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IN THIS MAGAZINE… 6  PNEUMATIC AUTOMATION: VERSATILE, ATTRACTIVE AND LOW COST 10  io-link technology available for 580 series electronic components 12  motion terminal: festo innovation that can replace 50 components 14  New flat brushless motors from DELTA LINE meet ongoing drive for miniaturization

16  ElectroCraft Expands the CompletePower™ Plus Family of DC Motor Drives 17  Attention: maintenance is due! 18  VERLINDE launches a new range of cutting-edge electrical chain hoists: EUROCHAIN VX 20  With Nidec Leroy-Somer, Ahlstrom-Munksjö consolidates its attachment to the local economy and wins export markets

24  New NSK bearings for rolling mills offer long service life 26  High precision Redex rack and pinion drives in the aeronautic industry 29  Seco Tools Expands CW100 Ceramic Insert Family for Secure Superalloy Machining 30  New Seco Threading Grade Excels in Critical Part Applications 31  Delta Donates Laptop Computers to Serbian Refugee Camps 32  Delta Launches Compact M70A Solar PV String Inverter 34  White Paper 2- OR 3- Beam Protective Sensors? 36  Advantech Unveils 1U Desktop System EPC-T2286 38  LEMO launches a 1000 Base T1- Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) Push-Pull connector 39  Intelligent position measuring system for absolute linear feedback 40  Fischer Freedom’s major extensions enable versatile innovations in connectivity 42  New Backshell Product Development 43  RVPX-VITA connectors are now available in Europe through Amphenol SOCAPEX 44  Innovation and agility in the supply chain: eco-responsible productivity

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: MAKE NO MISTAKE, MANUFACTURERS ARE NOT LATE! “Hello! Need help?” Most people quickly got used to chatbots on websites, those little chat windows that open in computer screens. These conversational technologies use artificial intelligence (AI), essentially allowing users to ask questions to an expert system (in earlier years) or a deep-learning system (more recently). Industrial equipment suppliers have not remained indifferent to this communication tool, and have found applications for it: directing customers to the right contact, helping them find a solution or a technical document, providing support in understanding a problem, offering guidance in the preparation of a repair, staying online until the machine is running again. While the very first applications for these solutions were focused on medical diagnostic applications, today’s chatbots use the same basic techniques as those used by large social networks. Industrialists are pragmatic about AI: “It works and it can be effective, so we take it and apply it within the framework of our needs and constraints.” However, they don’t stop there when it comes to AI disciplines and their vast potential at the very heart of machines and automated systems. Visual inspection solutions, preventive maintenance resources, decision-support tools, and even automatic control functions: AI has been searching for and finding its place in automation for several years. For AI users, 2019 proved extremely good. By way of example, visual inspection systems combining machine vision and deep learning make it possible to identify defects that are not alike (in size, shape, position) on surfaces that, in addition, are different from one another. At least that’s what Cognex is doing with its new VisionPro ViDi range, and at very high production line speeds.

On the predictive maintenance side, control-command platforms can now enrich and even create their own models based on correlation analyses of recorded data – for example, to identify abnormal situations and therefore potential sources of failure. Remember here the launches at the beginning of the year of Omron’s IA Sysmac range of controllers, for instance, or the FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module in Rockwell Automation’s Logix range. Siemens made a similar announcement a few months earlier with its S7-1500 TM NPU module. Another example of preventive maintenance functions is with the Sushi Sensor XS770A, which in early 2019 completed Yokogawa’s OpreX range of sensors for the online monitoring of vibration and surface temperature on industrial equipment. At Schneider Electric, visitors to the IBS show in Paris in early October could see new decision-support features in its EcoStruxure Building range, or its latest solutions for optimizing energy consumption. However, most noticeable in 2019 was the dynamics around Schneider Electric’s agreement with Microsoft for the “AI for Green Energy Incubation Lab” (created in 2018) to host and support start-ups working to transform the energy sector through AI. For its part, Delta Electronics is another company that has just announced (in Taiwan first) a partnership with Microsoft that will accelerate the deployment of AI in its robot applications. Not to forget that ABB and IBM announced the same kind of agreement in 2017 at the Hanover Fair. In short, the development and progress of AI disciplines in the field is proving extremely rapid. The industrial world sometimes has a reputation for being conservative, which hinders the adoption of new technologies in factories. However, manufacturers (and in particular the largest among them, but not exclusively) all have products and projects that use AI. In reality, these are mature technologies that improve every day, like many other technologies before, but probably just faster this time!


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PNEUMATIC AUTOMATION: VERSATILE, ATTRACTIVE AND LOW COST Pneumatic technology is an old and well-known friend of industrial automation systems. Simple and accessible, pneumatics delivers several benefits, largely due to the characteristics of its power source: compressed air. Safety, reduced operational costs, ease of implementation and cost-effectiveness are among the main reasons why many European plants continue to favor pneumatic automation. Author: Sílvia Bruin Pereira

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his school of thought is confirmed by Leonardo Brand, Engineering Supervisor at ASCO-EMERSON, who says: “Pneumatics has become an extremely attractive tool to most companies due to its versatility and cost. Of course, processes in the automotive and mass production/handling sectors traditionally use pneumatics as their primary choice. However, nowadays pneumatics is commonplace in many other industries, including mining, metallurgy, chemical and petrochemical, and pulp and paper.”

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Brand mentions that, in pneumatic automation, his company’s focus is the process market: “Our know-how in this area – which comprises industries such as chemical, mining, pulp and paper, medical and analytical, power generation, and oil refining – makes us capable of presenting differentiated and exclusive pneumatic automation proposals.” According to Brand, among the leading segments is mining, particularly with regard to wastewater recovery, treatment and control processes. Here, the use of pneumatic solutions such as cylinders, directional control valves and air-quality preparation sets is widespread.

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Another major focus area is tire manufacturing, especially control systems for autoclaves, where common pneumatic solutions include smart valve terminals and electronic pressure-control valves. The chemical sector is a further example. Pneumatic solutions such as smart valves terminals and air-quality preparation sets are frequently deployed in the fluid-control systems found at chemical plants. Osvaldo Tomio Sato, Product Manager at FESTO, points out that, being a simple force and movement control system, pneumatics may be applied to numerous industrial segments: “Applications are wide-ranging and include the movement of a unit in a packing conveyor, placing workpieces in machine tools, transporting parts in the automotive industry, holding devices in the electroelectronic sector, opening and closing dispensers in the pharmaceutical industry, opening and closing doors on buses and trains, and devices for the selection of grains in the food sector.” Sato says that his company is working across several markets in order to advance the use of pneumatic automation: “By way of example, niches in the food segment include meat and refrigeration, confectionary, chocolate, and dairy products. The main reason for this versatility is that pneumatic automation may be easily implemented in applications such as product transportation, handling, packing and inspection. In addition, this technology can help to increase productivity and hygiene levels. The pneumatic automation components deployed are classified as ‘clean design’ or products made of materials compliant with FDA [Food and Drug Administration] standards, such as pipes, fittings, actuators and valve terminals.” PNEUMATICS AND INDUSTRY 4.0 Flexibility, easy design development and cost are the main advantages of pneumatic automation, according to Brand. “There are, however, processes where installing an efficient pneumatic system, with air reservoirs and distribution and access points, is difficult, because this is not part of the plant’s original design,” he states. “In such cases, using an electric solution is preferable to the creation of ideal conditions for pneumatics.” Brand adds that, on the other hand, in cases where the plant design already includes a pneumatic distribution system, handling, positioning and serial production applications should not be replaced by electrical equipment which, according to him, is three to four times more expensive than pneumatic systems performing the same function.

