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NEW DEDICATED AUTOMOTIVE STUD WELDING SYSTEM PROVIDER CREATED
A unique, dedicated supplier of stud welding systems to the global automotive sector has been created following the sale of the former Nelson Fastener Systems business by leading international component manufacturer Doncasters Group.
he automotive division of the business – now known as Nelson Automotive – has been retained by Doncasters as part of the Group’s focus and commitment to the global automotive sector. It will continue to supply the sector with the market-leading stud welding systems, service and consumables for which the Nelson name has become renowned worldwide.
Its global customer base already includes many of the leading OEMs and well as major Tier 1 suppliers, all of whom will continue to benefit from unparalleled levels of innovation and service. Products will continue to be manufactured in Gevelsberg in Germany, where a dedicated team is focused on the development of the next generation of stud welding systems, pushing the boundaries of speed, performance and durability.
The company is at the forefront of innovation in the sector, with its SPEEDPORT feeding system enabling a single unit to weld more than 40,000 studs in a day. It also offers an extensive range of manual and automatic systems, as well as robotic weld heads for high production environments. Nelson Automotive boasts global reach with a complete product portfolio backed up by outstanding local service. It enjoys strong synergies with other companies within Doncasters’ Speciality Automotive division. 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
A spokesman for the company commented: “Our systems are used by leading players in the automotive sector in Europe, Asia and the Americas, where our service-led approach and commitment to innovation sets us apart. “Remaining within Doncasters’ Specialty Automotive division give us access to extensive resources in the area of research & development, equipping us ideally to meet the challenges faced by automotive manufacturers seeking outstanding stud welding performance at best cost. “The future is very bright for the business and we look forward to extending existing partnerships as well as embarking on new ones, whether customers are seeking systems for new production facilities or as upgrades to existing plants.” The former Nelson Fastener Systems company is now owned by Stanley Black & Decker Inc. www.doncasters.com/stud-welding-systems/ MORE INFORMATION 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
EPLAN DATA PORTAL: THE PATH TO AN IDEAL DEVICE DATA SET
The Dashboard provides a good overview of the new features in the Eplan Data Portal of the most downloaded device data.
Digital device data are the key element for efficient engineering these days. One of the biggest challenges for this is both the data quality and the depth of said data. Eplan Data Portal is rising to this challenge: since the start of the year, the portal is now being updated on a monthly basis, more often than before.
sers now also have a rating function for qualifying device data, thereby offering manufacturers practicebased feedback from the market. Furthermore, since the Hannover Messe, a Lab Version of the Eplan Data Portal allows users to get early access to test and try out the program’s most current developments.
EPLAN Data Portal is the central platform for digital device data in the area of automation engineering. Currently more than 230 manufacturers offer more than 800,000 data sets as direct downloads - with integrated configurations and the respective variants, it´s actually more than 2 million. Since the start of the year, the data are being updated every month so that users and manufacturers alike can better benefit from the platform and to help ensure the data´s high quality. These updates include both the addition of new manufacturers and the augmentation, expansion and updating of existing manufacturing data.
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User ratings as quality indicator Another step to continuous quality improvement is the quite new user rating function. As is common on other portals like Amazon, it allows users the possibility to rate the offered contents by awarding it stars. The goal is to rate and qualify the product´s digital data, not the product itself. In the sense of a community mind, users thereby provide helpful feedback from their everyday work that provides orientation for other users but that also gives manufacturers valuable indicators from the market to continue developing their data. The users themselves thus can have an influence on the data quality. Sorting options for improved user experience Based on the rating function, users can directly sort search results in the portal using two additional options: filtering device data according the highest-rated devices or, alternatively, according to the amount of downloads the device data set has generated to that point. This way users know exactly which items have the best quality device data or which device is used most often in its product group.
Naturally the assumption is that engineers will intensively use the rating function, which is the only way it will have an impact for everyone. ItÂ´s considered a significant added value - and thus rating by users is highly welcome.
Find out more at: https://labversion.eplandata.de www.eplandataportal.com
An outlook for the future The user experience as well as the ease of use and simplicity paired with the right contents - is a key asset for future cloud applications. A Lab Version of the new EPLAN Data Portal interface has been available since April, in which users have the opportunity to directly test the new interface. Whether they try out the new search functions or want to explore the look and feel of the new dashboard: the Lab Version already has all of these features. It will be continually expanded and new version releases will regularly be available to test. EPLAN is hereby providing its users a peek behind the scene in the development process.
Additional information More than 80 product catalogues with more than 50,000 data sets have been updated since the start of 2018. Moreover, fifteen renowned manufacturers - including Hitachi Industrial Systems with automatic circuit breakers, Yaskawa with frequency converters, and IMI with more than one hundred cylinders - have been newly integrated into the portal.
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BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY MAKES CONNECTIVITY EASY – EASY MATING, EASY CLEANING, EASY INTEGRATION – WITH BRAND-NEW FISCHER FREEDOMTM SERIES
Fischer Connectors, the global connectivity solution provider of high-performance circular connector and cable assemblies, continues to push the boundaries of technological innovation in rugged miniaturization, high-speed data transmission, sealing, and wearability.
ommitted to making its customers’ lives easier, on 11th June 2018 Fischer Connectors is launching a breakthrough plug & use connectivity technology with its new product line: the Fischer FreedomTM Series and its first product: the Fischer LP360TM.
Thanks to these innovations, the Fischer FreedomTM Series facilitates integration, maximizes usability and optimizes cable management for a wide variety of applications within markets such as defense, security, medical, industrial and civil engineering – to name just a few.
The Fischer FreedomTM Series revolutionizes wearable connectivity, as it meets design engineers’ urgent needs for designing and connecting portable and body-worn applications quickly and easily, thanks to three breakthrough technology innovations:
“Our core mission at Fischer Connectors is to make our customers' lives easier with a collaborative approach and tailored connectivity solutions,“ says Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO. “The creation of the Fischer FreedomTM Series is evidence that our mission actually strengthens our customers’ abilities to design for their markets. Reimagining connectivity like we’ve shown in the new Fischer Freedom™ Series allows those customers to turn their ambitious ideas into solutions that fit their world and help them break into new markets as well.”
• Mating – no key code allows for 3600 mating “freedom” • Locking – ball-locking mechanism with sealing and variable pre-defined force (patent pending) • Materials – specially designed pins on the plug are IP68 sealed with a membrane (patent pending)
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Threefold usability The new Fischer FreedomTM Series and the Fischer LP360TM set a new standard in usability, which is threefold.
The Fischer FreedomTM Series is ideal for a wide variety of portable and body-worn applications within markets such as defense, security, medical, industrial and civil engineering.
The new product line makes end users’ lives easier by reducing cognitive, weight and reliability burdens thanks to: 1. Easy mating. Mating the Fischer LP360TM becomes as intuitive as buttoning up a vest – without compromising on the high-performance reliability required in harsh environments. 2. Easy cleaning. The new connector is fully cleanable (both plug and receptacle) and is easy to use and maintain with a faster set up and improved durability. The Fischer FreedomTM Series also makes the life of design engineers easier, as it meets their need to easily and seamlessly integrate connectors – with or without cables – into multifunctional portable or body-worn devices.
Optimized cable management The Fischer FreedomTM Series optimizes cable management with an extremely reliable connectivity ecosystem. As the Fischer LP360TM has no key code, it offers 3600 mating “freedom”, meaning it can be plugged and routed
In certain applications, the need for cable can be eliminated completely (cf. point 3 above).
