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PRINT ENGRAVED PLATE ALTERNATIVES WITH THE BMP61!

Brady Corporation offers an identification solution that can remove the hassle with engraved plates once and for all. The Engraved Plate Replacement label is specifically designed to replace engraved and plotted plates on electrical components, cabinets, push buttons and control panels. BMP61 can print sleeves, self-laminating labels, engraved plate replacement labels, tags and even customer specific labels in a vast range of materials, sizes and colours up to 50.80 mm wide. With its high performance label materials that can handle the toughest industrial identification applications, the BMP61 Label Printer is a durable partner in the field and a dependable workhorse in the shop.

A wide range of applications Engraved plate replacement labels are a cost effective alternative to identify control panels, patch panels, electrical cabinets, switches, push buttons, signal lights, start/stop buttons, instrumentation, production lines and racks. The label has a good abrasion, chemical, temperature and UV-resistance and is equipped with a quality adhesive, suitable for rough and uneven surfaces.

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Cost effective Brady's Engraved Plate Replacement label resembles engraved plates both in looks and thickness, but at a lower price. Stocks of engraved plates are no longer required, as users can easily print an engraved plate alternative in a variety of sizes with the BMP61 Label Printer whenever they are needed.

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A SENSING CHAIR THAT MEASURES RESPIRATORY RATES, HEART RATES, AND STRESS LEVELS

THK exhibited a product prototype (Smart Sensing Chair) at the world’s largest furniture fair, ICFF 2017, held May 21–24 at the Javits Center in New York City.

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t the ICFF, we at THK present our product prototype which is designed with a smart sensing system that can analyze a person’s health and the condition of the surrounding environment. The sensors built into the chair measure respiratory rates, heart rates, stress levels, and conditions of the surrounding air. This information is then displayed on a monitor.

Prototype details Slide rails are built into the seat of the chair that are used to pull the seat back to load or remove a microcomputer.

Design • Simple design of transparent acrylic with a blue seat. • Seat equipped with sensors to measure body movement and take readings of the surrounding environment. • THK's Model FBL56H+305LS slide rails are built into the seat, enabling sensor installation. • Each of the three chairs exhibit different functions of this technology: one chair analyzes a person’s health, one conveys information, and one takes measurements of the surrounding environment.

Smart Sensing Chair System • A body motion sensor installed in the chair measures one’s heart rate, respiratory rate, and stress levels. • Data can be saved and reviewed with a cloud environment.

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Various health statistics about the person sitting in the chair (respiratory rate, heart rate, and stress level) can be seen on a monitor.

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FASTER, STRONGER, LIGHTER: INNOVATIONS FROM FISCHER CONNECTORS AT THE PARIS AIR SHOW

Fischer Connectors, the worldwide innovator in push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, will showcase its innovative products designed to meet customers’ growing needs for faster, more powerful and smaller solutions in aerospace applications at the International Paris Air Show (19-25 June).

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n Fischer Connectors’ stand (D165, Hall 4), visitors can discover the new Fischer MiniMaxTM Series USB 3.0 and the new Fischer UltiMateTM Series Power and get a preview of the LP360 wearable connectivity technology to be launched this summer in the new Fischer FreedomTM Series. These innovations also come with Fischer Connectors’ recently published White Paper on Data Transmission, packed with useful data to help customers make informed choices. Working closely with customers to address their pain points, Fischer Connectors continues to push the limits of innovation with these new products:

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1. A new ultra-miniature USB 3.0 connector in the Fischer MiniMax™ Series The lightweight, high-density Fischer MiniMaxTM Series has been extended with a new dedicated USB 3.0 contact block in the 08 size connector, a robust, IP68-sealed solution that meets needs for even faster signal speeds, higher performance and greater functionality in small devices. With a multiple combination of signal and power contacts and three locking systems, it is small, light and easy to use. It is being used, for example, in: 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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• Miniature computers to replace standard input/output connectors and achieve full compliance with demanding USB 3.0 data protocols • H igh-performance cameras used outdoors in harsh environments to ensure a rugged, sealed interface from the camera to the recoding unit. 2. A new high-power connectivity solution in the Fischer UltiMate™ Series The ultra-rugged, compact Fischer UltiMateTM Series has been extended with two high-power configurations, thus improving the power supply alongside signals. It enables the full integration of UltiMate connectors into all applications, offering even more flexibility with new configurations of 2x contacts of 26 Amps each or 3x contacts of 16 Amps each, both combined with 3x signal contacts. With IP68/69 or hermetic sealing, and 360°C EMC shielding, it is able to withstand high levels of shock, vibration, corrosion and temperature extremes over 10,000 mating cycles. It is being used, for example, in: • A new field radio, jointly developed by Fischer Connectors and a key customer, to optimize power connectivity.


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3. A breakthrough wearable connectivity technology, fully cleanable – available this summer The new rugged LP360 connector is low profile, allowing for easy integration into clothing and 360° mating to optimize cable management. By eliminating the key code, it can be mated, routed and plugged in any direction, ensuring that the cable can always go straight to the device. Fully cleanable on the receptacle and plug side, it is easy to use and maintain. It can be used, for example, in: • Pilot suits and tactical vests to avoid twists and turns in the cables, eliminate tangles, reduce clutter and improve usability, making equipment lighter and faster to set up.

Showcased applications: drones and electric airplanes With a growing market presence in the civil and military aviation markets, Fischer Connectors is developing partnerships that focus on meeting current and future market needs, especially for innovative, low weight, high performance applications, such as in unmanned aerial vehicle and electric airplanes. • Visitors to Fischer Connectors’ stand can discover two drone applications developed by its customers – Lehmann Aviation’s modular drone, and DSDI’s long-range endurance drone – both of which chose its connectivity solutions to enhance their weight/performance ratio. • They can also find out more about Fischer Connectors’ Official Partnership with SolarStratos, a solar-powered plane designed to fly into the stratosphere in 2019.

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During the tradeshow, visitors will be able to discover rugged fiber optic solutions, the Fischer FiberOptic Series. The Series is available with 1, 2 or 4 fibers or in a hybrid version, and ensures premium optical performance even in harsh environments. With IP68 sealing (mated) or IP67 (unmated) and APC & UPC polishing, the FiberOptic connectors are easy to mate, maintain and clean on the move. They can be used, for example, in: • Structural control, vibration & temperature sensing or Flight Control Systems such as the Fly-By-Light (FBL) control system for high-speed data transmission and for immunity to electromagnetic interference.

White Paper on Data Transmission helps engineers make informed choices Given the increasing application requirements for data transmission at connectivity level, design engineers must understand the different protocols and the available data when it comes to test results. In its recently published White Paper on Data Transmission, Fischer Connectors provides detailed information on how its connectors and cable assembly solutions perform in HDMI, Ethernet and USB tests.

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FISCHER CONNECTORS JOINS SOLARSTRATOS AS OFFICIAL PARTNER

Jonathan Brossard - Raphaël Domjan

Fischer Connectors will provide mission-critical connectivity to enable the solar-powered plane to reach the edge of space.

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he Fischer Connectors Group, based in St-Prex, Switzerland, joins the SolarStratos project as Official Partner to provide mission-critical connectivity to the solar-powered HB-SXA plane. This first manned solar plane to penetrate the stratosphere aims to demonstrate the potential of solar energy, and explore new territories for the future of aviation.

