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CAR INDUSTRY: ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IS MOVING RAPIDLY TOWARDS VOLUME PRODUCTION

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3D printing enables geometries that would otherwise be extremely difficult or even impossible to produce. This part is an Audi mounting bracket for the electric air-conditioning compressor for a sports car prototype.

CAR INDUSTRY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IS MOVING RAPIDLY TOWARDS VOLUME PRODUCTION Car manufacturers are showing serious interest in additive manufacturing of metal parts in volume. All of them are conducting tests, setting up pilot production units and refining their strategy. Author: Sofiane JEDIDI

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n paper, additive manufacturing processes seem certain to flourish in the years to come. They make it possible to produce metal parts from a simple CAD file without requiring tools and machining sequences. This prospect was sure to attract the attention of car manufacturers. However, there is always a step needed between theory and/or tests in an R&D environment and actual industrial deployment. And processes which have been demonstrated in the controlled conditions of a laboratory may not necessarily perform identically or be reproduced at scale in a production environment. Even if car manufacturers cannot take the risk of ignoring this technology, they also cannot abandon their traditional production methods like milling or forging, which have been proven over several decades, and replace them with technologies, which no matter how promising, are still far from mature.

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In spite of the fact that these new processes appear to meet the required objectives in terms of quality and mechanical stability, they lack profitability when producing of large volumes of metal components. However they seem to yield better repeatability, which is an advantage when there is a need to produce identical parts in different sites. Most car manufacturers have already carried out tests on prototypes, apparently with promising results. Some have even started manufacturing very small series of parts for racing cars or those requiring a high level of customization. Others, like Daimler are now seriously thinking about the production of spare parts. There are only a few manufacturers like BMW and Daimler who are betting on the industrialization of these processes in the near future for the mass production of parts for standard vehicles. The constraints of additive manufacturing The main constraints of additive manufacturing are its low productivity and the limits in the size of the metal parts produced. 3D printing is currently only possible for small parts with complex shapes, up to 100 mm in diameter and weighing not more than 400 g. Laser fusion, however, can


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handle parts that reach lengths of 600 to 700 mm. The mechanical structure of the parts obtained is perfectly satisfactory. However it is still not possible to expect the machines to output ready-to-use parts. A range of sintering, finishing or surface treatment operations is needed. This means that additive manufacturing is still impacted by its low productivity and even further by these additional finishing tasks. All these factors tend to induce car manufacturers not to rush into this technology. Its adoption is also countered by the force of habit and confidence invested in traditional manufacturing processes. Nevertheless, none of the car manufacturers seem to want to turn their backs on the future. All of them are looking closely both at the potential and the progress accomplished by additive manufacturing. It is clearly an attractive proposition for manufacturing complex parts. Since it has a higher cost than traditional processes, all opportunities to mitigate this have to be exploited to the maximum by increasing the number of functions in the part. Designers also have to be aware that they can create shapes like lattice structures or internal channels with complex forms that could not be implemented otherwise. Because of this, additive manufacturing is attracting considerable interest from car manufacturers for components used for fluid draining and for filtering. Another advantage of additive manufacturing: because it only uses the exact quantity of material needed to make the part, this makes it lighter. This is a major advantage, especially for manufacturers of motor components since weight has an impact on the vehicle's fuel consumption.

The weight reduction potential, which can be up to 50% for certain parts, becomes ever more essential in the case of electric vehicles, since the target mileage range depends partly on vehicle mass. Nevertheless: “for production volumes of 70,000 to 100,000 units, costs remain significantly higher and the targeted weight reduction is not a strong enough argument”, remarks Fabian Krauß, Business Development Manager Automotive at EOS. “For although aircraft manufacturers are ready to invest €15,000 to gain a weight reduction of 1 kg, car manufacturers are only prepared to spend €15.” This means that additive manufacturing has to act on several costsaving levers in order to come out in front, for example by integrating additional functions to the part or by reducing assembly costs. 3D metal printing Wide-scale adoption of additive manufacturing in the mass production of parts is a vision which is still far off from becoming reality. Progress has to be made in terms of productivity and profitability. A first step seems to have been taken with the arrival of a new type of 3D metal printing. This manufacturing process, which applies a binding resin on a layer of powder, will make it possible to produce a so-called green part which then has to undergo a process of unbinding and then sintering. It will enable faster throughput rates compared to traditional laser fusion techniques. Desktop Metal for example, an American manufacturer, has announced that they will introduce a 3D metal printing

3D metal printing is a technology with a big future. Audi is working hard to build on its expertise in this field – all the way to the Audi lunar quattro, made largely from printed aluminum.

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system in 2018 for volume production of parts of up to 330 mm x 330 mm x 330 mm in size. The machine can achieve production rates of up to 8200 cm3/h, which according to the manufacturer is 100 times faster than laser-based processes. They even claim that the use of a lower-cost powder, higher throughput and simplified post-processing results in unit costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes and are up to 20 times lower than current 3D metal printing systems. Laser systems, however, retain the advantage of having a greater build volume. The Atlas system announced in 2017 by GE Additive for example, offers a build envelope of 1,100 x 1,100 x 300 mm. Different industrial strategies The BMW Group has been included as one of Desktop Metal's strategic partners, to speed up its adoption in the car industry. “We were one of the first to invest in the company, after recognizing the potential of its technology,” declared Uwe Higgen, associate director of BMW i Ventures. And Jens Ertel, Head of the Additive Manufacturing Centre of the German group added: “For us, it was evident that additive manufacturing could be used for more than just simple prototyping. We are researching materials and technologies. We are trying to find out for which projects and parts additive manufacturing is profitable and meets our standards. When we see the progress in the machines and materials, we can anticipate how this will continue. With Desktop Metal we plan not only for high speed prototyping but also mass production of automotive parts. Maximilian Meixlsperger, Head of Additive Manufacturing Metal at BMW is fully confident as well: “The future of 3D Daimler is shaping the future of manufacturing. Vision of an advanced factory: AGVs transfer workpieces from one production island to another.

printing is evidently mass production. Future generations of machines will be able to produce a much larger number of components in a shorter time. This means that we will be able to increase profitability as well as precision and benefit from its potential for reduced weight and tool-less production. As well as BMW, Daimler is also one of the manufacturers who are demonstrating their belief in additive manufacturing. The car manufacturer, a subsidiary of Airbus Premium Aerotec and the 3D printer manufacturer EOS have announced a partnership in 2017 to phase 3D metal printing into the production stage. The goal of their NextGenAM project is to develop an automated manufacturing system for mass production. To reduce costs and to allow it to be adopted in production more rapidly, they are aiming to reduce overall production time, including the pre- and post-printing processes which are usually manual and represent 70% of the total cost of additive manufacturing. In this way, the speed disadvantage of additive manufacturing can be offset by optimizing, automating and fluidifying the production process. Production of spare parts and tools New ways of manufacturing have to be found which are suited to the specific conditions of additive manufacturing. The three manufacturers have invested several million euros in this project which has resulted in the construction of an automated additive manufacturing unit in Premium Aerotec's technology centre in Varel, Germany. Daimler will also contribute its expertise in manufacturing lightweight aerospace parts. These parts are to be manufactured using a laser printing system on a media which is extracted and then transported automatically by an auto-guided vehicle (AGV) to the machining stations for finishing, tempering, etc. By eliminating manual operations and reducing the delays between steps, it may be possible to offset the lower productivity of the additive manufacturing process. The first part to be manufactured in low volume will be an automotive part from Mercedes-AMG, for whom reduced weight is essential. Daimler is also counting on the potential of additive manufacturing for the production of spare parts. “Our objective is to totally transform our spare part management process using 3D printing,” states Ralf Anderhofstadt, Head of Project CSP 3D Printing at Daimler Buses. Over the long term, it's about making parts more easily available in cases where up till now it was impossible to react quickly, and to reduce costs as well as delivery times. This will give us a competitive advantage. We've identified more than 300 plastic parts which are good candidates, as well as a hundred metal parts. Their production started in summer 2017.”

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Volkswagen seems to be acting more prudently than its competitors in the area of additive manufacturing. Ingo Hartmann, coordinator of the additive manufacturing activities of the group, indicates that in spite of its advantages, 3D metal printing is still limited to specific application areas due to its cost and relative slowness and because dimensional accuracy and finishing quality still needs to be improved. According to him, 3D printing is currently only profitable for production series of up to 200 units but with process optimizations it should become profitable for series of 3,000 parts. 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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BMW Group Named First International Strategic Partner to Receive the Studio System BMW Group’s additive manufacturing team works closely together with Desktop Metal to accelerate market adoption. “Metal additive manufacturing has already impacted the automotive industry mainly in prototyping. Currently, we are further expanding the use of metal additive manufacturing in multiple applications. Starting with design to cost-effective mass production, which is the most challenging application where material and process qualification, design, performance and cost-per-part are crucial for our success. Together with Desktop Metal, we are working on challenging the status quo of metal additive manufacturing. We are looking into uncovering the potential for both the Studio System for functional prototypes and the Production System for high-speed prototyping and mass production of BMW Group automotive parts,” said Jens Ertel head of BMW Group’s Additive Manufacturing Center in Munich.


