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FISCHER CONNECTORS AT DSEI: MAKING ADVANCES IN MINIATURIZATION, PERFORMANCE AND DATA TRANSFER WITH MINIMAX USB 3.0 AND ULTIMATE POWER SOLUTIONS
Fischer Connectors, the global innovator in push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, is showcasing its innovative ruggedized products designed to meet the growing needs for faster, more powerful and smaller solutions in defense & security applications at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) tradeshow.
n close partnership with its customers, Fischer Connectors continues to push the boundaries of connectivity to address design engineers’ need to minimize space and maximize performance in their devices used in Dismounted Soldier, Ground, Aerospace and Marine military applications. On stand S4-120 at DSEI, visitors can discover, along with their full product range tested to MIL-standards, the following new products:
• Ultra-miniature USB 3.0 connector in the Fischer MiniMax™ Series The lightweight, high-density Fischer MiniMaxTM Series has been extended to include a new dedicated USB 3.0 contact block in the 08 size; a robust, IP68 solution that meets needs for even faster data transfer, higher performance and greater functionality in small devices. With multiple combinations of signal and power contacts in a high-density body, the MiniMax connector is ultra-compact, light and easy to use. It can be used in several applications where weight and space are paramount, such as: 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
- Miniature body-worn computers to replace multiple standard input/output connectors and achieve full compliance with demanding USB 3.0 data protocols. - High-performance cameras to ensure a rugged, sealed interface and reliable data transmission from the camera to the recoding unit. • Power connectivity solution in the Fischer UltiMate™ Series The ultra-rugged, compact Fischer UltiMateTM Series has been extended to include two power configurations. New configurations of 2x contacts of 26 Amps each or 3x contacts of 16 Amps each, both combined with 3x signal contacts offer even more flexibility, improving the power supply alongside signals and enabling the full integration of UltiMate connectors into all applications. With IP68/69 or hermetic sealing, and 360° EMC shielding, the UltiMate connector is able to withstand high levels of shock, vibration, corrosion and extreme temperatures, and 10,000 mating cycles. It is being used, for example, in:
- Field radios, UAVs, radar and surveillance systems to optimize power connectivity. Visitors will also be able to get a preview—both on the stand and in the Dismounted Soldier Systems Showcase located in the tradeshow’s Land Zone—of Fischer Connectors’ breakthrough wearable connectivity technology offered by the LP360 solution. This rugged, lightweight, low-profile connector offers 360° mating freedom to optimize cable management, allowing for easy integration into clothing. 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 with minimal twists and turns and reducing stress on the cable. Fully cleanable on the receptacle and plug side, the LP360 is easy to use and maintain.
More information: • Fischer MiniMaxTM Series USB 3.0: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/products/minimax • Fischer UltimateTM Series Power: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/products/ultimate • LP360: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/new-lp360wearable-connectivity-technology • DSEI Seminar Programme: www.dsei.co.uk/conferences/conferences--seminarsoverview/seminar-programmes/seminar-programme#/ • Dedicated website: https://military.fischerconnectors.com • General: -> Stand S4-120 at the DSEI: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/defence-securityequipment-international-dsei-2017 -> Fischer Connectors’ website: www.fischerconnectors.com -> How to contact us: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/contact-us Fischer Connectors’ press release with HD pictures and related documents can be found here.
Expertise and innovation come with clear communications and insight Attendees to the DSEI Seminar Programme will be able to learn more about connectivity trends—wearability, miniaturization, data transfer and sealing—in the presentation given by Fischer Connectors’ Sr. Product Manager Wim Vanheertum: − “What Modern Soldiers Want: Robust, Fast, Small, Smart Connectors”—location: East Theatre, Land Zone, North Hall/Wednesday 13 Sept., 10:30-11:00.
Field-tested in a wide range of defense & security applications, Fischer Connectors' rugged solutions are presented in an innovative and ultra-realistic computergenerated video, a dedicated website and a brochure, all published as a world premiere at DSEI.
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IDS PRESENTS THE NEW GENERATION OF THE UEYE SE STANDARD EDITION!
IDS presents the new generation of the established uEye SE all-round industrial camera in GigE or USB 3.1 Gen 1 versions.
Versatile all-round industrial camera with GigE or USB 3.1 Type-C connection.
or more than a decade, the uEye SE has proved itself in numerous industrial and non-industrial applications. Now, IDS is launching a newly developed generation of this successful industrial camera family. The camera will be available as both a GigE and USB 3.1 Type-C connection – in each case screw-on – as a housing version or as a board stack version, and with a broad range of CMOS sensors with rolling or global shutter. In conjunction with a comprehensive range of accessories (lenses, cables, etc.) this is an industrial camera suitable for a huge number of applications.