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The plane SolarStratos HB-SXA is propelled solely by solar energy, backed by a Li-ion battery. It will be the first piloted solarpowered aircraft to enter the stratosphere, and the first solar-powered twin-seater commercial aircraft in history. Designed and built in 2016 in Switzerland, SolarStratos took its maiden flight in Payerne, Switzerland on May 5th this year. With a wingspan of 24.8 m and a length of 8.5 m, it weighs just 350 kg. The project is led by SolarStratos’ founder and pilot Raphaël Domjan, supported by an international team of experienced professionals and partners including engineers, a former astronaut, pilots, meteorologists and doctors.

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The mission SolarStratos’ mission aims to demonstrate the potential of renewable energy, looking ahead to the commercialization of manned and unmanned solar-powered aerial vehicles. The next steps are: • 2018 – Preparation of the plane for the stratospheric flight; first flights with space suit • 2019 – Record flight in the stratosphere • From 2020 – Beginning of the commercial phase. SolarStratos’ first international “stopover” will be from June 15th-22nd in Montreal, Canada, where it will be the guest star of the Northern Solar Festival and the 12th Metropolis World Congress. The challenges In the hostile environment on the edge of space, the human and technical challenges are daunting. The pilot and aircraft will be subjected to temperatures down to 70°C below zero and cosmic radiation. All technology on board has to withstand extreme environments and be totally reliable.


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The connectivity partner Fischer Connectors’ electrical and optical connectivity solutions have been selected by SolarStratos for their: • track record of high reliability in extreme environments; • optimal ratio of light weight and high performance; • ability to transmit large volumes of data fast over long distances; • wide range of standard and customized rugged connectors and cable assembly solutions; • Swiss-made technology and footprint. Fischer Connectors’ engineers are partnering closely with the SolarStratos team to design and deliver the ideal solutions to ensure the mission’s success. Stéphane Rohrbach, Engineering Director of Fischer Connectors, is enthusiastic: “Our R&D will provide the interconnect solutions dedicated to the transmission of images from onboard cameras or further control data. We look forward to putting our expertise and know-how at the service of this brand-new technological project.”

Fischer Connectors and SolarStratos have much in common. Both are pioneers in innovation with a passion for going beyond what’s considered possible and pushing back the limits of human understanding. As Jonathan Brossard, CEO of Fischer Connectors, explains: “We’re both Swiss and global, collaborating with many partners locally and globally, and harnessing Swiss high-performance technology and our passion for renewables to re-invent the aviation of the future. Protecting the environment and using solar energy lie at the heart of our strategy. We consider ourselves more than partners to SolarStratos – we’re devoted fans!” For more information: • SolarStratos: www.solarstratos.com/en/challenge/ • Northern Solar Festival: www.festivalsolairenordique.ca/en/solar-festival.html • 12th Metropolis World Congress: http://montreal2017.metropolis.org • Fischer Connectors: www.fischerconnectors.com

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SolarStratos’ founder and pilot Raphaël Domjan also stresses how important it is to count on full connectivity solutions: “We are pleased to find in our new partner a provider capable of developing connectors as well as the cable assemblies that are needed to continually transmit mission-critical data. Faultless connectivity between the pilot and our team, as well as with supporters and the general public worldwide,

will be crucial to ensuring the success and impact of this historical Swiss and global adventure.”

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SERVO DRIVES FOR DC-POWERED APPLICATIONS: APPLIED MOTION PRODUCTS LAUNCH NEW SV2DX SERIES DIGITAL SERVO DRIVES

New from Applied Motion Products Inc. (AMP) and available from Mclennan, the SV2Dx series servo drives are available in a comprehensive choice of control modes to suit use across a wide range of demanding motion control applications.

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ith power output from 60 to 550 Watts and up to 4.5 Nm torque output when used with AMP’s matching J-series motors, these competitively priced servo drives combine performance and functionality for single- or multi-axis use and are ideal for OEM automation tasks.

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The SV2Dx series is offered with a 10 A continuous/20 A peak output current power rating. Six control mode options include a drive-only configuration for step+direction or analogue torque/velocity positioning. Other options include integrated intelligence with AMPs Q programming; command streaming from a separate motion controller; encoder position following; as well as support for Modbus RTU or TCP, CANopen and EtherNet IP networks.

A generous complement of multi-function programmable I/O with high-speed inputs for position registration as well as 12-bit analogue inputs is included across the SV2Dx range. Tightly controlled move sequencing and decentralised applications are made possible with AMP’s well proven Q programming which offers straightforward motion and machine control with high-speed position latching, conditional processing, maths functions and more. For all non-Ethernet control mode options, a mini USB programming port is used for programming, set-up and motor tuning from a PC via AMP’s SVX Servo Suite software. The USB port may also be used or for 1:1 communication with a host. The Ethernet control mode option includes twin ports for these functions as well as for daisy chaining drives together in line or ring networks. The SV2Dx drive stage is an evolution from a long line of AMP servo drive technology and, based upon the popular direct-on-line AC powered SV200 series, it features a programmable notch filter and an anti-vibration algorithm to ensure smooth motion and accurate positioning. The compact panel mount drive also boasts improved EMC resilience over legacy drives. Further examples of the drives

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broad functionality for OEM and multi-axis applications includes auto-tuning for quick and reliable commissioning. Power input is 20 to 60 VDC with an optional 10 – 60 VDC input for separate drive and control stages - to maintain status and programming information if the motor power needs to be removed. A built-in regen resistor is included with provision for an external resistor as well as dynamic brake control. For safety-rated applications a dedicated Safe Torque Off (STO) circuit is included and fault protection extends to over-temperature, over-voltage, and overcurrent (short circuit). For optimal performance, SV2Dx series drives are designed for use with AMP’s J series servo motors. Available in industrystandard 40, 60 and 80 mm frame mountings, the motors include 2500 line incremental encoders and hall feedback as well as integral holding brakes for vertical applications and where added safety is paramount. Accessories for straightforward installation and commissioning include matched motor power and feedback cables. MORE INFORMATION

Mclennan supplies and fully supports the comprehensive range of AMP stepper and servo based motion control products. Complete specifications are available on request from Mclennan at sales@mclennan.co.uk www.mclennan.co.uk

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LEUZE ELECTRONIC DEMONSTRATES POWER IN SAFETY AT WORK

Safe controls and safe relays of the MSI product family.

Leuze electronic expands its product range in the area of safety at work. With the new generation of programmable safety controls and the expanded line of safety relays, Leuze electronic offers safe solutions for all applications in machine and system construction. Together with the wide range of safety sensors, the perfectly matched safety components offer complete safety-related automation solutions for a wide range of machine types.

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xpanded by more than 20 components, Leuze electronic presents its product range in the area of safe relays and safe controls and shows itself to be a competent partner for efficient safety at work:

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With the new safety relays, many smaller safety tasks can be solved. From the monitoring of simple components, such as E-STOP or safety switches, to the integration of optoelectronic sensors or standstill monitoring of motors: with the 22.5 mm housings, the relays have a compact design and can be installed in the switch cabinet in a spacesaving manner. Modules with adjustable time delay and contact extensions round out the offering.

