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BAUMER THE NEW ROBUST STRAIN PROBE DSRK – EASY INSTALLATION, RELIABLE MEASUREMENTS AND LONG SERVICE LIFE

5 FAIGLE SUPPORT AND GUIDING ROLLERS FROM FAIGLE MAIN ROLLERS IN CONVEYING SYSTEMS

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THE NEW ROBUST STRAIN PROBE DSRK – EASY INSTALLATION, RELIABLE MEASUREMENTS AND LONG SERVICE LIFE

The DSRK glued strain gauge probe provides easy and secure handling, measuring accuracy and a long service life .

The new DSRK strain probe from Baumer is setting new standards in tie bar strain measurement. Retaining the excellent measuring performance of its predecessor, the DSRH with Strain-Mate technology, the DSRK uses the glued strain gauge principle – currently unparalleled on the market. With its optimized measuring head design, the DSRK provides a stronger installation than comparable models.

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he resilient stainless steel measuring head is highlyresistant to impacts and guarantees repeatability and long-term stability. Containing no elastomers, it can be used even at high ambient temperatures up to 85°C, and does not require subsequent recalibrations due to age, increasing productivity. The measuring head geometry including a stable tension mechanism simplifies installation and limits damage risk. The DSRK strain probe is available in 16 mm and 20 mm diameter and lengths of 240 to 2,000 mm. All options are available with 0-10V or 4-20mA output. Further information available at: www.baumer.com/force-strain MORE INFORMATION 15 | Industry USA | July 2017

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SUPPORT AND GUIDING ROLLERS FROM FAIGLE MAIN ROLLERS IN CONVEYING SYSTEMS

Support and guiding rollers keep components on the move in sorting plants and intralogistics systems. The longer they run without stopping or replacement, the better it is for the operator. With rollers from faigle, conveying systems run reliably and maintenance-free for many years.

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upport and guiding rollers from faigle reliably deliver 15 to 20 years of tough continuous operation with performances of over 65,000 km – even under harsh operating conditions. They have been used all over the world for decades in sorting plants and conveying systems. The plastics specialist supplies millions of rollers every year for sorting plants, conveying systems and warehouse logistic systems to renowned manufacturers such as Vanderlande, Beumer, TGW and many more. The high quality of faigle rollers is ensured by the PAS-PU material which was specially developed for these types of applications. The plastic has excellent mechanical properties including high wear resistance, resistance to humidity and grease and resistance to climatic conditions.

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Hydrolysis resistant plastic offers protection against humidity The Austrian manufacturer offers rollers made of hydrolysis resistant polyurethane as protection against hydrolysis, which is the decay of plastic by water molecules. The material has been used for decades as the standard material for all support and guiding rollers from faigle. When it comes to humidity resistance, they are far superior to models made 15 | Industry USA | July 2017

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of cast polyurethane. faigle rollers can therefore be used trouble-free, even in regions with high air humidity. High quality material and ball bearings ensure very quiet and smooth operation Support and guiding rollers from faigle also have excellent damping properties. The design, material, ball bearings and high-precision manufacturing technique are specially selected to achieve maximum vibration dampening as well as quiet and smooth operation. faigle has an extensive pool of state-of-the-art test stands to assure high quality and includes tests for concentricity, resistance to hydrolysis, start-up and roll resistance and flattening tendency. Short and long term running tests supply data on the product's suitability for the intended application and service life. www.faigle.com


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

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

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

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

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FISCHER CONNECTORS JOINS SOLARSTRATOS AS OFFICIAL PARTNER

Jonathan Brossard - Raphaël Domjan

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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1. A new ultra-miniature USB 3.0 connector in the Fischer MiniMax™ Series The lightweight, high-density Fischer MiniMaxTM Series has been extended with a new dedicated USB 3.0 contact block in the 08 size connector, a robust, IP68-sealed solution that meets needs for even faster signal speeds, higher performance and greater functionality in small devices. With a multiple combination of signal and power contacts and three locking systems, it is small, light and easy to use. It is being used, for example, in: 15 | Industry USA | July 2017

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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DE DIETRICH GLASS LINED SOLUTIONS DEDICATED TO PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES!

