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ABB wins $90-million order to supply world’s longest extruded ‘power from shore’ cable

200-kilometer cable system to deliver 100 megawatts of electricity from Norwegian grid to Johan Sverdrup offshore facility ABB has won an order worth around $90 million from leading international energy company Statoil, for a high-voltage cable system to supply power from shore to the Johan Sverdrup offshore Located 155 kilometres (km) west of Stavanger in the North Sea, Johan Sverdrup is considered one of the largerational, production is estimated at 550,000 – 650,000 barrels of oil per day, accounting for nearly 40 percent ABB will design, manufacture and install an 80-kilovolt (kV) extruded direct current (DC) cable system with a capacity of 100 megawatts to transmit power from the Norwegian power grid to the Johan Sverdrup offshore prolength, it will be the longest extruded submarine cable system to an offshore Supplying electric power from shore for offshore oil and gas production avoids the need to burn diesel or gas out at sea to power the equipment and machinery on the platforms, resulting

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Photonex 2015 - Unlock the potential of Light Technologies THIS YEAR’S SHOWCASE MUST-VISIT EVENT DEDICATED TO PHOTONICS AND LIGHT TECHNOLOGIES WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 14TH AND THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER AT RICOH ARENA. 100+ Exhibitors, the largest event for 10 years. Co-located Vision UK & VACUUM EXPO. What’s it all about? Every light-based technology imaginable, this event provides researchers and industry engineers the unique opportunity to meet the UK’s top supplier companies, innovators & leading science groups in the comprehensive exhibition and to attend the in-depth Enlighten Conference covering applications, technology advances, innovations and emerging technologies in photonics based technologies. The Enlighten Conference Programmes: High Power Diode Lasers & Systems, Nano-Spectroscopy & Bio-Imaging, Vision in Action: Advances in industrial Imaging, Optical Engineering & Design, Optical Metrology, Photonics Tutorials, Innovation Live! what’s new, Laser Processes in Ultra Precision Manufacturing, SID: Display Selection and Evaluation. Included; a special International Year of Light event: Your future in photonics: LIGHTtalks - brighten up your world. The conference includes an impressive 100 speakers over the two days. Something for everyone.

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Induction Hardening with IR Temperature Measurement Exlusive Road Test In many industries, the use of non-contact temperature measurement has become essential in monitoring and controlling production processes. In fact, high quality standards can only be guaranteed by precisely controlling temperature for even the smallest components.

During induction hardening and tempering, a particular spot of the workpiece (such as precision parts made of steel or cast steel) is heated up and subsequently quenched rapidly. For such contactless heating methods, usually only a special area on the surface of the workpiece is selectively heated. This method of selectively heating and quenching induction heating process Temperature measurement via ISR 6-TI Advanced with simultaneous display of the thermal image (image below) a workpiece is critical in achieving the desired hardness of the mate- In order to detect and monitor rial. If the temperature is too low, it will lead the temperature distribution on the workpiece, a special the temperature is too high, it may damage hy b r i d - py r o m e t e r w i t h thermal imaging functionality the workpiece so that it becomes unusable. has been developed by By adjusting the induction coil, pieces in LumaSense. This new solution, various shapes can be correctly heated up IMPAC ISR 6 TI Advanced, combines accurate two-color for the hardening process. pyrometer measurement with thermal imaging display Solutions: capability. This allows a For efficient process monitoring and specific indication of the control through temperature measurement, temperature distribution of a dedicated region on the objects surface. LumaSense Technologies offers a wide range of infrared pyrometers. They are suitable for The new ROI functionality contained in the supplied InfraWin software enables different industrial applications and can be an optional I / O module, it is possible for example to trigger external (switching-) in the harshest working environments. The contacts based on the temperature data of one or more ROI’s. portfolio includes a wide range of instruments from standard-pyrometers and two-color Conclusion: pyrometers to composite solutions, which consist of pyrometers with integrated thermal The use of pyrometers for controlling induction processes imaging functionality. For measurement tasks with high reproducibility (as required in hardening processes), LumaSense offers Series 6 Advanced pyrometers, which are available in different wavelength ranges and cover

