) can install the software on a server in your plant if you feel more comfortable with that. However, we would be happy to put an EDGE Gateway in your plant and send the data to the cloud; we would do the analytics from there. We have designed our apps to be platform agnostic. A lot of plants use the Osisoft PI System for their existing historian. The apps we create can plug

With IoT pervasive sensing across a plant becomes viable, enabling the collection of vast amounts of data for precise monitoring and conrol.




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exciting in that they never bought a single screw. We said we will monitor their steam traps. We installed the equipment in their plant, which still belongs to Emerson. They pay us a monthly fee and we send them a weekly report. It is on the opposite spectrum of selling equipment and leaving it to the customer to do it. We take care of ever ything. We make sure the instruments are functional, the battery is ok, the network is ok, and we make sure that the software that sits in the cloud is ok and updated to the latest version and the latest security patches. Our experts analyse the data and give a report. We basically can generate a work order. That is completely new.

The use of IoT across a plant can be used to manage assets and optimise processes, saving costs, increasing productivity, and safety.

into that system. With our sensors and apps plugged into the PI System the system can use the data to get a complete picture of the equipment health. Q: I hear from companies that they have been doing IoT for years and now it has become popular. Is that something you agree with? JB: I would say that many of our customers have been doing IoT. It is not something we can take credit for. If we look at the definition of IoT. IoT must involve things, correct? For instance, just doing remote process control (think SCADA system) is not IoT, correct? Because it is defined as a process, not a thing. A valve however, that is a thing. Beyond this, there has be to an aspect of the internet. Just monitoring the valve from within the plant is not enough. It has to be monitored remotely. This is something that a few of our customers

have been doing for several years. Not very many. A few leading international companies wanted to monitor their valves. They have valves sitting on the fieldbus. As long as they are on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internet they can diagnose the valve. What is exciting now is that this is being made available to the greater industry. That is the exciting part. You can also send the data to your mobile device. The cloud is an important part. That is what we call connected services or remote monitoring services. You actually let a third party do the monitoring for you. That is new and exciting. It is still using the same familiar unlying technologies, like fieldbus and wirelessHART. Q: In terms of business models, what new business models have been created with IoT? JB: The chemical plant in Singapore is

Q: A lot of security firms are now talking about the challenges associated with the gap between IT and OT. Can you discuss more about that gap and how it impacts Emerson? JB: This is a great concern to the customers. Unless you can provide them with a secure solution they are not going to do anything. What is happening in the case of the chemical plant or several others, is that we provide a second separate system. A customer does not want to connect their existing DCS to the internet. That is the challenge of the IT-OT interface. Let us say the steam trap monitoring or vibration monitoring is a completely independent system. It does not touch the DCS so therefore it cannot simply be used as an entry point to the control system. That way we can circumvent or avoid that whole issue. We use Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft have done a good job of ensuring the security of their data centre to all of their international standards. Being able to present that to the customers is very good too. Q: How does IoT redefine situational awareness which is important for the process sector? JB: First of all IoT is mainly used for non-realtime applications, so if I can just step back for a second. For instance, somebody activates a safety shower in the plant. You need the operators to know


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about that immediately, so they can send first aid responders so assist that guy. You really would not send that to an external party that generates a weekly or a daily report, it would be way too late. I think that part will predominantly still be done in the plant. This also applied to a situation where someone has left a valve open when it should be closed. That needs to be known within the plant. Our pervasive sensing scheme fits in very well with that to provide that situational awareness within the plant. The IoT lends itself to those new business models where you look at weekly, or monthly, or daily reports. This lends itself very well to the other two domains I spoke about â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reliability and energy efficiency. If a bearing is beginning to develop a problem you can send a report that same week. That is more than good enough. The same thing applies to a

heat exchanger that is beginning to fail. That is where IoT will be most useful. There is a lot of missing measurements that can be covered with IoT. Some of this data can be used within the plant, whilst some of it gets sent to the cloud to be used by the service provider.


Asset management is one example of a major use case for IoT in the process sector. This would fall under reliability monitoring. You want to make sure the plant is running smoothly and no parts of that plant are about to fail. You also want to make sure the plant is energy efficient and does its job well.

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ARTICLE TAG Cables, Carrier System, Maintainance



CABLES CAN DEGRADE IF THEY ARE NOT MAINTAINED AND PROPERLY CARED FOR. CABLE CARRIERS ARE DESIGNED TO GUIDE AND PROTECT CABLES AND HOSES ON MOVING MACHINERY, ULTIMATELY EXTENDING THE CABLES LIFE. CONTRIBUTED BY JOE CIRINGIONE, ENERGY CHAIN SYSTEMS DIVISION MANAGER, IGUS What Is A Cable Carrier? Cable carriers guide and protect cables and hoses on moving machinery. They prevent tangling and damage from debris or contact with the machine itself. Using cable carriers extends the service life of both the cables and the machine. Any application involving moving




machinery and constant repetitive motion will benefit from a cable carrier system. Typical applications range from machine tools, woodworking machinery and palletisers, to automated robots, cleanrooms and ship-to-shore cranes. Types Of Installation The cable carrier is an integral part of any machine design and should be considered early-on in the design process. It can be implemented in a variety of ways depending on the motion of the machine, but the most common is a horizontal, unsupported, short-travel installation. In this type of application, the upper run of the carrier operates without touching the lower run throughout the entire length of travel. The maximum unsupported length is different for every application, but this type of configuration will have the longest service life. If the length of travel is too long for an unsupported installation, it is considered

a gliding, long-travel application in which the cable carrier glides on itself. A guide trough and glide bar must be used to support the carrier. Cable carriers also can be installed vertically or horizontally. Side-mounted, rotary, multiple nested carriers are also quite common. Nine Steps For Specifying A Cable Carrier System Here is a step-by-step guide to specifying a cable carrier: 1. Gather data: The first step in choosing a cable c a r r i e r i s to g a t h e r a l l t h e necessary technical data prior to contacting a cable carrier vendor. This includes length of travel, what cables or hoses will be installed, the size of cables

Cable carrier pre-harnessed with cables and connectors.


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and hoses and how much they weigh, any environmental factors such as debris, heat or chemicals, and speed and acceleration. 2. The largest cable or hose: The first question any reputable cable carrier manufacturer will ask is, ‘What is the largest cable or hose in your system?’ This will determine the minimum size of the cable carrier. To this number, add proper clearance — 10 percent for cables and 20 percent for hoses — and the resulting dimension is the minimum inner height of the carrier. 3. Style, style, style: Next, choose the style of carrier. Always choose a snap-open version whenever possible. This type of carrier allows access to cables with

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crossbars that snap open at any point along the carrier. If debris or other external conditions are an issue, the tube-style cable carrier replaces the crossbars with lids to fully enclose the carrier and provide complete cable protection. This style is especially useful in applications where woodchips, metal filings and other debris are present. With a split crossbar, simply press the conduit into the carrier to install and pull straight up to remove. For zipper-like removal of crossbars, the carrier has interconnected lids that are pulled back like a zipper, removing the top section of the carrier. The hinged crossbars are attached to the side links and are made of non-fibre, reinforced nylon to enable the hinge to flex. These designs minimise assembly and disassembly time. There also are modular cable carriers for heavy-duty, longer-travel applications. They are available with hinged crossbars that are opened on either the inner or outer radius, depending on which is preferable for the application, or with lids to make them into a tube for debris protection. Special cable carriers are available to meet a variety of application requirements. Some are: low-vibration or low-noise carriers, multi-axis carriers for robotic applications, ‘twister’ chains for rotational movements, fully enclosed carriers for protection against metal chips and flying debris, and carriers with integrated wheels for longer travels and less wear. 4. The environment: The environmental conditions of an application typically determine which type or style of carrier to use. If debris such as woodchips or metal shards are present, or if the application is in a dirty or contaminated area, an enclosed tube is ideal. An open crossbar carrier is lightweight and facilitates easy inspection and replacement of cables, whereas tube carriers offer removable lids for cable access. Also consider whether the

application is underwater or comes in contact with liquids. Note: Space restrictions Many applications have a space restriction that will affect the design and selection of the cable carrier system. It is imperative that the performance of the system is not compromised to meet these restrictions. Keep in mind things such as the camber of the carrier when determining how much height is available for the installation. Camber is the curve of the upper portion of the carrier along its unsupported length. Most cable carriers are manufactured with camber, but special, no camber carriers are usually available upon request. Be advised however, that carriers without camber do not have the same load-bearing capacity as those with camber. 5. Bend Radius: All cable carriers have a predetermined radius stopping point on each link. When a number of links are assembled, these stopping points restrict the carrier from fully pivoting and form a curve loop or minimum bend radius. All cable carriers have multiple bend radii to choose from and all manufacturers suggest a minimum bend radius. If this is unknown, the general rule is 8-10 times the outer diameter of the largest cable or hose. The larger the bend radius, the less stress is placed on the cable and the longer the service life will be. Bend radius is measured from the centre of the curve loop to the centre of the pivot pin on the side link. Do not confuse this with the dimension of the overall curve height. 6. Cable and hose packages: Since the primary function of a cable carrier system is to ensure c a b l e s b e n d p r o p e r l y, i t i s imperative to install the conduits correctly. To ensure maximum cycle life for your machine, the easiest solution is to use cables designed for use in a cable carrier.




