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THE ROBOT REVOLUTION IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY In a short span of 60 years, robots have revolutionised manufacturing and emerged as game changers in industry.

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he term “robot”, with Slavic roots denoting labour, was first used in 1920 by Czech writer Karel Čapek in a play about a factory making artificial humans for work. But even before the term was coined, the concept has fascinated human beings from ancient times, with various civilisations exploring the idea of mechanised human forms as servants and companions. Leonardo da Vinci’s Mechanical Knight from the Renaissance period was perhaps the best representation of this effort. The quest gained momentum with the advent of the First Industrial Revolution in the latter half of the 18th Century, when mechanisation actually began replacing human labour. The honour for designing the first modern programmable robot however goes to George Devol, an American inventor who designed a programmable mechanical arm, later called the Unimate. Devol worked to refine this further with Joseph Engelberger, his contemporary and fellow inventor, who is today acknowledged as the “Father of Robotics”. The Unimate was an autonomous, pre-programmed robot designed to perform a task repeatedly. It was first installed in 1961 by General Motors at its factory to move pieces of hot metal. There was no looking back, as the cliché goes, and the evolution of the modern industrial robot truly began.

A sketch of the Unimate designed by George Devol. Image Source: Wikipedia

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An example of robots deployed in Smart Production. Image Source: KUKA Robots

In a short span of 60 years, robots have revolutionised manufacturing and emerged as game changers in industry. Today technologically advanced companies and countries are maintaining their edge over the less robotically inclined, with dramatic results. According to the World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report released by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), a record of 2.7 million industrial robots are operating in factories around the world. The average robot density in the manufacturing industry today has hit a new global record of 113 units per 10,000 employees. The world’s top 10 most automated countries (in descending order) are: Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA and Belgium and Luxemburg. The fact that all these countries are known for their technological

THE GROWING POPULARITY OF ROBOTS There is no single factor behind the increasing adoption of robots in manufacturing. The most common advantages of robots over their human counterparts are by now too well known – speed, precision and accuracy, besides the ability to operate in hazardous locations. Robots do not get tired, do not make mistakes and do not report sick or need

Michael Otto

Chris Hazlewood

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Chief Editor, Factory Automation Promotion Group at Mitsubishi Electric

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prowess is no coincidence. Singapore has the highest robot density in the world with 918 units per 10,000 employees. China, with robot density of 187, is the fastest growing market, while Japan (robot density 364) is the largest manufacturer of industrial robots accounting for 47% of global production.


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vacations. Together, these attributes have worked well in increasing production efficiency manifold, while at the same time reducing costs significantly. “There are a lot of things all converging at the same time to create a ‘perfect wind’ for the growing acceptance of robotics. It starts with the internet age and netizens wanting more product choice and shorter delivery periods. This drives the need for faster response from manufacturers but also the need to ensure there are no lapses in quality, and robots are a natural choice to solve both points,” says Chris Hazlewood, Chief Editor, Factory Automation Promotion Group at Mitsubishi Electric. “In parallel, there has been a major expansion of potential robot applications. No longer are robots restricted to an isolated cell to perform highspeed processes, robots and humans are now working side by side. This has been made possible because many of the understandable human safety issues are resolved through new collaborative robot concepts, the use of AI vision systems to make adaptive path decisions and protective solutions like ‘soft skins’ around the robots – all of these innovations reduce the fear factors, increase the usability and speed up the adoption. And finally, there is the realisation in many countries that there are concerns about the future available workforce as the population ages and skills are potentially lost, so again robots are a natural solution to this,” Chris elaborates. Mitsubishi Electric’s line of industrial robots offers high performance and reliability to address demanding applications across many industries.

“Robots offer numerous advantages. They are predestined for repetitive tasks because they work with the highest precision and around the clock without getting tired. They give people the time to tackle more demanding tasks. They compensate for the lack of skilled workers. In times of crisis, these advantages come into their own, also because a lot of thought is given to new applications,” says Michael Otto, Chief Sales Officer of KUKA Robotics, the world’s leading provider of production systems in the automotive industry. The company, part of the Midea Group, is the third largest manufacturer of robots in the world. Its KR QUANTEC series perhaps has the widest load range spanning from 90 kg up to 300 kg with a reach of up to 3100 mm, with applications across industry segments. However, in other ranges, the company has industrial robots with up to 1000 kg capacity. This is also true of other major OEMs in the segment. THE LARGEST USER INDUSTRY The automotive industry, which was the first to adopt assembly line production in 1913 with the Ford Model T, is also the largest user of automation and robotics today. Close to a third of all industrial robots are used in the automotive industry. A recent IFR report highlights this fact clearly. For example, Germany has a robot density of 346 for general industries, but its automotive industry has a robot density of 1,311. Similar proportion is reflected in the statistics for the US and Japan, the two other leading automobile

Integration of machines with robotics presents a unique opportunity. Image Source: Mitsubishi Electric

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manufacturers, and China is catching up fast. Other than assembly operations, robots in automobile industry are deployed for critical tasks like welding/gluing, painting, machine tending, material handling, pick and place, etc. The auto components industry is also a major user of robots in machine tending and parts transfer operations. At the China International Industry Fair in late 2020, ABB showcased several intelligent products and technologies for the automotive industry, including automotive electronics assembly, quality inspection and an innovative new PixelPaint solution. This uses an inkjet to eliminate overspray, enabling two-tone paint and individual designs to be applied in one pass, without masking and de-masking, making customised painting 50 per cent faster and more sustainable. For the record, ABB is the world’s largest manufacturer of industrial robots with a very wide range of models and applications, and the largest installed base of any robotics manufacturer. Other industry segments that use robots extensively include electricals and electronics; white goods and appliances, metal and machinery; plastic and chemicals; and food & beverages. As for applications, packaging and palletisation is one of the major areas for use of industrial robots, as are material handling and warehousing. Robots today are not just automated mechanical devices but also rapidly gaining capabilities with increasing use of many types of sensors, especially machine vision. This, coupled with artificial intelligence and machine learning, are adding more critical applications in various other industries and processes, like the healthcare sector. ADAPTING TO CHANGE With the impending electrification of automobiles, one major concern is how will the rising popularity of Electric Vehicles impact use of robots in automotive industry, which is one of the largest users? This is especially relevant because EVs have fewer parts and assemblies, and hence are expected to cause a significant change in the process of automobile manufacturing. All major automotive companies today offer the EV option, or are in the process of launching one. That the future of mobility is electric, is now evident going by the emerging trends. But robots will remain on the shop floor even as the industry goes green with EVs, since the automobile industry is now more than ever reliant on advanced manufacturing technologies. This is best illustrated by how automation specialist and industrial robot manufacturer FANUC supports Volkswagen in the expansion of future-oriented drive technologies. In September 2020, the company announced it is supplying a total of around 1,400 robots to the VW plants in Emden, Germany, and Chattanooga, USA. The FANUC robots will be used in body shop and battery production.“The demands on robot technology have changed due to the construction of electric vehicles,” says Ralf Winkelmann, Managing Director of FANUC Deutschland GmbH. “Thanks to our wide range

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Comau robots are integrated in the different phases of the New 500. Image Source: Comau


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of products, we can react to them reliably and flexibly.” The VW site in Emden is currently being transformed into one of the most modern locations in the automotive industry. From 2022, more than 800 FANUC robots will produce a new generation of VW e-vehicles there. The plant in Chattanooga will be expanded to become the centre of VW’s production of e-vehicles in North America. Starting in 2022, Chattanooga will employ approximately 600 additional FANUC robots. As the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer, FANUC, also a strategic partner of BMW, offers more than 100 robot models, the widest range of industrial robots with a payload ranging from 0.5kg-2300k, for any application or industry. Italian industrial automation company Comau, with its wide range of industrial robots, has provided FCA and the Fiat brand with advanced automation solutions for the development of its first fully electric vehicle, the New 500. A total of 187 Comau robots are integrated in the different phases of the car manufacturing process, thanks to the collaboration of a team of Comau experts who worked side-by-side the automaker’s designers to optimise the work lines for Smart Manufacturing. Each robot has been fully equipped by Comau to efficiently carry out all the special processes an electric car requires – from custom-designed handling systems and grippers to a special 3D printed endeffector for moving body components. Comau has also integrated the lines with advanced vision systems to control the quality of the adhesive dispensing system, both during processing and at the end of the cycle. In order to optimise and speedup inline tool changes, an articulated magazine system was designed to provide the robots with the different types of tools required to perform each application in a fast and easy way. Says Andrew Lloyd, Chief Operating Officer – Electrification of Comau: “Our experience and global leadership in the industrial sector, together with the skills gained in the field of electrification and digitalisation, support the creation of highly innovative, flexible and tailor-made technological solutions. This approach allows Comau to develop projects that look to the future of mobility and renewable energy sources, such as the New 500 full electric, thus responding to the needs of an industrial system in continuous evolution and the demands of an end consumer increasingly attentive to sustainability.” “When you think of the automotive industry and robotic use you probably imagine big robots lifting and welding panels or applying the painting processes that give the car its impressive finish. Actually, robots are used on multiple other areas from haptic testing of the drivers’ console, through to assembly of multiple subcomponents and electronics. In our showroom in Akihabara, Tokyo we even demonstrate the assembly of the in-car entertainment system, by robots,” says Chris Hazlewood. “Furthermore, I saw recently a very innovative use of robots to change car tyres in a shorter time and with recordable security that each wheel, nut and tyre have been correctly installed. The reason I relate these examples is each of these applications will still remain regardless if it is a fossil fuel engine or an EV. In addition, I also think these examples illustrate just

FANUC robots will be used in body shop for Volkwagen EVs. Image Source: FANUC

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EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR ROBOTS AND HUMANS The European charter for robots and humans working together has been officially released by the European Engineering Industries Association (EUnited) earlier this year. The document defines 10 focus areas to shape the future of work. The charter supports the UNITED NATIONS Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. “The transition to an increasingly automated and datadriven economy requires changes in work arrangements that need to be adjusted by employers, their workers and government,” says Nobel Prize laureate, Sir Christopher Pissarides, Co-Chair at the Institute for the Future of Work (IFOW). “Industry can help by ensuring that their workers are equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the new economy.” Focus area one puts the human in the centre: The charter wants robots to relieve workers of the dull and lowinteraction work that is not well suited for human nature employees should work like humans and not like machines.

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Focus area two makes it clear that robots must assist humans, not the other way around. Therefore, the European robotics industry advocates a “human-in-command approach”. The other focus areas deal with skills development, human-robot collaboration, the ease of machine use, initiatives especially for young people and strategies tackling demographic change. “2.7 million industrial robots in use worldwide and the increasing use of service robots outside factories rapidly change the way we work,” says EUnited Robotics Chairman, Wilfried Eberhardt. “To actively manage this transition, the European robotics industry has developed the ’Good Work Charter’ and identified 10 focus areas that we need to address now. It is essential to understand that humans will always play a central role in the workplace.” Released by Engineering Association EUnited, the European Charter for robots and humans uts the human in the centre.


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how innovative automotive manufacturers are at utilising automation to gain production flexibility and advantage. It’s a trend I don’t see changing and if anything, accelerating as robots may gain new tasks in the building of electrical motors, installation of battery systems, etc.,” adds Chris. WHAT ARE THE FUTURE TRENDS FOR ROBOTS? In the next ten years, more and more people around the world will be working with robots. Automation is becoming mainstream and is finding its way into more and more areas. “Our mission by 2030 is: Automation will be simpler, more intuitive, and thus available to everyone. This will lower the entry threshold. Programming a robot will then be as easy as working on a PC today,” says Peter Mohnen, CEO KUKA Group. According to Mohnen, the increasing width of applications is evident in other industries: “After the coronavirus pandemic, there will be a real push towards more automation, especially in logistics and healthcare, which will have a major impact in the medium term.” Easy access to robotics is KUKA’s ambitious goal – and the company will present the first elements of a preview of an operating system of the future at the Hannover Messe 2021 Digital Edition. Because therein lies the key: simple operation and intuitive handling of automation solutions, which until now have often been reserved for experts.

“Robots will become smarter, more connected, more mobile and more ‘normal’. They will become an ever increasingly familiar sight not only in manufacturing but in our everyday life, from shelf management in the supermarket, to hotel concierge functions and even serving your coffee. Many of these activities are being pioneered now but will mature and become more widespread in the world of tomorrow,” says Chris Hazlewood. Referring to the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning, he adds, “AI and ML will not be something unusual or to be feared, but a background function that enables and supports. Customers will not be looking to buy an AI enabled device but to buy a smart device to fulfil specific tasks.” Conclusion The global economic crisis in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic is expected to shape industrial robot sales in 2021. The 2020 sales of industrial robots were impacted marginally due to the crisis, which is a temporary phenomenon. Digitalisation has unleashed the next wave of automation with emerging technologies helping robots to become even more agile and versatile. The Covid-19 pandemic has also brought home the need for more autonomous factory operations in future, and hence the long-term prospects for industrial robots remain excellent.

