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THE CASE FOR HYDROGEN AS CLEAN FUEL The long term solution for clean energy is decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation. Hydrogen, being an energy carrier rather than a source, fits in this pattern.

The world is in the grip of severe climatic events for some time now, but 2021 has brought home the severity like never before. Sample these developments:

by Milton D’SILVA

• The month of July 2021 witnessed unprecedented flood situations in Germany and Belgium in Europe, the Henan province of China, and the Indian State of Maharashtra, besides other places. A few weeks earlier, parts of Canada witnessed an unprecedented heat wave, with temperatures soaring to almost 50-degree Centigrade, in what is described as a once-in-a-1000-year event. • During the same period, dozens of wildfires raged across western United States, a region experiencing an unrelenting drought. The largest of these fires, termed the Bootleg Fire, consumed more than 400,000 acres of forest, the dry weather making the efforts to put them out difficult. Last heard, these fires are still raging at various places. In addition, California is witnessing an unprecedented water crisis. • Hurricane Ida, which struck Louisiana, USA, on August 29, 2021 is believed to have intensified due to the effects of climate change, killing scores of people and plunging millions into darkness. The after effects spread to four states causing unprecedented flooding in New York and New Jersey.

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Toyota 2nd generation hydrogen truck.

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Damaged power lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Image source: Entergy Corp.

The World Meteorological Organization’s State of the Global Climate 2020 report has documented various indicators of the climate system. These include greenhouse gas concentrations, increasing land and ocean temperatures, sea level rise, melting ice and glacier retreat and extreme weather. Consequently, the number of weather-related disasters to hit the world has increased five-fold over the past 50 years. While the world has woken up to the disastrous consequences of climate change, the efforts to battle these are woefully inadequate. There are positive developments like the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, and the movement towards renewable energy and electrification of the automobile. There is also the growing realisation and commitment by several countries led by the European Union, and over a thousand big global companies, to cut emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050 or earlier. China has pledged to do so by 2060. So where does Hydrogen – the lightest element and under standard conditions a colourless, odourless, non-toxic and highly combustible gas – figure in this? To understand that, one must look at fossil fuels, the leading cause of rapid climate change in recent years. According to the US Environmental & Energy Study Institute (EESI), fossil fuels 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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currently supply about 80 per cent of the world’s energy. Burning of fossil fuels releases large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a greenhouse gas, which in turn leads to build-up of heat in the atmosphere, causing global warming. The use of fossil fuels in automobiles and power plants also releases nitrogen into the atmosphere, which being already present in the air in abundant measure, is causing a surplus that contributes to the formation of smog and acid rain. The solution to this crisis is clean and green energy from renewables like wind and solar power. While hydroelectric power is considered clean and renewable it contributes just over 16 per cent of total global electricity production. Hydrogen is the other clean source of energy with great potential. According to a McKinsey study for the Hydrogen Council, hydrogen could become a major asset in the fight against climate change, cutting CO2 emissions by 20% between now and 2050. The Hydrogen Council is a global CEOled initiative of leading companies with a united vision and long-term ambition: for hydrogen to foster the clean energy transition for a better, more resilient future. The study indicates hydrogen as an energy source is a highly credible alternative to fossil fuels and a substantial addition


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to existing renewables: in less than 25 years, hydrogen could account for 18% of global energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions from current levels by some 6 gigatonnes. Hydrogen in industry Hydrogen was first produced in a laboratory by Robert Boyle in 1671 but recognised as an element only in 1766 by Henry Cavendish. It took another 125 years to find its various chemical applications. Since then hydrogen has been widely used in various industrial applications, mainly in refineries for hydro-desulfurisation and hydrocracking operations, and in production of ammonia, the raw material for fertilizers. These two industries account for almost 80% of hydrogen consumption today, with another 10% going for Methanol production. That means only 10% hydrogen is presently used in all other applications covering food, metal working, welding, flat glass production and electronics industries; medical uses, and fuel cell applications in the automotive sector. This indicates the scope and potential for use of hydrogen in the battle against climate change. The steel industry is the latest to contemplate the use of hydrogen as a source of energy in order to reduce its carbon footprint. After power generation, the steel industry is the largest producer of carbon dioxide, accounting for up to 9%

of total fossil fuel emissions (Source: World Steel Association). In July 2021, Swedish steelmaker SSAB announced that it has rolled the first steel produced using Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology (HYBRIT), i.e., produced by 100% fossil-free hydrogen instead of coal and coke, with good results. “The first fossil-free steel in the world is not only a breakthrough for SSAB, it represents proof that it’s possible to make the transition and significantly reduce the global carbon footprint of the steel industry. We hope that this will inspire others to also want to speed up the green transition,” said Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB, on the occasion. SSAB aims to cut its CO2 emissions in Sweden by 25% by as early as 2025, and by 2040, the plan is to eliminate most of the remaining CO2 emissions. Other global steel makers like ArcelorMittal and Thyssenkrupp in Europe and China’s Baosteel Group, are also pursuing similar measures for carbon reduction. ArcelorMittal is planning to convert its Hamburg plant to climate-neutral steel production by 2030. According to the International Energy Agency, to meet the global climate and energy goals, steel industry emissions must fall by at least half by 2050. Cement industry is another energy intensive industry and could follow the steel example.

Wildfires raged across western United States. Image source: Marcus Kauffman, Unsplash

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Hydrogen as automotive fuel Elon Musk famously declared in 2019 that the idea of hydrogen fuel cell (he called it fool cell) car is ‘mindbogglingly stupid,’ but that is not necessarily true as innovators tend to dismiss rival technologies. Transportation accounts for approximately 28% of global energy demand, and approximately 24% of global CO2 emissions. That is too huge a window of opportunity to miss for any technology that shows promise. At the moment, battery electric vehicles (BEV) are having the edge, but there are companies betting on fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) as a more sustainable option in future. Presently there are only three companies – Toyota, Honda and Hyundai – offering FCEVs in the passenger car segment while almost every major automaker has at least one model of BEV on offer. The major advantage of a FCEV, which runs on hydrogen, is the long range it offers apart from the refuelling time of a regular gasoline vehicle, the disadvantage at the moment being the higher cost as well as the limited number of refuelling stations. But there are other considerations as well. Overall, it appears that BEVs are more suited to short commutes while FCEVs make better sense for travelling long distances, with distinct advantages for long haul trucks on account of large onboard storage capacity. A recent whitepaper jointly published by Deloitte and Ballard Power Systems, a global provider of clean energy solutions, examines the issue of FCEV viability at some length. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis of this study shows consistent and highly encouraging results. Even when ignoring qualitative benefits of hydrogen, i.e., zeroemission at the use end, among others, FCEVs are forecast to become cheaper from a TCO perspective compared to BEVs and internal combustion engines in commercial vehicles over the next 10 year period in all use cases. The focus then – from governments across the world as well as major manufacturers – is on the commercial vehicles segment where hydrogen is seen as having a greater potential. For example, in April 2021, Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group, major players in the CV industry, officially outlined their pioneering roadmap for the new fuel-cell joint venture cellcentric, as part of an industryfirst commitment to accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucks and beyond. “Hydrogenpowered fuel-cell electric trucks will be key for enabling CO2-neutral transportation in the future. In combination with pure battery-electric drives, it enables us to offer our customers the best genuinely locally CO2-neutral vehicle options, depending on the application,” says Martin Daum, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG and Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. Daimler Truck and Volvo Group are not the only companies working on hydrogen powered commercial vehicles. Toyota has begun testing its new generation of hydrogen fuel cell technology for heavy goods vehicles in the US, based on the same system used in its hydrogen-powered passenger car Mirai, but with a flexible design that could be used by different truck manufacturers. Even Hyundai plans to offer

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The 2021 Mirai Hydro Blue, exclusive to the Limited grade, by Toyota Motors.


Swedish steel company SSAB produced the first fossil-free steel in the world.