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The first question any reputable cable carrier manufacturer will ask is, “what is the largest cable or hose in your system?”

Acceleration Force (lb) = Total Weight lb (carrier and fill) x Acceleration ft/sec2

Then determine the push force. Push force is the force required to get the cable carrier moving and overcome inertia.

Push Force (lb) = Total Weight x COF

Once those numbers are determined, calculate the force of the application by:

Acceleration Force + Push Force = Force Required

7. Cable carrier length: To determine how long a cable carrier your application will require, first determine the position of the fixed end. The ideal and most costeffective position is at the centre of travel. This will require the minimum amount of carrier to achieve the necessary movement. Use the following formula to determine the necessary cable carrier length:

LK =

S + K 2`

This formula is generally valid for all types of applications if the fixed end is in the center of the travel. Exceptions: rotary movements and most long travels. S


S = Maximum machine travel distance K = Curve length L K = Carrier length R = Bending Radius ∆M = Deviation from the centre point 8. Acceleration and inertia: It is critical to ensure that the cable carrier is strong enough to support the application. If it is not, the results can be devastating. The carrier can literally snap in two. In order to ascertain that the carrier is strong enough, use the following formula to determine the force required for your application.



This formula is valid if the fixed end is outside the center of the travel. (

LK =

S + ∆M + K 2` S





First, determine the acceleration force. Acceleration force is the force required to keep the cable carrier moving once it has started.

The force required must be less than the maximum force for the selected carrier. Cable carrier manufacturers typically do not publish the maximum force allowance for their products, but igus technicians will calculate the force required for your application and select the proper size carrier to meet this requirement. 9. Accessories: A variety of accessories are designed to further facilitate the energy supply system. They can include: • Interior separators or shelve ensure proper alignment of the cables within the carrier and prevent friction, tangling and corkscrewing. These are available in both vertical and horizontal implementations. • Mounting brackets are almost always required to attach the carrier system to the machine itself. Plastic or steel brackets made of a


• Extender crossbars enable the use of oversized conduits. • Strain relief is another common accessory designed to keep cables in position at both ends of the carrier. Sometimes strain relief at just the moving end is sufficient, depending on the application, and hydraulic or other fluid hoses



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should only be strain relieved on the moving end. Strain relief can consist of profile rails, clamps, tie wraps and tie wrap plates. Improper, or lack of, strain relief is a common cause of cable and hose failure. The strain relief clamps hold the cable in

the neutral axis of the carrier. This prevents the cables from being pulled against the inner radius of the carrier or pushed against the outer radius of the carrier where it can be damaged or incur wear. While it may seem like an insignificant point, strain relief can often make — or break — the success of an application.


• Rollers can be used for even longertravel applications.

R = the radius of the carrier. H = the measurement from the top of the curve to the bottom of the curve, or overall curve height. D = the depth of the curve.


• Guide troughs are available for long-travel applications



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single piece are for smaller carriers. Others have aluminum bushings in the bracket to prevent damage when tightening the bolts. These can either pivot for standard applications or lock into place for vertical or side-mounted, gliding applications.

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ARTICLE TAG Connectors, Data Transfer, Industrial Cables





ranz Binder GmbH & Co. Elektrische B a u e l e m e n t e KG w i t h t h e i r headquarters in Neckarsulm, Germany is among the top suppliers for M12 connectors and benefits from the long lasting experience with many variants and customer specific solutions. Since the internet has become more important in various industries the M12 connectors, especially with regard to their performance, have become fit for data transfer. With the M12 D-coded versions for two-pair, shielded wiring it has been possible to go for transfer rates of 100 Mbit/s. A value that was sufficient at that time. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



The Future Is M12 X-Coded The number of real-time requirements and the data volumes will become much bigger in the future. With their M12 x-coded versions for four-pair wirings and a data transfer rate of up to 10 Gigabit/s. The company is well prepared. This was and still is a big challenge because with regard to the design the company had to go for a completely new approach. The biggest challenge was to transfer the cable design inside the connector in order to have as little interferences as possible. This had been solved by, on one side, keeping to the twisting of the single wires and the shielding up to the point of contact and, on the other side, by implementing a metal shielding cross to keep the pairs separate. This required the use of simulation tools with the corresponding measuring devices. Even during the

production, process quality is monitored by 100 percent testing with the aid of inhouse developed testing devices. The male cable connectors are available as field-wireable versions and moulded versions as well as female panel-mount versions with different kinds of housings. In the age where office and industry more and more grow together binder also offers access to the office world. For these applications, field wireable as well as molded RJ 45 network connectors, are offered, that suit industrial needs. For the integration into customer, specific housings there are also M 12x contact carriers in the product range. Large Portfolio In order to complete the product portfolio and to maintain a good position among the leading suppliers of industrial cables


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for data transfer, binder developed molded female M12 connectors, female M12 panel-mount connectors with cable, adapters/ cabinet lead-through to connect two male M 12 connectors and the corresponding female panel mount connectors with angled PCB contacts. All connectors are UL approved or are in the approval process and are in accordance with the most current M12 X norm. Since the internet has become more important in various industries the M12 connectors, especially with regard to their performance, have become fit for data transfer.

of being touch proof, the air and creep distances also have to be met. While touch proof is ensured through the plastic housing, the air and creep distances have to be realised through the given contact arrangement. Here the insulation materials and the plastic material processing are of utmost importance. In the first step four pole T-coded versions for DC power supply with 12 A/

63 volt and 3+PE S coded M12 connectors for AC power supply with 12 A/ 630 volt are available. These are available as female and male versions with screw clamp termination as well as the corresponding panel mount connectors in various housings and termination principles. The worldwide acceptance is ensured by the connector norm and the UL and VDE approval.


New Challenge To meet the customer request for small compact connectors for the power supply the obstacle of a ‘four amperes limiting current’ had to be overcome. The necessary 12 amperes are achieved by wire cross sections equal or bigger than 1.5 mm², bigger contact diameters and an improved contact plating. Applications for the power supply of actuators, besides a higher current, a higher voltage of 630 volts is also necessary. To allow this voltage, apart from the need

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ARTICLE TAG Infrastructure, Ethernet, Network Resilience

Physical Infrastructure For A Resilient





ndustrial Ethernet networking is advancing technology applications throughout the plant. These applications are rapidly being deployed from the plant floor to the enterprise. The integration of IT and Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) Operational Technology (OT) introduces the need for increased security, ease of use, rapid deployment, and network management support. Panduit is collaborating with industry leaders, including Rockwell Automation and Cisco, to provide solutions, architectures,




and services that help companies reduce risk, enhance operational performance, improve reliability, and successfully implement EtherNet/IPTM solutions and architectures through:

1 Optimised physical network infrastructure solutions from Panduit that have been developed to align with the Cisco and Rockwell Automation Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE) Resiliency Cisco Validated Design (CVD).

2 Design guidance for aligning logical and physical industrial network architectures that utilise industry best practices. Strategic design g u i d a n ce f a c i l i t a te s e f fe c t i ve collaboration between OT and IT.

3 Integrated solutions, tools, and services to simplify design and implementation for better equipment optimisation and broader risk management.


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defining appropriate countermeasures to achieve high resiliency.

Figure 1. Mapping CPwE Logical to Physical.

Deploying The Physical Infrastructure To Build A Resilient Network CPwE is the underlying architecture that provides standard network services for control and information disciplines, devices, and equipment found in modern IACS applications. The CPwE architecture (Figure 1) provides design and implementation guidance to achieve the real-time communication, reliability, scalability, security, and resiliency requirements of the IACS. Successful deployment of CPwE logical architecture depends on a robust physical infrastructure network design that addresses environmental, performance, and security challenges with best practices from Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT). Collaborating with industry leaders such as Rockwell Automation and Cisco, Panduit helps customers address deployment complexities associated with Industrial Ethernet from the plant to the enterprise. As a result, users achieve resilient, scalable networks that support proven and flexible logical CPwE architectures designed to optimise industrial network performance. Physical Infrastructure Design For Resilient Networks Increasing the resilience of an industrial Ethernet network requires identifying the challenges and risks for underperforming networks and network disruptions, and

Logical To Physical Mapping The challenge for network designers is to implement a reliable, secure, and future-ready network infrastructure across the varied, harsh environments of industrial plants. The networking assets must be placed across the plant floor with consideration of challenging environmental factors such as long distances, temperature extremes, humidity, shock/vibration, chemical/ climatic conditions, water/dust ingress, and electromagnetic threats. These challenges present threats that can potentially degrade network performance, impact network reliability, and/or shorten asset longevity. Figure 1 shows the CPwE logical framework mapped to a hypothetical plant footprint. Resilient Design Considerations • Resilient network topologies • Network channel layout and distribution • Structured cabling • Physical network zone architecture • Network channel endurance as assessed using M.I.C.E. criteria

In harsh environments, industrial Ethernet networked communications systems must be extremely durable to avoid physical deterioration in cabling infrastructure. Physical deterioration results in defective network performance and safety issues, and leads to loss of data transfer, costly downtime, or catastrophic failure. Therefore, strategic selection of cable jackets for industrial environments is essential. Physical Infrastructure Network Building Block Systems Industrial physical infrastructure network building block systems comprised of integrated active gear can be deployed at most levels of the CPwE logical architecture. An industrial network building block system simplifies deployment of the network infrastructure required at each level of the CPwE. The building block system provides redundancy by containing the specified switching, routing, computing, and/or storage elements required for a given zone in an enclosure, cabinet, or rack that is complete with cabling, cable management, identification, grounding, and power. These building block systems can be implemented in three ways: • Integrated — Fully integrated, assembled and thermally tested building block solution including CPwE equipment and components delivered onsite for rapid deployment • Pre-configured — Preassembled building block solution incorporating CPwE equipment and components to be assembled onsite

Figure 2. Physical Layout of Block Diagram.

