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THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT
Mitsubishi Electric specialises in practical R&D, where everyone can appreciate the benefits.
Mitsubishi Electric invests substantial amounts of time and resources in R&D activities to develop future technologies and products.
ome discoveries and innovations are incorporated subtly over many years, while others lead to radical new breakthroughs that disrupt existing markets. But what of today? What new technologies are available right now that can help advance the manufacturing operations of 2018? This article examines some recent developments of the R&D teams at Mitsubishi Electric, such as a high-performance database that can reduce data storage space by 98.5%, a huge benefit in a manufacturing age increasingly driven by process data collection and analysis. Another exciting development is a concept able to miniaturise the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to the point that individual devices can benefit from AI and local ‘deep learning’ processes. The future is bright indeed.
Data storage in the IoT Among the overlooked challenges of the Internet of Things (IoT) is the large amount of captured data that has to be stored somewhere. Over the years industry has seen megabytes run into gigabytes, and gigabytes turn into terabytes. And it will not be long before engineers are routinely talking about petabytes, exabytes and zettabytes. 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
One issue with this rapidly expanding data capacity is the cost for storage, back-up and keeping it available 24/7. To imagine the scale of the challenge, consider how many sensors, data points and memory stores there are in a typical factory. A single production line can have thousands of sensors, each one generating a data reading every 100ms or less. Over a couple of years, this could add up to hundreds of terabytes of data. Multiply this figure by the number of production lines – and sites – and it is not long before a hefty monthly bill starts arriving from the cloud provider simply for storing data. With the aim of addressing this issue, Mitsubishi Electric R&D has developed a high-performance database with the ability to reduce the required storage space by 98.5%. Significantly, because the volume is reduced, the load time for the database is also decreased by around 98%, which in turn means the search time reduces accordingly. All of these results can be achieved using a standard 2-CPU server with 4GB of main memory, an outcome that emphasises practical R&D at its best, where everyone can appreciate the benefit.
Mitsubishi Electric’s ‘Maisart’ means that individual devices can benefit from AI and local deep learning processes.
96.7% faster, which means this technology can be applied to faster and more demanding tasks.
Vision-guided robots are a recent example of where Mitsubishi Electric R&D has made a significant contribution to advancing real-life industrial operations.
Artificial intelligence gets real From blockbuster movies to the doom-laden predictions of sci-fi writers, AI is both scary and hugely exciting. Much of what has materialised to date has been impressive, but of little practical benefit, primarily because of two key issues. The first is the tethering of a super computer: if industry really needs that much computing power, it is hard to see how AI will be usable. The second is the realisation that AI, just like a human baby, needs to be taught or shown how to learn some basic rules around the task at hand.
In the past, deep learning algorithms were expensive and IT-heavy. However, the new automated deep learning technology from Mitsubishi Electric is a world first and critical to future AI deployment without relying on expert knowledge. In fact, the training element of the AI is now
Proven track record Of course, Mitsubishi Electric has registered many notable technological breakthroughs over the years. Take interactive vision-guided robots in the postal industry, for example. The surge in global parcel traffic has been spurred in recent times by the success of online retail giants such as Amazon. Here, the desire for total automation has been a long-held goal. However, the main challenge has been devising a robot capable of picking a seemingly infinite number of different package sizes and shapes. With this issue in mind, the Amazon Picking Challenge was born, whereby robots are tasked with picking a wide variety of small, large, soft, hard, fragile, robust, light and heavy products – and placing them in a packing carton without mis-picking or damaging the goods. Mitsubishi Electric’s MELFA 3D vision for robots proved to be an essential enabler of this process, allowing the robot to ‘see’ what it wants to pick. The system can even enable robots to quickly and reliably pick products that are dispersed randomly in a pick bin. In 2014, this particular Mitsubishi technology won a coveted R&D100 award. This example, like many others of yesterday, today and tomorrow, means that Mitsubishi Electric R&D successes not only lead the world in terms of technology, but deliver real benefits and create new automation solutions for a brighter future. Moving forward, industry expects an enhanced human, machine and AI environment that will deliver many positive benefits for all concerned. Imagination, it would appear, is the only limitation.
To turn AI into a practical solution for today, Mitsubishi Electric R&D has been focused on both of these key issues. The result is Maisart (Mitsubishi Electric’s AI creates the Stateof-the-ART in technology). Maisart has miniaturised the AI algorithm to the point where it can be deployed on a single chip embedded in other products. This capability means that individual devices can benefit from AI and local ‘deep learning’ processes, while AI located in cloud environments can be used to co-ordinate between those devices. Think of it as applying AI on a scalable base: machine to line; line to factory; factory to enterprise.
In a manufacturing environment, for example, robots could be learning new tasks in minutes rather than being taught manually over many hours, simply because the number of trial operations and calculations can be reduced by 98% or more. Maisart-based FA solutions will soon become increasingly common, as will AI deployment in everyday products such as air conditioners and other increasingly intelligent appliances.
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FISCHER CONNECTORS DEMONSTRATES ITS LONGTERM VISION FOR CONNECTIVITY WITH BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGICAL PARTNERSHIPS AND CROSS-MARKET CUSTOMER APPLICATIONS AT ELECTRONICA
Fischer Connectors, the global provider of ultra-reliable and high-performance connectivity solutions, continues to push the boundaries of innovation in rugged miniaturization, high-speed data transmission, sealing, wearability and the Internet of Things (IoT).
t the biennial tradeshow Electronica (Munich, 13-16 Nov. 2018), the company showcases on booth no. 219 (hall B2) how it is reimagining connectivity with its customers thanks to a breakthrough and forward-looking technological partnerships with Wearable Technologies Ltd. and SolarStratos, as well as cross-market customer applications in the medical, security, industrial, unmanned vehicles, marine and miniature computing fields.
Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO, explains: “The electronics world is changing at an incredible speed, and the connectivity solutions that make electronic ecosystems work efficiently, reliably and safely are instrumental in driving the technological innovations that shape our world. Our long-term vision for connectivity is based on our sense of responsibility as a global provider of pioneering and ultra-reliable connectivity solutions that are easy to use and to integrate into our customers’ devices. We are showcasing at Electronica examples of how Fischer Connectors has helped turn ambitious ideas into solutions that shape the future.”