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However, via its subsidiary Audi, Volkswagen is taking part in the race. According to Alois Brandt, Head of Technology Development Innovation Management, the Group has evaluated ways to print metal car parts in low volumes. For him, there is still a long way to go before the technology can support a high rate of throughput. “For the Audi A4 for example, we would have had to install more than 1000 printers and run them at maximum speed only to end up manufacturing parts that would have been more expensive than with the current process.” Audi considers that 3D printing is mainly worthwhile for manufacturing tools and small production series. For now, 3D manufacturing is still slow and expensive and it is also limited in terms of the dimensions of the parts produced. The largest of the three printers in Audi's 3D metal printing centre can build parts of up to 400 mm in length. It takes a whole day to manufacture a metal tube weighing about 1 kg and added to this is the time needed to program and prepare the machine as well as the subsequent finishing operations. The 3D metal printing centre therefore focuses on the production of steel and aluminium tools from metal powder using laser fusion. Nevertheless, Audi expects that rapid advances in this technology in the years to come will make it potentially more attractive for manufacturing parts for limited series vehicle models. While waiting for the technological breakthrough, they are building up their know-how in the area of aluminium printing. Several car parts have been manufactured, such as components with porous structures that incorporate fluid reservoirs as well as the first suspension components.

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Z-brace for an Audi Space Frame of the future. It displays all the strengths of the technology – it is extremely complex, very lightweight and exceptionally strong.

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CETIM ANALYZES INNOVATIVE PROCESSES AND THEIR PERFORMANCE Based on an interview with Christophe GROSJEAN, CETIM. Productivity: 3D metal printing outperforms laser fusion Additive manufacturing encompasses a group of technologies which build a three-dimensional object based on its CAD file by adding material in an iterative fashion, in contrast to machining techniques that work by removing material. Processes exist for all types of material: metals, ceramics, polymers etc.

Metal Binder Jetting: sintering and debinding

“Manufacturing metal parts using additive technology always requires finishing operations, removing the support, cutting out, stress relief, etc. Thermal post treatment in particular can be used to improve the mechanical properties of the part and reduce the residual stresses which are an important issue for laser beam melting technologies” explains the CETIM, which has been working on additive manufacturing and its technological transfer for more than 15 years. 3D Metal printing is quite different from additive manufacturing using laser fusion. It is performed in two phases. The first is the shaping of the part by superimposing layers of bound powder held together by a binder and extruded by a multi-jet printing head. A second phase is required to obtain a part with the desired resistance. After having eliminated the binder by combustion (de-binding), the so-called “green” part is consolidated and densified in a sintering furnace to cause the metal particle to link together and form a functional metal component. This method has several advantages compared to laser fusion. “While laser fusion does not permit parts to be placed on top of each other, 3D metal printing operates in a build chamber which allows the parts to be stacked and thus a larger quantity can be produced in the same production lot.” points out the CETIM. In conjunction with the faster build speed, this significantly increases productivity. Another benefit: 3D metal printing can process parts without requiring special supports during the build phase, independently of the surface angles. This results in significant gains in the finishing phase (limiting the cost of machining the parts) as well as in the design and implementation phase.

Metal Binder Jetting: finished parts

Overall, according to the CETIM, 3D metal printing achieves better productivity and a lower cost compared to laser fusion. This is in spite of the need for the sintering operation because laser fusion needs more steps to perform part finishing. In addition, to boost build speed in 3D printing, all that needs to be done is to increase the number of print heads. Adding more laser sources would be more difficult to implement and would result in significantly greater cost. For these reasons, 3D printing has a great deal of potential in the development and manufacture of small parts with complex shapes.

The CETIM is very active in the field of additive manufacturing in order to support and advise manufacturers in a continuous process of change.

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The Centre Technique des Industries Mechaniques (CETIM) was created in 1965 at the request of the mechanical engineering industry to support companies with methods and skills to improve competitiveness, participate in standardization, act as a link between scientific research and industry, promote technical progress and assist in improving profitability and ensuring quality.


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COMPACT ENCODER OFFERS HIGH SPEED MOTION SYNCHRONISATION FOR PLCS: WACHENDORFF COVERS PROFINET IRT IN ITS WDGA ABSOLUTE ENCODER RANGE

As a recent addition to its PROFINET IRT protocol variants, Wachendorff’s WDGA 58F absolute magnetic encoder features a minimum bus cycle time of 125 μs which is eminently suited to tightly synchronised multi-axis motion control on the fastest PLCs. Available in the UK from Variohm EuroSensor, the 58 mm diameter encoder is also reckoned to be the world’s smallest PROFINET encoder with a nominal length of only 46.5 mm.

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achendorff’s WDGA series absolute encoders, are characterised by their single- plus multiturn functionality and the unique patented magnetic scanning principle that offers exceptionally high-precision position and velocity measurement with extreme durability and long life - without the use of wearprone gears or batteries. Backed by a five-year warranty, the WDGA is available with a extensive choice of mounting and interfacing options, including CANopen, SSI, RS485, J1939 and PROFIBUS, to ensure flexibility across a very wide range of machine architectures.

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The -58F PROFINET IRT version includes a 16 bit singleturn QuattroMag® technology resolution and EnDra® technology multi-turn capability to 43 bits. This translates to an angular accuracy and repeat accuracy of ± 0.0878° (≤12 bit). Programmable parameters include steps or counts per revolution, presets, scale and count direction as well as MRP (Media Redundancy Protocol) specific values for PROFINET IRT to ensure safe operational use. 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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The WDGA-58F features a clamping flange mount with a choice of 6, 8 or 10 mm shaft diameters (plus a 3/8” option) and is one of five PROFINET IRT models offering mechanical mounting options including synchro flange, hollow bore and other clamping flange variants. Across the WDGA range generally, the elevated axial and radial shaft load capacity contributes greatly to their high resilience. The durable encoder, available in 36 and 58 mm nominal diameters, has an aluminium housing with IP67 protection class as standard and shaft sealing to IP65 (IP67 optional). Temperature range is typically from -40 °C to +85 °C. Customised interfacing and specification variations are available on request. Variohm EuroSensor supplies and fully supports Wachendorff’s complete range of absolute and incremental shaft encoders and measurement components. www.variohm.com


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BUREAU VERITAS WILL ACQUIRE A MAJORITY STAKE IN MCKENZIE GROUP AS PART OF ITS GLOBAL BUILDING & INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY

Bureau Veritas, global leaders in testing, inspection and certification, announced today that it has completed a 65% equity stake in McKenzie Group Consulting Pty Ltd, a leading provider of building certification services to the Australian market.

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he addition of McKenzie Group enhances Bureau Veritas' offering to customers with a diverse and comprehensive portfolio of services, including; building surveying and compliance risk management, consulting services, building certification and accessibility services across Australia. Furthermore, it serves construction companies and developers as well as clients with property portfolios. “We look forward to welcoming the McKenzie Group and its teams whose reputation and performance are remarkable. This company will complement our portfolio of services in Australia and responds naturally to our Building & Infrastructure Growth Initiative, said Didier Michaud-Daniel, Bureau Veritas Chief Executive Officer.”

“As a market leader in Australia, we are at the forefront of the building certification industry and our priority is to maintain this position by ensuring the successful delivery of projects” said Mark Cogo and Stephen Natilli, Managing Directors of McKenzie Group. “Our teams will be able to apply their expertise on an even wider scale and build solutions integrating Bureau Veritas services within the building and infrastructure sector throughout Australia.”

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“Australia’s population growth is expected to nearly double by 2050, requiring strong construction investment, and creating attractive opportunities for both the public and private sectors,” continued Didier.

The McKenzie Group provides a suite of integrated compliance based services. McKenzie Group was founded in 1988 as a provider of high -end building surveying services and has locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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ADVANTECH EXPAND EUROPEAN SERVICE CENTER TO SUPPORT REGIONAL GROWTH The world leader in industrial and embedded computing solutions, has expanded its European Service Center in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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ontinuous growth in the European Market led Advantech to the plans in 2017 to enlarge both the production, logistic and office facilities that are set to open in January 2018. Next to housing nearly 150 employees, the high-tech building will also serve as a demo site, displaying the latest of Advantech’s service IOT and Industry 4.0 applications. The announcement follows the opening of Advantech’s new Sweden office, its 12th in Europe, with no. 13 to open in Barcelona soon. All of Advantech’s modern field offices support the firm’s ambitious growth plans over the years, targeting an annual € 350 MIO revenue in year 2025. Advantech Europe currently accounts for nearly 15% of its global business.