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“Another characteristic of pneumatics is its ability to work in industrial environments without requiring any kind of special protection,” says Brand. “In contrast, electrical equipment for use in such areas will always require some kind of special protection. Factors such as moisture, vibration, heat and electromagnetic interference do not impact on pneumatic equipment.”

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So, is pneumatic automation actually fully integrated to modern industrial processes? According to Brand, the answer is affirmative. “Over the past 15 years, pneumatics has proven a reliable partner for fieldbus, onboard control, data collection and diagnostic functions,” he says. “Together with other types of technology, the pneumatic technology of today offers the capability for migration to Industry 4.0. For instance, modern smart valve terminals with IO-Link communication are now part of our industrial reality.” According to Sato, pneumatic automation is simple: “Compressed air is one of mankind’s oldest energy types, using atmospheric air as a source, which is present and abundantly available everywhere on Earth. Generating compressed air is easy, and its maintenance is straightforward. Furthermore, pneumatic automation provides safe and reliable operation, mainly due to its simplicity.” The application of pneumatic automation has consistently intended to replace human labor in repetitive tasks, thus increasing operational productivity while decreasing production cost. Overall, the idea has always been to allow employee engagement in more rewarding roles, such as preventive maintenance, programming, process improvement, and optimization of the final product to improve quality and reduce cost, making it competitive in European and global markets. Sato reports that his company is continuously modernizing its pneumatic technology product line, and that one of FESTO’s most recent developments is the VTEM (Motion Terminal). “The Motion Terminal uses the ‘digitalized pneumatic’ concept, fusing basic pneumatics and electronics, plus a powerful software controller, in order to create a highly innovative product capable of covering the functions of over 50 individual components,” he explains. “Motion Terminal can be called outstanding thanks to its ability to provide a wide range of functions with just one valve, remotely controlled by ‘Motion Apps’, whose parameters may be altered in real time,” continues Sato. “The product provides, in a single platform, the aspects necessary to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0, such as flexibility, energy efficiency and monitoring, making it an ideal choice for industry’s automation future. Motion Terminal’s digital pneumatics improve automation processes, with benefits extending from faster planning and design phases, to easier commissioning and parameterization. Additionally, operational productivity is enhanced by providing a faster and easier means to convert or modernize a system.” In summary, pneumatic automation is already well established in the market and vendors are complying with the demands of IIoT and Industry 4.0. The technology tends to be favored due to its simplicity and unlimited applications.


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IO-LINK TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE FOR 580 SERIES ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

ASCO-EMERSON has introduced IO-Link communication for its 580 series electronic components. This technology is compatible with 501, 502 and 503 series valve islands.

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he IO-Link (CEI 61131-9) standard is intended to provide an easy and intelligent connection from inputs/outputs (sensors/actuators) to a controller by means of cost-effective, standard non-shielded cables. Additionally, IO-Link enables the recovery of diagnostic and configuration parameters.

Main benefits Principal advantages include compliance with international standard CEI 61131-9, assuring inter-device communication (interoperability). Productivity is also improved since IO-Link provides digital data communication from field devices to a controller.

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A further benefit is the need for less maintenance time as IO-Link devices are automatically identified and configured in case of replacement. Time is also saved since ASCO Numatics 580 IO-Link is capable of providing: mapped input/output diagnosis that is easy for programmers to use; event-based diagnostics using three fewer data words (and cloud processing of the data via a compatible master); a cost-effective solution in terms of materials, since it uses unshielded cables and industry standard connectors; and flexibility because the 580 IO-Link is compatible with the full 500 series (501, 502, 503). Upon request, ASCO-EMERSON can also supply 580 IO-Link electronics in the 2035 series. ASCO-EMERSON’s modular distributed topology offers the highest throughput for product size, as well as a wide range of configurations. Here, base plates allow the use of 22 | Industry EMEA | November 2019

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different sizes within the same island. Moreover, the use of base plates and accessories permits two pressure ratings to be deployed within the same island without requiring individual regulators. Industries and applications The 580 Series IO-Link is perfectly suited to modular concepts and applications where sensors and pneumatic systems are very close to each other (cabling distance less than 20 meters). Typical uses include conveyors, pneumatic robot hands, assembly machines, and filling equipment in food and cosmetics applications. www.asco.com

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MOTION TERMINAL: FESTO INNOVATION THAT CAN REPLACE 50 COMPONENTS

Festo Motion Terminal points to the beginning of a new industrial age which, like the smartphone, will soon become a market revolution.

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neumatics is well-established technology that is ready to become even more direct, versatile and flexible with the new Festo Motion Terminal VTEM. The product is the beginning of a new Industry 4.0 phase – with apps that can replace more than 50 individual components. This outcome is possible due to developments in piezo technology and software. Just as the smartphone transformed the mobile communication market, so the Festo Motion Terminal will revolutionize automation technology and industry as a whole.

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The new strategy of function integration – combined with software apps – will simplify the entire value chain, since only one piece of hardware will be required.

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True Industry 4.0 In Piezo technology, integrated stroke and pressure sensors, together with control via motion apps, will create new perspectives for machinery and plant manufacturers. The fusion of mechanics, electronics and software in the Festo Motion Terminal will transform a pneumatic product into a true Industry 4.0 component and enable flexible manufacturing. Changes in pneumatic functions and adaptations to new formats are controlled via apps by changing parameters. In addition, integrated intelligent sensors for control, diagnostics and self-learning tasks will eliminate the need for additional components. Apps When the VTEM is launched, 10 functions will be available via motion apps: from basic modification of the directional control valve functions to energy-efficient motion, and from proportional behavior to different motion profiles. What makes this capability so special is that the same valve hardware is used for everything. Thanks to the fast activation of new functions via apps, machine developers can create


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a basic machine type and then select the relevant apps to equip it with different functions and features in line with customer requirements.

one controller can perform up to eight movements using the VTEM. Energy consumption is also reduced, while the required installation space is decreased by up to 65%.

Assigning functions via software has the additional benefit of protecting against data tampering, since it is not possible to tell from the outside which functions the valves are executing. Maintenance is also simplified, as long lists of spare and wearing parts become a thing of the past.

Comparing the technology, set-ups with the Festo Motion Terminal offer truly cost-effective alternatives for eight applications. Instead of a valve, a pressure regulator and a pressure sensor or, in other words, three components, only one is required – a valve.

Intrinsic energy efficiency The specially developed motion apps, as well as the leakage diagnostic function, save energy during operation. However, the energy-saving piezo technology for the proportional valve’s preliminary stage, also plays its part.

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Air consumption can be flexibly adapted to needs using the “Selectable pressure level” and “ECO drive” apps. ECO drive reduces compressed-air consumption to the required minimum level, provided that no pressing or holding forces are needed in the end position. Depending on the application, this functionality enables savings of up to 70% compared with standard operations. Lower costs and complexity The Festo Motion Terminal permits both fast and powerful movements, as well as leakage diagnostics, at much lower costs than current set-ups. For example, fewer controllers are necessary in comparison with electric solutions, since 22 | Industry EMEA | November 2019

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NEW FLAT BRUSHLESS MOTORS FROM DELTA LINE MEET ONGOING DRIVE FOR MINIATURIZATION

Delta Line 60BLW40 flat brushless motor, up to 120W in 60mm diameter. Delta Line 45BLW motors, available in 4 variants from 17W to 70W.