“Smart robotics and automation are vital to deal with new consumer trends, demand for product variety or challenges from trade barriers,”says Dr Susanne Bieller, General Secretary of the IFR. “New technological solutions pave the way for more flexibility in production.” Simplification, Collaboration and Digitalisation are key drivers that will benefit robot implementation. Programming and installation of robots has become much easier with digital sensors combined with smart software that allow direct teaching methods, the so-called “Programming by Demonstration”. The task that the robot arm is to perform is first executed by a human. The human operator literally takes the robot arm and hand guides it through the movements. This data is then transformed by the software into the digital program of the robot arm. According to the IFR, in future, machine learning tools will further enable robots to learn by trial-and-error or by video demonstration and self-optimise their movements. In fact programming of robots is becoming easier across the OEMs. ABB has launched its Wizard Easy Programming software for its IRB 1100 industrial robot, allowing first time users to introduce robotic automation into their production lines without the need for specialist programming skills or any knowledge of RAPID code. “There is a growing demand from industry for robots that can be programmed easily for a wide range of tasks, which is why ABB is expanding the capability of Wizard Easy Programming to support small industrial robots starting with the IRB  1100,” said Antti Matinlauri, Head of Product Management for ABB Robotics. “People have become accustomed to the easy user interfaces in smartphones and other consumer technology. Our Wizard Easy Programming tool uses this concept to take the effort out of programming industrial robots and brings us a step closer to enabling anyone and everyone to use robotics.” 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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’ROBOTS WILL BECOME SMARTER, MORE CONNECTED, AND MORE MOBILE’

Chris Hazlewood, Chief Editor, Factory Automation Promotion Group at Mitsubishi Electric.

Mitsubishi Electric has proven expertise in robotic solutions. What are the factors contributing to the growing popularity of robots? There are a lot of things all converging at the same time to create a ’perfect wind’ for the growing acceptance of robotics. It starts with the internet age and netizens wanting more product choice and shorter delivery periods. This drives the need for faster response from manufacturers but also the need to ensure there are no lapses in quality, and robots are a natural choice to solve both points. In parallel, there has been a major expansion of potential robot applications. No longer are robots restricted to an isolated cell to perform high-speed processes, robots and humans are now working side by side. This has been made possible because many of the understandable human safety issues are resolved through new collaborative robot concepts, the use of AI vision systems to make adaptive path decisions and protective solutions like ’soft skins’ around the robots – all of these innovations reduce the fear factors, increase the usability and speed up the adoption. And finally, there is the realisation in many countries that there are concerns about the future available workforce as the population ages and skills are potentially lost, so again robots are a natural solution to this. How will the rise of Electric Vehicles impact use of robots in automotive industry, which is one of the largest users? When you think of the automotive industry and robotic use you probably imagine big robots lifting and welding panels or applying the painting processes that give the car its impressive finish. Actually, robots are used on multiple other areas from haptic testing of the drivers’ console, through to assembly of multiple subcomponents and electronics. In our showroom in Akihabara, Tokyo we even demonstrate 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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the assembly of the in-car entertainment system, by robots. Furthermore, I saw recently a very innovative use of robots to change car tyres in a shorter time and with recordable security that each wheel, nut and tyre have been correctly installed. The reason I relate these examples is each of these applications will still remain regardless if it will be a fossil fuel engine or an EV. In addition, I also think these examples illustrate just how innovative automotive manufacturers are at utilising automation to gain production flexibility and advantage. It’s a trend I don’t see changing and if anything, accelerating as robots may gain new tasks in the building of electrical motors, installation of battery systems, etc. BTW if you want to see that wheel changing application take a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGaegBrSJbM Are Cobots with their greater appeal bridging the gap with conventional robots on assembly lines? Collaborative robots are definitely a great addition to the robotic portfolio, and yes in some cases they bridge an existing gap but more frequently they open-up a totally new field of application. To be honest this is one of the most exciting things about collaborative robots in the way they are challenging the way we think about how we do things. However, I think it’s important to understand that actually there are a lot of different robot types, from traditional single arm-multi axis, to multi-arms, delta (or sometimes called spider) robots, twin beam high-speed placement robots, etc. The key thing to remember here is each robot type has a specific strength, so at one end of the scale you have high speed, ultra-precise robots operating with no human intervention, maybe in the middle you have high IP rated robots that are working in environments that may


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be unfriendly to humans, and at the other end you have collaborative robots who are working very closely with people and consequently will be slower and more typically a little less precise. But there is no doubt, collaborative robots are expanding an already extensive solution portfolio. Use of robots in the service industry is rising – what does this mean for the leading vendors? Service robots are definitely ’on the rise.’ In China recently we saw a restaurant taking orders by mobile phone/2D code, creating/cooking and delivering the dish to the customer – all by various different types of robots. Amazing! In Japan there are robots delivering luggage or small amenities to guests in hotel rooms, so there are a lot of people coming up with a lot of imaginative ways to utilize technology. Will that trend continue? Absolutely! But moving back to the manufacturing environment, there are equally interesting developments there from very innovative, high-density warehouse storage solutions managed by service robots to traditional AGV type parts delivery. What really is exciting is the combination of a traditional robot with an AGV to create the potential of a self-configuring production environment, bringing ’work-stations’ in different orders and configurations by redeploying them at will. For sure the robotic hardware is critical, but then so is the battery systems for such mobile applications. Added to that the use of safety systems to protect workers and vision and AI to manage programless task configuration, now you can understand the answer I gave earlier that there is this “perfect wind” propelling the adoption of robotics, and honestly we are just at the start of it.   How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the industrial robots market? The whole Covid situation is a challenge to us all both on a humanitarian front and on a business and manufacturing front. However, the human spirit is very resilient, and a lot of people have used this regrettable situation to try to find new ways to do things. Social distancing as applied to manufacturing is even more challenging. Often this has meant that factories have implemented a multiple shift system to reduce the number of workers present at any one time. But sometimes that’s simply not feasible because you need a certain level of operational resources to make the manufacturing process work. In those cases for sure the use of PPE for workers is absolute, and the simple addition of screens and barriers are also a big help. But still this does not solve all problems and as a consequence we have seen a real surge in interest in collaborative robots. Typically, these enquiries are applications to support a worker where, potentially in the past there were two workers side by side, but now due to the shift rotation only one is present at any one time. So yes, there has been an increase in interest in robotic solutions, but in addition remote maintenance and predictive maintenance solutions are also garnering renewed interest. Will the growing use of AI and ML provide the muchneeded boost for wider use of robots in industry? Yes, indeed AI and ML are already making their impact felt. However, for most people AI and ML are in some way indivisible. As customers they are primarily interested in what it delivers as a benefit to them not necessarily how it does it, that’s probably more interesting for the engineers!

To try to illustrate how important this is, let me give you a few examples, because to simply say ’AI empowered vision solutions’ do not do justice to the wide range of what that can entail. From applications around vision to support the auto path generation avoiding obstacles and people, to innovations of picking and sorting objects in bins or even selecting and handling natural, delicate items like plant cuttings at a farm where each cutting is basically unique, AI is enabling robots to add more value across a wider range of tasks. But that’s again not the whole story. AI is also allowing us to control robotic grippers in more advanced ways than ever before. Imagine picking up a ’bag’ of washing detergent, as the robot lifts it, two very difficult things happen that needs controlling. As the bag is raised the contained detergent displaces, this changes the centre of gravity of the bag but at the same time can also change the ’shape’ of the bag as the detergent collects at the bottom … and the robot and its gripper have to react in milliseconds to prevent the bag from being dropped and potentially damaged. I could go on about AI enabled maintenance or the benefits of AI being used to potentially control a robot by voice or hand gestures, there is so much happening right now it is fantastic. What are the future trends for robots at Mitsubishi Electric? Robots will become smarter, more connected, more mobile and more ’normal’. They will become an ever increasingly familiar sight not only in manufacturing but in our everyday life, from shelf management in the supermarket, to hotel concierge functions and even serving your coffee. Many of these activities are being pioneered now but will mature and become more widespread in the world of tomorrow. AI and ML will not be something unusual or to be feared, but a background function that enables and supports. Customers will not be looking to buy an AI enabled device but to buy a smart device to fulfil specific tasks; Window cleaning, vacuuming the floor, testing a product, assembling parts … walking the dog?! Will robots become humanoid in appearance and operation? That’s more of a question for society in general, but as is the current case there will not be one ’type’ of robot but a multitude, some for general tasks, others for dedicated tasks. How will we interact with robots? Well, we talk with our smart home assistant to find out the weather, play our favourite music, etc … so why should we not talk with the robots of the future to do tasks or report status? Whatever the future holds for us it is sure to be both exciting and very different than what we can imagine today – and probably a little more mundane. Interestingly, the Japanese Government has a project called ’Society 5.0’ which seeks to understand the balance and fit of technology, business, people and society in general as we grapple with the 4th Industrial Revolution, aging populations, increasing environmental pressures and dwindling resources. Following that concept may just give us all a glimpse of what the future may truly hold and we as Mitsubishi Electric will be there to support both our customers and to help support and improve society as we ’change for the better’.

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With the introduction of the new AX-8 series, Delta has extended its capabilities in motion control. Thanks to the embedded multi-core technology and real-time extension, this powerful IPC controller based on the CODESYS platform guarantees high performance in a compact fan-less design.

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Thanks to the evolution of HW technology, today they offer improved reliability: this, along with increased shock and vibration resistance, a lack of rotating parts, and solidstate memory storage devices, have all become essential in modern industrial environments. The subsequent advent of real-time extensions and multi-core processors gave industrial PCs the capability to control automated machines and, at the same time, maintain the flexibility provided by standard operating systems. This enabled machine builders to benefit from the increased performance of last generation CPUs to fulfill the requests of the most demanding applications. Delta’s AX-8 series is all of that, and much more.

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IPC architecture to enhance performance and flexibility The AX-8 is a powerful industrial PC series, equipped with the Windows 10 IoT operating system. The embedded Intel J1900 Quad Core processor offers optimal performance and ensures low power consumption in a compact, fanless format. Despite its small size (54.2 × 141 × 137.5 mm), it includes a wide range of interfaces: three independent 1Gbps Ethernet ports, four USB ports, one HDMI and an SD card slot to provide additional memory storage for data backup. Comfortable push-in connectors give easy access to the power supply and the additional I/O port, which includes 16 DI/DOs, incremental and SSI encoder interfaces and RS422/485 serial port. Thanks to the CODESYS platform and its embedded real-time extension, the AX-8 becomes a powerful motion controller able to control up to 64 axes through the embedded EtherCAT interface. PLC, Motion Control and Windows OS can live on the same device without affecting each other’s performance. Users can also leverage the flexibility of a standard operating system; for example, installing 3rd-party SW tools or running HMI applications on the AX-8 itself.


DIADesigner-AX: the Delta CODESYS-based engineering platform With the new AX-8 series, Delta has adopted the well-known SW automation suite CODESYS, which is now integrated into the DIAStudio environment. This powerful new tool, called DIADesigner-AX, offers many advantages for users and developers: • Standard programming. It meets international standards like IEC61131-3 for PLC programming and PLCopen for motion control programming. All IEC languages are supported, from ladder to structured text, including the support of Object Oriented Programming (OOP). • Integrated commissioning tools like digital oscilloscope, data monitoring, breakpoints, diagnostics, online changes. • Simulation mode to test PLC/motion programs without physical target devices • Planning and execution of both simple and complex applications for motion control, including single-axis and multi-axis movements in accordance with PLCopen standard • Integrated graphical interface to create electronic cams • Planning and execution of CNC and robotics applications DIADesigner-AX keeps the typical project tree structure of CODESYS projects: PLC programming, Task Configuration, hardware configuration and all the other functionalities can be accessed in the same environment. This dramatically reduces the learning time, helping users to develop a complete motion control project quickly. In addition, DIADesigner-AX includes some special graphical tools for hardware, network and axis configuration to make the user experience even more user-friendly.

Extensive fieldbus support One of the most useful features of the AX-8 series is the wide support of fieldbus technologies and communication protocols. The integrated EtherCAT interface allows high-speed control of Delta field devices, such as the AC Servo Drive ASDA-A3-E, ASDA-B3-E, ASDA-A2-E Series, High Performance Compact Drive MH300 Series, Compact Drive MS300 Series, General Vector Control Drive C2000 Plus Series and R1-EC, R2-EC Series and DVP remote I/O modules. No restrictions are placed upon the use of other EtherCAT slaves; by importing the ESI file provided by the manufacturers, AX-8 can easily control 3rd-party devices. For the connection with other devices, the machine-tomachine data exchange or the communication with the upper levels of the automation hierarchy, the AX-8 series offers Modbus TCP/RTU and Ethernet/IP. The integrated OPC UA Server is robustly connected to the PLC program and allows users to browse, read and write variables. Thanks to the encrypted communication (in accordance with OPC UA profile Basic256SHA256), it provides an intrinsically secure way to exchange data with other devices, as well as databases, MES and ERP systems, which makes this solution ready for Industry  4.0. User management is also supported: different users (each one with their own credentials) can be created, making the project administrator able to assign specific variable sets to the different groups. HMI options Traditionally, HMI applications run on dedicated operator panels like the Delta DOP-100 series. The new DIAScreen tool by DIAStudio makes the PLC-HMI tag sharing very simple. The users select the PLC variables to share, and those variables become accessible in the HMI engineering platform by symbol. There’s no need to consider variable addresses anymore, which leads to clear benefits during SW development. Additionally, AX-8 series also includes HMI runtime. The HMI application developed in DIAScreen can be downloaded to the AX-8 on top of the operating system. Connecting touchscreen or standard monitors to the HDMI interface, the AX-8 will be in charge of PLC, Motion and HMI functions, making it a genuine “all-in-one” solution.

Electronic cams can be designed by the integrated graphical editor, or can be created and modified directly in the PLC program. This is an essential requirement for high-end packaging machines.

Advanced users can also develop their own HMI applications in high-level languages like C#, C++, VB.NET or Python. In fact, the AX-8 series provides fast and convenient methods to access PLC variables.

The CNC+Robotics package extends the operating range of AX-8 series. The standard DIN66025 G-code interpreter provides the ability to interpolate axes and, together with functions like tool length and tool radius compensation, enables users to build CNC applications.

Applications The Delta AX-8 series can fulfill your demands across a wide range of applications in many different market segments, such as packaging, woodworking, metalworking and material handling. Flow pack machines, labelling machines, palletizers, as well as CNC milling machines, assembly and robotic pick & place applications, are just some examples of how it can be utilised.

