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NEW AUTOCLAVABLE BLDC MOTOR CONTROLLER FROM PORTESCAP

10 LEUZE ELECTRONIC “SMART PROCESS GATING” IS REINVENTING MUTING

16 ELECTROTEK CONCEPTS CV-X200 : stabilité, RELEASES PQVIEW 4

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3D VISION: EXPANDED FIELD OF VIEW AND MORE IMAGE DETAILS

IDS expands Ensenso X series with 5 MP industrial cameras with IMX264 CMOS sensor from Sony. Illustration (Š IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH)

3D camera series: Ensenso X models with 5 MP resolution cameras.

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amera manufacturer IDS now offers the modular Ensenso X 3D camera system with high-resolution 5 MP industrial cameras featuring the IMX264 CMOS Sony sensor. Compared to the currently available 1.3 MP sensors, they allow for an expanded field of view, higher resolution and lower noise levels. As always, the models of the 3D camera family are easy to set up and operate via the EnsensoSDK.

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The Ensenso X 3D camera system consists of a powerful 100 watt projector, to which two industrial cameras can be mounted at variable distances. Applications range from factory automation (e. g. Bin Picking) to warehouse and logistics automation (e. g. pallet picking). The 3D camera system

is now even more flexible and powerful thanks to the latest developments: both new 5 MP cameras and an updated software development kit are now available. Thanks to the larger field of view of the 5 MP sensors, for example, the distance between the camera system and object can be reduced: In order to completely capture a packed Euro pallet with a volume of 120 x 80 x 100 cm, a distance of only 1.25 m instead of 1.5 m is required. The Z-accuracy improves from 0.43 mm to 0.2 mm. Further advantages of the new models include an increase of up to 35% in lateral resolution with more than 30% lower noise, so that details and depth information can be captured even more precisely. With the new Ensenso X models users can choose between compact GigE uEye CP cameras and robust GigE uEye FA cameras with IP65/67 protection class – in just the same way that is possible with the 1.3 MP systems. The new cameras use the GigE Vision standard to communicate with the pattern projector. This eliminates the need for an additional installation of the IDS Software Suite. www.ids-imaging.us/ensenso-3d-camera-x-series.html

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SAFE AS WELL AS EFFICIENT

In 2017 Iscar and Ingersoll received a license for cutting tools. Through the large offering of tool manufacturers Safe-Lock™ has become a standard for many industries. Picture: Haimer

The HAIMER Safe-Lock™ pull out protection system is becoming the industry standard.

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he HAIMER Safe-Lock™ pull out protection system ensures safe cutting tool clamping. Special drive keys in the tool holder perfectly match the spiral shaped grooves on the cutting tool shank, thus creating frictional clamping forces and a positive locking form-fit. This effectively prevents the cutting tool from pulling out of the tool holder. Furthermore, it increases the productivity through faster permissible speeds and increased tool life.

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By now Safe-Lock™ has become a de-facto standard in the area of tool holding for milling operations. Within the last ten years, since the introduction of the Safe-Lock™ system, it has been confirmed over and over that this method of clamping the tool is often clearly superior to conventional Milling Chucks and Weldon shanked tool holders. This is proven by a large number of license partners, some of which rank amongst the world’s leading cutting tool and tool holder manufactures - for example Walter, Widia, Sandvik Coromant, Seco Tools, Sumitomo, Kennametal, Helical, Emuge Franken, Data Flute, Niagara, OSG and Mapal. In 2017, Iscar and Ingersoll also decided to offer tools with the Safe-Lock™ shank. Furthermore, the shrink, collet and hydraulic chuck Safe-Lock™ tool holder portfolio has become much larger within the last few years. In addition to 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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the Safe-Lock™ hydraulic chucks from Kennametal, Mapal is already working to introduce its hydraulic chuck offering with Safe-Lock™ to the market. Andreas Haimer, Managing Director of HAIMER GmbH, explains: “We are proud that our Safe-Lock™ pull out protection system has established itself as the new standard in the heavy duty and rough milling industry and is also becoming more and more important in other areas such as trochoidal milling. We are also very happy about our new license partners, who help expand the Safe-Lock™ portfolio and also make it available for more end-users.” Successful in the Aerospace Industry Safe-Lock™ has emerged from the requirements of heavyduty machining, which is a daily challenge in the aerospace and energy producing industries. Innovative materials such as various titanium alloys are not only light, but also very rigid, corrosion resistant and difficult to machine. This doesn’t only affect the machine concepts and processes, but also the cutting tools and tool holders that are being used. Many workpieces are made from a solid block – during this milling process up to 90% of the material is being removed.


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MTU Aero Engines manages challenging roughing applications for the military turboprop engine TP400-D6 with Haimer Safe-Lock. MTU is responsible for the TP400-D6’s intermediate-pressure compressor, intermediate-pressure turbine and intermediate-pressure shaft and has a stake in the engine control unit. Furthermore, final assembly of all TP400-D6 production engines takes place at MTU Aero Engines in Munich. Picture: MTU Aero Engines

In order to optimize the process economically as well as qualitatively and in order to achieve a high metal removal rate, high torques and feed rates with low rpms are chosen. But during this High Performance Cutting operation (HPC), high pulling forces occur. In combination with high cutting forces and aggressive feed rates, a flexing movement of the tool in the tool holder is created which in the end increases the risk of tool pull out. This especially affects all the tool holder designs which provide accurate clamping and a high run-out accuracy, like for example shrink, hydraulic or milling chucks.

Higher Productivity with Safe-Lock™ However, Safe-Lock™ has not only found enthusiastic followers in the aerospace industry. Working at Glätzer, Daniel Rautenbach knows how fiercely competitive and thorough the automotive industry can be. The Managing Director of the CNC-Machining Specialists located in Solingen explains: “Perfect quality and delivery reliability are the basic requirements in order to quote in our industry. Pricing is highly competitive.” Therefore, in his business, the difference between profit and loss comes down to process efficiency. Hence quality without compromise is a must. Through one of the biggest projects in this area Ingo Schulten, Operation Manager, became aware of the HAIMER Safe-Lock™ pull out protection system and started using it in the middle of 2013. The specific application was a part for a pneumatically operated truck disk-brake which consisted of spheroidal-graphite cast iron, Type EN-GJS-800-2. In order to mill concave contours the contact between cutting tool and the work piece isn’t just punctual, but it actually covers

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As a consequence Safe-Lock™ is now widespread within the aerospace industry. Alexander Steurer, Senior Manager NC - Programming Stator Components at MTU Aero Engines in Munich, explains the decision to use the HAIMER system: “Through the introduction of Safe-Lock™ and the shrinking technology from HAIMER, we can guarantee process reliability even with milling challenging high temperature materials. This is a prerequisite to guarantee smooth processing during manufacturing of frames and castings, given our high degree of automation.“ The combination of pull-out protection and highest concentricity of the SafeLock™ system leads to low vibration and as a result, a very stable machining process. Due to the increased cutting depths and feeds, the metal removal rate can be increased significantly. And thanks to the improved runout accuracy of HAIMER shrink fit chucks, tool life is improved by up to 50%.