The pharmaceutical field is in full expansion, the production and values chains are undergoing changes that require the different actors to adapt.

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he pharmaceutical groups modify progressively their business model and focus their efforts on R&D by outsourcing one part of the API / HPAPI production to partners and / or CMO (contract manufacturing organization) Their priorities are: - No contamination - Polyvalence due to the new contract frequencies, and therefore new product / processes - Easy cleaning in order to guarantee the product quality at the end of the production - Controlled efficiency to improve the productivity

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De Dietrich Process Systems solutions meet perfectly the pharmaceuticals companies new expectations.

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1. In terms of material with the DD3009 enamel and its top class properties: Easy cleaning thanks to a very smooth roughness of 0,03 (0,8 for electropolished stainless steel), anti-adhesive properties, compliance with FDA requirements and without any risk of contamination of the final product. Moreover, the DD3009 enamel benefits from a high corrosion resistance (acid, alkalin) and can be used across a wide range of temperatures and pressures 2. In terms of reactors design and functionality: On De Dietrich Process Systems reactors dedicated to pharmaceuticals industries (pharma reactor), the advantages are very significant: - Reduction of the dead zone area thanks to specific design: • Shortened nozzle or block flange • Flat top cover • Inverted mechanical seal • OptiMix® baffle for a better cleanability • Fused glass solution (glass sandwiched into the manhole) • Bottom outlet valve with optimal draining


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- Integration of instrumentation and functionalities allowing a very good media quality

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• Spray-ball for cleaning steps • Sampling at the heart of the process • Temperature and Ph probe to control the quality - Contaminations reduction: • DD3009 Enamel • External nickel coated parts to reinforce the mechanical properties avoiding the paints chips inside the reactor during manhole opening & closing In addition to the equipment, CIP studies (Cleaning In Place) can be carried out by us, to guarantee that the spray-balls cover properly the reactor’s walls and to identify the shadow areas for a better control and cleaning.

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These studies allow customers to define a quality and reproducible cycle, optimizing the production steps and allowing to plan precisely the shutdown. Therefore, De Dietrich Process Systems solutions and products aren’t only dedicated to chemical applications but are also ideally suited to meet pharmaceutical manufacturing standards.

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MID IN POLE POSITION

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

Three-dimensional molded interconnect devices.

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

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Whether rigid or flexible, printed circuit boards are a virtually indispensable part of electronic devices as interconnect devices. Plastic molded interconnect devices (MIDs) offer many advantages with regard to connection technology, including the combination of electrical and mechanical functions in a single component. This makes it possible to use the housing and other molded inner structures as an interconnect device, sometimes eliminating the need for a PCB.

Three-dimensional functional integration The MID is a multifunctional component with sensors arranged and aligned with a high precision combined with an RFID antenna for sending and receiving signals. This concentration of functions on a single carrier material enables development engineers to create threedimensional microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). MIDs are ideally suited for this purpose, particularly when manufacturing large and very large volumes. MID technology in detail Three-dimensional MIDs are manufactured using the LDS (laser direct structuring) method: The shape of the interconnect device desired by the customer is created in a single-component injection molding process, which offers virtually unlimited freedom for three-dimensional design. While conventional printed circuit boards use FR4 fiberglass fabric or similar base material, molded interconnect devices are built from thermoplastics. The thermoplastic base material is first compounded with a (nonconductive) laseractivated metal-organic additive.

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Flexible printed circuit boards are often a suitable solution for bypassing physical distances at changing angles but for the precise positioning and fixing of sensors such as Halleffect sensors or LED lighting on Flex, this incurs extra costs. The MID component enables possibilities in the microscale and is unbeatable here, with the precise positioning of components and defined angles in arrangements being easy to realize. To achieve a fully realized MID product, antennas or shields can be attached to the carrier and connected to the circuit. Circuit density has been achieved in large series production with an 80¾m circuit trace / 80¾m space and contributes to greater opportunity for miniaturization. Example: smoke detectors Today's smoke detectors are ideally suited for upgrading to MID technology. The carrier material for smoke detectors today is made up of plastic components and provides a molded part to which the components may be fixed. MID technology enables significant simplification of the design and the functional integration associated with the smoke detector. The battery holder is integrated directly in the MID part, thus forming all the metal contacts. The two connecting cables and the elaborate soldering process for bonding are now redundant. Standard SMDs can be soldered directly to the plastic, thereby saving costs while also allowing placement to be performed using pick-andplace machines, reducing personnel expenses for the assembly process to a minimum. The number of components is also reduced to a minimum – the printed circuit board is no longer required and circuit paths inscribed directly on the plastic replace the wires, which means that connecting plugs are also not needed.