In addition to an array of assembled and integrated solutions used in customer devices for a wide range of high-tech industries, visitors of Fischer Connectors’ booth can discover some of the most innovative applications on the market today engineered to meet wearability and IoT as well as high-speed data transmission requirements—two of the hottest trends in the electronics industry. 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
The uniqueness of Wearable Technologies Ltd’s smart worker platform is their dashboard which provides real-time, historic and predictive analytics data from a multitude of applications for a specified workforce in the field. Fischer Connectors’ solution plays a key role in this platform as its Freedom connectors are directly integrated into a wide range of small and costeffective portable and body-worn sensor devices that can be plugged directly on the worker’s garment.
The entire product portfolio of Fischer Connectors showcased at Electronica includes two of the company’s newest and most innovative solutions in these fields: the breakthrough plug & use Fischer FreedomTM Series launched last June, and the new configurations of the ultra-miniature signal & power Fischer MiniMaxTM Series compliant with the latest data protocols USB 3.0, Ethernet and HDMI. Visitors can also talk to Fischer Connectors’technological partners who will be joining them on the booth showcasing their pioneering work in:
Vision and innovation come with clear communications and insights: • Attendees to the electronica Embedded Platforms Conference (eEPC) can learn more about connectivity trends in the presentation given by Fischer Connectors’ Research & Innovation Manager Jean-Marie Buchilly: - “Connectivity industry: a key innovation driver in the wearability of electronic devices and in the Internet of Things,” Thursday 15 Nov., 10:20-11:00, ICM—International Congress Center • At the Electrical Connectors’ Forum, Fischer Connectors USA’s National Sales Manager David Ptacek will explain how the technological innovations brought by the breakthrough plug & use Fischer FreedomTM Series facilitate integration, maximize usability and optimize cable management for a wide variety of applications, especially for portable and body-worn ones and smart garments for industrial workers.
• The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and wearable solutions with Mark Bernstein, CEO of Wearable Technologies Ltd (WTL) from the UK. WTL’s connected smart worker platform uses the plug & use Fischer FreedomTM Series in smart garments for industrial workers. These garments have an array of sensors and devices that enable real-time monitoring and data analysis of multiple workers’ health, well-being, and exposure to potential hazards and dangers, such as noise, gas, vibration, proximity, plus biometrics sensors, as well as radios, GPS, etc. The data is collected centrally and sent to their dashboard which displays data from all specified workers simultaneously and in real-time. WTL will be running continuously, live demos of its IIoT smart worker ecosystem and dashboard on the booth.
• Electrical solar aviation with Raphaël Domjan, founder and pilot of SolarStratos. Fischer Connectors is an official partner and proud provider of the mission-critical connectivity solutions for this Swiss project which aims to shape the future of solar-powered aviation by sending the first manned solar plane to the stratosphere. SolarStratos will organize daily live demos of its flight simulator on the booth.
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Fischer Connectors is an official partner of “SolarStratos, To the Edge of Space”.
Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors Group's CEO and EY Switzerland’s Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 finalist in the Family Business category.
Mark Bernstein, CEO of Wearable Technologies Ltd.
Raphaël Domjan, founder and pilot of SolarStratos.
- “Breakthrough connectivity innovations for wearable, smart garments and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)”, Thursday 15 Nov., 16:30-17:00, Hall C2.209
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Jean-Marie Buchilly, Fischer Connectors’ Research & Innovation Manager and speaker at the electronica Embedded Platforms Conference (eEPC) on “Connectivity industry: a key innovation driver in the wearability of electronic devices and in the Internet of Things”.
David Ptacek, Fischer Connectors USA’s National Sales Manager and speaker at the Electrical Connectors’ Forum on “Breakthrough connectivity innovations for wearables, smart garments and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things”.
KEYENCE ANNOUNCES NEW CLAMP-ON MICRO FLOW SENSOR
KEYENCE Corporation of America has released a new Clamp-On Micro Flow Sensor to add to the already impressive lineup of clamp-on flow devices. The FD-X Series is a solution for numerous applications where monitoring liquid flow is problematic or currently not possible. Utilize Everywhere The FD-X Series can be used with any liquid such as water, oil, lubricants, chemicals, grease, adhesives, FIPG, etc. Viscous and corrosive liquids are not an issue either. Easily clamp-on to the outside of nearly any rigid pipe or flexible tube, regardless of material. The FD-X Series achieves an IP68G rating and is housed in a chemical resistant, carbon fiber reinforced body. Hassle-Free Design Unlike mechanical or coriolis type meters, risks of clogging or pressure loss are completely eliminated with the new FD-X Series. The easy clamp-on design also eliminates the need for maintenance since the unit does not come in contact with the liquid it is detecting.
Unmatched Detection With a range of monitoring options, the FD-X Series is extremely versatile for all types of applications. Monitor instantaneous flow, accumulated flow, and even shot/ dispensing applications. Micro and low-flow detection down to a drop is now possible, all while maintaining impressive repeatability. The FD-X Series once again proves how innovative KEYENCE is with a product that will solve the toughest flow applications with a simple design and set-up. See more on the FD-X Series now: www.keyence.com/fdxpr MORE INFORMATION 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
GAS-TIGHT BLOWERS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHODS
Figure 1: Compact gas-tight Becker VASF 1.50 side channel blower with integrated frequency converter.
Figure 2: For greater inert gas volumes: Gas-tight Becker Variair SV 300 side channel blower.
In selective laser melting (SLM) a stable inert gas atmosphere must be ensured within the built chamber of the machine. A specified temperature range is also essential. Only under these conditions can high quality components be produced. It is further necessary to remove metal splash and smoke developing during the melting process.
t formnext (Hall 3.0, stand H 69) Gebr. Becker GmbH will be presenting two blower types developed precisely for these and similar applications. The key difference to other series is the gas-tight design which permits the precise control of the gas flow as well as the removal of contamination from the process. In combination with also gas-tight heat exchangers from the programme of Gebr. Becker they also create the conditions for an exact temperature control of the additive manufacturing process.
For plants with a small built chamber the gas-tight and speed-controlled VASF side channel blowers of size 1.50 are ideal (figure 1). They are of a highly compact construction and can be easily integrated in the plants, enabling the flow management of the inert gas in the closed circuit and low energy operation as required.