• Switch Ready — Preassembled building block solution including power supplies, fusing equipment, cabling, and so on, delivered onsite and ready for CPwE equipment and component implementation




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Figure 3. Logical Building Blocks Diagram

The network building blocks are comprised of the following: • Physical Network Zone System — A Physical Network Zone System within the CPwE Cell/Area Zone provides environmental protection for the industrial Ethernet switch (IES) and serves as a consolidation point for multiple network connections. • Industrial Data Centre (IDC) — The CPwE Level 3 Site Operations, or Industrial Data Centre (IDC), is one of four distinct cabinets that house equipment for several areas of the CPwE logical architecture. • Industrial Distribution Frame (IDF) — For consolidation points of IES, an IDF solution may be used to house rack mounted IES to route traffic between the Cell/Area Zone IES and the Level 3 Site Operations IDC. CPwE Physical Infrastructure Industrial Zone The CPwE plant network backbone consists of the distribution layer that converges one or more Cell/Area Zones to the overall plant network, IACS controllers, and connections to the edge IACS devices. Figure 2 illustrates the CPwE architecture below the Core Switches down to Level 0 and Figure 3 illustrates the logical building blocks diagram. Cell/Area Zone The Cell/Area Zone represents the outer reaches of the network and provides the network connections to the machines, skids and equipment to be monitored, managed, and controlled. Figure 4 details the physical connectivity of an example switch-level ring topology. Figure 5 is an example of a switchlevel redundant star topology.

Figure 4. Example Switchlevel Ring Topology.

Figure 5. Example Redundant Star Topology.

Level 3 Site Operations The Level 3 Site Operations includes virtual servers, security and network services, and a robust physical layer that addresses the environmental, performance, and security challenges present when deploying IT assets (eg: servers, storage arrays, and switching) in industrial settings (Figure 6). Industrial Demilitarised Zone (IDMZ) The IDMZ is critical to securing the network both logically (eg: malware, viruses, and so on) and physically to prevent unauthorised connections and network disruptions, leading to high resiliency. This is achieved by using active/standby firewalls and port protection (eg: blockouts, lock-ins).

Figure 6. Level 3 Site Operations Layout.

Summary Resilient plant-wide network architectures serve a crucial role in achieving overall plant uptime and productivity. The CPwE architecture provides standard network services to the applications, devices, and equipment in modern IACS applications, and integrates them into the wider enterprise network. It also provides design and implementation guidance to achieve the real-time communication and deterministic requirements of the IACS as well as the reliability and resiliency required by those systems. The CPwE Resiliency CVD solution can help provide manufacturers the guidance needed to meet the challenges of a fully integrated IACS and realise the business benefits offered by standard networking.


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ARTICLE TAG Factory Automation, Sensors, Oil Refinery



ow do you manage the balancing act between maximum flexibility and efficient production? The answer can be found in the newly built Rowe Mineralölwerke (Mineral Oil Refinery). More than 500 different oils are produced in this ultra-modern production and filling plant. To ensure safe operation of the tanks and other equipment as well as accurate disposition of raw materials, more than 200 level sensors from Vega are installed in the plant. Rowe Mineralölwerke must have removed the word ‘slow’ from its vocabulary: there is no other way to explain how, within only eight months, the company built a production facility for motor and industrial oils, high-performance lubricants based on renewable raw materials and other lubricants. In a space of around 82,000 m2 in Worms, Germany, there are

nearly 225 tanks, 32 mixing vessels and six ultra-modern filling systems that are all connected through an ingenious pipeline concept. To achieve a high level of safety, yet great flexibility at the same time, some 250 pumps and 2,800 valves had to be installed in addition to the 65 km of pipelines. This allows approximately 500 individual products to be produced in defined quality and filled into containers according to customer specifications. Rowe has been in business for 20 years. Thanks to company founder Michael Zehe, the company succeeded in realising annual growth in the double digits during this time. “Like many entrepreneurs, he started in a garage — and fast has always been his way of doing things,” explained Dr Thomas Nießen, authorised officer at Rowe and co-responsible for the planning

and implementation of the new plant. “When we start something, we like to finish it quickly.” The old plant in Bubenheim, which now focuses on the production of industrial lubricants, brake fluids, radiator antifreeze and car care products, had an operating license for a staggering 60,000 tonnes per year, but the new plant has one for twice that amount. The Project Takes Off In March 2013, the company Göhler in Hoesbach took over the planning of the facility; the actual realisation started six months later. Production of the first oils was planned for the first quarter of 2014. “From the very beginning, Rowe had a very clear idea of what the plant should look like,” recalled Oliver Binz, project manager at Göhler and responsible for the planning and implementation of the plant. “The quality of the final product is extremely important, therefore, mixing should be done as late as possible in order to avoid cross-contamination.” At the same time, the costs of cleaning pipes and mixing tanks should be as low GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:





INSTRUMENTATION & MEASUREMENT as possible. At first glance, it is the sheer multitude of pipes that is especially impressive; more important, however, is how they are interconnected. Every step in production is monitored via Profibus with the help of a process control system. The base oils and additives are first delivered by tanker trucks and stored in aboveground multi-chamber rectangular tanks. At this point, the sensors come into play: in each tank there is a continuous level monitoring system, complemented by a separate overfill protection system. The entire system complies not only with the requirements of the Federal Water Act (WHG) and the VAwS (Ordinance on Systems Handling Materials Hazardous to Water), but with many others, such as the Technical Regulations for WaterPolluting Substances (TRwS) or General Plant Safety (TRBS). The raw materials are conveyed to the mixing vessel and mixed according to formula. The special feature here: every additive can be fed into any tank. At the end of the process, the finished product is shipped in tanker trucks or filled into containers. Reliable Level Measurement Also impressive is the vast armada of level gauges. Vega delivered for all 225 tanks a continuous level measuring system (VegaFlex 81) in combination with VegaSwing 63 as overfill protection. Continuous measurement is applied for raw materials disposition or for inventory. In level measurement with VegaFlex 81, microwave pulses are guided along a cable probe and reflected by the product surface. The measuring probe of the TDR sensor ensures that the signal travels down to the product undisturbed. VegaSwing 63 detects the limit level reliably and with millimetre accuracy. The vibrating level switch is the ideal level detector for all liquid media, regardless of their viscosity. Users appreciate its exact switching point because it allows them to utilise the maximum volume of the storage container and thus store the product efficiently, even if the product changes from time to time. Also when it came to level measurement, it was obvious that Rowe knew exactly what it wanted. “We had very good experiences

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with Vega instruments at our plant in Budenheim and therefore explicitly insisted on having Vega instruments installed in the new plant,” explained Dr Niessen further. Fast Setup And Commissioning “The installation of the instruments went without a hitch,” noted Mr Binz. “This is certainly due to the plics concept — the user interface is always the same, which made it very easy for the setup technicians. We also appreciate the close and uncomplicated collaboration with Vega. For Mr Binz it is important that, when such problems arise, he can talk directly with service technicians and not just a hotline. Another advantage of the instruments is, in his view, the removable display. “Here we can really save money. After all, not every level measuring point requires an on-site

Each bank is equipped with a continuous level transmitter (VegaFlex 81) is combination with a VegaSwing 63 as overfill protection.

Thanks to the plics concept, installation and setup of the many instruments went fast and smooth.

Altogether there are 225 tanks in which raw materials and end products are stored.

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display at a dizzying height, and certainly not in the Rowe plant. But when commissioning or later servicing, it is very convenient to be able to mount the display briefly and then remove it when you are finished,” said Mr Binz, speaking from experience.

Besides 65km of pipeline, approx. 250 pumps and 2,800 volves and hose coupling stations were needed.