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The expansion of the Advantech European Service Center (AESC) will see its warehouse and office space double in size, while its assembly services (CTOS) will nearly triple in production capacity. As the European HQ, Advantech Eindhoven also houses most of its staff and back office personnel for the European organization. The building will be fitted with the latest Advantech smart technology innovations: from high-tech building automation such as temperature and light control in meeting rooms and reception, energy monitoring and control of facility to an intelligent iSurveillance and an iLunch catering service for its employees and guests. On the operational side, process and machine automation 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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and intelligent enhancements to our manufacturing execution system (iCTOS MES) streamline operations on the factory flow: from kitting to pre-configuration, assembly, integration and quality control. Visiting customers will be able to observe first-hand how real-time monitoring of KPIs from the Advantech situation room can help speed up improvement cycles and support more flexible production to meet evolving needs. “As the world moves through a Fourth industrial Revolution, each traditional vertical sectors begin to leverage IoT technologies and things will be connected. Through big data and AI, the world will be more intelligent and smarter. Advantech wants to be the enabler that stimulate this transition into a new AIOT era,” said Jeff Shih, VP of Advantech Global Services located in AESC. “This ambitious expansion of Eindhoven Service Center will help support our growth target of €350M revenue in year 2025. Most importantly, the new Intelligent Building System and Intelligent Factory System we’re creating here will provide a compelling real-world demonstration to customers of the value of our extensive range of smart technologies.” The official opening for the Advantech Europe Service Centre is January 24, 2018. www.advantech.eu/industrial-automation


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NEW COMPACT HYDRAULIC DRIVE UNIT, WITH INTEGRATED AXIAL PISTON MOTOR – BONFIGLIOLI 600WT SERIES

The drive specialist Bonfiglioli is extending its range of wheel drive with the introduction of the new 600WT drive series, that integrate a new axial piston motor especially designed for agricultural equipment.

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he 606WT wheel drive from Bonfiglioli, perfectly combines proven mechanical systems with a new integrated 68 cc/rev swashplate motor and thus, represents the best choice for agricultural machinery having closed loop circuits such as self-propelled sprayers. This drive unit, which provides an output torque of up to 17.000 Nm, integrates the Th68 axial piston motor designed for a continuous pressure of 450 bar, a maximum volumetric flow rate of 160 l/min and it is capable of zero displacement.

With more than 40 years of experience alongside the major agricultural machinery manufacturers, and a broad range of reliable, efficient and innovative products, Bonfiglioli is the ideal partner to get the perfect solutions. www.bonfiglioli.com

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Additional features of the 606WT drive units are the two position hydraulic displacement control or alternatively an electrical proportional continuously variable displacement control and the built-in speed sensor. Mechanical gear disengagement, an integrated parking brake, springactuated hydraulically released or a dynamic brake, which includes an inspection port are available as options.

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ACHIEVE MORE TOGETHER AT ISE 2018 WITH VIVITEK AND DELTA DISPLAY SOLUTIONS COMBINING FORCES

Vivitek is joining forces with Delta Display Solutions to present the widest range of AV solutions, from projectors and control room displays to collaboration and digital signage solutions.

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t ISE 2018, Vivitek, a leading brand of visual display products, and Delta Display Solutions, a division of Delta Electronics, will showcase new and existing customers how to Achieve More Together. The combined brands will be demonstrating a full selection of visual solutions ranging from standard and large venue projectors, to wireless collaboration and digital signage solutions. Its wide array of advanced display and presentation solutions are engineered for environments ranging from meeting and collaboration rooms, to larger venues, control rooms, and even entertainment facilities. The Vivitek and Delta Display Solutions stand at Hall 5 R60 at ISE 2018 is set to be more than double the size of last year’s, further amplifying the Achieve More Together sentiment.

ISE 2018 will play host to the first public unveiling of a new product in the Delta Displays FE Series with the 1.26mm Fine Pitch Indoor LED Wall Solution. The fine pixel detail of this new product delivers superb image quality and uniformity. Offering a wide variety of pitch sizes from 1.26mm to 2.5mm, the FE series is designed to suit all indoor LED project requirements. Rugged and robust, the LED wall solutions are designed to excel in high ambient light environments, capturing audiences’ attention and providing an unforgettable viewing experience. Delta Displays offers pre-set configurations in different sizes based on the pixel size in Full-HD and UHD resolution, complete with frame and controller to simplify the selection for the end customer and help them achieve the result they aim for in their display needs. Visitors to the combined Vivitek - Delta booth can also view and experience the performance of Delta’s video wall cubes in UHD 4K resolution and laser-phosphor technology designed for demanding control rooms. Delta’s long experience in video wall technologies, ensure reliability and durability in many 24/7 applications, and can be depended

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on to bring control to even the most challenging of events or environments. At ISE 2018, Vivitek will show off its new and brightest single-chip DLP laser projector: the DU9800Z. The solid state illumination source projector offers 18,000 ANSI Lumens with a native WUXGA 1920 x 1200 resolution that delivers an impeccable standard of colour and detail. With 20,000 hours of laser light operation, this projector far exceeds the average lamp based projector and provides great value for money. Traditionally, 3-chip DLP projectors are used to reach such a high level of brightness, but Vivitek’s flagship projector delivers an impressive 18,000 ANSI lumen resolution with 1-chip DLP technology, using laser-phosphor illumination to provide colour accuracy and durability.

Commenting on its presence at ISE 2018, Holger Graeff, General Manager, Vivitek EMEA, said: “Achieve More Together encapsulates our proposition from both a customer perspective and the united front that Vivitek shares with Delta Electronics. To that end, visitors to the Vivitek stand at ISE 2018 will see our largest-ever array of solutions for meeting or collaboration rooms, large venues, control rooms or leisure and entertainment environments. Whatever the application or environment, customers can be assured that our solutions offer class-leading performance, reliability and value for money, enabling users to achieve more together with Vivitek and Delta.” www.deltaww.com

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Vivitek will also showcase its popular collaboration solution with the flagship product of the NovoEnterprise with the LauncherPlus. NovoEnterprise offers wireless, cable-free and hassle-free presenting to improve meeting efficiency and productivity by enabling increased collaboration. Combined, NovoEnterprise and LauncherPlus are ideal for meeting rooms where lots of external guests are expected as the LauncherPlus enables the guests to access wirelessly directly without having to access the company network.

users easily create and display 4K digital signage content through easy-to-use software features, with no need for programming skills or special training.

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ROMANIAN PLASTICS & METALS PROCESSING EXPERT UPGRADES TO KEYENCE AND IMPROVES MEASUREMENT QUALITY

S.C. CEPROINV SA is a private company that was founded in 1991 by a group of six engineers. The company’s headquarters is located in Romania, in the city Focșani, the capital of Vrancea County; CEPROINV has steadily built a reputation for producing high-quality mechanical components that are made not only from plastic materials, but also metal – through splintering processes and injection moulding. The founding team of engineers remains at the helm as shareholders.

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he parts manufactured by CEPROINV are used in almost every industrial sector including petrochemistry, naval industry, electronics, power engineering, steel industry, food industry, lighting industry, pharmaceuticals, transport, construction, machining tools and so on. An important part of the company’s activities is the production of PTFE (“Teflon”) in rods, tubes or plates through sintering, and the processing of finished pieces from these semi-finished materials.

In such specialised field, and in today’s economy, keeping ahead of the competition is crucial. The consumer base of CEPROINV demands a wide range of finished parts and spare parts, both from plastic and metallic materials (including steel, cast iron, bronze, etc.). Furthermore, the company must adhere to its individual customers’ model or documentation. The company policy has always focused on paying equal attention to every order, irrespective of size. This leads the staff at CEPROINV to review big batches and unique pieces with the same level of care.

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Up until recently company technicians were using measuring instruments from a competitor of KEYENCE to measure small PTFE parts, but the solution provided by the competitor was difficult to program. In some circumstances, certain measurements like the axis between drills, arc lengths, division diameter for drills, or even the angles, were very difficult to measure with the existing measurement tools.

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It became clear that a newer machine, with a higher performance was needed. So, when the time came to replace its measurement systems, engineers at CEPROINV decided to look elsewhere. “We knew what we were looking for” said Deputy Director Georgica Marin, who agreed to answer a few questions. “Quality, reliability and usability were elements that were absolutely critical to us. We needed to measure the smallest PTFE parts with the highest degree of confidence. We analysed similar products on the market and then we turned to KEYENCE.” After careful review, CEPROINV management decided to acquire the KEYENCE IM-6225T measuring machine on account of its ease of operation and the attractive price/quality ratio. Its 6.6 mega-pixel monochrome CMOS image sensor is supplemented with double telecentric lens. This device has a large field of view of 200 x 100mm.

grams, we can repeat our measurements of identical pieces over and over again; this cuts down on the initial preparation time it used to take, saving CEPROINV additional costs.” KEYENCE prides itself not only on its products, but on its support as well. Customers benefit from working directly with a highly knowledgeable team of sales engineers who can help solve the most complex applications and answer technical product questions rapidly. Naturally, this also proved a deciding factor for CEPROINV. Equipped with a KEYENCE IM-6225T, CEPROINV is now looking to the future with confidence: this measuring device will help the company maintain the highest levels of quality while reducing lead time. For CEPROINV customers, this will translate into better productivity and profitability. www.keyence.eu

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Since then, the results have largely spoken for themselves, delivering countless benefits to CEPROINV and its customers. “By using our new KEYENCE IM-6225T optical measurement system, we can now execute measurement reports easily and more accurately” explained Mr. Georgica Marin. “These reports are necessary for certifying the quality of our finished pieces. Also, by saving the most frequent measurement pro13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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DELTA EASES THE TRANSITION TO CHOOSING, INSTALLING AND MAINTAINING INDOOR LED WITH NEW FE SERIES FAMILY

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, is set to ease the transition to indoor LED Display Systems, with a set of pre-set size configurations of large format monitor solutions in Full-HD and UHD. The FE Series Fine Pitch Indoor LEDs, boasts superb image quality and uniformity, and offers a wide variety of tiles to fit all indoor project requirements. Rugged and robust, the LED wall solution are designed to excel in high ambient light environments, capturing audiences’ attention and helping provide an unforgettable experience.

