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IN THIS MAGAZINE... 6  Electromobility cuts growth in the machine tool industry 12  3D Printing the Future of E-Mobility Tools 14  Considerations for computer vision quality control in manufacturing 16  Data requirements for artificial intelligence in manufacturing 19  Interroll acquires its sales and service agent in Iceland 20  Rohde & Schwarz announces first IEEE 802.3cg 10BASE-T1S compliance test solution for the automotive industry

21  IDS announces more than 100 new USB3 Vision camera models 22  HARVI™ I TE from Kennametal - Your New Best Friend 24  Beyond Standard - A New Machine Design Reinforces the EMCO Brand 26  High-tech coating protects against corrosion and wear: the new b.triton high-performance roller chains from iwis

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33  Precise control of double-depth positioning processes 34  Softing Industrial Data Networks Presents Connectivity Solutions for the Process Industry

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HI! HOW CAN I HELP YOU? MANUFACTURERS TURN TO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR A RANGE OF SUPPORT FUNCTIONS Anyone who’s visited a corporate website for help with a product or service has seen them: those little chat windows that lead one to quickly suspect there’s a computer on the other end of the discussion, not a real person. These conversational agents, or chatbots, have been around for years, using artificial intelligence (AI) to “converse” with their human counterparts and answer whatever questions might arise. Lately, however, AI has evolved into so-called “deep-learning systems,” eerily intelligent software that significantly expands on their predecessors’ capabilities. The early versions of these systems focused on medical diagnostic applications. Today, virtual assistants are ubiquitous, offering help on everything from your credit card balance to your Facebook page to fixing your garage door opener. Agents are used to guide customers to the correct support contact, assist them with finding a technical document, help him or her understand a problem and then walk that person through the resolution, staying with them until the machine or system is back online. So revolutionary are these systems that some may not even realize they are chatting with a computer! Industrial equipment suppliers have not remained indifferent to this advanced communication tool and have found a number of applications for it, starting with the production line. Visual inspection solutions, preventive maintenance resources, decision support tools, and even automatic control functions— these are just a few examples of how AI has found a home in manufacturing over the past few years, particularly where automation is required. This year, however, has proven to be an especially good one for AI. Machine vision provider Cognex, for example, has leveraged deep learning with its VisionPro ViDi software, able to identify dissimilar surface defects that traditional vision systems cannot detect, and do so even on high-speed production lines. On the predictive maintenance side, control-command platforms can now enrich and even create their own models based on correlational analyses of recorded data. These include Omron's Sysmac AI controllers, which reportedly have the ability to

identify abnormal situations and therefore potential sources of failure, as well as the FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module in Rockwell Automation's ControlLogix line, designed to “do the job of a data scientist.” Interestingly enough, both manufacturers have joined forces with Siemens, a company that made a similar product announcement a few months earlier with news of its “future of automation” S7-1500 TM NPU module. Another example of advanced preventive maintenance functionality is Yokogawa's OpreX-brand Sushi Sensor XS770A, used for intelligent online monitoring of vibration and surface temperature on industrial equipment. At the Paris’ IBS show in early October, Schneider Electric announced a range of decision support features in its EcoStruxure Building, together with the latest solutions for optimizing energy consumption. Most notable, however, was Schneider Electric’s 2019 agreement with Microsoft on the corporate incubator “AI for Green Energy Incubation Lab” (created in 2018), intended to host and support European start-ups “wishing to transform the energy sector in Europe through Artificial Intelligence.” Lastly, Delta Electronics has just announced its own partnership with Microsoft to accelerate the deployment of AI in robotic applications, an agreement not unlike that of ABB and IBM, first announced at the 2017 Hanover Fair. In summary, the development and progress in the field of AI has shown to be extremely rapid of late. Where the industrial world has a reputation for being conservative, a factor that tends to hinder the adoption of new technologies, a number of manufacturers—especially large manufacturers—have begun to adopt these AI and deep-learning technologies en masse. This trend will only continue as traditionally pragmatic industrialists the world over learn how AI works, whether it's effective, and what it can do for their operations. Stay tuned; it's sure to be an interesting ride.


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ELECTROMOBILITY CUTS GROWTH IN THE MACHINE TOOL INDUSTRY When the world’s manufacturing community met at EMO 2019, the focus was on innovations and new developments. One additional topic of discussion, however, was the trend towards electromobility. That’s because the car industry is a core market for many manufacturers, and vehicles with an all-electric drive have far fewer components in their drive train, leading to a correspondingly smaller share of work for the machining industry. As a study by Porsche Consulting management consultancy shows, considerable losses are to be expected in individual branches of the market, which will also weaken growth throughout the mechanical engineering sector from 2030 onwards. Author: Andreas Baier, Partner, Porsche Consulting GmbH

Electric predictions It’s been ramping up for quite some time, but the trend to electric vehicles now seems unstoppable. For example, automaker Daimler expects that by 2025, every fourth Mercedes it delivers will come with an electric drive. Porsche offers similar projections, intending to equip roughly 25% of its cars with electric motors within that same time frame. And the Volkswagen Group is planning 80 new electric models by 2025 and will offer electric drives on all of its 300odd vehicle models within five years after that. The consequences of these developments are obvious: the market share of cars with combustion engines will decrease, in some cases dramatically. According to one forecast, this process will begin by 2030 at the latest; by 2035, there will be more cars will be sold with an all-electric motor than with a combustion engine—a first for the industry—and by 2050, all-electric drive vehicles will enjoy a 67% market share. MORE INFORMATION

Fewer jobs in the machining industry This will have drastic consequences for suppliers throughout the automotive industry. For instance, Fraunhofer IAO and IG Metall predict that by 2030, somewhere between 75,000 to 109,000 jobs will be lost by German engine and transmission suppliers alone. Other countries are sure to suffer similar losses. 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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The amount of machining needed to produce electric vehicle drive trains is much less than that of vehicles with internal combustion engines. (iStock/ Fertnig)


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As discussed at the German trade fair EMO, machine tool manufacturers are faced with the challenge of developing strategies to deal with the automotive industry’s transformation to electromobility.

The reasons for this are evident: an electric drive is much simpler than one with a combustion engine, lacking the engine block, cylinder head, fuel injection system, ignition, clutch, and other machining-intensive components. The transmission is much smaller or, depending on the drive design, can be eliminated entirely, as can various auxiliary units. Machine tool industry: heavily dependent on automotive As these traditional automotive parts begin to be manufactured in smaller quantities, how will it affect machine tool manufacturers in Germany? Porsche Consulting management consultancy has investigated this question and summarised the results in a new study “Auswirkungen der Elektrifizierung des Automobils auf den Deutschen Maschinenbau” (Effect of car electrification on the German mechanical engineering industry) [Note 1].

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A total of 13.5% of all machinery and related systems currently produced in Germany are sold to automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. This share is significantly higher in some segments of the mechanical engineering industry, but particularly for machine tool builders, where 48.4% are dependent on automaking and will therefore be strongly impacted by the trend to electromobility.