Outlook Without a doubt, the Worms-based company will keep doing things at a fast pace. The operators are very satisfied with the facilities already running and also with the installed level instrumentation. “Almost everything is now functioning. And that is not always

so with projects of this magnitude,” said Dr Nießen in conclusion. The smooth, troublefree setup and commissioning of the level sensors certainly contributed a lot to this success. Dr Nießen is in any case convinced that if the company undertakes a similar project again in the future, Vega sensors will be an integral part of it.


Measurement Of Highly Viscous Media The installation and measuring conditions were not at all simple, especially in the tanks that hold highly viscous additives. This is because of their structural features: these tanks are partitioned internally and provided with struts for stabilisation. When such a tank was filled under pressure from the tanker truck, the resulting pressure surge would buoy the cable probe of VegaFlex upwards and cause it to wrap around these struts. However, a solution to this problem was quickly found. Heavier tightening weights on the cables now ensure that the measurement of highly viscous media is reliable and accurate.



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ARTICLE TAG Biomass, Biogas, Trends

The Rising Trend Of



nvironmental effects of traditional fuels are contributors to global warming, and the world is looking at other forms of sustainable energy generation, such as biomass as a source of energy. From rice husks to manure, biomass comes in many forms depending on what it will be used for. When left in the open, such organic waste emits methane, a greenhouse gas that is approximately 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. The World Bank estimated that agricultural methane emissions accounted for about 44 percent of the world’s total methane emissions. Breaking It Down Anaerobic co-digestion, which breaks down organic waste without requiring oxygen, forms biogas in the form of methane, which can then be ignited to drive turbines to generate electricity, resulting in a clean energy source. Leftover material from the process is called digestate, and can be sold as fertiliser, for which the entire energy cycle can start again. Germany is arguably the biogas capital of the European Union. According to the German Biogas Association, 8,005 of 17,240 biogas plants across Europe were built GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



in Germany, primarily in the agricultural sector. This adds up to about 4,000 MW of biogas capacity installed, or around five percent of Germany’s power capacity. Other countries in Europe are not losing out either. Denmark’s largest biogas plant, Sønderjysk Biogas, located in southern Jutland, recently started operations. About 540,000 tonnes of livestock manure, straw and other organic residue will be converted into biogas by the plant. This would reduce Denmark’s annual CO2 footprint by 51,000 tonnes, producing about 21 million cubic metres of methane that will be injected directly into the nationwide

gas grid, or the equivalent to the energy consumption of 15,000 homes. Finding A Use For Waste With a myriad of sources including liquid organic material, or solid organic material such as manure, slurry/sludge, food and diary waste, agricultural byproducts or wastewater, the value of biomass lies in its flexibility to create a clean energy source from such varied types of organic waste. Asian industries that have high amounts of organic waste by-products (such as diary and food processing) are thus finding a new value for waste in the energy supply chain.


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Credit: Oregon Department of Forestry

This is due to the fact that the region has lots of potential for biomass energy, with woody biomass (limbs, tops, needles, leaves, and other parts) production at an estimated annual 563.4 million tonnes. Another important benefit is that

Southeast Asia’s annual production of woody biomass is estimated to be 563.4 million tonnes.

biogas plants do not necessarily need to be connected to the central power grid, allowing for decentralisation of energy solutions in rural areas. This can serve to avoid energy blackouts and high costs of importing fossil fuels. Palm oil producer Asian Agri plans to develop 20 biogas-fired power plants worth a total of US$90 million within the next few years to produce electricity for its own needs and for the people around the company’s plantations in Indonesia. These power plants are fired by biogas produced from palm oil mill effluent, the waste water discharge from processes of palm oil. The company

estimates that 30 percent of the 2 MW of electricity generated per plant is sufficient to support plant operations, and the remaining will be distributed to meet public need. India is also gearing up for the biomass market as well. According to Anirudh Tewari, principal secretary for industries, commerce, and renewable energy in the Punjab government in India, biomass is set to play an increasingly important role in the northern Indian state’s energy market. He said that the state recently developed biomass projects that generated around 150 MW, but has the potential to generate a total of 2,000 MW. Biomass In Waste Management Government efforts in Asia to incorporate biomass on a national scale are encouraging. Tenders have been called for Singapore’s co-located Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) and NEA’s Integrated Waste Management Facility (IWMF), and the two projects are estimated to cost $9.5billion (US$6.95 billion). The DTSS includes the Tuas Water Reclamation Plant (TWRP), which will be the world’s largest membrane bioreactor, with a total treatment capacity of 800,000 cubic metres per day. The IWMF will process various waste streams, including food waste and dewatered sludge from the TWRP. The co-location of PUB’s TWRP with NEA’s IWMF is one of the country’s first initiatives to integrate used water and

solid waste treatment processes. One such means of process integration is the co-digestion of food waste with used water sludge at for an increased yield of biogas production. The biogas will be utilised at IWMF to improve steam quality and a higher overall plant thermal efficiency. Along with an incineration capacity of 5,800 tonnes per day, the IWMF will be able to export more energy to the grid while allowing both facilities to be energy self-sufficient. Far From Running On Fumes Prospects for biomass and waste-toenergy in Southeast Asia are encouraging, with the sector expected to grow to around US$1.5 billion in 2019 compared to US$1.12 billion in 2014, according to Frost & Sullivan. While not the cheapest form of sustainable energy when compared to lowering prices for wind and solar energy, biomass still provides a wide spectrum of benefits, such as finding use for previously worthless waste, generating power in decentralised locations, and being a closed-loop energy system that enhances sustainability by providing energy reductions. Ongoing government efforts to support and integrate biogas to complement existing waste management techniques show that the full potential of biomass is still not yet realised, and there are sure to be more innovative ways to utilise biomass as a form of clean energy in the future.




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ARTICLE TAG Automotive, Leahage Testing, RFID

Automated Leakage Testing








he zero-defect production is the goal of every manufacturer. As a pioneer in production automation, the automotive industry has always been a leading force, when it comes to efficient production process and quality controls. But not everything can be automated one hundred percent â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and where manual processes are required, potential sources of error arise. This

The Smartrac sensor tag changes its impedance when it comes into contact with moisture.

is also true with the inspection of automobiles for leaks. With the current test methods for leakage tests, some faulty vehicles are still not detected and delivered to the customers. This is no longer the case as Turck offers a solution to ensure that each vehicle is leak proof when it leaves the production hall. Any costly rework is no longer required.


Relative Measuring Detects Humidity Together with its partners Smartrac and Vilant, the company offers a solution for fully automated leakage testing. The system is based on UHF RFID technology and detects all leakages in car bodies without the need for any manual intervention. For this, the car body is fitted during the production process with self-adhesive tags at relevant points, which react to humidity. Before the vehicle is driven into the rain spray chamber as part of the final inspection, it first of all goes through an RFID gate which registers all the tags. After the spraying process, the car goes through a second RFID gate at the exit, which in turn reads in all the tag data. If humidity has penetrated at any point, the system detects a discrepancy between both read operations and sends an appropriate fault message to the MES system of the user. Car bodies that are affected can as such be removed directly and reworked. In close collaboration with an automobile manufacturer, the company has drawn up a requirements profile for the system solution for leakage testing. Once the initial test phase is successfully completed at the user and the feasibility determined in the actual application, it hands over the functional turnkey leakage testing solution. Project partner Vilant is responsible for the provision of the gates and the integration in the MES system of the user. The Finnish company is a supplier

QUICK READ Before a new car leaves the production halls, it is also checked for leaks. For this purpose it is first exposed to different situations in a sprinkler that simulates rain, splash water or washes. At the end, the leakage test is carried out, usually with manual testing methods. Since these test methods can never be completely free of errors, Turck has developed a fully automated solution for leakage tests based on RFID in close cooperation with a car manufacturer.

of turnkey RFID information systems for production and logistics applications. The sensor tag for detecting humidity was developed and produced by project partner Smartrac. The Smartrac Technology Group is a developer, manufacturer and supplier of RFID inlays and solutions based on the Internet of things. Sensor Tag The passive UHF-RFID sensor tag can be stuck directly on metal and later also read in positions that are difficult to access in spite of the surrounding structures of the vehicle. Thanks to this capability and its compact format of 21.5 x 73 mm, the self-adhesive sensor tag can be mounted without any problem at many points in the car body. If areas have to be monitored where direct mounting is not possible, tag variants with extension strips are available in different lengths. The water reaches the tag via the extension even from places that are otherwise inaccessible. If the tag detects humidity, it reacts with a change in impedance, which is registered by the RFID read/write heads in the gates. A powerful evaluation software enables the affected point in the vehicle to be localised precisely by means of the collected data. In Europe the tag works in the 865 to 868 MHz frequency range. Being a passive RFID sensor tag, it does not require a power supply and can remain in the car for its entire lifetime so that it can be read again at any time. The tag draws the required energy from a handheld or the read/write heads of the gates. Conclusion The fully automated quality control in the production line reliably excludes user faults resulting from manual operations. Faulty vehicles are immediately detected and removed. All detected data is available directly in the MES and ERP system of the user. As only checked vehicles which have been verified as leak-proof are delivered to the customer, complaints from the customer about leaks are a thing of the past. As such both the customer and the brand can benefit from the increased level of quality.