DELTA LINE, which offers Europe’s most unique distribution platform for motion control solutions from world-leading brands, is making available the Fulling BLW range of compact, flat brushless motors, which extend from 20 to 90mm in diameter. The BLW series has been developed to meet the need for motion control solutions in ever-smaller packages.

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iniaturization without any compromise in performance; this is the challenge that DELTA LINE and Fulling are dedicated to solving with the introduction of the BLW series. Robotics, healthcare, laboratory equipment, agriculture, textiles – almost all markets and applications are driven by requirements to increase power in a smaller working envelope. In such an environment, a full range of outer-rotor flat brushless motors has been developed, offering continuous power output from 3 to 130W.

A multipolar outer-rotor design enables BLW-series motors to reach up to 0.46Nm of continuous torque (90mm diameter variant), making them perfectly adapted to applications where power density is the most important selection criteria. The full range of BLW flat brushless motors from DELTA LINE (which is a shareholder in Fulling) currently comprises eight models in 20, 32, 45, 60 and 90mm diameter, although this is expected to expand in the coming months. As well as their unparalleled power density, BLW flat brushless motors add significant value to robotics application with a lower torque ripple than conventional motors thanks to their high number of poles and outer rotor design. DELTA LINE is offering the full range of eight BLW-series motors. The smallest motor in the range is the 20BLW14, a 20mm diameter unit featuring a length of 14mm, a rated torque of 7.5mNm and 3W rated power. At the other extent of the series is the 90BLW27, a 90mm diameter motor with

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Full range or DELTA LINE flat brushless motors, from 20 to 90mm.

a length of 27mm, a rated torque of 460mNm and a rated power of 130W. Standard configurations available from DELTA LINE include several coils to match speed and voltage requirements, while hall sensors also feature. In addition, certain customized specifications can be requested, such as coil variations and mechanical interface modifications, along with a customer-specific cover to increase protection (up to IP54) or integrated electronics. Although BLW series motors are an excellent choice for direct-drive applications, all Fulling BLW motors can be coupled to the wide range of class-leading gearboxes listed in DELTA LINE’s comprehensive portfolio. www.delta-line.com

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ELECTROCRAFT EXPANDS THE COMPLETEPOWER™ PLUS FAMILY OF DC MOTOR DRIVES

ElectroCraft, Inc., the global fractional horsepower motor and motion solutions provider, has expanded its DC motor drive lineup for the CompletePower™ Plus Universal Drive and PRO-Series.

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he CompletePower™ Plus Universal Drive combined with ElectroCraft CompleteArchitect™ configuration software takes performance, efficiency and flexibility to the next level, utilizing state-of-the-art digital drive technology combined with an intuitive and highly configurable user interface. Perfect for a wide range of applications, the Universal Drive offers multiple control methods including analog velocity, analog torque, or step & direction positioning, and is fully compatible with a wide range of motor architectures, including Brushless DC motors, PMDC Brush Motors, Open-Loop and Closed-Loop Stepper Motors. There are now four standard capacities in the model lineup, supporting 12 to 80 VDC motor windings and providing up to 24A continuous and 60A peak output current, while customized versions are also offered to meet large volume OEM requirements.

For applications that require more advanced control capabilities, ElectroCraft’s PRO Series is the answer. The PRO Series drives incorporate a fully programmable motion controller with built-in networking and are available in a variety of hardware configurations including stand-alone, PCB mount or as part of an integrated motor drive solution. Whether you are controlling a single drive or multiple drives in a networked system, configuration and programming is easy using ElectroCraft’s powerful MotionPRO Suite software. “ElectroCraft provides customers with some of the most powerful, flexible and easy to use DC motor drives available in the marketplace today”, said Scott Rohlfs, Global Director of Product Marketing. “Combined with our extensive range of motors, gear motors and linear actuators, ElectroCraft offers complete motion solutions for virtually any fractional horsepower application.” www.electrocraft.com

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ATTENTION: MAINTENANCE IS DUE!

The innovative Brady Inspection Timer can help save lives by clearly showing on machines, equipment and tools when maintenance is needed. Its LED lights grab the attention of users and maintenance professionals alike from a distance and help avoid the use of uninspected or worn out equipment. Time for maintenance Brady Corporation’s new Brady Inspection Timer clearly highlights when the next planned maintenance intervention is due. Versions are available that count down 7 days, 30 days and 365 days. Each version is equipped with a dark green, light green, yellow and flashing red LED light that indicate a recently inspected up to an uncertain equipment status. Easy and practical The Brady Inspection Timer can be applied directly to almost any machine, equipment or tool either with an adhesive, velcro, magnet, screw or zip ties. At the end of its predetermined inspection time interval, the tag can be reset until the 1 year+ tag battery is spent. A battery status indicator constantly shows how much power is left.

Save lives Opposed to other solutions, the Brady Inspection Timer’s coloured LED lights can be seen from a distance and actively draw attention from users and passers-by. Machines, equipment and tools with the Brady Inspection Timer are easy to spot and not likely to exceed their maintenance interval determined by laws, regulations or company policies. This allows the Brady Inspection Timer to optimally support maintenance interventions that save lives. www.brady.co.uk

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VERLINDE LAUNCHES A NEW RANGE OF CUTTING-EDGE ELECTRICAL CHAIN HOISTS: EUROCHAIN VX

Two years of technological design and alignment of market requirements with manufacturing capabilities have been invested by VERLINDE in the roll-out of its new range of EUROCHAIN VX electric hoists designed for loads of from 63 kg to 10,000 kg. These hoists reap the benefit of VERLINDE’s latest technological progress: innovative design coupled with improved toughness and power ensuring unfailing dependability.

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ERLINDE’s EUROCHAIN VX electric hoists are delivered with various devices as standard including an UP/ DOWN electrical safety limit switch, an IP55 hoist and travel motor, 2 buttons pendant for hook suspended hoist/manual trolley or 4 buttons pendant for hoist with electric trolley. Also offered as standard, a new suspender compatible with existing trolleys was designed to facilitate hoist installation. The reduction of “C” dimensions optimizes the height of lift, proposed as standard from 3m.

Design The dimensions of the lifting unit have been reduced to enable improved approach data of hook. The new chain bucket design has led to an innovative assembly in two parts that increases the hoist’s toughness and safety. These innovations fit in absolutely with the production environment. Toughness The travel limit switch is now tougher for operating in difficult environments. The hoist brake, too, has been optimized. Apart from upgraded operator safety, the improvements itemized above require only minimum servicing and less maintenance. Performances Many inhouse developments of the hoist motor have been achieved. Its operational characteristics now go further than those required by market standards. It is still more reliable and its lifespan has been lengthened. The flow of cooling air

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for the motor has been improved and overheat sensors are fitted as standard. The gear box is now more powerful: its operability has been optimized with a wider range of ratios to align it with a greater scope of customer applications and improved productivity. Torque limiter settings are now more precise in order to offer greater security to the structure of buildings in the event of excess weight. www.verlinde.com

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WITH NIDEC LEROY-SOMER, AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ CONSOLIDATES ITS ATTACHMENT TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND WINS EXPORT MARKETS

Meeting market expectations… keeping at the head of the pack of innovators in its field… always serving its customers better. To keep pace with its order book and pursue its development, the Ahlstrom Specialties plant at Saint-Séverin in Charente has recently been expanded. This allows it to play its part fully in the dynamics of its employment catchment area. The plant today comprises four complete manufacturing lines, and all four are comprehensively equipped with Nidec Leroy-Somer motors. Let us consider why.