Thanks to the supported kinematic transformations (SCARA, Cartesian, Tripod and many others), there’s no need to use external dedicated robot controllers anymore: robots, servo drives, inverters, I/O modules and all the machine’s other devices are controlled in the same project, which leads to clear advantages in terms of efficiency, flexibility and production capacity.

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Designed for motion The AX-8 Series, in combination with the DIADesignerAX engineering platform, represents a complete solution for motion control applications. The support for PLCopen standard (part 1, 2 and 4) makes it suitable for both single and multi-axis movements and provides a clear benefit for users in terms of SW reusability.

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SOUTH AFRICAN CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL

Leading cable gland manufacturer, CMP Products, has achieved approval to South African National Standard (SANS) 60079 for its range of hazardous area cable glands and accessories.

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‘The new certification forms part of our strategy for growth within South Africa in particular and started with our recent investment in new premises in Johannesburg last year.’

The widely respected Johannesburg-based notified Body, Explolabs, worked alongside CMP’s certification team to issue the formal IA certificates for 14 product ranges including A2F, Triton and TruSeal, as well as stopper plugs, adaptors and reducers.

Commenting on the strategy for growth during the pandemic, Clinton added: ‘The certification work is a good way of keeping our strategy on track whilst everyone does their best to tackle the pandemic. We wish to assure customers throughout South Africa that our operations base in the UK is continuing to manufacture at full strength, with uninterrupted deliveries into Johannesburg.’

he latest accreditation comes as CMP continues its push for growth across South Africa and the wider African continent, providing choice and access to products directly from Johannesburg.

SANS 60079 standards ensure that customers seeking incountry approval know that products are tested against an extensive list of criteria including ingress protection, heat resistance and cable retention. MORE INFORMATION

Clinton Vieira, South Africa Regional Manager said: “CMP is a global leader in the manufacture of cable glands and whilst we have relevant international approval on all of our products, we have been listening closely to what our South African customers are telling us. As a result we are delivering shorter lead times, wider choice and IA certification to SANS 60079. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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SABS is the national standardisation institution in South Africa who develop, promote, and maintain the South African National Standards (SANS) https://www.sabs.co.za/ • SANS accreditation certificates are a formal recognition that an organisation is competent to perform specific tasks. • The SANS series of standards for explosive atmosphere cable glands is SANS 60079 • In order to sell cable glands within South Africa, accreditation to SANS 60079 standards is highly recommended


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MANUFACTURER AWARDS 24 PERMANENT CONTRACTS

Leading global manufacturer, CMP Products, has rewarded 24 temporary workers for their contribution and loyalty with the offer of permanent employment.

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art of the British Engines Group, CMP manufactures cable glands, cleats and accessories for a range of global industries including oil & gas, renewables and

demonstrates that whenever possible, we are committed to retaining talented and committed people within our business.”

The permanent roles cover several areas of the company’s manufacturing sites in the north east of England and includes assembly operatives, machine operators, labourers, welders and lathe operators.

Mr. Patterson added: “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to invest in our business as much as possible, purchasing new equipment, developing new products and investing in our people; all of which are important to the growth and success of CMP.”

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Taking on temporary workers is commonplace in the manufacturing industry as it allows employers to flex their workforce in accordance with demand, so whilst this does not signal an increase in the overall numbers of workers for CMP, it does bring stability for both employer and employee.

“Feedback from our temporary workforce tells us that employees enjoy working at CMP, and we are delighted to be able to reward 24 people in these key areas. This

Gary Stephenson, Labourer, who was delighted to be issued a permanent contract said: “My new contract provides me with a positive outlook for the future, as well as the added sense of security. ‘I enjoy coming to work knowing that I am a permanent member of the team and that the work I do is installed on some of the most prestigious engineering projects around the world.’

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Vince Patterson, Chief Executive Offer said: “As the world begins to see light at the end of the tunnel from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs of a bright year ahead for CMP and therefore stability is paramount.”

CMP currently has 300 employees in the North East region alone, alongside 61 further employees in its global office locations including the USA, Singapore and Australia.

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THE AWARD WINNING MPW GETS A 500 LB UPGRADE!

ElectroCraft, Inc., the global fractional horsepower motor and motion solutions provider, has expanded its award winning MobilePower™ wheel-drive family with the MPW86.

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he MPW Wheel Drive features a high torque-density brushless DC motor with a heavy-duty integrated planetary gearbox mounted inside the hub of a lightweight aluminum wheel with custom tread. Designed for mobile robot applications, the MPW combines optimum performance with high-efficiency, quiet operation and long life. ElectroCraft MobilePower MPW series wheel drives feature an integrated design that provides increased performance and reliability compared to traditional motor/gearbox/ wheel combinations. - The MPW52 (150 mm Wheel), provides a best in class peak torque of 12.4 Nm (110 lb.in) at 2.4 meters/second, while carrying up to 68 Kg load (150 lbs.) per wheel.

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- The newly released MPW86 (200 mm Wheel), provides a robust peak torque of up to 35 Nm (310 lb.in) at up to 4.3 meters/second, while carrying up to 227 Kg (500 lbs.) per wheel.

Most impressive is the small, lightweight form factor of the wheel drive assembly, while producing industry leading performance. “The result of the integrated design of the MPW featuring ElectroCraft’s high torque density brushless motor technology is in the overall efficiency and performance of the robotic application”, notes Scott Rohlfs Director of Product Marketing. “Robotic OEMs can save space and reduce weight, without sacrificing load capacity and speed.” “The MPW86 broadens the ElectroCraft MobilePower lineup. This new model is ideal for larger size Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV), Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR), motorized carts and tuggers, or practically any battery powered application designed to transport heavy loads. Available with 8 different motor and gearing combinations, the MPW86 offers a variety of speed-torque configurations to match a wide range of application requirements.” The MPW provides a complete motorized wheel-drive solution for mobile platform OEMs, eliminating the need for the OEM to design a solution using disparate components from several different suppliers. https://w w w.elec trocraf t.com/resources/ video/?video=MobilePower-Wheel-Drive#MPW86 www.electrocraft.com

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ETHERCAT WITH DISTRIBUTED CLOCKS

The complete BLDC motor series dPro from Dunkermotoren is now also available with EtherCAT interface.

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he dPro versions are available with integrated servo controller (BG 66 dPro EC to BG 95 dPro EC) or as external version (BGE 5510 dPro EC). In contrast to the previous EtherCAT product portfolio, a special highlight is Distributed Clocks and the associated possibility of real-time synchronization. A large number of brushless motors of the BG series in the power range from 10 W to 1100 W are controlled via the industrial Ethernet interface (CoE protocol). Easy integration of the units into the Beckhoff TwinCAT environment is guaranteed with the help of a simply explained “Let’s Connect” manual and the appropriate parameter files (ESI).

Early next year, the EtherCAT drive units will be equipped with another “must have” feature. With the safety function “Safe Torque Off”, the motors will be found in the future in numerous autonomous vehicles (AGV or AGV) or in traditional mechanical engineering. www.dunkermotoren.com

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NEW OWNER FOR THE FAIST ANLAGENBAU GROUP – THE SOUND INSULATION EXPERT

Faist corporate headquarters Krumbach / Swabia / Germany.

Paguasca Holding AG of Zug, Switzerland, has acquired the FAIST Anlagenbau Group, based in Krumbach, Swabia, Germany, including all subsidiaries, effective December 15, 2020.

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he FAIST Anlagenbau Group has a global reputation as a leading expert in industrial sound insulation. The company has two primary business units, Power Systems and Acoustic Systems. The Power Systems division designs, manufactures and installs equipment in two primary areas including providing power stations and their components with sound insulation solutions. In addition, the Power Systems group provides Air Intake Systems, for the low-noise delivery of conditioned intake air for gas turbines and their soundproof housings.

The “Acoustic Systems” business unit supplies industrial sound insulation systems, acoustic measuring and testing facilities, and aeroacoustic wind tunnels for a wide variety of industries. All the systems are primarily designed and built at the Company’s plants in Krumbach and Bremen, Germany and installed worldwide. Some elements of the systems and some specific functions may be supplied by the Company’s foreign subsidiaries. Faist operates in several market segments which are currently affected by the automotive and aviation industry slow downs, as well as by trade wars in some important target industries and regions.

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As a result of these difficulties, the family-owned enterprise, headed by Michael Faist, has decided to sell the company. The Faist family has owned and managed the business in Krumbach for almost 120 years and Michael Faist is now stepping down, after many years as a successful entrepreneur. His objectives in the transaction are to enable the FAIST Anlagenbau Group to achieve continued growth and securing the plants and the jobs that depend on them. Michael Faist: “We are delighted to have found a 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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buyer in Paguasca Holding AG, whose aim is to promote the successful further development of the FAIST Anlagenbau Group.”The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Under its umbrella, Paguasca Holding AG combines a group of companies in the energy sector. Daniel Guggenheim, Group CEO of Paguasca Holding AG: “FAIST is a highly specialised, market-leading provider of industrial equipment with an excellent reputation and the competence to implement complex projects worldwide. We are convinced that we will be able to exploit synergies between the FAIST Group and the companies that make up the portfolio.”

demand for sophisticated sound insulation solutions and we have the competence and the capacity to construct such systems and to install them on site worldwide.’ www.faist.de

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As a result of the challenging market conditions, it has been necessary to make some work force reductions, primarily at the Company’s headquarters in Krumbach, Germany. CEO Roger Schmidt: “Unfortunately we had no other choice. 165 jobs will be retained at the German plants in Krumbach and Bremen. We will carry out the personal adjustments as fairly as possible and we are in the process of finalizing transition plans and severance packages for the effected employees. The two managing directors, Wilfried Thies and Roger Schmidt, foresee great opportunities for the future development of the business: ‘The contribution of Paguasca Holding AG will enable the strategic realignment of the Company and speed the opening of new markets in a focused and purposeful manner. There is a worldwide 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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COVAL GVMAX HD, VERSATILE VACUUM FOR EVERY BRANCH OF INDUSTRY

Vacuum handling systems in industry must respond to very diverse requirements, gripping parts of different weight or material, integration on machines and robots, high-speed operation. COVAL’s GVMAX HD series of heavy-duty vacuum pumps combine robustness, power, modularity and communication, allowing them to adapt to multiple applications. And thanks to IO-Link technology, they are fully plugged into the Industry of the Future. IO-Link and NFC ease communication The IO-Link communication interface of the Coval GVMAX HD vacuum pumps makes installation fast and economical, supports continuous diagnostics, centralized parameterization and efficient communication with higher level protocols (Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT…).

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In addition, thanks to the NFC technology integrated in the GVMAX HD vacuum pumps, all parameterization and diagnostic functions are accessible and can be modified in the dedicated COVAL Vacuum Manager app on an Android or IOS mobile device. The NFC interface combined with the app make it possible to copy parameters from one pump to another very easily and can store up to five different parameter configurations.

Product ergonomics have been centred on the operator, with a Human Machine Interface (HMI) that makes the operating, diagnostic and maintenance information easy to read and allows parameters to be set up rapidly. The 1.54” colour LCD display is intuitive, with explicit messages in 5 languages. The pump status is highly visible thanks to a 3-colour status light. Finally, with the GVMAX HD vacuum pumps, the user can benefit from technical assistance thanks to the data sent by the application to the COVAL experts. The new GVMAX HD vacuum pump is designed to permanently communicate with its environment, ready to play its part to the full in Industry 4.0. Performance, robustness and energy savings Equipped with a single-stage venturi, the GVMAX HD vacuum pump delivers powerful suction rates and reduced emptying times for gripping, transferring or clamping parts

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of various sizes and weights. For example, max. vacuum: 85%, suction flow rate up to 230 Nl/ min and 0.4 s to empty a volume of 1 litre at 75% vacuum. Each component has been designed and tested in real-life situations to meet the toughest environmental conditions. As such, the pumps are IP65 and guaranteed for more than 50 million cycles. The performance of the vacuum pumps comes along with reduced energy consumption. The ASC (Air Saving Control) technology, which provides intelligent vacuum regulation by stopping air consumption when the set vacuum level is reached, offers up to 90% energy savings.

What makes the difference • Robustness: designed to operate in harsh environments. • Performance: combines power and efficiency for gripping, transferring and clamping. • Communication: integrates perfectly into the process of intelligent factories. • Modularity: allows targeted maintenance interventions on each of its subsets. www.coval-international.com

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Ease of use The GVMAX HD series is designed to allow quick and easy maintenance intervention, while minimizing the impact on production. The patented Smart Swap system, a Coval innovation, allows pumps to be replaced while under pressure and without needing tools. In addition, the modular design of the GVMAX HD makes it possible to make targeted interventions on each pump element, simultaneously lowering costs and intervention time. To adapt to the installation setup and available space, it is possible to install each pump as a stand-alone assembly or as an island assembly of up to 4 pumps with an internal pressure common. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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A RENEWED WEBSITE FOR STAGEMAKER LIFTING EQUIPMENT FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR

STAGEMAKER, the brand of lifting equipment for entertainment professionals distributed by VERLINDE, has just updated its website.

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he responsive design of the new Stagemaker website with its optimal architecture for browsing on all media, makes searching easy and more detailed for the whole range of its products, for recent innovations and the latest distributor information. This layout also features a renewed chart that had already appeared in the sales brochures of the new STAGEMAKER SL range.

The Stagemaker range of hoists are the result of extensive experience in the entertainment sector, well-established R&D as well as relationships with a global customer base. Supported by a policy of continuous innovation, by constant upgrading according to current technologies and by changes in local regulations (CE, EN, DIN, EAC, CSA, BS), it raises the level of performance in the entertainment sector.

