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SECO TOOLS NEW DURATOMIC® TM GRADES FOR STAINLESS STEEL TURNING

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SOURIAU – SUNBANK NEW BACKSHELL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

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FAULHABER HIGHTECH IN THE STARRING ROLE

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IN THIS MAGAZINE… 7  New Size 9 Brushless Slotted DC Motors for Small Bone Orthopedic Applications 8  Seco Tools Announces Release of New Duratomic® TM Grades for Stainless Steel Turning

9  Seco Tools Expands CW100 Ceramic Insert Family for Secure Superalloy Machining 10  Customer Satisfaction Depends on Reliable Machining Processes 16  Challenging counterfeits 18  Kollmorgen Appoints New EMEA VP/GM 19  Intelligent position measuring system for absolute linear feedback 20  Motion control for intelligent hydraulics 23  High plant availability and simplified PROFIBUS integration for process control 24  New Backshell Product Development 26  Mitsubishi Electric explained its Marmaray Solutions in the Tunneling Symposium 28  The Fischer Freedom™ technology platform continues to gain international peer recognition: winning four awards in one year

32  Hightech in the starring role 34  PROFIsafe-Module: Extra Safety 36  Easily Protect against Surge Voltage 37  Perception Asset Tracker

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NEW SIZE 9 BRUSHLESS SLOTTED DC MOTORS FOR SMALL BONE ORTHOPEDIC APPLICATIONS

Portescap is pleased to announce the release of 3 new surgical motors for small bone orthopedic applications.

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he B0912N1016 Small Bone Motor (9.6V - 38K RPM), B0912N4023 Small Bone Gearmotor (9.6V - 1.1K RPM), and B0912N4024 Small Bone Gearmotor (9.6V - 12.8K RPM) are sterilizable BLDC motors that provide optimal torque and speed for drills, saws, and reamers to allow for precise removal of tissue in small bone orthopedic surgical procedures. They are well-suited for traditional surgical tools, in addition to robotically assisted surgical devices and can be paired with a Portescap sterilizable controller for battery powered applications.

Portescap is leading the way in sterilizable motor technology. Thanks to decades of research and development and millions of surgeries in the field, Portescap motors have the proven capability to deliver exceptional surgical results under the most demanding conditions. These motors have been designed and tested to withstand 1,000+ sterilization cycles as well as exposure to saline and other foreign materials. The 22mmø motors are lightweight with low noise and vibration to maximize tactile response and surgeon control in the most delicate of surgeries.

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

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SECO TOOLS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW DURATOMIC® TM GRADES FOR STAINLESS STEEL TURNING

Seco Tools has announced the release of three new grades specifically for stainless steel turning featuring the company’s latest Duratomic® generation and its Used-Edge Detection technology.

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he new TM grades TM1501, TM2501 and TM3501 secure operations and improve productivity in materials ranging from austenitic stainless steel to high-alloyed, super-duplex stainless steels. The expanded range of 479 total TM insert configurations also includes three new geometries with chipbreakers optimized for finishing and medium-roughing applications in stainless steel.

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TM1501 is designed for the highest level of speed, productivity and wear resistance in stable continuous cut applications for austenitic stainless steel components. The first-choice grade for any low to medium-alloyed stainless steel, TM2501 excels as a general grade that provides long tool life and toughness across the widest application area. And a brand-new grade for the toughest high-alloyed stainless steels, including duplex and super-duplex stainless steels, TM3501 also offers good performance across all stainless steel applications.

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The addition of the unique FF1 chipbreaker for the TM3501 grade provides superior chip control in stainless steel finishing, while the new MR3 and M3 complements MF4 and M5 in medium-roughing applications. These three Duratomic® grades feature innovations based on world-leading coating chemistry developments adapted to manufacturers’ application needs. In addition to offering superior mechanical and thermal properties, this coating also provides the chrome-colored Used-Edge Detection technology, which makes every edge count and reduces potential waste. www.secotools.com


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SECO TOOLS EXPANDS CW100 CERAMIC INSERT FAMILY FOR SECURE SUPERALLOY MACHINING

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

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

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

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CUSTOMER SATISFACTION DEPENDS ON RELIABLE MACHINING PROCESSES

When planning and implementing machining processes, manufacturers generally focus on manipulating elements of their internal operations and may lose sight of the end purpose of their work: assuring customer satisfaction.

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o a great extent, customer satisfaction is based on minimizing the time between the placement of the customer’s order and delivery of the finished product. In the past, manufacturers minimized lead times by machining thousands of identical parts and creating large inventories from which they could ship products immediately. This low-mix, high volume production (LMHV) scenario enabled manufacturers to meet customer needs in a timely way throughout gradual development of the machining process and unanticipated production errors and interruptions.

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Today’s market requirements, however, are radically different. Customers increasingly order small batches of products tailored to specific needs. As a result, manufacturers rarely make long production runs. Groups of duplicate components are not produced in the thousands, but rather in hundreds, tens or even single units. These high-mix, lowvolume (HMLV) scenarios leave no room for ongoing process development or unanticipated interruptions. Manufacturers are under pressure to develop machining processes that 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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are totally reliable beginning with the first part. Immediate speed, consistency and predictability are paramount. Nevertheless, many manufacturers continue to focus on what they call “efficiency,” developing manufacturing processes aimed nearly exclusively at maximum output and minimal cost. They unintentionally ignore “the elephant in the room” – the crucial priority of satisfying their customers, especially customer demands for timely delivery. QRM Conceived in the early days of the HMLV era, a concept called Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) underscores the critical role of time in the manufacturing process. QRM strategies, along with zero-waste and process optimization efforts, provide a roadmap that can put manufacturers on a path to minimize lead time and thereby maximize customer satisfaction. Rajan Suri, a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the 1990s, recognized


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looming changes in manufacturing markets, particularly the trend towards HMLV production. In 1993 he founded the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing. The Center’s purpose is to create partnerships between the university and manufacturing companies to develop and implement ways to reduce lead times. QRM strategies are often applied in addition to lean, Six Sigma and similar process improvement initiatives. The Traditional Approach Production managers in traditional machining environments seek maximum machine utilization above all. If a machine is standing still, it is not efficient and is costing money, not earning it. The goal is to produce large batches for inventory. Parts in stock buffer fluctuating customer demand. In HMLV manufacturing, however, a job is put into production not for stock, but to fulfill a customer order for a limited number of specific components. There is no buffering inventory.