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hlstrom-Munksjö produces fibre-based materials and special innovative and ecological papers. It is the leading industrial group in its field, with its HQ in Finland. The group employs 8000 members of staff and operates 45 production units in 14 countries.

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In France, its Saint-Séverin site (in the south of the Charente department) specialises in the production of parchment paper. The site is indeed the world leader in its field. Its main clients are principally to be found in the sectors of the food industry, electronics and aeronautics, offering rapidly expanding markets for this plant, which exports the world over.

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Giant-sized… To set the scene, picture a rectilinear machine, several meters wide, several meters high, and around 100 meters long. At one end of the machine you have a spool unwinder from which emerges a strip of paper two to three meters wide, and measuring just several tens of microns thick. This strip of paper then passes between hundreds of steel rollers, which convey the paper strip while ensuring that it remains at the correct tension right along the production line. As it zigzags through the machine, the paper strip covers a total distance of more than 200 meters, moving at a speed of several meters per second. Without going into detail in this article, suffice it to say that from the sheet being unwound at the start of the line to being wound onto a drum at the end of the line the paper travels, in the course of manufacture, at very high speed between the steel rollers (situated transversally the length of the machine) through 4 production stations aligned over


a distance of around 100 meters (coating, drying, finishing, winding). In this enormous machine, the transverse rollers serve to propel the paper strip and regulate its tension (it must not be torn) along a perfectly managed production run. … with real finesse Needless to say, the perfect synchronisation of the rotation of these rollers is one of the keys to success. The slightest unexpected speed deviation with a single one of these rollers would cause the paper strip in production to tear, with a major impact on the production costs. In short, to manufacture high-quality, hi-tech paper it takes finescale control, in the very heart of the machine while manufacturing progresses, of parameters such as humidity level and porosity. Just as important is to ensure the highest operational uniformity of the motors and geared motors involved in rotating the drive rollers.

And this is where Nidec Leroy-Somer comes in. It brings to the table, of course, the technical performance of its electromechanical drive solutions (in particular the CB3000 range of geared motors on the new, recently commissioned production line). Yet the engineers of Ahlstrom-Munksjö also selected this manufacturer for its reactivity. Of course, the reputation of its local partner, SEFI, the French distributor specialised in the field of power transmission, weighed significantly in its favour, with its well-established reputation in the factory environment, in dealings with new works & maintenance managers, and with production managers. It should also be pointed out that the efficiency of the Nidec Leroy-Somer Assembly Centre is recognised in the profession. The service proposed – which incidentally has no equivalent on the market – allows this manufacturer of electric motors and alternators to support its clients, partners and distributors with the service that the latter themselves provide daily to users.

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Maintaining control over your production facilities The Ahlstrom Specialties plant has chosen to design and manufacture its machines itself, and to draw on local players in this endeavour. “We take great care with the quality of our products and with controlling our costs,” explains Gérard Giry, Maintenance and Engineering Manager at Ahlstrom Specialties. He adds: “We need to have complete control over our production line.” As is the case in so many extremely specialised or sensitive fields, developing your machines on site is an efficient way of maintaining control over your

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10 N.m and 14,500 N.m, a power output ranging from 0.06 to 110 kW, reduction ratios of between 1.16 and 252, and high efficiency of between 95 and 98%. It should also be noted that these geared motors are reversible. This equipment is also appreciated for its quiet running.

Leroy-Somer has been able to demonstrate even more attentiveness to the express needs of its clients.” “The manufacturing of high-quality, hi-tech paper requires us being able to guarantee high precision in the automation systems, on the scale of our machines, combined with great finesse.”

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The paper manufacturing principles are well known. In the course of its production, a 2.5 m-wide strip of paper passes through four broad stages: coating, drying, finishing, rolling. This strip of paper goes through the various stages on its production line over a distance of around 100 meters. The paper sheet (200 meters long) enters this line at one end. An enormous roll of paper (weighing some 3 tonnes) is wound in at the other end (35 km of paper per drum). In all, it takes dozens of rotation axes that need to be controlled with the highest degree of finesse and synchronisation. The drive rollers (there are approximately 180 on the line) must all guarantee the same travel speed for the paper to prevent it tearing. About the technical solution Compabloc 3000 geared motors with parallel gears from Nidec Leroy-Somer are used to adapt the speed of the electric motor to that of the driven machine. The full range comprises 10 different sizes. Among the technical characteristics of this family of geared motors, the following in particular stand out: a rated output torque of between 22 | Industry EMEA | November 2019

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For more than a century, the manufacturer’s solutions have been present in every industry where energy needs to be produced and movement transmitted. Backed by this wealth of experience, the engineers and technicians of this French company provide innovative and reliable solutions for the most varied of applications. What is more, thanks to its design offices, it is able to work alongside its customers in the heart of their business from the earliest design stages of the applications and products. In this way, Nidec Leroy-Somer can adapt and customise its product ranges by incorporating the requirements of the customer specifications or processes (control, selfdiagnostic, communication, automation, monitoring, etc.), the requirements of the working environment (humidity, corrosion, high temperature, explosive atmospheres, etc.), the machine function constraints (handling, pumping, compression, ventilation, etc.), and the industrial standards and norms (chemicals, automotive, food, paper, naval industries, etc.). Nidec Leroy-Somer has developed new technologies for machine cooling, high speeds, electromagnetic compatibility, reduced noise and vibrations, surface treatment, mechanical resistance of materials, and the coating and insulation of windings, to constitute an incomparable wealth of solutions. www.leroy-somer.com www.ahlstrom-munksjo.com www.sefitransmission.fr


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NEW NSK BEARINGS FOR ROLLING MILLS OFFER LONG SERVICE LIFE

NSK’s new sealed four-row tapered roller bearing for work rolls in rolling mills.

NSK has developed its latest four-row tapered roller bearings for rolling mills to offer a number of classleading performance and environmental benefits. The work roll bearings use newly developed, waterresistant grease that is fully sealed into the confines of the bearing.

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ith the new bearings, service life is typically doubled in challenging conditions such as those where there is a high risk of water penetration. In addition, the sealed design means that grease consumption is far less than that exhibited by a conventional “open” bearing, while the risk of contaminating the environment is greatly reduced.

NSK’s new long-life, four-row, sealed tapered roller bearings with new AQGRD grease deliver on a primary demand of rolling mill applications: the requirement for work roll bearings that last. Rolling mills typically use pairs of work rolls to roll slabs of steel or other metals into specific shapes, such as sheets. This work is particularly demanding on the bearings, which have to bear heavy loads at high speeds and temperatures, and endure constant exposure to water sprays and metal particles.

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These severe operating conditions can lead to premature bearing failure due to flaws such as flaking. Flaking occurs when fatigue causes small pieces of bearing material to separate from the smooth surface of the raceway. This effect creates coarse regions that eventually make the bearing inoperable. The principal innovation designed to help combat such issues is the newly developed AQGRD water-resistant grease. Optimised grease composition creates a thicker oil film and protective layer between the raceway and rollers, inhibiting direct contact without lubrication, as well as preventing corrosion. Rust prevention is important as 22 | Industry EMEA | November 2019

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A working schematic of a rolling mill showing the work rolls and back-up rolls.

harmful defects such as flaking, which compromise bearing life, stem from areas of corrosion. Ultimately, longer service life reduces maintenance costs and increases operational efficiency. Moreover, since the bearings need less frequent replacement, they help to minimise carbon footprint and resource consumption. Aside from the long service life benefits, reduced material and energy consumption will also result in relation to the replacement cycles of conventional bearings, which in turn helps to lower CO2 emissions. Moving forward, NSK will continue developing and manufacturing products geared toward realising a sustainable society. www.nskeurope.com

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HIGH PRECISION REDEX RACK AND PINION DRIVES IN THE AERONAUTIC INDUSTRY

The Ecospeed F machining centers from Starrag have been used for the production of wing ribs and other aircraft structural components. Four slewing rings turn the 10-meter-long workpiece carrier by 90 ° with the component to be machined.

