Automation Update - Issue 45

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Issue 45

The E-II single-tube linear unit in sizes 30 and 40 is 100% corrosionresistant. It has an upgraded temperature range of -30 to +80°C and can operate with FDA-approved lubricants for width, height and length adjustment in packaging machines for the food industry.

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RED LEDGE LAUNCHES RFID-DRIVEN SYSTEM FOR LIFTING EQUIPMENT ‘LOLER’ COMPLIANCE • ‘Red Ledge LOLER Certification’ system cuts time and cost: scans lifting equipment RFID tags to re-certify regulated assets • Ongoing information provides equipment life-cycle audit trail • Pilot users report increases in staff productivity and reporting accuracy Software application and engineering company Red Ledge has released a new RFID-driven system that cuts the time and cost of meeting LOLER* regulations for lifting equipment with fast, accurate asset re-certification, endto-end traceability and complete corporate compliance say Red Ledge. ‘Red Ledge LOLER Certification’ is an automated solution that uses handheld scanning of RFID tags on lifting equipment to maintain an accurate and comprehensive record, providing an audit trail for the life-time of the asset. Once captured all LOLER-related information is held on the Red Ledge system for ongoing maintenance and reporting. Red Ledge LOLER can be integrated with all mainstream ERP and other enterprise systems. (*Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations)

“For all owners of lifting equipment the penalties for LOLER non-compliance can be severe and the compliance process time-consuming” comments Red Ledge technical director Alan Wilcockson. “Red Ledge LOLER Certification takes the paperwork out of that process, saving users time and money. We believe it will transform the industry.” Headquartered in West Yorkshire, UK, Red Ledge was founded in 1996 and has over 150 clients worldwide. The company is a globally recognised specialist in RFID, barcode, voice and sensor technologies and uses its unique blend of application software and engineering skills to improve business processes in commerce, industry and government.

Early, pilot users of the Red Ledge system report that it is robust and reliable, increases staff productivity and improves reporting accuracy according to the company.

COPA-DATA exhibits at digitalisation show: Software solutions for the Smart Factory Expo COPA-DATA returns to Liverpool on November 14 to 15 to exhibit at the annual Smart Factory Expo. As Europe’s biggest digital manufacturing show, the Smart Factory Expo explores the latest in industrial technology. COPA-DATA will demonstrate its smart factory software, zenon, from stand B25, in the shows Industrial Automation Zone. The exhibition is set to double in size for 2018, welcoming 6,000 visitors, 200 exhibitors and hosting over 200 free to attend presentations from leaders in the industry. COPADATA UK’s regional manager, Lee Sullivan, will deliver a keynote speech in the Industrial Automation Solution Theatre at 11:30am on Wednesday 14 November.

smart factory era. The presentation will centre around the various advantages that manufacturers can expect to gain by choosing vendors with this certification, in addition to better protecting their connected facility.

IEC 62443 certification — what’s in it for you?

Earlier this year, COPA-DATA released the latest versions of its software; zenon 8.00 and the new zenon Analyzer 3.20. The software provides control and monitoring capabilities for smart factories in the automotive, food and beverage and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries, as well as other industrial facilities.

The presentation will examine IEC 62443 certification. The standard is a cyber security certification developed by the International Society of Automation (ISA), a non-profit professional organisation, and adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). During the speech, COPA-DATA will explain how choosing vendors with this certification can help manufacturers to protect themselves against cyber security threats in the 4 - Automation Update

Demonstrating new releases

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Alarm management practitioner training courses from M.A.C. Solutions For those involved in the design, management or maintenance of alarms and alarm systems, M.A.C. Solutions, developer of the ProcessVue® suite of alarm management software, is running a two-day alarm management training course on 6-7th November 2018. Topics covered in the course include: • Fundamentals of alarm management and the alarm improvement process. • Benefits of alarm management with regard to your legislative and regulatory obligations and OEE improvements. • Creation of an Alarm Philosophy and associated documentation. • Alarm design principles. • Master Alarm Databases. • Benchmarking, auditing and assessing your system.


he course is aimed at providing all the information and guidance delegates require to successfully implement alarm management within their company, thus providing a basis for the ongoing safe and efficient operation of their plant. The course is strongly recommended for anyone responsible for leading improvements to the management of alarms within a process industry plant, particularly Upper and Lower Tier COMAH-regulated or FDA-regulated sites. These include oil & gas, petrochemicals, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power stations, food processing and water companies.