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hydrogen fuel cell versions of all its commercial vehicles by 2028 – the company has already commercialised an all-fuelcell truck model, the Hyundai XCIENT launched in 2020. The BMW Group has clear goals for effective climate protection and sustainable mobility up to the year 2030. It recently hosted the Central German Hydrogen Summit, which took place at BMW Group Plant Leipzig in May 2021. As a first step, hydrogen is already being used in logistics to power tractors and forklifts carrying required parts to the assembly lines. The Bosch Group is also working with Qingling Motors, the Chinese truck manufacturer through a joint venture in China. “We are now literally picking up speed in the industrialisation of the fuel cell. Innovative technologies and strategic partnerships are the ideal fuel for rapidly achieving the goal of making road traffic as climate-neutral as possible,” says Stefan Hartung, Bosch board of management member and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector. For years now, Bosch has been working with Qingling in China in the areas of fuel injection and the exhaust-gas treatment. Bosch also has an existing alliance with Powercell Sweden AB, the Swedish manufacturer of fuel-cell stacks, to make the polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells for the global automotive market. Ballard Power Systems, mentioned earlier in connection with the study with Deloitte, has also joined the FCEV bandwagon by announcing a strategic partnership with Quantron AG for the development of hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in early September 2021. The partnership is expected to accelerate deployment and market adoption of FCEVs in the truck segment by leveraging Ballard’s domination in fuel cell technologies and Quantron’s expertise in electric vehicle integration. About the partnership, Robert Campbell, Chief Customer Officer of Ballard Power Systems, says: “Ballard is looking forward to collaborating with Quantron to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell technology for truck applications. The combination of both companies’ expertise will deliver high performance hydrogen trucks to respond to the growing demand for zero emission vehicles from fleet operators and unlock new business opportunities for medium and heavy-duty fuel cell trucks in Germany.” Production, storage and distribution Going forward, much depends on how clean is the hydrogen, which though available abundantly in compounds, must be extracted in pure form for use as fuel. There are many different ways to produce hydrogen for use as a fuel, but the two most common methods are steam-methane reforming used widely in refineries and ammonia production, and electrolysis, which is how it is produced for use in fuel cells and other applications. In the electrolysis method, electric current is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. So if the electricity used is produced by renewable sources, such as solar or wind, the resultant hydrogen is termed Green, and is the most desirable option. Hydrogen produced by electricity generated by fossil fuels with Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) is not considered as clean and is termed Blue. On the other hand, most hydrogen in use today in refineries is termed Grey, because it is generated by fossil fuels without CCS.

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Hydrogen refuelling stations across the world. Source: Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik.

The Hyundai XCIENT launched in 2020.

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Hydrogen fuelcell stack by Bosch-Powercell alliance. Image source: Bosch Presse

The logistics fleet power by hydrogen at BMW. Image source: BMW Group

Globally there are many initiatives to scale up production of hydrogen on mega scale never attempted before. In Germany, major industry players like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shell, ArcelorMittal and Airbus, have joined forces to form the Hamburg Hydrogen Network to reduce emissions. As part of this initiative, a 100-megawatt electrolysis plant for the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy has been announced recently. In recent months, India has announced two megaprojects, as part of its National Hydrogen Mission. The first is led by the Indian subsidiary of US-based renewable energy startup Ohmium International, to launch India’s first Green Hydrogen Electrolyzer Gigafactory at Bengaluru. The second is a giga project announced by Reliance Industries, India’s largest industrial conglomerate. This is a multi-pronged initiative that includes a fuel-cell factory, an integrated solar photovoltaic module factory, an advanced energy storage battery factory and an electrolyser factory for production of green hydrogen. Down Under, the Australian government is working on a National Hydrogen Strategy for production and export of commercial renewable hydrogen, over the next few years.

consulting company for energy supply, hydrogen, mobility and sustainability. The same report also mentions concrete plans already in place for 225 additional refuelling station locations. Europe had 200 hydrogen stations at the end of the last year, 100 of which are in Germany. France is still second in Europe with 34 operating stations, and with 38 planned hydrogen stations it currently shows the strongest growth in Europe. However, while the other European countries focus on publicly accessible passenger car refuelling stations, most of the French stations aim at the refuelling of buses and delivery vehicle fleets. A significantly increasing number is also projected in the Netherlands, where the number of planned stations has increased to 23. In line with plans, the ninth refuelling station was recently opened in Switzerland.

Storage – bulk as well as on-board – is another area that poses various challenges as hydrogen is highly combustible. Pure hydrogen can be stored either as a gas or in liquid form. Storage of hydrogen as a gas requires high-pressure tanks that can withstand 350-700 bar (5,000-10,000 psi) tank pressure. Storage of hydrogen as a liquid requires cryogenic temperatures because the boiling point of hydrogen at one atmosphere pressure is -252.8°C. This means the requirements of storage tanks either at production site or distribution point, are very stringent. Storage options today include insulated liquid tanks and gaseous storage tanks. Tanks are made in three broad types: all-metal cylinder, continuous filament with metal liner or composite materials. Most tanks used at present are of metal, which makes them expensive, but those made of composites are even more so. Better and improved production processes of carbon fibre and other composite materials are likely to bring the costs down in future. The hydrogen tank of the Toyota Mirai, for example, has a three-layer structure made of carbon fibrereinforced plastic consisting of nylon 6 to store hydrogen at 700 bar (10,000 psi).

Conclusion The road to a cleaner, greener planet minus the climate excesses is going to be a long one. A beginning has been made. A lot depends on ongoing R&D and government regulations for hydrogen to play a meaningful role in this endeavour, and there are sceptics galore. BloombergNEF, the leading strategic research provider covering global commodity markets and the disruptive technologies driving the transition to a low-carbon economy, was initially sceptical about green hydrogen. But based on the optimistic electrolyzer cost scenario, it now believes renewable hydrogen could be cheaper by 2030 in all countries, including the US which has traditionally enjoyed cheaper rates in fossil fuels.

At the end of 2020, there were 275 hydrogen stations in Asia, 142 of them in Japan, and 60 in Korea. The 69 Chinese hydrogen stations in the database are used almost exclusively for the refuelling of buses or truck fleets. The majority of the 75 hydrogen stations in North America continue to be located in California with 49 operating stations.

The long term solution for clean energy is decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation. Hydrogen, being an energy carrier rather than a source, fits in this pattern. By using renewable energy to produce hydrogen for storage, it can act as a battery and solve the problem of grid overload on a sunny or windy day.

The third part, distribution is also being addressed as the movement to use hydrogen as automotive fuel gathers momentum. Globally, 553 hydrogen refuelling stations are in operation worldwide as of 2020, according to an assessment made by H2stations.org, an information service of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST), a German 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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PUTTING THE SPRING BACK INTO MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT

It doesn’t take long to find videos of springs being manufactured. The process is almost hypnotic as a series of carefully choreographed motions bend, twist, and form wire into tension, torsion, and compression springs. The equipment used to form these essential metal parts, which are integrated into everything from beds and doors to cars and home appliances, requires significant investment. Hence, when a spring former shows signs of aging, retrofitting to a more modern CNC-controlled system is one potential option.

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hile retrofitting sounds attractive, allowing the bulk of the machine to be reused, it is difficult to predict all of the possible challenges that will arise. Furthermore, the retrofitted version of the equipment needs to offer additional advantages, such as flexibility, speed enhancements, and an improved user interface. With around 60 spring formers spread across three manufacturing sites, one recent Delta customer faced precisely this dilemma. However, after close support from Delta’s Field Application Engineer Enric Tamarit and his team, together with a trusted system integrator with mechanical engineering expertise, the customer agreed to trial the retrofitting approach.

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At its core, the new design used the AX-864E, a CODESYSbased motion controller that is ideal for such complex control applications. The compact, fan-less design, built around an Intel x86 CPU, ensured robust mounting coupled with support for EtherCAT to control the selected drives. The unit also features an HDMI display port, gigabit LAN, four USB interfaces, and a connector for RS-485/422 and a differential input motor encoder. Eight GPIOs provide NPN (sink) or PNP (source) control or input signals dependent on the model chosen. A watchdog timer, configurable through the BIOS, ensures the system automatically resets in the event of abnormal operation. Additionally, a range of security features, including BIOS passwords and Delta’s PAC Tool for restricting writes to the integrated solid-state drive, are also included. Thanks to its support for CODESYS, an industry-standard IEC 61131-3 PLC language, the control system software was rapidly iterated to optimize the implementation.