Planners add a time cushion to avoid incidents of “acoustic management” – being reprimanded by management. However, if similar behavior is common throughout a shop, two weeks of lead time can grow to perhaps seven weeks. On-time delivery performance as measured internally may be 98 percent, production personnel are happy to meet internal goals, but the customer who needed the product in two weeks is not happy at all. The traditional manufacturing environment has systemic limitations (see figure 2). In the figure at left is a highway with minimal traffic that symbolizes underutilization of resources and, as applied to manufacturing, high production cost per finished workpiece. The over-utilized highway at right, jammed with stopped vehicles, represents the chaos and extended lead times that result when errors occur or unexpected jobs vie for space on the production highway. The middle image illustrates a balanced and cost-efficient approach to output and utilization of resources.

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Further complicating the situation are factors such as socalled “hot jobs” that arrive unexpectedly in response to emergency circumstances or special requests by important customers. If all of a facility’s machines are running, other jobs will be delayed to deal with the hot jobs. Then the delayed jobs themselves become hot jobs, lead times increase, and chaos begins to creep into the production process.

Another issue is the tendency of manufacturing staff to concentrate on finding ways to meet internal goals, such as achieving 100 percent on-time delivery. Planning often is carried out with those internal goals in mind. For example, shop personnel may know that completing a certain job takes one day, but will allocate two days to account for interruptions by hot jobs or other possible delays.

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Roadmap for HMLV Production In a HMLV production environment, first time part yield and consistent quality in production of non-identical workpieces is key. The objective is to provide customized products where the part in a one piece batch costs the same as a part in a million piece batch and immediate delivery is assured. Producing good parts from the start depends on establishing a trouble-free and reliable machining process. It currently is fashionable to point to the newest production techniques and digitalization technologies as solutions to machining problems. However, speed, consistency and flexibility always have been, and still are, based on a foundation of operational excellence as well an educated manufacturing staff with a positive mindset and motivation. (see sidebar).

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Before discussing digitization and optimization, it is necessary to look at the workshop operations overall, determine where waste of time and resources occurs, and develop methods to minimize it. After that, the emphasis shifts to process quality or reliability. A Zero-Waste Workshop Reducing lead times requires elimination of waste in the manufacturing process. A zero-waste workshop does not over-produce parts, fully utilizes workpiece material, and does away with extra movement for semi-finished parts. Wasteful and time-consuming activities in the machining process itself include production of burrs, bad surface 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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finishes, long chips, vibration, and machining errors that create unacceptable parts. Bad parts must be reworked or rejected and remade, either of which adds waiting time to the production process. Even producing part quality that exceeds customer requirements represents wasted time and money. Shops must realize that it is necessary to achieve only the lowest possible workpiece quality that meets customer specifications and functional requirements. If a part tolerance is five microns, achieving three microns is wasteful. Higher quality tooling and more precise operating processes will be required to meet the tighter tolerance, but a customer will not pay for the unrequested higher quality. The job will be a money-losing proposition for the shop. Respecting Constraints The first phase in establishing a balanced machining process is choosing tools with load capacity that meets or exceeds the mechanical, thermal, chemical, and tribological loads present in the metalcutting operation. Phase two involves selecting cutting conditions that recognize the constraints put on a machining process by real-world factors. A cutting tool possesses broad capabilities, but specific realities constrain the range of effective application parameters.


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For example, tool capabilities change according to the power of the machine tool in use. Machining characteristics of the workpiece material may limit cutting speed or feed rate, or complex or weak workpiece configurations may be prone to vibration. Although a vast number of cutting condition combinations will work in theory, reality-dictated constraints will narrow trouble-free choices to a certain selection of parameters. Applying cutting conditions outside the constraints of the specific situation will have negative consequences, including higher costs and lower productivity. The majority of the problems experienced during machining result from a lack of respect for the constraints that physical realities place on the cutting process. When cutting conditions do not exceed real-world constraints, the operation is safe from a technical perspective.

Versatile Tooling While high-performance, specialized tools can boost output speed, recognizing process constraints may prompt the choice of tools developed for versatility. When tools are selected for maximum productivity and cost efficiency in machining a specific part, a change from one workpiece configuration to another may require emptying the machine turret completely and replacing all the tools. In HMLV situations where smaller runs of different parts change frequently, that changeover time can consume all of the productivity gains resulting from use of maximumproductivity tooling.

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However, not every technically safe combination of cutting conditions will produce the same economic result and changing cutting conditions will change the cost of the machining process. Aggressive but technically safe cutting conditions will speed output of finished workpieces. After a certain point, however, output will slow because the aggressive cutting parameters also will result in shorter tool life, and multiple tool changeovers will consume excessive time.

Accordingly, the third phase of achieving a balanced machining process involves determining the optimal combination of cutting conditions for a given situation. It is essential to establish a working domain where combinations provide the desired levels of productivity and economy. After the combinations are put into production, episodes of troubleshooting to solve specific problems are usually required, as well as ongoing process analysis and optimization.