Training and education are key For any site to be safe and operationally effective, there needs to be a robust system of governance, as well as comprehensive procedures and work practices that are rigorously enforced for

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alarm system(s). With an appropriately designed, managed, operated and maintained alarm system, companies can be confident that when critical events occur, their operators will be able to respond appropriately. Managing alarms may sound simple, but there are many facets that must be considered and addressed, from the management and detailed design of alarms and alarm systems, through to the potential for cultural change. Ian Brown, Alarm Rationalisation and Services Manager at MAC Solutions (UK) comments: “Whether you’re starting an alarm management journey due to regulatory pressures, as part of a corporate Process Safety Management initiative, or simply through a commitment to continuous improvement, you need to acquire the skills and knowledge that are necessary to help you with your task.”

• Alarm rationalisation and implementation. • Nuisance alarm remediation and advanced alarm handling. On completion of the two-day training course, attendees should have learned everything they need to know about how to successfully implement alarm management on their site. The course will be taught by a knowledgeable, experienced alarm practitioner, so attendees will also learn many things they didn’t know they needed to know, and some of the pitfalls to avoid. For more information or to register to attend a training course, please visit www.processvue. com or telephone MAC Solutions on 01527 529774 or email


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HARTING introduces Han® Configurator: an interactive tool to speed the selection of heavy-duty industrial connectors The HARTING Han® Configurator is a new interactive tool designed to speed the selection of heavy-duty industrial connectors by allowing engineers to quickly access all the necessary information and relevant data on the individual interface components prior to producing a design that can be viewed as a 3D model in real time.

The Han® Configurator is an advance in the digital transformation of product development. It helps generate the best solutions from an extensive portfolio, without the user having to be or become a component specialist himself. The Han® Configurator is geared towards real-world practice. It is designed so that a user can quickly put together all the interfaces necessary for a particular configuration. The designer starts by selecting three inputs (contacts, voltage and current) to generate the first possible solution. At each stage of the process the user can receive suggestions for alternative interfaces and via the “smart assistant” feature the configurator will only allow valid configurations to be implemented, saving valuable design time. 8 - Automation Update

Despite increasingly complex requirements and a high level of product diversification, the smart configurator makes the connector selection process easily manageable. The current configuration can be viewed in real time in the form of a 3D model in a separate window, and the configurator will never display components that cannot be combined with a selection already made. By selecting “expert” mode, users who already know the product numbers or names they are looking for can set up their interfaces in the configurator, making them easily manageable for subsequent processing. The choice of housing (top/bottom) or insert (pin/ socket) is all that is necessary to begin the configuration process.

The Han® Configurator allows users to quickly and intuitively arrive at the best interface solution without the need to search for components and their specifications. It is easy to add and remove alternative interface solutions that comply with the latest connector developments, all with the click of a mouse. Designers also benefit from the onscreen 3D visualisation of the current configuration, allowing the design to be viewed from a range of angles. Each configuration is assigned its own number, allowing it to be saved for revision at a later date. All documentation can be downloaded with a single click (including STP files) for saving, loading and sharing among members of a design team, including those working remotely. Click here to find out more information about the new HARTING Han® Configurator.


Bilfinger Tebodin, the global consulting and engineering firm, is offering clients the very latest in digital technology to design both new facilities and change existing plants.


ne element of this is Building Information Modeling (BIM), a collaborative way of working, which unlocks more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining of assets. BIM is now widely used, and increasingly specified as mandatory for both residential and commercial construction. However the technology is still new to the industrial sector, a position that the company is changing through her investment in digital technology now available to clients on a local and global basis. Ian Dunkley, Managing Director of Bilfinger Tebodin in the United Kingdom, commented, ‘BIM offers clients incredible advantages when investing in new facilities. Modern industrial

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processes can be complex, partly due to the number of stakeholders and different engineering disciplines required. BIM enables all the information to be shared during the design process and enhances communications across the project team wherever they are in the world’. ‘Our engineers are able to design complete process and industrial plants digitally from concept to construction with innovative solutions to industrial design challenges. This seamless collaboration produces considerable savings and dramatically reduces costs and project timescales. Designs can be optimized not just in 3D and 4D, but right up to 7D to incorporate future maintenance costs. It creates a common environment for all stakeholders which can be viewed in virtual reality.’

The technology has been successfully applied by Bilfinger Tebodin on the Great Wall Motors Company’s car factory in Russia. This giant facility (225,000 m2), with a production capacity of 150,000 vehicles per year, was designed by Bilfinger Tebodin involving more than 100 engineers across seven countries. Another digital tool Bilfinger Tebodin has developed is ‘Industrial 360°’, an innovative scanning system capturing industrial sites in a photorealistic way. This together with 3D point data from the site itself creates a transparent information model in HD. The virtual walkthrough can be used for design modifications, maintenance objectives, safety inspections, turnarounds and training. The technology has been extensively used for factory modifications at large petrochemical

companies, HAZOP studies and updates of safety valve calculations, new state-of-the-art laboratories in the pharmaceutical sector, renovation of an outdated production unit in the food sector and expansion of an existing glueproduction facility. Ian Dunkley continued, ‘The two technologies, for projected and existing facilities, are great examples of how important we view this digital future and the innovative service we can now offer to clients not only in the UK but on a global basis. We have over 40 engineers of diverse disciplines at our office in Warrington and are already in conversations with a number of clients about the benefits of and applications for the new technology – the future is definitely digital!’