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Greater complexity due to hybrid drives Anyone wishing to succeed in this new market will do the math: the amount of machining required to produce an electric motor is only 28% compared to a combustion engine. Therefore, if half of all vehicles produced have an allelectric motor (assuming the same number of units sold), the car manufacturers’ machining needs will shrink by 36%, with a corresponding trickle-down effect for machine tool manufacturers. However, this scenario doesn’t consider the transition period, where hybrid cars with both electric and internal combustion motors will enjoy an initially higher percentage of growth in market share. This is significant, because there is 10% more machining required for a hybrid drive, due to the need for both types of motors together with a powersplitter gearbox. It’s for this reason that the mix of hybrid and all-electric cars will be a critical factor in predicting machine tool industry development. Evaluating the market up to 2030 Porsche Consulting has developed forecast models for 2030 and 2050, respectively. In 2030, cars with all-electric motors will attain a maximum market share of 16% (for new vehicles sold), while the hybrid share will rise to 29%. For machinists and machine tool manufacturers, this means that the percentage of machining will likely drop to 91% of today's volume, with an annual growth of only 1.41%.


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In all-electric vehicles, many of the machining-intensive drive components machining have been eliminated.

A sharp decline in machining share expected by 2050 The study goes on to predict a significant decrease in market volume for the mechanical engineering sector from 2030 onwards. By that time, the amount of machining needed by the automotive industry will have fallen to 55% compared to today's level. As mentioned earlier, however, roughly 50% of the machine tool industry is dependent on automaking, which means that in 2050, machine tool manufacturers will have to generate more than a fifth of their sales elsewhere if they wish to maintain their current production volume. Wanted: a strategy for closing the gap Each machine manufacturer thus has to develop a plan for closing this gap. The study identifies various options, one of them being to exploit new production opportunities within the automotive industry that are either linked to electromobility or are independent of it.

As an alternative, machine manufacturers can focus on non-automotive sectors, in general industry, for instance,

Strategizing with scenarios Machine tool manufacturers must obviously draw their own conclusions from these figures and forecasts before deciding on the appropriate response. From Porsche Consulting's point of view, the best way to go about this is to develop and evaluate various scenarios based on an assessment of the current situation, using a broad database as a foundation. This approach provides a complete picture of the changes in mechanical engineering needed to address future technological changes in the car industry and new types of mobility, and will give machine tool manufacturers the information needed to make strategic decisions that will affect their companies for years to come. MORE INFORMATION

One benefit of this approach is that the automotive market will continue to experience growth despite any changes in drive technology. By 2030, global annual car sales are expected to increase at a rate of 5.7%. This means today's 86 million vehicles will grow to more than 116 million vehicles, and to nearly 170 million by 2050. A repositioning within the same target sector therefore offers considerable growth opportunities.

or aviation technology. Both offer significant numbers of applications with growth potential. One example: more than 100 companies, among them Airbus, Audi, Boeing, and various German start-ups, are currently working on the development of unmanned drones that will be used in the future as air taxis .

Even if severe sales declines are not expected until 2030, machine tool builders would be well-advised to begin their transformation now, moving towards electromobility or the development of new target markets. After all, the highest growth areas of electromobility technology have already been clearly identified, giving those willing to make the change an opportunity to establish a presence in these 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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Some mechanical engineering sectors are highly dependent on the car industry—in the machine tool sector, for instance, this dependency is almost 50%.

areas early on with the appropriate machining technology, and then growing with the market as it evolves. Notes Note 1

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The study “Auswirkungen der Elektrifizierung des Automobils auf den Deutschen Maschinenbau” (Effect of car electrification on the German mechanical engineering industry) can be downloaded free of charge from the Porsche Consulting homepage: https://www.porsche-consulting.com/de/medien/studien/ Note 2 Porsche Consulting has also prepared an up-to-date study on this topic - entitled “The Future of Vertical Mobility.” It is available for download at https://www.porsche-consulting. com/de/medien/studien/the-future-of-vertical-mobility/ Andreas Baier, Partner at Porsche Consulting GmbH 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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If they wish to be successful, machine manufacturers must develop new strategies to compensate for the decline in market demand caused by electromobility.

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3D PRINTING THE FUTURE OF E-MOBILITY TOOLS

Leveraging proven Kennametal technologies. High precision RIQ reaming inserts, and KM4X adaptor for highest possible rigidity.

Kennametal develops 3D printed lightweight stator bore tool, that meets accuracy, roundness, and surface finish requirements.

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ennametal has developed a 3D printed stator bore tool specifically designed to meet growing customer demand for lighter weight tooling solutions used to machine components for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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E-mobility components are typically machined on smaller, low horsepower CNC machining centers that require lighter weight tooling solutions. Kennametal’s 3D printed stator bore tool weighs half that of the conventionally manufactured version, while still meeting accuracy, roundness, and surface finish requirements for aluminum motor body boring.

“The main bore, that houses the stator of an electric motor measures approximately 250 mm in diameter (9.84") and approximately 400 mm (15.74") in length, with a smaller bearing bore at the bottom,” said Harald Bruetting, Manager, Program Engineering. “When manufactured using conventional means, a reamer for this type of application would weigh more than 25 kilograms (55 lb.), far too heavy for the existing machine tool or for an operator working with the tool.” Bruetting and Kennametal’s Solution Engineering Group turned to the company’s in-house additive manufacturing capabilities to 3D-print a strong but lightweight indexable tool, equipped with proven Kennametal technologies including fine adjustable RIQ reaming inserts for high precision finishing and a KM4X adaptor for maximum rigidity. The tool also features internal 3D printed cooling channels that help maximize productivity and tool life. “By using metal powder bed 3D-printing together with finite element analysis software, we were able to design and build a tool that brought the moment of inertia very close to the spindle face, increasing its rigidity while meeting

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Same tool, even lighter. Instead of using a 3D printed metal tube, a tool version with a carbon fiber tube was used. Reducing the weight even further, down to 9.5 kg.

Weight reduction through additive layer manufacturing. 3D-printed, total weight of 10.7 kg. Cutting the weight in half, meeting surface quality, roundness, and accuracy requirements for stator bores.

the customer’s weight restrictions,” said Werner Penkert, Manager, Future Solutions. “It is an excellent example of how Kennametal is using advanced manufacturing technology to help meet our customer’s unique challenges.” Two versions of the tool were built, one with a carbon-fiber tube, the other using a 3D-printed metal tube. The results were impressive. The tool with the 3D printed tube weighed in at 10.7 kg (23.6 lb.) and the carbon fiber version at 9.5 kg (20.9 lb.), less than half of their conventional counterparts. www.kennametal.com

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CONSIDERATIONS FOR COMPUTER VISION QUALITY CONTROL IN MANUFACTURING

Computer vision systems are installed in manufacturing plants to assist with a wide variety of industrial quality assurance and control processes, and to a lesser extent in applications of process control. Typical applications usually fall into the following categories: - Dimensional: inspections of shapes, sizes, orientations of objects - Surface blemish or defect: inspection or detection of gauges, scratches, pits or marks - Assembly or completeness: inspection for presence or status of sub components - Operational status: inspection or detection of erroneous operational events

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The main purpose in all applications is to distill a complex photo, or series of photos, into a binary outcome as measured against a predefined set of references or rules. In essence, the camera is asked a complex question, for example “Is this component satisfactory” and is required to answer “Yes” or “No”.

