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THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PHYSICAL PROTECTION FOR POS TERMINALS WITH THE HELP OF 3D-MID

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MORE SAFETY IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

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NEW SERIES OF MINI VACUUM PUMPS WITH IO-LINK COMMUNICATION INTERFACE

NEW TELECENTRIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM DELIVERS BREAKTHROUGH ACCURACY ACROSS MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

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IN THIS ISSUE…

4  Fit for forming and inspecting pressfittings 6  The highest level of physical protection for POS terminals with the help of 3D-MID 8  Emerson Marks 75 Years of Innovation in Precision Cleaning and Welding Technologies

9  Cognex VisionPro Software Breaks Down Barriers Between Deep Learning and Traditional Vision

10  Simplify neural network training with VisionPro Deep Learning’s graphical user interface and intuitive programming environment

12  New telecentric measurement system delivers breakthrough accuracy across multiple applications

14  SG Transmission develops first of its kind hybrid permanent magnet and spring applied brake

15  Precise positioning with the LMSCA 16  Fluke Process Instruments Debuts New Datapaq® Furnace Tracking Systems for Demanding Heat Treat Applications

18  Electronics manufacturers share excess inventory: Perzeptron creates free component marketplace

20  In a new league: the Toplus premium chuck with ≤ 5 μm accuracy 22  Bundled Know-How for IIoT Applications: Cooperation Between Moxa Europe and Robotron

24  More safety in harsh environments 26  DFI’s Revenue Ranks Third in Taiwan’s Industrial Computers for The First Half of 2021

27  Fuzzy Logic Robotics raises €2.5 million 28  Boost Stability and Tool Life With Optimized Solid End Mills 29  Softing Introduces Software Module for Connecting Modbus TCP Controllers to IIoT Applications

30  From cad to control DFI Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Continuing IoT Innovation with one software

32  Monitoring the charging stations of the e-bus fleet of the city of Jena 35  Softing expands IIoT gateway for Industry 4.0 integration in process plants 36  COVAL announces a new series of mini vacuum pumps with IO-LINK communication interface

38  Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN — CAN communication via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 40  Industrial Smart Switch Achieves Network Interoperability and Integration Quicker Than Ever Before

42  On the way to a climate-neutral company 44  A showroom for Leuze sensors

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STAUBLI

FIT FOR FORMING AND INSPECTING PRESSFITTINGS A Spanish manufacturer of high-quality stainless steel pressfittings has automated the forming and the in-line quality control of bent tubes made from stainless steel. Laser vision-based bin-picking, automated inspection and clever co-operation of two different types of Stäubli robots (six-axis and scara) are among the technologies used.

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o welding, easy installation, safe and leakage-free operation during many years: these are the three advantages of stainless steel pressfittings. These fittings find a broad range of use in, for instance, buildings (water and gas installation, heating), industry (compressed air, process gases) and heavy-duty applications like shipbuilding, mining and offshore technology. Three million pressfittings per year – used all over the world The Spanish company Isotubi, based in Castellbisbal near Barcelona, has a high reputation in manufacturing these safety-related fittings. Founded in 1976 and family-owned in second generation, Isotubi processes 5,000 tons of stainless steel tubes per year and manufactures three million pressfittings. More than two thirds of them are exported, and the list of

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export countries ranges from Angola and Australia to Ukraine and USA. Three million pieces in one year: this means that each day more than 11,000 fittings are produced by a total of 120 employees. So, automation is a must and it starts with automated cutting and bending machines. In the next step, the typical profiles are formed. They will ensure that the fittings are tight and safe for years after the pressing tool has connected them on-site. Finally the pieces are cleaned and degreased. Once all this is done, the pieces are heat treated in a vacuum oven to bring their mechanical properties back to their initial values. Scanner-based bin-picking with bent tubes As a pressfitting is necessary each time when there is a bend in the piping, bent


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Loading and unloading the forming machine The robot chooses the piece that is easiest to handle, grips it and brings it to a middle station where the bent piece is layed on the optimal position for further processing. Then the second robot, a TS280 scara, loads the piece into the forming machine. After the forming process, the same robot unloads the finished piece, and the process starts again within a very short cycle time.

pieces or “elbows” from stainless steel are among the major products in the Castellbisbal factory. And although the geometry of the bends – together with the round diameter of the fittings – do not encourage or facilitate automation, Isotubi has achieved to automate their forming and inspection process: with the help of Stäubli robots. The process is as follows: a Stäubli sixaxis TX2-90L robot picks the bent pieces from a container. Here, a dedicated binpicking system – developed by Isotubi in partnership with BCN VISION and using a Photoneo laser scanner – serves as the “eye” of automation. The scanner scans the content of the container and creates an image. The vision software calculates the position of reachable pieces and sends the appropriate position data to the TX2-90L robot.

While the next forming process is in progress, the TS2-80 takes the piece that was bent just before to an inline inspection station. Here, a camera controls its dimension after production and makes sure that the piece is o.k. After this, the fast and precise TS2-80 unloads the quality control station and places the bent piece onto a conveying system which leads to the heat treatment. This station has also been developed in cooperation with BCN VISION. The complete automation cell – which is, by the way, very compact in its dimensions – has been designed and built by MITEC ENGINY, an engineering company based in Girona/Spain. “Division of labour” with two types of robots All in all, the two different robots and their cleverly designed “division of labor” make sure that a high degree of automation and, at the same time, high productivity is achieved. Héctor Bentué, Chief Operating Officer and Alberto Fernández, Process Manager at Isotubi: “The combination is ideal, MITEC did a very good job: on the one hand, the TX2-90L has an impressive

dexterity that allows the robot to empty the container by laser-based vision completely. On the other hand, the cycle time of the TS2-80 scara robot is fast enough to perform the handling task in a shorter time than the process cycle of the forming machine. Thanks to that, the robots are not adding time to the machine cycle – a very efficient solution.” For Isotubi, one main reason for automation is that the robots bring stability and consistency into the process. The main goal, of course, is to increase the productivity – with an automatic loading and unloading system that is also able to integrate the in-line inspection system. In this way, the two robots are handling 100% of the production in two stations, one for production and one for quality control. Héctor Bentué: “At same time, it was crucial for us to use an automation solution that is easily adaptable to new models with different diameters and lengths.” This requirement is fulfilled, too: via Stäubli’s CS9 control system, the robots can be programmed easily and on the same user interface. One question remains: why did Isotubi opt for Stäubli robots? Héctor Bentué: “The specialists from our partner MITEC ENGINY recommended them for their good performance, stability and versatility – and they were right.” www.staubli.com

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HARTING

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PHYSICAL PROTECTION FOR POS TERMINALS WITH THE HELP OF 3D-MID Point-of-sale terminals (POS) are not sufficiently protected against physical attacks. Attackers can access sensitive data (such as credit card number and PIN codes) using probes or minidrills. An additional security element in the security caps of the terminals can reliably prevent such attacks.

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ccording to a survey by the Bitkom digital association, cyber attacks have caused damages of 102.9 billion euros throughout 70 percent of companies in Germany in recent years. According to the survey, the scope and quality of the attacks have increased dramatically. “The recreational hackers of the past have evolved into well-equipped and technologically savvy cyber gangs,” Bitkom reports. POS terminals count among the targets. Sensitive data such as credit card numbers and PIN codes are temporarily stored on POS terminals to prevent data loss in the event that the payment process is interrupted. This data can be read by attackers if they gain access to the hardware using probes or mini-drills. An additional security element can be used which reliably prevents data loss. 3D-MID security caps increase the safety classification Electrical paths (traces) on the inside of the protective cap provide a very reliable additional security mechanism that protects against physical attacks. These traces form a closed circuit. They are so close together that it is practically impossible for an attacker to gain access. Any attempt to attack would either damage a trace and break the circuit or short out two traces. This causes the POS terminal to shut down immediately, resulting in the loss of cached data and rendering the device unusable. The electrical traces are applied directly to the plastic parts of the security caps using the 3D-MID process. HARTING is the largest supplier of 3D-MID components (Mechatronic Integrated Devices) outside of Asia and offers all steps in the 3D-MID process under one roof. The injection-moulded circuit carriers replace conventional solutions that use a plastic carrier and printed circuit board. They do this by integrating the function of both parts into one MID. This reduces weight, reduces the number of components and lowers production costs, while at the same time improving security. This 3D-MID solution is particularly useful for POS terminals to improve security standards and to defend against hacker attacks.

Very small trace gaps improve security T h a n k s t o H A RT I N G ’s 3 D - M I D technological edge, customers benefit from compliance with the strictest PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) requirements. This solution differs from other suppliers of safety enclosures in that it has smaller trace widths. The closer the distances between the individual traces, the more difficult it is to manipulate the circuit from the outside. While most suppliers today can implement trace widths and spacings of around 300 to 500 µm, Harting offers 70 to 150 µm. Lower costs thanks to automated production HARTING’s 3D-MID solutions are more secure. Moreover, thanks to the extensive automation of the entire supply chain, they are also more cost-effective than solutions from many other suppliers. All production steps are carried out at HARTING’s own factory. This speeds up the process, increases the production yield and saves transportation costs. Even for products that are technologically less demanding, HARTING has been able to prevail over competitors from Asia.