The LDS laser beam structures the circuit pattern onto the device by cleaving the metal-organic additives while roughening and ablating the plastic precisely where the beam strikes the surface. Copper seeds split out from the additive, attracting free copper in the subsequent metallization step. In the following electroless metallization process within a copper bath the copper seeds created in the lasering step now attract solid copper out of solution. After copper plating, electroless nickel and immersion gold (ENIG) layers may be added to the copper layer. When an MID is not soldered or bonded, nickel alone over copper is sufficient. ENIG metallization ensures good surface properties for designs where SMT soldering or Wire-Bonded component placement is desired.

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

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Potential of the technology In modern connection technology, engineers use flex or rigid-flex printed circuit boards or wires if an electrical connection is to be established between several printed circuit boards in various positions and alignments. Here the core benefits of the MIDs allows a reduced number of parts, resulting in process, material, and logistics savings while at the same time raising quality with the reduction of assembly steps and expenses. MID technology holds enormous potential for functionally oriented product development with optimized manufacturing processes.

Moreover, it is easy to integrate antennas in order to network the smoke detectors. By adapting the laser programming, any antenna structure can be applied directly to the same carrier material. Last but not least, because the MID technology eliminates the need for mechanical switches, it is simple to metallize a capacitive surface and use it as a capacitive switch.

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ON THE WAY UP – LIFTS WITH HENGSTLER SAFETY RELAYS

If we are to believe what experts from the CTBUH (Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) are telling us, the future of building technology is going to rise to new heights. During the next ten years, the number of buildings over 200 meters tall is forecasted to double, and by the year 2020, the number of skyscrapers over 600 metres will surge from two to ten.

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he estimation made by the CTBUH is further supported by the clear megatrend to urbanisation throughout the world. At the same time, the market for high speed lifts is growing enormously. Meanwhile, safety standards for lift design and operation are continuously being raised. Starting on 1 September, the EN 81-1 and EN 81-2 norms for lifts will be replaced by EN 81-20 and EN 81-50.

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What is the detailed impact of adapting to the new norms? The goal is even better protection for passengers and maintenance personnel. As well as flame-retardant cars and improved protection against pinching by lift doors, larger refuge spaces for maintenance personnel have to be created in the shaft pit and on the cabin roof. Here, Hengstler can use the H-480 safety relay to its full advantage, to give maximum support to lift manufacturers as they adapt to the future safety guidelines. The new product family of safety relays was developed with the customers’ needs foremost in mind and taking the requirements of each different market into account. The heat dissipation from the relays has been significantly reduced, thanks to the low coil power. Insulation between each of the relay's six contacts has also been reinforced. One major advantage, appreciated above all by designers, is its low height. This opens up a range of new choices when selecting suitable printed circuit boards. The different available pin arrangements enable a variety of options, including the use of already existing PCB layouts, which help satisfy the requirement for 2nd source supplier solutions. Higher and higher buildings are being built in a


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huge variety of places across the globe. Whether in the hot deserts of Saudi Arabia or the cold regions of Russia, lift technology has to function reliably everywhere. Hengstler safety relays easily satisfy this requirement. The ambient temperature can range from -25 to +75 °C. In future, even more people will ride in faster and faster lifts. To ensure that passengers and maintenance personnel are transported safely depends on high quality and reliable components. For safe opening and closing of lift doors, they must only be enabled when the car is stopped. At the same time, fast entry and exit is becoming more and more important. This trend is referred to as comfort control. It allows the lift doors to open a few centimetres before the final stop position, to enable faster passenger changeover. This dynamic and yet safe type of control is naturally supported by Hengstler safety relays.