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ARTICLE TAG IoT, Factory Automation, Industry 4.0






he Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is changing the face of factory automation, not just in Asia, but across the world. Industry 4.0 is a term that was pushed by the German government, but has since caught on in many other countries and regions. Whether one uses Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, or Smart Factory, they are very much related terms. Advantages stem from the ability of Industrial IoT to stimulate manufacturing innovation and boast industrial GDP growth while also improving resilience during an economic crises. Mitsubishi Electric’s approach to the Smart Factory is its FA integrated solution; e-F@ctory. This solution aims to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while streamlining production operations. Mr Voo explands further: Q: Could you tell us more about Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory solution? Voo Chung Mong (VCM): Our e-F@ctory solution, which is designed for the GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



connected factory, has been available since 2003. Initially we targeted this solution for the Japanese market. For the past few years we are putting in a lot of focus to expand overseas. An e-F@ctory-based plant incorporates a system that is capable of addressing various issues by collecting shop floor data such as production performance, operating performance and quality information from production equipment and devices directly and in real time, and directly interfacing with an enterprise’s database. The e-F@ctory platform improves quality, work schedules, and productivity, by having vertical data integration from shop floor to enterprise.

are in the process of forming a taskforce to promote the solution. The major challenge is awareness. While most have heard of IoT, there are a lot of people that are still learning what IoT is all about, and how it can benefit them.

Q: Is Singapore an important market for your smart factory solution? VCM: Yes. Singapore has always been the pioneering country for new technology. Many businesses use Singapore as a springboard for new solutions, including in the automation sector.

Q: What are some concerns your customers have raised regarding this technology? VCM: One of the main concerns centres around project implementation. They may not know the size of the project, or how much they need to invest in such a project. Another concern centres on security, especially if they want to adopt cloud computing. They may not know what cyber security they require for the project.

Q: Does Mitsubishi have any concerns about IoT and what are some of the challenges in implementing such solutions? VCM: We have years of experience with our e-F@ctory solution, which we have just introduced to Southeast Asia. We

Q: Are any of your customers asking for IoT or is this something you are adding as a value add? VCM: A few of our customers have started to ask about the possibility of implementing IoT in their factories. On the corporate front, we decided late last year to promote e-F@ctory strongly in overseas markets leveraging on our vast experiences in Japan.

Q: Are you selling a solution or a product? VCM: We are working with a few partners


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Part of our strategy is to educate potential users about IoT and to build an ecosystem for this technology.

The company’s iQ Platform is the enabling hardware for its e‑F@ctory concept. e‑F@ctory aims to improve quality, work schedules, and productivity, by having vertical data integration from shop floor to enterprise.

to form an ecosystem. There are some well publicised ones, such as Microsoft and Cisco. We have collaborated with Microsoft in Japan in regards to their Cloud platform. We have also set up the e-F@ctory alliance, which is an alliance of our partners. We cannot do IoT alone, so building strong partnerships is an important step in establishing ourselves as a major player in the industrial IoT space. The e-F@ctory and the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) together unify more than 3,000 partners covering a wide range of functionalities to build smart manufacturing applications. Q: What has the reception been like for the e-F@ctory? VCM: It is still in the early stage. We have good adoption rates in Japan, the US, and in Europe. The automotive sector in Japan has been using our e-F@ ctory solution for over 10 years. So far

in ASEAN, the reception has been very encouraging judging from the feedback inquiries we received. Q: What are the main benefits of IoT for your company and your customers? VCM: We have a strong advantage in regards to the ASEAN countries because we already have a strong installed base within these countries. Going forward we will continue to build on this installed base while looking for new opportunities along the way. We expect IoT implementation will benefit our customers and contribute greatly to our business turnover in years to come.




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ARTICLE TAG Material Science, Smart Materials, Manufacturing

The Importance Of Material Choice And




AA interviewed Prof. Dr Tim Hosenfeldt, senior VP, corporate innovation, Schaeffler AG, on the importance of material choice and the application of smart materials in the manufacturing and production sector. Q: How do innovations in material science impact the metalworking industry as well as automation? Prof. Dr Tim Hosenfeldt (TH): This is a big challenge. For instance, for a lightweight design you need higher load capacities. As such, very tough materials with high wear resistance. The working load is getting higher. This is why we develop our steel quality and its cleanliness as it is important to have lower imperfections. For our industry the material is bearing or standard steel. With nanotechnology in advanced surface technology we can establish a very high working load and toughness create a high wear resistance, and increase the hardness by four to five times. We can also create a very ductile material with a low youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modulus GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



with nanotechnology. We are optimising the material to our design properties, creating in this case a high ratio between hardness to youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modulus. With nanotechnology we can create nanostructures or nanolayers to make a material very hard without some of the negative side effects. Q: What is your take on smart materials? TH: Smart materials are important now and will be increasingly important for the future. As we develop more ways of sensing and continue to investigate the application of different materials in the development of new types of sensors, new ways of recording and acting upon external forces and stimuli, such as load, force, velocity, temperature, and so on, will become possible. Beyond this, the next step to getting

smart is to make use of data, and consider it a valuable resource. We need to understand this data and transform it into knowledge. From the knowledge we can make smarter decisions and improve how we act and design new products. The data gives us knowledge on how our tools or products are being used each day which enables us to optimise it. This is important in say predictive maintenance, whereby, maintenance can be scheduled based on real-time feedback from a product or system, ultimately extending the product/ systems lifetime. Q: Would Smart Materials indicate when a component needs to be replaced? TH: This is not what I understand as smart, ie: when you have to order a new component. It is better than not


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connection between different areas on a production floor and logistics much closer together. The ability to track components, and know at every moment where some material or component is in real-time, is a great capability to have. The industry has increasingly become more automated with cooperation between human and machine a clear trend. Machines can support humans in carrying

knowing of course, but the best is that you have a smartness that can measure the stress or the strain for instance, and say ok if I run the bearing a certain then we will face a problem. Q: A lot of the data collected is unstructured. How do you make use of such data? TH: Yes, of course. We have to divide between embedded systems and pass the data directly with what we are doing at the moment. We have developed for example, production machine 4.0, where we have a lot of sensors. We are able to bring this data into the cloud but this is in the development stage at the moment. This is the future to have a private or hybrid cloud, where we bring the data in and share it with our customers. We can then offer new services from this for the customers. Q: How is automation changing your business model and how you design products? TH: The Increasing use of automation brings extreme change in production. This means working in networks with real time data. Working on real-time data brings the

heavier objects or working in dangerous places, for instance. Many developed countries are seeing an increase in the age of their workers, as birthrates decline and people are living longer. A people get older they may need better support for heavy work. This is one example where machines can assist humans in performing their tasks more productively and extending our capabilities.

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ARTICLE TAG Cloud, CAD, Reliability

Avoiding The Blue Screen Of Death:





would like to share a notso-fond memor y that perhaps may resonate with your own experience. As a software development manager at one of my prior companies, I heavily relied on a desktop issue-tracking application to clean up my projects. In the user interface, there was a delete button for the issue that I was working on, and right next to it, there was a similar-looking delete button for the entire project. What Happened Next? One day, while rushing through deleting a bunch of duplicate issues, I accidentally clicked the big self-destruct button. It looked exactly like the other delete button. When the dialogue box asked me if I was sure, I thought nothing of clicking ‘yes’ one more time. Turned out that I had lost everything for that particular project. To recover the data, I had to sheepishly go to our system administrator. He backed up all of our GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



computers on a weekly basis. I messed things up for everybody until the project was restored — and even then, a week’s worth of everyone’s work was lost forever. Avoiding Crashes In The Cloud You never forget moments like this — an annoying setback is an outright disaster when it happens to you — but fortunately these kind of human mistakes are far more recoverable today thanks to software in the cloud. If I were using a cloud version of that software when I lost my project, I could have retrieved my work from the trash and immediately restored it to my desktop. Even if I overrode the safety mechanism and emptied the trash, I still could have called the cloud service support team and asked them to try to get my work back. The odds of success would have been high because

a correctly done SaaS application will be frequently backing everything up. The cloud is not magic. You (and I) certainly still can and will make careless mistakes. But a correctly architected cloud product does not rely on information stored in memory that has not been transacted to a file yet. On a desktop computer, the file is the permanent storage so you are always working in memory. If you have not hit the save button, and the system crashes before the information in memory is stored to the file, you lose the information. That is why crashes (and accidental deletions) are particularly bad on the desktop. You lose your work since the last time you saved. It Can Always Get Worse In addition, you also lose time because you have to bring the application up