Shared data and power bus opens up new opportunities in smart clothing and IoT The usability as well as the integrability of the Fischer FreedomTM Series connectivity solutions contribute to making wearable devices smaller, faster and smarter – and, ultimately, to making high-performance and smart clothing a reality.
3. Easy integration. Thanks to its compact and low-profile design, the Fischer LP360TM is easy to integrate into clothing with devices and subsystems; via the panel-mounted plug interface, cables can even be removed completely, and the connector can be directly integrated into the housing of such devices as a camera, a sensor, a light, a GPS.
in any direction, ensuring that the cable can always go straight to the device. No more twists and turns means shorter cables in the equipment body-worn by dismounted soldiers, healthcare professionals or patients, civil engineers, surveyors and operators, and law enforcement officers and security guards.
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increased, making equipment lighter and faster to set up. These benefits also open up further opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT).
twists, turns and tangles. In certain applications, the need for cable can be eliminated completely when the plug is integrated directly into the housing of devices such as a camera, a sensor, a light, or a GPS. It offers, in that sense, the “wireless (cable-free) without the hassle of the wireless” and thus paves the way for further expansion into breakthrough connectivity solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).” Vanheertum concludes: “The creation of a brand-new product line with breakthrough connectivity technology at its heart, as embodied by the Fischer Freedom™ Series, isn’t something that happens every day. It’s an exceptional honor for me to have managed this product development and to plan the future expansion of this new product line.”
Wim Vanheertum, Director of Product Management at Fischer Connectors, explains: ”The Fischer FreedomTM Series offers a unique connectivity solution that has been thought of and designed entirely from the outset for the benefit of our customers. It fulfills in a unique way the need for usability and easy integration that our customers, the design engineers, constantly express – and also our customers’ customers: those who use the applications they have designed. Our breakthrough lightweight, compact, extremely reliable and intuitive solution is easy to integrate into applications operating in diverse and challenging environments, including portable and wearable electronic ecosystems delivering power and data with optimized cabling: the cable can always go in a straight line to the device, without any
Main features and benefits The low-profile, rugged and versatile Fischer LP360TM is the first product in the Fischer FreedomTM Series:
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• Signal & power through 7 contacts, up to 24AWG compatible with up to 3x 5A power and 4x 1A signal with USB 2.0 and Ethernet data protocols - Receptacle: Panel mount with O-ring sealing, or integration as a wearable solution - Plug: Easy cabling (up to 24AWG), with or without potting – bend relief or overmolding – panel plug version for direct integration into the housing of an application
• High-performance reliability - Robust stainless steel & brass design for longevity (min. 10,000 mating cycles) - R esistant to shock, vibration, torque and extreme temperatures - Tested in line with MIL and IEC standards Trend Paper on wearable technologies To mark the launch of the Fischer FreedomTM Series, Fischer Connectors has published a Trend Paper authored by Research & Innovation Manager Jean-Marie Buchilly. The world is on the cusp of an explosion in wearable technologies – a new category that will revolutionize B2C and B2B markets. This paper gives an overview of current trends in wearable technologies, and dives deeper into emerging applications in diverse markets with a special focus on B2B applications: healthcare, industry, robotics, defense and sport. It presents exciting examples of how wearables are impacting users’ and designers’ lives – improving health and safety, convenience and performance, with connectivity playing a crucial role.
More information • Fischer FreedomTM Series: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/freedom-seriesbreakthrough-plug-use-connectivity-technology • Trend paper: Emerging Trends in Wearable Technology Across Several Markets www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/connectivitysolutions-wearable-technologies • Fischer Connectors’ website: www.fischerconnectors.com Fischer Connectors’ press release with HD images and related documents can be found here (Dropbox).
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NORD CHINA HOSTS VDMA’S CHINA MANAGEMENT MEETING AT SUZHOU
NORD (China) Power Transmission Co Ltd, a subsidiary of NORD DRIVESYSTEMS – Germany, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of drive technology, recently played host to the annual China Management Meeting of the VDMA Power Transmission Engineering and Fluid Power Association at its China headquarters in Suzhou.
DMA is the association of Germany's engineering industry. It represents the interests of Germany's large capital goods sector, including machinery, plants, system suppliers, system integrators and service providers. The meeting focused on Textile Machinery, Fluid Power and Power Transmission Engineering segments. Mr Xuening Tao, President of NORD China, welcomed all the delegates to the meeting.
Apart from Textile Machinery, Fluid Power and Power Transmission Engineering, the VDMA China Management Meeting also had sessions on Software for Calculation of Drive Systems, Public Cloud Security and Usage in China Mainland, and Sino-German Working Group on Intelligent Manufacturing. China is the world’s largest machinery market by turnover, nearly three times bigger than USA, which ranks second. Germany is the largest exporter to China in the Power Transmission market accounting for 27% of China’s total imports, and in Fluid Power it is the second largest at 26% behind Japan which is ahead with 30%.
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is one of the major leaders in drive technology worldwide – for mechanical and electronic solutions. With applications in more than 100 industries, including logistics, steel, environmental protection, cranes, ports, food and beverages, construction machinery, mining machinery, automobiles, rail transportation and so on, NORD China is an important supplier to the machinery segment with its modular products comprising motors and gear 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
units and associated electronics, and various customized applications and solutions.
today is focused on intelligent, functionally variable drive technology for Industry 4.0 applications.
NORD (China) Power Transmission Co Ltd began direct operations in China in the year 2005 with a production factory in Suzhou, which was further expanded in 2008. In 2011 NORD opened its second facility at Tianjin in North China, and in 2013 the third factory was opened in Suzhou. Today the company has three factories in China with total production area of 78,000mÂ˛ and capacity of 300,000 gearbox units and 500,000 motors, which are also exported to other markets, apart from catering to the China market. China has thus become NORDâ€™s supply chain base in the Far East region of the world. The total employee count in China is approx 550 (end of 2017), and sales turnover in 2017 was RMB 1.18 billion. With Production, Assembly and Service Centers located in Tianjin and Suzhou, NORD China has 23 sales offices covering all the major cities of China.
The customer is the centre of all thoughts and actions at the NORD Group. No-compromise quality awareness, competent advice and dependable service form the basis of the NORD company philosophy. NORD products also show superior quality especially in the demanding environment such as roads, construction machinery, environmental protection and sewage treatment, as its products are particularly durable, which has won the trust of more customers. Keeping with the latest developments, NORD 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
NEW CONTRACT SIGNED BY UNGERER WITH JIANGSU YONGJIN, CHINESE LEADING COMPANY IN PRECISION STAINLESS STEEL STRIP PROCESSING
On 24th April 2018 Jiangsu Yongjin Metal Technology Co. LTD. based in Nantong China, has awarded UNGERER Technology GmbH a contract to supply one set of high efficiency Stretch Bend Levelling line for processing precision stainless steel.
iangsu Yongjin Metal Technology co., LTD. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zhejiang Yongjin Metal Technology Co., LTD., located in Nantong City, Jiangsu province in China. The company is mainly producing AISI 300 and 400 series of precision stainless steel plates with a maximum width of 1280 mm, a thickness range of 0.1mm-1.5 mm, and is currently forecasting to increase its annual processing to a capacity of 1,250,000 tons.