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For larger plants in additive manufacturing and the correspondingly higher volume flows of inert gas the gas-tight side channel blower VARIAIR SV 300 is used (figure 2). Here too, the speed-controlled energy-efficient drive enables the delivery rate to be adapted to the actual requirements. Both blowers are designed for 24/7 industrial operation and proven worldwide in numerous demanding applications. Due to their gas-tight design they are suitable for the requirements of additive manufacturing in high-grade atmospheres. www.becker-international.com
MASCOT INTRODUCES ULTRA-VERSATILE QUALITY CHARGER MODEL 3743 FOR LEAD-ACID AND LITHIUM BATTERIES, INCLUDING LI-ION AND LITHIUM TITANATE Intelligent microcontroller with smart charge logic maximizes battery performance and even charges deeply discharged batteries for a wide range of battery chemistries.
orwegian power design expert Mascot AS introduces its versatile high-quality, high-performance battery charger, the new model 3743. It uses a 3-stage charging profile with a microcontroller to maximize battery performance for a wide range of battery chemistries, including Lead-Acid and Lithium. The new charger is also capable of waking up deeply discharged batteries and soft-start charging with low current until the voltage is normalized. It is well suited for a wide variety of applications from medical to consumers; owners of the new 3743 charger will enjoy optimized uptime and turnaround for battery-powered equipment. The 3743 is medically certified according to EN 60601-1 edition 3.1. It is also UL-approved and meets the latest DoE and CEC efficiency requirements. Five standard versions are initially available for charging Li-Ion batteries from 1 cell (1.5A/4.2V) to 7 cells (0.56A/29.4V) and 12V and 24V lead acid batteries. More voltage versions and other battery chemistries to come.
Key technical specifications of the 3743: • Power rating: 6W (1-cell) to18W (14-cell charger) • No load consumption less than 0,5W • AC input voltage range: 90-264Vac • Wake up and low-current start-up of deeply discharged batteries • NTC input for battery temperature management on request • Error indication: wrong polarity and battery voltage, short circuit and safety timer • Approvals: Medically certified EN60601-1 edition 3.1. UL approved • Weight: 150g • Dimensions: 108,5 mm x 49mm x 29mm www.mascot.com MORE INFORMATION
Alternative chargers that terminate the charge on reaching the battery’s threshold voltage can shorten charging time but always leave some capacity unfilled. The 3-stage charge control first restores the full battery voltage and then applies the saturation charge needed to fill the battery completely. This ensures the longest possible battery run-time.
The 3743 also features a single 3-color LED indicator light for charge-, error- or standby-status. Custom units are available on request.
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LEUZE ELECTRONIC IS EXPANDING ITS PORTFOLIO WITH NEW DISTANCE SENSORS
Multi-depth compartment occupation check.
New ODS 110 distance sensor.
Leuze electronic is expanding its range of distance sensors and is thereby offering its customers a suitable solution for specific applications in pallet warehouses.
ith the new ODS 110/HT 110 and HRT 25B L distance sensors, Leuze electronic is expanding its series of distance sensors and offers customers an array of different designs with extra large operating ranges and several switching points available.
Due to their compact housing size and an operating range of up to 5 meters, they are particularly suited for use in situations with limited installation space. Such as pallet warehouses or applications in the field of automated material flow for which at least two different switching points are required.
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In addition to the multi-depth compartment occupation check, these include push-through or collision protection in shuttle applications. Furthermore, the new distance sensors are characterized by a high repeatability of 3 mm for good positioning, their extremely high color and surface independence as well as easy commissioning. Models with an analog output and IO-Link are also available. www.leuze.de
PACKEXPO 2018: INTERROLL’S NEW DRUM MOTOR GENERATION AND NEW HYGIENIC SOLUTIONS IN FOCUS
The Interroll Group, the leading global provider of material flow solutions, introduced new products and solutions to the Americas region at PackEXPO at McCormick Place in Chicago.
ne of the highlights will be the new generation of drum motors, which Interroll is now expanding with more diameter options. Interroll will debut the DM0113 and the DM0138—the latest addition to its range of drum motors. The new generation of drives offers an impressive range of benefits: Stronger shafts and ball bearings ensure a particularly long service life and the extremely stable design for the planetary gear allows high torques to be transferred with low levels of operating noise. All the drum motors in the new generation comply with the requirements of IP69K, the highest degree of hygiene protection, meaning that they are significantly quicker and easier to clean in comparison to traditional gear motors. Local manufacturing ensures that delivery times of the new drum motors will be kept at a minimum.
A further highlight will be a Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP) Loop display. The MCP is ideally suited to demonstrate the ease of use and flexibility of automatic order-picking systems. The highly versatile Interroll conveyor platform has proven to be the perfect choice as it can be adapted to the most diverse specific needs of clients and users alike.
Unique and hygienic solutions on display Customers seeking to upgrade their so-called blue belt conveyors will be offered exclusive new equipment: Interroll invested into new polyurethane coating equipment for producing Interroll Premium Hygienic shells for driving homogenous belts in Wilmington, USA. This solution is unique in the market.
Furthermore, it is possible to use the platform as a basis for retrofitting systems for the flow of materials in a particularly quick and practical manner. The modules, most of which come pre-assembled, made the system easy to install. The MCP is controlled by Interroll MultiControl, the new network interface card for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT. With help of the MultiControl, sensors and RollerDrive are directly integrated into the field bus level. MORE INFORMATION 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
RELIABLE PRECISION TRANSDUCERS FOR HIGH VOLTAGES AND CURRENT IN RAIL APPLICATIONS
Due to the liberalization of the rolling stock market, more and more companies use the existing rail infrastructure. Trains are therefore equipped with energy measurement systems to track the power consumption of different operators and enable transparent billing.
owever, without reliable, highly accurate transducers, energy consumption data can only be of limited use. Developed especially for precise measurements on rolling stock, the EN-50463-compliant current and voltage sensors from Knick's ProLine P 50000 series provide the basis for accurate power consumption accounting. The devices are used in protection and monitoring equipment, traction inverters, and auxiliary converters. In addition to current and voltage measurement, they are also used to detect short circuits.