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or the high-precision manufacture of aircraft structural components, MSB GmbH & Co. KG has designed an XXL-size workpiece carrier system and swivel table. The system feeds aluminium blocks up to ten meters in length to a high-performance machining centre. The four synchronous drives of the swivel table were built using gear rim segments and precision planetary gearbox from Redex.

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Aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers are facing tough challenges to meet the airlines rapidly growing demand and to process their order backlog as efficiently as possible. An important step in the extremely complex process chain is the milling of the aluminium wing ribs on high-speed machining centres, which mill the rib structures out of the solid material at high speed and precision. In some cases, more than 95% of the material is removed.

Precise machining at high speed For this task, a well-known Chinese supplier to the aeronautic industry uses several Ecospeed 25100 type machining centres from Starrag Technology GmbH. These machining centres are equipped with a parallel kinematic machining head that enables highly dynamic five-axis simultaneous machining. The spindles run with a nominal power of 120 kW without interruption at 30,000 rpm in S1 mode. With an acceleration of 1 g on all five axes and jerk values of up to 200 m/s³, the linear axes also achieve very high dynamics. The supplier uses these machines for the production of wing ribs and other structural components for various aircraft models. The first three machining centres of this type were put into operation in Korea in 2009. They achieve a maximum cutting volume of up to 10,000 cm³/min and (to name just one example) are capable of transforming a 4-ton aluminium block into a 120 kg complex structural component in less than twenty hours. Rotary table for horizontal machining A typical characteristic of this type of machine is the horizontal machining of vertically positioned aluminium

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The synchronous rotary motion is controlled by servo motors and three-stage Redex planetary gears. A maximum torque of approximately 600,000 Nm is applied to the rotary axis. The KRP/KRPX series Redex gearboxes have been specially developed for use in high precision rack and pinion drives for machine tools.

blocks. One of the advantages of this, is that the numerous chips are automatically removed from the working area by gravity. To make this possible the aluminium blocks, which can be up to 10 meters long, are horizontally fit to a carrier pallet before to be swivel into a vertical position. In the latest Ecospeed 25100, now in operation at the aerospace supplier, the entire carrier system and swivel table for XXL-size workpieces were designed and manufactured by MSB GmbH & Co. KG in Bischofsheim/Rhön, Germany, on behalf of Starrag Technology GmbH: The workpiece carriers are 10,000 mm long with a width of 2,500 mm and a total weight of approx. 60,000 kg (incl. the workpiece). The pallet is clamped onto the carrier by hydraulics, fixed and rotated 90 ° for milling. This rotary movement has to be performed with great precision, because even slight irregularities of the movement along the carrier might introduce unacceptable tension into the final machined component.

This mechatronic solution not only required considerably less space but also has further advantages. Since there is no need for a hydraulic unit with piping and hoses to the consumers, there is no risk of leakage. In addition, the power and cooling requirements of electromechanical drives are significantly lower compared to hydraulics. The drive technology chosen by MSB is therefore not only compact and highly precise, but also clean, safe and energy efficient. Synchronous rotation with high precision The Redex engineers designed a swivel drive consisting of four individual gear rim segments. The rotary motion provided by servo motors is transmitted to the output pinion via a three-stage KRPX series planetary gear directly connected to the motor with a 310 ratio and a maximum output torque of 10,050 Nm. In total, a maximum torque of approximately 600,000 Nm has to be applied to the rotary axis.

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High-precision swivel drives: Mechatronics replaces hydraulics This requires a very high level of synchronicity of the four actuators mounted along the swivel table. Jürgen Enders, Managing Director of MSB: “We have already developed many similar systems. We have often implemented the swiveling movement with hydraulic cylinders. But this was out of the question for this project because the hydraulics

take up a lot of space and require a foundation with a substructure, when the user wanted to remain flexible. That’s why the designers opted for an electromechanical made with 4 gear segment driven by servo motors in association with compact three-stage planetary gearboxes. And Redex was chosen as the precision gearboxes manufacturer.”

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The CAD drawing shows how well the compact drive system fits into the surrounding construction.

which was also supplied by Redex. The gear rim with Modul 8 teeth are hardened and ground. KRPX: Designed for precision drives in the machine tool industry The KRP/KRPX series Redex gearboxes have been specially developed for use in high precision rack and pinion drives for machine tools. They are characterized by extreme positioning accuracy, which is ensured, for example, by a very precise tooth engagement on the gear rim segment. The very rigid gear design contributes to the precision of the entire drive system.

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In many cases, these gears (electrically braced against each other) are also used as twin drives for high-precision positioning drives, e.g. for portal milling machines or tool tables. Two further advantages for the application described here are the enclosed design of the housing, which prevents the penetration of chips, and the highly compact and cubic dimensions of the gearbox, which is mounted directly on the base frame of the swivel table without needing any additional mounting brackets. Conclusion: Good cooperation yields a perfect result The designers from MSB and Redex worked closely together on the development of the rotary table drive. Jürgen Enders, Managing director at MSB: “Redex closely helped us in the selection of the components and in the project planning.”

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In the meantime, the pallet system (including the rotary table) has been installed in China, together with the highspeed machining centre. The plant produces wing ribs with high productivity and precision and thus contributes to the rapid supply of high-quality structural components to customers in the aviation industry. MSB has also implemented large rotary tables with electromechanical rack and pinion drives from Redex in other similar projects. www.redex-group.com


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SECO TOOLS EXPANDS CW100 CERAMIC INSERT FAMILY FOR SECURE SUPERALLOY MACHINING

For manufacturers seeking solutions to unpredictable tool life and slow rough-machining speeds when working with heat-resistant superalloys (HRSA), Seco Tools has expanded its line of highly productive Secomax™ CW100 ceramic insert grades.

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eaturing new whisker-reinforced geometries, this round line of ceramic solutions offers superior performance for challenging aerospace and power generation applications involving Inconel 718, Hastalloy, Waspaloy, MAR, Nimonic, Rene, Udimet and other HRSAs.

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The CW100 grade expansion encompasses four new round insert formats with two geometries, E-01020 and T-01020, and four grooving insert geometries with widths of 3.175 mm (0.125”), 6.35 mm (0.25”) and 7.925 mm (0.312”). An aluminium-oxide-based grade with silicon-carbide whiskers (Al2O3-SiC), the Secomax™ CW100 grade not only boosts machining speeds in advanced HRSA materials, but it ensures stable and predictable tool life for the lowest possible cost per part thanks to the silicon-carbide whiskers, which use optimized micro geometries for the utmost in ceramic wear resistance and strength. www.secotools.com

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NEW SECO THREADING GRADE EXCELS IN CRITICAL PART APPLICATIONS

The advanced coating and tool geometry of the new TTP2050 threading insert grade from Seco Tools offers efficient, secure, stable performance, along with the effective chip control necessary to prevent threading chips from ruining critical parts in the final phases of production.