Riding in a lift has never been faster, more efficient or more comfortable. And in future, new records in terms of speed and traffic numbers will be set. Safety relays have a special role to play in safely transporting passengers and maintenance personnel. With H-480, Hengstler's newest family of relays, lift manufacturers can avail of the latest components, capable of handling all today’s and future requirements. www.hengstler.com

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For maintenance personnel to inspect the lift shaft when performing maintenance, they must be able to operate the lift with the cabin door open. For this purpose, it has to be possible to disable the safety systems. During normal operation, this safety loophole is blocked by a safety relay, but when operating the lift with doors open, maintenance personnel can still stop the lift at any time by pressing the emergency stop button.

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DE DIETRICH PROCESS SYSTEMS IN MAINZ, GERMANY HAS MANUFACTURED THE BIGGEST GLASS BOTTLE OF THE WORLD!

The QVF® competence centre in Mainz/Germany of De Dietrich Process Systems is well-known for its unique ability to manufacture equipment made of borosilicate glass 3.3 up to a nominal diameter of DN1000 for the chemical industry.

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his time we took advantage of our ability to produce the probably biggest glass bottle in world:

• Nominal width: DN1000 • Height: 298 cm • Bottle neck: DN300 • Nominal volume: 1700 l • Dry weight: 370 kg This glass component is a master stroke and was due to its extreme size also a challenge for our entire workshop in Mainz. It is even bigger than the wine bottle we made in 1993 for an exhibition in Saint-Cloud, France.

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The bottle DN1000 was certified by the “RID REKORDINSTITUT fuer DEUTSCHLAND GmbH” as the “World's biggest glass bottle”.

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Since the glass bottle is made of the same borosilicate glass 3.3 which is approved by the European Pressure Equipment Directive and used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, the bottle easily resists to the hydrostatic pressure generated when it is completely filled, for example with wine. The glass bottle was presented to the public on March 16, 2017 to the reopening after renovation of the famous China restaurant “Engel Wang Fu”in Lustenau, Vorarlberg in Austria. The winemaker Keringer from Mönchhof in Burgenland has completely filled the bottle with his red wine “Keringers 100-Days-Zweigelt 2015”. www.dedietrich.com


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QUALITY CONTROL OF RUBBER SEALS ON THE BASIS OF HEIGHT MEASUREMENTS

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

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

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he smart, pre-configured profile sensor offers five measurement modes for different measurement tasks. An exact positioning of the measured objects is not required. The PosCon HM provides reliable measurements even on shiny and very dark surfaces. In conjunction with its high measuring accuracy of up to 2 Îźm, it is suitable for a large number of applications in at-line, off-line and in-line control.

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

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

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ROLLERS AND COMPONENTS FOR INTRALOGISTICS faigle diverter rollers withstand enormous stresses. A metal steel ring protects the rollers and drive belts from wear.

Support- and guiding rollers do most of the work in intralogistic systems. faigle rollers meet the tough requirements of fast-moving sorting systems while achieving an excellent price/performance ratio.

As a engineering plastics specialist, faigle supplies high performance components for intralogistics systems. At the ProMat trade fair in Chicago from 03.-06.04.2017, faigle is exhibiting rollers, wheels and other components for conveyors and sorting systems.

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t the ProMat, faigle is showing its full portfolio of products for intralogistics, ranging from a variety of roller types, through to guide rails and topped by customer-specific developments. They satisfy the tough requirements of fast-moving conveyor and sorting systems while achieving an excellent price/performance ratio.

Support- and guiding rollers: Prime movers in intralogistics In conveyor and sorting systems, support- and guiding rollers do most of the work. faigle uses PASÂŽ-PU A-H thermoplastic polyurethane for its rollers. This high-performance material, which they developed themselves, is extremely abrasionresistant and has excellent damping characteristics. Noise and vibrations are reduced, the rollers run very smoothly. In addition the faigle plastic material has an extremely long lifespan. This prevents unnecessary machine stoppages and keeps operating costs low.