The underlying architecture of how this “Yes” or “No” answer is inferred can further be divided into two distinct categories. Absolute comparison and probabilistic comparison. Absolute comparison is based on the concept of an image being compared to a database of images and the system recognizes the image as one of the provided samples, or in the case of deviation, does not. Probabilistic comparison utilizes deep neural networks to assign a probability that an image contains features that are comparable to that of a provided training set, allowing the system to answer “Yes” or “No” with a degree of certainty for objects that it had never seen before. With ever faster computers and the rise of industrial use of machine learning techniques, probabilistic approaches utilizing convolutional neural networks to determine outcomes is fast becoming the technology of choice. Considerations for the application of a computer vision system Vision inspection and evaluation systems that are integrally tied to convolutional neural networks are capable of

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these images are often taken from products or equipment in operational environments, the systems adjust for variations in orientation, location, focal distance and changes in environmental conditions such as time of day, dust levels, temperature or other that can and will affect image quality. To allow for the inevitable expansion of the system or the so called “Can your system also check for this” scenario, image quality should be as good as is feasibly possible, and at the very least double that of what is expected to be “good enough”. Where will near term breakthroughs come from? Nearly all imaginable discreet applications of vision systems already exist in some form. The near term breakthroughs in system adoption will come from integration and standardization. - Integration of vision systems into existing infrastructure: many industrial environments have a wide base of varying quality CCTV systems in operation, typically monitored by either safety or security personnel. Integration of ML models into these legacy systems allows evaluation against pre-defined scenarios. “Is that human wearing the required PPE gear?” may be the typical application. Technology that achieve this functionality is already well established, but cost effective integration into existing systems that have grown organically and consists of a wide variety of multi generational hardware components remains challenging.

effectively addressing a wide variety of problems, but there are some hard limits to consider before venturing down this road. Problem definition Although neural net vision systems can infer and evaluate scenarios that it has not seen before, training towards specific problem sets or applications greatly increases the accuracy and rapidly reduces time required to deploy. It is more effective to define multiple aspects for the system to consider, and aim to narrow the definition, rather than provide it with a broad and ill defined problem set that encompasses a wide spectrum of evaluations. During communication with clients, significant time is spent asking the question: “What exactly are we looking for?”

Using neural networks in the interpretation of digital images rapidly increases the levels of functionality, but is significantly more complex than most legacy systems that rely on comparison with a predefined data set, and as such, training of the neural nets to achieve the required level of accuracy is both challenging and critical for success. The vast improvements in quality and accuracy seen when applying neural networks to vision systems in the manufacturing and industrial sectors have rendered classic computer vision techniques almost obsolete. In particular, the use of convolutional neural networks - neural networks more apt for processing and classifying images - has made classifying products, detecting the presence or absence of specific items in complicated contexts, and the detection of visible defects in products far more precise and reliable than was possible before.

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Cycle times The computational loads that are associated with neural net driven vision systems, demand respect for expected cycle times. Super-fast cycle times are easily achievable, but the cost and complexity of hardware quickly escalates with the introduction of specialized, reliable cameras and embedded computing requirements.

- Standardization and integration: as with everything else, scalable vision deployments will benefit from, and also contribute to standardization. From software protocols to hardware interfaces, vision integration into modern PLC’s and industrial robots are already on the rise in the form of augmented or assisted production processes. Various levels and systems are in use today, and out of the current experimental environment standards and norms will emerge.

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DATA REQUIREMENTS FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MANUFACTURING

At the core of today's state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms is the ability to learn complex patterns from a sample of data. In the manufacturing context, an example of a pattern might be the ways in which a set of parameters contained in that data, which are related to a process in a factory, vary together. When considering AI, it’s important to understand what the data requirements are at the outset.

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he algorithm learns the patterns by being shown many examples of the parameter values in question— typically between a few thousand and several million. This data sample is a representation of the history of the factory process. Now, if a trend exists in the sample to the effect that, for example, every increase in the process temperature by one degree Celcius tends to be accompanied by a decrease in the process's time by ten seconds, the AI will learn this apparent relationship between the temperature and time parameters. In this way, the AI effectively learns a model of the process. It does so automatically, assuming that it is properly designed and fed enough examples of the right data. What is the right data for AI? What constitutes the “right” data for AI-enabled process optimisation? The general answer is the set of data that is sufficient to describe how changes to a process's parameters affect quality. The bulk of process data can generally be represented as a table, or a collection of tables, comprising of columns (parameters) and rows (production examples, 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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representing, say, one production batch per row). In order to be meaningful as a representation of a process, or more specifically of the history of a process, these tables need to be accompanied by some explanatory information. Start by taking a look at the kinds of explanatory information that are necessary, before discussing the data requirements in terms of those tabular columns and rows. The key pieces of explanatory information, required by the data science team, are: - A high-level description of the physical process; - A description of the flow of production through the process (normally in the form of a process flow diagram), including in some contexts the time offsets between process steps; - A description of how the data table(s) relate to the process. Some of these descriptions can be obtained from the available technical documentation. In most cases, however, the necessary insights can be learned by walking through the data tables with specialists from the factory.


Due to the nature of AI-enabled parameter optimisation, there are some clear fundamentals that the bulk of the data—the data tables—needs to satisfy. This paper outlines these fundamentals in terms of data columns, before turning to the row-wise requirements. Data columns: a representation of quality The data columns need, first, to include a representation of the quality result. It’s important to note that data might not contain a full representation of how quality is measured in the factory. These gaps in the data are common (batch sampling for example): in some cases the available data can be sufficient to achieve dramatic results. The second set of required data columns concerns process parameters. These fall into two types: controllable and noncontrollable parameters.

However, due to the ability of AI models to learn complex interactions in a large number of variables, a manufacturer is best advised to make all available data points around the process available for inclusion in the AI model. The cost of including additional variables is low. A good AI specialist will employ the necessary statistical techniques to determine whether the variable should be included in the final model. Variables that might be considered marginal at first may contribute to an AI model that leverages effects and interactions in the process, of which the specialists had previously been unaware, potentially resulting in an improved optimisation outcome. Row-wise data requirements Let's turn now to the row-wise data requirements. The general rule here is that the data needs to be representative of the process, and in particular of the interactions that are likely to affect quality in the future. A basic aspect of this is to ask: how many rows, i.e. production examples, make a sufficient training set? The answer depends on the complexity of the process. The sample needs to be a sufficient representation of this complexity. In the manufacturing context, the lower bound typically ranges from a few hundred to several thousand historical examples. Training a model on more data than is strictly sufficient, however, tends to increase the

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-Controllable parameters are the ‘levers’ available to the factory operator to alter the process and thus to improve quality. In general terms, these could include controllable aspects of the process chemistry, temperature, and time. -Non-controllable parameters represent inputs to the process that cannot be controlled by the plant operator from day to day, such as the ambient temperature, the identity of the machine (in the case of a parallel process), or characteristics of the input material.

These parameter columns should together represent the factors that have the greatest influence on quality.

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model's confidence and level of detail, which in turn is likely to further improve the optimisation outcome.

a mixture of approaches is appropriate to cater for multiple plants.

A sufficient number of historical examples does not in itself guarantee a representative sample. The historical examples should also be representative with respect to time. The dataset should be sufficiently recent to represent the likely operating conditions—like machine wear—at the time of optimisation. In many cases the data should also represent one or more sufficient periods of continuous operation, as this allows the AI to learn which operating regions can be sustained, as well as how effects from one part of the process propagate to others over time.

Continued data availability goes hand in hand with the requirement for data consistency. This can best be illustrated with a negative example, in which a factory intermittently changes the representation of variables in data exports, such as whether a three-state indicator is represented as a number from the set {1, 2, 3} or as a string of text from the set {'red', 'orange', 'green'}. If uncaught, these types of changes could quietly corrupt the optimisation model and potentially result in a negative impact on process quality.