again, you have to open the file again, you have to get to the same point and then you have to redo the work you lost. Things can get worse, of course, such when the crash is serious enough to make you reboot the machine and really start from scratch. That is what is ominously described in Windows as the ‘Blue Screen of Death.’ You can also have unpleasant surprises on your desktop where data from one application overrides data from another application and ruthlessly corrupts everything. One of our earliest clients, AfterDark Technologies founder Dan Wilson told us that before he moved his design work to the cloud, he lost his entire archive of 3D CAD drawings when his virtual machine crashed. He was using VMware to run his PC-based CAD software on a Mac — a function superfluous to design — and never imagined his work was at risk. That is an expensive and painful lesson no one should have to repeat. In Onshape, you can work on your data from any device — you are not locked to one license, one operating system, one device. Ever notice that you very seldom get corrupted Gmail? If you are writing an email and somebody pulls the plug on your computer, you can go to another computer and see that your draft is still there — pretty much up until the last word you typed. All of your old mail is still there, too. You do not have to manage archives or worry about disk space. And browsers are built to prevent access to data on your local disk — so browser-based applications like Onshape cannot corrupt data on your desktop. Redundancy = Peace Of Mind That is what the cloud gives you. Google has many servers running at once, communicating with each other, keeping track of what you are doing, basically almost on a character-by-character basis. It is storing your work and storing it redundantly. That is another big difference between desktop-based software and a correctly architected cloud application. With Gmail, if one of the servers you

are using crashes, Google puts another one right in its place and you just keep going. When there is a crash (or ‘injured’ server), you might see a little delay or blip — or at worst, you may have to refresh your browser — but then you are back right where you were. No lost data. No lost time. Onshape works the same way. Think about that classic ‘ if a tree falls in the forest’ question. When a desktop Projekt2 22.07.16 15:54 Seite 1


application crashes on your desktop, you are next to the tree and it may land on you. But when something crashes in the cloud, there is a good chance you will not even know it happened. As a result, it is not really a crash to you. We believe that is the way it should be. The less time you spend worrying about your software, the more time you can invest in your designs.


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ARTICLE TAG Market Outlook, Transition, IoT

A Company In




AA interviewed John Hewitt, president and MD of Yokogawa Engineering Asia on the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s direction and its approach to a rapidly changing market. Mr Hewitt joined the company in March 2005. Mr Hewitt ran the Australian operation from 2005 to 2015.




Q: What do you see as the major challenges going forward for Yokogawa? John Hewitt (JH): The biggest challenge in our space at the moment is the depressed market situation, especially in oil & gas. As a company we have invested a lot in the Oil & Gas sector. In Asia we have specialised in the downstream, which we have been very successful at over the years. Over the past several years we have also been focusing on the upstream and been quite successful at it. This has given us a wider portfolio. When the oil prices started to deteriorate it was a big warning for the company. Having said that, some of the companies that I have talked to in Singapore and in the region have said they are having their best years, so it is not the same for everyone. One thing that does seem to be fairly consistent is that the first thing to go is CAPEX and then people are scared to spend money


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The process sector is being transformed by the emergence of new ways to connect assets within a plant.

on OPEX, as a result. That makes the situation very difficult. This cutting back on expenditure is not totally across the region. There are some major projects that are moving forward, which we will benefit from. While these projects may not be new business, they are definitely good business for us going forward. The biggest challenge is to be the right size for the market and in order to do that we have got to be as efficient as we can be and we have got to be as cost efficient as we can be. We have to reduce our business costs, because if we cannot reduce our business costs, we cannot sell at the price the market is willing to pay. Those that are not prepared to accept this change or embrace this change probably will not survive. Q: You mentioned Oil & Gas, which is obviously a major business for you, but it is not going to last forever, more people are moving towards renewable. What is Yokogawa going to be like in a post Oil & Gas period? JH: Certainly in my lifetime it will not be a post Oil & Gas period but there is perhaps a post Oil & Gas boom. We have to be continually reinventing o u rs e l ve s a n d lo o k i n g fo r o t h e r opportunities. I relate the experience to my experience in Australia. During my first five years, from 2005 to 2010, we were very successful in the power

market in terms of migration of all the control systems in coal fired power generation in Australia. That market, like all markets started to come to an end and the challenge was there for us that we really had to reinvent ourselves. We actively sought Oil & Gas and we were very successful at it. We won most of the Oil & Gas work on offer in Australia over that period. But again we are now faced with the same sort of dilemma, and yes, we are not only looking in new industries but we are looking on how we can leverage on our existing customer base and move up and down the existing value chain within Oil & Gas, both for upstream and downstream. The chemical industry is one that is important to us. Across Asia there is still an enormous need for power and we do have a particular expertise in regards to power. We are prepared to move into new industries and seek out new opportunities. As a corporation, Yokogawa recently has been very aggressive in the M&A space. The company is still actively pursuing other opportunities, because the pace of change in the market in regards to technology is such that we are always developing new products. What we are looking to do is move up the value chain. Q: What are some of the major targets and business objectives for 2016/2017?

JH: Every three years we have a mid term business plan, the current plan covers 2015/2016/2017 for our financial years. The current plan is targeted on being in a certain position by FY2017 and it is called ‘Transformation 2017’. It is really strongly focused on driving the company in a new direction, at a much quicker pace. ‘Transformation 2017’ is really looking at three themes, which are: 1. Moving the company from being product centric to being customer centric 2. Value creation 3. Maximising efficiency In regards to maximising efficiency, what we are referring to relates not only to our clients but also to ourselves. If we cannot be an efficient, lean organisation ourselves, it is going to be hard to convince clients that we can help them become an efficient lean organisation. Change is happening very quickly. I believe in a short two to three years time we will be engineering solutions we have not even thought about yet. These are exciting times to be living in because there are so many things changing and the speed of change is increasing. The big issue here is that we are looking to transform the organisation to really become a totally customer centric organisation. We are doing a number of things to achieve that aim.




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We are looking to transform the organisation to become a totally customer centric organisation. We are doing a number of things to achieve that aim. In the age of industrial IoT and cloud technologies, mobility has become a key enabler of new ways of interacting with industrial components and systems.

One example of this is the launch of the co-innovation centre, which we have developed here in Singapore. When we talk to our customers about their plant, it is important to realise no one knows their plant better than they do. It would be quite arrogant of us to think otherwise. Having said that, we are experts in automation. Individually we can come up with many value propositions and concepts, but by joining forces and by working together we can do better and achieve greater results. Together we can come up with some exceptional solutions. We are working with some major companies around the globe. Q: You mentioned things are changing very quickly. The question would be in regards to major trends, such as IoT, mobility, cloud, etc, so how are these impacting your business and how are you leveraging them? JH: They are impacting our business in so many ways. It is correct to say there is rapid change, with new solutions, and joint development. As little as five years ago, this would have seemed a strange way to do things. Times have changed, however. I believe that Yokogawa has been at the

forefront of driving a lot of change. For instance, Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, is a term often discussed nowadays in industry, but what does it mean? If we look back just five years and see how technology has developed, it is staggering. I was talking to a robot in Tokyo recently. Technology has advanced very rapidly in such a short period of time. Another recent experience is I was talking to a client in Taiwan recently, and he said whilst the human machine interface is very important, what he wanted was a robot that would tag behind the operator and challenge him on his decisions. He remarked that he would like that within five to 10 years. My reply to him was why wait five to 10 years. We should aim for two years. Technology is moving so quickly that realistically that is what the timeframe would be. The willingness and the interest is there that we will chase after it. IoT is likely to bring the 4th industrial revolution. Production systems in which things and information are closely integrated will result in more efficient business processes, with improved collaboration with business systems used in functions such as development,

sales, management, and supply chain management. We are expanding the coverage of our solution services from control systems to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and other types of higher-level information systems. In regards to cloud technology. What we are doing is Data as a Service (DaaS), which is an interesting term. I have always said knowledge is power, and knowledge is data. We are in a position where we can give access to an enormous amounts of data. If you do not do anything with it then it is a waste of time. It is now a matter of making it a service and making it viable whereby we allow our clients and we allow our people to make more informed, better, and cost effective decisions. People these days do not want to spend money unless they can see a return. Unfortunately they are looking for returns within a year. With the way technology is advancing this is possible. Buying companies that are a good fit for Yokogawa and complement our expertise very well help us with this goal. Such acquisitions allow us to move with the times, and to take advantage of these mobility issues, cloud technology, IoT, and all of these things that allow our existing and new clients to realise the greater potential of their plant and really drive down their costs.