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CARRIER LAUNCHES THE BLUEDGE SERVICE PLATFORM FOR HVAC CUSTOMERS IN EUROPE

Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of its new BluEdge service platform for Carrier and CIAT heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment in Europe. The tiered BluEdge service platform is designed to meet unique customer requirements and keep equipment running efficiently throughout the product lifecycle.

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ong-term collaboration is the basis of exceptional service. Central to the BluEdge service platform is a tiered-service model that provides a range of dynamic options to fully meet customer needs. The tiers of service include: • Core: An economical solution for customers with a connected chiller and need for standard support. The Core plan allows Carrier to support customer needs with a mix of online and onsite presence.

The BluEdge service platform helps to maximize performance, protect investments and maintain HVAC budget. Carrier can create a plan for every customer that helps ensure equipment performance and longevity. www.carrier.com/commercial/en/eu/service/bluedge/

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• Enhance: A complete preventive maintenance agreement that combines site presence with a high level of remote connectivity. Carrier maximizes equipment life, uptime and performance with customized support for each HVAC asset. Services can be selected according to specific needs, system configuration and fiscal goals. With an Enhance solution, Carrier guarantees compliance with F-Gas regulations.

• Elite: The Elite Plan is the ultimate worry-free program for clients who require the highest level of equipment reliability, uptime and fiscal certainty. Repair or replacement of maintainable failed parts is included in this agreement, and a comprehensive cooling contingency plan can be put in place if desired.

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CIAT LAUNCHES ITS NEWEST RANGE OF ROOFTOP PACKAGED UNITS: VECTIOSPOWER™, THE ALL-IN-ONE AIR CONDITIONING SOLUTION

VectiosPower is a new generation of rooftop air conditioning packaged units, designed to offer high levels of indoor air quality and full efficiency as well as reduce the total cost of ownership during its lifetime.

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he new range covers capacities from 100 to 310 kW with airflow up to 54 000m3/h, thus complementing the existing lower capacity Vectios rooftop range (from 20 to 90 kW). CIAT is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.

CIAT strives to help customers meet their highest environmental commitments with a focus on providing units that are more efficient and environmentally responsible. The VectiosPower units exceed Ecodesign 2021 requirements by up to 38% and have a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of up to 4.88 (up to 50% energy savings compared to the previous range in cooling mode) and Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP) of up to 3.44 (around 15% energy savings versus the previous range in heating mode).

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Designed to reduce energy consumption to the minimum, the unit features a free-cooling option for additional energy savings of up to 30%, energy recovery from extraction air options through an additional refrigeration circuit or rotary wheel, low pressure filters, on-demand ventilation and other energy recovery systems. The brand-new range can meet the needs of an extensive scope of applications, from large areas in supermarkets, cinemas, logistics or industrial process to food storage in large facilities, with one of the largest portfolios of options in the market. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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VectiosPower - The all-in-one air conditioning solution.

The VectiosPower rooftop units provide high reliability as a result of a robust qualification process and performance certified by Eurovent and rated at industry standard testing conditions. Thanks to design optimisation and use of lightweight aluminium panels, the unit offers up to 25% weight reduction and up to 10% footprint reduction to ensure easy installation regardless of the space available. To answer the most stringent requirements, the unit guarantees low noise level during the operation with a reduction of 7dB (A) in radiated power sound level versus the previous range.

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“Beyond performance and versatility, we have designed the VectiosPower range to contribute to a healthier environment,” said Natividad Molero, Product Manager, Rooftop, CIAT HVAC Europe. “The unit features the latest indoor air quality technologies, such as increased ventilation, highly efficient filtration, CO2 sensors and advanced air flow control. CIAT’s expertise in indoor air quality is perfectly combined with the latest rooftop technologies.” www.ciat.uk.com

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CARRIER INTRODUCES XCT7, ITS LATEST GENERATION OF VARIABLE REFRIGERANT FLOW SYSTEMS

Carrier marks a new milestone in Europe with the launch of XCT7, the latest generation of Carrier Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology. The XCT7 systems provide unmatched advantages for customers including improved reliability, enhanced system performance, high efficiency, a large operating range, easy installation and incredible flexibility. The systems can be customized to meet the specific demands of most projects.

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p to four outdoor units can be combined to reach 104 horsepower with up to 64 indoor units per outdoor system. Carrier is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions. Carrying forth the legacy that shaped the climate control industry, Carrier’s VRF systems have always delivered optimal comfort and performance that can be scaled to meet most customers’ climate control needs, from singlefamily residences to commercial high-rise buildings.

“VRF is widely accepted technology in Europe and one of the largest segments in the HVAC industry,” said Didier Genois, Vice President & General Manager, HVAC Europe, Carrier. “XCT7 is a major launch for our business in Europe. We are expanding our offering to match our customers’ expectations. We are launching it simultaneously in six countries and have made significant investments in related digital technology, training centers and a dedicated sales force to continuously better serve our customers.” MORE INFORMATION

Reliability and performance are at the heart of XCT7, providing customers total peace of mind. This is due to the combination of advanced features including: an outdoor condenser with black-coated fin technology for enhanced corrosion resistance; anti-liquid shock technology of the compressor to reduce liquid shock failure rate; improved refrigerant distribution balance due to the centrifugal

oil separator; and smooth supply of lubricant due to the 10-stage oil return technology.

Previously introduced in Asia, XCT7 will be available in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Germany and the UK, from February 2021. www.carrier.com

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SOFTING INTEGRATES CNC DATA INTO INDUSTRIAL EDGE APPLICATIONS

Softing expands its dataFEED edgeConnector product family which is based on Docker technology. The new edgeConnector 840D container supports easy access to data from SINUMERIK 840D controllers and makes it available on edge devices or virtual environments via OPC UA and MQTT. This enables flexible integration of local OPC UA clients and MQTT brokers in a cloud environment and the Industrial IoT.

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Following dataFEED edgeConnector Siemens for the connection of SIMATIC S7 controllers, Softing now introduces dataFEED edgeConnector 840D. This software module is the world’s first container application for accessing SINUMERIK 840D Solution Line and Power Line controls. It supports the reading of all process parameters and drive data without the need to intervene in the configuration of the machine tool.

dataFEED edgeConnector 840D allows seamless integration of up to five CNC controllers into a cloud environment such as Azure IoT Edge or AWS IoT Greengrass. It can be used, for example, to check production quality and tolerances, record machine data and integrate it into higher-level management systems or visualize process parameters and other performance indicators. Configuration can be done locally via an internet browser or remotely via the REST interface.

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A central deployment of all connected edge devices with their containers, e.g., for updates or security patches, can be carried out using an optional device management system. “We are seeing an increasing demand in the market for software solutions that can be efficiently managed and run on standard hardware. Our response to this is the systematic expansion of the dataFEED product family to include Docker containers for integrating data from production into innovative and flexible Industrial IoT solutions. In this way, we help users and system integrators close the gap between 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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dataFEED edgeConnector 840D supports innovative industrial edge solutions. (Source: Softing Industrial)

OT and IT,” says Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager at Softing Industrial. It is planned to grow the dataFEED edgeConnector product family further and, for example, also support the control connection via Modbus TCP or Ethernet/IP. In addition, containers for data aggregation and preprocessing as well as address space modeling are in the planning stage. The options for configuration from the cloud are also to be expanded. dataFEED edgeConnector 840D can be downloaded from online directories like Docker Hub or Microsoft Azure Marketplace and tested for free. More information can be found on the product website. https://industrial.softing.com/products/docker-container/ edgeconnector-840d.html

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NEW INNOAGE FEATURE ENHANCEMENT BRINGS SUPERIOR ONE BUTTON INSTANT RECOVERY FOR MALFUNCTIONING IOT DEVICES

From out-of-band management, on-site technology to autonomous recovery, Innodisk’s InnoAGE series provides full recovery to IoT edge devices.

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nnodisk’s award-winning InnoAGE flash storage devices developed in partnership with Microsoft keeps expanding. The new-patented recovery technology of on-site recovery and 24/7 no-man monitoring feature come together by InnoOSR (On-Site Recovery) and following feature enhancement. Now Innodisk’s exclusive InnoAGE series are able to meet full recovery scenarios. Full Recovery Abilities for Edge Device The latest addition to the InnoAGE series is the InnoOSR 3TO7, available in 2.5”, M.2 2242 and 2280, as well as mSATA form factors in capacities from 32 GB up to 1 TB. The brand new InnoOSR lineup brings superior recovery that can be triggered by one button touch, easily bringing malfunctioning devices back to life without time-consuming software-level recovery or costlier remote recovery.

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The new InnoAGE series lineup also includes InnoOSR feature enhancement, which automates InnoOSR’s instant recovery functionality with the help of a patented firmwarelevel heartbeat function. The result is an exceptionally cost-efficient recovery solution that reduces 80% cost from technical maintenance. InnoOSR Plus requires no human intervention and 24/7 autonomous monitoring of

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edge devices, with OSR toolkit, easily integrated into any software/platform. InnoAGE Innovation for All IoT Applications Aiming at the blooming market of 500 billion IoT edge devices, InnoAGE series can afford little downtime, especially for data centers, warehouses, and surveillance devices. The InnoOSR series, meanwhile, is perfect for staying operational continuously even without staff available nearby, for example kiosks, unmanned retail applications, and casino gaming machines, etc. Together with InnoOSR, InnoAGE 3TI7 series is designed with firmware technologies and equipped with Microsoft Azure Sphere. InnoAGE enables multifunctional management, timely maintenance, smart data analysis and firmware updates, data security, and remote control through the cloud, while InnoOSR brings cost-efficient no-fuss recovery to uptime-critical applications. www.innodisk.com


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INNODISK’S INDUSTRIAL–GRADE DRAM MODULES–RUGGED RELIABILITY FOR FPGAS

Innodisk recently announced its industrial-grade DRAM modules for FPGA (field-programmable gate array) applications that open the door to new opportunities for system integrators and network operators.

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nnodisk’s first-to-market industrial-grade DRAM modules for FPGAs provide wide temperature support, robust design, reliability, and complete form factor support with high capacity single or dual rank for AI and IoT applications.

“Innodisk’s DRAM modules provide large capacity, lowlatency memory access for FPGAs,” Chang said. “And we provide complete form factor industrial-grade options for industries where reliability is tantamount.”

FPGAs are a formidable choice for inference in embedded, edge computing, AI, and IoT applications. Highly customizable FPGAs offer greater performance with lower power consumption than general-purpose GPUs and give far greater flexibility for adjustment in the field than ASICs.

Features of Innodisk’s industrial-grade DRAM modules for FPGAs include: • Single or dual rank–providing high capacity • -40–85°C temperature tolerance–surpassing stringent JEDEC standards • Anti-sulfuration–guarding DRAM silver alloys against sulfur corrosion • HumiSeal conformal coating–protecting from dust, dirt, and corrosion • Side fill technology–bolstering chip-to-PCB solder joints.

“We expect this to be a game-changer that can roll with the tide of AI,” said Samson Chang, Global DRAM Vice President of Innodisk. “Industrial-grade DRAM is key to the integration of FPGAs in applications like AI and IIoT.”

“Since 2005, Innodisk has been innovating new DRAM and storage technology products for industry and embedded computers,” said Chang. “We’re proud of our DRAM modules for FPGAs because they anticipate and solve our customers’ future AI and IoT needs for FPGA systems.”

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The $5.9 billion FPGA market is expected to see a 7.6% average annual growth rate over the next five years, fueled primarily by increased AI and IoT adoption. The moves of major industry players further support these indications of future growth. Intel’s $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera in 2015 was the first sign, and on October 27, 2020, AMD announced its $35 billion deal to buy Xilinx.

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EUROPEAN DATA CENTRE TEAM EXPANDS TO MEET INDUSTRY DEMAND

To keep up with recent exponential growth in the market, leading temporary power and cooling solutions specialist Aggreko has expanded its established European data centre team with the appointment of four industry experts.

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s challenges facing the data centre market have exacerbated since the COVID-19 outbreak, operators have been left facing global supply chain issues and penalties if delivery of facilities is delayed. During this critical time for the industry, Aggreko has strengthened its team through the appointments of Ben Vincent, Richard Pimper PhD, Wayne Carolan and Dheeraj Lachman. Together, they will help support data centre projects across Continental Europe & Ireland, where Aggreko provides its vital services and equipment.

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Joining Aggreko’s established team as Global Key Account Manager, Ben Vincent will support businesses across all regions to overcome ever-growing challenges facing the entire market. Recently highlighted by Aggreko in a report which followed a survey of 700 data centre consultants across Europe, Ben will support data centres through every stage of their lifecycle with temperature control, load banking solutions, and the provision of reliable temporary power during renewable energy transitions. Supporting its key countries, such as DACH & Eastern Europe, Richard Pimper PhD is the latest Business Development Manager joining the Data Centre team in the Continental Europe region. With first-hand understanding of data centres from his 15-year career working for some of the biggest providers, Richard will be instrumental in aiding development in the European sector, particularly with the transition to renewable energy. As the market in Ireland continues to boom, Wayne Carolan will lead proceedings in the Irish data centre region as Sector Development Manager. Growth in data centre funding and implementation has also seen increased concerns around energy capacity in the region. Wayne’s appointment comes


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at a crucial time to deliver vital temporary power to ensure new and existing facilities avoid downtime. Supporting countries in the established BENELUX and Mediterranean regions, Dheeraj Lachman is also being brought onboard as a Business Development Manager. As European temperatures rise, these regions may require agile supplementary cooling solutions to mitigate heatwaves and Dheeraj will bring his 20 years expertise in the market to ensure best practice is implemented at these crucial times of extreme weather. Billy Durie, Global Sector head for Data Centres at Aggreko, said: “In such a fast-developing industry, it is imperative that we can offer a high level of expertise to our customers across the world wherever their data centre is located. By growing our team, we can provide our global and regional clients with industry professionals to guide their temporary equipment needs.