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OmrOn demOs path tracing delta rObOt with freehand pattern recOgnitiOn A demonstration robot cell at the 2015 PPMA show will highlight innovative applications in pattern recognition and path tracing. Visitors to the show’s Robot Feature Area, will be able to draw their own freeform shapes, present them to the vision system within the cell, and then watch as the delta robot traces the shape. The system accurately follows the path even as the shape is rotated or moved back and forth on a linear slide to demonstrate

The demo cell features an Omron delta robot, controlled by a Sysmac NJ controller, and linked to Omron’s FH vision system, with a light curtain to ensure user safety. When a drawing of a shape is presented to the cell contrast and background suppression improves the scan for outline detection. From the outline, the vision system splits the path by buffers of 128 points each, and generates the output XY data of equally spaced points. The whole process happens at high speed, with the vision algorithms executed over a multicore processor system to reduce inspection time. The algorithm skips the traditional pre-calculation that would conventionally be used in pattern recognition – a task that has high computational cost. This allows faster calculations to be performed and the cell to operate within a real time control systems context. The XY data is sent to the NJ PLC, which connects these output data points using interpolation to create a smooth curve. The total length of the path is calculated from the number of points and distance between pairs of points, supplied by the FH vision system. With the total distance calculated and the curves smoothed, the trajectory data used to calculate the distance from the initial position to the current position. A key feature of the system is its ability to synchronise with the speed of a conveyor – simulated in the demo cell using the rotary turntable and linear slide. A third degree polynomial interpolation is recalculated at every CPU tick (1ms) and based on time instead of the maximum speeds and accelerations, which are checked constantly during the path execution. The demo highlights a host of applications for path following where it is either not possible or desirable to have the path generated within a CAD system. The ability 10 - Automation Update October 2015

Omron demonstrates pattern recognition and path tracing

to draw a closed shape freehand and have it accurately traced saves time and could have important applications in areas such as food production, packaging, healthcare and more, enabling new levels of customisation for short changes in the design. The demonstration addresses a number of key issues and trends across industries. The fast teaching time means minimal downtime on the production line, and It also highlights how the use of integrated robotics and costs and improve throughput. Further, the robot cell highlights the ease of integration and programming of different technologies for machine builders. With Omron’s Sysmac platform, the controller, robot, vision system, safety technology, drives and servos are all connected over EtherCAT and

as expected. Programming of the robot is particularly simple for such a complex application, using only one function block based on time for synchronising with the conveyor.

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GE Healthcare partners with FANUC UK to build a packaging line The Challenge GE Healthcare, a leading manufacturer of high quality medical technologies and services for the healthcare industry needed to transform an ageing packaging line for its signature ‘Drytec’ product, a generator of the injectable radio nuclide TC99m used in hospitals all over the world for patient diagnostic imaging. A new handling and packaging solution was required at The Grove Centre in Amersham, headquarters of the GEHC Life Sciences business as well as ‘Drytec’ manufacturing and distribution. The existing packaging facility was struggling to keep up with demand, with the short lifetime of the product requiring a 24 hour turnaround to ensure timely patient care. Packing line components were becoming outdated and/or unavailable repair or upgrade. GE Healthcare needed production output, and at the same time ensuring safety due to the radioactive composition of the product. GE needed to respond rapidly to improve its packaging line processes without disrupting current operations. The Solution GE Healthcare partnered with FANUC UK, the world’s largest robotics and automation solutions provider, to build and install a reliable and safe solution for its packing line. In conjunction with GE Healthcare, FANUC designed the complete solution, and a FANUC facility in Rugby was used to build and test the packing line, including fully mocked-up shield walls, for an extensive FAT (Factory Acceptance Test). The test demonstrated functionality of all time and the software managing the scheduling and product tracking through the system to despatch and shipping. For the above mentioned software, FANUC commissioned SOLCOM Ltd, a leading provider of industrial software and systems, to deliver this aspect of the project. Validation of the system was completed in-house. Once the automated packaging process was successfully installed and operational at the Grove Centre, the from the manufacturing production line and loaded onto the packaging line in

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stillages. The packing materials were pre-loaded onto the line during nonproduction, after which the packing process ran automatically, packing the Drytec generators, associated ancillary box and paper documentation into the individually labelled shipping boxes, followed by palletising and wrapping. Shipment inventory documents are created for each pallet. A wide range of Drytec generators are available, with each order individually manufactured and packed with appropriate literature for the destination country. A total of six FANUC robots were integrated into this solution. The software provided by SOLCOM Ltd, working in conjunction with visual barcode reading and OCR was integrated into several stages of the packaging process ensuring that only the correct product could ever be shipped to a given address, whilst managing and prioritising delivery for clients around the world.