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Consistency and continued data availability This brings us to the last key data requirement, namely consistency and continued availability. In order to keep the AI model current with operating conditions on the production line, fresh data needs to be available for regular retrains of the model. This in turn requires some level of integration with the data source. In a worst-case scenario, this might mean a continuous digitisation process if the recordkeeping system is offline, or manual exports of tabular data by factory technicians. These approaches are relatively labour-intensive and may be subject to inconsistencies. An ideal setup would consist of a live data stream from the manufacturer's data bus into a persistent store dedicated to supplying the AI training pipeline. For some manufacturers, 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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The digitisation and automation of process data infrastructure and data exports goes a long way towards addressing these issues. Whatever the factory's data infrastructure, however, a good AI ingest pipeline should feature a robust data validation layer, to ensure inconsistencies are flagged and fixed. www.dataprophet.com


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INTERROLL ACQUIRES ITS SALES AND SERVICE AGENT IN ICELAND

Numerous customers from fish processing rely on IBH ehf. as a service specialist for material flow.

Material handling specialist Interroll has acquired significant parts of the business activities and assets of IBH ehf. in Reykjavik, Iceland. The move strengthens the company’s sales and service activities in the food and beverage sector, particularly in the fish processing industry.

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BH ehf. previously acted as the Interroll Group's sales agent for Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The focus of business and service activities to date has been primarily on the Interroll Drives product group. With its own branch office, Interroll will in future also be selling its entire solution portfolio in Iceland. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transferring managing director and five employees generate an annual product and service turnover in the low single-digit million-euro range. The services provided by IBH ehf. are in demand above all by the food industry, especially by companies and machine manufacturers in the fish processing sector.

In the long term, the Interroll Group aims to achieve a worldwide spare parts and service share of at least 20 percent of its total revenue. In addition to hygienic products such as drum motors with the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification, Interroll offers the food industry its Modular Conveyor Platform (MCP), crossbelt sorters and order picking and storage solutions that are efficient, low-maintenance and reliable. The acquired business activities and assets for Iceland and the Faroe Islands will continue as the Reykjavik branch of Interroll Nordic in Copenhagen, Denmark. MORE INFORMATION

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ROHDE & SCHWARZ ANNOUNCES FIRST IEEE 802.3CG 10BASE-T1S COMPLIANCE TEST SOLUTION FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Rohde & Schwarz offers advanced test solutions for Automotive Ethernet and other bus systems.

The flexibility of Automotive Ethernet makes the simple twisted-pair network technology ideal for an ever-increasing range of in-vehicle networks. The new IEEE 10BASE-T1S standard expands the range of applications supported by Automotive Ethernet to include integrating simple devices into the network. With the first compliance test solution available for testing device-compliance to 10BASE-T1S, Rohde & Schwarz continues to lead the way as the test and measurement supplier for automotive Ethernet standards.

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ohde & Schwarz introduces the first 10BASE-T1S compliance test available, for the R&S RTO and R&S RTP oscilloscopes, which will provide fully automated testing conforming to the current version of IEEE 802.3cg 10BASE-T1S interfaces. Rohde & Schwarz continues to participate actively in the OPEN Alliance, using its expertise to help drive the development of complete and reliable test solutions.

With this new addition, Rohde & Schwarz will be able to supply a complete portfolio for testing all available Automotive Ethernet standards (10BASE-T1S, 100BASE-T1, 1000BASE-T1) and for all other standard automotive buses (LIN, CAN, CAN-FD, FlexRay and CXPI). The R&S RTO and R&S RTP oscilloscopes offer comprehensive, yet compact test solutions for ECU development testing for all automotive bus interfaces and internal interfaces such as PCIe, or DDR.

As also for other Ethernet standards, the new R&S RTO-K89 and R&S RTP-K89 compliance test software for 10BASE-T1S includes pictorial instructions to guide users through the measurements step by step. Both, the oscilloscopes and the R&S ZND network analyzer are automatically configured. The test results are documented in a pdf-format test report. The complete compliance test solution also includes a test fixture, simplifying connecting the 10BASE-T1S interface to the test setup.

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IDS ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 100 NEW USB3 VISION CAMERA MODELS

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is expanding its USB3 Vision camera range by more than 100 models in the coming weeks. The company integrates the entire range of Sony sensors in several camera families, which it currently already offers with a GigE Vision interface. With IDS peak, it also provides a new SDK for application development for vision cameras. IDS peak is entirely based on the standards of EMVA (GenICam) and AIA (GigE Vision, USB3 Vision) and simplifies handling and programming of these cameras.

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he USB3 Vision cameras will be available both as CP and SE family variants. For the latter, customers can choose between housing or board level versions with different lens holder options. The first model available is the 29 x 29 x 29 mm U3-3890CP industrial camera with the lightsensitive 12 MP IMX226 rolling shutter sensor from the Sony STARVIS series. Its sensor size of 1/1.7" allows users to choose from a large selection of cost-effective lenses. The sensors IMX290 (2.1 MP) and IMX178 (6.4 MP) are now also available as U3V camera variants – each in color and mono.

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The USB3 Vision cameras can be used with any software that supports this interface. For an optimal user experience, the company now also offers a new, platform-independent SDK called IDS peak.“It comes with all the necessary components, from source code samples to transport layers, so that customers can start developing their own applications right away,” explains Maike Strecker, uEye product manager. “We have developed an easy-to-understand programming interface that provides a convenient alternative to direct access via GenTL and GenAPI. In addition, special convenience classes ensure that the amount of required code and thus the programming effort is reduced.” IDS peak is now available for download. www.ids-peak.com https://en.ids-imaging.com/store/products/cameras/idsapi/usb3-vision.html

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HARVI™ I TE FROM KENNAMETAL - YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND

Much of the machining magic happens right here, with the innovative twisted end face of HARVI I TE. Increasing corner stability, enabling soft cutting action even at highest ramping angles.

Four-flute, solid carbide end mill delivers superior performance for steel, stainless steel, high-temperature alloys, and cast iron.

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ennametal announced the latest addition to its bestselling HARVI line of high-performance solid end milling tools, the HARVI I TE four-flute solid carbide end mill. With a radical new design, the HARVI I TE delivers outstanding performance in a broad range of materials, including steel, stainless steel, high-temperature alloys and cast iron –with tool life to match. And thanks to significantly reduced cutting forces, this game-changing tool can be used on any machining center or mill-turn center in the shop.

“The HARVI I TE consistently outperformed competing fourflute end mills in both wet and dry machining tests on a variety of materials and applications, with unprecedented tool life in many cases,” said Bernd Fiedler, Manager, Solid End Milling. “It performs exceptionally well on heavy roughing and finishing cuts alike – from deep cavities and full width slots to shoulder and dynamic milling.” Kennametal engineers designed the HARVI I TE to address four key problems that plague more than 90% of all milling applications: chip evacuation, tool deflection, corner stability, and breakage due to radial cutting forces. The result is a tool that’s durable and versatile enough to tackle the lion’s share of milling applications.

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Consider chip evacuation. The HARVI I TE has an innovative flute design that helps curl and break chips into manageable pieces, while a series of chip gashes within the flute lift those chips up and away from the workpiece. Both serve to promote coolant flow, eliminate chip re-cutting, and improve tool life. A twisted end face and unique gashing further promote chip evacuation but are also responsible 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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Innovative chip gashes within the flutes reduce cutting forces and support efficient chip evacuation. Anti-Vibration-Anti-Friction TechnologyAVF. A Precision faceted eccentric relief for excellent cutting conditions in multiple materials.

for the HARVI I TE’s awesome ramping and plunging capabilities. Tool deflection is reduced thanks to the tool’s parabolic core, as well as an eccentric, faceted relief along the entire flute length that significantly lowers cutting friction. This relief also increases edge strength, making the tool a versatile solution. Together with a variable helix angle and asymmetric flutes it dampens vibration before it can negatively affect machining operations. “The HARVI I TE improves process stability, surface quality and chip evacuation,” said Fiedler. “Most importantly, it maintains these benefits even at increased feeds, speeds, and depths of cut – delivering maximum metal removal, tool life and productivity.” www.kennametal.com MORE INFORMATION 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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BEYOND STANDARD - A NEW MACHINE DESIGN REINFORCES THE EMCO BRAND

Machine tool manufacturer EMCO stands for top-of-the-line, customised, automated complete solutions for both turning and milling. Following the redesign of the logo with the slogan “beyond standard” and the implementation of a new communications design, the machines have been given a new look, too.