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‘With such a breadth of expertise and experience across the entire team, we are confident that our global support of the sector will be able to satisfy the ever-changing needs of the data centre market. When resilience and uptime are more crucial than ever, the growing team will aid in the mitigation of issues before they incur enormous costs and damage reputations.’ www.aggreko.com/datacentre 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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ROHDE & SCHWARZ AND IHP FIRST TO CHARACTERIZE D-BAND FREQUENCIES IN OVER-THE-AIR TEST SETUP FOR 6G AND AUTOMOTIVE RADAR Academia and key industry players have identified the D-Band, ranging from 110 GHz to 170 GHz, as a candidate frequency band for beyond 5G and 6G mobile communications as well as for future automotive radar applications. Rohde & Schwarz continues its pioneering sub-THz research efforts with focus in this frequency range, reaching new milestones. In collaboration with IHP, Rohde & Schwarz has performed the industry’s first full 2D/3D antenna characterization of transceiver modules operating in the D-Band.

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imilar to 5G networks and devices supporting mmWave frequencies, antenna systems and RF transceiver modules for future mobile communications standards or automotive radar applications will share the same features that make their testing a challenge. Their wide frequency range, a greater number of antenna elements and the lack of conventional external RF connectors will demand testing over-the-air in a shielded environment. Wireless communications test expert Rohde & Schwarz and IHP GmbH (Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics) have transferred this test method successfully into sub-THz range: They demonstrated the first full 2D/3D over-the-air measurements of a radar module at D-Band frequencies. The test setup consists of the R&S ATS1000 antenna test system, the R&S ZNA43 vector network analyzer and the R&S AMS32 antenna measurement software from Rohde & Schwarz. The R&S ATS1000 antenna test system is a compact and mobile shielded chamber solution for OTA and antenna measurements, ideal for 5G mmWave applications. To cover the D-Band frequencies, extensions from Radiometer Physics GmbH, a Rohde & Schwarz company, are used in the setup, which allows direct frequency conversion at the probe in both transmit and receive directions. No mechanical modification or additional RF cabling to the antenna test system is necessary. The setup can measure the amplitude and phase coherent response of a DUT radiating in the D-Band. Fully automated 3D-pattern measurements including post-processing can be performed in a short time thanks to the R&S AMS32 software options for nearfield to farfield transformation and the highly accurate precision positioner.

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IHP provided four different devices under test (DUT), based on the same D-Band radar transceiver chipset but with different antenna structures, including on-chip single and stacked patches with air trenches and an on-chip antenna array. The over-the-air characterization verified the wider bandwidth provided by the stacked patches than that by the single patch.

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The performance of the various DUTs was characterized by spherical measurements, using two different setups. By increasing the angular theta step-size from 1 degree to 5 degrees, the total test times for a DUT could be reduced from 70 minutes to 12 minutes. By comparing the different DUT designs based on the obtained measurement data, researchers of IHP were able to analyze the effect of the finite on-board reflector area on the radar sensor FoV (fieldof-view). Prof. Gerhard Kahmen, Managing Director of IHP, says: “Sub-THz frequency systems are getting more and more attention in research and many fields of applications. The Rohde & Schwarz OTA test system, extended to D-Band, provides an excellent way to characterize radiation patterns of the complex antenna structures, realized in our D-Band radar chips, in a time-efficient and precise way. For IHP, these measurements are valuable to understand the physics of the antenna structures and to further improve their performance. The very successful cooperation with an industrial partner leading in the field of wireless and mmWave communication shows the benefit of close interaction between research and application.” Alexander Pabst, Vice President of Systems & Projects at Rohde & Schwarz says: “We are excited to work with such an excellent partner as Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics on advancing our industry-leading test solutions for over-the-air testing. These joint efforts will help researchers and key industry players to test and characterize antenna systems and transceiver modules for future automotive radar applications and wireless communication standard, that we eventually call 6G.” For further information on OTA measurements in the D-Band watch the video at: https://www.rohde-schwarz. com/uk/knowledge-center/videos To learn more about of the initiatives of Rohde & Schwarz beyond 5G, go to https://www.rohde-schwarz.com/ wireless/B5G


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MICHELL BEARINGS’ UNIQUE CAPABILITY A SUCCESS FOR NUCLEAR STATION BLACKOUT

Michell Bearings has successfully completed station blackout (SBO) tests on a thrust and guide bearing used within the reactor coolant pump at a new build nuclear power plant.

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n what is thought to be one of the world’s first successful bearing run downs, the test demonstrated the bearing ability to survive a station blackout condition without the use of an externally powered high pressure oil injection system.

Paul Bruce, Engineering Director at Michell Bearings, said: “We were delighted to be able to provide a solution to satisfy such challenging conditions. This is testament to the operation of our bearings, along with our high levels of research and development.

Failure of the on-site power generators concurrent with the loss of offsite power ultimately results in a station blackout condition as there is no on-site electricity available to power the high pressure oil injection system.

‘Damage to the working surfaces of the tilting thrust pads is not permitted. The combination of full thrust load and very slow rotational speeds over a sustained period results in the bearing operating under very low oil film thicknesses. Consequently, special design considerations are required to survive such a condition.’

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In order to meet testing requirements, the bearing must be able to run down to a stop, under a full load, and restart without any subsequent intervention. As part of the contract to supply six thrust and guide bearings, a custom-made test rig was constructed at the Michell Bearings site in order to satisfy the test conditions. The test rig was designed to closely replicate the real world bearing operating conditions such as the possibility of a station blackout, where the bearings are required to shut down safely without the aid of electrical power to drive the reactor coolant pumps. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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The bearings were designed, manufactured and tested at the Michell Bearings manufacturing site based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. This latest success comes after Michell Bearings developed and successfully station blackout tested a set of thrust internals with a leading European reactor coolant pump manufacturer in 2018. www.michellbearings.com


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APPEALING TO THE SENSES – SXTA SILICONE ACTUATORS BY SATECO

The SXTA silicone actuators are available in many different sizes, and their dimensions are customizable for specific projects.

Through its subsidiary, Sateco XT AG, Sateco is breaking new ground and adding the SXTA silicone actuators to its portfolio of established keypad systems.

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he dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA), also known as artificial muscles or electro active polymers (EAP), can create both haptic and tactile feedback. They are quiet, light, and suitable for many different applications such as automotive, VR, AR, gaming, robotics and general industry. The base of the stack actuators is freely selectable and can be customized to the available space. Its soft material flexibly adapts itself to curved surfaces and enables its seamless integration between the substrate and surface. Based on the electrostatic operating principle, the silicone actuators require little energy to maintain their positions. This allows for a long-lasting battery operation, which is an important point for wearable devices.

The actuators’ elastomer material enables a large deflection of 4.5% of its length. It saves on additional damping and preload elements, thereby simplifying the design and reducing manufacturing costs. The actuators can perform both fast pulses and slow deformations while continuously starting and stopping any desired deflection. As a result, the component can simultaneously assume several functions and reduce system complexity. Thanks to their monolithic design, the actuators are robust, shock and impact-resistant, and also ensure high durability, even in rough environments at high (+85°C) and low temperatures (­-40 °C). https://youtu.be/WjeiJuq_ctU MORE INFORMATION

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LEAN ROTARY ACTUATORS IN HYGIENIC DESIGN

Reliable technology for rotary actuators in a lean stainless steel housing: the rotary actuators Type 2053 with an interface according to ISO 5211 and optional ELEMENT interface (right). (Source: Bürkert Fluid Control Systems)

Bürkert Fluid Control Systems has developed a particularly lean actuator series (Type 2053) to automatically operate ball valves and butterfly valves, even in space-critical applications. The rotary actuators in stainless steel housings are suitable for the ELEMENT control heads, positioners and process controllers and enable intelligent decentralised automation.

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he new compact pneumatic rotary actuators Type 2053 with ELEMENT interface from Bürkert Fluid Control Systems make it particularly easy to connect suitable control heads, positioners and process controllers and create an intelligent, “consistent” component for decentralised automation concepts. Special emphasis has been placed on the hygienic design. An internal pilot air duct underneath the robust stainless steel housing also prevents disruptive hoses and provides protection against leaks.

The high and lean design makes installation easier where space is limited and facilitates cleaning, as there are no hardto-access dirt traps such as gaps, corners and edges. The actuators are thus ideal for use in the food and beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or water treatment industries. Using the standardised ISO 5211 interface, they can be easily combined with common armatures such as ball valves and butterfly valves. Individual interfaces, which can be combined e.g. with hygienic butterfly valves, are available on request.

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Reliable mechanics The actuator is available in three sizes (P0, P1, P2) and can be purchased as a single or double-acting variant. In both rotary actuators, the linear stroke movement of the working piston is converted into a 90° rotary movement of the drive shaft by a curve element. Both versions operate in a temperature range between -10 and 60 °C. www.burkert.com/en 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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MASS FLOW CONTROLLERS AND MASS FLOW METERS FOR HIGH-LEVEL DYNAMICS IN THE FIELD Bürkert is expanding its portfolio of mass flow meters (MFMs) and mass flow controllers (MFCs), Types 8742 and 8746, for gases to include variants with a standard signal and PROFIBUSDP interface. The new generation enables simple device replacement or plant modernisation, while ensuring the usual high measuring accuracy and low-maintenance operation. Further, the robust housing allows unprotected field use, even in Ex Zone 2.

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easuring and controlling gases poses challenges for operators of plants with a long operational life. On the one hand, they want to use the latest measurement technology and, on the other hand, this technology must communicate via existing interfaces. The fluid specialists at Bürkert Fluid Control Systems therefore now offer their proven MFCs/MFMs, Types 8742 and 8746, as versions with an analogue or PROFIBUS-DP interface.

Flexible technology The MFCs/MFMs operate in the nominal flow rate range of 0.010 lN/min to 160 lN/min (Type 8742) or 20 lN/min to 2500 lN/min (Type 8746). Optionally, up to four real gas calibrations for various gases and mixtures can be stored in the device. Gas changeovers, for example for fermenters or molten metal treatment, are thus possible without any problems. The entire range of new-generation devices feature uniform M12 standard connectors for communication, ensuring easy installation and a reliable supply of spare parts. Thanks to the integrated configuration memory, devices can be exchanged quickly and easily via plug & play. MORE INFORMATION

The thermal MEMS sensor is located directly in the gas flow and achieves very fast response times for highly dynamic measurements or gas control, for example in metal and glass production and processing, fermentation processes or filling and packaging machines. The MFMs/MFCs conform to FDA and USP Class VI and can be used in the pharmaceutical and food industries as well. A robust electronics housing with optional conformity to ATEX/IEC Ex Zone 2 Cat. 3G/D ensures safety in the field. As a result of the interface extension, even existing plants with established data acquisition can be easily upgraded to the latest generation of devices. High-level dynamics and measuring accuracy with very short response or setting times do not depend on the state of interface technology. Nevertheless, the latest MFCs/MFMs, Types 8742 and 8746, offer extended pressure

and flow ranges as well as additional, application-specific software functions.

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FLIR SYSTEMS EXPANDS QUASAR VISIBLE SECURITY CAMERA OFFERING WITH PREMIUM MINI-DOME AND BULLET SERIES

FLIR Systems announced the availability of two premium visible-camera options as part of its full lineup of Quasar security cameras. Designed for use in demanding indoor and outdoor environments, the new FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome and Quasar Premium Bullet deliver the forensic image quality, tight integration, and advanced cybersecurity features required for critical infrastructure sites, remote facilities, or large areas requiring close monitoring.

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he new Quasar Premium lineup offers the highest quality video surveillance in the product family, delivering optimal performance for forensic review. The FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome is available with 5MP HD or 4K Ultra-HD resolutions and the FLIR Quasar Premium Bullet series is available with 4MP Quad HD and 4K UltraHD resolutions, coupled with a variety of lens options for extended range performance for perimeter security. Both cameras have an SD card for on-edge recording and redundancy, while also meeting the H.265 video compression standard to minimize network bandwidth and storage space.

Discreet Monitoring with FLIR Quasar Premium MiniDome Series The versatile FLIR Quasar Premium Mini-Dome series is IP66 rated for dust and waterproof protection and can be ceiling- or wall-mounted in minutes. In no-light conditions, the unit can provide up to 40 meters of visibility via on board near-infrared illumination. Improved three-shutter wide dynamic range (WDR) (130db) offers optimal light balance in scenarios with both light and dark spots. The camera has an IK10 vandal-proof rating and is available with an optional smoke bubble accessory used to obscure camera position. FLIR Quasar Premium Bullet Series Provides Longer Range in Rugged Conditions The FLIR Quasar Premium Bullet series is also IK10 vandalproof and designed to be permanently installed, typically pole-mounted, for video surveillance. It covers up to 60 meters of visibility via on board near-infrared Illumination and also features three-shutter WDR (130db). The camera is

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IP67 rated for dustproof and waterproof protection, while offering extended operating temperature ranges from -40 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit) for use in extreme conditions.

The Quasar Premium Bullet and Premium Dome editions are available for purchase globally from FLIR or authorized distributors. www.flir.com/visible-security

Improved Security Without Sacrificing Flexibility Similar to other Quasar products, the Quasar Premium Bullet and Premium Dome editions are National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)-compliant and include industry standard security protocols and additional cybersecurity enhancements. These features include unique protection from login attacks, hardware and software authentication, and encrypted communication to help keep facilities safe from cyber threats. They maintain open platform compatibility and can be used with a large variety of thirdparty VMS solutions or FLIR United VMS. They also include bidirectional audio and operator control of input/output devices for remote monitoring and responding to events.