H A RT I N G i s t h e o n l y 3 D - M I D manufacturer in the world that has a laser system with three fine-focus optics of 50 μm. The fine-focus laser can achieve even smaller trace spacing of only 70 to 80 µm. This enables many traces to be created on the same component so that a higher packing density can be achieved. 3D-MID technology also allows for improved versatility in the shaping by creating flexible geometric contours in injection moulding and processing them with a laser for the electrical traces. Thus, rounded edges, elevations and transitions can also be produced. https://www.harting.com

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EMERSON INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

EMERSON MARKS 75 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN PRECISION CLEANING AND WELDING TECHNOLOGIES Branson combines breadth of technologies and a problem-solving approach to deliver advanced solutions to automotive, medical, electronics industries worldwide.

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merson (NYSE: EMR) celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Branson™ brand, a name that has become synonymous with ultrasonic technologies for plastics and metal welding, and precision cleaning. The Branson portfolio has led the industry with expanded offerings beyond ultrasonics, developing nine other material joining technologies including laser, vibration and infrared welding.

Emerson marked the anniversary at its new $49 million global headquarters for welding and precision cleaning technologies that opened in January. The new facility bolsters Emerson’s continued innovation in advanced design, engineering and joining technologies that support such complex and fast-growing industries as medical devices, existing and new bio-based plastics packaging, electric cars and next-generation batteries.

welding methods include spin and vibration welding, staking and swaging, and a new patent-pending “dynamic mode” of ultrasonic welding that can automatically adjust itself to part-to-part variabilities and unique materials. “Clean welding” approaches, such as Contoured Laser Technology, Clean Vibration Technology and Contoured Infrared Technology, are being adopted with ever greater frequency.

“We are extremely proud of our history and how we revolutionized the use of ultrasonics in so many remarkable ways,” said Vernon Murray, president of Emerson’s assembly technologies business. “Our goal has always been to deliver proven performance, unequaled expertise, and the broadest technology portfolio for material joining and precision cleaning applications. We look forward to continuing our stewardship in the field as we make advancements that benefit everyone.”

Continuing the Commitment Given this depth of technical resources, Emerson application engineers are able to utilize a process-neutral approach to help manufacturers evaluate, select, implement, and optimize the right joining solution, regardless of the application or complexity.

The Branson brand traces its history to Norman G. Branson, a research engineer who founded a company in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1946 to harness the power of high-frequency ultrasonic energy for cleaning and degreasing applications as well as nondestructive testing and gauging. But it was ultrasonic welding — developed in 1963 at Branson Sonics and Materials, which was acquired by Emerson Electric Co. (Emerson) in 1984 — that represented the real breakthrough for the company and for manufacturing. It set in motion a monumental change in the way plastics, and later metals, were joined. Since its beginning, Branson has been driven by the spirit of innovation, and today ultrasonics is just one of many cleaning and joining technologies offered by Emerson’s Branson portfolio. Other

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This high level of customer support is enhanced by the technological capabilities available at the new 146,000-squarefoot Branson headquarters. The facility includes an expanded research and development lab, increased manufacturing space, a dedicated training workspace for seminars, and training classes, technical services and other resources. The 75th anniversary represents a milestone that Emerson will recognize throughout the next several months as the company continues its path of inventiveness, delivering advanced Branson products to solve critical industry challenges. https://www.emerson.com/en-us/ automation/welding-assemblycleaning


COGNEX

COGNEX VISIONPRO SOFTWARE BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS BETWEEN DEEP LEARNING AND TRADITIONAL VISION Two major new releases deliver advanced vision tools and tighter deep learning integration in a high-performance platform.

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ognex Corporation announces VisionPro® 10.0 and VisionPro Deep Learning 2.0, two new releases in its VisionPro line of vision software.

VisionPro 10.0 is a major update of the company’s industry-leading PC-based platform that delivers faster application performance and simpler application setup. VisionPro Deep Learning 2.0 is designed to integrate tightly with VisionPro 10.0, enabling customers to combine deep learning and traditional vision tools in the same application. The new releases also introduce advanced vision tools for precision gauging and inspection applications. SmartLine is the industry’s first hybrid smart tool. It combines deep learning enhanced line finding for complex scenes with precise positional data from traditional vision algorithms. The new VisionPro Deep Learning high detail segmenter is designed for demanding medical and

electronics applications that require precise measurement of scratches, contamination and other defects. “As deep learning gains a foothold in the factory, we are seeing that many applications require more than just traditional vision or deep learning alone they need both for the best solution,” said Joerg Kuechen, Sr. Vice President of Vision Products. “The new VisionPro makes it easier for users to leverage the full range of powerful Cognex vision technology to address new and increasingly complex vision challenges.” https://www.cognex.com

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SIMPLIFY NEURAL NETWORK TRAINING WITH VISIONPRO DEEP LEARNING’S GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND INTUITIVE PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT With VisionPro® Deep Learning, Cognex offers a deep learningbased image analysis software specifically designed for factory automation.

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or tasks in industrial image processing that can be solved by formulating rules, traditional machine vision systems are usually the right choice. However, these systems often reach their limits when the objects to be inspected introduce variability and cannot be easily autmated using rules-based programming. This problem occurs in the inspection of food, in the evaluation of soldered or welded seams, and in many other applications. For use cases like these, machine vision systems based on deep learning technologies have established themselves as an innovative solution in recent years. Until now, the application of deep learning methods required extensive knowledge of the technology. VisionPro Deep Learning from Cognex significantly reduces this entry barrier through a graphical user interface that simplifies the training of the neural network for users. Intuitive graphical training VisionPro Deep Learning tools are trained with images, unlike traditional image processing methods which are programmed with rules-based algorithms. VisionPro Deep Learning’s intuitive graphical user interface provides a simple environment for controlling and developing applications and significantly reduces the effort required to collect images, train the neural network, and test it on different sets of images. Users can choose from four image analysis tools in VisionPro Deep Learning. They are optimized for vision inspections in factory automation applications and therefore only require a small number of images for rapid training. Blue Locate, Red Analyze, Green Classify and Blue Read tools solve applications that are too complex for traditional rule-based image processing approaches.

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Identification with Blue Locate The Blue Locate tool is ideal for tasks where parts with different appearances need to be detected or counted. With its robust design, Blue Locate successfully identifies features on confusing backgrounds, low-contrast parts, and even parts that bend, change shape, or are poorly lit. Even with variations in perspective, orientation, brightness, gloss or color, Blue Locate reliably locates parts learned from sample images. For these reasons, Blue Locate is suitable for use in automated assembly verification, among other tasks. Detect defection with Red Analyze When the smallest defects must be found, despite different backgrounds and surface textures of parts, the Red Analyze defect detection and segmentation tool is the right choice. By training examples of good and bad parts, it is able to tolerate normal deviations in terms of appearance, while accurately detecting defects, impurities and other flaws. Red Analyze can also be used to segment variable areas in an image. Examples

include welds, glued or painted areas, and background features that are dynamically hidden from the image to facilitate other inspections. Classification with Green Classify VisionPro’s Deep Learning tool, Green Classify, is a robust classifier that can distinguish different classes of objects, identify defect types, and classify good and bad parts. Trained with a set of labeled images, Green Classify identifies objects based on their common features such as color, texture, material, packaging, and defect type, and divides them into classes. In doing so, the tool tolerates natural variations within the same class and effectively distinguishes acceptable variants from different classes. Green Classify handles even complex classification tasks very quickly and does not require complicated and time-consuming programming. Optical Character Recognition with Blue Read Reading and recognizing fonts and codes is one of the most common tasks of


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image processing systems. Deformed, skewed or poorly etched characters can pose a real challenge, which can be easily mastered by using the Blue Read tool. The tool uses a pre-trained deep-learning font library and deciphers difficult characters on this basis. The user-friendly GUI eliminates the need for complex programming and drastically reduces development time: users only need to define the target area, set the character size, and mark the characters in the images. In just a few steps, the robust tool can be trained to read applicationspecific plain text that cannot be decoded by conventional OCR tools. Plus, training can be completed without any image processing or deep learning knowledge. In addition, the optical debug function detects misread characters, which can then be easily corrected. Deep learning and rules-based vision: the best of both worlds One major benefit of VisionPro Deep Learning is the unique ability to combine the available tools. This allows complex problems to be broken down into smaller individual steps to simplify project optimization and reduce the number of training images required. Another special feature of the new software environment is that developers can easily select the best tool for the given task by combining it with VisionPro’s rule-based vision libraries. Projects can be created in the

Even with varying backgrounds or surface textures, the Red Analyze tool finds the smallest defects. In the example above, the tool detects seam problems in textiles.

The Green Classify tool is a robust classifier that distinguishes different object types, identifies error types, and inspects and classifies images.