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RK MonoLine linear units the new efficiency class To complement its range of linear units for the medium load range, RK Rose+Krieger has launched a new series with the RK MonoLine.

Initially released earlier this year in sizes 40, 80 and 120, the range will soon be extended to include size 60 and will therefore be available in sizes 40, 60, 80 and 120 – either with a timing-belt drive (Z) or without a drive as antivibration torque support (R). The size 40 timing belt driven version can withstand loads of up to 1100 N, the size 60 will be able to withstand forces of up to 2800 N. The size 80 can withstand up to 4367 N and the 120 timing-belt-driven version can withstand loads of up to 9400 N. All units can reach travel speeds of up to 10 m/s, with permissible accelerations of up to 20 ms².

Variable mounting system As with the timing-belt-driven linear units in the RK DuoLine range, the RK MonoLine Z also features a variable mounting system for almost all motors available on the market. The motor position no longer needs to be specified when placing an order and can be changed at a later stage. 12 - Automation Update

The new actuators are fitted with a timing-belt guidance system as standard. The optional clamping and slot stone bars reduce the amount of engineering required and make customisation easier. The profile slots enable maximum flexibility for the fixation of customer-specific accessories, such as drag chains and tube holders, as well as limit or proximity switches for limit switching. The payload is fixed securely using the slot stones with tapped holes available as accessories. For users this means minimal effort required in construction, reduced assembly costs and quicker assembly. Special tapered lubrication nipples on the side of the carriage facilitate lubrication of the linear units in any carriage position. It is not necessary to move the units into a particular maintenance position or to disassemble any fittings. Central lubrication speeds up maintenance and also makes it safer and simpler. The new linear actuators impress due to their smooth running and high precision when subjected to medium dynamic loads.

The RK Rose+Krieger portfolio includes the RK DuoLine series for applications where high dynamic performance is demanded. The linear units with ball rail guide are available in the sizes 160/120/80/60/40 and can be supplied either with or without a drive in a timing-belt- or a spindle-driven version.

RK Monoline MT – linear unit with Omega drive The newest member of the RK Monoline product line is based on the roller guide concept of the RK MonoLine Z 80, but has a different drive concept: on the RK Monline MT, the timing belt does not circulate, but is driven in the area of the guide carriage. That is why an Omega drive is referred to. The tried-and-tested variable mounting concept allows the motor position to be changed subsequently for almost all motors

available on the market. Compact dimensions facilitate high speeds and high positioning accuracy and repeatability – in particular for use as a vertical axis in a multi-axis system with travelling base profile and stationary carriage/motor. As a horizontal axis with a rated load on the carriage, on the other hand, extremely long strokes can be achieved. A further typical application is use as a moving axis. RK Rose+Krieger 26 Faraday Road Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP19 8RY 01296 611660

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Expert Servicing,

Direct from the Manufacturer The servicing and maintenance of enclosure climate control units is often an area that is overlooked in manufacturing.

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However, regular servicing has been shown to significantly reduce unit failures and thus prevent production downtime.

Production downtime is always expensive but it is particularly annoying when it’s preventable – for example, when a cooling unit fails because it needs servicing, thereby bringing everything to a standstill.

Rittal After Sales Service offers tailor-made, fast response, service packages, direct from the manufacturer, worldwide, and around the clock.

Regular maintenance of cooling units is important, especially for critical environmental conditions. Ambient air containing oil or dust can easily result in dirty filter mats; this results in reduced air throughput in the external circuit and decreased cooling output. If this causes a steep rise in temperature inside the enclosure then failure is simply a matter of time. And yet, in practically all cases, maintenance costs are significantly lower than those resulting from a system failure. If the servicing cannot be managed by the company’s own employees, Rittal offers customised solutions with its After Sales Service packages. Customers who sign up will be serviced by a single local engineering company, with the backing of the manufacturer’s expertise. “With Rittal After Sales Service, we are using central contacts, our own engineers and local presence to provide an expert service with short response times,” says Karl Lycett, Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate.

He adds: “Support is provided by our own service engineers and selected authorised regional service partners with a high level of expertise on Rittal products.” From Service Checks to Service Contracts Customers can agree a one-off service or an individual service contract and the contract package can be tailored to meet any customer requirements, including: availability, response times, service intervals and spare parts stocking. Quick response times If, in spite of regular servicing, a fault does occur, those signed up to the Service will benefit from the short response times from Rittal’s network of highly-trained service engineers across the UK and internationally, with over 1,000 service engineers in 150 locations worldwide guarantee very fast service. If required, a contract can be agreed to ensure a service engineer can be on-site within four hours – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Find out more about Rittal After Sales Service at the following link: www. Further information at and or on twitter @rittal_ltd.