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n future, the repositioning of the brand shall also be reflected in an unmistakable machine design. The brand commitment “beyond standard” - which is reflected in every product and every service - clearly embodies the investment in product upgrades, and thus in a future where the company's image and identity are subject to continuous developments.

In order to continue to meet the requirements of the growing competition, the EMCO Group is setting itself ambitious goals. One of the visible signs is the new corporate and communications design which shall reinforce the company's clear and unmistakable profile. The logo was redesigned in the course of the creative repositioning phases and is now replacing the former “EMCO Group” presence. However, the classic and familiar red-white colour scheme remains unchanged, however with a different weighting . While reinforcing the brand's recognisability, the modern implementation gives the entire organisation a uniform and technically innovative appearance. Presenting the company's products and services in all communication channels, the new corporate design conveys a consistent brand message. Machines as important brand ambassadors In the course of the corporate identity and design processes, the machine design was enhanced from top to bottom. The intelligent, high-grade turning and milling machines from the EMCO product family are the essential brand ambassadors. With the repositioning of the brand, EMCO emphasises the machines' functionality, user-friendliness,

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attractive design and aesthetics. The clear product architecture reflects the machines' precision and high quality. In order to make the human-machine-interfaces as user-friendly as possible, EMCO is continuously optimising the machines' operating sequences. The products' visual enhancement has led to a variety of changes in the machine design. In order to ensure user-friendliness and a clear arrangement, the machines' main interaction areas (such as the work area) have been highlighted in both colour and shape. The enclosure as a whole features a compact and clear design. Clean contours and precise joint patterns convey superior product quality. In order to keep track of the different product classes, price levels and equipment options are also reflected in the design features. The recognition value of the technically sophisticated and ergonomic machines is fully guaranteed by the new design of the EMCO product family.

EMCO is looking back on more than 70 years of expertise and experience in turning and milling. In line with the commitment to providing top-of-the-line, customised, automated, all-in-one solutions for turning and milling, it has always been, and always will be, the company's goal to turn customer needs into perfect, technologically intelligent solutions. This commitment — which is also a demand on EMCO — shall continue to advance both the technical development and the service quality for the customer. www.emco-world.com

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The brand commitment By focusing on the product design, the market requirements are fully met. The new brand slogan “beyond standard” reflects the company's conscious decision to go beyond what is standard and thus fulfil its commitment to quality, maximum precision and efficiency in turning and milling operations. In doing so, EMCO starts implementing its objective where others stop: beyond standard, that is.

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HIGH-TECH COATING PROTECTS AGAINST CORROSION AND WEAR: THE NEW B.TRITON HIGH-PERFORMANCE ROLLER CHAINS FROM IWIS

The new iwis b.triton high-performance roller chain is particularly resistant to corrosion and wear.

Wherever chains are exposed to the effects of seawater, or subject to stringent cleaning requirements, materials with conventional coatings soon reach their technical limits: roller chains used in harbours, or applications in the food or building services industry, rapidly lose their wear- and corrosion-resistant properties. The new b.triton series from Munich-based chain manufacturer iwis – high-performance roller chains with an innovative combination of coatings – is the perfect product for use in harsh operating environments.

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igh-performance zinc flake technology is combined with a special surface treatment, ensuring that JWIS b.triton chains are more resistant to corrosion than comparable competitor products in the market, as shown by the results of standardised corrosion tests. The new roller chains are highly sustainable, so they are particularly environment-friendly, especially as they are made from RoHS-compliant materials and free from hexavalent chromium (CrVI).

The basis of the newly developed chains is the strength of carbon steel combined with special surface coatings. This technology means the chains are ideal for use in highly corrosive environments requiring the characteristically high fatigue strength and tensile strength of carbon steel chains. A particular feature of the special zinc flake coating is its extremely good adhesion to the base material, which guarantees reliable protection of the roller chain against corrosion – even under the toughest operating conditions. An additional salt spray test with chains already in operational use confirmed that the chain is reliably protected against corrosion. Special coatings on bushes and pins reduce wear in JWIS b.triton chain bearings. Extruded bushes and rollers guarantee even better corrosion resistance, reduced run-in elongation and quieter chain running. The new

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Specially coated individual parts of the b.triton chain support its durability. • b.triton inner and outer chain plates (lupper left): High-performance coating provides outstanding corrosion protection • b.triton bushes (upper right): Manufactured by extrusion and with a special wear-reducing coating to provide protection against media penetration and rust

lubricant “iwiDUR G”, which was specially developed for the applications in which b.triton chains are used, provides additional protection against wear and corrosion. As a result, JWIS b.triton chains can be used in a temperature range from -10 °C to +130 °C – which can be extended to 150 °C by using an alternative high-temperature lubricant.

• b.triton rollers (bottom left): Seamless components and special coating ensure quiet chain running and corrosion protection • b.triton pins (bottom right): Corrosion protection in combination with optimum wear running properties

Munich-based chain manufacturer iwis offers a wide range of products for all drive and conveyor technology applications. The comprehensive product portfolio includes precision and high-performance roller chains, conveyor chains, maintenance-free and corrosion-proof chains, accumulation chains, conveyor chains for special applications, leaf chains, flat-top chains, hollow pin chains, pin oven chains and tube conveyor chains, chains and accessories for agricultural machinery, and timing chain drive systems for the automotive industry. www.iwis.com

In the standardized salt spray test, the b.triton roller chains from iwis prove their high corrosion resistance.

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COVAL'S CARBON VACUUM GRIPPER, A COBOT'S BEST FRIEND

Collaborative robots, or cobots as they are known in the industry, are developing rapidly, with an annual growth rate of more than 60% from 2017 to 2021* (Source Technavio). To offer solutions to this new market, Coval is launching its EOAT (End Of Arm Tools) range. The CVGC series of carbon vacuum grippers are the first product series to be launched.

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s their name implies, the role of collaborative robots is to collaborate with operators. The objective is to enhance versatility, eliminate repetitive tasks, prevent MSDs and boost productivity. However, to realize their full potential, these cobots need efficient tools. To meet this challenge, Coval is launching a range of gripping tools.