The Blue Locate tool is suitable for automated assembly or completeness checks, among other tasks, due to its ability to accurately identify different parts.

VisionPro Deep Learning development environment and then exported to a VisionPro project. In this way, VisionPro and VisionPro Deep Learning offer the possibility to combine the best of both worlds. https://www.cognex.com

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KEYENCE

NEW TELECENTRIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM DELIVERS BREAKTHROUGH ACCURACY ACROSS MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS Keyence has introduced a new range of inline telecentric measurement system which employ highly advanced silhouette-based analysis for guaranteed accuracy.

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esigned specifically to measure parts rapidly and consistently as they pass through the system, the TM-X5000 line-up boasts an exposure time of just 25 μs – 40 times faster than conventional models, allowing accurate measurement of high-speed targets by eliminating blur from the image. It provides a versatile solution for a broad spectrum of industrial measurement applications, offering geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T); outer diameter and profile measurement; abnormality detection; and runout and positioning. The specially designed telecentric optics greatly improve measurement repeatability by increasing uniformity throughout the field of view. Compared with conventional telecentric optical systems, the TM-X5000 Series offers around 100 times greater telecentricity – just 0.0001°, ensuring confidence in results even for misaligned targets. The dual telecentric silhouette-based system provides exceptional stability while the large ±15 mm depth of field, based on telecentric lenses in both the transmitter and receiver, provides clear, sharp edges and stable measurement results, even where the target position may vary. Users can select from two installation methods – with or without the included base. A handy optical alignment function enables rapid, simple installation, while the user interface features a wide variety of measurement tools, enabling intuitive configuration of settings. The range consists of three models to cater for a wide variety of requirements: the compact, ultra-high accuracy TMX5006; the standard TM-X5040 model; and the TM-X5065 fore wide field applications.

Richard De Courcy, Product Specialist, Keyence UK Vision and Measurement, explained: “Accurate measurement of parts is vital to guaranteeing quality and consistency, and for identifying any possible production issues at the earliest possible opportunity. Our new portfolio harnesses the power of state-of-the-art silhouette-based technology to deliver exceptional accuracy alongside ease of set-up and use, ensuring consistent, reliable measurement of a wide range

of parts. This will bring peace of mind to manufacturers seeking to reassure their customer of the quality and consistency of their offering.” For further information and to arrange a demonstration, visit www.keyence.co.uk/tmxrelease

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SG TRANSMISSION

SG TRANSMISSION DEVELOPS FIRST OF ITS KIND HYBRID PERMANENT MAGNET AND SPRING APPLIED BRAKE SG Transmission has successfully designed and manufactured a permanent magnet and spring applied hybrid brake, in what is thought to be the world’s first of its kind.

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he hybrid solution has been designed for a range of next generation small, multi-axis surgical robots manufactured by a leading European robotic innovator. Due to the critical nature of the application, a pre-assembled solution was designed with both spring applied and permanent magnet technology to offer double redundant capability in the event of a failure. The hybrid solution offers the benefits from both technologies, combining the high torque and back-lash free capability of a permanent magnet brake, with the extended temperature range of a spring applied brake.

When quick and accurate holding is required, spring applied and permanent magnet brakes are known for their reliable, fail-safe braking capability. Unlike other electromagnetic brakes, they are designed to engage when electrical supply is removed (poweroff brake engagement). Spring applied brakes transmit torque through pressure generated by built-in springs, while the holding force in a permanent magnet brake is created by multiple permanent magnets attracting a single face armature. Paul Short, Technical Manager at SG Transmission, explained: “While a hybrid permanent magnet and spring applied brake provides significant benefits, the design complexity and unpredictability of the two interacting magnetic fields have prevented this concept from previously being explored.

“In addition to the innovative design, the customer required a ’plug and play’ solution which presented an additional challenge due to its small, compact design and limited axial length. So far, we have successfully supplied three versions of the brake in various sizes.” The internal design team at SG Transmission worked closely with the customer throughout the project, using video conferencing and 3D data transfer to enable the collaboration of the team’s electromagnetic knowledge with the requirements of the application. Andy Collinson, Chief Executive Officer at SG Transmission, said: “We were delighted to be approached with this unusual request. We are committed to our position in the industry as the expert in bespoke electromagnetic solutions, and this project has provided the opportunity to add yet another pioneering design to our catalogue”. https://www.sgtransmission.com

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WACHENDORFF

PRECISE POSITIONING WITH THE LMSCA The German manufacturer Wachendorff Automation is expanding its product portfolio of length measuring systems.

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he new LMSCA system is extremely compact and yet extremely robust. The system is just 120 mm long and requires very little installation space! It can be combined with measuring wheels of 200 mm circumference. WDGP incremental encoders with freely definable pulse number With the pre-assembled encoders of the WDGP series, resolutions of 80 pulses per millimeter or 0.0125 mm per pulse are achievable. The proven Wachendorff magnetic sensor technology is now available with ANY pulse count from 1 to 16,384 pulses per rotation.

The inverted signals, TTL and HTL output are also selectable when ordering. Other important features of the measuring system: Adjustable contact pressure from 0 to 20 Newton in 5 Newton increments, as well as a lossproof central screw. https://www.wachendorff-automation. com

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FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS

FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS DEBUTS NEW DATAPAQ® FURNACE TRACKING SYSTEMS FOR DEMANDING HEAT TREAT APPLICATIONS The new thermal profiling solutions feature new sealed quench thermal barriers and IP67 rated data logger.

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luke Process Instruments, a global leader in infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial applications, releases the latest Datapaq® Furnace Tracker System – complete with the TP6 data logger, thermal barriers and intuitive software.

The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System is designed to be used repeatedly, in-process in the most hostile manufacturing environments, providing accurate and reliable through-process temperature surveys. Each system can help users improve process performance, decrease downtime, reduce temperature uniformity survey (TUS) reporting times and more. The first component of the system is the Datapaq® TP6 Data Logger, which can withstand the longest, most-demanding operating conditions. The Datapaq TP6 features a 316-grade, stainless-steel case and a IP67 rating, making it water

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resistant. This datalogger is available with either 10 or 20 thermocouple inputs and can be specified for use with base or noble metal thermocouples. The latest thermal barrier models are ideal for high-temperature heat treat processes and have been designed to provide maximum thermal protection – including applications such as vacuum and controlled atmosphere, slab reheat and solution aging, among others. The new patented quenchable thermal barriers eliminate the need for fiber blankets. Fluke Process Instruments also offers bespoke design services to create a solution that specifically fits a customer’s process. To complete the system, Fluke Process Instruments offers the Datapaq Insight™ Software which transforms raw data into actionable analytics, clear user interface, context sensitive help screens and assistance options for infrequent users. Three software options are available and the complimentary Datapaq Insight for mobile is offered for free.

This mobile application allows users to reset, download and analyze right on the factory floor and check thermocouple operation before a thermal profile run. The advanced TUS software also provides full temperature profiles and traceable reports for industry regulations like AMS2750 and CQi-9.

“We’ve really focused on what customers wanted in when engineering this new system and we are excited to introduce the patented quenchable thermal barriers, an IP67 rated data logger and the Insight for Mobile application that will allows users to check thermocouple operation before each run”.

“The latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System offers customers a robust solution that is designed for harsh environments like quenching and high temperatures,” says Rob Hornsblow, Product Manager at Fluke Process Instruments. “Whether users are working with raw materials or finished products, measuring product and atmosphere temperatures throughout the furnace is critical in ensuring both product quality and process efficiency. Datapaq continues to provide real-time, repeatable temperature data that can help improve performance and system accuracy, decrease downtime and much more.”

The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System – including the new TP6 Data Logger and thermal barrier models – are now available. To learn more, or to speak with a specialist in your region, visit this page. https://youtu.be/kwyKHFD96pg https://lp.flukeprocessinstruments. com/datapaq-thermal-profilingsolutions/pr

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PERZEPTRON

ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS SHARE EXCESS INVENTORY: PERZEPTRON CREATES FREE COMPONENT MARKETPLACE “Now is the time for the electronics industry to stick together,” say Andreas Koch and Markus Renner, managing directors of the consulting firm Perzeptron. With MiG Stock-DB, they have developed a free platform where electronics manufacturers can offer excess stock and components they no longer need. A+B Electronic, Eckelmann and Phytec, as well as other electronics companies, have already pledged their support and uploaded components for sale. Perzeptron is now calling on other companies to participate.

The MiG platform offers an automatic availability check which shows immediately which components represent a risk to production schedules and how they can be procured from an alternate source.

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he purchasing departments of electronics manufacturers are faced with a procurement situation constrained by allocation and supply bottlenecks. Precious time, effort and money are lost due to the difficulty of procuring components, not to mention the customer dissatisfaction caused by late deliveries. At the same time, companies have a sizeable amount of capital tied up in excess inventory that they have accumulated due to large packaging units, production order cancellations, or for other reasons. Perzeptron’s MiG StockDB addresses both these challenges: Surplus component stock is entered in the database and offered for sale. Using the availability check feature of the MiG - Materials Management in Balance software, the parts inventory can be displayed, and direct contact can be made with the supplier.