The wire forming was realized with ECMA Series servo motors. Their state-of-the-art design provides a high torqueto-size ratio, low flux loss, and delivers low cogging suited to the smooth motion control required for spring manufacture. They could also be adapted to different spring-forming equipment needs thanks to a range of shaft options and encoders. Coupled with ASDA-A2 Series servo drives, connected via high-speed EtherCAT, simultaneous control of the servo motors was ensured. The characteristics needed for the retrofitted design were easily achieved thanks to the available high precision control, with a 1 kHz frequency response and 1 ms settling times, and superlative vibration suppression. Programmable positioning modes (Pr Mode) also allow up to 64 internal position settings, supporting continuous motion control.

The retrofitted electronic CAM spring former provides a more streamlined operating experience. Switching between the manufacture of different spring types is simplified, thanks to the user-friendly, recipe-style selection offered by the human-machine interface (HMI). Furthermore, new recipes can be easily developed by extending and modifying existing designs as and when required. In operation, the upgraded solution proved to be significantly more efficient. Tooling changes to manufacture a different spring previously required a day of effort. This has been reduced to half a day with the new approach. Furthermore, productivity has been improved by 50% in most cases, while the most straightforward spring designs can now be manufactured at double the previous rate. Although the initial retrofit has taken around a year of close cooperation and work to complete, the results have been so impressive that the customer has decided to continue upgrading further spring formers. Because a CODESYScapable motion controller was chosen, coupled with Delta’s easy-to-integrate HMI, servo drives, and servos, this approach will continue to be a cost-effective and reliable alternative to machine replacement.

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An essential aspect of the retrofit was an improved user interface, allowing operators to configure the desired spring from a choice of recipes. With a 7-inch color TFT display, the DOP-H07 Series provided the flexibility needed by machine operators. This IP55 rated handheld device weighs just 750 g and includes an emergency stop button together with a hook for convenient storage when no longer in use. Connected to the AX-864E via a TCP Modbus, the handheld display allows simultaneous configuration of the spring former while overseeing the actions executed by the servos. Delta’s DOPSoft configuration software enables visually appealing, clear, and easy-to-use interfaces in multiple languages, ensuring simplicity for users. Simulation of the

production process was also implemented, saving time and resources before committing to manufacturing.

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FUZZY LOGIC ROBOTICS RAISES €2.5 MILLION

The Franco-American start-up Fuzzy Logic Robotics announces a €2.5 million round of financing from two deep tech funds: 42 CAP, an industry-specialized German fund based in Munich, and Karista, an industrial fund based in Paris.

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Robotics within everyone’s reach The platform is attracting strong interest from large companies, especially for applications with many different part types to be programmed or which have demanding requirements in terms of trajectory and motion accuracy. But as well as current users of industrial robots, Fuzzy Logic Robotics intends to open up a market that is still in its infancy, that of small and medium-sized industrial companies. The platform removes all the complexities of implementing a robot and eliminates the need for robotics expertise throughout the service life of the robot, two obstacles that until now have often been prohibitive for SMEs and SMBs. Ryan Lober, CEO and co-founder, states: “We believe that making robotics accessible to all will help sustain and develop all sectors of industry in the broadest possible sense (automotive, food processing, medical, etc., as well as construction and public works). And Fuzzy Logic Robotics is key to introducing robots into small companies.”

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A scalable software platform The Fuzzy Studio and Fuzzy RTOS solution are currently being deployed at customers in France and Germany, who were chosen specifically for their technical requirements. The current fundraising will allow the technical team to be reinforced and deployed at new customers in Europe, serving as platform ambassadors. Eventually, Fuzzy Logic Robotics aims to become the universal and open “operating system” platform, benefiting all robotics players, robot manufacturers, solution integrators, end customers and small businesses. https://www.flr.io/


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CARRIDA APPOINTS PEDRO BENTO AS CSO AND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

The new CARRIDA website shows the company’s extensive ALPR software solutions portfolio. Pedro Bento has been appointed Chief Sales Officer at CARRIDA Technolgies.

CARRIDA Technologies, provider of leading ALPR software solutions, has appointed Pedro Bento as CSO to lead the International Sales and Business Development. The company also launched a new website to showcase its best-in-class ALPR software engine and solutions as well as ALPR Edge Devices.

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pecial to CARRIDA is the unmatched CARRIDA ALPR engine that can be flexibly deployed as OEM library, web-gui solution for easy startup and configuration of edge devices or with the CARRIDA App for any Android device. On top of that, the company offers validated platforms and matching components that enable easy, quick, and cost-effective development of individual ALPR applications.

New website presents extensive solutions portfolio Along with Pedro Bento’s introduction CARRIDA launched its new website. It shows the extensive CARRIDA software solutions portfolio, ranging from a powerful OEM library for ALPR and make/model recognition, to CARRIDA Edge, a web-gui solution for easy startup and configuration of edge devices, and the CARRIDA App for Android devices. Beyond software, it also shows the CARRIDA validated platforms and components that enable developers to setup their own ALPR devices faster and easier as ever before.

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Pedro Bento joined CARRIDA as Chief Sales Officer. In his new role he will lead the international sales and business development of the ALPR software provider and strengthen its growth in applications such as access control, fleet management and parking, safety and law enforcement as well as traffic management, smart city and tolling projects. Pedro has in-depth experience in the Mobility Industry and has held several Management level positions previously, e.g. in Verra Mobility as Vice President Europe, A-to-Be (part of Brisa Group) as Chief Sales Officer and Q-Free as Vice President for Europe and Latin America.

Pedro Bento on his appointment: “CARRIDA offers the most advanced ALPR software with latest technologies such as AI and Deep Learning. A lot of applications ranging from traffic management to smart cities can benefit from our solutions. I’m looking forward to supporting many projects to get the most out of the CARRIDA offerings and to take the lead in their markets with our developments.

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DFI IS LISTED IN COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE’S 2021 “FAST 100”

The US-China trade war, coupled with the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, has triggered a series of technological and financial wrestling, and to restart the growth momentum of enterprises at this moment has become an arduous challenge.

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ommonWealth Magazine uses 2020 revenue in the range of 100 million to 10 billion and three consecutive years of profit growth as the screening criteria. Industrial computer leader, DFI, has a revenue of NT$8.35 billion (equivalent to 300 million U.S. dollars), an annual increase of 18.8%. Due to these good results, DFI has been ranked amongst the Fast 100 in CommonWealth Magazine for two consecutive years.

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CommonWealth Magazine, founded on June 1, 1981, is Taiwan’s first financial-oriented professional news magazine. In 2007, CommonWealth Magazine became the first financial news media in Taiwan to launch an Englishlanguage website. In the years since, it has presented stories of Taiwanese companies, and industries as well as Taiwan’s political, economic, and social environment to the world through comprehensive and in-depth reports while providing news with a perspective. DFI joined the Qisda Group in 2017. In 2019, DFI acquired AEWIN to expand into the cybersecurity business, and Ace Pillar to expand diversified & comprehensive solutions, specializing in smart manufacturing, smart healthcare, and intelligent transportation systems/infrastructures. According to a research report released by TrendForce in July, in the first half of 2021, DFI ranked third with a revenue 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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of NT$5.28 billion (equivalent to 186.7 million U.S. dollars) and a 25.2% YoY increase. “In recent years, in response to the trend of edge computing, industrial computer products have been widely used in the field of Internet of Things and becoming an important key to accelerating the introduction of artificial intelligence technology. The industrial Internet of Things and digital healthcare are growing rapidly. With 40 years of experience and with the strength of the Qisda Group, the rapid growth has deepened the supply chain’s recognition of DFI. This allowed DFI to continue to be listed in the Fast 100 of CommonWealth Magazine” said Steven Tsai, President of DFI. Founded in 1981, DFI is a global leading provider of highperformance computing technology across multiple embedded industries. With its innovative design and premium quality management system, DFI’s industrialgrade solutions enable customers to optimize their equipment and ensure high reliability, long-term life cycle, and 24/7 durability in a breadth of markets including factory automation, medical, gaming, transportation, smart energy, mission-critical, and intelligent retail. https://www.dfi.com/


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CARRIER SOLUTION ENHANCES COMFORT AND SUPPORTS PRESERVATION OF ART IN THE RAPHAEL ROOMS AT THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

During the summer, temperatures can soar as high as 104°F/40°C in Rome, making Carrier air conditioning a welcome addition to the Raphael Rooms. © Governatorato S.C.V. - Direzione dei Musei

Carrier designed a new system to deliver powerful heating and cooling without altering the historic space.