In cases where tool performance is stretched to the maximum, some operators will reduce cutting parameters in fear of tool failure and disruption. Versatile tooling, on the other hand, is applicable across a wider range of cutting conditions than productivity focused tooling, although at less-aggressive parameters. When versatile tooling is 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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applied to process a variety of different workpieces, actual machining may be somewhat slower or more expensive, but the reductions in setup time, scrap, and lead time make up the difference and then some. Conclusion Customer satisfaction is the goal of any business relationship, and a key element of customer satisfaction in manufacturing is timely delivery of machined components. HMLV production scenarios put pressure on manufacturers to optimize their operations to reduce lead times and speed delivery. Applying the concepts of Quick Response Manufacturing and zero-waste and optimization initiatives enables manufacturers to achieve the speed and reliability needed to fulfill customer demands for timely delivery while also assuring manufacturing profitability.

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By: Patrick de Vos, MSc, Senior Consultancy Specialist & Technical Education Programmes Manager at Seco Tool. www.secotools.com

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Smart People As Well As Smart Machines The complex and changing nature of HMLV production scenarios appears to be an excellent situation for the implementation of the latest manufacturing technology including internal digitalization via smart machines and data analytics, external digitalization via an integrated supply chain and web-based connection with customers to correlate supply and demand. The wave of new technology apparently minimizes the value of human input in manufacturing operations. But on the contrary, the rapidly changing elements in HMLV production scenarios increase the importance of human input. The complicated operations require a form of traditional craftsmanship that involves creativity and flexibility to quickly adapt to the continually changing parts, workpiece materials and cutting conditions. Above all, manufacturing staff must have the positive mindset and motivation necessary to confront and solve the new and varying challenges presented by HMLV production.

Combining practical experience in process analysis and improvement with organized education programs is the key to establishing a culture of problem-solving and process improvement that will support ongoing manufacturing success. Complementing that education are interactive information resources such as the Seco My Pages digital portal, an online site designed to aid tool procurement and delivery, find better ways to apply tools, optimize processes, and gain engineering assistance. In maximizing the benefits of HMLV machining, management must move away from the systemic limitations of traditional high-volume machining. It is essential to concentrate on reinforcing the role of employees in providing the mindset and creativity necessary to establish a balance between output and flexibility that will consistently assure complete customer satisfaction.

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Gaining that mindset involves ongoing internal education that demonstrates to shop personnel that the solution to productivity issues doesn’t necessarily involve large expense and high technology. The mindset includes realizing the critical importance of satisfying the customer. Lessons learned while improving an operation or a family of operations can be reapplied and expanded to include similar situations throughout an entire shop. Shop-floor experience can be supplemented with organized education initiatives such as the Seco Technical Education Program (STEP), a well-developed and practical program designed to familiarize users with the latest tooling systems and techniques. 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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CHALLENGING COUNTERFEITS

Global cutting tool manufacturer Dormer Pramet is acting to reduce counterfeit goods across South East Asia.

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he company is focusing on both retail outlets and consumer-to-consumer (C2C) online platforms, such as eBay, HC360, Tokopedia, Facebook Marketplace and Shopee. Their aim is to target the biggest sellers of low quality, counterfeit drills using the Dormer name. Dormer Pramet is seeing replica items being made available across South East Asia, with around 14,750 products seized and destroyed at point of export by customs in one week alone during July 2019.

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They believe these tools are being manufactured by several replica businesses, which are being shipped out to unofficial dealers around the world. These tools then make their way down the supply chain to the end user.

In a recent analysis, the company identified approximately 500 online sale listings globally to be investigated and potentially removed, targeting specific countries that contained the most counterfeit infringements. This equated to more than 7,500 products with a black-market value of approximately 22,000 USD. Around ten percent of those listings were from the Philippines. Dormer Pramet is actively policing online marketplaces in the country to remove adverts of counterfeit products. In one single week, the company took down 50 listings on Facebook marketplace alone. Dormer Pramet is now working with its official distributors in the Philippines, along with custom officials, trade organizations and eCommerce platforms, to challenge against counterfeit manufacturers and sellers. To help identify and destroy counterfeit cutting tools across South East Asia, Dormer Pramet has set up an email address for people to report sellers who are offering replica items – genuine@dormerpramet.com

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John Eustace, export director for Dormer Pramet International, said: “Our Dormer brand has built a reputation for delivering high quality, fit-for-purpose tooling, over the last 100 years. This trust of our brand is being damaged across South East Asia by people selling counterfeit Dormer items.” “Unfortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of counterfeit tools enter the market and so we are ramping up our efforts against it. Selling replica items is highly illegal and means customers pay above market price for what is a sub-standard and potentially dangerous product.” “These drills are manufactured in cheaper, less professional environments and the quality is significantly lower. In most cases the counterfeits drills are roll forged, whereas ours are flute ground drills and have higher accuracy in performance.”

“As a company, we welcome honest competition in the marketplace and believe this drives consumer choice. However, we will always take strong action against any business selling counterfeit products to ensure customers can be guaranteed a genuine, quality product when they purchase goods bearing the Dormer name.” Dormer Pramet work with five official importers of Dormer products into the Philippines, based in Manila, namely Cham Samco, Hap Suy Hardware, Lim Yee Wan Co., Panda Construction and United Far East. Anyone who believes they have been sold a counterfeit Dormer drill should email the details to genuine@ dormerpramet.com, referring to the product item, price and {store location or online listing} where they bought it from. www.dormerpramet.com MORE INFORMATION

“A badly made drill can have devastating consequences for the end-user, such as breakage during an application. Not only is this incredibly dangerous when hand-drilling, but the performance and quality of the end-product is much lower. In a worst-case scenario, the component might be irreversibly damaged resulting in it being scrapped.”

in the Philippines, which together employ hundreds of people.”

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KOLLMORGEN APPOINTS NEW EMEA VP/GM

Alberto Favalessa, new EMEA VP/GM for Kollmorgen.

Alberto Favalessa now leads EMEA team.