The first 25 models that IDS will launch as of October are versions with CMOS sensors from Sony (including Pregius IMX253, IMX304, IMX255, and IMX267 sensors with 8.9 and 12.3 mega pixel resolution), ON Semiconductor and e2v with rolling or global shutter. The housing with C-mount lens connection has a robust design and is equipped with a special dust-proof sensor seal. The cameras have a screwon 8-pin Hirose connector for trigger and flash – both opto-isolated – and two GPIOs, which allow numerous additional application functions in an industrial setting. All camera models are also supplied as an unhoused board stack version with C-mount front or with no lens holder. An integrated 128 MB memory decouples image acquisition 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
from transmission, making the uEye SE particularly interesting for multi-camera applications. The all-rounder is available with a screw-on Gigabit Ethernet connection or with a – also screw-on – USB 3.1 Type-C connector. The GigE models support single cable operation with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) up to a length of 100 m. Instead of via PoE, the camera can be supplied with power using a 12-24 V power supply. The GigE uEye SE is available with a choice of GigE Vision firmware or the IDS Software Suite. In conjunction with IDS's proprietary driver package, the USB 3.1 Gen 1 version of this camera family also allows USB Power Delivery (PD). This enables an LED light to be operated using the USB cable, with the camera requesting the necessary power for itself and the light from the host PC via the USB Type-C interface as a PD consumer. The IDS Software Suite is identical for all of the manufacturer's cameras, regardless of whether they have a USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, or GigE connection. This enables optimum use of the camera and sensor features. www.ids-imaging.us
GOING TO THE MAXX NORD DRIVESYSTEMS’ family of MAXXDRIVE modular industrial gear units now available in additional sizes.
The latest offering in the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear family greatly increases the possibility of application-specific configurations.
f you need a dependable, high performance gearbox able to handle the most demanding bulk material handling applications, cement and steel processing, wastewater management and many more, look no further than the MAXXDRIVETM system, a flexible yet durable high-torque series of industrial gearboxes from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS. When combined with NORD’s industrial motors and drive electronics, MAXXDRIVE provides a complete solution for conveying systems, mixers, agitators, and similar heavy duty applications, offering output torques up to 2,196,000 in-lb. The good news? The already successful gear drive family has just become a little bigger. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS recently added two new sizes to the MAXXDRIVE line. The new 133,000 & 177,000 in-lb nominal torque units are a well-received addition to the now 11-member family, complementing the larger units and promising even greater flexibility to system designers.
Gear ratios across the line are available in fine increments from 5.54:1 up to 30,000:1, with two, three, or four gear stages as well as an auxiliary reduction gear stage if needed. A number of sealing options are available, as well as a full complement of input and output shaft options. The units are available as either parallel shaft, or right-angle design using a spiral bevel input. Remote monitoring and temperature management solutions are also available. Put it all together and the expanded MAXXDRIVE gear family offers excellent longevity, very high power density, and high overload capacities for virtually any industrial need. The MAXXDRIVE is quite simply designed for dependability. With these two additions, the system presents designers and plant engineers with even more options for success. Feel free to contact NORD for help or to answer any questions about configuring the best MAXXDRIVE solution for your application. MORE INFORMATION
The entire MAXXDRIVE line—including the two newcomers—is modular, and can be configured with a wide array of application-specific options including auxiliary drives, brakes, torque arms, backstops, swing bases, and even extruder flanges. The single-piece UNICASE housing provides mounting options on all six sides. All bearings and seals are contained within a single casting, with none of the housing splits and bolt-on carriers that plague competitive systems. Use of a one-piece UNICASE housing also provides high rigidity, more accurate shaft alignment and higher load-
bearing capacity. The result is quiet operation, exceptional component life, and high reliability.
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FINE CONDUCTOR TRACES THWART HACKERS
3D-MIDs from Multiple Dimensions offer protection from attacks on payment terminals.
OS (point-of-sale) terminals are definitely not a paragon of data security. This information is no longer a secret to the retail sector – at the end of 2015 the Berlinbased company Security Research Labs showed just how easily the devices can be attacked. "Hackers can complete a physical attack without a great deal of effort," confirms Thomas Hess, Head of Sales and Project Management at Multiple Dimensions in Biel, Switzerland. Direct attacks on terminal hardware allow attackers to gain access to sensitive data, such as credit card numbers and PIN codes. "Private information is temporarily stored on the devices in order to prevent the loss of data if the Internet connection is dropped during the payment transaction," explains Hess.