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To prevent hydrolysis, the decomposition of the polymer materials by water molecules, faigle has developed a hydrolysis-resistant type of polyurethane. Since many years, PASÂŽ-PU A-H has been the standard material for all rollers that the company makes for conveyor systems. Tests have shown that faigle rollers made of PASÂŽ-PU A-H have superior moisture resistance compared to rollers made of cast polyurethane.

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faigle support- and guiding rollers are made of extremely abrasionresistant thermoplastic polyurethane.

faigle transforms customer requirements into tailored products and component assemblies. faigle is able to make full use of its extensive specialist know-how and the most modern tools.

faigle rollers have a polyamide-based hub. The material is reinforced with glass fibres for optimum strength, impact resistance and resistance to creep deformation. All faigle rollers are also equipped with high-quality ball bearings. They are manufactured to stringent specifications and tested on faigle's own test benches before they are released. Broad portfolio: important secondary rollers and other components The faigle range of rollers for intralogistics also includes diverter rollers and belt deflection rollers. Diverter rollers alter the direction of the flow of goods on the conveyor systems. They are put under enormous stress by high speed, the weight of the goods and a diversion angle of up to 90°.

faigle service: Custom components, quality is the benchmark In addition to their broad range of products, faigle offers customized development: Experienced engineers develop solutions to meet specific customer requirements. All components are made of high performance materials developed by the plastics specialist in their own labs. www.faigle.com

The hubs of faigle diverter rollers are made of extremely stable carbon fibre reinforced polyamide; the tires are made of elastic and tough thermoplastic polyurethane. The sheet metal ring protects both the rollers and the drive belt from wear. MORE INFORMATION

Belt deflection rollers have a smooth outer surface to prevent abrasion on the drive belt. In addition, they are electrically conductive which prevents the belts becoming electrostatically charged. Shuttle wheels, flaps for shuttle systems and heavy duty chain slide-rails complete the wide range of faigle products for intralogistics. These components are also based on high performance plastics developed internally by the company. 15 | Industry USA | July 2017

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LASER SCANNING CONFOCAL MICROSCOPE: EPRI FOR THE GREATER GRID

Palo Alto-based Electric Power Research Institute improves throughput and accuracy of metallurgical studies using 3D Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy from Keyence.

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hether it’s flipping on a light switch or opening the refrigerator door, the residents of industrialized nations have come to expect low-cost, clean, and reliable electric power. Delivery of that power is often easier said than done, however. The world’s electrical grid is fueled by a diverse array of technologies, including nuclear power, natural gas and coal-fired plants, hydroelectric dams, wind farms, geothermal sources, and even the solar cells on residential rooftops. Connecting these disparate sources of electricity is a monumental task, never mind the need to closely manage their output and keep all of us safe while doing so. To say it’s a complex endeavor is a gross understatement.

The Power of Collaboration Yet that’s exactly the mandate of Dr. John Shingledecker and his peers at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a non-profit company that serves the public by performing research and development related to all aspects of electricity. Based in Palo Alto, CA with major offices in Knoxville, TN and Charlotte, NC, EPRI was established in 1972. It is a memberfunded organization, with more than 1,000 electric utilities, government agencies, public and private firms contributing financial aid, and representing approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated in the United States as well as 30 countries internationally. Members also participate in industry leadership, collaborating on EPRI’s ongoing research projects and future direction.

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“We’re a unique organization,” says Shingledecker. “An independent and collaborative research and development company, one that shares its findings with the public, the electric supply chain, and our international participants. Because of this, we are an important source of information for everyone in the industry, and help promote efficient and safe generation of electricity from fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear power sources as well as its transmission and 15 | Industry USA | July 2017

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NEWS High resolution 3D color height map used to characterize a hightemperature erosion test coupon.

Quantifiable differences in high temperature wear behavior of potential high-temperature wear resistant coatings/claddings for valves after high-temperature laboratory wear testing.

distribution, with a focus on end-use efficiency and overall effect on the environment.” Studies in Charlotte No matter how it’s generated, electrical power sources require metal and machinery to operate. This is true for the turbines buried deep within the Hoover Dam or the massive gearboxes driving the windmills of the desert Southwest. One apparent exception to this is solar power, but even here, material research plays a key role in improving output from photovoltaic cells.