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deally suited to indoor signage as well as command and control environments, the FE Series enable a modern, sleek designed large format monitor, offering 1.26, 1.58, 1.9 and 2.5mm pixel pitch, each calibrated to create smooth, consistent brightness and colour throughout the display area. Unique is that Delta Display Solutions now offers the LED cabinets in pre-determined sizes ranging from 110” to 220” in Full HD, and 220” up to 440” in UHD resolution.

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The fine-pitch pixels choices and size configurations perfectly accommodate a wide range of viewing distances and applications. Each is in an exact 16.9 aspect ratio – so there is no need to reformat or resize images - which fits standard content supplied via a multitude of sources, as easy as if to connect to a monitor.

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The seamless and high resolution display provides wide-viewing angles giving an immersive experience that maximizes audience engagement in short viewing distances. Delta’s FE Series offers optional ambient light adjustment, emitting a bright and vibrant image no matter what the ambient factors are, such as bright, dark and variable lighting conditions. The FE Series’ matched contact points between each tile provide superior accuracy and a seamlessly tight display, while ensuring a solid performance with excellent uniformity colour and brightness over its lifetime. Not only has Delta made it easy to choose the most suitable pixel size, the aluminum die-cast frame allows for precise installation for perfect alignment. Each LED module attaches magnetically to the cabinet for ease of installation and serviceability. The power supply developed by Delta and optimised for the FE Series supports the level of quality and durability that Delta stands for.


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Commenting on the introduction of the FE Series, Holger Graeff, General Manager Delta Displays EMEA said: “The FE Series will accelerate the uptake of LED Narrow Pixel Pitch thanks to the way we now standardize the configuration, installation and maintenance of our 16:9 LED video wall displays. Now, the power of LED technology can be offered easier and faster by any of our AV Partner for use in a wide range of environments, with the reassurance of Delta’s know-how in video wall and control room applications for durable and long lasting solutions at low maintenance cost.”

Pricing and availability Delta’s FE Series of indoor LED Display Systems start from 75.000 EUR, excl. installation. It comes supplied with a three year warranty. For complete details on each offering, please refer to the terms and conditions of the warranty policy delivered with your sales order to determine the exact warranty terms applicable to you. www.deltaww.com

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Key Features • Each individual cabinet has a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 27" diagonal • Full-HD configurations available in 110", 137", 165" and 220" diagonal • UHD configurations available in 220", 275", 330" and 440" diagonal • Cost-effective indoor SMD LED • A seamless and high-resolution display gives an immersive experience • Wide viewing angles allow for maximum audience engagement in short viewing distances • M inimal power consumption: Delta FE is designed with optimised power supplies to minimize power consumption, allowing for a low cost of ownership • Rugged and lightweight design guarantees reliability • Delta’s uniformity calibration technology provides uniform colours and brightness

• Front installation options and a compact, lightweight design guarantees an easy, quick installation • The ultimate indoor LED display for image quality assurance, colour uniformity and low cost of ownership • Certified UL, CB, CE, FCC, CCC

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EXTREMELY COMPACT DISTRIBUTED DRIVE SOLUTION: JVL RELEASE DIMINUTIVE NEMA17 VERSION OF ITS INTEGRATED SERVOSTEP MOTORS WITH ETHERCAT

Recently launched by JVL Industri Elektronik A/S, and now available in the UK with full support from Mclennan, the new and amazingly compact all-in-one MIS17 series integrated motor brings QuickStep closed-loop motor technology and EtherCAT communications to a NEMA17 frame motor.

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VL has substantially proven its QuickStep/ServoStep technology in its larger 23 and 34 NEMA frame integrated motors. With microstepping motor, drive, feedback encoder and motion controller in a single servo controlled package, and with EtherCAT amongst six leading industrial Ethernet protocol options available, this new highly compact positioning solution opens the way for tightly synchronised multi-axis motion control as part of smaller distributed machine architectures.

The MIS17 series has a mounting flange size of just 42 x 42 mm yet offers output torque of up to 0.8 Nm. Advanced features and options include 409600 step/rev multi-turn absolute encoder plus a very wide choice of control modes and interfacing options, in addition to its Ethernet capability. JVL’s QuickStep control technology resolves the lost motion and stalling problems associated with open-loop stepper motors and furthermore develops more useful peak torque as well as much higher position and velocity precision. The new MIS17 series integrated motor is available in three nominal winding lengths for torque performance ratings of 0.15 Nm, 0.26 Nm and 0.8 Nm with speeds to 3000 rpm. The built-in absolute multi-turn encoder requires no datum routine on start-up and contributes to the exceptional levels of control smoothness and low audible noise as part of the QuickStep’s control system. As well as simple step+direction and analogue voltage for position and velocity control, options for multi-axis control via CANbus and SSI are available along with built-

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in RS422 and RS485 ports. For standalone applications JVL’s ‘MacTalk’ PLC controller provides a graphical programming environment for a wide range of motion control and machine IO interaction functions. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Wireless Ethernet are also available options. In addition to EtherCAT, other industrial Ethernet alternatives cover Profinet, Ethernet/IP, Powerlink, MODBUS TCP/IP and SERCOS III – all through an integral dual port Ethernet switch for simple wiring and cost reduction. For integration into higher level programming environments, the controller also offers optional ActiveX/OCX drivers. Top or rear connectors, alternative drive-shafts, double shafts and brakes are further options that demonstrate the flexibility of the MIS17 series. Mclennan supports JVL’s full range of MIS QuickStep series integrated motors and offers compatible planetary or spur gearboxes and other power transmission components.

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With distribution partnerships and its own comprehensive design and build service available, Mclennan provides stepper and servo motor based automation solutions from single components to complete mechatronic assemblies. www.mclennan.co.uk

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ALL-IN-ONE VISION SYSTEM OFFERS UNPRECEDENTED STABILITY: KEYENCE MULTI-SPECTRUM RING LIGHT FOR INSPECTION BASED ON SUBTLE CHANGES IN APPEARANCE

Available from KEYENCE UK, the global factory automation specialist’s CV-X and XG-X series multispectrum vision systems now offer new levels of colour detection performance that will yield broader application potential for consistent and stable quality inspection in automated production.

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EYENCE’s new and unique 8-wavelength multispectrum ring-lighting technology combines with its industry leading high-speed monochrome cameras and advanced hardware & software for vision systems that offer unprecedented flexibility in synchronised lighting, colour control, segmented lighting, and high-speed image capture - with uncomplicated system integration.

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The new CA-DRM multi-spectrum lighting unit supports eight wavelengths, including infra-red and ultra-violet, through dedicated colour LEDs. By harnessing the cutting-edge capabilities of multi-spectrum lighting, three operational modes can be selected or combined via easyto-use software tools to provide an all-in-one image analysis solution that comprehensively covers colour recognition, form & shape, surface gloss, and target variability. This novel technology raises the bar for quality inspection through increased product certainty, higher levels of inspection stability and much improved waste reduction – benefitting quality control in applications from food processing to electronics production or from plastics manufacture to pharmaceutical quality control. 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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The exclusively new ‘Multi-Spectrum’ mode utilises the highspeed monochrome camera and 8-wavelength lighting for visible and invisible light, effectively providing a non-interpolated colour to 2568 gradations, compared to the 2563 gradations provided by most conventional RGB colour cameras. This exceptional resolution provides vastly superior results to allow ultra-precise fully automated sorting of even the most subtle differences in colour. High speed, real time images are synchronised with a single trigger input with no need for complex hardware integration. As well as a conventional ‘eyedropper’ or colour picker method for colour separation, much more specific measures can now be applied by intuitive selection from multiple images - if required with very narrow wavelengths as well as the ability to register excluded colours from detection. The second mode available to users of the CV-X and XG-X series multi-spectrum vision systems is the LumiTraxTM vision solution. This well-proven solution, pioneered on previous KEYENCE ring-lights and digital microscopes, solves the problems associated with conventional vision systems that require time-consuming trial-and-error to ascertain ideal image lighting conditions. By combining multiple images


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with lighting from up to eight different directions as well as ambient light - and furthermore through all the visible and invisible wavelengths available - images may be processed in a single operation to reveal height changes that generate shape or remove glare and halation. LumiTraxTM is particularly useful when setting up automated lines to detect surface conditions such as imperfections, embossed or stamped features on patterned, grained or coloured materials. Halation on film-packaged products or light-reflective surfaces can be easily suppressed to read characters or confirm presence of supplementary features. Scratches, scarring, spills and other surface defects are also easily catered for.