3D-MID protective caps increase the security classification Swiss company Multiple Dimensions is a leading global expert in the field of 3D-MIDs (Three-Dimensional Molded Interconnect Devices). This technology is based on injectionmolded plastic components, to which conductive traces are applied using the laser direct structuring (LDS) process. It is increasingly being used by manufacturers of POS terminals to improve security standards and fend off hacker attacks.
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So how do injection-molded plastic circuit substrates offer greater protection from physical attacks than conventional PCBs? "To gain access to hardware, most hackers either use probes or mini drills. Our traces, which are located directly on the inside of the terminal's protective cap, represent a closed-circuit and are positioned so closely to one another that it is more or less impossible for a hacker to gain access without damaging a trace," continues Thomas Hess. If a trace is cracked, the entire circuit then fails – prompting the POS terminal to shut down immediately, whereby the cached data is lost and the device can no longer be used. Thanks to the Multiple Dimensions' technological edge, customers benefit from compliance with the strictest PCI DSS requirements (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). "The benefits of injection-molded circuit substrates are extremely appealing," comments Hess, describing the 3D-MID technology, adding that "they replace conventional solutions with a plastic carrier and PCBs by integrating the function of the two parts into one MID – thereby combining reduced weight, a smaller number of components and low production costs, while at the same time increasing security."
The thermoplastic base material is first compounded with a (non-conductive) laser-activated metal-organic additive. The LDS laser beam structures the trace pattern onto the plastic 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.
With its technology, Multiple Dimensions also enjoys a competitive advantage in terms of versatility and precision. "Thanks to our special technology, we can form threedimensional parts and then process these using a laser. As
Miniaturization trend generating widespread interest However, manufacturers of POS terminals not only benefit from Multiple Dimensions' development edge in terms of data security. The Biel-based company's products are al-so more affordable than those from many other providers. "We are fully automated throughout the entire added value chain. Every single stage of production is performed under one roof at our own plant. This increases the production yield and saves both transportation costs and time – savings which we are keen to pass on directly to our customers," explains Thomas Hess. Experience has also shown that the company is more than capable of holding its own against strong competition from Asia - even with technologically less demanding products. The applications of the 3D Molded Interconnect Device Technology seem virtually inexhaustible. Therefore, Multiple Dimensions is not only collaborating with manufacturers of POS systems, but also companies from the automotive industry, white goods manufacturers, consumer electronics and many other industrial sectors. "The more we as a society embrace the trend of 'miniaturization', the greater the need for 3D-MID in our day-to-day applications," comments Hess, describing future developments, particularly with regard to the "Internet of Things" (IoT).
The smallest trace-space pitch in the market In today’s market, there are several providers of security housings like those produced at Multiple Dimensions. "What sets us apart from the competition is our technological know-how in combination with worldwide competitive production, as highlighted by our uniquely small trace width and narrow spacing. The tighter the spacing between the individual traces, the more difficult the circuit is to manipulate from the outside. Most providers today offer trace width and spacing of around 300 - 400µm. However, Multiple Dimensions in Switzerland today produces traces with spacing of just 150µm. "Our production environment is currently capable of creating traces with even tighter 80µm spacing," adds Hess. "We are therefore in an excellent position to handle stricter security requirements – which we are definitely expecting to see in the near future."
such, even rounded edges are no longer a problem. Even raised sections and transitions, which can be a real challenge for basic PCBs, can be processed without any issues," explains Hess, describing the benefits of 3D-MID.
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CAR ASYST APP 2.5: WITH VEHICLE DATA OF THE NEW HIGH-TECH FLAGSHIP AUDI A8 AVAILABLE FOR SERVICE AND REPAIR SHOP
As the new Audi A8 is launched in Barcelona, the CAR ASYST APP for Audi service and repair shop is now also ready to support the official vehicle data of the new AUDI AG flagship. Furthermore, the current CAR ASYST Version 2.5 now provides the functions Read battery history data, Query fluid levels and Reset service intervals. The highlights of CAR ASYST Version 2.5 at a glance - Display battery history data (vehicle report) - Display of battery state under transport mode - Display fluid levels (DEF, oil) - Reset service intervals (change of oil, interval channel mileage and time) - Audi A8 vehicle dataâ€”available NOW
Display fluid levels CAR ASYST APP 2.5 makes it possible to have various fluid levels displayed, for example the oil and DEF fluid level. Users are thus given up-to-date information on how many engine starts are possible and what the remaining mileage is. This makes it possible to reliably estimate service dates and repair shop intervals.
Battery history data (vehicle report and transport mode) With the current Release 2.5, users now have battery history data at their disposal under vehicle report, and vehicle functions and the display of the battery state under transport mode. Many Audi Service partners had requested the development of such a function. It can be used in a number of areas, for example in vehicle delivery, in the firsthand (cars up to one year) and used-car segment, and in direct customer communication.