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To further lower the cost of ownership and ease of installation, the cameras include the FLIR accessory and mounting ecosystem. The cameras support the 1G network for better streaming and reduced bandwidth issues. Both cameras also include customized video flow options for live and recorded video, including frames-per-second output adjustment and encoding for extra streams.

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FIRE SAFETY COMPLIANCE AND COVID-19 HOW CAN THE SALAMANDER FIRE DOOR SYSTEM PROTECT PATIENTS IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE?

As the rising number of COVID admissions pushes patient capacity limits, ensuring compliant fire safety has never been more important.

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he changes will action the recommendations identified by the Grenfell Tower public inquiry and the As hospitals battle through the second major wave of the virus, concerns have been raised around the NHS’ ongoing maintenance backlog and the impact on safety and infrastructure. In January 2021, figures suggested that the total backlog was the equivalent of the annual running cost of the entire NHS estate, which was around £9.7bn in 2019/20 [1]. Despite the added pressure of COVID-19, hospitals and healthcare buildings must ensure that fire safety standards are not only compliant, but adapted to facilitate the added challenge of the ongoing pandemic.

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Emergency hospital evacuations are inherently more complicated when compared to other public buildings. Alike most aspects of modern life, the pandemic has made this process more difficult, with the requirements of social distancing and the prevention of infection a vital consideration. Mobility issues and the vulnerable nature of patients combined with expensive and often life dependent equipment requires substantial assistance from staff in the event of a fire, slowing the procedure down and risking lives in the process. A fire evacuation in the accident and emergency unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in 2017 saw patients on higher levels waiting for lifts for up to an hour while the fire alarm sounded. As many of the patients were unable to walk, staff attempted to transport them on beds and mattresses, causing a grid lock in the hospital corridors and the subsequent delays [2] [3]. Furthermore as smoke from the fire spread throughout the building, patients had to be redirected to neighbouring hospitals as the A&E unit and surrounding wards were closed and ventilated. The limited capacity in hospitals across the UK today would make an incident like this catastrophic, with patients left with nowhere to go.


COVID-19 has seen a change to day-to-day behaviours which may directly intensify the risk of a fire in a hospital. The increased use of ventilators was raised as a heightened fire risk by the NHS English estates team in March last year, with higher oxygen levels within wards allowing a potential fire to spread at a faster rate [4]. The need to reduce touch points and prevent contact with door handles has resulted in many high traffic fire doors being held open. Fire doors are essential to provide protection to a building and its occupants, preventing smoke and flames spreading from room to room in the event of a fire.

Holding open a fire door with a non-compliant device not only threatens prosecution, fines and closures following failed inspections, but puts patients, staff, equipment and the building at risk. Salamander offers the only wire-free system of radio-controlled fire door holders and closers which complies with Category A of BS 7273-4. To find out more about the Salamander range and find an approved installer near you, visit www.geofire.co.uk/salamander-radio-controlled-fire-doorsystem/

Geofire, manufacturer of the Salamander fire door system said, “As an official supplier to one the largest hospital trusts in the UK, we want to stress to Fire Safety Officers across the country the importance of not letting fire safety standards slip. Our approved radio controlled, Salamander devices are battery operated and connect wirelessly to a mainspowered controller unit, which is easily wired into existing fire alarm systems, ensuring that fire doors will safely close in the event of a fault or fire. MORE INFORMATION

The Salamander system has all the benefits of hard-wired electromagnetic door holders and closers, but as the devices are wire-free, they are quick and easy to install, saving time, installation costs and require no disruption to a building’s fabric or its occupants.”

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PORTABLE GAS DETECTORS AND STAFF PROTECTION DURING COVID-19

There are many ways that portable gas detectors for personal use can deliver individual protection for key staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kevin O’Donnell, EMEA Business Development Manager at Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection, uses his expertise to answer a number of pertinent questions. Q. What are the links between COVID-19 and gas detection? A. The packaging, transportation and storage of COVID-19 vaccines at low temperatures necessitates the use of dry ice, which is a form of carbon dioxide (CO2). If CO2 escapes in its gaseous form, there is a danger to factory, logistics and healthcare workers, most of whom will be unfamiliar with dry ice and its potentially harmful effects. Although there is a clear global need for vaccine urgency, employers also have a responsibility to avoid compromising worker health and safety.

Another application concerns the storage and use of oxygen at temporary hospitals, a number of which are now in operation across Europe to provide COVID-19 patients with emergency ventilation. These facilities do not have permanently engineered solutions to monitor for oxygen leaks, which presents the need for additional safety precautions. In both applications, portable gas detectors worn by personnel can monitor for gas leaks and alarm against dangerous exposure.

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Q. What are risks of exposure to excessive levels of CO2 and oxygen? A. Dry ice is solid-state CO2. However, sublimation of CO2 occurs at temperatures above -78 °C, when it becomes gaseous. CO2 in this form is heavier than air and tends to take the place of oxygen, presenting a risk of anoxia. As little as 3% CO2 by volume can lead to an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, while 5% will likely prompt dizziness, confusion, headaches and shortness of breath. All of these conditions can prove dangerous in a workplace situation. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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Moreover, staff absenteeism due to feeling poorly is a major risk to the effectiveness of vaccine supply chains.

This evidence is useful if there is a requirement for an investigation or report.

As for oxygen, excessive amounts of this gas in the atmosphere due to leakage from tanks or equipment presents a higher flammability risk.

Q. What is the best way to clean/sanitise gas detectors during COVID-19? A. With frequent shift changes at factories, logistics hubs, vaccination centres and temporary hospitals, there is a likelihood that staff will share personal gas detectors. To avoid any potential for virus transmission, it is good practice to clean the monitors between shifts. The best way to ensure surface cleanliness is to use mild soap and water applied to a damp cloth.

Q. What are the exposure level guidelines for workplaces? A. Alarm levels for CO2 in the PS500 personal gas monitor from Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection, for example, are set well below 3-5%. In fact, 0.5% CO2 by volume is the EH40 prescribed time-weighted average safe exposure limit for workplaces across an 8-hour working day. There is also a guideline for STEL (short-term exposure limit), which is 1.5% CO2 by volume over a 15-minute period. With oxygen, leaks into the workplace atmosphere above 25% by volume, change the flammability of the environment. Again, a personal gas monitor, in this case the high-performance yet cost-effective Protégé ZM from Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection, features appropriately set levels of 23% Vol to warn against any impending danger. Q. How are personal gas monitors used? A. The device simply clips to a lapel or belt loop, for example, from where it can sense danger from every direction and make that vital connection between excessive gas exposure and personal safety. A detector such as the Protégé ZM measures just 94 x 56 mm and weighs only 76g.

Q. Is there access to recorded data? A. Data-logging capability sees a memory store taken every minute. Users can upload the data to a PC, where they will see a time and date stamp against exposure events.

Q. What about service and calibration? A. It is highly advisable that users follow service and calibration guidance for their monitors to ensure quality and reliability. Working with a gas detector that is out of calibration or needs a sensor replacement, for example, defeats the objective and places staff at risk. Optimum intervals are dependent upon the working environment, but annual service and calibration is typical. A two-year warranty is applicable assuming adherence to the service schedule. Q. Why is Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection qualified to help in the COVID-19 emergency? A. Due to the knowledge, expertise and experience of Teledyne Gas and Flame Detection across many sectors that deal with potentially dangerous gases in confined spaces, the company has proven, high-integrity solutions that can help keep workers safe during the pandemic. Safety is at the heart of all Teledyne gas monitoring and detection solutions.

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Personal gas monitors are extremely easy to use and typically feature a single button switch-on. If an alarm triggers, the monitor will beep, shake and flash [audible, tactile and visual] to ensure the user acknowledges the warning in all kinds of environments, including noisy ones.

Do not use alcohol wipes or other alcohol-based cleaning products, as the sensor will detect the alcohol and provide a false reading. Users should also avoid silicone, chlorine or bleach-based cleaning products.

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MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC EXTENDS SCADA LINEUP

The “GENESIS64 Basic SCADA” facilitates the visualization of data in small applications but can also be scaled up to medium applications with optional add-ons depending on the requirements of the customer.

Supporting the increasing focus on digital manufacturing and IoT, Mitsubishi Electric has extended its SCADA lineup for EMEA markets, now offering two additional types of software for the system monitoring and process control under the series name “GENESIS64”, complementing the existing “MAPS” SCADA software.

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he new lineup will meet the diversifying IoT needs, covering a wide variety of purposes from small production line monitoring and control to multi-site monitoring and business intelligence (BI) for plant-wide systems, process automation as well as utility and building automation. The “GENESIS64 Basic SCADA” is an entry-level software with essential functions for small production lines, and the “GENESIS64 Advanced Application Server” is a full SCADA suite for large scale monitoring of factories, buildings, and utilities.

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For customers with bigger system needs, “GENESIS64 Advanced Application Server” will help to create a serverless system using cloud computing, which will facilitate the construction of redundant, multi-location or other highly secure, large-scale systems. This “top end” software can also connect to wearable devices such as smart glasses and smart watches, supporting customers interested in introducing remote monitoring or giving work instructions remotely. Furthermore, the software can be operated by voice commands with the use of AI smart assistant speakers, which helps operators avoid touching the monitoring 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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screen - another function that supports the “new normal” in the manufacturing world. With the extension of the SCADA lineup, Mitsubishi Electric customers will have unified one-stop access to SCADA solutions provided by U.S.-based ICONICS, Inc., a SCADA and IoT analysis software company acquired by Mitsubishi Electric in 2019. Customers will be able to benefit from the combination of ICONICS’ software technology and Mitsubishi Electric’s FA technology spanning expanded software products and services from the edge to the cloud, all targeted at helping customers solve their automation and process control issues. This integration is initially demonstrated in the direct connection of Mitsubishi Electric PLCs to the GENESIS64 SCADA software, achieving automatic detection and smooth startup while eliminating the need for an OPC server. https://eu3a.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en/products/hmi/ iconics/local


The “GENESIS64 Advanced Application Server” will facilitate the construction of redundant, multilocation or other highly secure, largescale systems. [Source: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan]

Touchless monitoring and control can be achieved with the use of AR devices; apps for mobile devices and smart watches facilitate remote monitoring.

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UNLOCK THE PERFORMANCE OF MACHINES WITH NEW ADVANCED DRIVE SOLUTION The latest Mitsubishi Electric MELSERVO MR-J5 series of TSN-compatible servo drives meet requirements for precision, dynamics and multi-axis synchronisation in applications such as food and beverage, life science and printing/converting applications. [Source: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan]

Mitsubishi Electric’s new MELSERVO MR-J5 series of TSN-compatible servo drives meet today’s exacting requirements for precision, dynamics and multi-axis synchronisation in food and beverage, life sciences and printing/converting production applications. They also integrate a full suite of safety functions as standard, and embed predictive maintenance functions, giving users the tools they need to increase machine productivity and availability.

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nd users and machine builders can drive up the performance of their lines and systems thanks to a frequency response of 3.5kHz and a communication cycle time of 31.25 µs. Further, with the associated MELSERVO J5 motion module, users can synchronise up to 256 axes. This increased performance does not come at the cost of more complex set-up. No tuning experience is required, with a quick-tuning function generating all of the gain values automatically within approximately 0.3 seconds. The machine is then ready to run as soon as the servo is enabled, assuring smooth running with significantly reduced commissioning time and effort.

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A key enabler for improved performance across multi-axis servo systems is the integration of CC-Link IE TSN (time sensitive network) technology with 1Gbps transmission speeds, assuring synchronisation across all connected devices – including safety devices, which can be connected on the same network as standard control products such as inverters, HMI and I/O. Other network protocols such as EtherCAT are also offered as standard. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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Predictive maintenance functions have also been embedded, helping to reduce unplanned machine downtime and driveup asset availability, so saving both time and money. These functions are powered by Mitsubishi Electric’s Maisart AI technology, allowing this new servo drives series to detect mechanical component deterioration on the machine long before a maintenance is required. The MELSERVO MR-J5 series enables users to save time and money in other areas, too. Machine wiring has been simplified with a new single cable – for encoder, power and electromagnetic brake – with a new one-touch lock connector which eliminates the need for tightening screws. The 26-bit absolute encoder offering 67 million pulses per revolution ensures precise motion control in demanding applications, while the elimination of the need for an internal battery reduces maintenance costs. https://emea.mitsubishielectric.com/en


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INNOVATIVE AND INFORMATIVE WEBSITE ABOUT POWER QUALITY

PQaaS: The Power Quality as a Service website goes liveThe subject of mains Power Quality is rapidly becoming ever more important in the context of energy transition, smart grids and smart metering.

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y the same token, those who are supposed to be concerned and implicated in this are confronted with a host of different questions. What does Power Quality mean for power grid operators, administrations, industrial companies, electrical inspectors, electrical installers, professional associations, and infrastructure businesses such as airports, railroads, etc?

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Shedding more light on the subject through knowledge sharing The purpose of the new website is to provide useful theoretical and practical information to interested parties who may or may not be already familiar with the topic of Power Quality. And this is precisely what the name “Power Quality as a Service” is intended to highlight, using a concept familiar from the world of software services. The website transmits knowledge about relevant standards, measurement methods, why and where power quality is important, what the phenomena are and how they do manifest themselves, what you should pay attention to, how to ensure good Power Quality, examples of use, terminology clarifications, FAQs, etc.