The first product to be introduced is the CVGC carbon vacuum gripper. It is not just an adaptation of an existing product, but a plug and play product designed 100% for various cobot models. Its design features seamlessly integrate with cobots to take advantage of their greatest strengths: • Lightweight, (< 1 kg for the smallest model) thanks to a carbon fiber construction will conserve the cobot’s lifting capacity. • Quick assembly and disassembly, without special tools, to promote the cobot’s versatility. • Operator protection via a flexible peripheral foam. Compactness, with a function block housing the vacuum generator, control cartridge, vacuum switch and silencer. • Versatility, with a foam gripping interface suitable for a range of workpieces and available in three dimensions (150 x 150 mm, 240 x 120 mm, 320 x 160 mm). A Vast Range of Applications With this ultra-light vacuum gripper, COVAL transforms each cobot into a tool that boosts the productivity and protects

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the health of operators in a wide range of industries: food, packaging, plastics, etc. Due to its immense adaptability and the capabilities of Coval's design department, the CVGC constitutes a tool available to all manufacturers, integrators and users of cobots for palletizing, gripping boxes or plastic parts, etc. An Example of the Benefits of French Fab CVGC carbon vacuum grippers are based on the expertise gained by COVAL, as a partner to integrators and manufacturers for more than 30 years, and the innovative capabilities of its in-house design team. They fully complement the COVAL range of vacuum pumps, suction cups and accessories for vacuum handling. CVGC vacuum grippers are manufactured in MontĂŠlier, France, underlining COVAL's commitment to the French Fab initiative. www.coval-inc.com

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COVAL ANNOUNCES A NEW EASY CLEAN VACUUM PUMP IN ITS WASH DOWN RANGE DESIGNED FOR INTENSIVE AND FREQUENT CLEANING

Good hygiene is paramount to the food and pharmaceutical industries. Manufacturing must ensure product quality and thus protect the consumer against any risk. Components used near the manufactured products or which come into in direct contact with them must easily cleaned on a very regular basis.

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OVAL offers a new Wash Down range of suction cups and vacuum pumps that can be exposed to water and humidity and quickly dismounted, while still maintaining a high performance level. They fully meet the strict hygiene requirements of these industries.

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Suitably-designed components The various components of Coval's Wash Down range, the Easy Clean vacuum pump and the associated suction cups, inserts and accessories perfectly tolerate splashing water spray and humid environments and can be used near food or pharmaceutical products. They are designed to favour smooth surfaces and retention-free areas in order to prevent any risk of contamination. As they are made of plastic and stainless-steel materials, the pump components contribute to preserving product hygiene. In addition, each of them is designed and manufactured for effortless assembly as well as to facilitate and speed up cleaning using any type of technique. No more need to choose between maximum hygiene and productivity.

A new Easy Clean vacuum pump The nozzle profile of the mixer of the Easy Clean pump in the Wash Down range operates at 4 bar, thus optimizing performance and increasing the efficiency of the suction flow rate. Its compact and lightweight design allows the pump to be installed as close as possible to the suction cups in order to improve production rates. The production lines are thus more efficient and operate in a way that respects the food environment. Productivity is increased while maintaining a high level of quality and reducing production and maintenance costs. Materials compatible with hygiene standards In addition to the pump, COVAL offers the food industry a wide range of silicone suction cups, compatible with FDA food standards and European directives. Coval's new Wash Down range is an effective solution in terms of quality, productivity and hygiene for production in humid environments. www.coval-inc.com

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MICROMO IS NOW FAULHABER MICROMO LLC

The FAULHABER GROUP is reorganizing its North American Operations Center to accelerate future growth.

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“The name FAULHABER MICROMO is well chosen for a family company because it honors important elements of both of the founders’ legacies” says the new CEO of FAULHABER MICROMO LLC, Karl Faulhaber. He is the grandson of the founders of both MicroMo Electronics Inc. and FAULHABER Drive Systems. FAULHABER MICROMO intends to enhance the customer experience for the North American market by utilizing the extensive engineering, design, and project management capabilities of FAULHABER, the global leader in precision drive systems. This organizational change will be underscored by a transition from the existing MICROMO company brand to the FAULHABER brand which bears the name of the founding family and has become known around the world as a symbol of high quality and innovation in the precision drives industry.

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s of July 2019, MicroMo Electronics Inc. (MICROMO) has been officially reorganized as FAULHABER MICROMO LLC and now becomes a fully integrated part of the FAULHABER Drive Systems division of the FAULHABER GROUP. The restructuring represents the realization of the long-term vision of the late owner of the company, Dr. Fritz Faulhaber Jr., and serves to solidify FAULHABER MICROMO’s position in the North American market as a leading provider in the area of high precision miniature motion systems. Dr. Faulhaber’s vision of a familyowned single corporate entity was carried through by his widow, Ping Faulhaber. As the most recent President of MICROMO, Ping states, “this reorganization will ensure that FAULHABER MICROMO can flourish and grow as a Faulhaber family owned company for generations to come with one name and one vision which will enhance the benefit to our high tech customers.” FAULHABER MICROMO remains under family ownership, including Ping Faulhaber, as a 100% subsidiary of FAULHABER Drive Systems, headquartered in Schönaich near Stuttgart, Germany.

https://www.micromo.com/company/the-faulhaber-group

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NEW BRUSHLESS SLOTTED MOTORS FOR SURGICAL APPLICATIONS OFFERING IN EXCESS OF 500+ STERILIZATION CYCLES

Portescap is pleased to announce the release of a new line of standard prototype motors for surgical applications. These 15 motors represent Portescap’s new SM series of surgical motors designed to meet the demanding requirements for surgical devices at a more cost-effective price point.

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hese motors leverage Portescap’s market leading sterilizable design approach and surgical application expertise to provide a more affordable and consistently reliable solution for surgical device makers. These motors have been optimized for Powered Staplers, Large and Small Bone Orthopedic Tools, Arthroscopic Shavers, ENT Microdebriders, and High Speed Neuro Drill applications. They are also well-suited for traditional surgical tools, as well as for robotically assisted surgical devices and can be paired with a Portescap sterilizable controller for battery powered applications.

Portescap is a world leader in sterilizable motor technology. Thanks to decades of development and millions of surgeries in the field, Portescap motors have the proven capability to deliver exceptional surgical results under the most demanding conditions. Portescap’s cost-effective SM motors have been designed and tested to withstand 500+ sterilization cycles. These small motors range in diameter from 0.5-1.23 inches, speeds up to 97K RPM, and torques up to 17.5 oz-in. They are lightweight with low noise and vibration to maximize tactile response and surgeon control in the most delicate of surgeries.

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Standard prototypes are available within two weeks, enabling Portescap’s partners to begin testing quickly and shorten their time to market. Portescap’s R&D engineers are well versed in medical device integration and are eager to collaborate – for partners needing custom solutions, Portescap can optimize a design to meet the exact requirements of the application. For more information or for help selecting a motor, talk to an engineer today. www.portescap.com 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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S M A R T FA C TO R Y

PRECISE CONTROL OF DOUBLE-DEPTH POSITIONING PROCESSES

IPS 400i – smallest, camera-based positioning sensor on the market. Compartment fine positioning – double-depth positioning with IPS 400i.

The new IPS 400i from Leuze electronic is the smallest camera-based positioning sensor on the market for double-depth compartment fine positioning. It helps high-bay storage devices to quickly and easily find the right rack.

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ith the new camera-based IPS 400i positioning sensor for high-bay storage devices, Leuze electronic – the expert for sensor solutions for intralogistics – is expanding its IPS range of products with a new model for optical compartment fine positioning. About a year ago, Leuze electronic introduced the IPS 200i, the smallest camera-based positioning sensor for single-depth, which is used for single depth pallet high racks and smallpart container storage.

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The new IPS400i is just as compact as its sibling, the IPS 200i, and thus requires little space on the high-bay storage device – however, it detects round holes or reflectors not only in single-depth, but also double-depth bars and thus determines the position deviation relative to the target position in the X and Y directions. This makes the new camera-based IPS 400i positioning sensor particularly suited for use in double-depth pallet high-bay warehouses. A model with integrated heating for use in refrigerated warehouses down to -30 °C is also available. Both variants – IPS 200i and IPS 400i – offer the user simple and fast commissioning and operation.