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ARTICLE TAG RFID, Trends, Intelligent Systems





here is little doubt that the RFID initiatives started years ago by multinational retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Marks & Spencer, has given the technology a level of visibility it did not previously possess. While much is written about RFID and how it will change the face of distribution, it is time to address several misconceptions about the technology and discuss the effects recent developments have on the discrete manufacturing sector. The visibility RFID enjoys today is not without problems as it created GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



significant hype and some unreasonable expectations. Possibly even more problematic is the fact many potential users actively avoid taking advantage of RFID today, hoping that these large scale initiatives will result in some obscure, super-solution at ultra-low cost. This type of wait-and-see attitude deprives the manufacturing base of a powerful method to compete globally; only better products at competitive prices will guarantee survival in the marketplace and automation is an important factor in this fight. This article hopes to paint a clearer picture of the true state of industrial RFID while providing information to better understand what the different RFID technologies can deliver and where their specific limitations lie. Why Should I Pay Several Dollars For A Tag? Tags are available today for well under one dollar (US) but users must realise what they can expect from a tag at this price. They also have to understand all the ‘small print’ before they can get to this price. The tags used by Wal-Mart for example are operating in the UHF (860 – 880 Mhz) band and offer very little memory: 12 bytes to be exact.

These tags are specifically designed for open systems associated with highvolume logistics tracking. This means they must offer a reasonable level of readability and reliability — 99 percent is considered very good, at as low a price as possible. For a tag to be useful in the manufacturing environment it must be housed in such a way to withstand particular environments. In automation environments RFID tags must withstand aggressive fluids, shock and vibration, dirt and grime, and possibly elevated temperatures. These tags are also expected to operate for many years in these abusive applications. Finally, is 99 percent read reliability really enough for the manufacturing environment? With this in mind, it is highly doubtful


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that an industrial tag satisfying the needs of industrial applications will ever be available for 20 cents. While the cost of the chips used in those tags will continue to come down, most of the cost is tied to the construction and housing material, and it is unlikely that those prices will experience significant reductions due to the wide variety of requirements. Is EPC The Only Technology Needed For Automation? We need to differentiate between EPC and RFID. EPC is a code — a number that will uniquely identify a product and/or group of products — that the manufacturer of consumer items must purchase from EPCglobal. EPCglobal did an excellent job pushing for a standardised data format and RFID solutions. EPC is virtually synonymous with RFID tags operating in the UHF band is retailing and logistics applications. UHF was selected because it allows tags (or rather, tag inlays) to be produced very cheaply. UHF technology also tends to allow tags to be read while they are relatively far away from an antenna. This is an advantage, for example, when pallets need to be tracked as they are moved through a doorway, but can be big problem in automation where pallets or items located very close to each other must be read individually. EPCglobal has recently identified this inherent limitation and HF systems are now evaluated as a suitable alternative for EPC. As far as automation is concerned, a long read/write range has never been a big issue. On most conveyor-based production lines, tagged items that range from engine blocks to tooling carriers are moved with precise accuracy. A read/ write range between 20mm and 200mm is suitable for most applications. This allows two items to be placed very close together without having to worry about them being read simultaneously. Based On Cost, Other Tagging Technologies Cannot Compete With UHF The basic cost of growing a UHF chip is no different than growing a chip for any other RFID technology. The cost of the chip is

first and foremost a function of size; and size is driven significantly by memory. UHF tags for EPC can be made cheaply simply because they have only 12 bytes of memory. On the other hand, tags typically used in manufacturing require upwards of 10 times that memory. The second factor driving the cost of the tag inlay is the antenna. UHF tags, by virtue of their operating frequency, do not use coil antennas, but rather they use printed structures. The same is true for HF tags. Consequently UHF and HF tagging technologies can offer similarly priced tags. Read/Write Electronics — The Forgotten Factor In RFID While the cost of the tags appears to be the primary issue discussed in the literature, the cost of the read/write electronics is often forgotten. UHF readers are still relatively expensive. It is expected that these readers will eventually drop below the US$500 mark, but exactly when this will happen is unclear. Conversely the cost of read/write electronics for other technologies this price threshold is not even a challenge. For devices designed to operate in the HF and LF (125 kHz) band complete solutions, including communication interfaces, can be below US$500. Consequently, operators of closedloop industrial systems, where tags remain attached to carriers and thus never leave the plant, should be less concerned with using an extremely cheap tag and more concerned with the total cost of ownership (cost of all hardware items, longevity and reliability of all selected items.) Network Connections To PLC Still Rule The Industry PLCs continue to dominate automation control in plants and manufacturing systems. The capability of PLCs continues to increase as the cost decreases. Any suitable RFID solution for the plant floor must therefore offer a reliable and easy way to connect to the dominant networks supported by those PLCs. EtherNet based protocols including ProfiNet, EtherNet/ IP, ModBus/TCP and EtherCAT cover the majority of vendors and are the most popular industrial networks used with

RFID technology today. In industrial applications however there is the ever present need to support more legacy connectivity such as ProfiBus, DeviceNet and even Serial interfaces. There is no direct connection between the tag technologies and the available networking solutions, however the logistics/retail type applications are not driven by PLCs. As things stand today, typical logistics/ retail UHF tags are not suitable for tough automation applications. Consequently, reader connections to PLCs are not required in this field. Exchanging data with an ERP system is more important and the providers of these solutions have realised and addressed this need. Recently, however, there has been much development into UHF RFID technology in factory automation applications. Ruggedised read/write head solutions have been developed along with multiple manufacturers producing more robust industrial tag types. Typically the read ranges are much greater than HF or LF and multiple tags in field can be read at once. The costs of the tags range from less than HF versions to much more expensive depending on application. In factory automation applications the key is to match the right technology with the specific application. Among the topics in factory automation RFID ‘ease of interface to the control system’ is of paramount importance. Why The Wait? RFID is a mature technology that has been around for several decades. Many fields of automation absolutely require this technology for the purpose of error tracking and prevention as well as production control and product tractability. For users who toyed with the idea of using RFID a few years ago, but decided against it for one reason or another, it is time to take another serious look. The technology has further matured, prices have come down and connections to PLCs have gotten better and simpler. Now with the inclusion of UHF in the bag of industrial RFID options the possibilities have never been so wide.




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SOUTHEAST ASIA 2016 exhibition has a greater international presence this year. Informative Learning Journey At The Centre Of Attractions HVACR Conference Conducted By Local Industry Associations ASHRAE Indonesia Chapter is co-organising a conference held concurrently with the exhibition. The conference features renowned industry speakers speaking on the latest HVAC industry trends, applications of the HVAC industry, among other ‘hot’ topics related to the industry.

HVACR/PS Southeast Asia returns in 2016 for its 5th edition. The exhibition will take place from November 23-25, 2016, at the Jakarta International Expo, Indonesia. This event is designed to be a onestop marketplace for the industrial sector, featuring a showcase of technologies and solutions spanning the sectors of HVACR, Pumps, Valves and Compressors. Set against a backdrop of growth in the building and construction industry in Asia Pacific and huge market potential in Indonesia, the exhibition benefits from being well-positioned in the industrial hub of Southeast Asia. GOT A QUESTION? Make An Enquiry. TURN TO PAGE 72A TO ENQUIRE OR LOG ON TO:



Strong Support From Regional And Local Associations HVACR/PS Southeast Asia has also gained the suppor t of a variety of industry associations, including: Indonesian Association of Practitioners in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (APITU), ASHRAE Indonesia Chapter, APTEK Indonesia, Asian Heat Pump & Thermal Storage Technologies Network - Indonesia Chapter, Asia Air Movement and Control Association (ASIA AMCA), Building Owners and Managers Association Indonesia (BOMA), Indonesian Food & Beverage Association (GAPMMI), and Indonesia Professional Engineer Association (PIPI). Together with these supporting associations, HVACR/PS Southeast Asia 2016 is the platform to further promote the industrial sector and build dialogue among industry players. International Focus The HVACR market is projected to grow through 2022 with an increased demand in the building and construction industry in Southeast Asia. This year, the exhibition has seen an increase in international pavilions, reflecting the sentiments of international exhibitors towards Indonesia as a growing market. With international exhibitors from China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and Thailand, the

Industry Seminars Conducted By Local Associations Seminars conducted by Indonesian Association of Practitioners in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (APITU) and Asian Heat Pump & Thermal Storage Technologies Network — Indonesia Chapter are held alongside the exhibition. Key issues that are of forefront interest to the industry are expected to be presented by knowledge experts and key dignitaries. Exhibitor-led Technical Seminars Technical seminars provide buyers an understanding of the technical aspects of the products, services and technology on display at the show. These sessions are free-to-attend for all visitors and are conducted by the exhibitors. HVACR/PS Southeast Asia 2016 is designed to be a one-stop marketplace for international industrial manufacturers and suppliers to launch new products, reach out to buyers, appoint agents & distributors, build brand awareness and establish business networks.

HVACR/PS Southeast Asia 2016 Date: November 23-25, 2016 Venue: Jakarta International Expo Country: Jakarta, Indonesia


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ABB: Compact Robot ABB Robotics’ compact robot for arc welding and machine tending, the IRB 1660ID, is a versatile robot in the mid-size class. Its Integrated D re s s Pa c k m a ke s i t easier to programme and simulate predictable cable movements, creating a more compact footprint while reducing maintenance costs by 50 percent thanks to reduced wear and tear on cables. The IRB1660ID’s compact, hollow wrist is ideal for applications requiring work in tight spaces such as arc welding and machine tending. It can handle payloads up to 6 kg and has a reach of 1.55 m.