The benefits of less than 3 µm runout, that the symmetrical Safe-Lock™ design provides, coupled with optimum balance and the possibility for easy length presetting were substantial reasons for MTU to switch to the HAIMER system instead of continuing to use Whistle Notch or Weldon tooling systems. While these other systems do in fact prevent tool pull out, both are unsymmetrical by design, hence providing insufficient runout and balance accuracy.

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Glätzer CEO Daniel Rautenbach (on the right) and Manager Ingo Schulten are continuously extending the use of HAIMER shrinking technology, with and without Safe- Lock™: “To us the switch to SafeLock™ seemed obvious, like using an electric starter instead of a crank to start a car.” Picture: Haimer

Trochoidal milling makes the milling operation three times faster and deeper, even in hard materials like stainless steel or titanium. Ideal tools for machining are the HAIMER Power Mill end mills with Safe-Lock™-chuck. Picture: Haimer

between 30 or 40 percent of the tool. Ingo Schulten explains: “The extremely high engagement and cutting forces cause the tool to want to pull out from the holder.” The utilized Weldon Chucks ensured that the cutting tool stayed in the holder, but the side lock screw prevented the tool from achieving good runout accuracy. According to Schulten “the tool life was very unstable which even led to tool breakage”. The milling tests with Safe-Lock™ convinced him and the other employees at Glätzer. “To me the switch to Safe-Lock™ seemed obvious, like using an electric starter instead of a crank to start a car” Schulten explained enthusiastically. “The cutting data improved significantly. The tool life increased by 40% consistently.”

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Benefits of High Speed Cutting Safe-Lock™ is also becoming increasingly popular in other industries and during HSC machining with high-helix end mills as well as in trochoidal milling. During trochoidal milling operations, where the cutting speed and axial depth of cut can be increased through software support, the productivity is significantly improved. Thus milling operations are carried out three times faster with deeper depths pf cut, even when it comes to hard and difficult to machine materials. However this also increases the danger of tool pull out. Even though only a thin chip is usually removed during trochoidal milling operations, often the entire length of the cutting tool edge is used during the process. This results in higher 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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Safe and Efficient Tool Clamping The Safe-Lock™ principle can be explained as follows: spiral-shaped grooves are ground into the cutting tool shank, which have the same angle like that in the tool. In combination with special EDM form closed drive keys in the tool holder (shrink fit chucks, collet chucks or also hydraulic chucks) the grooves prevent the cutting tool from twisting or being pulled out of the chuck during extreme machining, which causes very high costs when producing expensive work pieces. The combination of pull out protection and high runout accuracy leads to less vibrations and very efficient metal removal rates. With this it is possible to increase the metal removal rates significantly by increasing the cutting depth and the feeds. In addition tool wear will be reduced. axial forces which force the operator to pay attention to safe cutting tool clamping. A shrink fit chuck with Safe-Lock™ is the ideal solution since it offers more security than the Weldon system, is easier to install and can be clamped very precisely. The ideal balancing and runout characteristics of the shrinking technology in combination with the clamping safety of the Safe-Lock™ system permit the possibility of greater productivity achieved through faster permissible speeds and increased tool life all with complete tool security assurance. www.haimer.biz


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ALTEK IS PROUD TO BE PART OF THE ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS REVOLUTION

Cleveland Clinic announced their Top 10 Medical Innovations of 2018 at a multi-media presentation in the 2017 Medical Innovation Summit. Their number one pick for 2018 is Artificial Pancreas and Altek is one of the players in this cutting-edge industry.

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y leveraging its design expertise in miniaturization, wireless communication, precision of motor control, functional safety, medical software development and the medical industry standard manufacturing process, Altek completed the product design by the end of 2017 and provide it for their customer to conduct the clinical study now.

After years of investments, Altek is able to establish a world class medical development team and complete the design of this Class IIb product. With proven record on design, verification, manufacturing, quality control, process management and document control, Altek will continue its vision - better life for everyone - by bringing more innovated medical products to the market.

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Altek started its medical business in 2008 and started shipping premium blood glucose meters for global tier1 customer at the end of 2011 after 3 years of rigorous development. For people who need Multiple Daily Insulin therapy, the whole insulin injection process may feel tedious and painful. Therefore some of them are reluctant to carry out the needed therapy until their bodies have suffered from irreversible damages. To improve the quality of life for people with diabetes, Altek started the Artificial Pancreas development project with its major medical partner in 2012. This project includes design and manufacturing with mass production goal at the end of 2018.

This innovative system integrates the continuous glucose monitoring, intelligent algorithm and insulin delivery together. It will provide a more convenient and precise blood glucose control than traditional pen injections. According to the latest statistics from International Diabetes Federation, there are more than 425 million people with diabetes today, of which about 5% are affected by type 1 diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes need daily insulin injections to maintain their glucose level in the proper range. Artificial Pancreas will be the best way to deliver continuous and precise insulin for these people.

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NEW AUTOCLAVABLE BLDC MOTOR CONTROLLER FROM PORTESCAP

Portescap introduces a new autoclavable Brushless DC motor controller, the CNT1530, for driving large bone orthopedic handpiece motors. The controller leverages Portescap’s market leading autoclavable design capability and surgical application expertise to provide a reliable, customizable solution to the orthopedic market. This new controller will help improve your surgical hand tool’s performance and reliability, and take your application to market sooner.

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he CNT1530 controller utilizes on-board hall effect sensors – the magnetic actuation of speed and direction provided by this design delivers exceptional reliability due to a lack of mechanical components. In addition, the electronic components are encapsulated in a silicone potting material within an aluminum housing, which provides protection of the circuit board from the harsh environments of sterilization washers and autoclaves. The controller is compatible with a range of input voltages allowing for use with multiple battery types. A small form factor enables designers to house the controller within a tool’s pistol grip to create exceptionally ergonomic designs.