With the new safe controls of the MSI 400 product family, Leuze electronic offers both 24 inputs/outputs as well as an Ethernet interface and integrated industrial Ethernet protocol such as Profibus and Ethernet IP in a likewise compact design of just 45 mm. The safety controls are suitable both for the safe monitoring of simple safety functions as well as for performing more complex safety tasks. In addition, the controls can be flexibly expanded to up to 116 safe inputs and 56 safe outputs. With the MSI.designer programming software, the project planner can easily configure each application of the safety circuit. For logic programming, an extensive library of up to 40 certified function modules is available. Up to 300 of these can be freely integrated per project by means of drag & drop. www.leuze.de

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AIRSWITCH AND BELLOWS FOR SAUNA APPLICATION: RAECOM CHOOSES HERGA TECHNOLOGY FOR AIR SWITCHING

Surrey based Raecom Emergency Alarms Ltd specialise in wireless alarms systems for leisure facilities. Whilst some of its products are electrical there are areas such as swimming pools and saunas where the wet environment and safety requirements call for alternative alarm technologies to be used. To fulfil these requirements Raecom has developed a range of products based on air switching and chose Herga Technology for its component level solutions.

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aecom’s sauna and steam room alarm is a dual air pressured system that features internal and external activation. A Herga 6439 series bellow is located inside the cabin and connected through an air tube to an outside console containing a Herga 6871 airswitch. The outside console also includes bellows actuation and if either bellows is depressed the airswitch activates the alarm. The system contains no electronics and is designed to offer effective and reliable alarming in harsh conditions with high levels of heat and humidity.

Herga 6439 series bellows are designed for foot or hand operation so alarm placement is arbitrary. The green colour chosen by Raecom is one of many standard options that also include side or rear tube entry, base plates in various colours in addition to choices of curly coils and tube types and lengths. Herga’s well proven 6871 series airswitch range is available in a wide choice of latching and momentary action formats. All Herga air switching products are designed to operate with large air volumes for ease and reliability of operation. Customised versions are also available.

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Herga’s complete range of electrical, air, Bluetooth® and USB switching solutions: www.herga.com

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MCLENNAN SUPPLIES SPECIALIST LABORATORY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER: MOTION CONTROL BRINGS PERFORMANCE BENEFITS FOR MICROBIAL AIR SAMPLER

Microbial air sampling in pharmaceutical, biomedical and healthcare industries is a critical factor to ensure laboratory quality control for aseptic processing, typically where medicinal products and equipment is packaged in sterile environments.

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eading the field in air sampling technology, the Welsh manufacturer Pinpoint Scientific Ltd has recently introduced its modular ImpactAir® range that offers users flexibility for implementation across a diversity of air sampling tasks. Setting it even further apart from competitive air samplers, the range also offers some unique features based upon motion control technology supplied and supported by Mclennan, the motion systems supplier.

Known as a ‘slit-to-agar’ air sampler, the device draws air at high speeds through a narrow inlet slit whereupon particles, including microbes, impact and adhere to the agar surface of a petri dish that is analysed in another process. By introducing precision rotation of the dish into the design, Pinpoint have ensured that the air is always impacted onto a fresh area of agar to dramatically reduce the probability of ‘twin impingement’ - a phenomena where two microbes land at the same point and appear as a single colony when incubated, causing uncertain results. By controlling the rotation speed and angular rotation factors through a stepper motor driven miniature gearbox, the sample is precisely calibrated and can be consistently compared over a series of similar runs from a few minutes to several hours.

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Furthermore, the ImpactAir microbial air sampler is the first of its kind to employ precision sensors and a miniature stepper motor driven linear actuator to automatically adjust the distance between the air inlet and the agar surface - a critical factor that can vary significantly due to the agar thickness. The introduction of motion control has resulted in the ImpactAir’s ability to ensure a consistent microbial air sampling performance factor that has been independently 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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verified by Public Health England (PHE) following physical and biological validation. Mclennan worked closely with designers at Pinpoint Scientific to develop the two motion axes used for the ImpactAir. The compact design, laboratory quality build of the device, and the need for the highest reliability led to a competitively priced but high quality solution based on products with a proven performance for medical equipment applications. The rotation axis uses a P5 series high precision instrument ovoid type gearbox with stepper drive providing a 120,000 step/rev for a final angular positioning resolution of 0.003 degrees. The linear actuator is an integral solution from Mclennan’s distribution partners Portescap.

comprehensive range of motion control components, and offers a complete design and build service that integrates its technologies into integrated mechatronic solutions. www.mclennan.co.uk

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The vertically mounted 26DBM-K can-stack linear actuator includes a hollow-shaft stepper motor fitted with a precision leadscrew that drives the petri dish mechanics via a preloaded nut arrangement. With a precision leadscrew and its 48 step/rev motor resolution a linear resolution of 25 microns is achieved, which is well within the accuracy tolerance for the machine. The stepper motor drive and motion controls are integrated into the device control system which also manages the airflow and other machine parameters through a choice of integrated touchscreen or external interfaces. By way of distribution partnerships and its own manufacturing programme, Mclennan supplies a 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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NEW SERVO ACTUATOR FOR PRECISION MOTION: SPINEA’S NEW DS 095 DRIVESPIN EXPANDS DRIVESPIN RANGE

Recently announced by Spinea s.r.l. and available in the UK from Heason Technology, the DriveSpin DS 095 series integrates the industry leading TwinSpin® high-load capacity trochoidal gear unit and a powerful AC servomotor with servo feedback for a cutting-edge rotary actuator solution for precision motion applications.

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he inline (non-hollowshaft) design of the DS 095 fulfils the gap between the DS 70 and DS 100 models to provide a rated torque of up to 85 Nm and maximum lost motion and hysteresis values of less than one arc-min. With its excellent power density and very compact axial length the modular actuator boasts industry leading tilt and torsional stiffness specifications in addition to minimal vibration and long service life.

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Spinea’s TwinSpin reduction gear units are characterised by a patented trochoidal high-precision gear reduction arrangement with meshed outer and inner planetary gears retained by high load capacity needle roller bearings. As the input gear ring is rotated by the servomotor, the eccentric action of the planetary gearing causes rotation to the output gear ring in the same direction. With almost 50% simultaneous gear meshing, high efficiency and backlashfree torque transmission is realised with radial and axial stiffness maintained at very high levels by the large bearing surfaces.

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To suit a wide range of servo drives the DM 095 is available with a choice of three high performance servomotors with DC voltage/nominal current ratings of 24/29, 320/2.1 and 560/1.2. Similar flexibility extends to the choice of feedback options that include Hiperface, Endat, resolvers and incremental encoders. Brake options are available with or without hand release, and electrical connection flexibility covers cable as well as straight or angled power and feedback connectors. With its own in-house system integration service and distribution partnerships with leading motion equipment suppliers, Heason Technology supports the DS series and other Spinea TwinSpin-equipped precision actuator assembles with servo drives and compatible motion controls. Design and build services extend to fully automated motion assemblies that include bespoke mechanics, servo drives, feedback sensors and motion controls, with cable management and other automation system components. www.heason.com


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NOVOTECHNIK LAUNCH RFX-6900 TOUCHLESS TECHNOLOGY ANGLE SENSOR FOR EXTREME APPLICATIONS IN MOBILE MACHINERY

Now available from Variohm EuroSensor, Novotechnik’s recently launched RFX-6900 series touchless technology angle sensor is ideal for precision rotary position feedback for mechanically-extreme applications in automotive, agricultural and construction equipment.