Reset service interval With just a few clicks, you can reset service intervals already read directly in the CAR ASYST APP.
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NEW: Access to Audi A8 vehicle data From Version 2.5, CAR ASYST APP supports the following vehicles: Audi A4, Audi A5, Audi Q5, Audi Q7, Audi Q7 e-tron and NOW Audi A8 as well as Audi Q2, Audi A3, Audi TT with an activated VASÂ 5054A. Further models are under development.
Current version CAR ASYST 2.5 and free 30-day demo version CAR ASYT APP 2.5 is available from the Google Play Store. There is also a free 30-day demo version available for CAR ASYST Version 2.5. Alongside simulated vehicle data (Audi Q7), testing can be carried out directly on Audi vehicles by using a VIN|ING 600 or a VASÂ 5054A VCI. All other information on the various uses of CAR ASYST and the supported vehicles can be found on the central info site www.car-asyst.com. General company information on CAR ASYST: CAR ASYST. The mobile system solution for vehicle communication on smartphones and tablets for Audi repair shops, after-sales service and vehicle testing. CAR ASYST is a mobile fast tester (smartphone/tablet) which has been approved by Audi as an analysis tool. CAR ASYST is a flexible and handy extension to stationary service testers in the repair shop and supports mobile vehicle diagnostics faster than ever before. CAR ASYST has also been released for the Audi ServicePad VAS 601 301.
- Enabling/disabling transport mode - Service and vehicle test on the forecourt - Breakdown service - Engineering and vehicle test - Possible use on the Audi ServicePad VAS 601 301 - Additionally: OBD scan function for Audi, VW, Skoda, Seat and others For more details take a look at the website www.car-asyst.com www.softing.com
Main areas of implementation for CAR ASYST - Mobile tool for service technicians and repair shops - Fast tester with access to ECU error memory - Actuator test (actuator addressing) in repair shops and service - Data recording and fast initial diagnostics - Error detection for stationary vehicles as well as vehicles on the road 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
TOOL PRESETTING WITH HAIMER QUALITY
HAIMER Microset GmbH is located in Bielefeld. This facility serves as the Northern Germany Sales and Marketing base of HAIMER. Pictures: Haimer
With the acquisition of Microset GmbH, the HAIMER Group has become a complete system provider for tool management around the machine tool. The Microset tool presetting devices meet the high quality standards of HAIMER and cover the needs of almost all machine operators.
uccessful machining requires powerful machines and highly-precise tool holding technology, which ensures that the precision is transferred from the spindle right to the cutting tool edge. Within the last couple of years HAIMER, the European market leader in the area of tool clamping technology, has become the complete system provider for tool management. Managing Director and President of the Haimer Group Andreas Haimer summarizes the development as follows: “After the recent acquisition of Microset GmbH from DMG MORI and the expansion of our product portfolio we are now able to offer the entire process chain from one single source.”
For him it was especially important that the Microset presetting devices meet the very high quality standards of HAIMER. Andreas Haimer explains that there is absolutely no doubt that the quality is met because “all Microset machines—starting with the entry-level models up to the fully automated measuring machines—distinguish themselves through first-class hardware, ideal ergonomics, as well as easy handling. They are supported by a stable cast iron base construction which reduces the need for frequent calibration and helps subsequent problems in the production environment.
Premium machines with linear drive One highlight from the comprehensive product portfolio is the VIO linear series. It is the only machine series on the market with a linear drive for efficient and highly precise presetting of drilling, milling and turning tools. The direct drive within the x – as well as z-axis offers the user a very dynamic positioning precision and reliability of even the largest tooling. The repeatability of +/- 2 μm indicates the high degree of quality inherent in these machines. The increased speed of linear drive can guarantee a productivity 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
HAIMER GmbH Managing Director Andreas Haimer: “The Microset tool presetting technology perfectly complements our existing product portfolio of highly precise tool clamping shrinking and balancing technology. Now we are the complete system provider for tool management.”
increase of up to 25% during the measuring process—all of that at a very good price-performance ratio. All machines of the HAIMER Microset VIO series have a modular design to cover a wide spectrum of needs. Tools that weigh up to 160 kg and have a diameter and measuring length of up to 1000 mm can be measured. Depending on your needs the devices can be upgraded to fully automated CNC measuring machines with integrated HAIMER shrinking technology. The unique design ensures ergonomic functionality for ideal ease of use for the operator. This applies both to the spindle access as well as the central control panel. The innovative one-hand-operation makes it possible to manually or automatically measure the axes and guarantees a μm-precise fine positioning. Finally, maximum quality during the manufacturing process is achievable through fast and exact measuring with the image editing software Microvision VIO. The tool measurement is even easier with the help of the large high-resolution flat screen monitor.