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The new BLDC controller is compatible with Portescap’s Large Bone Orthopedic motors. Customization is available for partners needing tailored solutions. www.portescap.com


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LEMO TO EXHIBIT ITS NEW INNOVATIVE BROADCAST PRODUCTS AT BVE 2018

LEMO was exhibiting two new innovative products at the Broadcast Video Expo 2018 which was held from 28th February to the 2nd March. This show is the UK’s largest entertainment and media tech event which, was again, returning to the London ExCeL centre located in the heart of London Docklands.

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he first of these new products being launched by LEMO at the show is a new range of 3K.93C.Y SMPTE 304 connectors. This product is the next generation version of LEMO’s industry-standard HD camera connectors which offers users the additional benefits of a lower total cost of ownership. With its reduced weight and improved internal design, it greatly reduces both transport and cable termination costs. In addition, this new product has been engineered to be more tolerant of operator variations and therefore performance can be more easily optimised during the termination process.

By means of a portable automatic fusion splicer it can be field terminated, making it suitable for projects where application constraints prohibit the use of pre-terminated camera cables. Being modular by design, this versatile system can be easily configured to specific application requirementsand therefore quick turn-around bespoke solutions can be easily supported.

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The second new product being launched by LEMO at the show is its Compact Splice Tray (CST). Specifically targeted at the fast-paced broadcast market where “time is of the essence”, this product offers users the ability to quickly and easily install a space-saving and robust HD video bulkhead interface solution without compromising performance.

With each system accommodating up to eight SMPTE 311 hybrid fibre (HD) camera cables / LEMO 3K.93C SMPTE 304 bulkhead connectors, it is ideal for mobile production and studio applications.

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SWITCHING TO A DYNEO® PERMANENT MAGNET MOTOR SAVES A FISH FEED PRODUCER AT LEAST 135,000 KWH PER YEAR

A Denmark-based specialist in aquafeed production has replaced an ageing, damaged DC motor on its principal extruder with a Dyneo® motor from Leroy-Somer, part of the Nidec group. The investment is providing the company with significant annual savings in energy costs.

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quaculture, more commonly known as fish farming, is a rapidly growing sector. Companies such as Aller Aqua, which produces both freshwater and saltwater fish feed, is constantly looking for ways to improve its production technology and processes to benefit from this growth. Operating from headquarters at Christiansfeld, near Kolding, Denmark, Aller Aqua has been established for over 50 years and today has factories in Denmark, Poland, Germany and Egypt, exporting products to more than 60 countries worldwide.

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The company has a broad product range, consisting of feed for 30 species of fish. As a result, production schedules are demanding, which is why the company sought to maximise its potential gains when the DC motor on one of the company’s main extruders at Christiansfeld had to be replaced.

“Aller Aqua had a particular interest in energy efficiency for its new motor solution as extruding feed stuff is a very energy-intensive process,”explained Carl Erik Niemann, Sales Engineer - Drives & Motors Technology at Nidec Industrial Automation Denmark A/S. “They knew this would help boost both competitiveness and sustainable development.” After a comprehensive evaluation of the market, the company opted for a 310 kW (2400 rpm) Dyneo® permanent magnet synchronous motor. Offering an efficiency level exceeding IE4 requirements, this option will enable the saving of at least 135,000 kWh of electricity per year. “Beyond energy performance, Aller Aqua is now able to benefit from significant savings in maintenance costs, allied to increased machine availability,” said Mr Niemann. “The previous DC motor featured a brush and collector system, which comprised wear parts.” The implementation of the Dyneo® motor also allowed local service centre Ølgod Elektro to simplify the existing

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installation by eliminating the cooling/ventilation circuit required previously by the replaced IP23 DC motor. Part of the Express Availability offer from Leroy-Somer, DyneoŽ LSRPM motor is available in a compact or IEC standard version. The solution is easy to integrate and offers rapid return on investment – fewer than three years in the case of Aller Aqua. www.nidec.com

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RIDING THE NEXT WAVE: ALTEK 3D DEPTH SENSING CHIP DEBUTS AT CES IN LAS VEGAS

In-Cabin active stereo IR sensing -Gesture control -Driver identification -Driver drowsiness detection

Altek showcases its 3D depth-sensing technology at CES. Actual image (right). Realtime depth map to distinguish human, objects, and even fingers (Left).

3D depth mapping for 3D printing and unlocking the phone.

Altek Corporation, a digital imaging solution provider from Taiwan, announced its latest 3D- Depth Sensing Chip AL6100 at CES 2018. The new chip was well received for its depth functionality and accuracy, lowpower consumption, and value proposition.

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his year at CES, a common focus among AI, autonomous vehicle, smart home, AR/VR application is machine vision. Images captured from cameras in each of these applications are no longer just for human eyes, they are now “data” for artificial intelligence. AL6100 enabled high resolution real-time 3D depth data for the machine to learn about its surrounding, a key metrics for enabling machine vision.

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In general, structure light, ToF, Lidar, and active stereo camera are the most popular 3D-sensing solutions. For better precision 3D sensing application such as 3D modeling, active stereo camera, and structure light are the most promising technology. In comparison, the active stereo camera is relative superior in terms of cost structure, reliability, and sensing distance. Active stereo is suitable for application such as smart home application with 5-6 meters of sensing distance, robot depth map construction, 3D facial recognition, and automobile in-cabin monitoring and hand gesture recognition. The active stereo demonstration by Altek AL6100 at CES this year created a huge buzz from its audience and propelled advancement in machine vision. 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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During the exhibition, numerous mobile phone, smart home, and autonomous vehicle companies expressed that AL6100 chip and Altek’s depth-sensing technology is one of the best live demonstrations in CES. Altek’s 3D sensing solution is a giant step up in real-time processing to the previous generation, AL3200. The new chip will be available for commercial shipping by the end of March. www.altek.com.tw


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AMPHENOL SOCAPEX EXPANDS ITS RJ FIELD & USB FIELD RANGE OF RUGGED CONNECTORS WITH TWO NEW “REDUCED FLANGE” VERSIONS: RJF TV6 & USB3F TV FOR REDUCED SPACE APPLICATIONS

Designed for reduced spaces in military and railway applications, the RJ and USB Reduced Flange receptacles combine space and weight savings with performances equal to standard RJF TV6 and USB3F TV receptacles.