UNGERER's whole equipment exclusive design will make the yield of the finished product highly improved. Thus, the ROI and the economic income from this new stretch bend levelling line are expected to become a great benefit for Jiangsu Yongjin Metal Technology co., LTD.
The whole contracted equipment will be fully pre-assembled and tested inside the UNGERER's workshop in Pforzheim, Germany, before shipping to the customer's plant.
With more than 120-years of history behind them, UNGERER Technology GmbH, member of the REDEX Group, is a metal strip finishing expert, offering both the largest knowhows and the deepest experience of metal strip finishing equipment, as well as the access to the most modern technologies.
All the automation and power components, sub-assemblies and cables will be routed and wired in one comprehensive container-cabinet. Thus, the full setting-up onsite and the commissioning time which will take place in September 2019 won't needs no more than one month all together.
The innovative automatic strip feeding system, the Unflatness Measuring System Proactive (UMS-Pro), and the latest high-grade of Siemens automation control systems, are some of the ground-breaking technologies portfolio offered by UNGERER and the REDEX Group. www.redex-group.com
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QVI® INTRODUCES NEW TURNCHECK™ FAMILY OF SHAFT MEASURING SYSTEMS
Advanced Optics, Rugged Construction Offer a Paradigm Shift for Shaft Measurement.
VI® (Quality Vision International, www.qvii.com) is proud to announce the newest precision optical instruments for measuring shafts and other cylindrical parts – QVI TurnCheck™. QVI TurnCheck systems address the major sources of measurement uncertainty found in shaft measurement today, by focusing on advanced optics, thermal stability, and ease of use.
TurnCheck systems are designed to deliver accurate measurements in shop floor conditions where vibration and temperature variation are common. Careful consideration
TurnCheck system software is intuitive and intelligent. There is no need to adjust lighting, focus, or image tools – the system optimizes these features automatically. Simple controls, easy loading and unloading, and intelligent tools let the operator focus on what they want to measure, rather than how they should be measuring it, allowing for fast setup time without the need for extensive operator training. Designed and manufactured in the United States, TurnCheck systems are offered in three different model ranges to accommodate a range of parts, up to 1200 mm in length. Don’t miss an opportunity to see the new QVI TurnCheck systems in person at a regional tech tour, as well as industry trade shows throughout the summer, leading up to IMTS 2018 in Chicago in September.
TurnCheck optics have been designed and manufactured by QVI – the world’s largest vision metrology company, with over 70 years’ experience in optical design. The illumination system found in TurnCheck systems produces highly collimated light with a constant wavelength, eliminating the wrap-around effect on turned parts. The receiving optics are fully telecentric with each element designed to eliminate distortion. The result is a crisp, uniformly magnified image across the entire field of view, with no edge effects or exclusion zones.
was taken in selecting materials to allow the design of TurnCheck systems to mitigate the effects of thermal variation found in shop floor environments.
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PAVING THE WAY: TAKE STORE SHARE VIEW TO THE CLOUD
The new integration to the EPLAN Cloud is available starting with Version 2.8. Designers can make the schematic project available in the cloud from the platform for downstream company processes. The schematic project shared by the EPLAN user becomes available for manufacturing through a web browser as an example. Device details are easily and transparently provided - these are shown by selecting a device within the schematic.
EPLAN Software & Service GmbH is now offering Store Share View. This in-house solution based on Microsoft Azure is a service that brings EPLAN Projects to the cloud. Bringing data to the cloud and for instance using it to enable scenarios for collaboration. These days this is more compulsory than voluntary. But many companies are asking questions about the correct path to take and the right amount. Additionally, it is also the foundation for future cloud-to-cloud connections.
t the Hannover Messe, EPLAN presented the part of Store Share View of which projects can be viewed, reviewed and commented upon via redlining workflow. From this starting point forward, EPLAN accompanies its customers step by step on the pathway to the cloud. Users benefit from a central data source that makes EPLAN data available in a simple way for everyone involved in a project (including for downstream processes). Access to the data is universal: from every end device, from every location, and independent of an EPLAN installation.
The name Store Share View already describes the journey their customers will take to the cloud: EPLAN Projects can be saved in the cloud (Store) and are available for all project participants (Share) to see (View) at any time. It doesn´t require any sort of installation - not even the traditional Viewer installation which was required previously. All that is needed to be done is log in, view the project, make comments using the redlining function, and mark the work 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
progress. It´s this easy for users to take their first steps in the cloud project environment. The system is designed so that all the necessary EPLAN Project information is available in the cloud as a central information source. The engineering knowledge remains protected from unauthorized access by managing the access options. Rights assignment itself resides with the customer´s respective department. This is just the first step that EPLAN Platform users take to the cloud - but it is a very important one. In the past, when providing schematic information to downstream departments (such as control cabinet engineering or commissioning) thousands of pages of documentation had to be printed on paper. A paperless workflow isn´t just more cost-effective, but also increases quality enormously. Another decisive aspect is the possibilities for collaboration. With Store Share View - the first step of EPLAN´s cloud concept - external participants may also access the data if they are assigned access rights. The infrastructure for collaboration
Changes can be documented and forwarded to EPLAN users who can then carry out the modifications, guided by a list - difficulties in deciphering someone´s handwriting thus become a thing of the past.
is available through the cloud and a department must no longer go through an elaborate project hand-over process. Sub-suppliers can simply use a web browser to read the current project status. Another practical benefit: Only current data are available and changes are documented by way of a managed redlining workflow, meaning that sources of errors are eliminated once and for all. Collaboration with sub-suppliers becomes easier, also optimizing workflows. Connections to PDM/PLM remain If a company wants to get new software, the first questions asked is: what happens to my current connections to IT infrastructures? Examples of this include the interfaces to PDM or PLM systems that generally must be updated or adapted to a new software. EPLAN also considered this question while developing Store Share View: existing connections to the EPLAN Platform remain unchanged. Any conversion of existing integrations isn´t required since the EPLAN Projects created in engineering are the source for Store Share View, making any changes to the data storage for the source project unnecessary.
First use cases from cooperation partners Cloud technologies are developed so that many participants can work on a project. In the context of Industry 4.0, these project participants are often much more widely scattered than in just one company. Partners work collaboratively on solutions, create connections between their software solutions and thereby increase user benefits. The companies Festo and Lenze have been EPLAN partners for years. They have stored numerous component data in the EPLAN Data Portal and, for their part, are exploiting the opportunities of cloud technology. At the Hannover Messe, both companies are presenting initial use cases that were technologically created with a Rest API in Store Share View. Rest API technology enables access for third-party suppliers so that they can optimally utilize engineering data designed in EPLAN for further processes.
Innovative operating concept Aside from being functional, software should also be as pleasant as possible to use and support all of a user´s needs. EPLAN has also done quite a good on this point. The operating concept is state of the art and made to be easy in its entirety. Whether using a touchpad, a mouse or an active pen: all technologies can be utilized and naturally
all current end devices - from PCs to touch-screens through to mobile devices. This ensures for flexibility during times when engineering is becoming increasingly globalized. Due to the 24-hour availability of cloud services, every project participant can access the data from any location around the world.
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HYGIENIC PRESSURE SENSOR PP20H WITH CONDENSATERESISTANT MEASURING CELL FOR INCREASED OPERATING SAFETY
With a condensate-proof measuring cell, excellent temperature and long-term stability, the hygienic pressure sensor PP20H contributes towards process safety even in demanding environments.