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ffering maximum durability, the ECE E1 approved Hall Effect device features a two-part mechanically decoupled design with the sensor electronics housed in a fully sealed aluminium housing and a separate magnetic position marker available in a range of styles. The RFX6900 series has continuous rotation with six standard measuring ranges in 60 degree increments up to its 0 to 360 degree full range. Single and part- or full-redundant dual-channel versions are available with current output of 4…20 mA at 12-bit resolution. A wide choice of output characteristic options include rising cw & ccw, staggered, trapeze and parabolic as well as custom gradients. Independent linearity is 0.5% F.S. and supply voltage is 12…24 VDC with an optional 9…34 VDC which suits battery operation.

The sensor’s mechanical specification includes excellent vibration and shock ratings that combine with an operational temperature range of -40…+85°C to ensure exceptional durability for applications on heavy-duty mobile machinery. The two-part design - with no contact between sensor and magnet - means completely wear free use with a virtually limitless operational life.

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The sensor is suitable for use in safety-related applications according to ISO 13849 up to PLd and has E1 approval from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. Installation for the sensor housing (69 mm diameter x 20 mm wide) is made easy with screw mounting from either face and an optional mounting plate provides further mounting

orientation possibilities. Electrical connection flexibility is also offered with a choice of cable and M12 connectorised versions. The anodised aluminium housing includes saltspray corrosion protection with protection class options of IP67 for connector versions and IP6K9K for cable connection. Magnetic marker alternatives include shaft mounted and threaded screw versions, and with a radial offset tolerance of up to +/- 3 mm between marker and sensor electronics straightforward installation is made easy.

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MID IN POLE POSITION

Smoke detector concept based on 3D MID. The battery holder is integrated directly in the molded part.

Three-dimensional molded interconnect devices.

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hree-dimensional molded interconnect devices are a welcome addition to conventional printed circuit boards and are particularly well suited to Industry 4.0 applications. The example of a smoke detector illustrates how design and functional integration are simplified with this technology.

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Whether rigid or flexible, printed circuit boards are a virtually indispensable part of electronic devices as interconnect devices. Plastic molded interconnect devices (MIDs) offer many advantages with regard to connection technology, including the combination of electrical and mechanical functions in a single component. This makes it possible to use the housing and other molded inner structures as an interconnect device, sometimes eliminating the need for a PCB. Three-dimensional functional integration The MID is a multifunctional component with sensors arranged and aligned with a high precision combined with an RFID antenna for sending and receiving signals. This concentration of functions on a single carrier material enables development engineers to create threedimensional microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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MIDs are ideally suited for this purpose, particularly when manufacturing large and very large volumes. MID technology in detail Three-dimensional MIDs are manufactured using the LDS (laser direct structuring) method: The shape of the interconnect device desired by the customer is created in a single-component injection molding process, which offers virtually unlimited freedom for three-dimensional design. While conventional printed circuit boards use FR4 fiberglass fabric or similar base material, molded interconnect devices are built from thermoplastics. The thermoplastic base material is first compounded with a (nonconductive) laseractivated metal-organic additive. The LDS laser beam structures the circuit pattern onto the device by cleaving the metal-organic additives while roughening and ablating the plastic precisely where the beam strikes the surface. Copper seeds split out from the additive, attracting free copper in the subsequent metallization step.


NEWS to realize. To achieve a fully realized MID product, antennas or shields can be attached to the carrier and connected to the circuit. Circuit density has been achieved in large series production with an 80¾m circuit trace / 80¾m space and contributes to greater opportunity for miniaturization. Example: smoke detectors Today's smoke detectors are ideally suited for upgrading to MID technology. The carrier material for smoke detectors today is made up of plastic components and provides a molded part to which the components may be fixed. MID technology enables significant simplification of the design and the functional integration associated with the smoke detector. The battery holder is integrated directly in the MID part, thus forming all the metal contacts. The two connecting cables and the elaborate soldering process for bonding are now redundant. Standard SMDs can be soldered directly to the plastic, thereby saving costs while also allowing placement to be performed using pick-andplace machines, reducing personnel expenses for the assembly process to a minimum. The number of components is also reduced to a minimum – the printed circuit board is no longer required and circuit paths inscribed directly on the plastic replace the wires, which means that connecting plugs are also not needed. Moreover, it is easy to integrate antennas in order to network the smoke detectors. By adapting the laser programming, any antenna structure can be applied directly to the same carrier material. Last but not least, because the MID technology eliminates the need for mechanical switches, it is simple to metallize a capacitive surface and use it as a capacitive switch.

In the following electroless metallization process within a copper bath the copper seeds created in the lasering step now attract solid copper out of solution. After copper plating, electroless nickel and immersion gold (ENIG) layers may be added to the copper layer. When an MID is not soldered or bonded, nickel alone over copper is sufficient. ENIG metallization ensures good surface properties for designs where SMT soldering or Wire-Bonded component placement is desired. Potential of the technology In modern connection technology, engineers use flex or rigid-flex printed circuit boards or wires if an electrical connection is to be established between several printed circuit boards in various positions and alignments. Here the core benefits of the MIDs allows a reduced number of parts, resulting in process, material, and logistics savings while at the same time raising quality with the reduction of assembly steps and expenses. MID technology holds enormous potential for functionally oriented product development with optimized manufacturing processes.

Proven in industry Three-dimensional MID technology has long been tried and tested in industry. It was first employed for the challenges of spatial antenna construction, as well as for expanding frequency ranges, integration densities and available installation spaces for high-frequency applications. Molded interconnect devices are suitable for 3D antennas in frequency ranges exceeding 6 GHz, reliable for Bluetooth, LTE or Wi-Fi applications. Antennas manufactured using this procedure can be found in billions of smartphones, tablets and other portable devices. Millions of mobile payment terminals also contain MID solutions. All known areas of industry in which currents flow or shielding is necessary harbor countless possible applications for molded interconnect devices. Furthermore, the mechatronic advantages of the technology enable holders to be designed for energy sources such as button batteries, making the interconnect device an elegant solution. www.multipledim.com

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Flexible printed circuit boards are often a suitable solution for bypassing physical distances at changing angles but for the precise positioning and fixing of sensors such as Halleffect sensors or LED lighting on Flex, this incurs extra costs. The MID component enables possibilities in the microscale and is unbeatable here, with the precise positioning of components and defined angles in arrangements being easy 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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ADVANTECH LAUNCHES HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPACT FANLESS IPC WITH INTEL® 6TH/7TH GENERATION CORE™ I SOCKET TYPE PLATFORM

Advantec, a leading global provider of intelligent systems and platform solutions across multiple vertical markets, is pleased to announce the launch of MIC-7700, a high performance, compact, fanless IPC with the latest Intel® Core i™ socket-type CPU. MIC-7700 provides highly flexible expansion capability and excellent computing through the Intel® 6th/7th generation Core™ i socket type processor, DDR4 memory, optional I/O modules and unique Advantech i-module products.