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heir innovative design reduces the panel surface footprint by 40%. They are also 15% lighter than the standard RJFTV or USBFTV connectors. These receptacles are ideal for applications requiring a maximum number of RJ45 or USB connectors to fit in a small space or, when there are weight constraints.

USB3F TV - Reduced Flange USB3F TV - Reduced Flange follows USB 3.0 performances and specifications. This receptacle is compatible with USB3F TV and USBF TV plugs and caps. It also guarantees the same levels of performance and resistance to corrosion, shocks and vibrations as the standard version.

RJF TV6 - Reduced Flange The RJF TV6 Reduced Flange connectors support data acquisition and transmission over Ethernet Category 6 for 10 BaseT, 100 BaseTX and 1000 BaseT networks in harsh environments. The Reduced Flange version is compatible with standard RJF TV and RJF TV6 plugs and caps. It also guarantees the same levels of performance and resistance to corrosion, shocks and vibrations as the standard version.

Both connectors use a MIL-DTL-38999 Series III thread coupling mechanism. In order to adapt to harsh environmental constraints, the connectors are available in different materials and surface treatments such as cadmium, zinc, black nickel, or nickel.

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These new connectors are available now through our network of distributors (see the detailed list on our website) www.amphenol-socapex.com

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“SMART PROCESS GATING” IS REINVENTING MUTING

Process-controlled access guarding with Smart Process Gating.

MLC 530 SPG, safety light curtains with “Smart Process Gating”, provides efficient access guarding without muting sensors in a compact, space saving system design at entry/exit gates. The MLC 530 SPG also offers high security against tampering while allowing changes in transport material with no alignment of sensors needed.

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Our innovative MLC 530 SPG (“Smart Process Gating”) light curtains, use a control signal provided by the PLC and the interruption of the protective field itself for bridging to the material transport. The SPG method meets the material transport requirements without the need for additional sensors.

A new product, invented and offered by Leuze electronic now provides an easier and more efficient solution for this type of muting application without the need for additional sensors.

Therefore, systems can be designed to be more compact and the risk of misalignment or damage to the sensors is eliminated as is the costs for their maintenance and servicing. MLC 530 SPG safe guards’ danger zones against unauthorized access while still allowing material to enter and exit without the use of additional muting sensors in the intralogistics, automotive and packaging industries.

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hen safety light curtains are guarding a danger zone where material must be moved automatically into or out of the zone, the muting technique is typically used. Typically, this is accomplished with additional muting sensors that detecting transport material and distinguish between transport material and personnel.

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NEW PRESIDENT PLEDGES RETURN TO WORLD STAGE FOR CONTROL TECHNIQUES Control Techniques' new president has spoken of his desire to see the Welsh company return to the top table of drives manufacturers.

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nthony Pickering, who brings with him 30 years of experience in variable speed drives, was named president in December.

As someone who began his career as an apprentice, Mr Pickering understands the importance of attracting and developing the next generation of talent.

He said: “Control Techniques heritage in the drives market is well known. If you look at the history of drives, Control Techniques was the first to market with so many things we take for granted now.

He said: “We have a superb graduate programme – the E3 Academy - and we want the best young engineers to want to join Control Techniques. They should know they will have everything they need to achieve great things in their careers. It's one of the most impressive working environments you could ever hope to see, in an amazing part of the country.”

“We have ambitious plans. We have a great range of products and we need to get that message across loud and clear. I bring the expertise of almost 30 years in the market, working at a high level, so I understand the tactics of the market and the needs of the customer.” Mr Pickering joins almost a year after Control Techniques was acquired by Japan's Nidec group of companies. He said: “Country of origin is becoming more of a differentiator.

“Control Techniques has great existing products and some exciting new things on the horizon. We have everything we need to really move this company forward.” www.controltechniques.com

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“With that in mind we need to build on our British heritage. It's a huge plus for us. The drives are designed, tested and manufactured in the UK. Our expert teams offer fantastic technical support from the UK. We are the last major British drives manufacturer and with the backing of Nidec, the world's largest manufacturer of motors, we can build from a solid base. It's a marriage made in heaven.”

“My ambition is to put us back on the map. We talk drives, we live drives, and everyone in this company is from a drives background. The length of service I've seen from the various doctors and chartered engineers in this organisation is incredible.

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THE QUANTUM LEAP WITH EMF MOTOR

Twenty years ago, this Engineer co-developed a new concept of electric motor, which was supposed to be far superior to the traditional motor. The synchronous torque motor should achieve a much higher torque at low speeds and thus be more efficient than traditional motors. If the best German manufacturer in this industry achieves an efficiency of 76 percent, then the EMF motor is 94 percent - “a quantum leap,” says Prokopp confidently. At the same time half of the costs are saved!

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ichael Prokopp and his colleagues work for no less than a milestone: It's all about replacing the conventional electric motor and mechanical gearbox. “The traditional system is noisy, consumes a lot of oil, is subject to wear and must be constantly maintained,” says Prokopp, Managing Director of EMF97 Gmbh.

He patented the EMF Motor principle and in 1997 together with the co-inventor Jurgen Lindner and two other partners, founded the company EMF97 GmbH. As innovative as the new electric motor was, the potential customers responded cautiously: They looked on with skepticism at the small recently founded company and the new mode of motor operation.

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Functionality was not trusted. “Nobody took us seriously,” said Prokopp. The turning point came at a special meeting at the Hannover Fair in the year 2002. In the Turkish businessman Hasan Kayakiran, the founders of EMF found something they did not see in Germany. Namely belief in their product and the courage to take risks. In cooperation with Kayakiran, a production facility was set up in Istanbul, while at the same time the development remained at the Worms location in Germany.

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Today, 15 years and some 10,000 motors later, EMF has earned the trust of its customers. The motors are used in many applications, but at the moment the biggest markets are Elevators and Extrusion machines. For “EMF Motor” International cooperation was an opportunity to realize the idea to build a new kind of motors and bring it into the market. Exactly these advantages of a German-Turkish cooperation are supported by the network Global Success Club. In March, EMF was honored in Istanbul with a “GermanTurkish Innovation Award”. It is not the first award that EMF has received in Turkey.

With this new Motor Principle a very high torque is achieved with a low number of poles on the winding. The low copper and hysteresis losses result in very high efficiency values.

The company has many plans for the future. In November 2016, a new patent was filed, the new motor principle should be particularly well suited for Wind Power applications. “We are growing extremely fast,” says Prokopp, this year sales near doubled compared to the previous year. And in the coming years this growth should continue.