The UNO series machines are available in two different sizes. The series starts with the UNO 20/40 with a maximum tool length of 400 mm on the z-axis; the UNO 20/70 has a maximum tool length of 700 mm. Both versions are available as table devices with a 19” flat screen. A 22” or 23” touch display and the comfort system cabinet is also available as an option. By using the snap gauge method, even the standard models offer the possibility to measure tools with a diameter of up to 100 mm. With use of spindle adaptors that configure to the base SK50 taper interface, it is possible to also use most popular interfaces such as HSK, Capto, VDI, KM or BMT.
Even simple devices deliver highest precision With the HAIMER Microset UNO series, the focus lies on the precise tool presetting as well as consistent performance. Due to the many different options the UNO series offers, price-performance ratio is very good. Next to a TouchDisplay, RFID-Chip-System and post processors for all conventional control systems, the equipment options also
include upgrades such as autofocus or automatic drive. The difference between the UNO autofocus and the manual version is the ability to automatically focus on the cutting edge with a CNC control system in the c-axis. For tools with many cutting edges, this option is a proven time saver. Furthermore, the automatic drive version independently positions the different planes in the z-axis and automatically approaches the x-axis. The user does not need any special skills, because with the push of a button the machine independently measures complex tools with multiple cutting edges and levels. If required both versions can also be operated manually like the standard model.
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NEWS The full range of machines: from manual to semiautomatic and fully automated measuring: HAIMER Microset UNO premium, UNO autofocus und VIO linear.
With the Microset tool presetting technology HAIMER complements its existing portfolio and becomes the complete system provider for tool management.
machines. The extremely rigid base unit with a 3-pointsupport system provides stable and safe positioning of the machine and ensures an overall easy set-up for the highest possible flexibility in production. Additional features such as visual inspection camera mode and optional “infinite fine adjustment” further enhance the functionality of the machines. With its release-by-touch, function (an intelligent sensor control to measure the x- and z-axis) the UNO series is setting new standards for entry-level tool presetting machines by making them easier than ever to use. Microvision UNO offers the operators intuitive functionality that produces very precise measuring results. A precise focus window enhances the accuracy and even provides accurate measurement values for the most complex tools. The UNO series is rounded off with options like a thermo-label printer, a vacuum clamping system, a second camera for presetting stationary turning tooling and a highly precise ISS spindle with direct clamping adapter (2 μm accuracy). MORE INFORMATION
Andreas Haimer summarizes: “Microset offers a highperformance alternative and solution to every customer who wants to purchase something new in the area of presetting technology. Even if your presetting room is currently equipped with other technology it definitely pays off to purchase new presetting devices whenever you invest in new machines. This way you can prevent long waiting periods and also avoid machine breakdown. The easy and 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
intuitive operation of the machines guarantees that even in a three-shift-operation the devices can be operated by every single employee. In short, in order to use the Microset devices you don't need to be trained for weeks in advance and you don't need to place them in an air-conditioned measuring room to get repeatable results.” www.haimer-usa.com
LONG-LIFE, WASH-DOWN DRIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Light-alloy nsd tupH drives optimized for wash-down enable efficient cleaning of plants in the beverage industry.
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS will showcase industry-specific drive solutions at the drinktec exhibition in Munich, Germany.
he German manufacturer draws on an extensive range of standard products with an unmatched variety of drive systems featuring aluminum cast housings optimized for wash-down.
germs. They meet current international efficiency levels. Induction motors are available with IE2/high efficiency and IE3/premium efficiency and synchronous motors with IE4/ super premium efficiency.
These lightweight, corrosion-proofed gearboxes, smoothsurface motors, frequency inverters, and motor starters are particularly easy to clean. NORD offers the supremely effective nsd tupH anti-corrosion surface treatment for aluminum drives, which is approved for food and drink applications in accordance with FDA title 21 CFR 175.300. nsd tupH drives are a durable, low-maintenance alternative to stainless steel or coated systems with lower total costs over the long term. Instead of applying a coating, the nsd tupH treatment hardens and penetrates deep into the alloy surface. Consequently, there is no applied material that could flake off.