KEYENCE’s advanced hardware and software contributes to exceptional levels of inspection stability through features such as real-time intensity controls that maintain illumination and optimise LED performance over time. These systems are designed for high-speed production applications and can be adapted for use on-the-fly to further optimise production throughput. System integration flexibility includes Plug-and-Play set-up with PLCs, network compatible HDDs, PCs, PACs and touch panels using non-procedural Ethernet, USB, and RS232C, as well as Ethernet/IP and PROFINET protocol fieldbuses. A compliment of 24 IOs can be adapted for external sensors or may be used for direct PLC connection. As well as connectivity for camera and multi-spectrum lighting controllers, other hardware expansion includes mouse, monitor and SD Card storage for set-up and application data. A comprehensive 16 page brochure detailing the full range of functions, features and options for multi-spectrum lighting on the KEYENCE CV-X and XG-X series vison systems is available from KEYENCE UK at: www.KEYENCE.co.uk/201711CVPR

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The third “Normal Illumination” mode avails the eight built-in colour LEDs of the multi-spectrum lighting system to illuminate targets in a variety of colours for optimal lighting conditions and quality inspection. With integrated easy-to-use tools that can capture multiple images and record colours and settings for every program or product type, detection stability is assured simply and effectively without complex external controls - even when rapid product or processing changeover is part of the manufacturing process. Normal illumination mode may also be applied by selecting multiple wavelength images and lighting colours to detect surface features that would otherwise be difficult to analyse in a single colour.

KEYENCE’s multi-spectrum vision systems are available as the CV-X series one-system solution and the customisable XG-X series that suits application-specific quality and inspection. The intuitive, icon-driven CV-X allows simple setup for reliable product inspection whilst the XG-X provides flowchart programming for extremely flexible integration in large-scale automated machinery. Both variants offer a comprehensive selection of ultra-high-speed CMOS cameras and controllers supporting resolutions of up to 21M pixels plus a wide range of accessories. The CA-DRM multi-spectrum lighting units are available in nominal sizes of 50 mm, 100 mm and 200 mm and may also be equipped with dome and polarisation attachments.

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LATEST GENERATION INSTRUMENTATION AMPLIFIERS: IXTHUS INTRODUCE BURSTER’S 9250/9251 AMPLIFIERS FOR UNIVERSAL AND FIELDBUS SENSOR DATA ACQUISITION

Recently announced by Burster, the German sensor and measurement solutions specialist, and available in the UK from Ixthus Instrumentation the new 9250 and 9251 series amplifier module and bus controller bring new levels of flexibility to sensor data acquisition.

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urster’s 9250 sensor amplifier is manufacturer independent and suitable for single or combined measurement of bridge, potentiometer, voltage and digital transducers for force, pressure, displacement, rotational speed, and torque etc. Notable features include automatic sensor recognition and fast pushbutton set-up for simple commissioning with up to two real-time signals/ limit switches per amplifier module.

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The 9251 bus controller supports synchronous export of up to 8 modules/measurement channels. The module also provides Ethernet based fieldbuses including PROFINET, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP over I/O interface – facilitating sensor data transmission to PLCs and other machine controllers where they can be combined, monitored and linked efficiently to other processes.

Many additional features optimise the use and versatility of the range including editable configuration and adjustable cut-off frequency using Burster’s DigiVision PC software via an integral USB port where full measurement data export is also available. A Tare facility via pushbutton or I/O signals is also provided. The compact design perfectly suits DIN rail cabinet mounting and the combined amplifier module and bus controller system is easily integrated and provides a scalable solution for existing or new instrumentation setups. Ixthus Instrumentation supports Burster’s full range of sensors and measurement solutions, and works closely with other selected global suppliers of non-contact sensing technologies - providing a complete service with knowledgeable technical staff available to solve customers' measurement problems. www.ixthus.co.uk

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FIRST NSK CERTIFIED AIP PARTNERS NAMED

Four NSK distributors – Margo, Primagra, REA Hellas and UAB Dagmita – are the first to become Certified AIP Partners.

The names of the first four NSK distributors to successfully become Certified AIP (Added Value Programme) Partners have been revealed at an award ceremony staged as part of the company’s European industrial distributor convention in Madrid: Margo (Poland), Primagra (Romania), REA Hellas (Greece) and UAB Dagmita (Lithuania). Many other distributors have also started the programme and are expected to complete in early 2018.

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SK is continuing its drive towards full technical and customised services through the transition of authorised distributors to a specialist network of Certified AIP Partners able to deliver total solutions. All Certified AIP Partners are proven as competent at investigating and solving technical issues, and offer specific applications expertise and sector know-how. Such partners also provide MRO project leadership and knowledge of NSK’s entire product portfolio.

Ultimately, AIP changes the emphasis of distributors to support customers as total solutions providers, resulting in improved production performance and reductions in operating costs. Only selected distributors have the potential to become Certified AIP Partners due to the level and capability of their field sales and engineering teams.

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In return, Certified AIP Partners can add value to their business via the potential to grow revenue and enhance professional reputation. Further benefits include better customer support with the availability and demonstration of AIP+ maintenance tools, greater publicity and promotion via NSK press releases and online portals, and sharper competitive edge in local markets.

Distributors from 20 different countries attended the convention in Madrid, which was held in October 2017. All four companies awarded with Certified AIP Partner status have been through a complete training and evaluation process as part of a 10-stage development programme. This process helps them to deliver more in-depth services for customers such as AIP surveys, training and cost savings in collaboration with NSK's added value support.

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ASDA-A3 SERIES

The Delta ASDA-A3 Series AC Servo Drive is designed for applications that require high-speed response, great accuracy and remarkable smooth motion. Its built-in motion functions are perfect for machine-tools, Electronics manufacturing, Robots and Packaging / Printing / Textiles machinery.

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he ASDA-A3 benefits from absolute type encoder features that deliver outstanding performances with 3.1 kHz frequency response; this not only reduces settling time but also greatly increases productivity, with a 24-bit resolution. It means 16,777,216 pulses/turn, which means 46,603 pulses for 1 degree.

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The notch filters for resonance and vibration suppression function facilitate a smooth operation of the machine. The user-friendly software with graphic interface and auto tuning function minimizes the commissioning time and simplifies the implementation process. In addition, the compact design of ASDA-A3 Series servo drive greatly reduces the mounting space for easier arrangement in control cabinet.

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The ASDA-A3 also includes advanced motion control functions such as E-CAM (for flying shear and rotary cut are well configured), and 99 sophisticated PR control modes for flexible single axis movement. Simple Auto Tuning Procedures The ASDA-A3 provides a new vibration suppression function and easy-to-use editing ASDA-Soft configuration software for users to quickly complete servo auto tuning functions. When mechanisms with high elasticity are applied such as a belt, the ASDA-A3 can stabilize the machining process for users to setup their machines with less settling time. The new servo drive includes auto notch filters for resonance suppression with a shorter time to search for resonance to prevent machine damage (5 sets of notch filters with tunable bandwidth and up to 5000 Hz band). In addition, a system diagnosis function can calculate the rigidity of a machine via the viscous-friction coefficient and spring constant. The diagnosis function provides a consistency test for equipment setup and offers wear condition data in different time spans to identify changes in machines or aged equipment, thus helping provide an ideal setup.


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It also ensures Full-Closed Loop Control to achieve the positioning accuracy and eliminate the backlash effect. Designed for CanOpen and DMCNet, it features Built-in STO (Safe Torque Off) function (to be certified). The motor power will be cut-off when STO is activated. ASDA-A3 is 20% smaller than A2 on dimensions, which means less installation space. ASDA-A3 drive supports a Variety of Servo Motors. It ensures a backward compatibility design for motor to meet future replacement. ASDA-A3 drive can support both A2 (ECMA) and A3 (ECM-A3) series motors. ECM-A3 series servo motor, a high-precision permanent magnet AC servo motor, can be used with ASDA-A3 AC servo drives of 200-230 V whose power is selectable from of 50 W to 750 W. Motor frame sizes are 40 mm, 60 mm and 80 mm. Two motor models are available: ECM-A3H high inertia and ECM-A3L low inertia whose rated speed is 3000 rpm. Maximum speed is 6000 r/ min. The maximum torque of ECM-A3H is 0.557 N-m to 8.36 N.m and the one of ECN-A3L is 0.557 N-m to 7.17 N.m.

Connecting to Delta’s motion control cards and programmable automation controller (PAC) MH1-S30D, Delta’s linear drive system can provide an ideal solution for multi-axis motion control applications in various automated industries. www.deltaww.com

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ECMC series servo motor is a high precision permanent magnet AC servo motor. It can also be combined with ASDA-A3 220 V series servo drive whose power range is 850 W to 3 kW. Available frame sizes are 100 mm, 130 mm, and 180 mm. Selectable rated torque are 1000 rpm, 2000 rpm, and 3000 rpm while the maximum speed is 3000 rpm and 5000 rpm, with a maximum torque from 9.54 N-m to 57.3 N.m. 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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M300 RANGE: COMPACT, ADVANCED AND COSTATTRACTIVE DRIVES

Delta Electronics, the second largest drive provider in the world in terms of quantity, manufacturing several million drives per year, releases the new M300 range of Drives for the simplest to the most advanced applications: machine tools, textile machines, woodworking machines, packaging machines, electronics manufacturing, fans, pumps, air compressors and more.