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Due to the high number of magnetic poles a smooth ripple free rotation and a highly dynamic performance is achieved. With these motors no additional cooling is required. The result is that there is no other motor principle with comparable efficiency or such a high ratio between torque and weight.

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What is so special about the new EMF Motor principle? The wound stator of the EMF Motor is almost the same as a traditional motor. Magnets are glued to the rotor. If the motor is supplied with a voltage and a frequency, a magnetic flux is created which magnetizes the motor. As the frequency increases, the electric field in the wound stator begins to turn. The rotor moves in the opposite direction to the rotating field and is much slower. The number of magnets and the geometry of the motor defines the speed ratio. 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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KNERON LAUNCHES REAL FACIAL RECOGNITION SOLUTIONS TO UNLOCK ENTRY LEVEL AND MID-RANGE SMARTPHONES Kneron, a leading provider of edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, launched its Real Facial Recognition solutions to unlock entry level and mid-range smartphones.

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s long as a smartphone has a front camera (1), through Kneron’s facial recognition software with deep learning technology, it can not only accurately recognize people’s facial features, but also determine whether the face is real or not. It can rule out the risk of using photos and videos to unlock a smartphone within 0.2 seconds, with less than 0.0001 error rate (2). Additionally, one device can recognize several faces. Kneron’s Real Facial Recognition solutions have been adopted by smartphone manufacturers and will be marketed worldwide through its partner GMobi.

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“There are still many security flaws in traditional facial recognition technologies. For example, the smartphones can be unlocked by using photos and videos. In general, to eliminate the risks, other hardware components, such as infrared lenses and high-resolution lenses, must be embedded into the smartphones, and sometimes design changes are required,” said Albert Liu, Kneron’s CEO. “Kneron now provides innovative real facial recognition solutions to unlock entry level and mid-range smartphones. Only through the software update with no need to change hardware design or add other components, users can experience real-life facial recognition with high accuracy and high security.”

“GMobi has professional experience in mobile Internet services for many years. We offer a wide range of advanced services to help customers to update their mobile devices and serve around 250 million end-users worldwide,” said Paul Wu, GMobi’s CEO. “Kneron’s innovative Real Facial Recognition solutions allow AI technology be quickly embedded into smartphones and accelerate the popularity of face unlocking applications. We look forward to working with Kneron to promote the solutions to the global market and popularizing the face unlocking function to make it a feature that everyone can use.” Kneron Real Facial Recognition solutions integrate sophisticated facial recognition and deep learning technologies, which can recognize a real face within 0.2 seconds, with less than 0.0001 error rate. Additionally, one device can recognize several faces. Kneron Real Facial Recognition solutions include three technical versions: optical sensing analysis, biological behavior recognition, and background depth detection. Optical sensing analysis can determine whether a face is three-dimensional through analyzing the lighting variations on the face; biological behavior recognition integrates behavioral detection, such as eye blinking, to determine whether a face is real; the background depth detection solution can be used if there is an autofocus function in smartphone’s front camera. It can analyze the scene depth of field to avoid unlocking by a twodimensional image. (1) Front camera is suggested to support higher than 1 MP resolution. (2) Measured results will vary according to the smartphone hardware specifications. www.kneron.com

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ELECTROTEK CONCEPTS RELEASES PQVIEW 4

PQView 4 offers the most advanced operational support enterprise software platform available to utilities.

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lectrotek Concepts®, the leading provider of enterprise power quality and distribution fault location system solutions for electric utilities, today announced its new PQView 4 software that provides utilities with a platform to track and identify abnormal power quality events. PQView 4 offers the most advanced approach to fault detection and characterization of power quality anomalies on the utility’s distribution system. PQView® is a multi-component software system that builds and analyzes databases of power quality and energy measurements. It stores and quickly analyzes large quantities of power quality disturbance and steady state measurement data from thousands of utility end points. Fault analysis and location functionality in PQView is enabled via its FaultPoint® Add-In Module.

“On average, use of the PQView reactance-to-fault methodology for fault location saves us close to one hour per feeder outage restoration job. It can also mitigate the use of capacitive discharge thumpers by providing a better starting point for the fault locating activities.” said Christopher Jones, Department Manager, System Design Distribution Engineering at Con Edison.

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“The PQView platform is rapidly becoming the utility industry standard as it is used by large investor owned utilities and municipal utilities alike. With its new and more expansive feature set, PQView 4 can integrate with most third-party devices and data sources used by utilities to track the health of their distribution systems,” said David Ellis, President and CEO, Global Power Technology (Electrotek parent company).

Some of the new features include: • Enhanced Fault Detection and Characterization Algorithms • Fault Location Mapping using Eaton® CYMDIST or DNV GL Synergi Electric® Databases • Updated Event Filtering • Enhanced Data Log Trending • New and Improved Data Handlers for Downloading ThirdParty Monitors and Importing IEEE Std 1159.3 PQDIF Files • New Software Development Kit and API • OSIsoft® PI System® Data Federation • New Fully Implemented PQView Commercial Licensing

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SOGOU AI OPEN PLATFORM AND KNERON ANNOUNCE EDGE VISUAL AND SPEECH RECOGNITION SOLUTION

This innovative solution can support both online and offline applications, and meet the needs of quick response, safety and privacy. Applications: smart home, smart surveillance, automotive electronics, robots and IoT devices.

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ogou AI Open Platform and Kneron, a leading provider of edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions, today announced an innovative edge AI solution that integrates Sogou’s speech interaction(1) and Kneron’s visual recognition technologies. This solution, which supports both online and offline applications, can be applied to smart home, smart surveillance, automotive electronics, robots and IoT devices. It can run deep learning on the edge devices to meet the needs of quick response, safety and privacy in the offline state, and also can build up an interactive AI platform by connecting to Sogou's cloud.

“Focusing on natural interaction and knowledge computing, Sogou has made significant breakthroughs in voice and image technologies, machine translation, and question answering, or Q&A, which have been successfully integrated into our products and services,” said Sogou AI Open Platform. “We are dedicated to offering customized solutions for different industries, and broadening the scope of AI applications by collaborating with our partners. We believe the cooperation with Kneron will speed up the popularity of AI technologies and help us to achieve our goals.”