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Pinpointing critical components, and selecting an alternate source with a single click MiG is a docking solution for existing ERP systems that uses dashboards for purchasing, production planning, sales and management to provide a companywide, transparent overview of customer and production orders, the purchasing situation and work in process. Since version 4.00, it offers a fully automated availability check for components. Users can see at a glance which components represent a risk to the production schedule of a manufacturing order. With a single mouse click, they can identify where an alternate source for the critical component is available, including the price and quantity. In addition to authenticated, direct connections to broadline electronic component distributors, it also directly linkes to catalogue distributors such as DigiKey, Farnell and Mouser. MiG also provides access to anonymous Internet search results, for example from Octopart. And now, components from the MiG Stock-DB are also displayed. 3-month free trial period for ERP addon The latest updated version of MiG Materials Management in Balance will be rolled out to existing customers in the coming weeks. Companies that wish to sell their excess inventories and who do not yet have a MiG license can, on request, receive a free 3-month test installation of the intelligent ERP tool with a connection to their ERP system. This will allow them to also benefit from the availability check and other functions of the software. MiG is easy to install, poses no risks, and both administrators and decision makers can start using it immediately. Registration and component upload in just a few steps Using the MiG Stock-DB online portal, registering and transmitting the component data is done in only a few steps: Once the account has been activated, a template is available for download, which can be used to prepare the component data in the form of an Excel list for entry in the database. Uploading is then also done through the website. By registering the vendors, Perzeptron ensures that no agents or brokers use the tool. “We are making MiG Stock-

DB available free of charge to promote solidarity in the electronics industry, something that is needed more than ever right now. We want to avoid unfair price markups, which happens worldwide, because certain dealers are exploiting the component shortage and the pressure on electronics manufacturers,” say Andreas Koch and Markus Renner, voicing agreement. That’s why they also ask all participating companies to apply moderate pricing to cover their costs and only small, reasonable margins. https://perzeptron.de/en

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HAINBUCH

IN A NEW LEAGUE: THE TOPLUS PREMIUM CHUCK WITH ≤ 5 μm ACCURACY With a new development in the hexagonal chuck series from Hainbuch, the clamping device manufacturer from Germany, enters the next round. In 2006, the first Toplus chuck with hexagonal clamping geometry began its career. Just one year later, the Toplus IQ with integrated measuring technology followed, and in 2012, the mini version with a smaller interference contour and lower weight was born. Now Hainbuch presents its latest development: The highest precision Toplus premium chuck is available from stock and points with many additional advantages.

With the new Toplus premium chuck, Hainbuch always guarantees a runout of ≤ 5 μm without alignment.

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High precision without alignment Hainbuch’s chucks have always been very precise. Once the chucks are aligned, the runout is close to zero for repeat clamping. If the various chuck heads are then changed, the runout is usually between 3 to 7 μm without alignment. With the new Toplus premium chuck, Hainbuch always guarantees a runout of ≤ 5 μm without alignment – regardless of which clamping head is used. Until now, this was only possible with a highpriced hydraulic expansion or diaphragm chuck with the drawbacks entailed by their design. In many cases, a runout of ≤ 10 μm is perfectly sufficient. However, components or machining processes with a runout of ≤ 5 μm are increasingly becoming the standard. Using a Toplus premium chuck with the associated premium clamping heads and by clamping against the workpiece stop, this level of accuracy is always achieved. This means that manufacturers don’t lose time making alignments for small batch sizes and they can be highly flexible, because it is just as accurate as a chuck aligned for series production.

The ≤ 5 μm accurate Toplus premium chuck with premium clamping head.

Easier automatic loading To save time and costs, a robot is often used to load the workpieces in the machine. This can become a problem if the clamping stroke is too small. With the Toplus premium chuck combined with a clamping head, the stroke is large enough, and makes loading easier, even if the robot works somewhat imprecisely. In addition, it is very robust and not as sensitive as some other clamping devices. A slight contact with the workpiece during loading has no effect on the chuck. The process remains stable. It is also sealed against contamination and vibration. With the Toplus premium, both thin-walled and solid parts are clamped securely with no centrifugal losses. And last but not least: the Toplus premium – like all chucks – is available in the Hainbuch system. This means that changing from external to internal or jaw clamping takes no more than two minutes. https://www.hainbuch.com

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MOXA

BUNDLED KNOW-HOW FOR IIOT APPLICATIONS: COOPERATION BETWEEN MOXA EUROPE AND ROBOTRON Objective: Fast provision of easy-to-use and scalable IIoT solutions – with focus on four application areas.

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oxa Europe GmbH and Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH announce their collaboration in the configuration and provision of IIoT platforms. The two partners are focusing on the “Industrial Internet of Things” – applications in demanding industries such as process technology, oil & gas and energy technology. The first joint IIoT projects have already been realized for customers in the energy sector.

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Most industrial companies have the use of IIoT solutions on their agenda. Some face the challenge of needing to see the first results quickly and with as few resources of their own as possible in order to determine whether the creation of an IIoT infrastructure is even worthwhile. Others have already invested time and money and have initial results – but no scalable platform to be able to efficiently undertake the next roll-outs and further projects.

varying requirements of the industrial users.

Moxa Europe GmbH and Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH are addressing precisely these challenges. They have combined their activities in the field of Industrial IoT and, effective immediately, are preparing complete solutions that lead to quickly installed, easy-to-operate and broadly scalable IIoT platforms.

2. IIoT solutions for the energy sector – a particular strength of the partnership. The first projects have already been implemented here: using affordable IIoT hardware and innovative data analysis and visualization, insights into the distribution network can be generated that were previously only possible with considerably more expensive traditional solutions.

Moxa contributes the reliable industrial hardware with which the sensors, machines and other components are integrated. At the heart of this IIoT infrastructure are industrial-grade IIoT gateways and edge computers. For these components, Moxa also makes an operating system available with Moxa Industrial Linux. Major releases of this operating system will be provided with security updates over a period of ten years. This ensures a long service life and stability of the installed hardware – including the ever-increasing cybersecurity requirements. As a specialist for the collection and evaluation of large quantities of data, Robotron offers various software solutions and platforms for highperformance IIoT applications. For the area of industrial production, focus is on current edge and cloud technologies as well as artificial intelligence for intelligent process control and optimization. These solutions can be adapted over a broad spectrum to the individual and widely

Together, Moxa and Robotron are focusing their collaboration on four application cases 1. General IIoT platforms in demanding industries and applications, for which Moxa provides hardware components: Transportation (especially railway technology), oil & gas industry.

3. Energy efficiency and management in industry. Here, the industrial experience of Moxa and the data analytics expertise from Robotron (based on, among other things, the robotron*IPEA platform) form an ideal combination. 4. R eal-time applications based on Robotron’s Realtime Computer Vision platform (RCV). Together with the hardware from Moxa’s appropriately certified edge-computing technology, this platform is also suitable for use in demanding industrial applications (e.g., in industries such as oil & gas, mining/ extraction technology, rail technology, etc.).

able to very confidently offer complex IIoT projects with high requirements on software and cloud technology.” Those responsible at Moxa are certain they have found the right software partner with just the right solution portfolio. Hermann Berg: “I am impressed how well developed and stable the Robotron platform is and with how much attention to detail the pre-processing of the data on the gateway has been implemented.” From Robotron’s perspective, the combination of hardware and software expertise for IIoT applications creates the ideal condition for being even more successful together. Michael Baling, Head of Division Industry at Robotron: With the broad industrial-grade and robust portfolio from Moxa, we have found a partner to whom we can simply leave discussions regarding topics such as environmental requirements, longevity, and hardware-based security. In the area of logistics as well, Moxa – together with the German distribution partner Sphinx Computer – has relieved us of all complexity, allowing us to concentrate fully on our core competencies of software and data analysis.” You can learn more about the application cases and joint solutions on a new website created together by Robotron and Moxa: www.moxa-iiot.eu

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MORE SAFETY IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS 3D safety systems are a good option for reliably monitoring danger zones. They present a safe alternative, even in harsh environments where e.g. sparks, dirt and dust occur. They are therefore also a solution for applications where previously optical sensors were unable to provide a reliable answer.

The LBK safety radar system enables reliable 3D area monitoring in hash environments.