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he TTP2050 grade’s nano-laminate PVD coating, made from alternating layers of titanium aluminum nitride (TiAlN) and titanium silicon nitride (TiSiN), offers the extreme wear resistance required to machine cast irons, tool steels, stainless steels and other challenging steels. This chemistry exceeds the capabilities of the generalpurpose coatings often used in threading operations, while the TTP2050 grade’s tool geometry delivers performance reliability for increased productivity in those materials.

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The TTP2050 threading grade is available in 44 profiles with geometry -A, in 11 mm and 16 mm (0.433" and 0.650") sizes. The new grade comes in both internal and external threading for all standard, common thread profiles. For more information on the TTP2050 threading grade, please contact a local Seco representative or visit our TTP2050 threading grade product page. www.secotools.com


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DELTA DONATES LAPTOP COMPUTERS TO SERBIAN REFUGEE CAMPS

Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, announced that as part of its corporate social responsibility activities, it has donated 57 laptop computers to five refugee camps in Serbia.

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Mr. Dalip Sharma, President & Regional Head of Delta Electronics Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, said: “At Delta, everything we do is centred on protecting the environment. Of course, a better tomorrow is equally important to people who have been caught up in events beyond their control. We believe that we have a responsibility to help to improve their situation by providing them with the tools they need to open up new opportunities and improve their quality of life. That’s why we were so keen to help the refugees in Serbia by donating laptops to the sites, and we’re thrilled to hear they’re being used to help them in their quest for a better future that we all strive for.” www.delta-emea.com MORE INFORMATION

he donations have been made in cooperation with the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwanese international humanitarian and non-governmental organisation. The laptops enable refugees to maintain contact with their family and friends overseas and to stay up to date with local and global events. It also helps them to gain essential skills, like learning a new language or participating in online courses to further their education, thus helping them to prepare for a new life and career opportunities beyond the refugee sites. Delta began providing the laptops at the beginning of the year. In January, it donated 12 laptops to the Principovac refugee site. In March, it donated 15 laptops to the Kikinda and Sombor refugee sites, while in September, it donated 30 laptops to the Adasevci and Obrenovac sites. Delta was present onsite to ensure the successful installation of the laptops. To show its appreciation for Delta’s contribution to the refugees, a donation celebration was organised by the Tzu Chi Foundation to reflect its gratitude for Delta’s support.

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DELTA LAUNCHES COMPACT M70A SOLAR PV STRING INVERTER

77 kVA three-phase string inverter with six MPP trackers offers high yields and flexibility for groundmounted and commercial rooftop installations.

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elta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, today announced the launch of the new M70A string inverter in Europe. The M70A’s six MPP trackers help planners configure large, complex photovoltaic (PV) systems. They also boost output from arrays that experience partial shade. Compact dimensions (high power density of 750kW/m3@400V) make the M70A easy to transport and install. This new Delta inverter is targeted at commercial rooftop installations ranging from 70kW to as much as several MWs.

The M70A provides flexibility for both system engineering and building design. The 6 MPP trackers offer 3 pairs of connectors each to provide more options when arranging module strings. This way, planners can compensate for shading and complex roof geometries by allocating the MPP trackers accordingly. If two strings are attached per DC input, neither external string breakers nor fuses are required. The M70A is also merely one product within the comprehensive Delta portfolio of technologies for green buildings, opening the door to even more possibilities including completely self-sufficient buildings.

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“When companies or developers decide to construct a new building now, they frequently pursue some form of environmental certification,” said Eric Thorsrud, Marketing Manager PV Inverters BU, Delta EMEA. “The M70A is a great option for smart green buildings designed to achieve netzero certification, for instance.”

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The M70HV at a glance • 6 MPP trackers • 77 kVA maximum apparent power • 98.8% peak efficiency • Aluminum housing with IP65 protection for indoor or outdoor installation • iOS and Android App simplifies setup and operation • Individual string monitoring • Input voltage from 200 to 1000 V • integrated Type  2 AC & DC surge protection devices, optional Type 1 + 2 AC & DC SPDs • No electrolytic capacitors for service life of 20 years or more

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Additional advances include an I-V curve feature for PV curve recording, Q at Night to supply reactive power to the grid outside standard feed-in periods, and Anti-PID (potentialinduced degradation) to protect solar modules from the effects of voltage, heat and humidity.

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The M70A also ships with an RS485 interface and wireless communications. This connectivity allows operators to monitor their M70As from the MyDeltaSolar Cloud with a smartphone app. MyDeltaSolar Cloud is free of charge for the first 5 years. The M70A mounts upright on a roof or base on the ground. It can also mount to a wall with the included mounting brackets. 22 | Industry EMEA | November 2019

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WHITE PAPER 2- OR 3- BEAM PROTECTIVE SENSORS?

Multiple light beam safety devices are used for access guarding at machines and systems. The required arrangement for these protective devices is described in the harmonized standard EN ISO 13855, which replaced the previous version EN 999 in 2010.

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s introduction of EN ISO 13855 has resulted in changes to details, the question repeatedly arises as to whether 2-beam safety light barriers can still be used on new machines. For existing machines, the question is whether 2-beam systems have to be replaced by 3-beam systems. This document provides recommendations in this regard. When did en ISO 13855 come into effect? Harmonized standards are listed in the “Official Journal of the European Union”. EN ISO 13855:2010 has been listed there since November 2010 when it replaced the previous standard EN 999:1998.

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The table from EN 999 with the predefined combination of number of beams and beam height has been moved to informative appendix E of EN ISO 13855. Technically, the table is therefore no longer part of the standard. Why, according to en ISO13855, is a 2-beam protective device normally insufficient? A 2-beam system has a beam spacing of 500 mm. If, as specified in EN ISO 13855, crawling under is to be prevented, then the lower beam must be at a height of ≤ 300 mm. The upper beam is then at a height of ≤ 800 mm; at this height, however, stepping over is possible. If the device is installed in such a way that stepping over is prevented, then the upper beam must be at a height of ≥ 900 mm. The lower beam is then at a height of ≥ 400 mm, whereby crawling under is possible. In comparison, a 3-beam system automatically satisfies both conditions, as shown in the figure below. According to the standard, which areas of application are still possible for 2-beam systems? Informative appendix E of EN ISO 13855 (technically not part of the standard) contains the following note: “A beam height of ≤ 400 mm for the bottom beam [see also 6.2.2.a] may be used only if the risk assessment permits this.” In each


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directive, therefore, there is technically no obligation to refer to or comply with a standard such as EN ISO 13855. However, compliance with harmonized standards offers legal benefits. individual case, the user must therefore be able to argue on the basis of the respective risk assessment, why a 2-beam protective device is sufficient at the location concerned. It is false to expect that EN ISO 13855 will provide any form of supporting argument. How important are the requirements of type C standards? Type C standards each apply to specific machine types and are not transferable to other machine types. Type C standards have priority over type B standards, like EN ISO 13855. In the case of content-related deviations between type B and type C standards, the content of the type C standard applies, even if the most recent type C standard does not reflect the current state of the art. Type C standards too are revised at regular intervals, which generally means that changes to the current content of type B standards are to be expected.

Summary JJ Since 2010 (EN ISO 13855), 2-beam safety light barriers no longer correspond to the state of the art. They should be used or continue to be used only if the risk assessment, the hazard assessment or the most recent type C standard for the used machine type permits this. www.leuze.co.uk

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For manufacturers and integrators What requirements result from the European machinery directive? The machinery directive 2006/42/EC sets out the following requirements in Appendix I Sect. 1: The manufacturer of a machine or the manufacturer’s authorized representative shall ensure that a risk assessment is carried out in order to determine the health protection and safety requirements applicable for the machine. The machine must then be designed and constructed taking the results of the risk assessment into consideration. According to the machinery

For operating companies What requirements result from the European Use of Work Equipment directive 2009/104/EC? According to the Use of Work Equipment directive, employers are obliged to provide safe work equipment. For this purpose, the hazards posed by the work equipment must be assessed at regular intervals. If the assessment identifies a hazard, the protective measures must be adapted accordingly. Conversion from a 2-beam safety light barrier to a 3-beam safety light barrier is therefore necessary if the result of the hazard assessment indicates this.