The sensors are put into operation using a web-based configuration tool with a user-controlled installation assistant (wizard). Printed configuration codes are read in without a PC via “Code Generator,” which means that configuration adjustments can be made directly on the high-bay storage device. An alignment system consisting of four feedback LEDs further facilitates the commissioning process. Due to its powerful, ambient-light-independent IR LED lighting, fault-free use in warehouse technology is possible with just one single device for a working range of up to 2400 mm. With the integrated TCP/IP interface and PROFINET RT, the IPS 400i can be directly integrated into the network environment and enables quick, locationindependent diagnostics. Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance take place using a quality score that detects deterioration in the reading performance of the sensor at an early stage. This minimizes downtime and increases the availability and cost-effectiveness of the systems. www.leuzeusa.com

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SOFTING INDUSTRIAL DATA NETWORKS PRESENTS CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS FOR THE PROCESS INDUSTRY

Softing Industrial Data Networks will show smart gateways for multi-protocol process control and a mobile plug & play solution for configuration and maintenance of field devices at the trade show SPS smart production solutions from November 26 to 28, 2019, in Nuremberg, in Hall 5, Booth 346.

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ith smart gateways and mobile enterprise solutions, Softing Industrial Data Networks presents itself at the SPS 2019 trade show in Nuremberg as a partner for the process industry on its way to digitalization.

Gateways for multi-protocol process control In many process plants control systems of different manufacturers and different generations are in operation due to long running times. The resulting different communication interfaces make it difficult to exchange production and plant data across systems when implementing industry 4.0 applications. Softing's smartGate product family supports users in integrating disparate protocols, ensures end-to-end digital data exchange and thus creates the prerequisites for greater efficiency and flexibility in production.

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In addition to the pnGates for PROFINET and the mbGates for Modbus/TCP, Softing will present the new Ethernet/IP to PROFIBUS gateways epGate DP, epGate PA and epGate PB at the fair. This completes the smartGate product family which now supports all Ethernet protocols relevant to the process industry: PROFINET, Ethernet/IP and Modbus/TCP. The epGates enable the convenient connection of PROFIBUS devices to Ethernet/IP controllers, e.g. from Rockwell, Schneider Electric or Emerson. 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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There is also news for the Modbus/TCP to PROFIBUS gateways. At the fair, version 1.20 of mbGate DP, mbGate PA and mbGate PB will be on display, which has been extended by the “High Availibility” option. It allows the operation of a redundant system with two Modbus/TCP controllers and two Modbus/TCP gateways. In this way, system availability is ensured even in the event of a connection failure. The mbGates enable the direct integration of PROFIBUS PA and DP segments into Modbus/TCP systems. They act as Modbus server and PROFIBUS master and connect up to four PROFIBUS PA segments as well as one DP segment with Modbus TCP.

the newly available FDI Communication Server it is now possible to use mobiLink with FDI applications. The DevCom app for Android or Windows adds an application for device parameterization to the offering. A new version – mobiLink Power – will be available at the beginning of 2020. This will allow field devices to be supplied with power, which is obtained via the USB port. An external power supply for the field devices is no longer necessary.

All gateways allow use of the existing power supply in technology upgrade projects, which significantly reduces engineering costs. Configuration and asset management can be carried out using industry-standard tools.

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Mobile Enterprise Solutions Modern process plants require digital, mobile, networked and standardized solutions that make data from plants, machines and field devices easily accessible and streamline maintenance procedures for configuring, commissioning and troubleshooting the devices. This is where Softing's mobile interface mobiLink comes in. It provides access to the three most important communication protocols in process automation – HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and Profibus PA – via a single interface. The connection to the mobile device can be made via USB or Bluetooth. With 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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CURTISS-WRIGHT’S INDUSTRIAL DIVISION LAUNCHES NEWEST INTEGRATED MOTOR / ACTUATOR

Curtiss-Wright’s Industrial Division today announced the release of its newest integrated motor / actuator, the Exlar® GTX100. The GTX100 is the second frame size in the integrated motor / actuator series. Incorporating Curtiss-Wright’s patented inverted roller screw technology, the GTX100’s high power density and compact form factor make it an ideal replacement for hydraulic cylinders.

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he GTX Series actuators offer the power, precision, and programmability of a servo system while minimizing the maintenance difficulties and mess of hydraulics. With continuous force ratings up to 15,392 N (3,460 lbf ), speeds up to 953 mm/sec (37.5 in/sec), and standard stroke lengths from 150 mm (5.9 inches) to 300 mm (11.8 inches), the GTX100 can be applied across a wide range of factory automation applications.

The GTX Series features include: - High capacity planetary roller screws offering up to 15X the life and significantly higher shock load resistance than a comparably sized ball screw - IP65S (min.) environmental protection - Seamless integration into most leading motion control architectures - R emovable front seal bushing greatly simplifies maintenance and re-greasing of nut assembly to maximize actuator life - Modular design with bolt-on mounting hardware allows effortless mounting reconfiguration or replacement in the field using commonly available tools - Smoother, quieter operation compared to previous generation designs Exlar is a business unit of Curtiss-Wright’s Industrial Division. For more information about Curtiss-Wright’s Exlar business, please visit www.exlar.com

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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.

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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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.

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The connectors are initially designed for automotive and industrial data transfer. The role of SPE is also to gain space and weight (with a more simple cable) and can be used in other markets such as machine, robotics and rail technology. Find out more... https://www.lemo.com/catalog/ROW/UK_English/ connector_SPE_single_pair_ethernet_1000BaseT1.pdf


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MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC AUTOMATION TAKES WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO LOCAL HOUSTON, TEXAS NEIGHBORHOOD The industrial automation company brought its educational resources to Acres Homes.

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n collaboration with BenCheri’ Educational Center and Youth Building Success Enhancement of Houston, Illinoisbased Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. conducted a training and workforce development program for students in the Acres Homes community of Houston, Texas from August 26 – 30, 2019.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation granted a CNC Specialist Certification to those who successfully completed the program, which was offered for free during the week of August 26-30th. The training program is specifically oriented towards teenagers, adults, and previously

“Workforce development is extremely important to us,” said Derrick Jordan, mechatronics engineering group manager at Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. “The Specialist Certification provides each student with a new set of skills to compete and thrive in the Houston region.” “Thanks to Mitsubishi Electric for investing in young people and providing highly specialized computer training. By developing new skills, the BenCheri’ students who successfully completed the program will have opportunities to become gainfully employed and provide for themselves and their families,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Acres Homes is part of my Complete Communities Initiative. My mission is to boost workforce development, affordable housing, and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout Houston.”

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Mitsubishi Electric Automation is a subsidiary of Tokyobased Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, one of the world's leading names in the manufacture and sales of electrical and electronic products and systems used in a broad range of fields and applications. The automation business unit of Mitsubishi Electric specializes in products such as Computer Numerical Controllers (CNCs), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), servo motors, and industrial robots, which are found in factories and manufacturing floors across the world, in industries such as oil and gas, medical, transportation, and aerospace. As part of the company’s Workforce Development Program, it aims to bring its equipment to elementary schools, high schools, technical colleges, and non-profit organizations, and provide skills in programming, service, maintenance and operations needed for tomorrow’s workforce.

incarcerated persons who encounter difficulties finding sustainable jobs. Mitsubishi Electric and BenCheri’ will host an awards ceremony on Friday, August 30th, to recognize the students who successfully completed the certification training. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, along with other elected officials, including Texas State Representative Jarvis Johnson, will attend to show their support of the endeavor.