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“The edge visual and speech recognition solution, a good example for effective collaboration between edge AI and cloud AI, will bring more possibilities for AI applications,” said Albert Liu, Kneron CEO. “Because of the capability of reconfigurability, Kneron's edge visual AI solution can integrate Sogou's interactive audio technology without additional hardware resources, and it can satisfy the demands of lightweight and low power design.” Based on Sogou’s natural audio interaction of search engine, Sogou’s speech interaction technology is not only able to 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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“listen and say”, but also to “understand and think”. With the professional experience in Internet market and data processing, Sogou’s speech interaction solution is faster, more correct, as well as supports more complex interaction and both online and offline functions. The speech recognition accuracy is over 97%. Kneron's visual recognition solution adopts exclusive Reconfigurable Artificial Neural Network technology, which can be quickly applied to different applications. This solution can recognize human face, body, distance, number of people, gestures and motions, and then respond promptly according to the recognition results. After integrating Sogou’s speech interaction technology, users can also interact with the devices via voice commands. The solution can do real-time recognition, inference, and analysis with no need to connect to the cloud, so that users can keep their privacy.

lights, connect to the cloud to search for weather and traffic information, and order restaurants and tickets. (1) Sogou’s speech interaction technology can support English, Mandarin, and Cantonese currently. www.kneron.com

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Taking smart home for example, when someone enters the room, the edge visual and speech recognition solution can recognize who came in and automatically turn on the lights, air conditioners, or the other equipment. If more people enter the space, the temperature, air volume and wind direction can be automatically adjusted. If strangers enter the room, the notice message will be sent to the home owners. In addition, users can give voice commands to turn on the TV and select channels, play music, dim or shine the 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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MAKING TURRETS TERRIFIC

Still using standard lathe tooling? It’s time for a quick, but big change!

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s machine tools become increasingly complex and the need to produce parts in less time grows, CNC lathe owners and managers must look to the latest technologies if they’re to improve shop floor efficiency. Isn’t it ironic then that one of the most productive of these solutions is far from new—in fact, it’s been a champion in the war on machine tool downtime for nearly three decades. It’s called KM™ Quick Change Tooling, and whether it’s an old friend, a complete stranger, or an acquaintance you met briefly and discounted, it’s time to take a long hard look at what it can do for your bottom line.

That’s because Kennametal is changing the rules of quickchange once again. The Latrobe, PA tooling provider launches an entirely new KM™ product line: Turret Adapted Clamping Units. What’s more, Kennametal has partnered with global lathe tool specialist, EWS Tool Technologies, to manufacture and support this series of KM adapters. Together, the two companies plan to redefine how shops will tool up the turrets on their DMG Mori, Okuma, Mazak, Haas, Doosan, Nakamura, Hwacheon, and Hyundai lathes, with more to come.

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Embracing Change Maybe you’ve looked at quick-change tooling in the past and said it’s not for you. Too expensive, perhaps, or not worth the hassle that comes with implementing any new technology. That might be why an overwhelming majority of machine shops apparently choose to take the path of least resistance and use the standard turret tooling that came with their CNC lathe. “I spoke to a lot of customers at last IMTS and EMO show, and my best estimate is that 80-percent of them do not use a quick-change tooling system,” says Michael Schuffenhauer, Manager Tooling Systems at Kennametal. 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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NEWS Many styles and types are readily available at stocking locations around the world. Dual station and offset clamping units provide a great deal of flexibility when tooling up today’s multi-axis, multi-spindle, Y-axis capable CNC lathes. Turret Adaptive Clamping Units are available for the BMT turret shown here as well as Mazak VDI turrets.

This bridge is both robust and comprehensive. Offset and inline clamping unit models are available, as are ones for right or left-hand placement. Hydraulic chucks, ER-collet holders, shell mill adapters, ID and OD turning cutting units after close to thirty years of development, the list of KM adapters is extensive. So too is the clamping unit size range, with interfaces ranging from 32 to 63 mm (KM32 to KM63). So whether your lathe, mill-turn machine, or multitasking center produces tiny medical screws or bearing hubs large enough for a tractor trailer, turret adapted clamping units and KM have you covered.

“I was very surprised, and to me, it indicates a tremendous opportunity for these shops to become more competitive.” Turret adapted clamping units support this opportunity by replacing the standard block-style turret tooling with quickchange capable adapters made specifically for your brand of CNC lathe. This is true for both VDI and BMT-style turrets, whether they are rotating or static, and for toolholders with axial, radial, and even angular orientation. Suddenly quickchange is much easier to implement. Total tooling costs are reduced. Concerns over toolholder rigidity are eliminated. And because each clamping unit model was created by EWS to be a perfect match for prescribed machine tool builders, it’s as if the machines were designed with a KM turret.

Ready to take a look, (or maybe a second look) but still concerned about the cost? Jay Verellen, Kennametal Director of Global Product Management, Tooling Systems, points to the ROI calculator on Kennametal.com as a way to quantify improvements in machine utilization. He notes that a potential positive return on investment (ROI) in as little as three to six months is not unusual, and that the company’s Customer Application Support (CAS) team is ready to help customers ensure they are getting the value they seek. “It’s not a terribly complex calculation,” he says. “Enter a few inputs such as hourly rate and number of setups per shift and it’ll make sense pretty quickly. But you also need to consider the less tangible effects of KM. Setups and inprocess tool changes are simpler, so having a less skilled operator isn’t a scary proposition. And flexibility is greatly increased. This doesn’t refer so much to the wide variety of tools and adapters that are available (although this is certainly important) but is more about the flexibility to make your customer happy—if you can set up a machine in five minutes, it becomes much easier to meet their changing demands without losing your shirt. That’s what KM and turret adapted clamping units bring to the table.”

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Building Bridges “Available machining time is one of the key contributors to any manufacturing company’s productivity,” notes Schuffenhauer. “Obviously, reducing setup is a big part of improving this metric, something that quick-change tooling systems excel at. But there’s also the downtime that comes during tool changes, when the operator spends ten minutes looking for the screw that fell in to the chip pan, for example, or the time lost by having to touch off a drill in the middle of a job. KM eliminates this non-productive time, and turret adapted clamping units are the bridge between the system’s quick-change capabilities and the machine tool.”

Doing the Math But what is KM, and why is it better than the competition? For those unfamiliar with this mature and widely-accepted system, Schuffenhauer offers the following explanation. “KM uses a pair of hardened steel balls that sit within a tapered tool shank. As clamping force is applied, the tail end of the taper expands while the toolholder is pulled back against the locating face. Together with a small amount of interference at the gage line, this three-point contact provides extremely precise radial and axial positioning and repeatability, as well as high clamping forces. Simply put, it is the most rigid and accurate quick-change system available in this size range.”