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ADVANTECH UNVEILS 1U DESKTOP SYSTEM EPC-T2286

Advantech, a leading embedded computing solution provider, announced the release of its latest new 1U THIN barebone system with 8th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors up to 65W TDP – EPC-T2286.

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his system supports Intel® 8th generation Core™ i7/ i5/i3 processors which bring enhanced performance over previous generations with up to six CPU cores and Intel’s 9th generation graphics engine. EPC-T2286 powers up to two independently operated 60 Hz 4K displays via DisplayPort or HDMI and supports Wall/VESA/rack mounting for flexible easy installation.

THIN Design w/Desktop CPU for Space-limited Applications The compact 1U height EPC-T2286 is just 250 x  44.2 x  225  mm. It offers the high processing capability of a desktop CPU with up to six CPU cores and Intel® 8th Core™ i7/i5/i3 and Pentium/Celeron® processors to deliver high computing power and graphic performance. The Intel® H310 Express chipset supports Dual Channel DDR4 2666MHz memory (up to 32GB) in two SODIMM slots. Features include integrated Intel® Gen 9 graphics (Display Port, HDMI), triple gigabit Ethernet w/EtherCAT capability, 6 x serial ports (2x RS-232/422/485 by BOM option), and ESD level 4 protection compliance. All these features make EPC-T2286 well suited to kiosk or automation applications needing a compact 1U height chassis. Easy to Install, Connect, and Maintain To fulfill space limited kiosk or automation application requirements, the 1U THIN  EPC-T2286 offers different mounting kits for installation into various cabinets and spaces. EPC-T2286 has 6 x COM ports, 8 x USB ports, DP, and HDMI which allows it to easily connect to RFID readers, thermal printers, Key PAD, touch screens, 4k displays and so

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on. SI or tool machine builders can easily integrate the whole system and shorten their time to market. Furthermore, the ESD level 4 (contact 8kv and air 15kv) design offers better ESD protection for automation applications operating in harsh environments. EPC-T2286 is a modular system and provides ease of maintenance in the field. Remote management & monitoring for IoT Applications A core advantage of EPC-T2286 is that it comes equipped with Advantech’s WISE-PaaS/DeviceOn software solution designed to simplify IoT application integration. WISE-PaaS/ DeviceOn is an IoT device management software platform which includes remote device, monitor, control, event management, system management, and software overthe-air update. WISE-PaaS/DeviceOn not only helps create new web services but also helps to integrate functions and data with its powerful management tools. WISE-PaaS highly enhances connectivity for hardware, software, devices and sensors, and helps customers to transform their business to include IoT cloud services.

EPC-T2286 Desktop System Features • THIN design only 1U in height • The latest 8th generation Intel® Core™ i/Pentium/Celeron processors up to 65W TDP • Intel® Gfx supports DX11.1, OpenCL 2.1, OpenGL 5.0. • Supports dual displays: HDMI1.4, DisplayPort1.2 • Quick, easy installation of additional peripherals • ESD level 4 protection • Supports Wall/VESA/Rack mounting Kit • Lockable type DC power jack. EPC-T2286 series is available for order now. www.advantech.eu

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LEMO LAUNCHES A 1000 BASE T1- SINGLE PAIR ETHERNET (SPE) PUSH-PULL CONNECTOR

Based on transmission standards (IEEE 802.3), single-pair Ethernet (also called SPE or 1000Base-T1) is integrated into new generations of automobiles.

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000Base-T1 is designed to operate over a single twistedpair copper cable supporting an effective data rate of 1 Gbit/sec in each direction simultaneously. LEMO provides two types of insulators 0B.511 (2 contacts) and 1B.512 (4 contacts + screen) compatible with Unshielded

Twisted Pair (UTP) and Shielded Twisted Pairs (STP). The new product is available in the B series and also in a watertight version - the T series connector. The connectors are initially designed for automotive and industrial data transfer. The role of SPE is also to gain space and weight (with a simpler cable) and can be used in other markets such as machine, robotics and rail technology.

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INTELLIGENT POSITION MEASURING SYSTEM FOR ABSOLUTE LINEAR FEEDBACK

With their BMP series Balluff has added a new intelligent displacement sensor which provides not only the absolute position signal for the stroke travel of a piston via IO-Link but also information about the sensor status and the current ambient conditions.

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t monitors for example the sensor temperature, the number of starts and issues warnings when a configurable limit value is violated. An internal counter continuously monitors the operating hours over the entire life of the sensor, both since the last service and the last start-up. This makes it possible to plan for a possible needed replacement at the next service interval.

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The integrated IO-Link interface also offers flexibility; it enables for example fast format changes thanks to timesaving parameterization functions. This magnetic, noncontact and wear-free sensor continuously detects the absolute position of a piston, is compatible with virtually all cylinder types and is quickly installed. Preferred applications include those where the exact execution of a defined piston stroke is essential for the process and product quality, for example in assembly, handling and factory automation. www.balluff.com

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FISCHER FREEDOM’S MAJOR EXTENSIONS ENABLE VERSATILE INNOVATIONS IN CONNECTIVITY

Nine new products now add to the capability of the Fischer Freedom™ Series to serve as a technology platform in connectivity setting new standards in usability, integration capability and versatility. An innovation enabler in application design, particularly in terms of SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) requirements, cable management optimization, electronic network integration and wearable technology.

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Fischer Freedom™ enables design engineers to integrate more technology and functionality into fixed or wearable ecosystems and cable-free devices in markets such as: defense & security, medical, instrumentation, industrial and civil engineering, robotics, wearables, the Internet of Things (IoT), etc.

• No key code and non-magnetic quick-release locking for easy 360° mating • Membrane-sealed contacts for easy cleaning • Easy integration thanks to low-profile design and ergonomics

The new USB 2.0 adaptor, LED and flash drive have the Fischer LP360™ panel plug directly integrated into their housing. This opens up new development pathways for innovative active solutions integrated into electronic networks where power source and communications are centralized within shared data & power buses and hubs. As for the new cabled receptacle in metal with 7 signal and power contacts, it is a ready-to-use solution that also maximizes the usability, operability and functionality of robotic systems or smart vests into which it can easily be integrated. These solutions are ideally used in applications for portable and body-worn “wearables”, among others,

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he new features, new configurations, new materials and new active devices, commercially available as of September 2019, use the versatile and modular connectivity technology of the Fischer LP360™ connector, the first product of the plug & use Fischer Freedom™ Series launched in 2018 (cf. top of photo below):

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NEWS NEW Fischer LP360™ products. Size 14 (7 signal & power contacts): cabled receptacle (1) and panel plug (2); active devices: USB 2.0 adaptor (3), LED (4), Rugged Flash Drive (5). Size 08 (4 signal & power contacts) in plastic (high-end composite based on PEEK) with cabled plug (6) and panel receptacle (7); in metal with panel receptacle (8) and panel plug (9).

for the so-called “connected human” – a huge trend in the connectivity sector –, as well as in IoT applications. Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO Jonathan Brossard says: “Fischer Freedom™ is more than a traditional connector product line. It is a real technology platform which also enables innovations in active solutions with the goal, among others, to maximize the usability, interoperability and multifunctionality of electronic devices and ecosystems. I’m extremely proud that our Product Development and R&D teams have been able to launch such a variety of new products at the same time. They demonstrate our capacity to deliver reliable and versatile connectivity solutions that create innovation synergies in diverse markets.”