With a new generation of hygienic pressure sensors in the PP20H family, Baumer closes a gap in its portfolio and also offers an attractively-priced solution for demanding hygienic applications.
he sensor has a robust, IP69K-rated stainless steel housing which is designed to handle a variety of applications, and is equipped with a condensateproof silicon measuring cell. Its scaled pressure range from -1 to 40 bar and wide range of process connections make it extremely versatile. It is available with 4 ... 20 mA signal and IO-Link. It complies with the strict hygiene requirements in the food and pharmaceutical industries and is CIP and SIPcapable.
Thanks to the hermetically-sealed measuring element, the measuring cell is completely insensitive to condensate, even with extreme temperature fluctuations in damp environments. Together with its excellent temperature and long-term stability and high accuracy, the sensor guarantees demanding hygienic processes are monitored, controlled and regulated safely.
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This compact pressure sensor covers the wide media temperature range from -20Â°C to 125Â°C without requiring a cooling line, providing space-savings in installation. Additionally, a variety of applications can be covered by just one sensor model. This saves on storage and reduces costs. Several sensors can be simultaneously configured via IOLink. This simplifies switching point adjustment for different process stages at start-up or batch changes and saves time. Diagnostic data can be instantly called up and evaluated, which increases system availability. The modular sensor structure enables shipment within 48 hours after receipt of order (ARO). www.baumer.com/PP20H
SGD PHARMA UPGRADES ITS CHINESE PLANT TOWARD AN AUTOMATED AND IMPROVED PRODUCTION
SGD Pharma's Zhanjiang (China) plant produces 1.2 million Type II & III flint molded glass vials daily for the parenteral market and for health care beauty products.
ith a surface of 85,000 m2, the plant included a glass furnace, 6 production lines, an ISO 8 clean room of 2,000 mÂ˛, a resorting room and a customization workshop. Early 2018, SGD Pharma invested 7 million Euros to improve the automation and the production, including the rebuilding of the furnace, to make the Zhanjiang plant an exemplary production center. The rebuilt of the furnace in Zhanjiang took place in February. This improvement project, that includes the renewal and reorganization of the equipment for the production lines, the clean room and the resorting as well as the automation of the decoration workshop is part of the desire to increase the production capacity, improve the quality of glass and offer a better flexibility for deliveries.
Improved process and renewed production lines For the Hot end zone, for the transformation of glass into flasks, one of the 6 production lines has been completely renewed. In addition, 2 lines have been completely upgraded with the most advanced equipment on the market. As the Cold end zone, the ISO 8 clean room has been completely redesigned and enlarged in accordance with ISO standards. New inspection machines have also been installed for an optimized process. The plant is certified ISO 15378, 22000 & SA 8000 and benefits from the Group's technologies, processes and European expertise for its production made in China. With 5 plants around the world, SGD Pharma guarantees its customers the same level of quality, reliability and safety of its products.
A furnace completely rebuilt to increase production The energy supply for the furnace has been modified; Whereas previously it was fuel-based, it now consumes natural liquid gas, which reduces the carbon footprint. This transformation brings the furnace into compliance with China's new environmental regulations. In addition to this reduction, the plant has shown a reduction in non-carbon emissions (SO2).
The furnace components have also been transformed to obtain a more precise refinement that improves the quality of the glass. The rebuilt took 40 days and the overall production has increased by 11%.
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MINIATURE HIGH-SPEED DATA CONNECTIVITY: FISCHER MINIMAXTM SERIES NOW AVAILABLE WITH AWG24 ETHERNET AND IP68 SEALING DOWN TO 20M/24H
The Fischer Rugged Flash Drive has been adapted to the MiniMax USB 3.0 connector (size 08 – left on the photo) with nine poles.
Fischer Connectors, the global connectivity solution provider of high-performance circular connector and cable assemblies, continues to push the boundaries of technological innovation in rugged miniaturization, high-speed data transmission, and sealing.
everal new extensions to the ultra-dense Fischer MiniMax™ Series, increasing its usability in many applications, are available as of April 2018:
• High-speed AWG24 Ethernet data transfer • Enhanced IP68 sealing down to 20m/24h • Hexagonal body style • Anthracite coating with <5mΩ panel grounding The result of these innovations is exceptional performance in a very small connector, addressing the growing need for higher data transmission in such markets as medical, unmanned vehicles, industrial, instrumentation, and defense – to name only a few. MORE INFORMATION
Providing rugged full-speed AWG24 Ethernet Building on the success of the USB 3.0 contact block introduced last year, Fischer Connectors has released another data-speed focused extension to the company’s high-density miniature Fischer MiniMaxTM Series. The new MiniMax connector in 08 size now gives design engineers the option of integrating rugged connectivity solutions with full-speed Ethernet into their latest creations. This 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
new contact block configuration of eight AWG24 pins in a receptacle of only 12 mm diameter enables fast Ethernet data transmission over longer distances. The new configuration can help move Ethernet connectivity into more rugged environments, protected from the elements with enhanced IP68 ratings. Taking devices deeper Advances in design and production processes have also enabled Fischer Connectors to increase the depth that all Fischer MiniMax™ Series connectors can safely achieve, providing enhanced reliability for extreme environments. The more stringent IP68 sealing level ensures all MiniMax connectors and cable assembly solutions now go even deeper than ever before – achieving a new standard of 20 meters for 24 hours. This is an exceptional IP rating test for such a small connector, opening new opportunities for the miniaturization of underwater devices. Additional body style and color options The Fischer MiniMaxTM Series receptacles now also come in a hexagonal body style, making integration into small housings easier and more robust. As customers do not need
The new Ethernet MiniMax 08 connector: 8 AWG24 pins, hexagonal, anthracite.
The standard IP68 sealing level of the Fischer MiniMaxTM Series is -20 meters for 24 hours.
3D cross-sectional view of the MiniMax Ethernet 8-pin connector.
to rely on the flat of the panel cut, they can instead include a hexagonal recess on the backside of the panel in which the receptacle will fit. As for coating, the new standard for the Fischer MiniMaxTM Series now includes an anthracite surface treatment. This coating is similar to the one used on the Fischer UltiMateTM Series, reaching <5 mΩ panel grounding as required in MIL standards while still being non-reflective and stealthy.
White paper: • High-Speed Communication Protocols for Ethernet, USB & HDMI: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/white-paper-highspeed-communication-protocols-ethernet-usb-hdmi • The Increasing Impact of Data Speed and Miniaturization on Rugged Connector Selection: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/white-paperincreasing-impact-data-speed-and-miniaturizationrugged-connector-selection
Focus on size, weight, and functionality Wim Vanheertum, Director of Product Management at Fischer Connectors, explains: “The MiniMax connector aims to increase the performance of miniature rugged devices, handling more mixed signal and power connections in a unique combination. Our highly-engineered miniature signal & power connectivity solution is ideally suited for applications where Space, Weight and Power (SWaP) is critical, increasing portability and resisting water, corrosion, vibration, shock and extreme temperatures – for device manufacturers looking for ruggedized, sealed and shielded connectors, with reduced weight and size combined with optimal usability and performance. MiniMax is also a solution to wearable (handheld, body-worn) and mobile equipment challenges, and it provides more functionality in smaller devices, lowering the total cost of ownership.”
Enhanced storage and transportation of data The popular Fischer Rugged Flash Drive – an extremely tough memory stick specially designed for storage and transportation of sensitive data in harsh environments – also offers improved performance with the new MiniMax USB 3.0 connector interface as standard. With nine contacts in optimized positions, it delivers high-speed data transmission and better mobile data storage in a virtually indestructible housing.