The concept: the website is intended as a collaborative platform To cover the topic of power quality by touching on its various facets, Power Quality as a Service, or PQaaS, is based on standards, guidelines as well as practical experience. As such, PQaaS is not a one-off publication, instead it brings together international knowledge and technologies related to Power Quality from a wide range of different fields. At the same time, PQaaS continues to work on keeping up to date, maintaining interest and actively participating in social media activities. It purposely includes content from contributors, including blog articles and interactive chats, not least as a way of further enlarging the network of PQaaS partners and generating mutual benefit for all interested parties. The dynamic layout and content are designed to match this requirement. https://pq-as-a-service.com

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EMERSON’S SOLENOID VALVES ENABLE MORE COMPACT MACHINE DESIGNS

ASCO™ Series 256/356 offers smaller footprint, up to 40% reduced power consumption and up to 30% higher pressure ratings

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merson has launched a range of two-way and threeway solenoid valves that support original equipment manufacturers’ (OEMs) need to develop more compact machines and equipment without compromising on fluid control performance. The optimized body design and internal flow path of the new ASCO Series 256/356 not only provides a smaller footprint, but also reduced power consumption and increased pressure ratings critical in industrial and commercial applications.

The reduced overall footprint of the Series 256/356 helps OEMs optimize the internal layout of their equipment, enabling more high-performance fluid control options to be integrated into a smaller and sleeker final product. This is especially important for manufacturers of coffee machines and other beverage dispensers; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; pumps and compressors; welding equipment; and analytical and medical devices. Achieving comparative pressure ratings in a smaller valve typically results in increased power consumption, but the Series 256/356 reduces energy use by as much as 40%. This enables OEMs to apply a smaller valve while matching or improving on the fluid control performance of the previous version and make significant energy savings. The pressure rating of some versions of the redesigned Series 256/356 has increased by up to 30% compared to the previous versions, enabling them to be used in more demanding applications, such as high-pressure washers and hydrogen fuel dispensers. The performance of the DC voltage version is now similar to that of the AC voltage version, enabling overall system costs to be reduced by

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The ASCO Series 256/356 solenoid valves set a new benchmark for fluid control performance by reducing the overall footprint and power consumption while increasing pressure ratings.

eliminating the need to convert to AC power to maximize solenoid valve performance. “Emerson has engineered the Series 256/356 from the ground up, creating a range of solenoid valves that sets a new benchmark in fluid control technology by decreasing overall footprint and power consumption while also increasing pressure ratings,” said Erik VanLaningham, vice president of global marketing for Emerson’s industrial automation business. “These performance improvements are complemented by an extended choice of body materials and connection options. This provides OEMs with the broadest range of options from a trusted single-source supplier to reliably meet their diverse application demands.”

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The Series 256/356 offers an expanded selection of body materials, including lead-free brass, stainless steel and an engineered composite material that is 20% lighter than brass and meets global health and safety standards for food and beverage applications. The valves are dust-tight, IP67rated and submersible in up to one meter of water, making them suitable for harsh environments, increasing reliability and extending the life of machinery. Third-party approval for a wide variety of industry standards, such as NSF 169 and EC 1934 for food and beverage applications, helps OEMs reduce the time-to-market for new products.

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ADDITIVE IN SPACE

Cost reduction in aerospace through additive manufacturing.

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pacecraft are developed on Earth, tested, fully assembled and transported in one piece by a launch vehicle to their respective places of operation. Each component must be designed to withstand the high loads of the launch phase. In most cases, in addition to complex test procedures, this leads to an oversized structure of the spacecraft components, because in orbit they experience only a fraction of the stresses they must endure during rocket launch. The maximum take-off mass required for transport with the launch vehicle and the volume of satellites, for example, thus cause high space transport costs. At the same time, space in the rocket is restricted, which limits the design of the spacecraft from the outset. The search is on for processes that expand the possibilities of future space missions, save resources and reduce costs.

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One possible approach is to manufacture spacecraft components directly in orbit using generative manufacturing. Generative technologies enable efficient and agile production of components on site. The AIMIS-FYT team at Munich University of Applied Sciences is developing and researching an additive manufacturing process for this purpose, in which the production of structures takes place in zero gravity. The elements needed for space travel do not have to meet the high launch requirements, but can be tailored precisely to the mission requirements. The process 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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is being researched on parabolic flights in zero gravity supported by a uEye CP industrial camera from IDS. For this additive manufacturing process, also called “insitu manufacturing” (Latin in situ “in place”), the team developed a 3D printer with an extruder through which a liquid photopolymer can be dispensed. “Our 3D printing process can directly print three-dimensional structures in space using a UV-curing adhesive or potting compound,” says Torben Schaefer, press officer of the AIMIS-FYT team, explaining the special feature of this technology. Instead of creating the components layer by layer, as is the case with conventional 3D printers, they are created directly by the three-dimensional movement of the print head. Through the application of UV light, the resin is freely extruded into space in zero gravity and hardens within a short time. In combination with weightlessness, this enables manufacturing without shape restrictions that normally exist due to gravity on Earth. Typical shape limitations are, for example, long overhangs that are not possible on earth or can only be manufactured with elaborate support structures. In zero gravity, it is even possible to create components without a fixed anchor point, such as a pressure plate. This production process enables a wide variety of designs, such as printed structures for solar panels or antennas. For


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Successful 3D printing of a “diagonal rod” in weightlessness.

example, the production of mirrors for parabolic antennas or the manufacture of truss structures for the mounting of solar generators is conceivable. This should be of particular interest to manufacturers and distributors of small to micro satellites or even entire satellite constellations, who can use it to reduce both their unit costs and the launch costs for transporting their systems into orbit. In addition, the reduced mass of the spacecraft assembled in orbit saves resources and can increase the lifetime of a mission by taking more fuel on board instead. “For satellites, the fuel is usually the limiting factor; at present, it usually lasts for around 15 years,” explains Torben Schaefer. Application The most important process of the manufacturing process is the printing process itself. This is essentially made up of 3 main phases: 1 - E xtrusion of the resin with the aid of the extruder 2 - The resin emerges from the nozzle in a viscous state in zero gravity 3-C  uring of the resin by the UV LEDs.

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The printing of straight rods, connections of rods and the creation of free-form rods are tested. In one case, a conventional printing plate is used as the starting point for printing; in another case, the behaviour of printing, freefloating rods is investigated.

The main parameters of the printing process are the extrusion speed of the resin, the UV light intensity, the UV light time and the trajectory, i.e. the movement path of the printer. “In our printing process, precise, pressure-stable and constant delivery of the medium is important. At the same time, the parameters should be kept constant during the entire process,” explains Torben Schaefer. The USB 3 camera sponsored by IDS keeps a close eye on the process: It watches the nozzle of the printer in close-up and always moves relative to it. This way, the camera follows the nozzle with every movement and always has it precisely in focus. The image is cropped in such a way that the formation of the rods is captured around 4.5 cm below the nozzle. “The IDS camera hereby provides very important results for the discharge of the resin and its curing. The UV LEDs required for curing produce a strong overexposure, which means that difficult lighting conditions prevail. No problem for the U3-3260CP from the IDS portfolio: with the cost-effective 2.30 MPixel Sony sensor IMX249 (1920 x 1200 px), it sets particularly high standards in terms of light sensitivity and dynamic range. This makes the global shutter CMOS sensor with its 5.86 µm pixels predestined for applications like these, which are supposed to deliver a perfect result even in difficult lighting conditions - in this case, strong brightness due to overexposure. In order to be able to further analyse the exit behaviour from the nozzle in zero gravity, the process is carried out at a slower speed. The contour of the rod must be precisely 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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The four basic operations of 3D printing.

captured. ‘For this, the high frame rate and resolution of the camera are crucial for a high-quality evaluation,’ explains Torben Schaefer from the AIMIS team. With a frame rate of 47.0 fps, the IDS camera ensures excellent image quality and is extremely low-noise - perfect conditions for its task in space. But the simple integration of the camera also convinced the research team.

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Software ‘We were able to seamlessly integrate the camera into our C++-based monitoring system with the help of the IDS SDK,’ says Torben Schäfer. According to him, this is where all the data from the sensors converge and provide a comprehensive overview of the current status of the printer and the individual print parameters. ‘We can start and stop the recording of the IDS camera and all other measurements with one click. Since there are only twenty seconds of zero gravity on a parabolic flight and there is a break of around one and a half minutes between two parabolas, we only save the most important information by starting and stopping measurements and recordings in a targeted manner.’ In addition, a live image of the printing process is displayed on the monitor with the help of the IDS software. ‘This live feed makes it easier for us to set up and quickly analyse the printhead.’

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Outlook The findings from the experiments will be used to further optimise the printing process of the four basic 3D printing operations (straight bar, straight bar with start / stop points, free-form bar as well as connections between bars) and to prove the primary functionality of additive manufacturing in zero gravity. The aim is to test the technology in space, as it offers the chance to drastically reduce the cost of components in space technology. ‘With the AIMIS-FYT project, we have the opportunity to actively shape the future of space travel,’ says Michael Kringer, project manager of the AIMIS-FYT team. The powerful little IDS camera has successfully recommended itself for future missions - on Earth and in space. Client / University AIMIS-FYT: The acronym AIMIS stands for Additive Manufacturing In Space and is the name of a team of four aerospace engineering students at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. The AIMIS-FYT (Additive Manufacturing in Space - Fly your Thesis) team is taking part in zero-gravity experiments as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) campaign. IDS accompanies the team as part of its university sponsorship programme. https://en.ids-imaging.com


A finished truss structure in zero gravity - detail shot from the IDS camera. During the parabolic flight of the esa programme FYT, zero gravity prevails for 20 seconds.

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KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM FOR TOPICS RELATED TO IMAGE PROCESSING WITH 2D, 3D AND AI

IDS Vision Channel – Platform for digital live sessions and networking.

Knowledge increases when it is shared” – following this maxim, IDS is making its expertise as one of the leading manufacturers of digital industrial cameras free of charge and directly accessible on a new platform. In addition to online events, useful tools such as calendars and live chats, the IDS Vision Channel also offers a media library with recordings of past events and additional, exclusive content. The online sessions address image processing topics around 2D, 3D and embedded vision as well as artificial intelligence. They are short, focused and build on each other depending on the topic. This makes them interesting for both beginners and experts. Afterwards, questions can be discussed in the group or with the speakers. This makes the IDS Vision Channel ideal for knowledge exchange and knowledge building.

“We bring our specialists to you – conveniently on the screen. Participants can choose suitable events from a wide range of topics and receive tips and tricks for their own applications,” summarises IDS Managing Director Jan Hartmann. As travel restrictions continue due to the pandemic, the IDS Vision Channel is intended to serve as a digital meeting place and to foster exchange within the international machine vision community. The launch event will take place on 28th of January. Interested parties are cordially invited to take a look at the opportunities and challenges of machine vision with the experts at IDS and to learn more about the futureoriented developments of the company.

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The speakers are from a wide range of disciplines at IDS, from product management to development to management. In addition there will be guests – such as the IDS Solution Partners or start-ups – depending on the subject. The experts are available to answer questions during and after the online sessions. Each event will be offered at least twice so that people from every time zone can participate live. The

channel language is English. An overview of all upcoming dates can be found in the IDS Vision Channel calendar, which allows the various events to be easily filtered, booked and managed.

Registration is open and free of charge via www.ids-vision-channel.tech

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THE DUAL CHANNEL PRINCIPLE

Reliable detection of transparent objects with the PRK 3C, PRK 55 or PRK 18B retro-reflective photoelectric sensors.

The dual channel principle is just one of many new developments within the scope of Leuze’s nearly 60 years of innovation history.

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What does dual channel actually mean? The increasing digitization opens entirely new possibilities in automation technology for increasing the productivity and efficiency of machinery and systems. A much more precise look into the machine is possible today than in the past. It is possible to obtain much more detailed and, in addition, constantly available condition information about the machine – not only on-site, but also remotely, and in digital form. An increase in the amount of information also means ever larger amounts of data, not to say a flood of data, that must be managed. New strategies, expertise and futureoriented technologies are necessary here. Leuze accepts this challenge and develops smart sensors. Smart means sensors that, on the one hand, record the relevant real-time process data, but, on the other hand, can also supply a great deal of additional information which, once evaluated, can provide information at any time about the current machine state. To ensure the that the information reaches the desired recipient – be it the process control, the operating company or even the appropriate machine support service – new communication technologies are needed. In addition to offering sufficient bandwidth (e.g., industrial Ethernet interfaces), these must also provide multi-channel capability. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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Only in this way can the data be delivered in a targeted manner and processed further. This is precisely what the innovative dual channel principle from Leuze offers. First: A real-time process data channel and, second, a need-oriented information channel for exchanging status information and configuration settings. And what exactly is Industry 4.0? The primary idea behind Industry 4.0/IIoT is to standardize data and the way it is exchanged across all system borders and all the way up to the cloud. Most of this data is generated with the help of sensors. Their job is to capture process variables and transfer these in the form of data to the receiving systems via one or more interfaces. Through Industry 4.0/IIoT, additional and even new topics, such as a recipe change, a format changeover or the condition monitoring as well as the predictive maintenance of a machine or system are increasingly shifting into focus. The data required there is, however, often not essential for the actual automation task. But it does make it easier for the user to plan for maintenance. Preventative maintenance intervals ultimately increase the availability of the machine or system since the maintenance can be performed before


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Dual channel and Industry 4.0/IIoT with a binary-switching sensor Dual channel principle from Leuze

such as asset management or condition monitoring. It can also be economically integrated in the smallest of devices.

Leuze communication solutions within the scope of Industry 4.0/IIoT In the past, point-to-point connections between the control unit and the respective sensor or actuator have defined industrial automation. A master-slave communication model currently prevails. This means that a control unit usually serves multiple end devices via one cable in linear topology (fieldbus installation). The use of new technologies will allow a transition to a netlike or star-shaped communication architecture. We are already accustomed to this from the IT field.