Faro: Imaging Laser Radar

Faro has announced the launch of the Faro VectorRI Imaging Laser Radar, an ultra-high speed, large-volume, noncontact 3D measurement solution with high-resolution 3D imaging and projection guidance for manual and automated manufacturing processes. This product utilises this fast and accurate LIDAR HSI technology to deliver a continuous stream of high-resolution surface data with scanning speed that is thousands of times faster than any currently-available technology. This speed is enabled by the use of advanced galvo-mirror beam steering as opposed to the conventional gimbal arrangement deployed by other solutions.


Binder-Connector: Male Panel Mount Connector With Single Wires

With the M16 male panel mount connector with single wires Binder offers a product in the miniature area. Miniature connectors are of particular important to measurement and control technology as well as audio and medical technology. Versions are available in IP40 and IP67. Designed for time and cost reduction. The standard wire length is 200mm with other lengths available upon request. The single wires are PVC 0.34 mm2 AWG 22/7 cUL style 1007/1569.


Fronius: Virtual Welding simulator

The Austrian welding technology specialist Fronius has further developed its Virtual Welding simulation platform. TIG welding processes can also be learned in a virtual environment — without safety risks or the use of consumables. As well as getting to grips with the welding torch, users can also learn how to handle a filler metal. The function package is available for new Virtual Welding systems as standard and can be ordered as an upgrade kit for existing devices. The new package contains a special TIG welding torch and a separate sensor, which helps teach the user to apply the optimum amount of filler metal. A total of 10 training and simulation tasks are available, which can be performed on a variety of different workpieces. ENQUIRY NO. 7905




October/November 2016 | industrial automation asia

Mahr Federal: Indicator Gage

Igus: High-Speed Data Transmission Rubber Tyred Gantry cranes are an essential part of port facilities around the world. With the d-rover, the motion plastics specialist igus provides a solution to supply data to these RTGs quickly and safely — for travels of over 800 metres. The d-rover has been developed by the company for secure data transmission, for example to HD video cameras on the RTG. The system is quickly connected to the gantry crane via a retractable and extendible telescopic arm, as such ensuring an uninterrupted high-speed data transmission. In this way the maximum data rates of up to 10 Gbit/s are feasible with chainflex fibre optic cables, even with travels of 800 metres and more. There are no restrictions for the travel speed of the RTGs. ENQUIRY NO. 7906

Moog: Pitch Control System The Industrial Group of Moog has announced the launch of its next generation pitch technology — the Moog Pitch System 3. The first shipment of Moog Pitch System 3 is now in operation at a wind farm in Brazil. The new pitch system was developed to meet the growing need for wind farm operators and turbine manufacturers to reduce wind farm capital and operating expenses (CAPEX and OPEX). By reducing failures and downtime caused by overly complex pitch systems, the Moog Pitch System 3 improves productivity and ultimately enables wind farm operators and OEMs to be more competitive in today’s increasingly complex global energy landscape. The company will be shipping the new pitch system to turbine manufacturers in Europe and Asia starting in October of this year. ENQUIRY NO. 7908

M a h r Fe d e ra l ’ s Multimar 36 B Indicator Gage has been enhanced to accept a wider range of contacts and anvils, enabling measurement of pitch, gear diameters, threads, taper diameters and recesses, and more. It can also accept a Mahr Integrated Wireless Indicator for wireless data transmission. Handy and economical, the Multimar 36 B is available in both T-Plate and V-Plate styles and in two sizes. The 36 B ID/OD Indicator Gage can measure inside diameters from 0.75” to 9” and outside diameters from 0.25” to 9.5”, and can accept any indicator with an 8 mm mounting shank.


National Instruments: Digital Pattern Instrument And Editor The NI PXIe-6570 digital pattern instrument and NI Digital Pattern Editor deliver hardware and software features needed for smarter semiconductor test system development. By bringing the digital test paradigm established in the semiconductor industry to the open PXI platform used in the Semiconductor Test System (STS), and advancing it with a powerful and user-friendly pattern editor and debugger, users can take advantage of PXI instrumentation to help reduce test costs and increase throughput for RF and analogue-centric ICs. It also delivers the needed test capability for the ICs commonly found in the wireless device supply chain and Internet of Things devices at an economical price per pin. ENQUIRY NO. 7909


October/November 2016 | industrial automation asia

Nord Drivesystems: Helical Inline Gearboxes

Open Mind: Machining Package

Featuring high torsional rigidity, the new single-stage helical inline gearboxes from Nord Drivesystems are well-suited for pumps, mixers and fans. The products are lightweight, efficient and run smoothly. The nsd tupH surface treatment is optionally available to make the units more highly resistant to corrosion, particularly suitable for long-term use in aggressive ambient atmospheres. IEC and NEMA motor mounting options as well as various shaft, bearing, and lubrication variants enable versatile customised configurations. The new products are available in five sizes.

The Hypermill Maxx Machining performance package by Open Mind, developers of CAM solutions for machine and controller-independent programming, offers strategies for roughing, finishing and drilling. The package incorporates a 5-axis tangent machining of any arbitrary faces with conical barrel cutters. Features include the application of cutting tools that have radii of up to 1000mm. This allows the tool to conduct greater step-over distances that reduce tool paths while improving the theoretical roughness. The result is fast production times with optimum surface quality. In addition to this module, the package includes solutions for roughing and drilling.


Panduit: Pre-Configured Industrial Distribution Frame (IDF) The Pre-Configured IDF is specifically engineered to deploy and protect rackmount Ethernet switches in industrial applications. Extra-depth allows room for cable management, power management, and switch stack cables and accommodates up to five switches. The design provides consistent equipment deployment with faster installation and can lower the risk of downtime due to switch overheating. Key features and benefits include, the built-in features such as cable management and grounding deliver 25 percent faster installation, its standardised pre-configured equipment and accessory layout assures consistency, optimised design provides 3X the cooling capacity over typical deployments for increased reliability and is UL 508A Listed, UL Type 4/12 and IP66 Rated to ensure safety and reliability. ENQUIRY NO. 7912


Puls Power: DIN-rail Power Supply

240W CP10 models with output voltages of 36V (CP10.361) and 48V (CP10.481) are available. With the DIN rail power supply CP10.241 (24V / 10A) Puls introduced in 2015 with 39mm width, 600g weight, 95.2 percent efficiency and a typical service life of 120,000 hours. From now on further 240W models of the CP10 series are available with output voltages of 36V (CP10.361) and 48V (CP10.481). In these models the efficiency has been increased even more: 95.4 percent at CP10.361 and 95.5 percent at CP10.481. This means less stress on the electronic components and a higher energy efficiency. ENQUIRY NO. 7913




October/November 2016 | industrial automation asia

Schunk: Media Transfer Schuler: Robot Cell

LoadMaster loading systems from Schuler increase the productivity of turning and m i l l i n g ce n t re s by automatically transporting parts to and from the machines. The LoadMaster Assist robot cell improves efficiency even further, as it also carries out tasks such as clamping of raw parts in the devices or cleaning and deburring of parts, thereby taking the load off from operators to focus on more important tasks. The degree of automation of the machine allows lights-out shifts as well as continuous operation over the weekend. It can also remain in operation for several days without an operator having to intervene. ENQUIRY NO. 7914

Siemens: Software Application

Siemens offers ‘Fleet Manager for Machine Tools’, a new app for MindSphere, the industrial IoT platform. With this cloud-based application (MindApp), machine tools worldwide at small or large production sites can be monitored, and their availability and productivity enhanced. With little effort, users gain transparency over machine utilisation and performance, and can as such reduce costs and improve service and maintenance. Furthermore, machine tool builders can start developing new digital services by selling machine hours, for instance. The app is particularly well-suited for the end customers of small to medium-sized Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). ENQUIRY NO. 7916

Schunk is extending the world’s largest modular system for stationary workpiece clamping with the compact VERO-S MDN media transfer for universal use. It can be used for commissioning components actuated pneumatically, hydraulically or by vacuum on VERO-S NSL plus clamping stations via plug & work — all within a matter of seconds. In automated machine loading, the combination of quick-change pallet system and media transfer enables fast and reliable change of various clamping devices. Alternatively, the module can be used to supply components for automated monitoring or cleaning.


Veolia: Cooling System The Hydrex AquaVista by Veolia Water Technologies is an automated control and monitoring system, adaptable for most water treatment systems including both open and closed cooling circuits, membranes and boilers. The system is capable of collecting operational data, calculating corrective actions, executing corrections, communicating with the system’s operator, and controlling the optimum design parameters. These offer manufacturers key benefits such as minimising risk concerning scale and corrosion, maximising water usage, optimising blow-down water and related discharges, facilitating reports and operating conditions, and achieving highest water treatment systems performance. ENQUIRY NO. 7917

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