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he M300 range is made of 3 Series: the MH range is dedicated to advanced automation needs; the MS300 covers main applications when the ME300 has been designed to be a very affordable solution for many automation systems. The range is perfect for Delta’s integrated factory solution with EtherNet/IP communication. Its compact design, with up to 40% size reduction, provides open or closed loop control for both IM and PM motors up to 1,500 Hz. The MS300 series supports control over EtherNet/IP, E-Stop & STO safety; it also includes a fast deceleration feature with reduced regeneration energy.

Delta's M300 range is a standard compact vector control drive that inherits Delta’s superior drive technology. It supports both IM and PM motor control for application flexibility and provides STO safety (SIL2/PLd). Several essential builtin functions include a PLC for simple programming tasks, a communication slot for various communication cards, and a USB port to enable fast and straightforward data upload and download. With drive size reduced by up to 40%, its space saving design helps minimize setup and wiring time, whilst providing a high efficiency and high stability system. Designed for micro variable frequency drive applications up to 22 kW, the MH300 delivers high speed up to 2000 Hz and operation for either induction motors or permanent magnet motors. Compact All drives are physically compact – up to 40% smaller than similar models with the same power rating – and deliver high speed start-up plus fast acceleration and deceleration. All drives are also equipped with brake choppers.

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Reliable Built to be highly reliable, 100% coated printed circuits boards allow these new drives to withstand dusty and harsh environments for longer periods. New PCB coating for circuit (IEC 60721-3-3 class 3C2) and thermal design applications enable a temperature range from -20 to +50⁰ C. Like its predecessors, the M300 Series benefit from Delta’s optimized high range production quality systems enabling this drive to differentiate itself both for reliability and costs.

saving modes with network expansion covering EtherNet/ IP, Profibus, DeviceNet and Modbus TCP. www.deltaww.com

Capable As well as impressive speed, power and compact size, these drives were specifically designed to be exceptionally userfriendly. In addition, this range is a general-purpose drive, making the entire product line easily scalable from a few watts to 22kW. The M300 offers two control methods – volts per frequency (V/Hz) and sensor-less vector control (SVC).

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For communications, the MS300 has a standard modbus and a single option card slot for CANopen, DeviceNet, EtherNet/ IP, Modbus TCP, and Profibus-DP. The high performance MH300 series has two option card slots for increased versatility and features built-in Modbus and CANopen with the same communication option cards as M300 plus EtherCAT. The MH300 can control up to eight motors simultaneously (4 for MS300), it also features a built-in PLC (2K/5ksteps) and Safe-Torque-Off. Other standard features include energy 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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ENERGY FROM WASTE PLANT CHOOSES LEROY SOMER FOR ALTERNATOR OVERHAUL - GENERATOR RESTORED TO ‘AS-NEW’ PERFORMANCE LEVELS IN FLAWLESS OVERHAUL

When a major integrated waste management facility (IWMF) based in Lincolnshire, UK, discovered that the alternator mounted on the rear of its main steam turbine was becoming increasingly contaminated with dirt and dust, the plant’s technical team took the decision to commission a total overhaul of the system.

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eroy Somer, the manufacturer of the alternator, won the tender for the overhaul based on its OEM status and level of expertise. The work took place at Leroy Somer’s Orléans facility, France, and was completed successfully within a strict three-week window, working first time upon reinstallation and now operating at ‘as-new’ performance levels.

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In 1999 Newlincs entered into a 25-year contract with North East Lincolnshire Council to manage its household and municipal waste. Jointly operated by Grimsby Operations Ltd, a subsidiary of TIRU, the IWMF started operation in 2003, processing 56,000 tons of municipal solid waste per year. Electric power generation for use on site (and for export) is performed by a steam turbine coupled to a LeroySomer LSA 56 alternator delivering 4700kVA and 11kV. Through the incineration of waste and the use of heat to produce electricity, the IWMF produces a quantity of energy equivalent to that used by 10,000 families.

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“Clearly, the steam turbine is a core element of operations at our combined heat and power plant,” states Plant Manager Stephen Gilbert.“So when we noticed that the alternator was becoming heavily contaminated, it raised some concerns. As it has been running pretty much non-stop since 2003, we opted to raise a tender for its total overhaul. In fact, this idea was first recommended to us by a visiting Leroy-Somer technician during a visit in 2013.” Although in very good condition, the alternator had already run for 71,000 hours, with experience suggesting that an overhaul every 40,000 running hours pays dividends in terms of performance and efficiency. In 2016, Newlincs decided it should wait no longer and scheduled a major overhaul. Leroy-Somer, which was among the bidders for the tender, dispatched a technical expert from its Orléans factory, where the machine had been manufactured, to evaluate the project and provide further recommendations.


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Based on its proposal, Leroy-Somer won the tender for an all-inclusive service from on-site shutdown to on-site recommissioning. Commencing the process, vibration and electrical measurements were taken on the alternator before de-commissioning for reference. The machine was then shut down, de-coupled from the turbine, disconnected and prepared for transportation. Removing the turbine and alternator required cutting open the plant room roof and lifting out the equipment using a 200T crane. The generator was then shipped to Orléans by Leroy-Somer, where it underwent overhaul operations. Following disassembly and inspection, the windings were thoroughly cleaned and steamed, and underwent impregnation to renew varnish on the coils. The terminal box was also fully cleaned and all connectors tested. After reassembly, the complete alternator was tested on the factory bench, with electrical performance compared against initial tests performed in 2003. The overhauled alternator was then shipped back to the UK and re-commissioned, where it showed the same performance level as when it was manufactured 15 years earlier. “The alternator returned on-schedule and worked first time following reinstallation and recommissioning,” confirms Mr Gilbert. “We’ve had no issues at all with its performance since the overhaul, which is essential as we require the generator to run for 8000 hours a year, producing electricity for the whole site as well as 2.5MW for export.”

“The key factor in this project was turnaround time,” says Mr Gilbert. “We had a limited and strict three-week window of downtime in which the system would need to be uninstalled, overhauled, refitted and recommissioned – without fail. We liked the idea of using the alternator OEM for the overhaul as this introduces confidence into the process, along with a high level of expertise. They also had an interesting proposal regarding the location of the overhaul.” Leroy-Somer offered to perform the overhaul in Orléans, which although at first may seem counter-intuitive, in fact makes full sense. The Orléans factory is equipped with efficient vacuum pressure impregnation (VPI) equipment, guaranteeing high-quality windings, as well as a fully operational test bench that can perform on-load measurements. Furthermore, all steps of the process would be performed by experts who build alternators on a daily basis.

Leroy-Somer Service is a global organisation with facilities in Asia, America and Europe that provide premium repair and remanufacturing services for all alternator types up to 40MW. Supported by an international network of certified partners, the organisation also supplies spare parts, maintenance and on-site intervention services. About VPI Vacuum Pressure Impregnation (VPI) is the process of forcing a special insulating resin into the windings under vacuum pressure conditions, resulting in total winding encapsulation. This process provides superior results in comparison with gravity-based methods as it eliminates the risk of air bubbles forming in narrow areas. Furthermore, VPI-treated windings offer better electrical performance and resist aggressive atmospheric conditions such as dust, damp and salt, ensuring system longevity.

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“If you consider the project in its entirety,” explains Eric Delabarre, Service Engineer at Leroy Somer, “transportation is neither the biggest challenge nor a decisive cost centre. It’s everything that happens in-between that’s important: on-site removal, workshop impregnation and testing, and final commissioning. Using factory equipment allows us to provide the best possible service at an affordable cost, all with very good turnaround times.”

In May 2017, exactly one year after the alternator recommissioning, the Leroy-Somer service team was back at the Newlincs site for a yearly health check of the system. The test routine to check mechanical and electrical indicators led to the detection of a potential problem on the diode bridge, which in turn could have led to a general failure and shutdown of the whole installation. As a preventive maintenance measure, a new diode bridge was ordered and installed on the generator. The Leroy-Somer Service team will return to site on a yearly basis to produce a report on operating condition.

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY: FOCUS ON HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES - APLUS CAPTURES POWER AND HARMONICS RELIABLY

Manufacturers of large household appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and freezers have to constantly monitor the energy efficiency of their products during production. These days, the focus is on energy consumption as well as pollution of the main supply by current and voltage harmonics. Exact measurements avoid rejected goods and thus lower production costs.

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Staying marketable To ensure that products stay marketable, measurements need to be carried out in a straightforward and cost-effective manner in the development phase, during production and in final test. The APLUS from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is a complete device that fulfils these requirements. The APLUS is designed to perform measurements on three phases even with different loads on the conductors. So this efficient device can be used to test three products simultaneously. This immediately reduces by two-thirds the space needed in the test stations and the cost of purchasing measurement devices.

Efficient accurate and durable The APLUS is suitable for measuring power consumption, ranging from more than 500 W when the household appliance is in operating mode, down to a target consumption of less than 1 W in standby mode. The measurement data provide a clear indication of whether the product is in compliance with the energy consumption requirements. Faulty devices can thus be detected while they are still in the production phase. The APLUS has a significant price advantage compared to DIN IEC 62301-compliant measurement instruments, while still delivering 0.1% accuracy in voltage and current measurements and 0.2% accuracy in power measurements. The efficiency of the measurement device (besides its threephase measurement capability) can be further enhanced by means of individual parameter settings. Measurement data can be captured in a straightforward manner during the various production phases.