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Reliable High Performance Platform with Fanless Design MIC-7700 is a fanless system equipped with the latest Intel® 6th/7th generation Core™ i socket-type processor. This unique combination of socket-type CPU and fanless design not only provides high performance computing ability, but also avoids the problem of dust accumulation, greatly increasing product reliability and reducing equipment maintenance cost. Another advantage of fanless design is that it is silent, which means that the MIC-7700 can be employed in noise-sensitive applications that still require high performance. MIC-7700 supports Microsoft Windows 7/10, Linux OS, and Advantech’s SUSIAccess remote management software utility for convenient management and system protection. High Performance-to-Cost Solution with Strong I/O Flexibility MIC-7700 supports 2x GbE LAN, 8x USB3.0 ports, 6x serial ports, triple displays, and various optional modules, such as 2 LANs, isolation COM, and 32-bit GPIO modules. The rich I/O

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features can satisfy most factory automation applications. In addition, 7 kinds of unique Advantech i-module products give MIC-7700 even more powerful expansion ability via the PCIe/PCI slots, including 2x 2.5” hot-swappable HDD trays, to support customer add-on cards and massive storage requirements. The customer can assembly those modules, accessories, and their own add-on solutions quickly and safely because of the innovative mechanical design of MIC7700. This flexible-capacity solution decreases assembly time on the customer’s production line, saves maintenance cost in the field, and increases RMA efficiency, enabling customers to use a single IPC platform for multiple and varied applications. Furthermore, the shortened lead times of Advantech’s configure-to-order service (CTOS) helps customers reduce their time-to-market, yet with a costeffective solution.

multiple displays provides an attractive solution for a variety of IIoT applications. Key Features • Intel® 6th/7th generation Core™ i Socket Type Platform • 2 x GbE LAN, 8 x USB 3.0, and 6 x COM ports • Compatible with Advantech’s unique expansion i-modules • Supports 2 LANs, isolation COMs, 32-bit GPIO modules • 9 ~ 36 V DC input power • Wide operating temperature range: -10 ~ 50 °C www.advantech.eu/industrial-automation/

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Ruggedized Industrial Design Aimed at the IIoT Market MIC-7700 is a compact, fanless, industrial system that supports wide range of power inputs, and operating temperatures of -10~50 °C. The ruggedized chassis design and cast aluminum heatsink offer vibration and shock protection, as well as a passive thermal solution that ensures silent operation. Designed for the industrial automation market and to withstand 24/7 operation in harsh environments, all electronic components are rugged and satisfy certification standards for environmental protection, EMI/ESD tolerance, and high-voltage surge requirements (2KV). This high-performance platform with rich I/O and 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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NSK BEARINGS SAVE €19,200 PER ANNUM AT BIOGAS PLANT

Where there is contamination by moisture and dust, the service life of NSK Molded-Oil bearings in stainless steel housings is more than twice that of bearings with conventional grease lubrication.

Environmental conditions in biogas plants are unfavourable for conventional rolling bearings – especially in the preparation of the residual vegetative material (© Lianem | Dreamstime.com)

The use of NSK’s advanced Molded-Oil deep groove ball bearings in the rotary screen of a biogas plant has seen service life more than double, a fact that is helping to save €19,200 per annum. Molded-Oil bearings feature lubricant that is embedded in a polyolefin resin, thus preventing the penetration of liquid and particle contaminants to permit extended periods of maintenance-free running.

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t a vegetable-processing company, a newly-installed biogas plant is being used to ferment residual materials and transform the resulting methane into electric power and heat. The plant relies on a rotary screen to filter coarse and non-fermenting materials, but repeated failures were frequently disrupting operation. Every six weeks (on average), the existing deep groove ball bearings with contact seals had to be replaced. Each rotor has two bearing and there are two rotors per rotary screen. Replacing them took one hour to complete each time.

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Keen to find a resolution, the vegetable-processing company consulted NSK experts, who studied the damaged bearings and the environmental conditions. The cause of the failures was found to be contamination in the bearing raceways. Based on this analysis, NSK recommended replacing the existing bearings with Molded-Oil deep groove ball bearings.

As well as preventing the ingress of contaminants, the base material in Molded-Oil bearings releases the lubricant slowly, so that sufficient lubrication is maintained over a long period. The use of DDU seals on the bearings also help impede the entry of contamination, while service life is extended further still thanks to the use of stainless steel housings, which are the optimum choice in highly corrosive environments. The impressive results achieved at the biogas plant confirm a long-held NSK premise: in applications where the environment is contaminated by moisture and dust, the service life of Molded-Oil bearings in stainless steel housings is more than twice that of bearings with conventional grease lubrication. As a result of the change, the biogas plant at the vegetable processing company now operates trouble-free, with far fewer annual bearing replacements and breakdowns, and much less lost production time. Based on these factors, the annual cost saving has been calculated at €19,200. www.nskeurope.com

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SIMPLE TO RETROFIT: EASY TOOL-ID FROM BALLUFF ECONOMICAL ENTRY LEVEL SOLUTION FOR TOOL MANAGEMENT

Tool identification using Balluff Industrial RFID increases production efficiency, as it makes incorrect tool allocation or missing tools a thing of the past. This enables optimizing the service time utilization of the tools. In addition, scrap and rework due to excessive use of tools are virtually eliminated. With Easy Tool-ID Balluff now offers an economical entry into tool management. It is simple to retrofit and stands out with easy installation and configuration.

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ll this is required is a USB port (keyboard expander) on the machine tool and a presetter. The data are written via RFID technology from the presetter to the tool and then passed on through the Easy Tool-ID system to the machine tool. Manual entry is eliminated. Setup times and the risk of incorrect entries are significantly reduced. The system consists of a tool stand with integrated read/write head, a processor unit, a microcontroller and the power supply.

The solution's handling and functional principle could not be easier: At the tool presetter, each tool is measured and its data, such as diameter and radius, are written on the data carrier on the tool shank. The user simply brings the tool to the machine, places it in the tool holder and presses a key. The system then emulates the key input and automatically reads the data with the Balluff Tool-ID through the keyboard interface to the machine controller. Manual, error-prone entry is thus eliminated. This means that even existing machines can be modernized and upgraded with a costeffective tool ID solution. MORE INFORMATION

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QUALITY CONTROL OF RUBBER SEALS ON THE BASIS OF HEIGHT MEASUREMENTS

Smart at-Line quality control of rubber seals with PosCon HM.

The measurement of object height is an important aspect in quality control applications. With the PosCon HM light-section sensor, Baumer offers a unique, compact measuring device for this kind of tasks. The smart, pre-configured profile sensor offers five measurement modes for different measurement tasks.

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n exact positioning of the measured objects is not required. The PosCon HM provides reliable measurements even on shiny and very dark surfaces. In conjunction with its high measuring accuracy of up to 2 Îźm, it is suitable for a large number of applications in at-line, off-line and in-line control.

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One example is the inspection of black rubber seals for side windows in the automobile industry. In this case, random samples are tested off-line on a special test bench. The seals are fitted into special mounts on a measuring setup. The forms and the curves of the seal may vary, but they must not exceed special limit values. The challenge for the sensors is not only the form, or, to be more precise, the curves, but also the black, light-absorbing material. In the PosCon HM, powerful algorithms analyze up to 600 items of height information per measurement and determine the maximum height of the object, irrespective of its position. Only the PosCon HM makes it possible to carry out this measurement, and it supplies precise, reliable measurement results with a measuring rate of up to 1540 Hz.

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The PosCon HM is also the ideal measuring tool for the inspection of metallic, glossy preformed parts, for example the inspection of car doors. The sensors can check the correct form of the car door, for example, by performing measurements at numerous test points. The sensors can also be mounted close beside each other without influencing each other. The PosCon HM provides the measured values directly in mm, thus allowing an immediate OK/Not OK check for each test point. Further information: www.baumer.com/posconhm


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NOVOTECHNIK SENSORS WITH IO-LINK COMMUNICATIONS ARE INDUSTRY 4.0 READY

Through its exclusive UK distribution partnership with measurement technology leaders Novotechnik, Variohm EuroSensor supplies and supports linear and rotary sensors that feature the standardised communications protocol IO-Link.