AT A GLANCE: NORD at drinktec • 11 – 15 Sep. 2017, Munich, Germany • Hall A3, Stand 242 • Anti-corrosion treatment nsd tupH for aluminum drives: - Longer-lasting than anti-corrosion coatings - Less expensive than stainless steel drives - Suitable for wash-down www.nord.com MORE INFORMATION
These drives can even be cleaned with high-pressure steam jets and can be regularly exposed to liquid media without any problems. nsd tupH drives are fitted with stainless steel standard parts as well as stainless steel output shafts by default. The non-ventilated smooth-surface motors run very quietly and do not actively contribute to spreading 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
BUREAU VERITAS AND SCHUTTER GROUP INTRODUCE RAPID AFLATOXIN TESTING SERVICES FOR THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY
On-site strip tests can quantify total aflatoxin content within 7-10 minutes.
ureau Veritas and Schutter Group, global leaders in agri-commodities testing and inspection, have introduced a rapid aflatoxin pre-shipment inspection and quality control process designed to protect producers, shippers, global buyers and feed processors by mitigating the risk of toxin exposure through on-site quick detection tests Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mycotoxin produced by two types of mold: aspergillus flavus and aspergillus parasiticus. Aspergillus flavus is common and widespread in nature and is most often found when certain grains are grown under stressful conditions such as drought or excessive precipitation levels. Exposure to aflatoxins can cause liver damage and cancer if not immediately identified and addressed. Animals fed contaminated food can pass aflatoxin transformation products into eggs, milk products, and meat.
For example, in 2016 Brazilian corn crops were heavily impacted by aflatoxin problems, mainly due to the drought in Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and Minas Gerais. Brazil is about to experience one of the largest corn harvests in recent years. Therefore, close monitoring and testing of the country’s 2017 corn crop is required to alleviate product contamination, food safety concerns and even global cargo rejection resulting in economic losses.
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Schutter Group, a Bureau Veritas company, offers aflatoxin control services during the vessel preloading process through the implementation of a rapid and minimallydisruptive testing process. Grains and by-products are taken as samples during the discharge of inbound delivery trucks or even directly on a shipping vessel’s load conveyor belt. Product testing is then performed using quantitative strip tests that quantify total aflatoxin content within only 7-10 minutes. “Bureau Veritas and Schutter Group are well equipped to perform aflatoxin quality control and detection for the upcoming agriculture export season,” said Alan Shirley, Vice-President Marketing & Sales, Bureau Veritas AgriCommodities. “We have invested in equipment and test kits to address on-site aflatoxin testing needs in high-demand ports and have five laboratories approved by both FOSFA and GAFTA to perform in-house analysis,” “The service is an essential element of our grain quality control process and fundamental to our inspection service adding value for customers in the global agricultural industry,” Alan continued. www.schuttergroup.com www.us.bureauveritas.com
EFFICIENT AND FLEXIBLE FLUID MANAGEMENT WITH THE NEW BAUMER FLEXFLOW FAMILY OF FLOW AND TEMPERATURE SENSORS
FlexFlow flow and temperature sensors are available with various process connections and rod lengths
With their FlexFlow family of flow and temperature sensors, Baumer has expanded their process sensor portfolio. Based on the calorimetric measurement principle, the FlexFlow family can monitor both flow velocity as well as media temperature. The sensors have IO-Link and, depending on settings and connections, either two switching outputs or one switching and one analog output (4...20 mA/0...10 V). The PF20H and PF20S versions are suitable for hygienic and industrial applications.
All models are temperature resistant to 150 °C and thus CIP and SIP-capable. Further information: www.baumer.com/flexflow Baumer at the Drinktec hall/stand A3/301 Baumer at the SPS IPC hall/stand 4A/335
he combination of two measuring functions in one sensor reduces the number of measuring points in closed systems and minimizes costs of installation, service and storage. Thanks to their symmetrical, centered design, the sensors can be optimally installed in the process independent of their installation position and orientation. This guarantees precise measurements and process safety. Several sensors can be simultaneously configured via IOLink. This simplifies switching point adjustment for different process stages during setup or batch changeover and saves time. Diagnostic data polling and evaluation is possible at all times, increasing system uptime. FlexFlow sensors have a robust stainless steel housing with integrated electronics and evaluation unit. Complex wiring and control cabinet assembly as well as additional user interfaces are therefore not required. This simplifies operation and allows efficient process management.
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S AND E SERIES MULTI CONCENTRIC CONTACT CONNECTORS
Multi concentric contact connector is a new range of products dedicated to setups where connectors need to allow some rotation. Applications include petroleum downhole drilling systems and turret applications.
hese precision engineered connectors include multiple concentric electrical contacts. The number of contacts range from 4 to 10, available in various shell sizes. The contacts are designed for low-speed rotation, they can last up to 10000 rotation cycles. This product is available both in the S series and E series (IP68) version.
Find out more: https://www.lemo.com/catalog/ROW/UK_English/multi_ concentric_connector.pdf
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NEW FIVE-PIN UTL RANGE: ALL-TERRAIN CONNECTOR FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
Esterline Connection Technologies—SOURIAU five-pin UTL range is not only very simple to use, it is also perfectly suited to applications that require field wiring.
ngineered in compliance with IEC 60320, IEC 69184 and UL 1977, the five-pin is a must for new industrial facilities and field facilities.