3D system with radar technology For over 50 years, Leuze as a high tech company and pioneer in the field of optical sensors has repeatedly set new technological milestones and standards on the market. Particularly in the area of safety technology, Leuze’s optical safety components, services and solutions can be used for a wide variety of different applications. With the LBK safety radar system, Leuze has now added a new, innovative sensor system to its product range. This system implements an operating principle new to safety technology. As a result, it is also able to provide a solution for applications that previously could not be solved reliably using optical sensors. Even in harsh environments where e.g. sparks, dirt and dust occur. The LBK safeguards danger zones close to machinery and systems using radar technology. Detection of objects using radar waves The LBK system operates in a frequency range of 24 GHz. This means that the electromagnetic waves are much shorter

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than sound or light waves. Unlike light, the radar waves can penetrate non metallic objects. The compact sensors with their integrated antennas emit electromagnetic waves. These waves are reflected off objects. The sensors receive these reflections and then evaluate them. The electromagnetic waves of the LBK radar system are completely harmless to personnel. New applications solved using LBK Utilizing the properties of the radar frequency electromagnetic waves in sensors provides a solution for applications where optical sensors have so far proven unreliable. Even non metallic objects such as dust, welding sparks or chips are penetrated without the sensor being influenced. As a result, the LBK system is particularly suitable for applications in harsh environments. For example in wood or plastic processing. Such applications typically produce a large quantity of particles that are then suspended in the air. However, these particles do not prevent the LBK from


LEUZE performing its task of reliably detecting and protecting persons. Even if radar waves penetrate the particles, the latter still reflect a small proportion of the waves. As the quantity of radar waves reflected by a person is significantly different to that reflected by wood chips or moisture, the LBK can detect whether the reflection comes from a person or from non metallic particles. In other words, particles in the air are not detected whereas a person is. The LBK therefore switches off reliably when a person is located in the danger zone. The LBK sensor emits its radar waves in three dimensional space so that not only the surface area but also the volume of this space is monitored. This allows the LBK to detect persons who enter a hazardous area or who are located in this area, regardless of whether they are standing, kneeling or lying. Detecting human movements The LBK 3D radar system not only operates in a wavelength range new to safety technology. It also uses FMCW, an operating principle which is also new to safety technology. FMCW stands for Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave. Here, the transmission frequency changes within a defined bandwidth. Starting at a fundamental frequency, it increases continuously up to a maximum frequency and then returns to the

fundamental frequency again. If a person reflects this signal, it reaches the receiver with a time delay. Subtraction of the reception signal from the transmission signal produces a difference frequency. If the distance between the LBK sensor and the person remains constant, the difference frequency also retains its value. However, if the person moves, the time delay between the transmitted and received signal changes, and therefore also the difference frequency. The faster the person moves, the greater the change in difference frequency will be. In this way, the LBK sensor is able to determine the speed at which the person is moving.

the machine. As a result, the LBK system interrupts the operating process only if somebody is actually located inside the danger zone. For example, completely static, motionless material containers can be left inside the protected area without them leading to interruption of the operating process. In this way, the LBK system prevents unnecessary downtimes and thereby increases the availability and cost effectiveness of the system. On the other hand, it ensures that the machine only starts to run again when all persons have left the danger zone, and therefore contributes to reliable personnel protection.

Precise determination of movements This method is also referred to as radar Doppler. It allows movements to be determined with a very high degree of accuracy. The LBK sensor therefore detects not only a moving person, but also a person who is currently standing still, even if the movement is extremely slight. Even if a person is standing still, they are never absolutely motionless – there is always some movement, e.g. from their pulse or heartbeat, etc. The LBK sensor utilizes this to reliably distinguish a person in a danger zone from a static object, e.g. a pallet or material container. The slight movements of a person are sufficient to generate a reliable switch off signal for

Flexible in use, easy to install In addition to use in harsh environments, the LBK safety radar system is used primarily for preventing unwanted restarts and for monitoring hidden areas. Users can adapt it to their individual requirements. The system consists of a controller to which up to 6 radar sensors can be connected. The positioning of the sensors, the adjustable operating range and the selectable opening angle allow flexible adaptation of the monitored area to the danger zone. This also allows areas on steps or pedestals to be monitored reliably. The user can define the system parameters using the easy to operate configuration software. Certified safety experts from Leuze are available to assist with configuration and commissioning if required. https://www.leuze.com/de/DE

LBK reliably differentiates between static and dynamic objects.

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DFI

DFI’S REVENUE RANKS THIRD IN TAIWAN’S INDUSTRIAL COMPUTERS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2021 Industrial computers have always been an industry in which Taiwanese manufacturers enjoy an advantage; with a total annual revenue of nearly 8 billion U.S. dollars

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ccording to a research report released by TrendForce in July, in the first half of 2021, DFI, specializing in smart manufacturing, smart healthcare, and intelligent transportation systems/ infrastructures, ranked third with a revenue of NT$5.28 billion (equivalent to 186.7 million U.S. dollars). DFI also have an 25.2% YoY increase, only behind Ennoconn (the parent company of the S&T Group and Kontron) and Advantech.

TrendForce is a global leader in providing in-depth market intelligence and professional consultation services for clients across a diverse range of industries, including the famous DRAMeXchange, and is the worldleading semiconductor researcher. With a worldwide membership base of more than 500,000 subscribers, TrendForce has built strong relations with clients engaging in major and newly emerged technology fields. DFI joined the Qisda Group in 2017. In 2019, DFI acquired AEWIN to expand into cyber security business, and Ace Pillar to expand diversified & comprehensive solutions. Leveraging the strengths of the group’s affiliations, DFI has already taken its supply chain management and manufacturing productivity to a whole new level. DFI’s embedded computing capabilities and solutions have since extended and found its niche in smart applications and automation across industries globally

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now that it has received merits from the group’s resources. “Regardless of revenue ranking, we have been on the journey towards motherboard and embedded computers manufacturing for more than 40 years. The achievements are always an incentives for us to pursue excellence.” said Steven Tsai, President of DFI. Founded in 1981, DFI is a global leading provider of high-performance computing technology across multiple embedded industries. With its innovative design and premium quality management system, DFI’s industrial-grade solutions enable customers to optimize their equipment and ensure high reliability, long-term life cycle, and 24/7 durability in a breadth of markets including factory automation, medical, gaming, transportation, smart energy, mission-critical, and intelligent retail. https://www.dfi.com


FUZZY LOGIC ROBOTICS

FUZZY LOGIC ROBOTICS RAISES €2.5 MILLION The Franco-American start-up Fuzzy Logic Robotics announces a €2.5 million round of financing from two deep tech funds: 42 CAP, an industry-specialized German fund based in Munich, and Karista, an industrial fund based in Paris.

Robotics within everyone’s reach The platform is attracting strong interest from large companies, especially for applications with many different part types to be programmed or which have demanding requirements in terms of trajectory and motion accuracy. But as well as current users of industrial robots, Fuzzy Logic Robotics intends to open up a market that is still in its infancy, that of small and medium-sized industrial companies. The platform removes all the complexities of implementing a robot and eliminates the need for robotics expertise throughout the service life of the robot, two obstacles that until now have often been prohibitive for SMEs and SMBs. Ryan Lober, CEO and cofounder, states: “We believe that making robotics accessible to all will help sustain and develop all sectors of industry in the broadest possible sense (automotive, food processing, medical, etc., as well as construction and public works). And Fuzzy Logic Robotics is key to introducing robots into small companies.”

A scalable software platform The Fuzzy Studio and Fuzzy RTOS solution are currently being deployed at customers in France and Germany, who were chosen specifically for their technical requirements. The current fundraising will allow the technical team to be reinforced and deployed at new customers in Europe, serving as platform ambassadors. Eventually, Fuzzy Logic Robotics aims to become the universal and open “operating system” platform, benefiting all robotics players, robot manufacturers, solution integrators, end customers and small businesses. https://www.flr.io

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SECO TOOLS

BOOST STABILITY AND TOOL LIFE WITH OPTIMIZED SOLID END MILLS In its continued effort to provide the most cost-effective tooling solutions available, Seco Tools has announced a new family of flexible, highly productive solid end mills, the Seco JSE510 series. Redesigned to offer the rigidity, chip control and tool life to achieve the lowest possible costs per meter machined in steels, stainless steels, cast iron, titanium and some aluminums, these solid end mills provide exceptional process reliability across a broad application range. New design combines reliability and unparalleled versatility The reoptimized design of the new JSE510 offers unparalleled versatility based on the previous version of this product range. The new series targets general engineering, contract manufacturers and job shops, as well as the aerospace, medical and automotive industries. The design is reoptimized to stand up to tough milling applications with a versatile carbide grade, advanced polished SIRA coatings and a strong, sharp cutting edge. To extend tool life further, these tools offer vibration-damping variable pitch design and optimized helix.

“These solid end mills offer productivity in less-stable machining conditions or when pushed hard to balance productivity and tool life cost effectively,” said Rob Mulders, Solid End Mills Global Product Manager. “This versatility makes the JSE510 series particularly useful when shops face increased costs in required tooling because of a greater variety of applications and materials. For these shops, the new tool series’ expanded application window allows them to reduce their tooling inventory without affecting their ability to maximize throughput.” Multiple tools, geometries and lengths The Seco JSE510 family includes 216 tools in four geometries, with two length variants in the three and four-flute version, normal (LV2) and long (LV3). The two-flute JSE512 easily handles the large chips produced in helical interpolation or peck drilling, keyways and slotting applications, while the three-flute JSE513 offers universal milling performance for ramping, full slotting and side milling. The four-flute JSE514 is ideal for optimized side milling and slotting, as well as dynamic milling. Finally, the ball-nose end mill geometry of the JSB512 offers the flexibility required for finishing parts and other ball-nose applications. For additional information about the features and performance of the new Seco JSE510 series, visit the Seco solid end mills product page. https://www.secotools.com

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SOFTING INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

SOFTING INTRODUCES SOFTWARE MODULE FOR CONNECTING MODBUS TCP CONTROLLERS TO IIOT APPLICATIONS Softing adds to its Docker technology-based edgeConnector product family. The new edgeConnector Modbus is a flexible Docker container application for Modbus TCP controllers.