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ith real-time collection of machine data a fundamental part of Industry 4.0, the IEC 61131-9 communications standard provides fast and secure updates to and from the field level - not just for positional data but also for status and diagnostic information. Providing the means for improved machine availability, IO-Link works at the sensor/actuator level of the machine - independent from but completely compatible with all major fieldbus systems through gateways.

Novotechnik sensor products available with IO-Link include TF1 series inductive linear position sensors and RSC-2800 and RFC-4800 single- and multi-turn transducers.

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IO-Link is characterised by its simplicity in setup and installation. Standardised control software allows for unique product identification with fast replacement if required whilst commissioning is made easy by pointto-point connection with unshielded 3-wire cabling and M12 connectors. Users can monitor and modify positional parameters, such as zero, direction of rotation/travel or resolution. Status and diagnostics messages can be securely exchanged.

The TF1 is an absolute linear sensor for highly dynamic positioning tasks that features a touchless inductive measurement principle for unlimited mechanical life. It has a maximum range of up to 1000 mm with resolution to 1 micron and repeatability to 2 microns. The IP67 protection class sensor also includes a teach mode for straightforward installation and is aimed at all areas of demanding automation technology. The highly robust RSC-2800 rotary sensor uses a contactless magnetic measurement principle for single turn resolution of up to 14 Bits. With single output and redundant versions it suits a wide range of angle sensing applications in automation, mobile machinery, medical equipment and more. The RFC-4800 angle sensor is a twopart touchless design with separate magnet and sensor for extremely long life. With no shaft or bearings and completely encapsulated electronics, the sensor is optimised for harsh environment angle measurement applications in marine, agricultural and construction machinery. Single and multichannel versions are available and resolution is up to 14 Bits. Novotechnik angle and linear position encoders are also available with other interface options including voltage, current, SSI, incremental, CANopen, SPI and more. www.variohm.com 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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PRECISION PIEZO STAGE FOR MICROSCOPE OBJECTIVE AND OPTICS POSITIONING

Aerotech’s QFOCUS® QF-50 piezo nanopositioning stage is designed for high-performance microscope objective and optics positioning. It offers 400 μm closed loop and 450 μm open loop travel, high speed, 0.01% linearity, sub-nanometer resolution, and 4 nm bidirectional repeatability. • 400 μm closed-loop travel; 450 μm open-loop travel • Outstanding step-and-settle and scanning performance • Designed for use with larger, high numerical-aperture objectives • 29 mm diameter clear aperture

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erotech’s QFOCUS® QF-50 piezo nanopositioning stage is designed for high-performance microscope objective and optics positioning. It offers 400 μm closed loop and 450 μm open loop travel, high speed, 0.01% linearity, sub-nanometer resolution, and 4 nm bidirectional repeatability. The QF-50 accommodates optical instruments and next-generation laser micromachining applications. Due to a high-stiffness mechanical design, the QF-50 can outperform competitive piezo scanner offerings with larger, higher numerical aperture (NA) objectives. The QF-50 is ideal for optical positioning applications requiring high precision and throughput coupled with long travels.

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Precision Design The QFOCUS QF-50 is guided by precision flexures optimized using finite element analysis for outstanding stiffness and resonant frequency to enable high process throughput and fast closed-loop response. Meticulous care was taken in the QF-50 flexure bearing design to ensure unrivaled geometric performance with straightness errors to 40 nm throughout the entire travel range.

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Direct Metrology Feedback Optional closed-loop feedback using a unique capacitive sensor design allows for sub-nanometer resolution and high linearity. Unlike foil strain gages or piezoresistive sensors, capacitive sensors provide a direct measurement of the positioning carriage for superior accuracy and repeatability

For further information, please contact Steve McLane at 412967-6854 (direct), or via e-mail at smclane@aerotech.com QFOCUS QF-50 data sheet is available at: https://www.aerotech.com/product-catalog/piezonanopositioners/qfocus-qf-50.aspx

Flexible and Precise Control When coupled with Aerotech’s Q-series controllers and drives, the QF-50 demonstrates sub-nanometer positioning resolution and in-position stability (jitter) while maintaining high positioning bandwidth. Advanced software options, such as Dynamic Controls Toolbox and Motion Designer, provide a variety of highly-effective, easy-to-use tools including Iterative Learning Control, Harmonic Cancellation, and Command Shaping, providing improved tracking errors and faster step-and-settle times. OEM drive options are also available.

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Mounting Flexibility The QF-50 is available with threaded adapters to fit most microscopes and objectives. The microscope turret mounting allows fast and simple positioning at any desired orientation. In addition, tapped holes on the stage body provide alternative mounting for custom interfaces in machines or other optical instruments. The QF-50 is available with a clear aperture of 29 mm as standard. Custom stage designs, travels, and threaded adapters are available. 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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XYZ PIEZO STAGES FOR EXCEPTIONAL 3D POSITIONING ACCURACY

Aerotech’s QNP3 series XYZ piezo positioning stages combine sub-nanometer resolution, high dynamics, and excellent geometric performance in a compact three-degree-of-freedom (DoF) package. • Travels to 120 μm x 120 μm x 12 μm • 40 x 40 mm square clear aperture • Patent-pending parallel-kinematic design provides unmatched geometric performance • Superior positioning resolution and linearity with directmetrology capacitive sensor

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hey come with a 40 mm x 40 mm clear aperture with closed-loop travels up to 100 µm x 100 µm x 10 µm (open-loop travels to 120 µm x 120 µm x 12 µm). The design is ideal for optical and scanning probe microscopy or other inspection or manufacturing applications where twosided part access is required with three-DoF manipulation. Precision Parallel-Kinematic Design QNP3 piezo stages use an FEA-optimized precision parallelkinematic flexure and metrology design to ensure superior multi-axis accuracy, high stiffness, and long device life. High stiffness and resonant frequency enable high process throughput and fast closed-loop response.

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The patent-pending drive design minimizes X and Y yaw errors while still maintaining an Abbe-compliant metrology system. This design results in unmatched positioning performance over the entire XY travel space. Z-axis actuators and capacitive sensors are designed to provide Abbecompliant feedback in the vertical direction with minimal geometric errors.

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Sub-Nanometer Performance QNP3 stages are available with closed or open-loop feedback. The unique capacitive sensor parallel-metrology design directly measures the output of the positioning carriage, delivering sub-nanometer resolution, linearity errors better than 0.01%, and single-digit nanometer repeatability.

For further information, please contact Steve McLane at 412967-6854 (direct), or via e-mail at smclane@aerotech.com The QNP3 series data sheet is available at: https://www.aerotech.com/product-catalog/piezonanopositioners/qnp3-100-xyaz.aspx

Ultra-Precision Control When coupled with Aerotech’s Q-series controllers and drives, QNP3 stages demonstrate sub-nanometer positioning resolution and in-position stability (jitter) while maintaining high positioning bandwidth. Advanced software options, such as Dynamic Controls Toolbox and Motion Designer, provide a variety of highly-effective, easyto-use tools including Iterative Learning Control, Harmonic Cancellation, and Command Shaping, providing improved tracking errors and faster step-and-settle times. OEM drive options are also available.