The 3-port isolation that is characteristic for Knick transducers completely rules out measuring errors that might otherwise occur due to a galvanic connection of output signal and auxiliary power supply. Moreover, the devices continuously monitor themselves, indicating their status via a diagnostic output. All P 50000 units can be integrated into existing system environments without additional effort, since they transmit measured values as floating analog 0/4...20 mA or 0...10 V standard signals. Maximum flexibility and safety are ensured by the integrated power supply for all voltages typical for the rail sector and by a comprehensive touch protection, which includes the input terminals. This ProLine transducer range comprises specialfeature models such as the P 51000 current transducer that provides overload-proof detection of currents in the kA range via a shunt resistor. With this device, not even strong electromagnetic fields influence the measurement result. For precise detection of nominal voltages commonly used in rail applications (750, 1500, 3000 V DC), the ProLine P 50000 series also offers the very compact P 52000 transducer that is notable for safe encapsulation of high-voltage contacts and
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EN-50463-compliant current and voltage sensors enable accurate, transparent billing.
connections. This ensures there will be no dangerous mutual interference around other components. This transducer can therefore be installed without observing specific safety distances. The ProLine P 50000 range devices meet all normative requirements for use on rolling stock and in traction power substations according to EN 50155, EN 50124, and EN 50123-1. They feature EMC according to EN 50121-1 and EN 501-3-2 and fire protection up to hazard level HL3 according to EN 45545-2 (2016). The devices resist vibration and shock according to EN 61373. They are temperature classified as TX (-40 °C...85 °C) according to EN 50155/EN 50121-1, and altitude classified as AX according to EN 50155. They provide protective separation through reinforced insulation up to pollution degree 3 and over-voltage category 3. They feature protective covers that comply with EN 50153. P 50000 transducers achieve an MTBF (mean time between failures) of 155 years. Knick provides a five-year warranty on the devices. MORE INFORMATION
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ESTERLINE CONNECTION TECHNOLOGIES - SOURIAU FOLLOWS THE DIRECTIVES OF THE EUROPEAN CHEMICALS AGENCY AND IMPROVES ITS ELECTROPLATING PROCESSES
The European REACH regulation, which aims to ensure a high level of protection for human health and the environment, imposes strict rules on the use of chemical substances. In order to protect employees in its production sites in Champagné and Marolles en Brie, SOURIAU is adapting its electroplating processes in response to these new regulatory constraints and at the request of its customers. MARIE LE SCAON, Technical Manager of Surface Treatment at the Champagné, factory, provides an update on the solutions envisioned by the company as substitutes for hexavalent chromium.
Why is REACH such an important topic for SOURIAU? MLS: Since September 2017, European regulations prohibit the use of hexavalent chromium in our electroplating processes for the treatment of connectors in aluminium alloy and in composite. We have obtained a delay from the European chemicals agency to allow us to continue to use this substance but our teams have been working on alternative solutions for a long time. It's a major factor for preserving the connector manufacturing activity at the Champagné plant.
How is this search for alternatives organized? MLS: First of all, our industrialization department works in the preparation phase with our suppliers of chemical products to benefit from their experience in other industrial domains, for example in the car manufacturing or plastics industries. Then we adjust their product ranges to our needs in terms of continuity, handling, appearance and resistance to salt spray. Then later, when the solution has reached a certain degree of maturity in terms of the process, we work with all the production services to validate and qualify the solution. Why is it so difficult to avoid using cadmium? MLS: Our connectors are intended to be used in harsh environments. Because of this, the outer protection is of capital importance. Cadmium and zinc nickel meet the required criteria in terms of finish and reliability for components which may be used for several decades in all
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hexavalent chromium in all cases. Compromises are therefore necessary. With regulations, on the one hand, and your contractual obligations on the other, it must not be an easy situation... MLS: It's true that we are confronted with constraints that are imposed on us by international standards like MIL, EN, QPL, etc. which we have to comply with in the aeronautic and space sectors but also in rail, nuclear, wind turbines, and military hardware in general. Let's not forget that the major industrial markets which consume large volumes of chemical products and which are also impacted by REACH have the same deadlines as we have! Yes, the REACH regulation generates problems for us, but all the same it's a real accelerator for innovation which overcomes the obstacles.
types of operating conditions: heat, cold, salinity, corrosion, etc. The other advantage of cadmium is that it is cheap and readily available... so doing without it or replacing it is not quite so simple! Does the same apply to hexavalent chromium? MLS: The hexavalent chromium passivation process is the only feasible solution if one wants to have cadmium plating with an olive-green color. What's more, this treatment gives the connector housings self-healing properties which are very useful for long-term reliability. Another important aspect in terms of production is the treatment speed, which takes only 30 to 45 minutes whereas other plants take up to 1-1/2 hours and even more! Up until now, the universal applicability of hexavalent chromium and cadmium has made them an indispensable pairing.
What is the secret of your success? MLS: As soon as the REACH regulation was put in place, the management of SOURIAU decided to do everything possible to make compliance with this new regulation a success. Today, REACH only applies to Europe, but in the mid-term or long-term it affects all the major industrial countries. And the large European customers consider REACH compliance as a key factor in selecting their suppliers. What's more SOURIAU is ahead of its competitors: the will to succeed, the investments and the cohesive teamwork surrounding this project have already produced tangible results.
As of today, what is the status of the replacement solutions? MLS: For composite connectors, we have developed a range of treatments for different plastic materials which are hexavalent chrome-free and yield a finished surface with identical performance. It's an important result, because it allowed us to reduce our consumption of hexavalent chromium by 50% this year. For aluminium connectors, we are actively working on a passivation solution using trivalent chromium which is authorized by REACH. However this perfectly workable solution does not currently replace
Could you describe the context in which you work? MLS: Certified ISOÂ 14001 since 2001, SOURIAU is a global supplier of connectors for harsh environments. We manufacture 13Â million connectors annually. The electroplating workshop, which I'm in charge of on the technical side, is equipped with a ventilation system which changes the air out every eight minutes. The air goes through cleaning towers which treat all the effluents and the residual wastes are treated by a specialized company. We use 8 tons of hexavalent chromium annually. With REACH, this consumption has already been reduced by 50% as a direct result of the changes to the industrial process.