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ollmorgen announced that Alberto Favalessa, formerly Managing Director for Italy and Switzerland, has been selected as Kollmorgen’s new VP/GM of EMEA operations. His appointment is effective immediately.

for performance and reliability. These solutions provide the foundation for conversations with customers about innovation, service, and results. I look forward to driving the company’s continued advancements in all of these areas.”

Favalessa has been with Kollmorgen’s EMEA sales operations since 2000 in positions of increasing responsibility. As Managing Director of Italy and Switzerland, Favalessa has successfully built Kollmorgen’s motion control business in key industrial automation and automated guided vehicle segments. His approach to designing integrated motion solutions has made him a valued partner to key customers. His team-based approach to problem solving and continuous improvement has made him an equally trusted and respected leader within the company.

Alberto Favalessa succeeds Markus Johansson, who leaves the Kollmorgen team well-positioned to accelerate its current positive momentum well into the future. “I can think of no one better to lead our EMEA team,” says Kollmorgen President Dan St. Martin. “Over his 20-year tenure with our company, Alberto has demonstrated a passion for building strong customer relationships and solutions tailored to each customer’s specific needs. Alberto has proven his ability to not only achieve business results, but also to inspire and develop our employees. We rely on his leadership and on his deep knowledge of the business and are confident he’ll be successful in this latest assignment.”

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“Managing the EMEA & India regions for the leader in motion control is certainly a source of pride for me,” says Favalessa. “There are few companies in the world that can boast a history of over a century of innovation and this legacy gives me great motivation. I thank the company for the trust given to me. The technologies that Kollmorgen has developed for servo systems and for automated guided vehicles continue to achieve increasingly high standards 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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INTELLIGENT POSITION MEASURING SYSTEM FOR ABSOLUTE LINEAR FEEDBACK

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

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

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

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MOTION CONTROL FOR INTELLIGENT HYDRAULICS

“Few control elements in the system”: Peter Schrenk, Head of Fluids Technology at Hainzl. The main benefit with Hainzl electro hydraulics is the range of possible applications – with no need for a central hydraulics supply.

KOLLMORGEN develops a standardized servo solution for fluids applications.

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ut with valves, in with electric motors: KOLLMORGEN has developed a ready-made drive solution for hydraulics applications for the S700 series’ servo drives. The new technology improves the energy efficiency of applications that need the high power density associated with hydraulics. Two other benefits are control precision and longevity.

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The pressure and volume flow control for hydraulic applications is generally achieved with the help of variable displacement pumps. Standard solutions use comparatively primitive asynchronous motors for this, which drive the variable displacement pumps. A control system responsible for ensuring compliance with setpoints, is connected to this arrangement. This classic setup is controlled via pressure sensors and by controlling pressure levels and flow speeds within broadly defined – and therefore imprecise – control ranges. Energy efficiency and noise emissions are two further disadvantages as asynchronous machines generate a lot of reactive power and more noise compared with synchronous motors.

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By contrast, the KOLLMORGEN solution copes with the varying pressure and flow rate requirements associated with hydraulic applications thanks to the speed of the synchronous servo motor—so not by means of valves. The S700 servo drive assumes control of the two parameters in conjunction with the synchronous servo motor and a fixed displacement pump. It delivers the same volume with each rotation. As a result, the reference variable for control purposes becomes speed alone. Independent pressure control in the servo drive The setup associated with this servo drive solution devised for hydraulics applications envisages that the S700 intelligent servo inverter will assume control on a self-sufficient basis. The control system connected via field bus or analog signal only specifies the values for pressure and volume, with the servo drive then ensuring precise compliance with these through the speed. “With a sampling rate of 16 kHz, we are able to achieve fast and precise control of speeds, which gives ideal values for pressure and volume purposes,” explains KOLLMORGEN Development Engineer Georg Jaskowski. The software in the S700 servo drive from KOLLMORGEN also opens the possibility of efficiency compensation due to higher pump speeds. “The same


KOLLMORGEN has prepared a drive solution for hydraulics applications based on servo drives from the S700 range.

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“An elegant and energy-efficient way of feeding back braking energy”: Simon Weissengruber, Sales Manager for Drive Technology at Hainzl.

applies to linear interpolations, with the effect being to even out and therefore absorb vibrations and pulsations to great effect,” points out Georg Jaskowski. Another benefit is the option, in actual practice, to save target pressure and volume levels via profiles or ramps in the drive in the form of prescriptions and make these immediately accessible and available to the control system.

This technology soon pays for itself Based on the experience of the fluids specialists from Linz, the additional costs of a servo pump, compared with conventional technology, soon pay for themselves. “We have fewer control elements in the system, and this allows us to reduce the level of complexity,” says Peter Schrenk. This technology also offers good workplace ergonomics thanks to the quieter drives used and by keeping noise emissions under 75 dB. “Noise is becoming an increasingly important issue in terms of health and safety at production firms.”

Over the long term, this setup translates into improved energy efficiency as losses in standby mode are no longer an issue. This goes hand in hand with a longer service life for the hydraulic medium as the oil ages more slowly due to a reduction in mechanical stress. The benefits are: Lower costs in terms of operating materials and improved availability thanks to longer maintenance intervals. The extended service life of the fluid, due to the targeted use of hydraulics, also avoids any excessive increase in ambient temperature—through an overall reduction in power loss.

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The various benefits outlined above are used by the Austrian company Hainzl to engineer complete hydraulics solutions in the low-to-medium power range—for tasks ranging from plastics processing to handling technology. According to Peter Schrenk, Head of Fluids Technology at Hainzl, the benefits of electro hydraulics really come into their own in the 1 to 20 kW range. As well as this, a case can still be made for centralized systems.