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n innovative air conditioning solution from Carrier is helping to ensure optimal ventilation and comfort in the historic Raphael Rooms. During a typical summer, the temperature in Rome can soar as high as 104°F/40°C, making the decision to install air conditioning in the Raphael Rooms for the first time ever an easy one. To meet the unique needs of the historic space, Carrier engineers developed and installed a custom solution utilizing a new system design that delivers heating and cooling in one-quarter of the traditional footprint, all without altering the existing historic infrastructure. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.

“The Vatican Museums have the mission to ensure the protection and safety of the artwork, spaces and visitors. Carrier was extraordinary because, like its prior work at the Sistine Chapel, the team knew how to work with our technical divisions and how to update these rooms that were not conceived as a museum,” said Barbara Jatta, director, Vatican Museums. “The result not only helps us in our preservation mission for the future generations but also helps in the enjoyment of this heritage frequented daily by numerous visitors, more than 6 million every year.” “It was a tremendous honor to be asked again by the Vatican Museums to deliver innovative solutions. This project underscores our role as a leader in the industry, who has the expertise to develop unique, customized HVAC solutions,” said Didier Genois, vice president and general manager, Carrier HVAC Europe. “We put our world-class engineering and design resources into this project and are exceptionally proud of the outcome.” The right solution for the space had to be installed without impacting any of the historic elements within the rooms but would still function to deliver proper ventilation and maintain comfortable temperatures. The Vatican Museums again turned to Carrier, who in 2014 installed an innovative

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HVAC system at the Sistine Chapel. Carrier engineers specifically designed small, yet high-capacity, fan coils to circulate the air, which were installed underneath the windows in the Raphael Rooms, remaining invisible to visitors. Energy-efficient Carrier AquaSnap 30RQV chillers were also installed in a location unnoticeable to visitors, and an iVu building automation system is now in place to help optimize the HVAC systems to deliver a healthier, safer, and more efficient indoor environment for visitors. “The space available for equipment inside the Raphael Rooms was very reduced. We had to design a small 2.5 kW fan coil but with 10 kW of capacity, a powerful piece of equipment. This solution is unique because this type of product did not exist. We had to imagine and develop a product that would fit this function in a reduced space,” said Michel Grabon, director, Carrier AdvanTEC/Building Solutions Group Europe.

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VERLINDE ADDS A NEW RANGE OF PDW OPEN WINCHES FOR HEAVY APPLICATIONS TO ITS CATALOGUE

The VERLINDE open winch series is now extended for heavy duty applications with the PDW series. This range of open winches provides a technical answer to lifting applications in a wide range of capacities from 6.3 to 70 tonnes, with duty classifications of up to M6.

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mong the technical characteristics as standard in the range of VERLINDE PDW open winches are the hoist motors equipped as standard with extended speed range (ESR): slow speeds and high torque favour safety during the shifting of loads. Fast speed in unloaded travel promotes productivity. Trolley drive is regulated with VVF drive for speeds of from 20m/min to 61m/min. The trolley, in its double girder or suspended version, is equipped with two travel mechanisms.

The compact rope lead-offs allow lateral traction in the transverse direction of the trolley. A closed-in structure, they are easy to handle and freely rotate about 360 degrees. The pulleys require less rope lead-off and fewer wire rope turns per cycle, so the lifespan of the high strength steel wire rope is increased. Likewise, the rail spacing is designed to optimize the quantity of steel ropes and their dimensions.

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Improved lifting performance The flange-mounted motor eliminates the risk of misalignment between the gear box and the motors. The winch motors and travel motors are of the squirrel cage type, specially designed and manufactured for overhead cranes. The unique design of the gear box and lifting drum limits deformation of the drum and trolley structures and does not cause misalignment between the drum and the gear box thus limiting fatigue breakage and increasing the service lifespan of the equipment. The modular design of the lifting mechanism provides a compact structure with rail spacing optimized according to the height of lift required by the application. The lifting 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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mechanism is supported by an original floating suspension which eliminates bending forces due to the weight of the load. A fatigue analysis of the structure has led to an innovative design of the mechanism’s support system that eliminates internal stress. This hoist unit is fitted with an electrohydraulic thruster disc brake as standard whose torque is at least 200% with a rated load. Additional devices improve safety The adjustable bottom limit switches with automatic reset prevent hook overtravel. Slow-down or stop functions are planned for transversal travel of the trolley. A safety limit switch for hoisting motion in the upward direction guarantees standard operation of the top mechanical limit switch. Buffer stops are planned with the end carriages. Each winch is fitted with a load limiter which halts hoisting when the rated load is exceeded to prevent overloading. A protective bar against overlap for the wire rope drum is available as an option for all configurations. MORE INFORMATION

Lastly, a diagnostic unit regularly monitors the SWP (safe working period) which is the effective lifespan of a hoist in complete safety within the limits of its duty classification. https://www.verlinde.com/

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MONITORING THE CHARGING STATIONS OF THE E-BUS FLEET OF THE CITY OF JENA

The charging infrastructure always in view.

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ow Jena’s public transport system monitors its charging columns for the e-bus fleet and uses advanced diagnostic features to increase availability and optimize maintenance activities.

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In the city of Jena, electromobility has been present in the form of a tramway in service for 120 years. Supplemented by a fleet of diesel-powered buses, an efficient public transport system has been created over time. Last year saw the introduction of e-mobility in the operation of city buses as well. Three first vehicles started regular service in 2020 to contribute to CO2 savings (53,000kg per bus and year), but also to reduce particulate matter and noise emissions in the urban area.

The attractiveness of public transport is essentially promoted and maintained by smooth and punctual operation. In this context, operations of tramways in particular require a reliable and uninterrupted power supply, which is the responsibility of the power supply department at Jenaer Nahverkehr, operator of the city’s public transport. Nevertheless, malfunctions of the system technology can occur in rare cases. In order to minimize the effects of malfunctions on the operational process as well as on the passengers, it is necessary to keep downtimes as low as possible. This is supported by a reliable control and telecontrol system implemented on the basis of the PcVue SCADA software. For many years, Actemium Germany’s Automation Frankfurt business unit has been the partner of Jena’s public transport system for the implementation and further development of the control and telecontrol technology for the power supply, but also for the monitoring of signaling and safety systems. Maintenance of the newly introduced charging infrastructure for the electric buses fell under the responsibility of the Power Supply department, and the desire arose to integrate

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the chargers into the control system. Actemium Automation Frankfurt was commissioned to do this. The primary goal of this expansion is remote monitoring of the charging infrastructure by the power supply department so that any faults that occur can be detected and eliminated as quickly as possible. And to do so while reducing travel times for service personnel as much as possible, especially in a city that, due to its topography and its location within the Saale Valley, has a high traffic density on a small number of routes. With the existing control system, the possibility of processing the data for visualization, archiving and data exchange with external systems via various industrial communication protocols, as well as remote alarming, is already provided as standard.