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The cost-effective alternative to measuring instruments acc. to DIN IEC 62301

Companion software The CB Manager software from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG can be used to parameterize several devices locally in a straightforward manner. CB Manager can be used to easily create visualizations, simulations as well as utility functions. Multifunctional - worldwide Daniel Wehrli, Regional Sales Director for Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG, is familiar with every detail of the APLUS measurement device and the application possibilities it offers. “With its automatic scaling function, the APLUS guarantees outstanding accuracy for both large and small measurement ranges. The measurement times can be set individually and our customers can test their products according to their specifications. The configuration of the APLUS is quick and easy to manage so the device is equally suitable in the development phase, quality control and final test.”

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Feixang Luo, Manager for Quality Assurance at BSH Hausgeräte has deployed the APLUS in their China factory: “The “Messenger” satisfies all our requirements, for example when testing our refrigerators and freezers. In comparison to the devices generally used, it is much more cost-effective and nevertheless very accurate, has stable operation and it also makes a good visual impression.“ More information available from www.camillebauer.com/aplus-en 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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KCSM40 IS KENNAMETAL’S NEW INDEXABLE MILLING GRADE

HARVI Ultra with KM4X back end and 8 edged inserts in KCSM40. Stiffness and productivity like no other.

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ustomers have been asking for a new carbide grade to machine Titanium 6Al4V at higher cutting speeds compared to increasing feed rates or increasing depth of cuts in that result in increased cutting forces imposed on the work piece, fixtures and machine spindles. The KCSM40 grade has an advance cobalt binder that provides exceptional thermal fatigue resistance without sacrificing the toughness customers have experienced with KC725M or X500. In addition to the new material substrate Kennametal’s proprietary AlTiN/TiN coating enhances the wear resistance at the cutting edge.

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“We took the toughness of our most popular milling grades KC725M and X500 and increased the thermal crack resistance and wear resistance that will enable our customers to machine at higher cutting speeds without sacrificing toughness” says Scott Etling, Director of Global Product Management, for Indexable Milling at Kennametal. The target cutting speed for KCSM40 in Ti6Al4V was 175 SFM (53 m/min) while achieving a greater than 20 cubic inches per minute (327 cm^3/min) metal removal rate for 60 minutes. Not only has KCSM40 achieved this but has results milling titanium at speeds up to 270 SFM (85 m/min) at a lower radial depth of cut. Etling says the radial engagement of the milling cutter to the work piece is one key component when optimizing the cutting speed. “At higher radial engagements, the insert is cutting the material for longer time which creates more heat at the cutting zone. The heat will not go into the titanium chips like when milling steels so controlling the heat is critical. Lower cutter speeds at higher radial engagements is a good practice. At lower radial engagements, higher cutting speeds can be achieved.”


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Still looking good after over 100 minutes of machining Ti6Al4V at 155 SFM (47 m/min) with a .0067 ipt (.12 mm/t) chip load. The radial depth of cut was 1.0” (25 mm) and the axial depth of cut was 3” (76 mm).

Recent internal testing with the new HARVI Ultra helical milling platform achieved over 100 minutes of tool life running at 155 SFM (47 m/min) with a .0067 ipt (.12 mm/t) chip load. The radial depth of cut was 1.0” (25 mm) and the axial depth of cut was 3” (76 mm). Etling stated “The edge condition on the KCSM40 grade still looked great. And we are getting many other fantastic results. In one face milling operation on a hardened steel wear plate the number of passes was reduced from 234 to just 22. Needless to say I am very excited for Kennametal and the value KCSM40 will bring to our customers”.

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The development of KCSM40 was indeed targeting Ti6Al4V but it will be a top performer in other high temperature / heat resistant materials. The KCSM40 is a perfect grade that aligns well with Kennametal’s market segments like Aerospace (aero structure and engine components), Energy (Turbine blades and parts made from duplex stainless steels) and Transportation (turbo chargers). Etling concluded “We continue to get test results in daily on a wide array of workpiece materials and different components delivering some very nice cost savings for our customer.” www.kennametal.com

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INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS

Omron Adept Technologies has branches all over the world. In Dortmund, a network of engineers ensures quick service. Feasibility studies and training take place here, alongside repairs and configuration of specific applications.

Precise Speed Measurement with the LMSMA2x/3x.

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o human can do it as quickly and as precisely. Modern robots can move workpieces around at a speed that you could once only dream of. Precise measuring instruments are needed to avoid mistakes occurring due to the incredibly quick cycle times required in modern production. For this, the manufacturer Omron Adept Technologies GmbH of Dortmund relies on systems made by Wachendorff Automation.

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Small, mobile robots speed around almost without a sound – nothing more than snatches of the English language over a conference table. If it were not for the coffee machine in the black and yellow of Borussia Dortmund, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d ended up somewhere in Silicon Valley. Instead, we’re in the middle of Dortmund – in the application laboratory of Omron Adept Technologies, one of the world’s leading producers of industrial robots – with a HQ which is actually in California.

The European HQ for sales, service and training has been based here since 1986. In the local laboratory, most of the company's products – with names of the tenor of Cobra or Hornet – can be found in operation. “What we do here more than anything else is conduct feasibility studies,” explains head trainer Günter Graß. “If a customer is looking for an automation solution, then she or he can come here to perform tests, such as those to ascertain whether our robots provide the required cycle times,” he explains. Automation tasks have become much more complex in recent years and the desired cycle times have become much shorter – these days, customers demand highly efficient solutions. Within a fraction of a second, these solutions have to recognise, pick and place correctly. There are many ways of doing this. Small parts are often handled using compressed air. Others have to be grasped carefully. For yet others, it’s important that they are placed in a specific position. Often, it’s not done with pure conveyor and feeder technology. Packaging systems for magazines, for instance, ensure automatically that a give-away is attached to each

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Adept Quattro is designed specifically for high-speed handling applications. This depends on very precise measurements – and these are just what is provided by Wachendorff Automation’s LMSMA2x/3x length measuring system.

In the applications laboratory, the spring arm was installed with the help of the bracket. In this way, the position can be quickly changed for all the various tests.

copy and that the entire package is wrapped in clear plastic. Omron Adept Technologies is a successful system provider fur just these kinds of complex applications, delivering complete software and image processing systems alongside the robots. In order to precisely coordinate the detection range of the camera and the movement of the gripper, it is important to measure the belt speed accurately. Only when this is known can the control system calculate when the work pieces reach the gripper and thus when they can be received. Although there are systems that decrease the belt speed directly at the motor – external influences such as band slippage are not taken into account with these. In addition to shorter cycle times, maximum precision is also key. This can only be reached if speed is decreased directly on the belt – as close as possible to the workpiece.

“We were looking for a solution that’s universally deployable, because our products find a use in many different sectors, right up to the food industry,” explained the applications

The new length measuring systems – comprising a patented spring arm, rotary encoder measuring wheel and mounting bracket – were ordered straight away. The high expectations for this order were totally fulfilled. “It’s especially practical that the contact pressure can be adjusted via the resolution on the base plate,” says Graß, explaining why the system is so precise and why slippages can be avoided. A special spring ensures that the contact pressure remains constant in the long run. In the new systems, the preload of the spring is adjustable in steps of 5 N up to a maximum 30 N preload. The measurement system is mounted using a base plate and screws. The clearance for these is adjusted to the standard mounting profiles. The measurement system can be connected quickly and easily to the base plate with a captive central screw. If there are no direct installation options on the plant, various installation positions can be achieved using the highly-adjustable angle bracket.

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So as to have a secure and easy-to-integrate solution, Omron Adept Technologies decided in favour of Wachendorff Automation’s new LMSMA length measuring system. The Rheingau-based producer demonstrated the new product at the SPS/IPC/Drives fair in Nuremberg, where it won the attention of Günter Graß and his colleagues.

engineer. In addition, they should have the longest service life possible and a high-quality look and feel, matching the robust and durable products made by Omron Adept.

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The LMSMA2x/3x length measuring system from Wachendorff Automation can be elevated easily and held in a resting position. In this way, adjustments, maintenance or cleaning work on the belt can be done comfortably. The hand grip allows the arm to be returned back into action.

The resolutions – via which contact pressure can easily be varied between 5 and 30 N – can be seen clearly here.

Wachendorff Automation’s LMSMA2x/3x length measuring system has also already been installed in the training room, where customers can make themselves familiar both with the handling and with the range of possibilities on offer.

carpet...). They are also available in circumferences of 200 mm or 500 mm. Especially practical is the ability to move (or even fix) the spring arm into the resting position. “When it comes to maintenance or cleaning work, it would otherwise have been necessary to always remove the whole system and adjust it again afterwards. This way, we can use a hand grip to lift the arm from the band, hold it up and simply lower it again later. The system continues to work precisely, with the original contact pressure,” says Graß on the benefits of the handling function in LMSMA Wachendorff’s length measuring system. With the LMSMA, an incremental rotary encoder is responsible for the actual speed measurement. It is also extremely robust and can withstand high bearing loads. With resolutions of between 1.0 mm/pulse and 0.008 mm/ pulse, it can easily keep pace with the high speeds of Omron Adept robot systems. MORE INFORMATION

Author: Dieter Schömel Product Manager for Rotary Encoders Wachendorff Automation GmbH & Co. KG www.wachendorff.com

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Stephan Rump of Wachendorff Automation provided consultation to Günter Graß at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES fair in Nuremberg and was able to persuade him of the advantages of the new length and speed measuring tool.