The main benefits of so-called electro hydraulics are the diverse range of possible uses, with no need to settle for less (in terms of whether the hydraulics within a process area are provided by a central unit). “We are making the high power density associated with hydraulics more readily available,” emphasizes Peter Schrenk. Cables are also easier to lay than the pressure lines used for hydraulics. In addition, the compact units work with far less hydraulic oil and are only in active operation when the connected process actually requires hydraulic power too. By contrast, centralized systems always need to maintain operating pressure— particularly in production processes where hydraulic axes are working as a group with time delays involved. Thanks to the highly dynamic servo motor from the KOLLMORGEN AKM series, however, electro hydraulics are immediately operational from a standing start.

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Jens Depping, Sales Manager Brandlabel, KOLLMORGEN, Ratingen. Setup for an electro hydraulics unit from Hainzl with servo drive technology from KOLLMORGEN.

And any reduction in “waste heat” is good news for OEMs and machinery operators, who will have less to worry about in terms of controlling or reducing rising temperature levels in their processes. KOLLMORGEN also makes a valuable contribution to reducing heat input on the motor side due to the fact the highly efficient AKM servo motors keep thermal power losses low. The synchronous servo motors also operate without separate fans.

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No brake power applied to hydraulics The negative impact of heat on longevity and energy efficiency can also be felt beyond partial load and standby scenarios—namely when hydraulics themselves are subject to braking forces. Hainzl uses KOLLMORGEN technology for things like handling tasks within intralogistics processes, where heavy steel parts need to be raised and lowered. With a centralized hydraulics system, the kinetic energy generated during lowering can only be taken up via the oil in the form of heat. The consequences are those described— and may even include additional cooling measures, which only further reduce the overall efficiency of a machine (think OEE). “The electrohydraulic system developed jointly with KOLLMORGEN makes it possible to transfer braking energy directly to the motor,” explains the Head of Fluids Technology at Hainzl. This gives the Austrians the option to feed back braking energy, particularly during constantly repeated lowering sequences, in a way that is elegant and (more importantly) energy-efficient. 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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The bottom line With the ready-made servo pump drive solution, KOLLMORGEN has developed a new functionality for electrohydrostatic actuators (EHAs) based on the S700 series of servo drives. The software-based application can be easily adapted to the specific features of the application at hand by setting the relevant parameters at the engineering stage. This means the benefits of EHAs can be exploited without having to consider the possible restrictions associated with existing centralized hydraulics arrangements. KOLLMORGEN is supporting this approach with a drive solution designed to be modular but, above all, open and which can be easily integrated into existing automation setups. Autor: Jens Depping, Sales Manager Brandlabel, KOLLMORGEN, Ratingen www.kollmorgen.com


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HIGH PLANT AVAILABILITY AND SIMPLIFIED PROFIBUS INTEGRATION FOR PROCESS CONTROL

Softing Industrial just released version 1.20 of its Modbus to PROFIBUS gateways adding redundancy for critical process control applications and adding XML import for simplified integration into Schneider Electric engineering systems.

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ofting’s Modbus to PROFIBUS Gateways mbGate PA, mbGate PB and mbGate DP enable the direct integration of PROFIBUS PA and DP segments into Modbus/TCP systems. They act as Modbus server and PROFIBUS master and connect up to 4 PROFIBUS PA segments as well as 1 DP segment with Modbus TCP.

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Version 1.20 now supports the operation of two redundant gateways in combination with two redundant Modbus controllers. In this way, system availability is ensured even in the event of a connection failure. Furthermore, the PROFIBUS configuration from the gateway can now be easily transferred to Schneider’s Unity PRO via XML import. Initial engineering is thus reduced to a minimum and changes in the system configuration can be transferred quickly to the control system eliminating risk of error.

mbGate PA, PB and DP are part of Softing’s gateway family for multi-protocol process control which includes gateways with server functionality for Modbus TCP, PROFINET and Ethernet/IP. The gateways enable fast and easy field device connection for integrated, digital communication in process plants. In this way, users modernize and expand their existing installations quickly and cost-effectively and create the basis for more efficiency and flexibility in their production.

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NEW BACKSHELL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

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

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

The One Arm does not only provide unique support and strain relief to open wire bundles, it also offers a reliable grounding option with its solderable ground lug. Due to its flexibility, this new product can also support different plating combinations to suit the needs required for specific applications. The One Arm is also designed to be economically costeffective but highly reliable, with high grade thermoplastic materials intended for critical applications and environments, especially on military and commercial EWIS applications that require weight per part savings, corrosion resistance and electromagnetic interference protection. The One Arm has many advantages compared to its die casted metallic counterpart. The composite families use high grade engineered thermoplastic and are not prone to electromagnetic disturbance, “stealth ability”, and are stronger in terms of vibrations due to less harmonic resonance because of the weight reduction (40% lesser compared to Aluminum). The weight savings of the

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backshell will have a positive impact on the total weight of the electrical system and contribute to fuel savings and a lighter environmental footprint per aircraft. The development of One Arm technology also provides the benefits of detent self-locking, a ratcheting coupling ring using non-corrosive clips located within. The audible ratcheting noise during the installation process guarantees correct engagement. www.souriau.com

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MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC EXPLAINED ITS MARMARAY SOLUTIONS IN THE TUNNELING SYMPOSIUM

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

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

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

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Mitsubishi Electric’s services in Marmaray Hüsnü Dökmeci, who stated that realised Marmaray’s “Station Information and Management System Project” within the scope of infrastructure projects among Mitsubishi Electric’s activities in Turkey, explained that their services of Marmaray in the following way; “Mitsubishi Electric’s services at Marmaray BC1 Bosphorus Transition Project cover; high-tech automation equipment, engineering 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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THE FISCHER FREEDOM™ TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM CONTINUES TO GAIN INTERNATIONAL PEER RECOGNITION: WINNING FOUR AWARDS IN ONE YEAR

From left to right: 2018 Innovators Award, 2018 LEAP Award, 2019 Electronics Industry Award, 2019 Electrons d’Or.