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TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE INDUCTIVE POSITION MEASUREMENT - READY FOR INDUSTRY 4.0

PMI F90 with 80 mm measuring range.

The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs can precisely detect the absolute position of one actuator as well as the distance between two. Thanks to IO-Link technology, the system has comprehensive communication functionality and is equipped for I4.0 applications. Patented multi-coil technology guarantees maximum measurement accuracy.

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he new PMI F90 inductive positioning system works with a unique, patented multi-coil system. The absolute position of the actuator is precisely detected from the measuring signals of a single coil. In addition to sending the analog position signal, switch points can also be defined. The sensor can detect two actuators as well as the distance between them, meaning that dynamic positioning tasks can be completed with the smallest amount of measuring technology.

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The device enables continuous data flow thanks to its IOLink interface, in particular for applications featuring Industry 4.0 architecture. Event logs, error messages, signal quality data, device status, and operating hours can all be read directly by the IO-Link master.

The PMI F112 and PMI F166 sensors from this product family are available for confined areas and harsh environments. The compact design allows these sensors to be installed in even the tightest of spaces while the robust metal housing protects them from external influences. The advantages of the inductive measuring principle apply to all devices: noncontact, low-wear and maintenance-free, dirt-resistant, and resistant to interference. All steel components or objects can generally be used as actuators since the inductive system is not reliant on a magnetic actuator. • Position detection independent of distance • Programmable measurement range and switching range • Measuring and switching functions in a single device • Parameterization via IO-Link • Versions for ATEX Zone 2/22 www.pepperl-fuchs.com

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FLEXIBLE, SELF-ADHESIVE CAPACITIVE SENSOR HEAD LEVEL DETECTION MADE EASY

Balluff offers a self-adhesive, capacitive sensor head with IP 64 protection for non-contact, continuous level detection on non-conductive vessel or pipe outer walls made of glass, plastic or ceramic.

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he flexible sensor head with a maximum detection range of up to 850 mm in length can be individually trimmed to length (minimum 108 mm) and easily attached to container walls without additional accessories using the integrated adhesive surface. For polar, aqueous media the wall thickness may be between 2 and 6 mm, or up to 2 mm for non-conductive media such as oil or bulk materials.

The sensor is designed for use with type BAE sensor amplifiers from Balluff. The optional amplifier allows levels to be continually detected over the entire measuring range as analog values (0...10 V, 4...20 mA) or via IO-Link or as minimum or maximum value exceeding. Both the IO-Link and the analog convenience amplifier feature versatile setting possibilities. www.balluff.com

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LEMAX MINI-VACUUM PUMP: ECONOMIC IN EVERYTHING EXCEPT PERFORMANCE

AIR SAVING CONTROL (ASC) technology at the heart of the LEMAX.

After the launch of the LEM, a new generation mini vacuum module integrating, in a smaller size, all the functions of the vacuum pump, COVAL has entered a new phase with the LEMAX. Emphasis with this new product is on energy saving through continuous monitoring and regulation.

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ith this new mini-pump, the guiding principle is energy saving. The LEMAX integrates ASC (AIR SAVING CONTROL) technology for the very first time. It generates energy savings of between 60 to 97%, depending on the applications. ASC limits energy consumption on two levels: Air is only consumed to create the vacuum and to enable gripping and moving the piece. Once the regulated vacuum level has been reached, a valve closes, enabling the piece to be held without any consumption of energy. If the vacuum level drops, an air intake is generated until it returns to the initial value.

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The ASC analyses the application and adapts to airtight or porous pieces in order to optimize energy use and consumption.

The LEMAX also benefits from all of COVAL’s technological advances Compactness: the LEMAX integrates all the main functions in a single module: pressure control, pilot solenoid valves, non-clogging through-type silencer, electronic vacuum switch, M8 connector (Plug & Play direct connection), and adjustable blow-off. Its reduced size and weight (130 grams) enables it to be connected as close as possible to the suction cups for reduced gripping time without drop in pressure. Communication: The LEMAX supplies accurate information to the user at each operation phase. It has a dialogue façade which operates directly on the electronic card, controlling the main functions and settings. Modularity: the LEMAX adjusts itself to the needs of the integrator and user. It is available in 6 configurations: three standard nozzle diameters (1; 1,2; 1,4 mm) allowing an intake flow of 29 à 70 Nl/mn (90% maximum vacuum). It can be provided with a normally closed (NC) or normally open (NO) solenoid valve. This alternative is recommended for applications where safety of the gripped piece must

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imperatively be ensured during an inadvertent power failure, this even in the case of leakage (fail-safe). It is possible to combine several LEMAX on island assemblies with a single pressure supply. Areas of use COVAL recommends using the LEMAX for gripping airtight pieces in the following materials: glass – plastic – treated wood – sheet metal … Industries concerned are: Packaging - Robotics - Plastics Applications: Clamping, transfer.

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LEMAX, what makes the difference • ASC technology: energy consumption reduced by 60 to 97% • I ntegrated regulation: energy savings, reduced consumption and noise level • Reduced size: assembly near the suction cups for better efficiency • Holding time: Two times faster than multi-stage technology • Non-clogging: Thanks to the through-type silencer, no maintenance necessary www.coval-inc.com

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DE DIETRICH PROCESS SYSTEMS IS SUCCESSFUL WITH HYGIENIC DRYING IN A VACUUM SPHERICAL DRYER FOR API PRODUCTION

Spherical Dryer in RosenmundÂŽ Design.

Fast drying. Emptied completely. Cleaned in a flash. Following the manufacture by wet chemical processes, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients are precipitated or crystallized out from the solvent. The subsequent steps are usually isolation and drying. Hygienic drying in a vacuum requires a lot of attributes. The innovative spherical dryer design provides the highest performance according process control and latest GMP standards. De Dietrich Process Systems is currently delivering several units in that field. Important advantages at a glance - Fast drying, mixing and granulation - Easy cleaning (WIP/CIP) - Total product discharge - Short drying time due to high heat transfer design - Easy to inspect by quick lock opening - Explosion pressure shock resistant design - Compact design allows easy installation in existing production buildings

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The lower half of the sphere is removeable either by pivoting or dropping. This allows total and full visual and manual access to the process area and the accessibility, cleanability and a fast and residue-free discharge are the most important prerequisites for the production of high-quality products. Effective trouble free washing and cleaning (WIP/CIP) is required to maintain the systems in order to meet strict hygienic standards. 19 | Industry USA | April 2018

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These conditions are a real challenge to agitated vacuum dryers and are met by the characteristics of the patented top driven RosenmundÂŽ Spherical Dryer design. Superior mixing with three arm agitator The spherical dryer achieves a high grade of mixing via a three arm agitator specially designed to conform to the spherical wall. The agitator drive together with the shaft seal is mounted on the upper sphere. For sealing the rotation either gas or liquid lubricated double acting mechanical seals are supplied. By heating the agitator and a high rational speed, the heat exchange can be increased. A reduced clearance between the body and the agitator improves the heat transfer and prevents wet goods from being baked onto the hub and blades. These are ideal conditions for excellent solid mixing in contact with the heated wall surface which results in short drying times and reproducible drying results.