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NEW LASER MARKING RANGE
Best value for money on the market, modularity and upgradability.
his new Laser range launch is an important breakthrough for SIC MARKING, leader on dot peen and scribing solutions, and active on laser technology for the past 15 years. This range uses a Ytterbium Doped Fiber source designed by SIC Marking, a pulsed operating mode (30 to 60 kHz), a wavelength of 1064 nm and an average power of 20W (available in 30 and 50W). This Laser range meets 80% of applications needs at a much lower cost. It allows a great marking quality on a large number of materials (steel, aluminum, stainless steel, plastics...) and adapts to degraded surface finishes.
Modular and adaptive design Integrated lasers have been developed around two laser sources, a standard EASY version and a HD one, to which are added different options. These features allow to meet every specific need immediately or later on, depending on the customer’s production line evolution. In its standard EASY version, this new laser range offers the best quality/price ratio on the market and allows precise marking at high speeds. The HD version (pulse duration from 2 ns to 200 ns) provides better marking contrasts on metals, especially aluminum and some plastics. This HD marking head also enables to solve cycle time issues by adjusting the laser’s pulse duration.
3 options to adapt to current and future manufacturers’ needs The first option is 3D marking. It consists of a liquid lens which can mark complex parts (cylinders, inclined planes…) or multi-level parts (up to 80 mm difference in altitude). Customers can also choose an integrated vision system which includes a high-resolution camera built into the marking head. This function allows to read immediately one or two 2D codes immediately after marking. There is no movement between operations. As the reading is done 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
in the same axis, there is no image distortion. 2D code, QRCode and Datamatrix markings are checked according to the standards ISO 29158, ISO 15415, ISO 9132... Finally, the laser range also offers the possibility to communicate via Profibus, Profinet and Ethernet/IP field buses. With the modular EASY & HD lasers, SIC MARKING supports industries that need to be responsive to technological developments. “It is important for us to make laser technology more accessible financially to our customers, but also to make sure they pay the fair price according to their needs. Our customers have the opportunity to add 3D marking, integrated vision and communication cards options after purchase, because we know that production lines are likely to evolve over time,” says Jean-Manuel Pauchet, Group Managing Director.
production line. Creation and configuration of marking files is done on a PC using SIC Laser Advanced software. With 300 employees, a turnover of 50m € and a worldwide presence in more than 50 countries including 9 locations, SIC Marking is established as one of the world’s leader in marking and traceability solutions for industrial components. www.sic-marking.com
SIC Marking’s standard laser range is available with marking windows of 60 x 60 mm, 100 x 100 mm and 170 x 170 mm and applies to alphanumeric, datamatrix, barcodes, logos, VIN and QR codes marking. The marking head is easy to integrate on all production lines and can be connected to an industrial network without any additional hardware via digital I/O, Ethernet TCP/IP and RS232. SIC Marking’s laser systems operate in standalone mode (without PC) and can communicate directly with a PLC on a 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
SCHLEGELGIESSE EXPANDS BY ACQUIRING REGUITTI
SchlegelGiesse, the International Division of London quoted Tyman plc, has acquired Reguitti, the Italianbased manufacturer of handles and assorted accessories for doors and windows, along with its sister brands Tropex Design and Jatec.
his strategic acquisition, which is immediately effective, extends the SchlegelGiesse portfolio of high-quality hardware solutions to timber, aluminium and PVC internal and external doors and windows.
“The acquisition of Reguitti represents a powerful opportunity for SchlegelGiesse to significantly enhance our all in one sealing and hardware portfolio with solutions designed for any type of door and window,” explained Peter Santo, CEO of SchlegelGiesse. “I am confident the strategic synergies created through this acquisition will allow us to extend our product offer to our existing clients, to serve a wider range of customers and facilitate the continued development of innovative, aesthetically engineered products for the industry.”
“We are delighted to join such well-regarded brands. Our vast catalog of handles and accessories will be available to a larger worldwide client base. Both SchlegelGiesse and Reguitti are ready to consolidate their presence in established as well as in emerging markets. We are proud that an Italian company has achieved this goal, which we believe is a success also for all those who work there” added Marco Pialorsi, Reguitti CEO. SchlegelGiesse specialises in designing integrated hardware and sealing solutions that improve the performance, the reliability and the installation speed of doors and windows. Its commercial network spans five continents and over 100 countries, with Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, China, ASEAN, the Middle East and India among its primary markets. Both companies will continue to conduct “business as usual” while ensuring that the combined customer base has full access to the synergy opportunities created through the acquisition. www.schlegelgiesse.com
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COMPETITIVE PRESSURE SENSOR PP20R WITH RAILWAY CERTIFICATION FOR INCREASED OPERATING SAFETY
With the new PP20R family of pressure sensors, Baumer is expanding its portfolio to offer an attractively priced solution for demanding applications within the rail industry. The pressure sensor sets itself apart with its high insulation strength and enhanced EMC immunity, while also being the only pressure sensor on the market right now to be labeled in accordance with the GS1 standard.
he PP20R measures relative pressure in pressure ranges from 0–0.25 bar and 0–160 bar. It is available in a variety of models with regard to accuracy, output signal (current 4–20 mA and voltage 0–10 V, 0–5 V and 0–2 V), and electronic and process connections. This makes it a highly flexible solution as well as being extremely robust in combination with its reinforced measuring cell. It is suitable for use in applications such as pressure measurement in braking systems, cooling systems for traction units, and controlling and regulating the pantograph contact pressure.
With its four-pressure equalization ports in place of the single equalizer found in other products on the market, the PP20R is less vulnerable to environmental dirt, deposits, condensation water, and other liquids. This also makes it ideal for outdoor applications in harsh weather conditions, including on vehicle roofs or even in underfloor areas. The pressure sensor meets the newly established GS1 standard for the rail industry, which makes it possible to exchange component life cycle data on production, maintenance, repair, and reconditioning processes, and thereby contributes to efficient logistics processes for everyone involved in the rail sector.
The exceptional insulation strength of the sensor up to 1.5 kV AC minimizes the risk of damage caused by voltage differences in the device, thereby increasing both its own operating safety and that of the entire system.
Its high electromagnetic immunity exceeds the requirements set out in the EN 50121-3-2 standard, meaning it can even be positioned close to electronic interference fields without a problem.