The primary tools used for such work have traditionally been optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and contact profilometers. Yet despite their long track record, these instruments are often less than ideal. Contact measuring techniques present the possibility of surface damage, particularly with soft metals or where scaling and

Beyond Legacy To identify the root causes of material failures, or predict those failures years in the future, the team in Charlotte needed a better tool. Shingledecker and his team of materials engineers surveyed a range of equipment and vendors in the area of microscopy and metrology. After reviewing the available options, they selected a Keyence VK-X160K 3D Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope. “Power plants are obviously quite large, and much of our research is done on commensurately large material samples—a welded structure, for example. Producing lots of images with the SEM and piecing them together can be difficult and time-consuming.”

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Power generation is grueling work. Metals become fatigued over time by extreme pressures and temperatures, with high stakes indeed in the event of a failure. Shingledecker and EPRI work hard to manage and help prevent that fatigue. The organization’s material laboratory in Charlotte, NC studies new kinds of metallic alloys and other materials for use in future power applications. Legacy systems are monitored as well—samples of metal tubing from utility boilers, for example, or the coatings of valve stems used in steam turbines, are collected and analyzed.

oxidation exists, a common occurrence in steam-based power generation. Further, details smaller than the stylus tip are impossible to measure. Optical microscopes are generally limited to around 0.2 µm feature size and roughly 1500X magnification, and suffer lighting constraints. This is why SEM is often the tool of choice when very high magnification is needed, but this requires lengthy artifact preparation, is limited in the amount of three-dimensional (depth) information offered, and does not easily generate large area images.

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nor is a vacuum chamber required as with SEM—just set the sample on the stage and start measuring. Z-axis display resolution as high as 0.5 nm is possible, and 130 nm in the X and Y axes. Images are displayed via a high-resolution CCD camera, displaying subtle differences in surface relief and stunning large area metallurgical maps. Taking a Hard Look Some examples of this include 3D analyses of hard-facing alloys used for erosion resistance in high-temperature valves. Laser microscopy of samples exposed to erosion tests in the laboratory and evaluated with the VK-X clearly showed surface perturbations that were indistinguishable using traditional 2D methods, resulting in reliable—and quantifiable—measurement of material erosion rates. The VK-X offered similar results during analyses of the 30 μm thick, nanostructured TiSiCN coating EPRI and a collaborating utility were evaluating in-service on a valve stems, clearly displaying the amount and depth of material loss during service. MORE INFORMATION

EPRI found that images can be collected “in air” [SEM requires vacuum to operate] and there is no need for conductive surfaces as with SEM [which is challenged by coated or oxidized surfaces]. The end result? Technicians can take more samples, more quickly, making overall throughput of the lab that much greater.

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“When the metallographers and engineers say that something makes their life easier, it means we can do more work,” Shingledecker says. “Our people spend more time focusing on the results, as opposed to time spent getting the results. That helps us toward our end goal: development of welds and materials that can endure harsher conditions. This in turn enables the industry to build more efficient, safer power generation technology for future generations.” www.keyence.com/epri


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GRIMME AND HENGSTLER OFFER IMPRESSIVE ROBUSTNESS, EVEN FILLING, AND DON'T LET CUSTOMERS DOWN

In Germany alone, over 10 million tonnes of potatoes are harvested each year. Worldwide, the total even exceeds 341M tonnes*. More than 80 years ago, Grimme developed the first potato harvesting machine. A great deal has happened since that time, and now Grimme is the world market leader in potato harvesting technology.

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esides the actual harvesting, efficient storage technology is equally important to ensure that potatoes remain available in top quality to meet demand. For this type of requirement, Grimme offers the SL80 store loader for example, which uses the Hengstler absolute encoder AC58.

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But how does a store loader function exactly and what are the challenges? Using suitably adapted sensors, the store loader detects the current filling level. Using these values and the positioning data, the Hengstler encoder controls the travel and angle of the conveyor mechanism using an intelligent system. The goal is fill the storehouse in a careful, smooth and defined manner. The storage of fresh potatoes is the little-known link between automated harvesting and on-time processing or marketing. This customer-specific solution is paying off. So far there have been no reports of problems or breakdowns. This means that Grimme's customers can rely on their machines at all times and Grimme relies on Hengstler for determining the positioning data.