• Fischer MiniMaxTM Series – NEW rugged Ethernet & IP68 sealing level: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/high-speed-datapower-high-density-miniature-connector • Fischer MiniMaxTM Series – product page: 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
w w w.fischerconnec tors.com/global/en/fischerminimaxtm-series • Fischer Rugged Flash Drive – product page: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/products/ruggedflash-drive-0 • Applications: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/applications • 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 (dropbox).
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MX 32 RECEIVES CSA APPROVAL
Oldham, a company within the 3M Personal Safety Division, is pleased to announce that the MX 32 gas detection controller has been certified by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and now carries the CSA mark of approval. The MX 32 has been certified for use in Ordinary Locations according to CSA standards C22.2 No. 0-10, 61010-12 and UL 61010-1.
he MX 32 is a compact, low-profile controller that continuously monitors multiple gas detection sensors.
The versatile control system is designed to receive and supervise up to 8 inputs using either Wheatstone bridge mV DC sensors, 4-20mA DC or Serial RS-485 Modbusâ„˘. It can be customized and expanded based on individual application needs using Oldhamâ€™s stackable din-rail mounted I/O modules. Modules can be installed remotely to simplify field wiring and reduce costs. All modules are also covered by the CSA certification.
The MX 32 comes with unique features: graphic display, voting function, gas measurement, event data logging, RS 485 output, and on-board A/V alarms. It is completely field programmable using COM 32, an advanced and intuitive programming software. www.gasdetection.3M.com
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TRANSDUCERS ENABLE TRUE RMS VALUE MEASUREMENT FOR AC CURRENTS UP TO 5 A
AC/DC high voltage transducers: P 43000 TRMS from Knick.
Knick Elektronische Messgeräte is a globally recognized manufacturer of high quality signal, sensor, current and voltage measurement devices for utility, rail, ship, and other rugged environments.
ith the announcement of their series P 43000 TRMS AC/DC high voltage transducers, Knick have defined a completely new class of AC/DC transducers for true RMS values. Input values range from 100 mA up to 5 A AC. They are output as standardized analog DC signals (0…20 mA, 4…20 mA, 0…10 V).
A rotary switch on the front facilitates comfortable, calibrated switching between up to 16 customized ranges. Traditional AC/DC transducers are very susceptible to errors due to their poor insulation and are only designed for pure sinewave measurement. The Knick P 43000 TRMS, however, has been developed to also accurately process distorted input signals. The highly accurate true RMS circuit converts signals with a crest factor of up to 5 in the frequency range of 40 Hz to 1000 Hz or 8 Hz to 400 Hz. The VariTrans P 43000 TRMS withstands working voltages up to 3600 V AC/DC and test voltages up to 15 kV. Protective separation of the input, output and power supply provide protection from electric shock up to 1800 V AC/DC according to EN 61140.
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Knick's own TransShield technology facilitates an extremely compact, shielded design of the high-voltage transformers, allowing the VariTrans P 43000 TRMS to fit into a very compact, only 45 mm wide housing. Vacuum encapsulation provides maximum long-term protection against aggressive environmental influences, shock and vibration. In addition, VariTrans P 43000 TRMS transducers come with an integrated VariPower broad range power supply for supply voltages from 20...253 V AC/DC, which ensures maximum safety even in regions where auxiliary power is shaky. Knick VariTrans P 43000 TRMS transducers come with a fiveyear warranty. www.knick-international.com/en
MAGNETOSTRICTIVE LINEAR POSITION SENSOR FOR EXPLOSION HAZARD AREAS
Control and shut-off valves are used for oil and gas transmission in refineries and petrochemical plants. The valve position is regulated using the position measuring systems, because they are extremely reliable, especially in very harsh environments. When explosion protection has the highest priority, the new, certified position measuring system BTL7-T500 from Balluff is the right choice.
ith its many international approvals, such as ATEX and IECex, the BTL7-T500 offers a broad range of applications, high reliability and safe operation in explosion hazard areas of Zone 0 and Zone 1. This means for example it can be used as well for continuous level measurement in refinery tanks. The Profibus interface offers great flexibility. The position measuring system can be quickly adapted, saves time in installation and means rapid diagnostics of possible errors. This shortens commissioning time of systems and maintenance when service calls are needed. A single cable suffices for hookup (BUS-in-out, power).
The non-contact and thereby wear-free magnetostrictive measuring system in the stainless steel housing with IP 67 protection is not only extremely insensitive to contamination, but also shock rated to 100 g. It also withstands vibration up to 12 g. With a resolution of 1Âľm and repeat accuracy of 10Âľm it operates with extreme precision and is also the ideal solution when position and speed measurement needs to be performed simultaneously in a system.
BTL linear magnetostrictive transducers from Balluff in the rod style and installed in hydraulic cylinders have for decades proven their reliability in the most demanding areas of application. The magnetostrictive operating principle allows it to be installed in hermetically sealed housings. The position information is transmitted without contact via magnetic fields through the housing wall into the interior of the sensor. www.balluff.com
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LEM+ AND LEMAX+ INTELLIGENT VACUUM PUMPS: ALL INTELLIGENT POWER
COVAL is expanding its range of intelligent vacuum pumps with the launch of new products: LEM+ and LEMAX+. Increased power is combined with COVAL vacuum pump qualities: performance, compactness and energy savings. “Boosted” versions of the LEM and LEMAX. As their name implies, the LEM+ and the LEMAX+ are more powerful versions of the LEM and LEMAX, vacuum pumps previously commercialized by COVAL. For COVAL, the aim is to meet manufacturer and end user demands for stronger power. Mission accomplished since the LEM+ reaches a flow rate of 125 to 385 NI/min (compared with 29 to 92 for the LEM) and the LEMAX+ reaches a flow rate of 125 to 200 NI/min (compared with 29 to 70 for the LEMAX)
Optimized size/power ratio The LEM+ and LEMAX+ are the perfect mixture of more (bigger) power and smaller size. For the integrator and user these two qualities are a guarantee of easy installation and performance. Compared to similar products in terms of power, the LEM+ and LEMAX+ are by far the most compact vacuum pumps on the market.
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Powerful and frugal COVAL has developped two complementary ranges of compact high flow rate vacuum pumps: • The LEM+, optimized in terms of energy savings for handling porous pieces with a rough surface • The LEMAX+, optimized in terms of energy savings for handling semi-airtight and airtight pieces Each model is equipped with its own energy-saving technology. For the LEM+, ASR (Air Saving Regulator) technology regulates working pressure at 3.5 bar, whatever the pressure supplied by the compressed air network. Any unnecessary consumption is thus avoided, ensuring energy savings of 40% on average. For the LEMAX+, once vacuum is created ASC (Air Saving Control) technology enables the piece to be held without any energy consumption. The result is energy savings of 90% on average.
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LEMAX+: gripping airtight materials for the automotive, aeronautics and plastics sectors.