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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BOEING PORTLAND AND HAIMER INTENSIFIES WITH COLLABORATIVE MEMBERSHIP AT OMIC R&D
Brings total OMIC R&D partners to 20 at its Scappoose, Oregon facility.
he Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow a strong membership base with the addition this month of HAIMER, a world market leading German tooling company in the field of tool holding, shrinking, balancing and presetting. With a total now of seventeen manufacturing industry partners and three Oregon public universities, the Scappoose, Oregon (USA) based R&D facility continues to build a world-class operation to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies through its collaborative research and development activities.
Through this partnership, Boeing—with its center of excellence and main production plant for heavy metal machining in Portland, Oregon—is intensifying its strategic partnership with HAIMER by sponsoring a joint membership at OMIC R&D. The partnership between Boeing and Haimer reaches back more than 10 years when HAIMER’s Safe-Lock™ pull out protection system became a true game changer at Boeing. With one of the largest titanium machining shops in the world, Boeing Portland has set the standard for cutting tools and tool holder applications for difficult to machine materials. The partnership will be strategically strengthened 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
by HAIMER’s investment and support as a new member at OMIC R&D. Due to its technology advantages, the Haimer Safe-Lock™ system has become the Boeing Portland standard for roughing in their milling operations. Haimer implemented an open licensing policy where additional American and other cutting tool makers offer this technology as a standard solution which are widely used in the Boeing machining operations. In fact, the Boeing Company has also received an IP, patent and trade mark license from Haimer to be able to quickly respond to their machining needs for this innovative technology. Prior to implementing Safe-Lock™ in their production, Boeing was constantly facing the challenge of preventing the cutting tool from the pull-out which potentially created very expensive scrap. Over the last 10 years, since implementing Safe-Lock™, they haven’t had a single tool pull-out incident for their high value components—thus avoiding any sort of expensive scrap and machining failure which was a common problem before implementing SafeLock™.
The partnership between The Boeing Company and HAIMER Group will be strategically expanded to a joint membership at the OMIC R&D institution. On the picture William Gerry, Program Manager Global Technology for Boeing Research and Technology (left) and Andreas Haimer, President HAIMER Group (on the right), at the official membership inauguration of HAIMER at the OMIC.
community, our customers and the entire manufacturing industry in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and American manufacturing. OMIC R&D is an ideal platform to share these kinds of best practices making American and Oregon manufacturers more competitive. Apart from Boeing Portland we also heavily support the leading U.S. Boeing facilities with our system technologies in Auburn, Seattle, Everett, Helena, St. Louis, and Fredrickson.” HAIMER joins nineteen other OMIC R&D industry and university members in the Scappoose facility. Craig Campbell, executive director of OMIC R&D said: “Outsidein advance manufacturing research activities from Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, and Oregon State University are solving manufacturing problems sets at OMIC R&D to support our members. Due to the strong investments from state and local government, OMIC R&D has become a draw for global manufacturing companies and is realizing its promise as an economic driver for the state and region.”
William Gerry, Global Technology program manager for Boeing Research and Technology said: “Boeing is very carefully vetting and inviting members to partner up and contribute to OMIC R&D. We are delighted about the new membership of HAIMER, who we know as a high quality tool holding, shrinking, balancing and presetting technologies company that Boeing has relied on heavily and exclusively for this service. HAIMER can support OMIC R&D and its members with state-of-the-art technology and Industry 4.0 connectivity solutions.”
Andreas Haimer, president of the HAIMER Group, explained during the official handshake at becoming an OMIC R&D member, “We are proud and happy to be closely associated with Boeing as a leading aircraft manufacturer and one of our biggest global customers. The investment and membership at OMIC R&D is a clear commitment to the
Coordinated with OMIC R&D’s applied research projects will be hands-on “earn and learn” apprenticeship programs at the PCC OMIC Training Center, led by Portland Community College, and located in a nearby facility that PCC is building. While the Training Center construction is underway, PCC has a temporary delivery site at Scappoose High School. Brendt Holden, President of Haimer USA and North America based out of Chicago, IL is summarizing the partnership: “We have been delighted to support various production facilities in the Northwest over the past 15 years with state of the art shrinking and balancing machines which have helped reduce operating costs and increase productivity. With presetting, tool holding and milling tools we have become a system partner around the machine tools. Lately we have been involved with multiple presetting projects in the Northwest which can reduce set up time and increase significantly the efficiency of the operation while implementing Industry 4.0 technology by tool management capabilities. We are happy to share our equipment and knowledge in the OMIC in an effort to help the set-ups of the R&D projects be as efficient as possible.”
OMIC R&D is the fifteenth such research center established with Boeing leadership worldwide, and the first Boeing has sponsored in the United States. Its mission is to bring together manufacturing companies and higher education in an innovation environment where “outside-in” applied research with faculty and university students solves real problems for advanced manufacturers while training the next generation of engineers and technologists. Member companies share machinery, equipment such as tools, and expertise to create a highly dynamic and innovative R&D function for members.
The OMIC R&D model focuses research on helping indigenous industries increase competitiveness while creating a real partnership with and integration into the local economy. As research activities expand with highcost, high-value machinery added on to the production floor, OMIC R&D will increase state and regional commercial productivity in manufacturing and stimulate economic growth and development.
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INNOTRANS 2018: TRANSDUCER INNOVATIONS FROM KNICK
Ensuring that emergency shutdown is performed reliably when a short circuit occurs, detection of delayed potentials, and safe signal transmission are essential not just for trouble-free railway operations but for employee and passenger safety as well. For this reason, transducers for railway applications have to meet the highest standards of reliability and precision.
or Knick Elektronische Messgeräte, this has been the central focus in the development and manufacturing of highly available transducers and signal conditioners over several decades. The instrumentation manufacturer based in Berlin, Germany, has been supplying the international railway industry with products for highvoltage applications for over 40 years.