The Fischer Freedom™ technology platform launched in June 2018 by Fischer Connectors, the global provider of ultra-reliable and high-performance connectivity solutions, continues to gain international recognition among the company’s peers throughout the electronics world.

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ithin a single year, the Fischer LP360™ connector – the first product of the empowering technology platform – has won two “Best Product of the Year” awards in 2019, and two Innovation awards in 2018:

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• the Electrons d’Or award (Gold Electrons in English) as best product of the year in the Connectors category, announced on June 27, 2019 in Paris, France; • the Electronics Industry Award for Interconnection Product of the Year, announced on June 21, 2019 in London, UK; • the Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program (LEAP) Award in the Connectivity category, announced on December 11, 2018 in Costa Mesa, California, USA; • the Innovators Award with the highest rating, Platinum, in the Interconnect Technology category, announced on November 13, 2018 in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA.

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Fischer Connectors is extremely proud to have its breakthrough connectivity solution recognized as a new versatile technology platform that enables design engineers to launch more innovative applications and make their electronic devices, equipment and ecosystems smarter, faster and more efficient. Fischer Freedom™ is a game changer in connectivity. Thanks to its patent-pending innovations in mating (no key code allowing for 3600 mating freedom), locking and materials (non-magnetic quick-release locking mechanism and IP68-sealed contacts with a membrane), it’s not just a new product line but a real technology platform that sets new standards in usability, integrability and versatility. It enables engineers to reimagine both the design of their electronic devices, equipment and ecosystems and the way these applications can be interconnected – not only for wearables for the “connected human”, but also in countless applications requiring the versatility, ease of use and ease of integration the Fischer Freedom™ connectivity solution offers.


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With its Fischer LP360™ connector, the Fischer Freedom™ technology platform facilitates integration, maximizes usability and optimizes cable management for a wide variety of applications within markets and applications such as: industrial and civil engineering, defense, security and medical.

Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO Johnathan Brossard says: “I’m overjoyed that our efforts to reimagine connectivity are gaining worldwide recognition from our peers in the electronics industry. As experts know, breakthrough innovations are rare beasts in the world of connectors, whose technology hasn’t dramatically changed since the 1950s. In the electronics world, we see breakthroughs every decade or so. That’s why innovation in connectivity is especially important – and duly noticed and rewarded – when it fulfills, as it does here, electronics requirements and trends such as usability, integrability, versatility, wearability, miniaturization, data transmission and the Internet of Things (IoT). I’m very proud of our R&D and cross-functional teams that developed our ground-breaking Fischer Freedom™ technology platform, putting people first and working with our customers to make their lives easier.”

2019 Electrons d’Or – On June 27, 2019 in Paris, France, ElectroniqueS magazine and ACSIEL Electronics Alliance, the co-organizers of the Electrons d’Or 2019, announced that the ultra-reliable circular connector Fischer LP360™ had won the 2019 Electrons d’Or Award as best product of the year in the Connectors category. Director of ElectroniqueS Pascal Coutance commented: “With this Electron d’Or, our expert jury has rewarded a real technological breakthrough in the field of circular connectivity for harsh environments and its uses.” The annual Electrons d’Or award program celebrates ground-breaking electronic products and innovations in France. In 2019, 15 Electrons d’Or were awarded in various categories, highlighting nine best products of the year (incl. the Fischer LP360™ connector), four innovations in electronics application domains (automotive, healthcare, aeronautics/defense, connected objects/smart building) and two outstanding electronics companies (best French start-up, best equipment manufacturer/company). ElectroniqueS’ web news, June 27, 2019 (in French): Découvrez les lauréats des Electrons d’Or 2019! (Discover the winners of the 2019 Gold Electrons)

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Fischer Connectors R&D Director Jérôme Dabonneville adds: “With the Fischer Freedom™ technology platform and the Fischer LP360™ connector, we’re not only responding to current trends in electronics, integrating more easyto-use technology into wearables, reducing weight and optimizing cable management – we’re providing a versatile platform that enables design engineers to revolutionize how connectivity is done. This opens up new development pathways for future innovations. I’m happy that Fischer Connectors can offer such a platform and that it’s now getting the recognition it deserves!”

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Jonathan Brossard, Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO.

Jérôme Dabonneville, Fischer Connectors’ R&D Director.

Electrons d’Or award ceremony, Paris, June 27, 2019: Fischer Connectors France’s Managing Director Guy Lacroix (right) with the Electrons d’Or award, and Arnaud Ponthieux (left), Managing Director of TDK ELECTRONICS France SAS and member of Acsiel Alliance Électronique, presenting the Fischer LP360™ connector.

outstanding interconnection product that demonstrates durability, innovation and differs from other connectors on the market.” Commenting on the win, editor of CIE (Components in Electronics) magazine and member of the jury, Niamh Marriot said: “The Fischer LP360™ is a breakthrough low-profile connector with 360° mating maximizing usability, efficiency and performance. No key code means 360° mating freedom for optimized cable management. Membrane-sealed contacts ensure a fully cleanable connector (both plug and receptacle). Low profile allows for easy integration in any environment. This is a clever and practical interconnection product worthy of the win, congratulations Fischer Connectors!” The annual UK-based Electronics Industry Awards brings together leading figures from the electronics field to celebrate their achievements and reward the market leaders who’ve designed the most innovative and forward-thinking products in this blossoming sector.