What makes the difference • Easy implementation: Plug & Play, multiple choices, all types of applications. • Maximum automatic energy savings: - LEM+: 40% savings for porous pieces - LEMAX+: 90% savings for airtight pieces • Compactness: LEM+/LEMAX+ vacuum pumps are the most compact ones on the market. • Short response time: installation as near as possible to the suction cups • Automatic blow-off: economizing a control signal, thanks to configurable blow-off time (from 0 to 10s) • Dust resistant: non-clogging, through-type silencer • Safety: hold maintained even during an unexpected power cut
Preserved intelligence and ergonomics The design of the LEM+ and LEMAX+ is based on constant concern for integrator and user comfort; in a word: optimized ergonomics. Here is a human-machine dialogue façade, bringing together all use accesses: follow-up information, settings, controls on a high visibility screen. In addition, each vacuum pump is factory preset according to standard criteria to facilitate implementation. Finally, the automatic timed blow-off after each hold saves using one automaton output.
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Fields of use LEM+: gripping porous materials requiring a high suction flow rate.
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BRAKE TECHNOLOGY 4.0
mayr® power transmission as the leading manufacturer is already offering reliable safety brakes, which are equipped for the challenges of the forth industrial revolution. Image: mayr® power transmission
Monitoring and controlling brakes intelligently using the new modules by mayr® power transmission.
onitoring modules of the latest generation, a technologically leading friction system and consistently-observed safety principles – safety brakes by mayr® power transmission are equipped for the challenges of the Industry 4.0. The perfectly-coordinated complete system guarantees the utmost level of operational and functional safety, and increases the productivity of machines and systems through predictive error detection and maintenance. mayr® power transmission presents its brake technology 4.0 at the Hanover Trade Fair 2018.
With Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things and Services enters companies. That’s why mayr® power transmission as the leading manufacturer is already offering reliable safety brakes, which are equipped for the challenges of the forth industrial revolution. Brake technology 4.0 stands for intelligent monitoring modules, by which mayr® power transmission sets new standards. The modules such as the ROBA®-brake-checker and the ROBA®-torqcontrol monitor safety brakes easily and quickly or facilitate the even and smooth deceleration of machines and devices.
Permanent brake monitoring and predictive maintenance The ROBA®-brake-checker module operates without sensors. Instead, it analyzes current and voltage and recognizes the movement of the armature disk. Thus it knows the condition of the brake. In addition to the switching condition, the module can also deduce the temperature, wear and tension path or tensile force reserve, i.e. whether the magnet still has sufficient force to attract the armature disk. Using the new module, a significantly larger number of processes can be depicted during the monitoring of the safety brakes than was hitherto the case. On reaching the tensile force 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
Brake technology 4.0 by mayr® power transmission stands for monitoring modules of the latest generation: The modules such as the ROBA®-brake-checker or the ROBA®torqcontrol allow permanent brake monitoring and make the safety brakes fit for the challenges of the Industry 4.0. Image: mayr® power transmission
The brake control module ROBA®-SBCplus performs reliable switching time monitoring. It is type-certified by TÜV Süd and can be used up to the highest Performance Level PLe and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3. Image: mayr® power transmission
reserve, the ROBA®-brake-checker emits a warning signal, early enough so that a defined operating time of the brake is still possible. Within this time, the machine operator can undertake specific maintenance in coordination with their work process – maintenance with foresight, so to speak. The ROBA®-brake-checker is now available in a design for AC voltage. In addition, another version of the module will also in future take on the supply of the brake, and as a result, replace the rectifier. Switching condition monitoring and brake control are therefore combined in one device.
Braking movements gently and in a controlled manner For applications, which require braking torque control in addition to status monitoring, mayr® power transmissions provides the braking torque control module ROBA®torqcontrol. It shares the features of the ROBA®-brakechecker and can also change the level of the braking torque in operation through purposeful influencing of current and voltage. As a result, devices and machines can be evenly and gently decelerated. The ROBA®-torqcontrol module permits the development of control loops and brakes movements intelligently – the ideal basis for its use in smart, interconnected machines.
This module has been developed in collaboration with the company Pilz, especially for applications which have to fulfil requirements for the protection of people according to standards regarding functional safety. The ROBA®SBCplus module must reliably interrupt the current in the magnetic coil when the brake is switched off. For this purpose, the module operates with wear-free electronic semi-conductors, and as a result achieves practically unlimited switching frequency and switching reliability. This brake control module performs reliable switching time monitoring. Furthermore, an integrated plausibility check is conducted through the evaluation of the release monitoring signals. The evaluations of the switching states and the return signal therefore permit reliable error diagnostics. This permits creep errors which influence on the switching times, for example increasing wear, to be detected in due time. The reliable ROBA®-SBCplus brake control unit is type-certified by TÜV Süd (Technical Inspectorate, Southern Germany) and can be used up to the highest Performance Level PLe and Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3.
Reliable brake control Another module to continuously monitor the switching condition of the brakes is the safe brake control ROBA®SBCplus. In this module, mayr® power transmission offers safety brakes and safe brake control in a complete package. 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
PIN OVEN CHAINS FOR THE BEVERAGE CAN INDUSTRY
Pin oven chains from iwis for the beverages can industry.
Cans are still the “classic” drinks packaging choice in the food and beverage industry. After forming, one of the next high-speed production processes the cans undergo is painting. Specially-developed roller chains have become the preferred conveying technology for this rapid transfer, during which the cans are held in place by protective heads connected to the chain by special transport pins.
he pin oven chains (POC) developed by iwis offer a number of unique advantages. The precision roller chains themselves are particularly wear-resistant and they are treated with the iwis special lubricant IPP before they leave the factory. IPP is PWIS-free, non-drip, suitable for high temperatures and approved for use in the food industry.
Transport pins can be replaced easily without breaking the chain or removing it from the machine. Three different fixture possibilities are available – pins are integrated in the outer chain plates, secured with special nuts or fixed with split-pins. Users can also choose between two pin versions: flexible or snap-off. The flexible pin – for example after an accidental impact caused by a conveyor jam – can be quickly and easily bent back to its originally position by hand. The advantage of the snap-off pin is that it will break off in the event of a shock or accidental contact with an obstacle during operation. The snap-of solution is possible because both transport pins and chain pins have the hardness and thus the same wear resistance. This can be of importance 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
when producing steel cans with a risk of jamming the production machines, when the pins do not break. The length of the transport pins can also be adapted to the requirements of individual specifications. Finally, the standard protective head is made from highquality PEEK which is heatproof up to at least 260 °C and is resistant to a variety of chemicals. A high-temperature elastomer head (ECT) developed and pa-tented by iwis is also available as an alternative. With its design, it can be replaced easily without the need for complex tools and it is robust in everyday operation because its damping properties are similar to those of a spring. It is made from PWIS-free material that is approved for use in contact with food. Well-equipped in every respect: a comprehensive range of spare parts and user-friendly tools for assembling and dismantling chains round off the iwis pin oven chain programme.
The protective head of the pin oven chains can be adapted to customer specifications.
All versions of the POChain have spring-loaded protective heads on the transport pins to protect the conveyed hollow objects.
iwis is always able to offer can manufacturers a highquality conveyor chain solution that is tailormade for their individual application requirements. The hallmark of quality: all production series use JWIS brand precision roller chains, so long service life and reliable aftersales service are guaranteed. In addition to pin oven chains, Munich-based chain specialist iwis provides a full product range for all drive and conveying applications. This also includes precision and high-performance roller chains, conveyor chains, maintenance-free and corrosion-resistant chains, power and free conveyor chains, special-purpose conveyor chains, flyer chains, flat-top chains, modular belts, chains and accessories for agricultural machinery, and timing drives for the automotive industry.
The distance from the chainâ€™s longitudinal axis and the protective head can be set between 184 mm and 214 mm (example: POChain-I). (This image is only for illustration and not available separately.)