As a further communication protocol, MQTT makes it possible to integrate control data directly into private or public IoT cloud applications. “By using container technology, our edgeConnector products are very quickly started up and running. They are operated on standard hardware and can be managed easily from a central platform. In this way, we offer our customers a simple and secure option for integrating data from production into innovative and flexible Industrial IoT solutions,” says Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager at Softing Industrial. The BXT motors deliver considerably higher torques than those usual in this drive class.

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fter edgeConnector Siemens for connecting SIMATIC S7 controllers and edgeConnector 840D for accessing data from SINUMERIK 840D co n t ro l l e r s , S o f t i n g i n t ro d u ce s edgeConnector Modbus. This Docker Container is suitable for connecting Modbus TCP controllers e.g., from Schneider Electric, Wago, Beckhoff or Phoenix Contact, to industrial IoT applications. edgeConnector Modbus can also be used to collect energy data or other process variables from Modbuscompatible sensors. An integrated OPC UA server enables simple and secure data connection to higher-level management systems, such as ERP, MES or process visualization systems.

All edgeConnector products support state-of-the-art security standards such as SSL/TLS, X.509 certificates, authentication, and data encryption. They are easy to configure locally via an integrated web interface or can be managed remotely via a REST API. For the future, Softing plans to further expand the edgeConnector product family to enable Ethernet/IP connectivity for Rockwell and Omron controllers. There are also plans to expand the configuration options from the cloud. edgeConnector Modbus can be downloaded from online directories such as Docker Hub or Microsoft Azure Marketplace and tested for free. More information is available on https:// industrial.softing.com/products/dockercontainer/edgeconnector-modbus.html. https://industrial.softing.com

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DFI

FROM CAD TO CONTROL DFI CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY WITH CONTINUING IOT INNOVATION WITH ONE SOFTWARE In the past forty years, technology has greatly changed the way we live and do business. Especially in the latter half of that period, the Internet and the Internet of Smart Things have completely changed the appearance of global industries.

Steven Tsai - President of DFI

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n 40 years, DFI has undergone a series of growth and evolution, transforming from a purely electronic components supplier to a global leading provider of diverse Industrial PC (IPC) solutions.

longevity. DFI also serves a wide range of segments and applications, including factory automation, healthcare, gaming, transportation, smart energy, missioncritical, and intelligent retail.

Starting with consumer IT products in the 1980s, DFI engaged in a transitional journey into the IT future. Early product lines gave way to the changing market circumstances and led to the innovative and renowned LANParty products of the 1990s, which set the stage for DFI’s shift into more sophisticated industrial computing technologies in 2004. This decisive strategy change has led DFI to further rapid growth and significant financial success.

DFI marked the 40th anniversary with a focus on three main aspects, and with a future focus on the Intelligent Edge, DFI will leverage these advantages:

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Miniaturized Edge AI Edge applications in the upcoming IoT era are becoming more common and complex, especially the ones with a smaller size. DFI has developed miniaturizing technology for decades and helped countless manufacturers to make edge applications lighter and smarter with their small computers. The famous case was the popular Raspberry Pi-sized GHF51 that was the first tiny board built with AMD Embedded Ryzen Processor and successfully downsized the facial recognition, traffic surveillance, and cold chain tracking equipment for their clients. In the future, the focus will be on even


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more innovative computers with smaller footprints to refresh the industry. Extended Durability In addition to making Edge AI devices smarter and smaller, DFI strictly follows the international standards for antivibration, temperature endurance, and voltage fluctuation tolerance to maximally ensure the product longevity. In regards to the operating temperature, DFI supports wider-ranges of nonstandard temperatures, from basically -5° to 65° degrees to even -50° to 85° degrees. On the high-performance models whose operating temperature is restricted to 0~60°C by the CPU, proven innovation, like attaching the heater to the motherboard, can also be seen in order to support booting and operating at -30°C. Under a defined ambient temperature, all parts of the computers must pass the testing so as to fully ensure the safety and durability of the product. Synergy with Qisda/BenQ Group Since joining the Qisda/BenQ Group in 2017, DFI’s technology, supply chain management, and manufacturing productivity has been enhanced to a new level. By leveraging diversified resources within the Qisda/BenQ Group, DFI’s product portfolio expands to advanced services such as LCD in-house integration, PCB & system assembly, a measurement lab, and enclosure capabilities. These value-added services enable DFI to provide a range of benefits, from flexible small volume and high variety, to large scale and cost-efficient production. Moreover, it offers additional comprehensive solutions including factory automation, digital healthcare, smart energy, and IoT-related applications for future business development. Besides those three main foci, DFI, in order to accommodate the diversity

of IPC requirements, has continuously strengthened and extended its capabilities. In one example of this, DFI set up a dedicated FPGA R&D team to complement the limited and costly IC choices for the special functions required by clients in industrial PCs. Also, on the way to developing 5G end-to-end solutions, DFI obtained 100% support from its sister companies specializing in 5G infrastructure in the Qisda/BenQ Group to build a solid and comprehensive 5G ecosystem. Synergies for Growth In July of 2021, DFI will move to the Qisda manufacturing complex in Taoyuan, Taiwan to maximize the advantages of joining the Qisda/BenQ Group. The integration of the production line with Qisda manufacturing system will not only improve DFI’s manufacturing capacity, but also further its development of digital manufacturing capabilities. The ’smartization’ of factories has been the imminent goal following the arrival of Industry 4.0. DFI has been actively building a more robustly informatized framework with enhancements such as barcode management, automated warehouses, part traceability, and big data collection and application. “After 40 years of continuous development and evolution, DFI is embarking on an exciting new chapter,” said Steven Tsai, President of DFI. “We look forward and with great anticipation to the further expansion and development of DFI as a key player in the IPC sector by leveraging the synergies of being part of the Qisda/BenQ Group. In doing so, we will continue to cultivate key application markets and welcome partners from various application industries to join us in creating even more new business opportunities together.”

Tsai also mentioned that “At the same time, DFI is dealing effectively with the impact of ongoing trade conflicts, COVID-19, global supply chain restructuring, and other factors. To do that, DFI will continue its technology innovation and expand its presence in the IPC sector.” Moving Forward In addition to the continuing work in the field of smart factories, DFI is also actively collaborating with world-class medical manufacturers and local smart transportation system integrators as well. Meanwhile, becoming a member of the Taiwan Electric Vehicle MIH Alliance also helps DFI to provide more complete in-vehicle application solutions. Additionally, learning from the pandemic, DFI has also adopted a more flexible and decentralized management model in response to the drastic change and uncertainty in the future. This strategy strengthened its digital transformation and core competencies to help global customers meet market demands with innovative IPC solutions. In the future, DFI’s action plans aim at the twin objectives: collaborating with more partners from diverse backgrounds and serving a larger group of clients. DFI believes that it succeeds when its partners and clients succeed. This honor motivates DFI to help more industries with its expertise and experience in progressing automation and reach more peaks together in the next ten years. https://www.dfi.com/anniversary40

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ARC INFORMATIQUE

MONITORING THE CHARGING STATIONS OF THE E-BUS FLEET OF THE CITY OF JENA The charging infrastructure always in view.

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ow Jena’s public transport system monitors its charging columns for the e-bus fleet and uses advanced diagnostic features to increase availability and optimize maintenance activities. In the city of Jena, electromobility has been present in the form of a tramway in service for 120 years. Supplemented by a fleet of diesel-powered buses, an efficient public transport system has been created over time. Last year saw the introduction of e-mobility in the operation of city buses as well. Three first vehicles started regular service in 2020 to contribute to CO2 savings (53,000kg per bus and year), but also to reduce particulate matter and noise emissions in the urban area.

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The attractiveness of public transport is essentially promoted and maintained by smooth and punctual operation. In this context, operations of tramways in particular require a reliable and uninterrupted power supply, which is the responsibility of the power supply department at Jenaer Nahverkehr, operator of the city’s public transport. Nevertheless, malfunctions of the system technology can occur in rare cases. In order to minimize the effects of malfunctions on the operational process as well as on the passengers, it is necessary to keep downtimes as low as possible. This is supported by a reliable control and telecontrol system implemented on the basis of the PcVue SCADA software.