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RosenmundÂŽ Spherical Dryer Pilot Scale Machine.

To prevent the formation of agglomerates, a high speed chopper can break up the lumps and assist the removal of moisture from within. Fully dischargeable At the center and lowest point of the sphere, a dead-space free design of valve allows the product to flow without restriction and the risk of building bulk bridges. With this free passage and a gentle rotating agitator valuable products can be fully discharged without being jammed. Pack off system For the packing of the discharged product the dryer can be supplied with a pack off system. These systems are regularly supplied with a continuous liner to prevent active ingredients being exposed to the ambient. With a weighing scale and a permanent actuated discharge valve the product can be dosed to a preset value. A mill can also be placed between the discharge valve and the pack off system as an integrated part to achieve smaller particle sizes.

Due to the spherical design and the location of critical parts like the mechanical seal above the product level, washing and cleaning in place (WIP/CIP) procedures can be carried out efficient with minimum quantity of detergents. Moving and retractable cleaning ARD- Nozzles (Aftertreatment Regeneration Device) with rotating spray heads enter by pressure of the cleaning liquid from the vessel wall to the center of the sphere and enable a good coverage of the detergents on the product contacted surfaces. When the spraying is completed, the ARD nozzles retract themselves under spring load to be flush with the inner surface of the vessel, thus closing free of dead spaces. Due to the slope in direction to the outlet valve cleaning fluids and dissolved product residues are drained at the lowest point of the vessel. For the purpose of conducting a qualitative coverage test of the spray devices, a riboflavin test can be performed to measure the accuracy of the cleaning. The results of this procedure can be useful for in the development of cleaning validation protocols.

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Cleaned in a flash In the pharmaceutical industries federal agencies set requirements for cleaning process equipment. These good manufacturing practices are regulations put in place to ensure equipment is maintained in a clean and orderly fashion. The main concerns is to avoid contamination of the product and cross-contamination (by improper cleaning,

bad maintenance) both of which can lead to product callbacks.

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Sphere Discharge valve Quick lock (bayonet) Sampling valve Hydraulic actuated hinge Drive unit/Agitator Mechanical seal Chopper Spray balls (ARD nozzles) Dust filter

a hydraulic driven quick lock bayonet at the main flange and a hinge at the joint of the two spheres. A further advantage of this partition into two halves is the possibility to install the dryer between two floors. The product discharge area with its lower part of the sphere can be located in a classified clean room whereby the upper part of the sphere is separated in the technical area. Versatile design features and sizes Since dryers are usually designed for vacuum operation, the risk of thermal decomposition or dust explosion requires them to be designed for higher pressures in many cases. The spherical shape with maximum volume and minimum surface is the ideal geometry for an explosion containing shock resistant design.

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The dryer can be manufactured either in stainless steel or, for high corrosive applications, in nickel alloys with high resistance to acids. The size ranges are from 100 to 4’000l net volume. The vessel is fully jacketed, insulated and covered by welded metal sheeting. Normally the dryer come along with skids for heating / cooling and vacuum including a condensation of the vapors. Particle fines which can be fluidized during drying are withheld by a dust filter with cartridges whereby the filtration media can either be made of a textile cloth or by a sintered wire mesh.

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To optimize the performance it is important to adjust the peripheral equipment like heating / cooling and condensing / vacuum to match the specific requirements of the drying performance. For heating / cooling mostly indirect loop systems are used in which a thermal liquid such as water, a glycolwater mixture, or thermal oil circulates through the dryer jacket. This liquid passes through a heat exchanger that respectively transfers the heat from the heat source (e.g. steam). Sensitive products may require rapid cooling at the end of the drying to maintain product quality so care must be taken that heat from the product can be removed to the coolant. Condensers, typically shell-and-tube type, are used mostly to recover valuable process solvents which are evaporated during drying. Condensers used with dryers are operated in a way that vapors are condensed inside the tubes instead outside. The advantage is that the straight tubes bundles can be cleaned more efficiently. For the fast and gentle drying at reduced evaporation temperature a vacuum system is required. A wide range of pumps are available on the market whereby screw or liquid ring vacuum pumps are generally used.


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Three arm agitator with enhanced heat transfer design and high speed chopper.

Optimizing and scale up the drying Process Either to optimize existing processes or to develop the best possible process parameters for new or modified products, trials are recommended. The Rosenmund® spherical dryers cover a wide range of applications. From pure drying to combined processes with mixing and granulation results on drying and product quality can be optimized. Therefore pilot scale machines are installed at the site of the pharmaceutical manufacturer to implement the spherical dryer to the running process. To summarize: Spherical dryers are the ideal dryer in the production of high valuable products like pharmaceutical ingredients. The spherical design allows a full discharge and cleaning can be performed easily to avoid the risk of cross contamination. From pure drying up to mixing and granulation the Rosenmund ®spherical dryer can cover a wide range of application. Due to the high heat transfer and optimized peripheral equipment drying time can be reduced significantly.

Rosenmund ® is a brand of De Dietrich Process Systems, dedicated to filtration, drying, containment solutions: https://www.dedietrich.com/en/solutions-and-products/ liquid-solid-separation https://www.dedietrich.com/en/solutions-and-products/ vacuum-drying-solutions https://www.dedietrich.com/en/solutions-and-products/ containment De Dietrich Process Systems designs, produces and markets solutions based on equipment which uses glasslined steel, stainless steel, special alloys, and borosilicate glass technologies respectively for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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De Dietrich's business also covers the engineering, planning, installation and commissioning of chemical units in materials resistant to corrosion and provides the corresponding service provisions.Founded in 1684, De Dietrich Process Systems has a strong global presence, with offices located in fifteen countries. www.dedietrich.com

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

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