With its latest PcVue version, the manufacturer ARC Informatique provides a communication driver for the OCPP protocol that supports the current protocol versions 1.6-

Integrated operating functionality A newly added entry point into the user interface that is seamlessly integrated with the existing system, is a map display that shows the charging stations distributed throughout the city area as symbol markers. The newly added part of the visualization benefits from a very short learning curve for users who have been familiar with the existing functions and operating philosophy of the control system for years, and which is also reflected in the charging station monitoring area. Data analysis and monitoring The central function of the implementation by Actemium is alarm and log data management, which allows precise fault analysis in live operation as well as in the evaluation of historical data. The alarm system enables the on-call service to diagnose the fault in advance via the secure remote access of the public utility company and then to rectify it or initiate appropriate measures.

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OCPP- Driver for communication with charging stations Typically, the open standard protocol OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) is used for monitoring e-charging stations, which ensures the interoperability of products from different manufacturers.

J and 2.0.1 as well as the security profiles 1 and 2. The software also overcomes a typical OCPP problem, which is that a charging station can only communicate with one Charging Station Management System (CSMS). Using a proxy function, the charger’s OCPP messages can also be passed on to third-party systems. This represents a typical feature of the open PcVue system, which inherently has a wide range of data exchange options.

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In addition, the traffic control center benefits from the connection to the charging infrastructure. The dispatcher workstation there shows the whereabouts of a bus at the corresponding charging points in real time and points out faults that affect operation. This means that adjustments can be made quickly in vehicle deployment planning to avoid cancellations or delays in the route schedule. Afterwards, the maintenance personnel can determine the actual cause.

The users of the system can monitor active charging processes via a trend data display, whereby all measured values, such as currents, voltages and power values of a transaction, can be visually compared. Likewise, already completed charging processes can be called up from the transaction history and viewed in retrospect, as well as compared with each other. The respective vehicle is identified and its current state of charge is documented.

Practical benefits proven after just a few weeks Christian Zeh, a testing and maintenance engineer at Jena’s public transportation system, is enthusiastic about the solution: “By integrating the monitoring and control system for e-charging stations, all operating states are now visible in the control system, which opens up immediate intervention options for us. The charging infrastructure is thus fully integrated into the operational workflows of the power supply department. The usefulness of the system was proven after just a few weeks in daily operation, especially with regard to controlling temperature fluctuations in the charging stations.”

The transaction history is exported at the push of a button or automatically and stored as a weekly and monthly report. Of particular interest is the respective energy consumption per vehicle and charging process, but also the number of incorrect transactions.

With the implementation of the charging infrastructure in its control and telecontrol system, the power supply team is thus well prepared for the already planned increase in the electric bus fleet and the associated expansion of the charging infrastructure.

Alarms of particularly high priority are sent as remote messages to the mobile terminals of the on-call service.

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The implemented user interface of the system further enables: • An access management system for charging stations • Lock or unlock charging stations for use • Remotely activate or cancel charging processes • Store and retrieve charging station-specific documents

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CMP PRODUCTS LAUNCHES TECHNICAL 'KNOWLEDGE BASE'

Leading manufacturer of cable glands, cable cleats and accessories, CMP Products has today launched a comprehensive ‘Knowledge Base’ to support customers and users of cable glands in a variety of industry sectors.

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nowledge Base is a compilation of technical expertise and advice, gathered over CMP’s 60+ years’ experience in the art of terminating cable glands.

The easy-to-use guide provides users with useful technical knowledge and application recommendations to aid in the selection and installation of cable glands, as well as providing advice on best practices for both industrial and explosive atmosphere installations.

Lee Frizzell, Technical Director, said: “Our new platform was developed to create a ‘Knowledge Base’ for appropriate technical information relating to global cable gland requirements. “We regularly engage with clients across a range of applications and our Knowledge Base draws from these various experiences, to provide advice and best practice to installers and engineers alike.” Sign up for CMP’s Knowledge Base here today. MORE INFORMATION

The platform aims to present comprehensive information relating to key industry topics in a clear and straightforward way. Topics such as compliance testing, compatibility with different cable types, selection of barrier type cable glands, and corrosion prevention are all covered in the guide, and illustrative diagrams and examples support explanations.

Key industry standards are broken down into easy-to-read sections covering the likes of IEC 60529, DTS 01:91, IEC 62444, IEC 60079 and NEC/CEC, interpreting key points to consider when selecting cable glands for various applications.

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MEASUREMENT

BLUETEST ADDS OPTION TO INTEGRATE R&S CMX500 5G RADIO COMMUNICATION TESTER INTO ITS RTS REVERBERATION TEST SYSTEMS

Users of Bluetest reverberation test systems (RTS) can now enjoy the benefits of the R&S CMX500 5G NR radio communication tester from Rohde & Schwarz for 5G FR1 MIMO over-the-air (OTA) measurements. With the R&S CMX500 integrated in the Bluetest Flow control software, the solution provides a stable and reliable environment for measuring throughput as well as receiver sensitivity and output power on multicarrier devices with up to 4x4 MIMO.

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he reverberation chambers from Bluetest in combination with the R&S CMX500 now enable developers and manufacturers of 5G components and devices to perform MIMO stress testing under realistic conditions with high data rates.

Bluetest, based in Gothenburg, Sweden, specializes in reverberation chambers such as the RTS65 for efficient OTA performance evaluation of the device under test (DUT). Unlike anechoic test chambers, reverberation chambers reflect an RF signal inside the chamber to the greatest possible extent to create a Rayleigh faded multipath RF environment similar to real world indoor and city conditions. The setup is run by the Bluetest Flow software, an integrated test environment for complex wireless solutions. It features characteristics such as an integrated result database, comprehensive customization options and a full-fledged scientific computing environment, and supports legacy as well as the latest wireless standards such as 5G NR. The R&S CMX500 emulates the network in the test setup. It is a future-proof solution for 5G NR testing, allowing both non-standalone and standalone testing in FR1 and FR2. Featuring a modular design, the R&S CMX500 adds 5G capabilities to LTE based legacy solutions such as the well-

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Users of Bluetest reverberation test systems (RTS) can now enjoy the benefits of the R&S CMX500 5G NR radio communication tester.

established R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester or the R&S CMWflexx platform. Rohde & Schwarz and Bluetest have been cooperating for many years. The two companies worked earlier on integrating the R&S CMW500 tester into the Bluetest Flow software to support LTE, LTE-A and many other cellular and non-cellular wireless standards. This successful cooperation led to the next logical step – the integration of the R&S CMX500 for 5G NR FR1 measurements. Christoph Pointner, Senior Vice President Mobile Radio Testers at Rohde & Schwarz, says: “We are happy to continue our cooperation with industry-leading partner Bluetest and to provide our valued clients with top-class 5G test solutions. For Rohde & Schwarz, this integration is a welcome addition that enhances our already comprehensive 5G test and measurement portfolio.”

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Klas Arvidsson, Bluetest Product Manager, comments: “The R&S CMX500 and the popular RTS65, or the larger RTS85/ RTS95 walk-in chambers, together create a user-friendly, yet powerful, test setup for RF R&D of 5G devices of various sizes including larger IoT equipment.” www.rohde-schwarz.com/cmx500

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MEASUREMENT

CONTROL ROTATING DEVICES WITH THE NEW DYMEO® ABSOLUTE SENSOR

Hutchinson Precision Sealing Systems (PSS) has developed an innovative sensor technology: Dymeo®. This solution provides absolute angle measurement, precise motion control and instantaneous speed measurement. Accurate, robust, and responsive, Dymeo® is suitable for various applications such as automotive, aerospace, defence, railway, medical…

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utchinson PSS has been developing and manufacturing rotating magnetic rings for automotive and industrial markets since 25 years. To complete the range of speed and position measurements solutions, Hutchinson has developed a custom-made sensor for extreme environments. Dymeo® is an absolute angular position sensor based on the Eddy-Currents technology. It detects the angular position of a patented metal target without contact and in absolute terms. The accuracy of measurement with high resolution is guaranteed. The robustness of Dymeo® sensor makes it suitable for extreme environments and offers optimized performances to improve customer devices from angle measurement to total cost of ownership.