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Design Options An optional mounting plate provides direct mounting to English or metric breadboard optical tables. A solid tabletop is also offered. QNP3 piezo stages are available in custom materials, and in vacuum-prepared versions, upon request.

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NEW, DURABLE LABEL MATERIALS FOR MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Brady offers a range of BS5609 certified, high quality label materials to identify chemicals and other goods in marine environments. The new marine label materials offer a high salt water durability, great UV-resistance and an excellent adhesive and are a great addition to Brady's wide range of durable label materials for harsh environments. Durable marine identification BS5609 certified label materials are rigorously tested, including a 3 month exposure to salt water at mid-tide, to ensure performance in marine environments. The standard also offers criteria for adhesive performance, print permanence and abrasion resistance. Where many labels fade, become unreadable or even fall off because of salt water and sunlight, Brady's marine labels remain legible and stay attached.

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Marine applications Brady's label materials B-595, B-7569 and B-7541P have all received the BS5609 certificate. They are ideal to identify IMDG goods and dangerous chemicals with the required CLP-labels, and can also be used to create durable safety and evacuation signs and pipe markers. Brady's BS5609 certified label materials can be a great identification tool for any company operating in marine environments, including companies in oil & gas, off-shore power, shipping, logistics and dredging. 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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On-site printable The BS5609 certified label materials B-595 and B-7569 can be printed on-site using a quality thermal transfer printer from Brady, such as the BBP35 or BBP37 Label Printer. Labels with black & red print on white backgrounds, like CLP-labels, can easily be created with these printers and Brady's CLP-app in port, at sea or off-shore to address ad hoc identification needs. Other applications, such as full colour safety signs and pipe markers, can be fully or partially pre-printed at the Brady factory in line with customer specifications. Receive samples or more information via emea_request@ bradycorp.com. www.brady.co.uk


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INCREASE BARCODE LEGIBILITY WITH LASER ENGRAVABLE LABELS

The new laser engravable B-730 auto-apply polyimide label from Brady is designed to increase the legibility of barcodes lasered on printed circuit boards and complex surfaces. Thanks to increased contrast, barcodes lasered on the label are easier to scan, which leads to reduced waste in supply chains with stringent traceability requirements. High contrast barcodes Brady's new B-730 polyimide laser engravable label offers reliable barcode legibility, regardless of the subsurface that needs to be identified. The high quality durable label, with a black matt finish, shows white markings after lasering which optimises barcode and serialisation contrast. It also makes the label very suitable for extremely small fonts and complex prints that can be generated by lasers.

Perfect for auto-apply The B-730 laser engravable polyimide traceability label features an ultra-thin yet durable permanent adhesive that can resist high temperatures and aggressive chemicals, while avoiding adhesive bleed to reduce the risk of unplanned production stops. Specifically developed for auto-apply systems, the label is highly reliable and offers increased accuracy and pick up rate.

Reduced waste The B-730 polyimide label can reduce scrap in supply chains that need to comply with traceability requirements. Barcodes lasered on the B-730 label are easier to read for scanners compared to direct part marking, which leads to reduced waste. Because of its increased barcode legibility, the B-730 label can also improve data mining in smart factories that use lasers to mark products.

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HEASON TECHNOLOGY DESIGNS AND BUILDS CUSTOM MOTION SYSTEMS FOR BEAMLINE PHYSICS

As part of its custom motion system design and build capability Heason Technology is an active supplier for research related projects at synchrotron source facilities worldwide.

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As the beamlines operate in vacuum conditions and some positioning systems are held in vacuum chambers, many applications involve UHV vacuum compatibility. Further requirements characteristic of such applications are the exclusive use of non-ferromagnetic materials so as not to influence the instrument's measurement capability. Rigorous temperature and pressure cycles can also be involved with temperature regulation also critical to maintain the submicron, and in some cases, nanometre levels of precision demanded.

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To meet these stringent requirements Heason Technology has partnership agreements with several specialist manufacturers of individual components that suit UHV vacuum and other harsh environments. These arrangements go beyond normal distribution; involving product and application training and close support at both the application/sales engineer and design engineer level. With its own in-house motion systems design and mechatronic system integration capability, Heason Technology brings these specialised components together for turn-key multiaxis positioner projects. Components specific to these demanding applications include piezo-ceramic direct drive linear and rotary motor systems, vacuum compatible optical encoders, vacuum compatible stepper motors, ceramic bearings and all-stainless cross roller bearings with low magnetic permeability. In terms of size and scale, past projects have been very diverse: A 2 metre travel single axis linear stage with a ceramic motor drive that positions to 50 nanometre resolution through a linear encoder with speeds to 80 mm/ sec is used in a cryogenically cooled vacuum chamber;


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Assembly of multi-axis UHV motion system for Synchrotron Soleil.

A 5-axis UHV compatible motion system has sub-micron resolution for precise X, Y linear and pitch, yaw and roll positioning of a 120 kg load - with a sophisticated motion control system that includes kinematic transformation for its rotary axes. A 14-axis linear and rotary UHV compatible and low magnetic positioning system positions samples and optics in a 550 mm diameter vacuum chamber with optical encoder closed loop feedback with resolution to below 50 nanometres. Heason Technology is also at the forefront for the design of specialist slit packages that are used to control the physical width of the beam and its angular spread enabling research scientists to ‘tune’ the beam to achieve the optimal frequency required for the materials being examined on the synchrotron instrument. These collimators are typically 4-axis ceramic motor driven linear blades with submicron resolution supported in ceramic bearings housed in aluminium frames. In particular the ceramic motor’s inherent ability to hold and lock position when power is removed assures stability.

techniques and instrumentation systems grow in power and sophistication for ever more precise results, so too does the requirement for the micropositioning systems that collimate and align beams, position samples or align detectors. Heason Technology works in many other areas of industry and research, providing specialist custom designed motion systems that harness its mechatronics integration capability. www.heason.com

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Heason Technology’s work with the synchrotron and neutron beam research community extends to close cooperation with scientists and engineers from the initial design concept phase through to approval, installation and service life support - with full acceptance testing, documentation, training and site visits. As the synchrotron beamlines become more and more powerful, and scientific 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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LEROY-SOMER POWERS THE NEW CABLE-CAR TRANSIT SYSTEM IN BREST, AN INNOVATIVE AND ORIGINAL ACHIEVEMENT

A porthole provides passengers with a vertical view of the cable car’s route.

Since 19 November urban mobility in the French city of Brest has been boosted by two cable cars carrying up to 60 people who travel more than 400 meters above the River Penfeld, with a power consumption that is potentially close to zero. Supported by Leroy-Somer, the companies Bartholet France and Seirel are behind this achievement which is a world first in terms of technology.

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rest Métropole wants to refocus the city over the banks of the River Penfeld. The cable car system is aimed at strengthening the trade links between both sides of the river. With a range of 420 meters it links the city center with the new Capucins district, which has been built on 16 hectares of former military grounds. The structure designed in accordance with original and innovative technology where the two lines cross over each other via a “flyover” system is a first internationally.

This innovative approach enabled preservation of the Capucins station building, which is protected as a national historical monument. As such the cable cars cross one single steel pylon which integrates into the surrounding environment of dockyards and their cranes. Each car is attached to two carrying cables 50mm in diameter stretched to 88 tones. The counterweight effect generally observed on mountain installations is avoided as the cable cars move simultaneously over most of the route.