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COMPACT DISTRIBUTOR FOR WIRES UP TO 500 MM² AND 1100 A
SVBA screw-type distributor blocks
Hövelhof - CONTA-CLIP expands their range of screw-type distributor blocks by adding the new SVBA and the SVBKA types for energy distribution in control cabinets. Both series are suited for copper leads as well as for aluminum conductors.
eaturing an extremely compact design, these units facilitate potential or power distribution without the need for additional accessories. SVBA blocks are sized for small wire cross sections of 1.5 mm² up to a massive 500 mm².
In contrast, all models of the SVBKA screw-type distributor series feature just two connections and facilitate the quick and easy contacting of two conductors with cross-sections ranging from 1.5 mm² up to 240 mm² for currents up to 425 A and voltages of 1000 V.
They connect an incoming conductor with a large cross section with up to six conductors with smaller cross sections. SVBA blocks are available in five versions for currents between 85 A and 415 A, as well as in a special 1100 A version with three terminal connections. They feature rated voltages of 1000 V AC and up to 1500 V DC.
For smaller conductor cross-sections, touch safety is ensured with optional covers. SVBKA blocks provide a major advantage compared to conventional terminal blocks due to their significantly slimmer and therefore space-saving design. Both SVBA and SVBKA series blocks can be mounted by simply snapping them onto a TS35 DIN rail. They can also be fixed directly to a mounting plate via a screw flange on the side. Both series ensure IP20 ingress protection for all wire cross sections.
All models except for the special high-current version are easy to mount by snapping them together with a plastic connecting clip. Colored marking columns for N, PE and phase allow users to code and re-code the SVBA blocks as needed. A built-in label on the block additionally shows the connected phase. SVBA blocks with up to 380 A for the North American market are UL-certified.
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PUSHED, NOT SCREWED
The new cable entry system KES features a very high packing density and provides IP66 ingress protection.
Universal cable entry system KES for maximum packing density.
he new KES series of gland plates from CONTA-CLIP enables the quick and safe introduction of cables and tubes without connectors into cabinets and machine housings. KES plates provide IP66 ingress protection with no need to specially fit and secure cables with screws. The robust polyamide frames filled with elastomer are placed on the outside of the cabinet or housing wall and fixed with screws onto 36 mm x 112 mm openings. The plates feature a low-profile height of only 14 mm. For a tool less installation, they can also be snapped-on. In this case, the screw holes remain completely sealed thanks to the layer of elastomer.
CONTA-CLIP is launching the new KES plates in 24 variants designed for different maximum numbers of lines and cable diameters. The elastic cable guides are suitable for cables or pneumatic lines with diameters ranging from 3.2 mm to 20.5 mm. The cable entry system's advanced IP66 ingress protection enables use in harsh environments. KES also features smooth surfaces, rounded corners and ECOLAB certified resistance to industrial cleaning products, and therefore provides all necessary hygienic properties for use in the food industry or in pharmaceutical production. www.contaclipinc.com
To insert cables, the outer membrane of the gland plate is pierced with a pointed tool at a designated entry point. The wires are then simply pushed through. Aside from the punctured membrane, the conical entry grommets on the back of the plate provide an extra double sealing of the cables with IP 66 ingress protection as well as reliable strain relief. This new concept accommodates up to 32 cables per plate, achieving a much higher packing density than conventional screw-fitted cable entry solutions. 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
ESTERLINE CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES – SOURIAU HAS BEEN A RECOGNIZED NAME IN THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY FOR SEVERAL DECADES
Many industries require connectors to interconnect the electrical and electronic systems that are vital to controlling their processes and ensure the safety of equipment. The nuclear industry is no exception to this. Thanks to its many years of collaboration with leaders in the industry, SOURIAU possesses extensive experience in meeting the requirements of nuclear environments.
Nuclear — a common term for special environments It is easy to understand that the operating conditions for equipment used at a nuclear power plant (NPP) per se and the operations involved in the nuclear fuel cycle are not the same. The connectors used inside a nuclear reactor are only disconnected and reconnected during maintenance outages and must ensure tight connections over periods of 40 to 60 years. Connectors used in the fuel cycle, however, are frequently disconnected and reconnected and the harsh environmental conditions mean that they must be robust and easy to handle. The three K1, K2, and K3 qualification levels that are specific to NPP environments make it possible to meet the safety requirements in various areas of use. Connectors that withstand any harsh conditions Current standards that apply to NPPs include ISO 9001 and RCC-E (Design and construction rules for electrical equipment of nuclear islands). RCC-E is specific to the nuclear industry. Published by the French authorities, it contains more than 400 pages of rules on the design, manufacture, materials, qualifications, and testing of components and 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
equipment. The other major standard is published by the IEEE Standards Association and is similar to RCC-E. China is currently drafting a protocol that is based on these two standards. Over the years, SOURIAU’s 8NA K1-qualified screw-lock connectors have been modified to meet the requirements of European Pressurized Reactors (EPR) and now feature shells and receptacles fitted with stainless steel electromagnetic shields. These connectors come in two shell sizes and accommodate 16 and 20-gauge contacts in pin layouts of 3 to 24 contacts. The arrangement most commonly used for connecting sensors and instrumentation inside NPPs consists of twelve 20-gauge contacts. The 8NA series is RCC-E K1 qualified, meaning that it has passed a series of tests, the most important of which include simulation of the lifespan of a NPP (40 years), radiation resistance, simulation of an earthquake and accident, vibration resistance, and resistance to very high pressures. These severe tests are conducted by an independent laboratory over a one-year
period and are then validated by experts at EDF (France’s electricity supplier). Fuel cycle, hot cells, and glove boxes The conditions inside hot cells are harsh: radiation and temperature levels are high and chemicals are ever present. In most cases, operators have to use remote manipulators or sealed gloveboxes in order to handle equipment and objects. Although the connectors inside hot cells and gloveboxes are not subjected to the same conditions as those inside reactors, they are frequently mated and detached. They therefore must be easy to handle, long lasting, reliable, and resistant to radiation and chemicals. SOURIAU’s ULC push-pull connectors meet these four requirements. They come in four shell sizes and 45 layouts that accommodate coaxial, power, and signal contacts. By design, they are bulkier and feature longer shells and preguidance forks for easier handling via manipulators and gloveboxes. This connector family also features sealed bulkhead penetrations for connections between the inside of the containment and the outside environment.
Axel Paré, product manager for nuclear-grade connectors, says, “SOURIAU’s experience in the nuclear industry makes it one of the few manufacturers in the world capable of offering nuclear-grade interconnection solutions. We have established a strong market presence in Europe and the USA. China represents a huge potential for growth and we are working to achieve this from our office in Shanghai. More than 6,000 K1, K2, and K3 connectors are produced at Marolles-en-Brie each year. Nuclear energy is a long-term market that requires an ability to anticipate trends and a level of consistency. In the case of our new products, we work with research institutes like CEA and we have just received EDF qualification for half-connector wiring harnesses. We are also looking into the possibility of integrating fiber optics into our connectors. Although the nuclear industry accounts for just 5% of SOURIAU’s turnover, it is a model in terms of design and manufacturing methods, rigor, and quality that has benefited the entire group.”