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Christophe Molle, Product Line Development Manager at Hutchinson says “Customer is our focus. We listen to their expectations and design an optimized sensor. We can predict performance through simulation thanks to the finite element calculation tools developed by Hutchinson. The output signal can be adapted to the customer communication protocol. It can be analogic or numerical.” 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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Dymeo® is an alternative solution to bulky and heavy inductive sensors. It can replace magnetic sensors in case of difficulties to operate or optical sensors when it is difficult to integrate them. - Insensitive to low-frequency magnetic fields, due to the use of Eddy-Currents technology - Low impact of temperature variation on Dymeo® sensor characteristics: less than 0.02° for a variation between -40 and +85°C - No latency time: optimization of the system - Responsive: immediate availability of the measures upon connection thanks to the “True-power-on” design - Compactness and easy to integrate: only 10 mm space needed to adapt Dymeo®. No use of any magnets or coils - Low power consumption (<0.8 Watt): CO² emissions reduction for a better carbon footprint Dymeo® reads and transmits information for a better system control and energy efficiency. Visit us at SPS, 23-25.11.2021, Nuremberg Hall 4A – Stand No.120 www.hutchinson.com


MEASUREMENT

CAPACITIVE SILICONE FORCE SENSOR SXTSC BY SATECO MAKES GRIPPING SAFE AND DEXTEROUS

The capacitive silicone force sensors are available in many different sizes, and their dimensions are customizable for specific projects.

The human hand exhibits a dexterity yet unmatched by technology. Force sensors can close this gap by offering feedback on the grip force, thus avoiding damage to delicate and fragile objects such as food and human body. The elastomer sensor works according to the capacitive operating principle and can continuously measure both touch and compressive force. It is soft and flexible, can be shaped threedimensionally, and is suitable for various applications in agriculture, food, electronics, surgery and generally in cobots and prostethics.

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oth the sensor’s footprint and dimensions can be freely designed. As a result, it can be customized to curved surfaces and integrated seamlessly between the body structure and a soft surface. This enables an ergonomic design of robotic grippers, prostheses and exoskeletons and both on small and large surfaces. Used on the surface of a body structure the material feels similar to a human skin and offers a life-like soft and comfortable human-machine interaction.

Silicone is gentle on the skin. Optional texturing of the surface can make it even more comfortable to wear. Silicone is chemical and temperature-resistant with regard to food. The material’s flexibility makes it particularly compliant to soft and fragile object, helping in e.g. automated harvesting, packing and labelling of fruits and vegetable. MORE INFORMATION

The sensor combines two measurement functions in one component. It can detect the approximation of a body part at a short distance and precisely measure its exerted force as well. This keeps the combination compact and enables predictive operating and measurement systems.

Thanks to its elastomer material, the SXTSC sensor is robust, shock and impact-resistant, and it also enables high durability, even in rough environments at high (+85°C) and low temperatures (-40°C).

Samples including evaluation electronics are available in a starter kit and enable a quick and uncomplicated start into the new technology. https://www.satecogroup.com/

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MECHANICS

KENNAMETAL INTRODUCES HIPACS FOR AEROSPACE FASTENER HOLE DRILLING AND COUNTERSINKING IN ONE STEP

HiPACS system utilizes standard PCD-tipped or diamond coated solid carbide drills.

High precision tool achieves tight tolerances in one operation and significantly reduces cost per hole in aerospace applications.

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ennametal has introduced the HiPACS drilling and countersinking system for aerospace fastener holes. Designed to drill and chamfer holes in one operation, the high-precision tool meets the aerospace industry’s stringent accuracy requirements, while delivering increased tool life in machining composite, titanium and aluminum aircraft skins.

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“Most fastener hole tools used today are complex madeto-order tools with long lead-times,” says Georg Roth, Product Manager, Kennametal. “HiPACS uses standard, offthe-shelf components for quick delivery and low cost per hole, by allowing the drill and chamfer insert to be indexed independently from one another. What’s more, it’s the only indexable drilling and countersinking system on the market that can hold the aerospace industry’s required fastener hole chamfer tolerances in just one operation.”

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Kennametal’s HiPACS is a cost effective and easy to assemble system comprised of three components: a reducer sleeve, countersinking insert and solid caribe drill. The system works with any standard hydraulic chuck. Three simple components eliminate the need for custom tooling Designed to be clamped in a standard hydraulic chuck, the HiPACS modular system consists of three components that are fast and easy to assemble: - A reducer sleeve with a built-in high-precision pocket seat. In conjunction with a standard hydraulic chuck, this component provides ultra-secure clamping and a runout of no more than 3µm, significantly increasing tool life and hole quality. - A PCD countersinking insert. This eliminates the need for expensive custom solution step drills, reducing manufacturing costs while meeting the industry’s accuracy requirements. - The two series of solid carbide drills —both diamond-coated and PCD-tipped—covering all material combinations found in a typical aerospace assembly. In addition, the straight shanked tools allow for length adjustments in increments of 10mm.


Kennametal’s HiPACS is a cost effective and easy to assemble system comprised of three components: a reducer sleeve, countersinking insert and solid caribe drill. The system works with any standard hydraulic chuck.

The new HiPACS drilling and countersinking system can be utilized on all machines typically used for aerospace applications. In less stable conditions such as robot end effectors, the diamond coated carbide drills offer excellent tool life and hole quality. PCD-tipped drills, on the other hand, excel in stable conditions such as gantry machines. With an industry standard interface, HiPACS can be utilized on any CNC machine, and is suitable for a variety of drilling and countersinking applications. https://www.kennametal.com/us/en/home.html

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WIDIA INTRODUCES M1600 FACE MILLING PLATFORM SUITABLE FOR VARIETY OF MACHINE CONDITIONS AND SET UPS

M1600 face mill loaded into a holder before performing a test on a DC55 machine in Cast Iron GGG60, Steel 42CrMo4 and Stainless Steel 1.4301.

New face mill designed for rough to semi-finish machining of a variety of steels, stainless steels, cast and nodular irons.

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IDIA™ announced today the release of the M1600 face mill for roughing to semi-finishing operations in steel, stainless steel, cast iron and nodular iron materials. With 16-cutting edges and a smart insert design, the M1600 performs in various machining conditions including low-power machines, unstable, non-rigid set ups, long overhangs, weak machines or weak fixture conditions.

“Face milling is one of the most common machining operations, so we designed a versatile and cost-effective solution that delivers substantial improvements in metal removal rates in steel and cast iron for our customers,” said Anna Kim, WIDIA Indexable Milling Global Portfolio Manager. “The M1600 represents a turnkey solution for general engineering, energy and automotive customers who want to reduce their face milling tooling inventory and increase their machining outputs.” The 16-edged, precision-ground insert with a positive geometry enables low cutting forces and low power consumption resulting in higher tool life and an excellent cost per edge. The M1600 has one universal insert geometry in three versatile grades: WP35CM, WK15CM and WU20PM.

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The WP35CM grade targets all types of steels, while the WK15CM grade is designed for cast iron materials and performs best in dry applications but can also be used in wet conditions. The universal WU20PM grade can be used for the machining of steel, stainless steel and high-temperature alloys in both dry and wet applications.

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Chips produced from a Steel 42CrMo4 operation using the M1600.

The ‘smart’ insert design features a seating surface below the cutting edge that promotes smooth chip flow and reduces cutting forces on the tool. The insert also has a curved cutting edge and is axially positive resulting in reduced power consumption. These key design features coupled with 16 cutting edges make M1600 an economical face milling option. M1600 face mills are available in six metric diameter ranges between 50mm and 160mm. Inch diameters will follow in the fall of 2021. Orders for the M1600 bodies and inserts as well as other WIDIA metal cutting tooling can be placed through WIDIA authorized distribution partners. Click here for full details of M1600 including a side milling video. https://youtu.be/b9AJ1NytlC4 https://www.widia.com

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MECHANICS

NSK SELF-LUBE® BEARING UNITS SAVE STEEL PLANT €292,136

NSK RHP Self-Lube® HLT inserts help to reduce maintenance, downtime and replacement costs when operating at temperatures up to 180°C.