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For many years, Actemium Germany’s Automation Frankfurt business unit has been the partner of Jena’s public transport system for the implementation and further development of the control and telecontrol technology for the power supply, but also for the monitoring of signaling and safety systems. Maintenance of the newly introduced charging infrastructure for the electric buses fell under the responsibility of the Power Supply department, and the desire arose to integrate the chargers into the control system. Actemium Automation Frankfurt was commissioned to do this. The primary goal of this expansion is remote monitoring of the charging infrastructure by the power supply department so that any faults that occur can be detected and eliminated as quickly as possible. And to do so while reducing travel times for service personnel as much as possible, especially in a city that, due to its topography and its location within the Saale Valley, has a high traffic density on a small number of routes.

With the existing control system, the possibility of processing the data for visualization, archiving and data exchange with external systems via various industrial communication protocols, as well as remote alarming, is already provided as standard. OCPP- Driver for communication with charging stations Typically, the open standard protocol OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) is used for monitoring e-charging stations, which ensures the interoperability of products from different manufacturers. With its latest PcVue version, the manufacturer ARC Informatique provides a communication driver for the OCPP protocol that supports the current protocol versions 1.6-J and 2.0.1 as well as the security profiles 1 and 2. The software also overcomes a typical OCPP problem, which is that a charging station can only communicate with one Charging Station Management System (CSMS). Using a proxy function, the charger’s OCPP messages can also be passed on to third-party systems. This represents a typical feature of the open PcVue system,

which inherently has a wide range of data exchange options. Integrated operating functionality A newly added entry point into the user interface that is seamlessly integrated with the existing system, is a map display that shows the charging stations distributed throughout the city area as symbol markers. The newly added part of the visualization benefits from a very short learning curve for users who have been familiar with the existing functions and operating philosophy of the control system for years, and which is also reflected in the charging station monitoring area. Data analysis and monitoring The central function of the implementation by Actemium is alarm and log data management, which allows precise fault analysis in live operation as well as in the evaluation of historical data. The alarm system enables the on-call service to diagnose the fault in advance via the secure remote access of the public utility company and then to rectify it or initiate appropriate measures.

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In addition, the traffic control center benefits from the connection to the charging infrastructure. The dispatcher workstation there shows the whereabouts of a bus at the corresponding charging points in real time and points out faults that affect operation. This means that adjustments can be made quickly in vehicle deployment planning to avoid cancellations or delays in the route schedule. Afterwards, the maintenance personnel can determine the actual cause. Alarms of particularly high priority are sent as remote messages to the mobile terminals of the on-call service. The users of the system can monitor active charging processes via a trend data display, whereby all measured values, such as currents, voltages and power values of a transaction, can be visually compared. Likewise, already completed charging processes can be called up from the transaction history and viewed in retrospect, as well as compared with each other. The respective vehicle is identified and its current state of charge is documented.

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The transaction history is exported at the push of a button or automatically and stored as a weekly and monthly report. Of particular interest is the respective energy consumption per vehicle and charging process, but also the number of incorrect transactions. The implemented user interface of the system further enables: • An access management system for charging stations • Lock or unlock charging stations for use • Remotely activate or cancel charging processes • Store and retrieve charging stationspecific documents Practical benefits proven after just a few weeks Christian Zeh, a testing and maintenance engineer at Jena’s public transportation system, is enthusiastic about the solution: “By integrating the monitoring and control system for e-charging stations, all operating states are now visible in the control system, which opens up immediate intervention options for us. The charging infrastructure is thus fully integrated into the operational workflows of the power supply department. The

usefulness of the system was proven after just a few weeks in daily operation, especially with regard to controlling temperature fluctuations in the charging stations.” With the implementation of the charging infrastructure in its control and telecontrol system, the power supply team is thus well prepared for the already planned increase in the electric bus fleet and the associated expansion of the charging infrastructure. www.pcvuesolutions.com


SOFTING INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION

SOFTING EXPANDS IIOT GATEWAY FOR INDUSTRY 4.0 INTEGRATION IN PROCESS PLANTS smartLink HW-DP from Softing Industrial Automation provides controller-independent access to PROFIBUS DP networks. Besides HART IP and FDT, data for optimizing processes can now also be made available via an OPC UA interface. In addition, the new smartLink DTM enables FDT/DTM parameter setting for HART devices. smartLink enables easy integration of Industry 4.0 applications into PROFIBUS & HART systems.

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he smartLink HW-DP allows access to process data from PROFIBUS devices and HART devices connected to PROFIBUS remote I/Os, as well as secure export to any system inside or outside its own network. Users in the process industry who want to adapt their communication architecture to modern IIoT use cases can integrate smartLink into existing plants in a simple and cost-effective manner. Until now, access to data relevant for optimization processes was possible via HART IP for HART devices and FDT for PROFIBUS DP. The new version V 1.10 additionally provides an OPC UA interface. This means that any HART IP and OPC UA clients,

such as Emerson’s AMS Device Manager or the Android app DevComDroid, can now be used to configure, monitor, and evaluate field devices via these open communication standards. With the new smartLink DTM, FDT/DTM parameters can now also be set for HART devices. https://industrial.softing.com

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COVAL

COVAL ANNOUNCES A NEW SERIES OF MINI VACUUM PUMPS WITH IO-LINK COMMUNICATION INTERFACE Coval’s new LEMAX IO series of mini vacuum pumps with IO LINK communication interface integrate all the required functions for optimized vacuum management in a compact package. Via their IO-Link communications interface, the mini vacuum pumps communicate permanently with the environment and thanks to ASC (Air Saving Control) technology, combine productivity with energy savings, adapting to a multitude of applications in packaging, robotics or plastics processing. Without needing extra peripherals, these all-in-one mini are fully compatible with Industry 4.0 automation.

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IO-Link, simplified communication The IO-Link interface ensures efficient real-time communication between LEMAX IO vacuum pumps and all the higher-level protocols used for supervising the production line (Ethernet/ IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, etc.). IOLink enables continuous diagnostics, centralized parametrization and pump control. The availability of real-time diagnostic status data makes it possible to optimize production. Installation is quicker and the cost is lower, preventive maintenance is easier and there is no manual parametrization needed when replacing the vacuum pumps. Energy savings ASC technology, which ensures intelligent vacuum control by stopping air consumption when the set vacuum level is reached, generates energy savings of between 75 and 99% depending on the application. In addition, ASC analyses the application and adapts to either impermeable or porous parts to optimize operation and energy consumption.

Modularity The LEMAX IO can be adjusted to the needs of integrators and users. They are available in three nozzle diameters (1, 1.2, 1.4 mm) allowing a suction flow rate from 29 to 70 Nl/min (max. vacuum 85%). They are optionally equipped with a normally closed (NC) or normally open (NO) solenoid valve. This variant is recommended for applications where gripping the workpiece must be guaranteed in case of an unexpected power failure, or even if leakage occurs (positive safety). Several LEMAX IOs can be combined in an island with a single pressure supply. www.coval-international.com

Compact size and light weight Compact in size, the LEMAX IO pumps have all the principal functions integrated in a single module: pressure regulation, solenoid valves, anti-clogging open silencer, electronic vacuum switch, M8 connector (direct Plug & Play connection) and adjustable blowing. Their reduced size and weight (130 g) allow the suction cups to be positioned at minimum distance to achieve the shortest possible grip time without load loss.

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HMS INDUSTRIAL NETWORK

ANYBUS WIRELESS BOLT CAN — CAN COMMUNICATION VIA WI-FI OR BLUETOOTH Since its launch five years ago, the Anybus® Wireless Bolt™ has provided thousands of industrial applications with wireless Ethernet access. With a rugged and unique form factor for bolt-on-machine mounting, it is today proven and trusted in the most demanding industrial applications. Use cases vary from warehouse installations and AGVs to manufacturing of food, underground mining or rough outdoor applications. Building on the success, HMS now launches the Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN, featuring CAN-based communication to the host equipment.

Industrial CAN goes wireless The new Anybus Wireless Bolt for CAN enables CAN-based, heavy-duty machinery and applications to transfer CAN data over a robust wireless link. Wireless communication is established either over a fast Wi-Fi connection or a reliable Bluetooth link. The CAN data is transported over a TCP/IP link which enables other standard Wi-Fi infrastructure to also connect to the wireless link if desired. Wireless access to J1939 CAN-based vehicle data A typical use case is wireless access to CAN data from an industrial vehicle, such as a bulk material transport truck. For example, with the Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN, J1939 CAN data is easily communicated to a handheld tablet which gives the operator full control and visibility of the ongoing bulk material filling process. Wireless CANopen use case in manufacturing Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN is fully transparent when it comes to transporting CAN data, meaning that it works with any CAN-based protocol, including CANopen. This opens the possibility to create mobile automation islands in any manufacturing process – the Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN will bridge the CANopen line wirelessly.

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A wide range of wireless connectivity options for industrial networks and IoT applications In addition to the new Anybus Wireless Bolt CAN, the Wireless Bolt product family includes other versions which can connect to the host equipment using serial and industrial Ethernet connectivity. On the wireless side of the Wireless Bolt, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options were recently complemented with a version that supports the new LTE standards NB-IoT and CAT-M1, targeting IoT applications. https://www.anybus.com/products/ wireless-solutions

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MOXA

INDUSTRIAL SMART SWITCH ACHIEVES NETWORK INTEROPERABILITY AND INTEGRATION QUICKER THAN EVER BEFORE Moxa is pleased to add the SDS-3016 Series to our Red Dot award-winning product family. The new addition includes Gigabit uplink, eight additional ports, and an easy-to-configure Industrial Automation (IA)-profile that allows automation engineers to quickly process the increasing amounts of data within the smart manufacturing industry. Moxa will always strive to ensure you can achieve network interoperability and integration immediately.