And the signs for the future are very positive, particularly in the area of potato harvesting. Demand for fresh potatoes is forecast to remain flat in industrial countries, whereas the market for processed potatoes is growing due to increasing demand for ready meals. However, consumption of fresh potatoes is growing in developing countries because people's nutrition is growing more varied. To provide greater ease of operation and flexibility to farmers, digital technology is continuing to make headway in harvesting technology. However Digital Farming is not just being determined in the Cloud, but in everyday tasks, mostly in demanding conditions. This means that quality like that offered by Grimme with harvesting machines, and Hengstler with robust and reliable components, will be needed more than ever in future. Source references:* www.yara.de/pflanzenernaehrung/kulturen/kartoffeln/ allgemeines/weltweite-kartoffelproduktion/ www.hengstler.com

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ESTERLINE CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES – SOURIAU'S TRIMTRIO® CIRCULAR BAYONET CONNECTOR OFFERING

Trim-Trio® range.

Esterline Connection Technologies – Souriau's offering of Trim-Trio® circular connector features a wide variety of insert arrangements for plastic, metal, and bi-metal connectors. They are fitted with 16 and 20 gauge contacts for signal, coaxial, and fiber-optic connections, and 12 and 8 gauge contacts for power connections. Trim-Trio® simplifies the management of contact and shell inventories and provides costeffective solutions for multiple industrial markets.

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Simplify your inventory management The design of the Trim-Trio® connectors is based on a simple concept: enable manufacturers to use a single type of contact for different types of connector in order to simplify the management of their shell and contact inventories and tailor their connectors to specific applications. For example, a plastic, metal, or bi-metal connector may be used in different environments, but the form-factor of the insert arrangement is the same and the connectors are both interchangeable and intermateable.

A single design that can be tailored to your specific needs In order to optimize interconnection costs, the contacts on these connectors are available either stamped and formed or machined and are supplied on carrier strips or in bulk packaging. Several surface treatments are also available. Depending on the desired electrical characteristics and the mechanical loads that will be generated, the contacts may be gold- or tin-plated, or receive a combined surface treatment. The offering's coaxial contacts and fiber-optic contacts meet requirements for high-speed signals and optical signals. All the contacts in the offering are easy to crimp using Souriau's standard tools.

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Trim-Trio® accessories.

A wide selection of products Industrial products have increasingly shorter life cycles. For example, products manufactured for measurement, lighting, and water-management purposes only last between three and four years. Although the overall design of a product may be suitable, it is sometimes necessary to go upmarket or reduce costs. Connections must be able to follow pace and shift from plastic to metal, or vice versa. Because they are interchangeable and intermateable, TrimTrio® cylindrical connectors meet these challenges. Trim-Trio® cylindrical connectors with one-third-turn bayonet locking ring are available in three versions: UTS (all-plastic), UTG (metal and plastic), and UTO (metal). Their interchangeability and intermateability mean that you can switch connector families without having to redesign the connector. In addition, the connectors can be tailored to environmental, electrical, and mechanical constraints. Retrofitting has also been simplified.

with plastic or metal cable-gland connectors, cable clamps, connectors with shielding plugs for increased electromagnetic performance, and even overmolded straight or bent cables for creating complete harnesses. A wide open market All Trim-Trio® ranges combined, Esterline Connection Technologies – Souriau sells some 2.5 million products around the world every year. This global success is due not only to the diversity, complementarity, quality of manufacturing, and reliability of the Trim-Trio® ranges, but also to the fact that Trim-Trio® makes life easier for manufacturers and reduces their inventory ownership costs. www.souriau.com

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The main features include IP68/69K sealing, UV resistance of more than 1000 hours, more than 500 mating cycles, and various levels of impact and vibration resistance depending on the version. Accessories Esterline Connection Technologies – Souriau's Trim-Trio® offering of circular connector also features an array of accessories for industrial needs. The plugs may be fitted 15 | Industry USA | July 2017

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LIGHT SECTION AND VISION SENSORS PERFECTLY COMBINED IN ONE DEVICE READY-TO-USE SOLUTIONS FOR COMPARISON AND SURVEILLANCE TASKS Machinery observation by laser light section technology. The SmartRunner observes the sensitive machine parts, recognizes forbidden overlap and stops the movement of the machine if needed.