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AN EXCELLENT PRICE-PERFORMANCE RATIO THE NEW SIRAX-ECOLINE FOR RELIABLE MEASUREMENT IN HEAVY CURRENT NETWORKS

With the SIRAX series, devices perform measurement functions smoothly and reliably. The devices are available as multifunctional display devices for installation in control panels and as mono-functional transducers for top-hat rail installation.

Based on the principle of “good enough�, Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG is introducing the SIRAX-ECOLINE series. This expands the product portfolio in the mid-range performance segment with products for electrical measurement functions.

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he devices include the basic functionality of a transducer and are used as cost-effective standard solutions for safely capturing measurement values in single-phase or three-phase heavy current networks. They are particularly suited to performing measurements in electrical distribution networks or industrial systems and machines. All parameters can be configured on-site or by means of an additional programming software utility. Modbus RTU (RS485) or Modbus TCP (Ethernet) interfaces are available to link the devices to higher-level systems.

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Display devices in the SIRAX line are available in two categories: Basic Monitor (BM) or Multifunctional Monitor (MM). The differences are in the display and operator controls. The MM version has a TFT-based touchscreen and it allows additional energy consumption values and standard electrical parameters to be entered and displayed such as current, voltage, frequency, power, energy and many others. In some versions, digital and analogue pulse outputs are supported.

The DIN top-hat rail devices in the SIRAX line from Camille Bauer Metrawatt AG are mono-functional. They each convert one heavy current parameter such as current, voltage, frequency or power into an analogue low voltage signal (current or voltage). All devices are equipped with an LCD screen that shows the values in a clear, easily-readable format. Integrated LEDs also display the current operating status of the device. Analogue outputs, linear or kinked, support data transmission to a control system.

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THE INSTALLATION OF A MOTORIZED VERLINDE EUROSTYLE VFM JIB CRANE AND OF A GRAB HAVE TRANSFORMED THE RECYCLING PROCESS FOR THE MANUFACTURE OF CORRUGATED BOARD AT THE SICAL PAPER MILL

SICAL is a paper and board manufacturer specialized in the production of corrugated board derived from diverse recycled materials collected from used paper recovery networks. This material for processing is delivered in the form of heterogeneous bales that have to be opened and depolluted which means that diverse non-recyclable materials such as plastic or metal they contain must be extracted.

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he main challenge for the transformation of SICAL's production process was focused on its capacity to reprocess heavily pollluted waste, particularly category 3 waste (recyclable household packaging - EMR in French) while ensuring operator safety. The installation of a Verlinde jib crane fitted with an electric hoist and grab was found to be the solution to this challenge.

Frequent production downtime and safety problems The process of recycling starts with the de-stringing of bales that are then steeped in water in a pulverizer, a tank in which the material is mixed to reduce the fibre content. Gradually, during the process, bales are added, the pulp is extracted by suction from the bottom of the tank through fine screens while the waste remains suspended. When the volume of waste reaches approximately 1m3, the tank is drained. SICAL in this way processes some 150 tonnes of recylced paper daily to obtain paper packed in the form of 3-tonne reels that will be subsequently used for the manufacture of corrugated cardboard. Prior to the process change, SICAL would regularly encounter problems with waste that accumulated at the bottom of the tank and prevented draining. An operator then had to manually unclog the mass of matter accumulated at the bottom of the pulverizer. The operation presented problems of safety and of frequent process downtime.

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The increase in the volume of waste to be processed worsened the problem still more, and the process was considered to be inappropriate. The installation of a jib crane, a hoist and a grab enhances the process while ensuring the safety of personnel. SICAL assigned Verlinde and its partner HERIPRET the task of installing a motorized EUROSTYLE VFM jib crane with a 3-fall electric chain hoist (fitted with a control pendant) on which is mounted a grab dedicated to paper industry applications. VERLINDE defined the requirements while HERIPRET carried out the installation work. Idem for the electrical installation.

But above all, the recycling process has been enhanced as SICAL can now process category 3 waste, i.e. recyclable household packaging (EMR in French) from selective sorting centres. As this material is only roughly sorted before delivery at the paper mill it contains a certain percentage of pollutant waste that SICAL is able to process rapidly without difficulty thanks to the jib crane and grab. The purchase price of category 3 EMR waste per tonne is much lower than that of category 1 and 2 waste processed hitherto, so production costs are reduced in no small way. What is more, due to the change of processing, SICAL has been able to increase its contribution to environment protection. SICAL already used Verlinde suspended cranes for other applications and has since followed up with the installation of additional electric winches. The installation has resulted in Satisfaction and Trust between the parties.

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The EUROSTYLE VFM jib crane set on a VERLINDE 360° slewable column is compact and allows loads of up to 2000 kg to be handled in the three axes across a diametrical reach of 12 m. Of great utility to industry as a whole but especially the paper industry, it increases the work station's autonomy and efficacy. The electric hoist in the EUROCHAIN VR range has a lifting capacity of 2000 kg. VERLINDE provided on request the required electrically powered rotation system designed to meet the needs of power, reach, high rotational torque and rates of work.

and downtime associated with clogging of tanks has been eliminated.

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VERLINDE HOISTS AT MULTIPLAST, MANUFACTURER OF COMPOSITE MATERIAL PARTS AND COMPONENTS

One of the 2-tonne overhead cranes with its 2 VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR2 1 tonne capacity hoists.

MULTIPLAST’s new composite material parts workshop is equipped with two EUROPONT overhead cranes each fitted with two VERLINDE hoists.

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he main challenge for the transformation of SICAL's production process was focused on its capacity Multiplast is conveniently located near the port of Vannes in the Gulf of Morbihan. The company has been designing and building monohulls and multihulls in hightech composite materials since1981. Craft built at this naval shipyard have proved to be outstanding for their performance and the awards they have won including an Atlantic crossing record, the Jules Verne trophy and the Route du Rhum, not to mention the Volvo Ocean Race. 2009 marked the year the company decided to diversify production by targeting industries that were now starting to benefit from the advantages of composite materials for their products. MORE INFORMATION

Multiplast’s current workforce is 110. Three naval architects work closely with seven design engineers and the R&D director on the use of new materials for the manufacture of increasingly cost-effective composite components. On the production line, seven team supervisors and some fifty workers are thoroughly conversant with all composite material lamination techniques. Carbon fibre is now the basic material for sandwich panels together with glass fibre, 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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epoxy resin and foam filled honeycomb. These techniques have enabled Multiplast to build boat hulls or parts and components of any shape or dimension for industry. For instance, the central hull of the trimarin Sodébo was fabricated in one single piece 32 metres long. The new facility dedicated to the manufacture of products for industry Industry as a whole depends on the use of parts made from composite materials. Even if aerospace and defence were the first sectors to incorporate carbon based composite materials for reasons of weight and toughness, motor racing and railways no longer lag behind. Unexpected applications for these materials are the building industry with the erection of the domes of the Orthodox Cultural and Spiritual Centre in Paris, or the luxury industry with the fabrication of a chandelier and wall lamps for Baccarat. Two EUROPONT overhead cranes and four VERLINDE hoists The Multiplast plant covering 1500m2 has now added 750m2 to the facility for the manufacture of parts and components for industry. When the project for the building of this facility


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Power supply of VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR2 hoists by trailing cables and rail tracks incorporated in the building.

was launched, the rail tracks for the travel of the two cranes were integrated in the structure. The two girder-type overhead cranes each carry two autonomous VERLINDE EUROCHAIN VR2 two-speed hoists with a lifting capacity of 1 tonne. The two cranes and four hoists are used together or separately to move or turn over parts made of composite materials, albeit of low weight but very often of significant dimensions.

recommended Verlinde equipment. This was a significant investment for Multiplast so it was obvious to us that we had to have equipment that we could depend on in terms of reliability and serviceability and with an appropriate cost efficiency ratio. www.verlinde.com

Travel length for each crane is 30m and travel width 17m, with a hook height of 8m. Power supply for the overhead cranes is provided conventionally by a power rail but for the four hoists a trailing cable fulfils the function. Both cranes and its hoists are radio-controlled and in addition to the safety features incorporated in the EUROCHAIN VR2 hoists, optical limit switches have been added to the conventional mechanical stops in order to prevent any possible impact between cranes and hoists.

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VERLINDE chosen as supplier JĂśrg Leubner, head of maintenance at Multiplast: “Our customers are major manufacturing groups such as Airbus, Thales or DCNS who demand the highest quality level and strict compliance with delivery deadlines. Verlinde chain hoists have been providing service in our three other workshops for the last 15 years and we are fully satisfied as per quality, reliability, availability of spares and after sales. Sere is the company that designed and installed the overhead cranes in our new building and it was they who 13 | Industry EMEA | February 2018

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