At the 2018 InnoTrans exhibition in Hall 17, Stand 212, Knick will showcase its proven transducers for traction power substations as well as new products for use on rolling stock: the SIL-2-compliant P16000 pulse frequency conditioner converts pulse signals from speed encoders into galvanically isolated analog 0/4…20 mA or 0…10V standard signals required by control systems and subsystems to detect the travel speed. The transducer's signal input is designed according to the SIL 2 safety integrity level to ensure that there can be no inadvertent impact on the signal source. The ability to separate the encoder signal and make it available for other applications eliminates the need to install additional encoders on vehicle axles. Another highlight is the new ProLine P 50000 transducer series for high-precision energy measurement according to EN 50463 as well as current and voltage measurement in traction inverters and auxiliary converters, and shortcircuit detection in protective devices. These are the only devices in their class featuring calibrated range selection, which enables high flexibility in selecting input voltages in
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The SIL 2-compliant P16000 pulse frequency conditioner and the ProLine P 52000-Series high voltage signal conditioners from Knick.
the ±4200 V range or currents in the kA range. After range selection, the transducers meet the high specified accuracy without renewed calibration. As the latest addition to the P 50000 series, Knick will present the P 52000 VPD voltage detector for reliable detection of voltages up to 4200 V. The detector compares the input signal with a selected threshold value that can be set at the unit. If, irrespective of positive or negative polarity, the threshold is breached, the detector displays an optical alert and generates an output signal that can activate or control hardware relays, protective devices, or controllers. The signal level is matched to type 1 PLC signal inputs according to DIN EN 6131-2. All products are fully compliant with applicable railway standards and comply with demanding requirements regarding fire protection (HL3 according to EN 45545-2 ), electrical safety, mechanical robustness, high resilience to extreme climatic conditions and low EMI susceptibility. www.knick.de MORE INFORMATION 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
IN THE CONTEST FOR MAXIMUM METAL REMOVAL, KENNAMETAL’S NEWEST HELICAL MILLING CUTTER TAKES FIRST PLACE
Stiff, stiffer, HARVI Ultra 8X. The bolt taper flange cutter with a KM4X adaptor provides unmatched stability. Whether pocketing or profiling, the HARVI Ultra 8X consistently removes up to 20 cubic inches of titanium per minute, with tool life of one hour or more.
Imagine burying a roughing tool in a block of Ti-6Al-4V titanium and ripping away more than 1000 cm3 (61 cubic inches) of material in just one minute. If you’d been at a recent test of Kennametal’s new HARVI™ Ultra 8X helical milling cutter, you’d have seen exactly that. Using a 95 mm (3.74 in.) axial depth of cut, 20 mm (0.78 in.) radially, and a feedrate of 423 mm/min (16.65 ipm), the 80 mm (3.15 in.) diameter HARVI Ultra 8X plowed through this difficult aerospace superalloy for nearly three minutes straight without flinching.
Maximum Excitement Tim Marshall, senior global product manager for indexable milling, has tested the HARVI Ultra 8X with a variety of customers, pushing the limits of the new cutter on everything from 15-5 PH to cast iron to Aermet 100 (highstrength steel) and seeing outstanding results with each.
“Kennametal developed the HARVI Ultra 8X to meet two distinct needs,” Marshall says. “The first came from the aerospace industry, which thanks to the large numbers of aircraft being built today requires the highest metal removal rates possible but still achieving excellent tool life. At the same time, machine tool builders and users alike are asking for tools able to withstand higher cutting speeds but generate lower machining forces, so as to reduce wear and tear on machine components during extreme cutting conditions. The new HARVI Ultra 8X does all that, and a lot more besides.” Massive piles of chips notwithstanding, your shop almost certainly wants its tools to stay in the cut far longer than three minutes. Marshall agrees, saying the HARVI Ultra 8X was designed to predictably remove 20 cubic inches (328 cm3) of Ti-6Al-4V each minute while attaining 60 minutes of tool life per cutting edge. To do this, Kennametal combined a
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Maximum metal removal rates, and maximum flexibility characterizes the new HARVI Ultra 8X.
Inserts with 8 cutting edges in a helical milling cutter. No one else has that. Insert sizes with IC10 and IC12 mm, 8 different corner radii available.
number of innovative technologies in this highly engineered cutting tool solution: • A double-sided yet positive rake insert that delivers the lowest cost per edge possible and simultaneously reduces power consumption by up to 50 percent. • Thanks to a unique AlTiN+TiN PVD coating that provides robust resistance to thermal fatigue, Kennametal’s highperformance KCSM40 carbide grade enjoys much longer tool life than competing solutions. • The HARVI Ultra 8X cutter body is constructed of a higher quality steel than competing solutions for improved stiffness and rigidity under high-cutting forces. • In addition, a unique BTF46 (bolt taper flange) connection provides the ultimate in deflection resistance compared to traditional shell mill type holders. • The variable helix design of HARVI Ultra 8X breaks up the harmonics that lead to chatter, further improving tool life, part quality, and throughput.
Yet the HARVI Ultra 8X has even more tricks up its sleeve. Precision through-the-tool coolant nozzles direct cutting fluid where it’s needed most. An enhanced flute design assures maximum chip evacuation. Oversize M4 Torx Plus screws for greater insert stability. The option with a KM4X adaptor brings greater tools holding stability. Especially prepared insert edges optimized for the KCSM40 grade greatly extend tool life. Corner radii from 0.8mm to 6.4mm, in both inch and metric, means there’s little you can’t machine. Beyond Ti-6Al-4V “We’ve optimized everything about the HARVI Ultra 8X,” says Marshall. “The flutes and the coolant nozzles assure maximum chip flow, something that’s very important when you’re removing this much material—without it, the chips get jammed up and you’re facing catastrophic failure. Our KCSM40 grade has proven to be a top performer in hightemp alloys, but we also offer several equally excellent grades for other work piece materials. And eight cutting edges per insert? Nobody else has that in a helical cutter.” Double sided inserts not only means lower cost per edge but the ability to increase speeds and feeds beyond what was previously possible, Marshall notes. And because the HARVI Ultra 8X is available with an integral shank or the “crazy strong” BTF46 mount, users can adapt the cutter to virtually any machine tool spindle with no loss of rigidity. “We go up against our competitors’ and sometimes even our own helical cutters and are blown away by the performance improvement,” he says. “For anyone who’s looking for the highest productivity at the lowest possible cost per edge, this is the cutter for them.” www.kennametal.com
What’s in a Name? This last point is particularly important. A variable helix geometry greatly reduces carbide-killing vibration. Using 12 mm and 10 mm inserts also helps, as their smaller size means more inserts in the cutter body, more inserts engaged in the workpiece, and more inserts to absorb the pounding of a heavy machining operation.