The main part of the SmartRunner technology is the laser light section method which is optimal for detection, observation and protection of even small objects.

The light section sensors from the SmartRunner range uniquely combine a high-precision light section sensor and vision sensor into one compact device.

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hese ready-to-use, plug&play devices from Pepperl+Fuchs are optimized at the factory for a specific field of work. Unlike conventional “general purpose” devices, commissioning and parameterization is extremely simple to carry out using teach-in or via data matrix control codes, and does not require trained and qualified personnel.

The first representatives of the device family to be available are the SmartRunner “Matcher” and the SmartRunner “Detector”. The Matcher is optimized to recognize a previously taught-in reference contour. Typical tasks include checking the position and accuracy of objects with high precision, to verify whether the robot can grasp body components, for example.

Thanks to powerful LED lighting, SmartRunner devices are capable of capturing images for the visual documentation of errors, process conditions and quality attributes. The integrated data matrix decoder allows the user to parameterize the sensor simply via data matrix control codes - without using a PC. The light section sensors supply the detection result as a good or bad signal to the switching outputs, which can be processed using any control panel.

In contrast, the SmartRunner Detector monitors the taughtin scene for the entry of foreign bodies that pose a danger to sensitive machine parts, such as expensive lenses and precision tools. It detects objects with a size range of up to 1 mm with high accuracy, using a trapezoidal measuring range that is 350 mm wide and 700 mm deep. The SmartRunner has numerous areas of use, such as in the automotive industry and in many areas of plant and mechanical engineering. www.pepperl-fuchs.us/usa

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WIDE PORTFOLIO FOR MANIFOLD APPLICATIONS ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

The portfolio of Electrical Explosion Protection Equipment.

In explosion hazardous areas the diversity of applications is almost limitless. Pepperl+Fuchs offers optimal solutions for virtually all requirements due to a comprehensive portfolio of explosion-protected components and customized systems.

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lectrical Explosion Protection Equipment by Pepperl+Fuchs is exactly tailored to meet the multifarious requirements of process automation. Starting with basic terminal boxes through control units and stations to complex control solutions the Mannheimbased company offers a highly flexible, extensive portfolio. Utilization of various types of explosion protection as well as a large quantity of enclosure styles facilitate the design of efficient solutions for each application and environment. The high-quality enclosures are available in various sizes and materials. Customized solutions come in explosion protection types ‘intrinsic safety’ Ex i, ‘increased safety’ Ex e, ‘flameproof’ Ex d as well as ‘pressurized’ Ex p, depending on the specific application’s requirements.

In cases where standard devices do not fit efficient customization takes place: In world-wide located Solution Engineering Centers (SECs) the companies’ experts design and manufacture individual solutions, exactly tailored to the requirements of the users. Good representations of this expertise are the Ex de control panels of Pepper+Fuchs. They combine a flameproof enclosure (Ex d) to protect electrical components with an increased safety terminal compartment (Ex e) individually configured with connection terminals and operating elements, thus facilitating commissioning and maintenance.

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For instance, Ex e certified terminal boxes or control stations can be configured easily from a wide selection of wellmatching components. No matter if it’s a small control unit with just one operating function or a sophisticated control station integrating more than fifty control elements. Thanks to highly flexible configuration options the completed device will exactly fit to the specific application. The sturdy Ex d enclosures of Pepperl+Fuch not only safeguard complex

control and distribution panels against explosion hazards, they also protect the installed components from harsh environmental influences. At the trade show booth two fair samples will show how identification systems without specific Ex-approval can safely be used inside hazardous areas, thanks to their installation in flameproof enclosures.

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Industry USA 15  

Industry USA is the English technical magazine for engineers. It presents the latest product and company news for the industrial market.

Industry USA 15  

Industry USA is the English technical magazine for engineers. It presents the latest product and company news for the industrial market.