The new extensions of Fischer Freedom™ will be unveiled as a world premiere at the Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) tradeshow in London, UK (10-13 Sept.) and at the All About Automation tradeshow in Leipzig, Germany (11-12 Sept.). • Fischer Freedom™: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/ en/fischer-freedomtm-series • Fischer LP360™ : www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/ products/lp360tm MORE INFORMATION

Fischer Connectors’ R&D Director Jérôme Dabonneville adds: “Fischer Freedom™ is instrumental in making our customers’ lives easier. Its plug & use technology is not only an innovation enabler and accelerator in terms of connectivity and device development. It also allows what we call a ‘connectivity by design’ process. Connectivity design can (and should) take place upstream in the device design process, not downstream. With this new versatile and modular technology at hand, our customers – mainly design engineers and integrators – can now design their devices from the outset. The new product extensions widen the choice of solutions out of their engineering toolkit.”

Fischer Freedom™ was launched in June 2018 by Fischer Connectors, the global provider of ultra-reliable and highperformance connectivity solutions, to offer a breakthrough plug & use technology. Thanks to the patent-pending technological innovations in mating, locking and materials, of its first product, the Fischer LP360™ 7-pin connector, the connectivity solution has received four awards in one year, and has been recognized as being able “to change the way connectivity is done”, as a LEAP award judge commented.

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NEW BACKSHELL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

The One Arm Composite Backshell developed by SUNBANK is specifically designed to offer a robust and unique performance in terms of reliability and functionality for defense, aerospace and other harsh environment applications.

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ur design team took into consideration different scenarios and needs for protecting cable connections from damage and providing better strain relief. The One Arm backshell family comes in 3 types of configurations, Straight, 45 °, and 90 °. It is designed to satisfy requirements for all sizes of MIL-DTL-38999 Series I, II, and III connectors.

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The One Arm does not only provide unique support and strain relief to open wire bundles, it also offers a reliable grounding option with its solderable ground lug. Due to its flexibility, this new product can also support different plating combinations to suit the needs required for specific applications.

The One Arm is also designed to be economically costeffective but highly reliable, with high grade thermoplastic materials intended for critical applications and environments, especially on military and commercial EWIS applications that require weight per part savings, corrosion resistance and electromagnetic interference protection. The One Arm has many advantages compared to its die casted metallic counterpart. The composite families use high grade engineered thermoplastic and are not prone to electromagnetic disturbance, “stealth ability”, and are stronger in terms of vibrations due to less harmonic resonance because of the weight reduction (40% lesser compared to Aluminum). The weight savings of the backshell will have a positive impact on the total weight of the electrical system and contribute to fuel savings and a lighter environmental footprint per aircraft. The development of One Arm technology also provides the benefits of detent self-locking, a ratcheting coupling ring using non-corrosive clips located within. The audible ratcheting noise during the installation process guarantees correct engagement. www.souriau.com

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RVPX-VITA CONNECTORS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN EUROPE THROUGH AMPHENOL SOCAPEX

Following Amphenol Aerospace & TE connectivity cross-licensing agreement in 2017, Amphenol SOCAPEX is announcing today the distribution of the R-VPX connectors in Europe.

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hese connectors are intermateable and intermountable with any VITA 46 qualified connectors. In 2017, Amphenol and TE signed a cross-licensing agreement, providing the industry with at least two qualified suppliers for these high-speed, board-to-board connectors. Amphenol’s R-VPX Ruggedized VITA 46 connectors offer data exchange rates in excess to 10Gbps, which meet and exceed the VITA 46 standards while offering modularity, flexibility and customized wafer-loading patterns.

There are many commercial and military applications for these connectors. This includes applications for ground defense, missile defense, avionics, C4ISR, and space systems with over 10 Gbps data rates. “This is a great connector to bring under the Amphenol SOCAPEX product offering in order to respond better to the needs of the military & aerospace markets. The R-VPX range enlarges our core offering and further defines our footprint in board level products.” added Matthieu Ardonceau, Amphenol SOCAPEX Aerospace Business Division Director.

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R-VPX is a part of the VITA range of connectors provided in Europe by Amphenol Socapex. These connectors can support Ethernet, Fiber Channel, InfiniBand, and other highspeed protocols. The connectors can be combined side-byside on boards with high power modules, RF modules and optical modules.

“The R-VPX is ruggedized and compliant with VITA 46. It is also commercial grade, off the shelf also known as COTS with high density and speed. The R-VPX can be used in computing systems that are for 3U and 6U VPX slot profiles.” said Guillaume Montessuit, Amphenol SOCAPEX Product Manager for Board Level Products.

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INNOVATION AND AGILITY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN: ECO-RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTIVITY

Today, most companies are seeking to move towards sustainable and ecologically responsible development, but in general these transformations are costly and even reduce their profitability. However, SOURIAU represents an exception to this rule, celebrating in 2019 the first anniversary of a major logistical change.

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Logistical agility SOURIAU has been partnering with Dachser’s Vendée agency for more than 15 years, an international provider of transport and logistics solutions, for the transport of parts and components between its sites in Sarthe and Morocco. Since April 2018, the two companies have been developing new business models to allow them to save costs and time and make gains in productivity. It is thanks to this close partnership between these two actors that the idea of sharing trailer space, while increasing the rotation frequency, was born. The concept is simple: co-loading goods for several customers in the same trailer to Morocco optimizes the fill rate, which reduces the cost to customers, and has allowed the carrier to offer these extra departures to other customers to reduce the free capacity.

“In the past, we had a dedicated van that used to go back and forth. Then we gradually started to try out co-loading with one, then two rotations per week,” explains Sylvain GUITTET, logistics manager at SOURIAU-SUNBANK. “But the average waiting time between each departure was 84 hours, it was too long for us. In the spirit of lean, we were looking for solutions to improve the smoothness of the flow and increase reliability.” A local partnership The proximity between the two actors and their cooperation over the past 15 years have encouraged them to work together to improve the current service. After a series of negotiations, they agreed on a plan with 4 departures per week instead of 2, with an extended transport time of 60 to 72 hours. For SOURIAU the advantages are considerable. Apart from a reduction in the waiting time between each departure of almost 2 days, reliability is high with more than 98% of loads delivered on time. Considering any delays which impacts the production lines can quickly generate significant

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financial losses, better reliability even if lead times are longer is preferable to the opposite situation. The results This initiative has reduced the waiting times between each departure to an average of 42 hours, a 50% reduction, which optimizes manufacturing lead times. Smoothing activity at both sites also optimizes staff time during loading and unloading. With 2 departures per week, loading and unloading generated sustained peaks of activity, with slumps in activity in between. A more moderate and smoother work intensity improves the safety and reliability of employees. This innovative and agile transformation of logistics delivers significant benefits for both the carrier and the customer, as well as for the environment. www.souriau.com

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Industry EMEA | 22 - November 2019  

Industry EMEA is the magazine for Europe, Middle East and Africa technical engineers. Presents product news and the latest business for the...

Industry EMEA | 22 - November 2019  

Industry EMEA is the magazine for Europe, Middle East and Africa technical engineers. Presents product news and the latest business for the...