Previously, the unreliable automation caused a high degree of manual intervention to the line, increasing operator radiation dose rates. Also occasional failure of the plant for even a few hours directly impacted supply to the end customer, resulting in cancelled patient appointments. Using robots to automate the packaging vastly improves the line reliability, and reduces risk. The





zero outages, and guaranteed timely delivery of the product to the end user. At the same time, reductions in manual handling reduced operator dose rate, and improved working conditions. Outcomes Since the installation of the plant in January 2014 manual handling and rework has gone down from 10 per cent to 1 per cent,

and much needed capacity for growth has been created; with the ability to produce in excess of 500 generators per 8 hour shift. Robert Scivier, Technical Authority for Controls & Instrumentation, GE Healthcare said: ‘We chose to work with FANUC due to their reputation as the world’s leading provider of automation solutions. FANUC were able to supply us with a safe and reliable end-to-end packaging process and at the same time support and maintain existing operations. The new robotics packaging line supplied by FANUC our supply chain. It has delivered major improvements to our manufacturing operation through improved reliability and the ability to meet regulatory expectations and safeguards, whilst reducing manual handling/dose uptake for operators and ensuring capacity for future growth. In short, it has been a major success.”

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Variohm EuroSensor’s ELPM linear position sensor has improved sealing option for even more reliability Variohm EuroSensor’s ELPM motorsports series linear position sensor is well-proven over several years for demanding applications that include ride height, suspension displacement and steering angle measurement. Recent developments to the IP67 rated sensor, which is UK designed and manufactured by Variohm, includes an optional internal dual-lip seal arrangement that offers enhanced reliability and improved endurance. The option will suit all areas of motorsports as well as industrial applications where unpredictable wet and hostile environmental condiuncompromising reliability and topmost performance is an imperative.

The S option (ELPMS) is available across the full range of the sensor series, covering electrical stroke lengths from 12.5 mm to 175 mm (in 25 mm increments) for both the standard self-aligning pivot bearing version and the ‘Pop’ version that includes snap-on mountings for rapid installation or removal. Furthermore, the improved sealing option does not increase the 9.5 mm diameter cylindrical housing or the overall mounting length which is shorter and more compact than competitive linear sensor devices. The independent linearity across the range is +/-1% for the 12.5 to 50mm versions and +/- 0.5% for the 75 to 175mm versions. The ELPM has a temperature range of -30ºC to +150ºC continuous with a short term rating to 175ºC. Rated at 25 million operations and with a maximum speed of 10 m/sec, the long life and high reliability of the ELPM and ELPMS series is the similarly maintains full and complete contact with the linear sensor’s conductive plastic resistance element - even under the most arduous physical and environmental conditions and with very low electrical noise. The 24 VDC supplied sensor has a recommended wiper current of only 10 µA for with a 500mm free cable with a Viton® seal. The ELPM series is also available with a spring loaded shaft and protective covers - custom options for stroke length, mounting and electrical connection are available on request.

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ZeroK specify Variohm VLP position sensor for electric kart throttle control

ZeroK is an all-electric racing kart power system, the brainchild of designer and driver James Davies. During 2015 various iterations of the kart have been built and tested with the aim that ZeroK will be introduced as a competition class of its own. Competing against other ZeroK teams and potentially providing young drivers a new route to Formula E – and of course thrilling karting Being electric, the kart is almost silent with enormous torque for swift, lag free acceleration, a top speed of over 70mph, and 0-60mph in around 4.5 seconds. Recent power system developments have included a new supercharged controller, heavier cables and new motor/electrics cooling that delivers up to 40hp with a short-term potential of 80hp and a larger capacity hot swappable battery. power, the ZeroK team turned to Variohm proven VLP series linear position sensor for the kart’s throttle pedal control.

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