Certain sectors and applications place particularly challenging demands on bearings. Steelmaking is one such example, where the aggressive operating environment means potential bearing failures present a genuine threat to production. Extreme temperatures, particle contamination, shock/heavy loads, water, vibration, high speeds and rapid acceleration/deceleration are just some of the daily hazards that steel plant bearings have to endure. However, the NSK RHP Self-Lube® range of bearing housings and inserts can overcome these issues, as confirmed by a major steel plant.

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he international steel plant in question was struggling with up to three bearing failures a year on a rotary coal valve used in its ore preparation process. In addition to the cost of replacement bearings, the failures had knock-on effects in terms of lost production, downtime and damage to associated components. The plant clearly needed a solution to this expensive problem.

NSK duly conducted a full application review, which included a temperature survey and a bearing condition report. The review revealed that the current bearing was inadequate for the high process temperatures, while the lubrication quantities and frequencies were incorrect. As a result, NSK recommended a customised RHP Self-Lube® HLT bearing insert within an RHP Self-Lube® cast iron FC housing, plus a bespoke adaptor plate and a special heat-isolating spacer.

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RHP Self-Lube® units include two basic components, the insert and the housing. Each unit consists of a sealed single-row ball bearing with spherical outside diameter and extended inner ring mounted in a high-quality flanged housing made from a rigid one-piece design. Importantly, spherical seating accommodates any initial misalignment when mounting. Self-Lube® inserts, which feature hardened, high-quality steel for inner and outer rings, also offer optimised internal 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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The steel plant was struggling with up to three bearing failures a year on a rotary coal valve used in its ore preparation process.

geometry, a two-piece riveted high-strength steel cage, high-performance grease and durable silicone seals. Notably, the Self-Lube® HLT inserts implemented at the steel plant provide opportunities to reduce maintenance, downtime and replacement costs when operating at temperatures up to 180°C.

For further information about NSK RHP Self-Lube® bearing units: www.nskeurope.com/en/products/nsk-innovativeproducts/self-lube-units

The units are available with various locking methods for close-fit shaft mounting. This feature, combined with a complete range of sealing solutions for all environments, makes NSK RHP Self-Lube® a very versatile product. As the name suggests, re-lubrication capability is standard. For the rotary valve bearings at the steel plant, the expert team of NSK engineers also recommended changes to the lubrication quantities and frequencies. To ensure correct application, NSK oversaw the fitting of the new bearings as part of a trial.

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After more than 12 months the bearings still had not failed, delivering a total annual cost saving for the customer of €292,136. This calculation includes cost savings associated with: the elimination of downtime due to bearing failures; fewer bearing purchase orders; reduced bearing replacement time; and the removal of compressed air cooling to help control the overheating of previous bearings.

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HELPING TO GET A HANDLE ON THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

HandleSmart is an innovative self-cleaning door handle proven to kill 99% of germs. Originally developed in response to poor hand washing practices, it is now playing an important role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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andleSmart is an innovative self-cleaning door handle proven to kill 99% of germs. Originally developed in response to poor handwashing practices, it is now playing an important role in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. HandleSmart features sophisticated rotation technology that enables it to clean itself by rotating antimicrobial gel evenly after every use. It is designed for areas where handles are the most common points of bacterial and viral transmission, such as offices and commercial spaces, public toilets, restaurants and shops, as well as hospitals and medical facilities. Easy to install and with a 1.5L capacity of antimicrobial gel providing 3000 operations between refills, HandleSmart is key to helping reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

The Challenge HandleSmart initially developed their self-cleaning handle in response to the persistently poor standards of post-toilet hand washing habits among the general population. Even in the most prosperous countries, just 50% of people use hand washing facilities after visiting the toilet. Other research has shown that only 60% of UK office workers wash their hands after using the lavatory. In response, two innovators developed the concept of a selfcleaning door handle which kills 99% of germs and enhances standards of hygiene. HandleSmart’s creators recognised the need to act quickly to ensure the product was available to support organisations in responding to changing hygiene requirements. The team secured the patent in January 2019 just as new requirements for public hygiene practices were being implemented in response to COVID-19.

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During this period, members of the public were encouraged to use self-service kiosks and interfaces to reduce the risks of viral transmission through face-to-face interactions. However, the wider issue of poor hand-washing practices makes the terminals themselves a risk for spreading of the virus.

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The HandleSmart team had to move quickly to ensure their product was ready to help address this critical challenge. They needed to make the application as secure and


intuitive as possible for use in busy environments around the world. HandleSmart’s integral gel dispensing box is key to its performance in reducing the spread of germs. As a vital feature in making the solution practical and effective, it had to be fully secure and reliable, with minimal risk of tampering. To achieve this, HandleSmart required a latch to secure the main access to the dispensing box. It had to be: • Cost effective without compromising on quality and style • Inconspicuous in design to maintain the application’s streamlined look • Durable to a standard to maintain a long life-cycle in busy environments • Intuitive and easy to use for maintenance staff refilling the gel dispenser The Solution HandleSmart’s creators identified the DZUS® Lion 82 series Quarter-Turn Fastener from engineered access hardware leader Southco, as the best choice for their dispenser box latch. They recognised that Southco had the capability and proven track record to solve their design challenges and help them achieve their wish list when other providers could not. The HandleSmart team also valued the fact that Southco was already helping to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Southco is a recognised producer of components for ventilator and diagnostic OEMs. The company also manufactures products such as antimicrobial latches and IP69k-rated hinges and hardware for safe high pressure, heated wash-downs of medical and clean room equipment. Southco’s DZUS® Lion 82 series Quarter-Turn Fastener provides a number of key benefits for HandleSmart’s application. Seamless security The DZUS® 82 series fastener offers a high standard of security to ensure that the enclosure containing the antimicrobial gel remains securely closed, helping the HandleSmart to perform effectively. The latch has a hex recess head style which makes it operable only by tool, significantly reducing the risks and potential costs of tampering. Its low profile and discreet space-saving design further decreases the likelihood of attempted vandalism.

High aesthetic impact As an innovative product designed for use in busy areas, every element of HandleSmart had to meet a high aesthetic standard. The sleek look and low profile design of the Southco DZUS® Lion 82 series Quarter-Turn Fastener aligns with the contemporary style of the handle. The Implementation Southco has enhanced HandleSmart’s sales and global reputation by providing a high quality and cost-effective solution which met all of its design team’s requirements in a timely way. The speed of installation of the quarter-turn fastener into the application improved the handle’s delivery to market time. The quality and performance of Southco’s DZUS® 82 series fastener has helped contribute to product orders in India, America, Asia and the UK in environments such as bathrooms, offices, factories, restaurants and hotels, and is being applied to doors into clean rooms and hospitals as well. Partnering with Southco enables HandleSmart. to benefit from a global network of manufacturing sites support and distribution. As the orders for HandleSmart begin to ramp up at the company’s Asian production site, the team is able to benefit from local support at Southco’s neighbouring facility. In assuring the security and performance of HandleSmart’s gel dispenser box, Southco has supported the product’s impact on the fight against COVID-19. The Results Due to the unique pressures of bringing an innovative product to market, it was important for HandleSmart to find a latching product that combined exceptional security, reliability and durability, from a partner with global design and manufacturing presence and proven industry expertise. “Southco is a key partner in HandleSmart’s role in reducing the impact of COVID-19 and improving wider public hygiene,” said HandleSmart Designer Martin Wollacott. “We are proud that HandlesSmart is helping to protect people around the world against the spread of the virus and Southco has a key role in supporting this.” https://southco.com

Easy maintenance access While HandleSmart requires minimal maintenance, the DZUS® 82 series fastener features a quick release function to make servicing even faster and easier. This reduces the need for frequent maintenance checks and enables businesses to maximise their staffing budget at a time when COVID-19 requirements make managing on-premises hygiene more costly and time-intensive.

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Durable performance Because HandleSmart is used in busy areas, a high level of durability is essential. The gel dispenser latch is designed to withstand repeated vibration, ensuring a long life-cycle, and also retains a strong, consistent clamping force with repeated operation. It holds captive to the panel, providing ease of use and removing the risk of lost hardware. Being highly tested and corrosion-resistant the fastener also maintains its integrity and appearance throughout the lifetime of the application.