Dual channel in practice Nevertheless, the original measurement task of the sensors cannot be forgotten – especially as many highly dynamic applications are heavily dependent on all process-relevant information with respect to time. In combination with the newly emerging application possibilities, the dual channel principle from Leuze supports precisely this requirement. The data is transferred to the process control in real time via the first sensor channel. At the same time, the information for monitoring and analysis of the machine flows over the second channel. The classic IO-Link interface for the binary switching sensor cannot achieve this. In SIO mode (Standard IO Mode), it permits only one switching signal. During active point-to-point communication, it can handle no more than the direct data exchange of the control. For the process control, however, both types of information are necessary in parallel but with different time requirements. The dual channel principle is the same for all sensors with one or more integrated data interfaces – regardless of their complexity. In the following, we consider and differentiate between two possibilities for a binary switching sensor: first, the dual channel principle with connection to the PLC. And second, the dual channel principle with respect to Industry 4.0/IIoT. In addition, we consider dual channel for sensors with fieldbus interface.

As the interfaces to the control systems are increasingly Ethernet-based and therefore powerful enough to serve two data channels simultaneously, this is opening up completely new possibilities. These are necessary for the networked world of Industry 4.0 and deliver the data to the various receivers in a target-oriented manner. With two data channels, the basis for this already exists, i.e., through the integrated industrial Ethernet interface with additional TCP/IP channel and the possibility to expand it for OPC UA communication – and even to new cloud-based applications in the integrated connectivity devices. The latter are denoted at Leuze with a red i in the type designation. This is precisely where IO-Link is indispensable: this simple, 3-wire interface offers all functions that are needed for new IIoT approaches,

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the machine or system comes to a standstill with the associated loss of productivity.

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Determination of the print mark position with the KRT 3B contrast sensor.

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1 - Dual channel with connection to the PLC Consider as an example the KRT 18B contrast sensor, which is used in extremely fast-running packaging machines to determine an exact print mark position: here, the packaging quality of the machine is dependent on the real-time capability of the switching output. The trigger signal from the switching output of a contrast sensor is therefore not processed via the control but is rather connected directly to the actuator. This then directly triggers the placement of a label without time delay. (Figure 2). In addition to the fast reaction time of the machine, the exact teaching of the contrast differences between print mark and background is largely responsible for the reliable operation of the machine or system. Optical contrast sensors such as, the KRT 18B, offer the possibility to determine the optimum contrast ratio for each container or label using multiple transmitter colors. For this reason, the KRT 18B is also equipped with an IO-Link communication interface in addition to the fast switching output. Using a teach routine, the transmitter colors are taught in once and then stored in the respective sensor or the control. Defined or taught-in products can then be selected from the recipe memory of the sensor at any time via IO-Link. If the machine undergoes a format change, the entire configuration file is transferred from the control. This eliminates the need for another teach-in process. (Figure 3).

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2 - Dual Channel and Industry 4.0 / IIoT Within the scope of Industry  4.0/IIoT, data needs to be available to other automation participants, independent of location and worldwide. This is used, for example, for monitoring and configuration. Cloud solutions are generally selected here. Provided the prerequisites identical to those described above exist, the connection can be made via a decentral IO-Link coupling module with Ethernet interface and OPC-UA communication protocol instead of the direct IO-Link connection to the PLC. The data is then connected to the cloud via, e.g., an IoT Edge gateway. (Figure 4). As per the practical example from the area of the bottle filling as follows: Transparent objects, e.g., glass or PET bottles, on a conveyor belt must be reliably detected during the ongoing process – even in cases of challenging environmental conditions such as fogging, water vapor or soiling. Through the use of a retro-reflective photoelectric sensor for transparent objects with IO-Link – such as the Leuze PRK 3C, PRK 55 or PRK 18B – such environmental influences can be detected and appropriately analyzed so that the machine control can respond accordingly. (Figure 5). A fast trigger signal is needed in this case as well. For example, to trigger an inspection camera or eject faulty parts. In addition to the convenient teach-in using IO-Link, the second channel can be used to realize a simple but effective contamination monitoring system. The received signal level of the sensor can be compared with the set switching threshold at any time for


Dual channel and Industry 4.0/IIoT with fieldbus interface sensor.

this purpose, thereby allowing a reduction in the function reserve to be detected. If this information is transmitted to the person responsible for the machine or system, e.g., via the OPC UA interface of the IO-Link coupling module, the necessary cleaning measures can be determined from the analysis of this information and scheduled during breaks without interrupting production (predictive maintenance).

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3 - Dual channel with sensors with fieldbus interface Leuze offers a dual channel solution for more complex sensors with an integrated fieldbus interface as well. The BCL 348i bar code scanner, for example, primarily has a PROFINET fieldbus interface. Process and alarm values, detailed status and diagnostic messages as well as the complete device parameterization can be carried out from the control via this interface. If the data needs to be available location-independent and worldwide for monitoring, the sensor offers this possibility via its industrial Ethernet interface with the OPC-UA communication protocol. Via an integrated cloud connector or an IoT Edge gateway, the data can be transported all the way to a cloud application. (Figure 6). www.leuze.com

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CONTAINER AND TRAY IDENTIFICATION MADE EASY

A new addition to the BCL series: the stationary 1D bar code reader 200i.

New stationary bar code reader is ideal for container and tray identification and especially suited to conveyor systems with limited installation space.

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euze is expanding its portfolio of stationary bar code readers with the introduction of the BCL 200i. Designed specifically for conveyor systems, the new BCL 200i is a 1D bar code reader with integrated industrial interfaces and simple PROFINET configuration. The device can be configured directly in the control via the GSDML file. The compact design of the BCL 200i makes it particularly suitable for applications with limited installation space such as on or between conveyor lines. In addition to the small dimensions, the location of the cable outlet on the side of the device and its dovetail mounting system make it even easier to install in space constrained applications.

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Ideal for container and tray identification This latest addition to Leuze’s BCL range of bar code readers is particularly suited to the detection of 1D codes on trays and containers regardless of whether the bar code is printed vertically or horizontally. The device features integrated Ethernet TCP/IP and PROFINET interfaces and a webbased configuration tool enables remote diagnostics from anywhere in the world.

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Additionally, the inclusion of integrated code reconstruction technology (CRT) enables the BCL 200i to read bar codes with small line heights as well as damaged or smudged labels. With the aid of the CRT decoder, bar codes can also be read at a large twist angle. The resulting decrease in no-reads significantly increases system availability and decreases downtime. Activation without additional sensor system The new device also incorporates automatic reflector activation (autoReflAct), enabling activation without an additional trigger sensor system. This is achieved by directing the scanner with reduced scanning beam towards a reflector mounted across the conveyor. If the reflector is covered by an object such as a container with a bar code label, the scanner activates the read procedure. The read procedure is completed as soon as the scanner can see the reflector again. www.leuze.com


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ISO 20560: A GLOBAL STANDARD TO IDENTIFY PIPE CONTENTS!

A new, global ISO 20560 norm is now available to standardise the identification of hidden and often hazardous pipe contents in factories and facilities. Compliant pipe markers are already offered by Brady Corporation. Clear pipe identification for increased safety In response to the growing international mobility of labour, the ISO 20560 norm aims to increase workplace safety and to reduce risks and training costs for international personnel on country-specific pipe marking standards. The new, international pipe marking norm uses globally accepted GHS/CLP icons on a highly visible yellow area to visually signal danger to employees, international contractors and first responders. The new standard also specifies pipe marker size based on pipe diameter to support visibility from a distance.

Hassle free Reliable, ready-to-apply ISO 20560 compliant pipe markers can be delivered from Brady factories anywhere in the world. If you own a Brady safety printer, you can already design and print a compliant ISO 20560 pipe marker at your premises today, using only substance and pipe diameter as input. www.brady.eu

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Reliable on any pipe in many environments Brady Corporation already offers ISO 20560-compliant designs on industrial-grade pipe marker materials. They will stay attached and remain legible in tough conditions, resisting high and low temperatures, and exposure to a wide range of chemicals and fuels. Detailed technical data sheets are available. The pipe markers can be printed in a range of sizes to fit the smallest and largest pipe diameters. They can be applied to pipes using a self-adhesive layer, an adhesive strip, a magnetic layer or mountable options.

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VIEWSONIC ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE CAMPAIGN “A YEAR OF COLOURS”

Creates a Digital Hub for All Creators to Exchange Inspiration and Artwork.

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iewSonic, a leading global provider of visual solutions, launched a worldwide and yearlong colourPro campaign - “A Year of Colours”, starting from February 1st to November 30th, 2021. Each month participants are invited to post their photographs to the colourPro Instagram account using the hashtag #MyVisionPrecisely. The campaign aims to create a digital hub for creators to showcase their work and become part of a larger community of photographers, designers and artists. Moreover, ViewSonic will evaluate the artwork and announce a winner on every 15th to give out a colourPro VP2785-2K professional display.

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“Our once serene and sane lives have been disrupted by the pandemic for far too long, with the announcement of our

very first yearlong campaign, ‘A Year of colours’, we hope to shed a ray of sunshine through this big dreary cloud and paint this brand-new year with beautiful colours,” said Oscar Lin, Head of the Monitor Business Unit at ViewSonic. “Our purpose is to encourage people from all over the world to combine their imagination with the beauty of colours and shape our Instagram into a hub of positivity energy and inspiration. We are looking forward to seeing unique artwork by creators from all over the world.” This year, the colourPro Instagram account will be colour coordinated by focusing on one colour and building the feed around it each month. All colours have been chosen for a specific reason, such as holidays or seasons associated with the month. The submissions of March’s colour, “Red”, is open from February 1st all the way till the end of the month. ViewSonic will announce the winner on March 15th. At the end of 2021, audiences’ favorite artwork will be revealed publicly as well. To show examples of how to participate in the campaign, January and February are represented as trial run months. Renee Robyn, a renowned photographer and digital artist from the United States, is January’s honored guest. She is

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“A Year of colours” Campaign Details frequently featured on colourPro’s Instagram stories, and her artwork related to the January colour, “colourPro Blue”, is also presented on colourPro’s Instagram account; while the February colour resonates with one of Pantone’s 2021 colours of the year, “Illuminating Yellow”, which is associated with optimism and vivacity. The colourPro series of professional monitors combine the art and science of amazing colours. They are designed for photographers, graphic designers, video editors, and creators. During this campaign, ViewSonic has invited 12 incredibly artistic influencers all over the world to create stunning, colour-accurate, true-to-life images. These influencers will also share their insights and perspectives on the meaning of colours. Come and be a part of the colour palette. To view more of the latest submissions, please visit the official colourPro Instagram account. www.instagram.com/p/CJv5VTjDGbP/

Entry Period: February 1st, 2021, to November 30, 2021. How to Enter: 1) Follow the official colourPro Instagram account on Instagram. 2) Post a photo related to the monthly colour with a public Instagram account. 3) Tag the official colourPro Instagram account on the photo. 4) Hashtag “#MyVisionPrecisely” and located country (e.g., #USA, #Japan) in the post caption. • Winner Selection: All entries will be judged by their overall impact, originality, creativity, colour, and tone. The winning artwork will be announced on Instagram on the 15th of each month. MORE INFORMATION

• Prize: A colourPro VP2785-2K professional display to one winner each month. The Contest is hosted and sponsored by ViewSonic International Corp., located in New Taipei City, Taiwan. ViewSonic International Corp. is a subsidiary company of ViewSonic Corp. located in California, USA. 29 | Industry EMEA | April 2021

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After a dynamic year in 2019, both in terms of acquiring new customers and enriching its product range, SIC MARKING GROUP is continuing its momentum and multiplying its successes with key accounts in the automotive, medical, aeronautics and mechanical engineering sectors.

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Personalised support throughout the world “Thanks to a centralised sales team at headquarters, key accounts can rely on a single point of contact for the worldwide management of their marking machine requirements” says Eric BRECHENMACHER, Sales and Marketing Director of SIC MARKING GROUP. This personalised support is essential to the success of the French group and is reinforced by a worldwide presence, the result of a network of 10 subsidiaries and 45 distributors. In constant evolution, notably with the recent acquisition of a subsidiary in South Korea in 2018, SIC MARKING’s network enables it to provide local service and maintenance, at the best cost and with the greatest reactivity wherever customers have factories. In fact, Éric BRECHENMACHER confirms, “All the network members have trained technicians and a local stock of spare parts that enable them to intervene extremely quickly without costly travel by head office staff.”

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Perfect mastery of a wide range of marking technologies As the world leader in industrial traceability, SIC MARKING GROUP has 3 competence centres in Europe, America and Asia, enabling it to offer specific marking solutions, developed and studied locally for customer needs. In addition to this, a wide range of standard products has been developed throughout its 30 years of experience. Indeed, no less than 3 new products are launched every year in addition to the numerous evolutions of existing products. This longevity enables SIC MARKING GROUP to master a wide range of marking technologies from dotpeen to laser and scribing marking. “Thanks to our wide range of products and our expertise, we can offer the most suitable technology for every need,” concludes Eric B. Leading references in their field Proud of its know-how, SIC MARKING emphasises the clever combination of a wide choice of technologies, local service capability combined with the ability to make special machines anywhere in the world, which makes this company with its 300 employees so unique. “That’s what attracts these large groups,” says Laurent Bieth, Key Account Manager at


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SIC MARKING GROUP. “When we talk about Key Accounts we mean an international implantation and therefore a need to reproduce means of production in several locations while adapting to local local cultures.”Today, SIC MARKING is proud to be the supplier of major players in the automotive, aeronautical, medical and mechanical sectors such as SKF, TENNECO, MAGNA, BENTELER, SAFRAN and many others. www.sic-marking.co.uk

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Industry EMEA is the technical engineers' magazine for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Industry EMEA presents products and the latest busine...

Industry EMEA | 29 - April 2021  

Industry EMEA is the technical engineers' magazine for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Industry EMEA presents products and the latest busine...

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