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Electronics Industry Awards’ web page, June 21, 2019: Electronics Industry Awards – Winners 2019 2018 LEAP Award – On December 11, 2018 in Costa Mesa, California, USA, Design World announced that the Fischer LP360™ had won the 2018 Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program (LEAP) Award in the Connectivity category. Judges commented: “A breakthrough signal and power connector with easy mating and easy cleaning that maximizes usability, efficiency and performance. 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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This product changes the way of fast connection without looking. I think that this will change the way connectors and connectivity is done. A simple and great solution … very clever and useful product.” The LEAP Awards program celebrates annually the most innovative and forwardthinking products serving the design engineering space. Its world-class judging panel is comprised of OEM design engineers from a wide variety of industries, along with other engineering experts representing the mechanical and electrical design fields. Design World’s web page, December 12, 2018: LEAP Awards winners announced at gala dinner 2018 Innovators Award– On November 13, 2018 in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA, Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace announced their 2018 Innovators Awards, giving the LP360™ rugged connector from Fischer Connectors the highest rating – Platinum – in the Interconnect Technology category. The annual Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Award program is a coveted and prestigious distinction for honorees around the world who have made a groundbreaking contribution to the military and aerospace industry and are recognized as leaders and innovators to the largest collection of military and aerospace professionals.


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Electronics Industry Awards ceremony, London, June 21, 2019: George Spree, Business Manager at Datateam Business Media receiving the Interconnection Product of the Year Award on behalf of Fischer Connectors, and Business Development Director for Anglia, Jaqui Fretwell.

Military & Aerospace Electronics’ web page, November 13, 2018: 2018 Intelligent Aerospace Technology Innovation Awards announced for aerospace and defense industry Fischer FreedomTM: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/fischer-freedomtmseries Fischer LP360TM: www.fischerconnectors.com/global/en/products/lp360tm www.fischerconnectors.com

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HIGHTECH IN THE STARRING ROLE

Yarn winding machine

The value of clothing sold worldwide in 2017 exceeded 1.4 trillion dollars. Can you imagine the amount of yarn contained in this mountain of clothing? Neither can we – but it must have been millions of miles. All of this yarn was wound and unwound multiple times during processing. This is just one process step in the textile industry in which the compact and long-lasting drives from FAULHABER prove themselves daily.

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Machine tradition The industrial revolution did not begin with the steam engine, as many believe. This was first used only to drain coal mines. It was not until the steam power was used for the mechanical weaving loom that the first mechanical production process was created, thereby marking the start of modern mass production. Textile machines thus benefit from a tradition than spans more than two hundred years. During this time, they have developed into enormously complex and often extremely large machines that supply the fabric for the seemingly endless selection of clothing from which we today select our outfits online and in chain stores. The dimension of the machines forms a striking contrast to the delicatematerial that they process: featherlight fibres that are first spun to yarn, sometimes as thin as a hair. This is used to weave textiles – from the Latin textilis = to weave – by the square mile. Countless rolls of yarn are consumed during the process.

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Preliminary product on rolls The rolls must, of course, first be wound. This is performed in a spinning mill, where the yarn is created from the raw fibres. There, this preliminary product is wound onto large reels. But these are too large for the weaving machine, as many and often various reels of yarn are needed. The yarn is therefore usually rewound onto a smaller reel. Already during yarn production, individual fibres are often twisted together to form a twisted yarn to give it added volume and stability. The yarn is unwound and rewound during nearly every process step prior to its final processing. This also contributes to a higher quality of the intermediate results. Anyone who has sewed on a button or repaired a seam is familiar with the regular squares that the thread forms on a spool. The reels of yarn in the textile industry are similar only larger, but other winding patterns are possible as well. The mostly diamondshaped surface forms because the yarn is wound on the reel using a highly precise pattern, usually at an angle. It generally runs from one end to the other and


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back again. This ensures a uniform distribution of the thread and allows it to be unwound later without problem.

Knitting technology Incidentally, modern knitting machines do more than knit just socks and sweaters, they are also used to produce technical fabrics. The new 3D knitting technology can even be used to create three-dimensional structures. It is used to produce, e.g., technical components from fine metal wires or ceramic fibres. Critical here is the proper thread tension, as it is a determining factor in the dimensions and quality of the products. This manufacturing technology can also be used for rapid prototyping. It uses the material very sparingly with as much yarn as actually required. Different from most other prototyping methods, there are no cuttings or other material waste. How this fits with the overall topic is unclear. There are numerous other applications in the various processes performed in the textile industry in which the high-quality micromotors are used. These include, e.g., machines for sewing on buttons as well as material testing devices for examining the quality of yarns. FAULHABER’s extensive range of products offers an optimum drive solution for all of these applications.

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Rapid oscillation Mechanical winding is performed extremely fast. During this process, the thread must be moved both constantly as well as very quickly between the two ends of the reel. There must be no delay when changing direction. This is a technical feat, as the guide eyelet moves back and forth about 400 times per minute, thereby processing some 1500 metres of yarn. There are also passive-mechanical guides, but the motorised yarn guide is far superior to this method. It is the standard in modern yarn winding machines. The motor that is responsible for the rapid oscillation must above all be able to handle the quick change of direction without delay while maintaining the same speed and work trouble free for as long as possible. Disc magnet motors, such as the DM52, have proven to be an ideal solution for this task. The rotor of this drive consists of a thin rare-earth magnet disc, which was magnetised with 25 pole pairs. This disc runs between two stators with the correspondingly arranged windings. Because it is extremely light, the rotor inertia is very close to the attainable minimum. This allows the motor to change direction in about five milliseconds at full speed, thereby making the lightning fast back-and-forth movement possible during yarn guiding.

Motorised little finger Also used for yarn infeed is the so-called feeder, through which the thread runs into a knitting machine. It is not responsible for the uniform winding, however, but rather the constant tension of the yarn. In the mechanical knitting mill, the feeder performs the function of the left little finger when knitting by hand. It is attached a short distance in front of the knitting systems of the knitting machine. A small amount of yarn is wound on its roller, which serves as the buffer. Its mechanics respond to fluctuations in the yarn tension and compensate for them by various motorised movements. Movements do not need to be performed here as fast as with the yarn winding. Important instead is the rapid reaction of the drive and the fine dosing of the motor power. The available space is, however, also very limited and, of course, the motors must not determine the maintenance cycles – like all machines, longevity has top priority here as well. Depending on the user, various motors from FAULHABER are used for this task, such as the DC motors with graphite commutation.