The two cable cars cross over each other instead of passing each other at the same level as traditional cable cars do, and they then arrive at the same platform. The scale of the system and the stations, including the ground required, are reduced as a result, thereby also resulting in a reduction in overall civil engineering costs. This is a particular benefit in an urban environment where space is limited.

Low power consumption One of the challenges posed by Brest Métropole involved implementing a solution with low power consumption. The idea was therefore to recover the braking energy, but the energy operators have not yet systematically developed the full potential for reinjection of current into their network. The legislative framework provides for this, for solar energy production for instance, but certainly does not do this when the system consumes and reinjects current over very short cycles, as is the case in Brest. The solution therefore consisted

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in storing energy in super capacity batteries when the cable cars are descending, in order to then reuse this energy for the subsequent ascent. The project was awarded to Bartholet France for the cable car system, and to Seirel, an expert in electrical equipment and safety automation, for the transportation via cable. “We made contact with several suppliers, and only LeroySomer had the experience with this type of application, and was also able to provide all of the electromechanical components”, explains Thomas Savin, project manager for Seirel Automatismes.

”This achievement would not have been possible without Leroy-Somer’s expertise in project engineering”, says Guillaume Bourgoint, marketing applications manager for Leroy-Somer. “Through relying on a huge range of motors

“We appreciated Leroy-Somer sharing its expertise and helping us during the project design phase with its solutionbased approach and experience. What’s more, having just one single point of contact responsible for all of the moving components was the perfect guarantee for us in a project as groundbreaking as this one. We specifically wanted one single supplier for the motors and their controls. We have traditionally used a different brand of converter, but configuring the Powerdrive MD2 from Leroy-Somer turned out to be child’s play”, adds Thomas Savin. In the event of network loss, an emergency mode using an electric generator with a LSA 44.3 low voltage alternator, also manufactured by Leroy-Somer, enables the cable cars to be returned to the stations. Safety has been reviewed right down to the last detail in order to ensure protection against any eventualities. “This is the first time a cable car system has included an energy recovery solution with batteries. This achievement is a direct reflection of our company, which is able to position itself on more complex engineering projects, and will no doubt be an inspiration for other projects around the globe”, explains Nicolas Chapuis, Managing Director at Bartholet France.

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The heart of the system, i.e. the drive for the traction cables, is driven by two latest generation Leroy-Somer IMfinity LC 315 asynchronous motors (300kW, 1500rpm, 460V) with liquid cooling, assembled as master-slave on the same shaft. This installation provides the additional option of double redundancy since just one of the two motors is enough to continue operations in degraded mode (low speed). The motors are controlled by two Leroy-Somer Powerdrive MD2S inverters, which are in turn supplied by Powerdrive MD2R active front-end rectifiers connected to the power network. A DC converter, also from the LeroySomer range, enables management of the operations for the M65V385F supercapacitors developed by Blue Solutions (Bolloré Group). The supercapacitors have been specially designed to meet the needs of industrial applications requiring high power ratings. Meeting the most demanding functional specifications, they charge and discharge in just a few seconds and provide service lives of several hundred thousand cycles.

and variable speed drives based on different technologies, we are able to offer our clients custom solutions in terms of drive and automation systems. As such, linking the IMfinity LC motor, characterized by silent power, with the Powerdrive MD2 inverter, with custom power, seemed like the obvious solution to us given the specifications and constraints of the application”.

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NEWS Powerdrive MD2 variable speed drives used in their three operating modes: regenerative AFE, motor inverter, and DC/DC converter with energy storage management.

IMfinity LC motor from Leroy-Somer driving the traction cables.

the passengers. The project’s groundbreaking industrial design meant that the motors are just a few centimeters behind a glass cabinet visible to users. The equipment therefore had to be silent and compact for the purposes of the site ergonomics and for passenger comfort. Once again Leroy-Somer stood out against the competitors in this area too with its IMfinity LC motor solutions”, adds Nicolas Chapuis.

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With liquid cooling, the IMfinity LC asynchronous motors are up to 25% more compact than a motor cooled using air with equivalent power. Their sound level is also reduced by 10 to 20 dB, thereby enabling optimum acoustic discretion. This benefit is explained by the efficiency of the cooling circuit which surrounds the motor system entirely. Its dependable design and Premium IE3 energy efficiency make it one of the most accomplished motors in the IMfinity range. “The LC series, available from 150kW to 1.5MW, is ideal for all cases where the motor is close to the operators or users of the application. It meets the increasingly urgent need for acoustic comfort related to working equipment for teams in workshops or for users located nearby”, explains Guillaume Bourgoint. Significant benefits The route for this cable car system is particularly suitable for an energy recovery system, as it is implemented initially during ascent and then during descent, with the departure and arrival points both being at an equivalent altitude. 10 | Industry EMEA | July 2017

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Energy is consumed in order to arrive at the line’s summit point. Once this point has been crossed, the descent phase constitutes a source of braking energy that can be reinjected into the system in order to supply the ascent once again, thereby resulting in a very significant reduction in energy costs. “This achievement could potentially be used as an example for other industrial applications, such as for lifting”, explains Thomas Savin. “The theoretical energy savings amount to more than 90%, but the main obstacle today relates to the supercapacitors. Here we sized them in order to store around half of the energy required, and this itself represents an investment of 200,000 euros. This cost will probably fall rapidly in the near future”. www.leroy-somer.com www.nidec.com


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VERLINDE WIRE ROPE HOIST HELPS UK MOULD SHOP BOOST LIFTING CAPACITY

When a leading UK injection-moulding shop was looking to expand its operational capabilities, the installation of a 12.5-tonne capacity Verlinde Eurobloc VT3 low-headroom electric wire-rope hoist served to boost lifting capacity in line with the company’s developing requirements. The hoist is part of an overhead beam-crane system designed, manufactured and installed by Verlinde’s UK distributor, Pelloby.

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Among the challenges facing the installation team from Pelloby was the need to reinforce the existing gantry framework at Avalon Plastics to support the new singlegirder crane. Alterations were required to ensure the stability of the structure and guarantee workplace safety. However, Pelloby was able to carry out these changes with minimal disruption by welding a reinforced plate to the underside of the gantry. The span of the new crane is 17m with 5.4m height of lift.

The Eurobloc VT3 at Avalon is a low-headroom electric wirerope hoist with 12.5-tonne capacity and 9m height of lift. It offers a two-speed hoisting motor (4 and 0.7m/min) with bi-metal sensors, as well as two traverse speeds (20 and 5m/ min). Featuring a total of 13 patents, the design includes a maintenance-free DC disc brake, four-position limit switch (up, down, high-position deceleration and reversed-phase protection), load limiter and handheld radio-controlled operation.

“The older crane which we replaced had fallen into disuse, but the arrival of this new overhead crane has meant that we are once again fully utilising our existing gantry framework,” says Richard Holley, Operations Manager at Avalon Plastics. “We are extremely happy, not only with our new crane and hoist, but with the design, delivery and installation service from Pelloby.”

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ince its formation in 2003, Avalon Plastics Ltd has gone from strength-to-strength and today operates from two UK sites in Ystrad Mynach and Glastonbury. In recent years, Pelloby has worked closely with the company on a series of projects involving new crane systems. During the most recent expansion, Avalon realised it was going to require an additional heavy-duty lifting solution and was attracted to a proposal from Pelloby for an overhead beam crane featuring a Verlinde Eurobloc VT3 hoist.

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