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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, for the so-called “connected human” – a huge trend in the connectivity sector –, as well as in IoT applications.

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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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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).

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.”

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.

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™: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/ en/fischer-freedomtm-series

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 LP360™: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/ products/lp360tm

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DIE KLEMME: STATE-OF-THE-ART PUSHIN TERMINAL SERIES WITH IMPROVED DESIGN

The new Push-in terminal range PRK from CONTA-CLIP.

CONTA-CLIP presents the new Push-in terminal series PRK. The comprehensive range provides users with a number of design improvements on conventional Push-in terminals and satisfies even very demanding requirements regarding ease of use and mechanical stability. The Push-in connection ensures a safe, toolfree insertion of rigid wires or wires with end sleeves and significantly reduces the time spent on wiring.

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or a quick release of inserted wires, the terminals are equipped with a pusher that requires only slight pressure and no special tools, although the Push-insprings provide high contact force for the wire connections. Improving on conventional Push-in terminals, accidental incorrect insertions of wires are made impossible due to the physical separation of the insertion channel and pusher. The completely new internal layout with large contact surfaces and fixed metal parts ensures a high current-carrying capacity with low heat build-up, mechanical toughness and an absolutely secure hold of the compact terminals.

All potentials have a test point for easy measurement. PRK range feed-through and PE terminals are available for six nominal cross-sections from 1.5 mm² to 16 mm² in versions with two, three and four-wire connectors suitable for wire cross section from 0.34 mm2 to 25 mm2. The protectiveconductor terminals are equipped with a foot contact on both sides to ensure maximum electrical and mechanical reliability. In addition, CONTA-CLIP offers the plug-in crossconnection system PQI for quick and convenient potential distribution. Standard terminals with rated cross-sections from 1.5 mm2 to 10 mm2 can route two potentials within the two cross-connection channels. All insulating materials used in the PRK series are free of harmful substances and meet the V-0 self-extinguishing fire classification according to UL 94. www.contaclipinc.com

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DIRECT MODBUS CONNECTION TO PLCS

The compact communication module features a Modbus RTU interface for easy data exchange with the PLC.

GSM-PRO2 series communication modules from CONTA-CLIP feature a Modbus RTU (RS485) interface that enables easy data exchange with other controllers.

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he modules operate in slave mode and can, for example, provide a PLC with added GSM functionality via an easy plug connection to the RS485 port directly on the C-type mounting rail. The GSM-PRO-CON extension module from CONTA-CLIP makes wiring even simpler. Plugged into the GSM-PRO2 module, it offers front-access terminals for connection to the controller. The GSM-PRO2 parameterization software can be programmed to send a text or email fault message to specified recipients when the status of the PLC input changes.

Prompted by a text message that is sent to the GSM-PRO2 module, data is written into the PLC's digital and analog registers via the Modbus RTU interface. The PLC, acting as a master, reads out the data in order to trigger the corresponding actions. Various communication modules with and without GPS functionality are available for all common wireless standards up to 4G. Apps for iPhone and Android devices enable flexible monitoring and control and provide an instant overview over the statuses of several modules at once. Users do not need any programming skills to parameterize the modules. Firmware updates and online configuration changes can be easily carried out at any time via the GSM network, even after installing and commissioning the modules. MORE INFORMATION

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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.

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

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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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MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC EXPLAINED ITS MARMARAY SOLUTIONS IN THE TUNNELING SYMPOSIUM

Mitsubishi Electric, a sponsor of the International Tunneling Symposium, attracted attention by its innovative technologies.

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itsubishi Electric, the leading brand in the automation industry, supported International Tunneling Symposium organized by the Tunneling Association with Silver Sponsorship. Mitsubishi Electric Turkey Factory Automation Systems Major Projects Business Development and Factory Automation Director Hüsnü Dökmeci, being the spokeman in the event, described the solutions of Marmaray Project, which has a daily passenger capacity of over 500 thousand. Dökmeci providing information about the control system designed by Mitsubishi Electric with a 100% redundant in the world's deepest immersed tube tunnel Marmaray, indicates that everything in the system is ready for passenger safety 7/24.

In the International Tunneling Symposium of Tunneling Association at the Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent Hotel between 2-3 December with the theme “Challenges of Tunneling” sector representatives met from around the world. Mitsubishi Electric Turkey Factory Automation Systems Major Projects Business Development and Factory Automation Director Hüsnü Dökmeci made a representation in the event that Mitsubishi Electric as the pioneer brand of automation industry provided support with Silver Sponsorship. Dökmeci described the solutions of Mitsubishi Electric, which combines strength with Taisei Corporation, which has a prestigious place in large scale construction projects in the world, in the Marmaray Project, which has the deepest immersed tube tunnel and with a daily passenger capacity of over 500 thousand.

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Mitsubishi Electric's services in Marmaray Hüsnü Dökmeci, who stated that realised Marmaray's “Station Information and Management System Project” within the scope of infrastructure projects among Mitsubishi Electric's activities in Turkey, explained that their services of Marmaray in the following way; “Mitsubishi Electric's services at Marmaray BC1 Bosphorus Transition Project cover; high-tech automation equipment, engineering 26 | Industry USA | November 2019

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and design, projecting, software programming, hardware assembly, commissioning, training and service support. We carried out control and supervision of electromechanical equipment in the tunnel, all stations, ventilation buildings and generator buildings. Additionally, the scenario required for the Marmaray energy systems to be supplied by two TEİAŞ and two generator sets in both sides.

100% Redundant Control system operating 7/24 Dökmeci, providing information about Marmaray control system designed by Mitsubishi Electric as a 100% redundant system, esplained that “Marmaray control system with 37

Everything is ready for passenger safety Dökmeci, indicating that all electromechanical systems of Marmaray BC1 Bosphorus Transition Project are monitored by SCADA system called SIMS (Station Information Management System); concluded that “Among these subsystems, tunnel and station ventilation, power distribution systems, lighting, flood gates, fire detection and extinguishing systems have a critical importance. All of this is controlled and monitored in full by Mitsubishi Electric's infrastructure. In the tunnel there is also a fully redundant fiber infrastructure. In each station, the control of the subsystems is provided continuously with redundant PLCs. The continuity of the systems, which is very important in underground subway systems, is an extremely sensitive issue when evaluated in terms of passenger safety.”

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Within the scope of the Marmaray Bosphorus Transition Project, works which Mitsubishi Electric performed in the tunnels were; control and monitoring the ventilation system, starting, stopping and monitoring the smoke discharge scenarios, opening and closing the flood gates, monitoring the drainage system and monitoring the alarms, monitoring and controlling the illumination, monitoring the environmental measurement systems, monitoring fire alarm and extinguishing systems. The works of our brand in station and ventilation buildings include control and monitoring of common area and room fans, control and monitoring of low voltage distribution and UPS systems, monitoring of fire and extinguishing systems, control and monitoring of common area lighting, monitoring of clean water, polluted and wastewater system, control and monitoring of the stairs, monitoring of the elevators.”

thousand hardware monitoring and control points, 107 thousand software monitoring and control points, 750 operator screen control pages and 100 km communication cable operated 7/24. Therefore, for example, in the event of a fire in the tunnel, the operators can contact the train operator at the relevant incident point and can detect the air flow direction to evacuate the passengers and the smoke. Thus, the system can direct the operator to minimize the possibility of error and easily start the defined ventilation scenario.”

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Industry USA | 26 - November 2019  

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

Industry USA | 26 - November 2019  

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