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PROFISAFE-MODULE: EXTRA SAFETY

The NORD SK TU4-PNS PROFIsafe module meets the most stringent safety requirements and ensures secure communication in PROFINET environments.

Functional safety of plant and machinery is of vital importance in production. The NORD SK TU4-PNS option module from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS assists the simple implementation of safe responses. In combination with a safety PLC, the drive electronics reliably communicate over the existing PROFINET via PROFIsafe.

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unctional Safety is becoming increasingly important as a fundamental component of modern machine and plant design and it is an indispensable aspect of the drive systems from NORD. At present, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS supplies frequency inverters with integrated STO and SS1.

The drive specialist provides fail-safe communication and safe movement functions according to IEC 61800-5 with the SK TU4-PNS PROFIsafe module. Functions such as SLS (Safety Limited Speed), SSR (Safe Speed Range), SDI (Safe Direction), SOS (Safe Operation Stop) and SSM (Safe Speed Monitor) can be integrated and expand the drive units’ safe stop functions. With this, the PROFIsafe interface module provides comprehensive safety for the reliable operation of plant and machinery.

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Reliable communication of safety-relevant data PROFIsafe is the world’s leading and generally used technology for safety applications for production and process automation. With SIL3 and PLe (Performance Level e) Category 4, the fail-safe communication protocol fulfils the most stringent safety requirements. The PROFIsafe failsafe protocol extension for PROFINET enables standard and fail-safe information to be transmitted with integrated functional safety between the higher level machine or the plant control system and the NORD drives in a single network cable. Elimination of conventional hard-wired 31 | Industry Asia Pacific | November 2019

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safety technology reduces the amount of wiring and therefore reduces costs Furthermore, networking via PROFIsafe makes extensive safety-relevant machine data accessible and globally available. Operate drives safely The PROFIsafe bus interface SKÂ TU4-PNS monitors safe compliance with the limit values and provides safe inputs and outputs. If a limit value is exceeded or undershot, the bus interface switches to a safe state. The voltage is disconnected from all outputs, input information is reset and transmitted to the higher level fail-safe controller. This is essential for the use of the PROFIsafe module.

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Integration of safety functions into the drive unit offers many advantages in comparison with a drive solution with discrete safety technology. Less installation space is required, the number of external safety components is fewer and the system is modularly scalable. The amount of wiring is reduced to a minimum as only a network cable is required. Another advantage is the global availability of the security-related machine data. www.nord.com

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EASILY PROTECT AGAINST SURGE VOLTAGE

Modules in the M-LB-2000 family – ideal for applications with minimal specifications.

The new M-LB-2000 system offers surge protection with nothing more than a loop disconnect function for easy maintenance and commissioning, making it ideal for use in applications that only require a minimal specification.

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he M-LB-2000 can also be used as a superior alternative to terminal blocks with surge protection. The terminal blocks can be replaced by the 6.2 mm slim modules with no additional space required. The one-piece devices can be mounted on a standard DIN mounting rail, are approved for applications up to SIL 3, and are certified in accordance with ATEX and IECEx up to Zone 1. This makes the M-LB-2000 system the ideal complement to the M-LB5000 surge protection system – the two-part system that offers diagnostic functions.

The M-LB-5000 with condition monitoring function has patented diagnostics and uses a special algorithm to detect different overload situations that can cause the surge protection functionality to wear out. This improves the availability of the protective function, and therefore the system as a whole, while minimizing maintenance costs. The traffic-light display on each protection module greatly reduces testing work, as the fault can very easily be assigned to a specific signal circuit. This system also offers considerable advantages over other solutions when it comes to maintenance. For example, the base module on the DIN mounting rail stops the signal from being interrupted when the protection module is disconnected. A protection module can therefore be replaced without affecting plant operation. However, if the signal circuit needs to be intentionally interrupted – for isolation tests during commissioning, for example – the protection module can simply be rotated by 180 degrees and plugged in. In this case, the signal circuit is interrupted by an integrated isolating function. www.pepperl-fuchs.com

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PERCEPTION ASSET TRACKER

The data from the RFID Read Heads is sent via the IoT Gateway to the Neoception Cloud from where it is available at all times.

The Neoception Asset Tracker offers cloud-based monitoring of production equipment. RFID readers from the Pepperl+Fuchs IDENTControl System use a tag to identify assets, whose object-specific information is sent via a gateway to the Neoception Cloud, where the data can be viewed at any time. This leads to a more detailed overview and makes it easier to plan production processes.

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he number of cycles of certain components during production are determined via RFID, thus creating a more precise overview of the current plant utilization. The generic, cloud-based RFID solution makes it possible to monitor a wide range of production equipment that requires maintenance. In addition to high levels of reliability and self-sufficiency, it offers a number of other advantages.

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RFID readers from the Pepperl+Fuchs IDENTControl System use a tag to identify assets, whose object-specific information is sent via a gateway to the Neoception Cloud. Users of the service can view the data in the cloud at any time and from anywhere. Different settings can be adjusted on the intuitive user interface to configure the assets and manage notifications.

The system is highly customizable, meaning that it can be perfectly tailored to the requirements of individual production plants. For example, it is possible to define a threshold for the number of cycles that assets can complete before a service notification is generated. This makes it easier to plan device maintenance and prevents failures. It is also possible to integrate multiple production lines into the system. The user can make status requests and couple or decouple tags to or from objects in the user dashboard of the Neoception cloud.

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