Simplified field implementation The five-pin UTL connector significantly improves tasks for operators working on aerial work platforms or in tight spaces. The rear coupling snaps onto the body of the connector whilst accommodating cable clamps and cable glands. The resulting assembly forms a rigid structure that protects cables from strain and vibrations and guarantees both the quality and reliability of power and signal connections. “A screwdriver is all that fitters need to connect wires to the five contacts”, says product manager Ludovic Paris.
Complementary with other UTL connectors, this range is perfectly suited to industrial applications as well as mobile equipment. MORE INFORMATION
Metal tabs provided in the connector ensure an audible click that is both sensitive and instantaneous. The connector is unlocked simply by pulling on the plug and pressing the latch at the same time. The contacts are fitted with a captive screw to retain wires in the crimp barrel. A version of the five-pin UTL features crimp contacts for more conventional industrial applications, such as ESD cord preparation. The contacts withstand currents of up to 16 A and accommodate flexible wires with cross-sectional areas of 1.5 to 2.5 mm².
Robust and safe for users The push-pull lock and thermoplastic construction of the plugs and receptacles ensure safe use. The receptacle of the five-pin UTL connector is available for front mounting onto 3.2 mm panels (max. thickness) with a nut. The mating surface between the receptacle and panel is sealed by a silicone O ring that comes supplied with the connector. When connected, the plug and receptacle ensure IP68 and IP69K ingress protection and are resistant to high-pressure water jets. The five-pin UTL connector is designed to withstand over 1000 connections and disconnections and is usable over a temperature range of—40 °C to +105 °C.
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DIGITAL MICROSCOPE: KENNAMETAL BETTER WELDS
VHX-5000 digital microscope.
Global leader in advanced materials improves quality and cuts costs with a digital microscopy system from Keyence.
magine sorting through individual grains of sand on a beach, or searching for the largest bits of powder in a bag of flour; without an easy way to do so, your days would be long indeed. But that tedious job is similar to what lab technician Ricky Sapp once faced each workday, manually inspecting metal welding powders and the sieves used to sort them. That was before his employer, Indiana-based Kennametal Stellite Co., invested in a VHX-5000 Digital Microscope from Keyence Corp.
Joining Forces Metals have been heated and hammered together for millennia, but it wasn’t until the widespread availability of electrical power that welding became an indispensable fabrication method, used to raise tall buildings, construct ships, and permanently join a wide variety of mechanical components. But welding is good for far more than bridge building and attaching hitches to snowmobile trailers. It’s also used to make metal surfaces tougher, harder, and in some cases both. Hardfacing is the application of specialty weld metals to wear and bearing surfaces, and is used across a broad array of industries. Tractor makers hardface drive 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
sprockets and shovel rollers. Turbine manufacturers use it to strengthen blades and valve seats. Steel mills rely on hardfaced components to crush rock and pulverize metals. Much of the material used for hardfacing operations is a cobalt-chromium metal known as Stellite, which as you may have guessed from the name, is manufactured by Kennametal Stellite. Together with other hardfacing alloys and nickel-based metals, Stellite is used in the oil and gas, food processing, dental, aerospace, and any industry requiring super tough, heat and corrosion resistant materials. Sorting Stellite Ricky Sapp has worked at the Goshen facility a little more than 24 years. He conducts a variety of physical measurements on the metal powders, weld rods, electrodes, and other materials used in hardfacing. He also inspects the welds made with these materials, most of which Sapp does himself. Compared to the rod used with most industrial welding processes, Kennametal Stellite’s hardfacing rod is “cored” with cobalt or nickel-based powder, which melts during welding and helps provide the strength and hardness expected of hardfaced metals.
Thanks to the Keyence VHX-5000, the mesh sieves used to sort metal powders at Kennametal Stellite now take 75% less time to calibrate.
Stellite powder is a tough, hard, heat and chemical-resistant metal used to improve wear characteristics in thousands of industrial applications.
weren’t really able to do before. The VHX-5000 has definitely paid for itself as far as I’m concerned.”
The ability to zoom in on welding rod extrusion nozzles has helped engineers at Kennametal Stellite make several design changes, improving product quality and extending tool life.