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utomation engineers are increasingly putting more emphasis on the underlying health of their networks to ensure they can maintain reliable plant operations. This is often achieved by monitoring data and the network status from SCADA/HMIs, allowing automation engineers to prevent network downtime. “We decided to develop the SDS-3000 Series industrial smart switches with the 3-2-1 design to simplify industrial communications. There are 3 preconfigured IA protocols, 2 installation methods, and a 1-page dashboard for easy configuration. The new SDS-3016 Series includes an additional rotarycoded DIP-switch, which is located on the bottom of the device, to allow engineers to perform profile-based settings quickly without using a web browser,” noted Elsa Liu, Product Manager at Moxa.

The SDS-3016 Series Smart Switch Features • 14+2G-port Gigabit smart Ethernet switches • 3 industrial protocols including EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, and Modbus/ TCP • 2 installation methods with DIN-rail and rack-mounting options • 1-page dashboard GUI for easy device configuration and port diagnostics reports • O ne-step configuration to enable seamless SCADA/HMI/NMS integration • S upports RSTP/STP/MRP (Client) network redundancy • Compact size to fit in confined spaces www.moxa.com

The smart switch was specifically designed for IA engineers and automation machine builders. The switch only includes the functions IA engineers and automation machine builders need, and importantly, does not require them to have IT-based network management skills. We believe the smart switch is the ideal product for the manufacturing industry, especially for machine builders who are embracing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.

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IDS IMAGING DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMS

ON THE WAY TO A CLIMATE-NEUTRAL COMPANY IDS lives holistic climate protection.

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nergy and resource efficiency are the focus of the industrial camera manufacturer IDS I m a g i n g D eve l o p m e nt Sys t e m s GmbH. As a globally active technology company, sustainability is an essential part of the corporate strategy. “Technological progress and responsible entrepreneurship go hand in hand for us,” explains Jan Hartmann, Managing Director of the Obersulm-based camera manufacturer. “Our sustainable, ethical business practices actively protect the environment” is one of his guiding principles.

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Facets of climate protection at IDS.

With a responsible and holistic sustainability strategy, IDS aims to create long-term value while harmonizing ecological, social and economic aspects. Sustainability is practiced in all areas of the company. In the core business, this is reflected, for example, in the development and production of climate-neutral camera families or “green” logistics. However, the Obersulm-based company goes further. For example, fair dealings with business partners, a pronounced family awareness and a good work-life balance are firmly anchored in the guidelines. IDS is also committed to environmentally friendly mobility with bike leasing offers and a job ticket for employees. The company restaurant at the Obersulm site is supplied by regional producers and thus contributes to reducing CO2 emissions due to shorter transport routes. At the same time, the paperless office makes it easier to work from home and saves resources.

The further reduction of the company’s own CO2 emissions is at the top of the corporate agenda. “We are working every day to further reduce our ecological footprint,” underlines Jan Hartmann. The goal of making the entire company climate-neutral before the end of this year has almost been achieved. IDS cameras are already helping to conserve raw materials and optimize processes in almost every country in the world. The company makes all facets of “Sustainability at IDS” transparent on its just published website https://en.idsimaging.com/sustainability.html. It is intended to show where IDS makes the difference through small and larger changes. https://en.ids-imaging.com

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A SHOWROOM FOR LEUZE SENSORS Leuze set a new milestone in its company history: after just 12 months of construction time, the Sensor People put their new international distribution center into operation in Unterlenningen, near the Leuze headquarters.

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clear commitment to the company’s roots and the location. At the same time a clear statement regarding growth targets and the company’s forward looking approach. Perfectly dimensioned The Leuze distribution center has three different storage areas: the floor pallet warehouse, the high bay warehouse and the distribution center’s key area: the automatic small-parts warehouse. Together with GEBHARDT Intralogistics Group, Leuze implemented a complete in house conveyor and storage system in its new distribution center. Requirements The entire intralogistics process had to be automated and customized to the needs of the company. Most importantly, the complexity of various order picking tasks had to be taken into consideration and a solution found that could cope with workload peaks. Key requirement: It

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had to be possible to adapt the solution flexibly and scalably to additional growth. Apart from the small-parts warehouse, GEBHARDT also provided the conveyor system with simple, perfectly matched solutions, the multifunctional, ergonomic order picking workstations as well as the warehouse management software GEBHARDT StoreWare®. Automatic small parts warehouse The small parts warehouse is located inside a 16 meter high, 66 meter long and 10 meter wide enclosed structure. The containers are carried by the conveyor system through two locks, fitted with high speed doors, into the storage area – and back out again. The small parts warehouse was designed as a 2 aisle shuttle warehouse, with 38 levels and five GEBHARDT StoreBiter® one level shuttles (OLS) in each aisle. “We deliberately chose the one level shuttles with capacitor technology


LEUZE from GEBHARDT. The special feature of this technology is its high degree of flexibility and scalability. Also, it requires far less maintenance than conventional slow action contact systems. They are also more durable which reduces our maintenance processes and increases profitability”, says Ibrahim Zuva, Director of Logistics at Leuze, explaining the decision to opt for this shuttle variant. Charging is necessary after 20 minutes of operation and takes place via conductor tracks installed at the front end of the aisle. The charging process itself takes just as few seconds. The shuttle does not need to be fully charged. When working at high capacity, the shuttles continue to operate even with a partial charge. A lifter is provided at the front end of each aisle. This means that the containers in the Leuze warehouse are not transferred

The path through the warehouse In the case of items entering the warehouse, Leuze makes a distinction between items from external suppliers, which supplement Leuze’s own product range, and items that come from Leuze’s own production facility. The external items arrive at the incoming goods department in parcels. There, they are unpacked and their identity and quantity checked. If identity and quantity are correct, the items are packed in one of the two container variants and “married” to the container. In this way, the ERP system knows which items are contained in which container. The process step in which the internal items are assigned to a specific container takes place at the production site. The individual containers are transported to a loading point where they enter the conveyor system. The Leuze

equipped with a height adjustable pedestal to ensure optimum ergonomics. Multifunctional workstation means that three different order picking functions can be carried out at each workstation. The first function is defined as the basic function and deals with orders that are supplied to European end customers via the usual parcel delivery services. The containers are transported by the conveyor system. When they arrive at the workstation, SAP tells the order picker how many items need to be picked for the order. The order picker places the items in the shipping box. The shipping box is then packed, the delivery slip and service provider label are attached, and the parcel is again transported on the conveyor system to the outgoing goods department. When the parcel arrives at the removal point, the parcel is

at the current level, but instead the shuttles move onto a vertical lift which transports the shuttles together with the containers to the lowest position. There the containers are transferred to the conveyor system. These lifters are also used when items enter storage. The lift can transport a weight of 150 kg including shuttle and travels at four meters per second. To further increase depositing and retrieval capacity, in addition to increasing the number of shuttles it is also possible to integrate a further lift at the end of the aisle. If the current solution achieves 130 double cycles, adding a second lifter will increase performance to 200 double cycles. The warehouse uses two different containers. A large container measuring 600 x 400 x 220 mm and a smaller container measuring 600 x 400 x 125 mm. Based on the large containers, the warehouse achieves a capacity of 33,000 storage spaces. By stacking two small containers on top of each other, the capacity can be increased to up to 40,000 storage spaces.

sensors and the warehouse management software (LVS) from GEBHARDT do the rest. “Our sensors read the bar codes to determine which container is at which position in the conveyor system, and the LVS deposits the containers chaotically randomly in the small-parts warehouse”, explains Zuva. The LVS is familiar with the order pool. In other words, it knows which order must be retrieved for delivery and when. Algorithms stored in the LVS control which container is retrieved first from the small-parts warehouse and fed to one of the three order picking stations. The containers are transported out of the warehouse in the shuttles, and the vertical lift moves them to the lowest level where they are handed over to the conveyor system.

loaded into a pallet and received by the shipping provider. The second function is responsible for sending deliveries to non European subsidiaries. They receive grouped consignments, i.e., weekly bulk shipments. The third function is the so called consolidation function.

After the container is handed over to the conveyor system, it travels (controlled by Leuze sensors and the GEBHARDT StoreWare® software) to one of the three multifunctional order picking workstations, which are each

The conveyor system and order picking workstations can be easily retrofitted so large pallet boxes can then be handled and filled. “Our consolidation orders consist of items from the small parts warehouse and other items from the two other storage areas. To merge the items from the different areas, an additional conveyor belt can be pushed to the order picking workstation,” says Ibrahim Zuva summing up the retrofit. https://www.leuze.com

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