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Reich Expand Product Offering With Reverse To Reset Torque Limiter Range Reich Drive Systems UK announce a further expansion of the company’s already comprehensive product portfolio with the addition of a new range of Torque Limiters. The new products complement Reich’s comprehensive range of drive couplings, and will open up new opportunities for Reich across several market sectors. Torque limiters provide overload protection to the mechanical drive-train, and are essential if significant damage and lengthy downtimes are to be avoided, in the event of a sudden increase in torque due to a mechanical failure or other event. The new “RR” torque limiter range, now available from Reich Drive Systems UK, immediately disconnects the input side and driven side of the drive-train when an overload occurs, dissipating the inertia within the rotating components. During normal operation the torque limiter transmits the torque from the input side to the driven flange through a series of balls. These are located within indentations on both halves of the unit, and retained in position by compression springs. In the case of an overload situation, when the torque demand exceeds the pre-set torque value, the balls are pushed out of their indentations. Both sides of the drive-train remain completely disconnected and can rotate independently and freely. Using a torque limiter improves safety and enhances the reliability of the machine to which it is connected. During normal use, if correctly installed and properly adjusted, the Reich torque limiter range does not require any ongoing routine maintenance. A key feature of the Reich “RR” range of torque limiters is the ability to re-engage the drive by reversing the direction of rotation, either under power at slow speed, or manually, saving valuable time and improving efficiencies and up-times. Designed to be freely interchangeable with other reverse to reset torque limiters currently available on the market, the new Reich range can be delivered by Reich Drive Systems UK within just 7-10 days from order. 16 - Automation Update

Aftermarket customers seeking to reduce downtime when sourcing replacement parts will welcome the quick delivery times. The “RR” range is available in four sizes and with torque settings ranging from 4Nm to 2,600Nm, depending upon spring types and the number of springs specified. They can also be used at temperatures between -200C and + 900C. In addition to the reverse to reset range, Reich also offer a number of friction disc and traditional reset mechanical torque limiters. David Proud – General Manager for Reich Drive Systems UK commented: “ We are delighted to announce the introduction of the torque limiter products, which perfectly complement our range of drive couplings. Our expanded portfolio will definitely open up new opportunities for Reich here in the UK and Ireland.” With a history spanning over 70 years, Reich Kupplungen has built up unrivalled expertise in the design and manufacture of drive couplings for use across a wide range of industries and applications. Reich is always happy to assist customers with coupling or torque limiter selection process for any particular application. Reich Drive Systems UK 0161 714 4191 |

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See your name in steel

as Pryor laser mark 150,000 names

Pryor Marking Technology is proud to be using their portable laser marking machine to engrave 150,000 names on the ‘Heart of Steel’ which is set to become part of a widely anticipated Yorkshire landmark sculpture called ‘The Steel Man’. ‘The Heart of Steel’ will eventually sit inside‘The Steel Man’ - a 32 metre stainless steel sculpture which will act as a beacon for the Yorkshire region and become a landmark visitor attraction in an area that is steeped in industrial history. The Heart is 2.4m high and weighs 1138kg, and will be home to 150,000 names, all of which will be laser engraved using Pryor’s Portable Laser Marker. The Portable Laser product was the ideal choice to carry out such a project as it provides ultra-precise, high speed, permanent laser engraving on large, immobile metal objects. The Portable Laser will engrave 90 names in 50 seconds with each letter measuring 0.8mm in height. At this size, clarity is key and the Portable Laser Marker marks with abundant detail. Laser marking is non-contact which means the engraving does not create any stress points or deformation to the 18 - Automation Update

material; an extremely important point in the case of the Heart of Steel.Future names will be engraved in front of the public at Meadowhall, Sheffield’s leading shopping centre, from October 2018. The heart is made of 136 curved panels and is a complex shape. Therefore, Pryor had to develop a custom mask specifically for the heart that enables the machine to mark on the Heart in a safe and secure way. The company also modified its standard software to enable complete traceability of up to 150,000 names. The software records the panel and column location of every name marked, so that each individual can locate the exact position of their inscription. Andy Hales, Project Sales Engineer at Pryor says, “The Heart of Steel project is one that fits Pryor perfectly. We were approached by the sculptor, Steve Mehdi, to laser engrave 150,000 names. As the only UK manufacturer of portable laser marking systems we are ideal to provide this service. In addition, as a Sheffield based company since 1849, we have a vested interest in the local area. The project began as a simple idea to create a landmark for the Yorkshire region and Steve was keen to create a sculpture that would embraces the past, present and the future of the region.

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