Prior to the purchase of the Keyence VHX-5000 Digital Microscope, Sapp relied on a traditional optical microscope to perform measurements. One recurring thorn in his side was the calibration of the sieves used to separate metal powders into different grain sizes, a task that once required “hours and hours the old way” but now can be done far more quickly. There are several reasons for this. For starters, the VHX-5000 eliminates the need for focus adjustments, greatly speeding up measurements. With the push of a button, an optimized view of the target is produced in as little as one second. It has a depth-of-field 20 times greater than traditional microscopes, with high-resolution optics and software that captures and optimizes images automatically. There are also numerous functions such as wide area stitching, 3D depthof-field display and measurement, edge detection, and more. This makes the VHX-5000 a simple-to-use, but also powerful measurement tool for a variety of applications.
Sapp also inspects the powder itself, and says the new system provides far greater capabilities than what was available to him previously. “If there’s anything questionable we can get a really good look at it now, and do measurements we
Sapp is the primary user of the VHX-5000, although he’s trained others on its use. He says it’s very easy to learn, but when he does have a question, help is a phone call or email away. His only complaint is that he wishes he had more time to spend with some of the device’s advanced features, such as metallurgical analyses, and would like to purchase a higher magnification lens at some point for an even closer view of the metal powders he works with (Sapp is currently using the 20-200X, although up to 5000X is possible). At some point he might add a borescope to the system, to provide an even closer view of the extrusion dies, just one of the many options that allows the VHX-5000 to grow with a customer’s changing needs. “The clarity of the photos is excellent,” he says. “You just push a button and the VHX-5000 takes multiple images using different colors and lighting levels. You don’t have to spend a bunch of time adjusting things to get the best picture. That makes it easy to share photos with our customers, and also helps us internally with making process adjustments. The auto focus is wonderful as well. You hit one button and it zooms in for you, so you can see what you’re wanting to see. It’s amazing. I honestly don’t know how I did my work without it. But I do know one thing: I’m not going back.”
“It used to take around 40 minutes to calibrate a sieve,” he says. “With 24 different sieves, that meant several days of work. But with the VHX-5000, I can finish a sieve in 10 minutes. It’s a huge timesaver.”
Process Improvement It’s also open doors to unexpected product improvements. “We have furnaces here for making weld rod, and they have these little ceramic extrusion dies inside,” Sapp explains. “With the Keyence microscope I was able to take a picture of one and make a 3D image. It helped us visualize what’s actually happening as the product is being made. That in turn gave us some ideas on how to modify the nozzle shape and improve its longevity, allowing us to make more—and better—product for each set of dies. It’s made a night and day difference. That’s another thing we couldn’t do before.”
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FPC SERIES SUCTION CUP, PORTRAIT OF A SPECIALIST!
The universal suction cup for all types of FlowPack packaging. FPC stands for FlowPack Cup: COVAL's new suction cup is fully dedicated to handling FlowPack packaging. A real technological breakthrough for a constantly evolving packaging method. FlowPack packaging provides many advantages: • Direct food contact • Large visible area to show the products • Great number of applications in various industries: fresh fruits and vegetables, food processing industry, cosmetics, laboratories, and more • High production rates and low cost
However, when it comes to vacuum handling, flexibility is an absolute challenge, since it implies a high risk of leakage and potentially poor product gripping or the need to compensate with high power.
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COVAL has taken up this challenge with the FPC series suction cup. It is specifically designed ultra-flexible packaging and will “stick to the product” regardless of shape or material. As a result, it is able to handle very high production rates. To achieve this, COVAL has worked with packaging machine manufacturers, taking into consideration their constraints and submitting its designs to real-life tests. The FPC Series is based on three major innovations: 1. Thin and wavy flower-shaped lips that perfectly mold to the packaging, whatever the shape. 2. Internal cleats that allow for optimized vacuum while preventing any crushing and also strengthen the hold on the product being handled. 3. Fittings featuring a lateral vacuum distributor that prevent any loss in efficiency when the product is held. 4. Materials: Food-grade silicone and plastic insert meets FDA and CE standards.
FlowPack now has its very own suction cup.
What makes the difference? A Comprehensive Range • Available in two sizes: Round, Ø60 mm—Elliptical, 120 x 100 mm • Materials: Blue silicone suction cups, plastic fittings FPC suction cups are compatible with FDA food standards (FDA 21 CFR 177.2600.) and meet the European regulation (EC) 1935/2004. • Two levels of flexibility: 35 and 50 Shore
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Withstands High Production Rates • Its gripping ability allows for high production rates • No interruption in the packaging line due to faulty gripping
Safety • The FPC Series suction cup is made of silicone, a material that is recommended for its temperature resistance and food safety. The plastic fittings also conform to food standards. • The blue color of the suction cup facilitates its detection by visual detection systems on production and packaging lines. Energy Savings The airtightness of FPC Series suction cups avoids the need for an oversized vacuum generator, allowing for considerable energy savings. 16 | Industry USA | September 2017
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