SOURIAU Paris-Est — a center of excellence for nucleargrade connectors SOURIAU’s Paris-Est site in Marolles-en-Brie occupies a special position in the company’s industrial operations. It is here where products that meet specific markets such as the nuclear industry are designed and manufactured. The engineers at the Paris-Est site work in close collaboration
with research institutes and key buyers. The manufacturing processes are rigorous and highly codified. For example, on operator assigned with producing a batch of connectors makes an oral commitment via a process that summarizes the various inspections required during the manufacturing process.
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INTEGRATION: EPLAN AND MELSOFT IQ WORKS
AutomationML makes it possible! The new integration solution from Eplan Electric P8 to Melsoft iQ Works by Mitsubishi Electric connects electrical engineering to automation. Data such as symbolic addresses, for instance, can now be exchanged bi-directionally with the current software suite. The results in Eplan Electric P8 are impressive: valid schematics, including bus wiring for PLC components amongst themselves, and top quality hardware configurations.
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i-directional exchange of PLC data helps optimize processes in engineering and automation. With the new integration between Eplan Electric P8 and Melsoft iQ Works, solutions provider Eplan and Mitsubishi Electric have taken this a step further. AutomationML forms the integrationÂ´s foundation, which paves the way towards Industry 4.0 with its neutrality and openness for data exchange. The dataset created in Eplan forms the basis for PLC hardware (rack) assembly and software programming. What makes it special is the data are transmitted along the whole product development process as a single source of truth. Eplan Data Portal provides the necessary component data. Working together, they accelerate component configuration and design planning.
Melsoft iQ Works is an integrated software suite and includes the software solutions required to program Mitsubishi Electric automation products. With the new integration to the current Eplan Platform, Version 2.7, users can exchange, later edit, and synchronize project data in any direction at all stages of the project. Users no longer have to enter data more than once, thus helping avoid entry errors. It also makes cooperation between electrical design engineers and software developers easier. Users in electrical design even have additional benefits: the allocation of PLC assemblies is transparent. Assemblies can be more quickly edited with system support, and last minute changes are easier and more universally implementable. AutomationML Technology As a non-proprietary, standardized and XML-based data format, AutomationML can depict design information with respect to system topologies and structures, geometries and logic. To display the structural and topology information, AutomationML uses the CAEX (Computer Aided Engineering
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Exchange) format, an international data format standard according to IEC 62424/IEC 62714. It offers fundamental object-oriented concepts that can be used to represent plant and system structures. AutomationML additionally offers the possibility for transmitting system structures, for instance the rack assembly. This allows for well-structured, end-to-end documentation, even for servicing and maintenance. Finally, data from various software tools, for example device information, can be exchanged between manufacturers and users and easily integrated into the documentation.
a member of the e-F@ctory Alliance; conversely, Mitsubishi Electric provides its data in Eplan Data Portal. The goal for both companies is clear with respect to their customers/ users: increase data quality, accelerate engineering and manufacturing processes and boost productivity. www.eplanusa.com
About iQ Works Melsoft iQ Works is an embedded software suite that consolidates the programs needed to program automation products from Mitsubishi Electric - GX Works3, MT Works2, GT Works3, RT ToolBox2 and FR Configurator2. The software integration is supported through the Navigator, a graphical, easy-to-use interface between the user and central system configuration. Another simplification is achieved through the project spanning use of system labels and parameters. The benefits of this powerful software suite include simplified system development thanks to it requiring considerably less effort for repetitive tasks, minimizing sources of errors, and lowering overall operating costs associated with such errors. Background Eplan and Mitsubishi Electric have been working together in a strategic partnership for years. Solutions provider Eplan is 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
KBH10 – MASTERING THE CHALLENGES OF HARD TURNING
KBH10 is an uncoated PcBN turning insert that offers exceptional wear resistance and very low cutting forces. As a result, many customers are now enjoying double the tool life together with improved part quality.
Because harder doesn’t have to mean more difficult.
ard turning has been used for decades to streamline and in many cases eliminate cylindrical grinding operations. It’s fast, accurate, and thanks to tooling suppliers such as Kennametal, a broad assortment of predictable, cost-effective cutting tools is available to tame even the most difficult hardened steels, superalloys, and chilled irons. But as the aerospace, automotive, power generation, and other industries continue to develop even more robust metals, cutting tool manufacturers must evolve as well with high-performance tooling to tackle these materials.
Best of Breed That’s exactly what Kennametal Inc. has accomplished recently with its introduction of KBH10, a new breed of polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PcBN) hard turning insert designed specifically for the challenges of today’s demanding market place. Helmut Gremer, senior engineer for global machining technology, says the new insert complements Kennametal’s existing PcBN grades KBH20 and KB5630 by providing the extreme wear resistance needed to successfully turn hardened metals up to 65Rc, especially where very fine surface finishes are required.
“We’ve seen that many manufacturers are decreasing the allowable tolerances on bearing journals, rings and pistons, gear hubs, and so on,” he says. “For example, dimensional tolerances of < 4 μm or less are increasingly common, as are surface requirements better than Ra < 0,4 μm. This new grade closes the gap for these and other customers that need superior tool life when finishing such parts.” In one example, a well-known automotive manufacturer was able to more than double tool life—from 150 pieces per edge to 350 pieces—during an internal facing operation on a 140 mm (5.5 in.) diameter 5115 alloy steel bearing hub 20 | Industry USA | July 2018
NEWS Kennametal’s latest hard-turning solution, KBH10, has a unique shape edge preparation that resists crater and flank wear while reducing vibration, even in interrupted cuts.
A classic hard-turning application. A wide array of insert shapes, sizes and geometries is available.
that was previously heat-treated to 62 HRC. And a driveshaft producer achieved similar results, increasing tool life from 250 to 450 pieces per edge when turning 58 HRC UC1 (similar to S53) steel on its vertical turret lathes, consistently maintaining a 6 Rz surface finish while doing so. Making the Hard Case In each instance, cutting speeds of 180 m/min were used (590 sfm), with depths of cut averaging 0.15 mm (0.006 in.) and feedrates ranging from 0.22 to 0.32 mm per rev (0.0087 to 0.013 ipr). Also in each case, the customer saved thousands of dollars annually in insert costs compared to its existing solution, while substantially reducing downtime due to tool changeovers.
This last part is accomplished through KBH10’s unique edge preparation. Rather than the traditional waterfall or radiused hone applied to virtually all PcBN cutting tools, Kennametal has developed a special shape that is both sharper and freer cutting than competing solutions yet still tough enough to withstand the rigors of hard turning. “Five years ago, no one was able to generate edges like this, let alone measure them,” Gremer explains. “But thanks to some fairly recent advances in metrology and machine tool technology, we can consistently produce this hone shape, which reduces passive cutting forces by up to 40-percent. Together with KBH10’s tougher substrate—also new— we’ve produced an insert that achieves a fine balance between wear-resistance, hardness, and sharpness. www.kennametal.com
The KBH10 substrate is completely new. Its PcBN composition is designed for up to 20-percent higher cutting speeds while providing equivalent or in some cases far greater tool life. Kennametal engineers were frequently able to achieve Ra 0.2 and Rz 1surface roughness, while consistently maintaining the profile and dimensional tolerances noted earlier. And because KBH10 is available in several different geometries and edge preparations, it’s quickly becoming the go-to insert for a wide cross section of manufacturers and their turning applications.
pressure and therefore heat is reduced, crater and flank wear are likewise reduced, extending tool life. There’s also a lower occurrence of the white layer that plagues many hard part machining operations.”
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