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POSITIONING WITH MAXIMUM RELIABILITY LARGE READING WINDOW AND CODES ENHANCE PERFORMANCE OF 2-D SYSTEM
The PXV 2-D absolute positioning system from Pepperl+Fuchs sets new performance benchmarks when it comes to reliability and handling. With its large reading window, the system keeps a sufficient number of codes in view, even in relation to track switches and changes to the code tape. Precise positioning is guaranteed at all times.
ix years of experience with the PCV system have helped to shape the development of the PXV. The reading window of the PXV has been enlarged to approx. 120 x 80 mm, meaning that the Data Matrix code tape is always located within the sending range. Mounting and commissioning are easier, and plant availability is further improved. The reading window has an increased depth of focus range, allowing it to capture even more codes simultaneously and also guarantees position detection through multiple redundancy.
Unlike other systems available on the market, the PXV requires only a 2-D camera, ensuring that irritation relating to track switches is excluded. To prevent this, the cameras in the two-camera systems can receive the relevant differing position signals in these areas. A certain degree of contamination on the code tape is often unavoidable during everyday operations. For this reason, the codes for the PXV have been expanded to 15 x 15 mm without compromising the resolution, and the 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
“coarse-grained” design ensures that they are unaffected by contamination. Thanks to redundant detection, the system also cannot be disrupted by the destruction of individual codes. The code tape can be interrupted by a stretch of up to 80 mm without affecting position detection. Innovative safety technology The new safePXV manages all that a single positioning system can with just one sensor. The new safety technology combines a 2-D reader with a three-colored Data Matrix code tape. The special code tape contains two overlapping Data Matrix codes in red and blue. The 2-D reader is equipped with two different colored LED rings—also red and blue. These rings are activated separately and then read just one Data Matrix code each. An SIL 3/PL e absolute position is always provided as the result. www.pepperl-fuchs.com
NEW 22ECT35 AND 22ECT48 ULTRA EC BRUSHLESS MOTORS WITH ULTRA HIGH TORQUE IN A COMPACT PACKAGE
Portescap will be offering 2 more new length sizes under its ECT range of Ultra EC™ Brushless Slotless motors: the 35 mm 22ECT35 and the 48 mm 22ECT48. These new 22ECT motors along with higher torque capacity are light in weight and come in a compact package which helps in further miniaturization of the customer application.
hese compact brushless motors offer almost 50 percent more continuous torque over similar comparative motors without compromising on the smooth operation and long life you expect from Portescap’s brushless slotless motors. Our 22ECT motors are specially optimized for continuous high torque at low to medium speeds, maximizing power between 10K and 20K rpm.
The new 22ECT motors are available with hall sensors and a total of 3 different coils to match your speed & voltage requirements. Upon request, Portescap can also provide options for customization including gearboxes, encoders, coil variations and mechanical interface modifications. Portescap is globally ISO 9001:2008 certified and our production site in India is also ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified.
The 22ECT motor are powered by our patented Ultra Coil Technology and patented multipolar rotor design, which provides torque of up to 41.6mNm. The 22ECT motor weighs almost 28% lesser than comparative motors and it is the lightest 4 pole motor which can be adapted in most applications in the medical & industrial markets especially in industrial hand tools where high torque lightweight motor is required to reduce the fatigue of the user. The new 22ECT is also an ideal choice for applications such as humanoid robots, lab automation equipment, electric grippers, land surveying devices.
Portescap succeeds in providing a high quality, long lasting & high performance brushless motor which is an ideal choice for geared applications because of its minimal speed drop and low motor heating under load. Their low inertia makes them an exceptional option for applications requiring fast stopping, starting and acceleration.
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THE NEW IWIS WEBSITE IS ONLINE!
Following its relaunch, the precision chain manufacturer’s website features exciting modern design, a new web shop and a user-friendly interface.
We move the world” is the company motto of iwis, the Munich-based, globally active manufacturer of precision chains and mechanical drive systems for the automotive sector and the mechanical and plant engineering industry. iwis has now made a smart move in the company’s presentation on the world wide web: the new website, which went online on 15. June, shows the world of iwis in a new, lavish. Particular care was taken to incorporate expressive stills and videos, while the new, modern, “airy” design allows the clear, at a glance presentation of detailed information about the company and the entire product portfolio.
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New web shop for fast, easy ordering The new website also features a shop system—iwis is still the number one supplier of high-quality roller chains from stock. Now ISO 606 standard roller chains in multiples of 5 meters lengths, JWIS and ELITE brand chains, sprockets, idler wheels and flat top chains are available for ordering online. The range of products available from stock also includes numerous coated and corrosion proof chains, as well as nickel-plated maintenance-free chains, galvanised and stainless steel chains. Additional products will be incorporated in the shop system in the future. Individual sprockets can be requested via the Chain Configurator. Customers can also upload drawings for this purpose, or request special chains using the corresponding forms in the Customer Service section. Another new feature is the link to a product information management system, which displays products attractively and ensures they can be selected, added to the shopping cart and ordered quickly and easily. Web shop and website have been brought closer together, so it is easy to purchase products and access information.
See everything at a glance—even on mobile devices An important innovation in terms of content is that all four divisions—Engine systems, Drive systems, Agrisystems and Systemtechnik—are grouped together on the Home page, so users can see and browse all divisions at the same time and are not limited to one division at a time. In addition, the site has become “responsive” following the relaunch: the new web design enables the clear, user-friendly display of information on smartphones and tablet PCs.
conveyor technology, general mechanical engineering and agricultural machinery industry. www.iwis.com
Initially the content on the new website will be available in German and English, and eventually in a total of eight languages. An autocomplete function will make it much easier to search for specific products or topics, and the Download section has been completely overhauled. All in all, the new website offers visitors an optimized user journey, a clear organisational structure and easy handling, ensuring that users reach their goal faster.
iwis is a world market leader in the field of innovative, cost-efficient timing drives based on precision chains. Our plants in Munich and Landsberg deliver more than 60,000 systems every day to virtually all automotive manufacturers around the globe. Besides looking after the needs of the automotive industry, iwis also supplies precision roller chains to the mechanical engineering and plant construction industry worldwide. Our chains are used in applications in the printing, paper and packaging industry, 22 | Industry USA | November 2018
Industry USA is the English technical magazine for engineers. It presents the latest product and company news for the industrial market.
Published on Nov 20, 2018
Industry USA is the English technical magazine for engineers. It presents the latest product and company news for the industrial market.