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SG TRANSMISSION DEVELOPS FIRST OF ITS KIND HYBRID PERMANENT MAGNET AND SPRING APPLIED BRAKE

SG Transmission has successfully designed and manufactured a permanent magnet and spring applied hybrid brake, in what is thought to be the world’s first of its kind.

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he hybrid solution has been designed for a range of next generation small, multi-axis surgical robots manufactured by a leading European robotic innovator. Due to the critical nature of the application, a pre-assembled solution was designed with both spring applied and permanent magnet technology to offer double redundant capability in the event of a failure. The hybrid solution offers the benefits from both technologies, combining the high torque and back-lash free capability of a permanent magnet brake, with the extended temperature range of a spring applied brake.

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When quick and accurate holding is required, spring applied and permanent magnet brakes are known for their reliable, fail-safe braking capability. Unlike other electromagnetic brakes, they are designed to engage when electrical supply is removed (power-off brake engagement). Spring applied brakes transmit torque through pressure generated by builtin springs, while the holding force in a permanent magnet brake is created by multiple permanent magnets attracting a single face armature.

Paul Short, Technical Manager at SG Transmission, explained: “While a hybrid permanent magnet and spring applied brake provides significant benefits, the design complexity and unpredictability of the two interacting magnetic fields have prevented this concept from previously being explored. “In addition to the innovative design, the customer required a ‘plug and play’ solution which presented an additional challenge due to its small, compact design and limited axial length. So far, we have successfully supplied three versions of the brake in various sizes.” The internal design team at SG Transmission worked closely with the customer throughout the project, using video conferencing and 3D data transfer to enable the collaboration of the team’s electromagnetic knowledge with the requirements of the application. Andy Collinson, Chief Executive Officer at SG Transmission, said: “We were delighted to be approached with this unusual request. We are committed to our position in the industry as the expert in bespoke electromagnetic solutions, and this project has provided the opportunity to add yet another pioneering design to our catalogue”. https://www.sgtransmission.com/

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NEW TELECENTRIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM DELIVERS BREAKTHROUGH ACCURACY ACROSS MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

Keyence has introduced a new range of inline telecentric measurement system which employ highly advanced silhouette-based analysis for guaranteed accuracy.

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esigned specifically to measure parts rapidly and consistently as they pass through the system, the TM-X5000 line-up boasts an exposure time of just 25 μs – 40 times faster than conventional models, allowing accurate measurement of high-speed targets by eliminating blur from the image. It provides a versatile solution for a broad spectrum of industrial measurement applications, offering geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T); outer diameter and profile measurement; abnormality detection; and runout and positioning.

The specially designed telecentric optics greatly improve measurement repeatability by increasing uniformity throughout the field of view. Compared with conventional telecentric optical systems, the TM-X5000 Series offers around 100 times greater telecentricity – just 0.0001°, ensuring confidence in results even for misaligned targets. The dual telecentric silhouette-based system provides exceptional stability while the large ±15 mm depth of field, based on telecentric lenses in both the transmitter and receiver, provides clear, sharp edges and stable measurement results, even where the target position may vary.

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Users can select from two installation methods – with or without the included base. A handy optical alignment function enables rapid, simple installation, while the user interface features a wide variety of measurement tools, enabling intuitive configuration of settings. The range consists of three models to cater for a wide variety of requirements: the compact, ultra-high accuracy TM31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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X5006; the standard TM-X5040 model; and the TM-X5065 fore wide field applications. Richard De Courcy, Product Specialist, Keyence UK Vision and Measurement, explained: “Accurate measurement of parts is vital to guaranteeing quality and consistency, and for identifying any possible production issues at the earliest possible opportunity. Our new portfolio harnesses the power of state-of-the-art silhouette-based technology to deliver exceptional accuracy alongside ease of set-up and use, ensuring consistent, reliable measurement of a wide range of parts. This will bring peace of mind to manufacturers seeking to reassure their customer of the quality and consistency of their offering.” For further information and to arrange a demonstration, visit www.keyence.co.uk/tmxrelease

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MODULAR PREPARATION SYSTEM WITH DUAL-SUBSTANCE NOZZLE NEBULISES HYDROGEN PEROXIDE The liquid flow controller (LFC) regulates the hydrogen peroxide, while the atomising air is precisely metered to the nozzle at the same time via a mass flow controller (MFC). (Source: Bürkert Fluid Control Systems)

The liquid flow controller (LFC) regulates the hydrogen peroxide, while the atomising air is precisely metered to the nozzle at the same time via a mass flow controller (MFC).

Safe chemical disinfection saves time and costs. A scalable system with a compressed air-operated dualsubstance nozzle and flowmeters from Bürkert allows cost-saving and reliable disinfection with hydrogen peroxide.

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acteria, viruses and fungal spores are everywhere and must be reliably killed for sensitive processes in the pharmaceutical and food industries or biotechnology. A residue-free disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) is ideal for this purpose. To ensure that this works reliably in practice, Bürkert Fluid Control Systems has developed a scalable system for chemical disinfection with a compressed air-operated dual-substance nozzle that ensures homogeneous and fine aerosol formation with minimal chemical and energy input and thus meets the highest disinfection standards (image 1). Hydrogen peroxide vapour has a particularly strong corrosive and cytotoxic effect and, due to its strong toxicity to many micro-organisms, is an effective disinfectant. The wide, independent control range for air and liquid volume allows many different settings for throughput and atomisation rates. This makes the system individually adjustable, very flexible and suitable for a wide range of applications such as the sterilisation of packaging, HEPA filters or for room disinfection.

Reliable result with minimal use of disinfectants 30 to 35% hydrogen peroxide is pumped by overpressure from a stainless steel storage container to a liquid flow controller (LFC), which precisely regulates the amount of liquid. In parallel, the atomising air is precisely metered to the nozzle via a mass flow controller (MFC) (image 2). This takes over the atomisation of the liquid phase from fine droplets to the finest mist, which then evaporates easily. Due to the exact measurement of the material flows, the disinfection time can be precisely determined, which saves time and disinfectant with exactly reproducible disinfection results. All parameters such as time duration and amount of substance can be exported and stored digitally for quality assurance. The disinfection system is modular and available in different versions. Depending on the customer’s requirements, variants with an additional heater or integrated flushing are available in addition to the basic version with nozzle, reservoir and controllers and dosing valves with matching pipelines. If required, the scalable complete modules also include integrated safety devices or complete control cabinet integration with PLC control. https://www.burkert.com/en

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DE DIETRICH PROCESS SYSTEMS PRESENTS ITS NEW DRUM DOCK STATION EQUIPPED WITH THE DIT SOLUTION FOR SAFE HANDLING OF POWDERS

The De Dietrich Process Systems group extends its range of solutions for handling pharmaceutical and chemical powders with a new Drum Iris Technology (DIT) dock station which guarantees a high level of containment.

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he loading, unloading and transfer of powders are a major concern for companies in the pharmaceutical and chemical sectors. Several objectives must be reached: limiting the exposure of operators to highly active or toxic powders while at the same time protecting these same powders from any pollution coming from the environment. Thanks to the new drum dock station equipped with the DIT (Drum Iris Technology) solution, De Dietrich Process Systems offers an innovative solution consisting of an interface with two elastomer diaphragm valves. The docking principle is based on the successive opening and closing of the diaphragm valves which hold the drum and allow the operator to push it towards the flexible or rigid glove box.

The DIT solution can be used with a powder pump or installed directly on a reactor, filter dryer or any other type of equipment. The station is available in several variants: with a single-chamber (OEB 5) or double-chamber (OEB 6) glove box for a higher level of containment and available in stainless steel (304/316) or Hastelloy, with a flexible glove box (OEB 4) in low density polyethylene or polyurethane. All variants are compatible with the ATEX zones and can be equipped with integrated cleaning systems. With the new De Dietrich Process Systems drum dock station, equipped with the DIT solution, handling and transferring powders is easier and safer than ever before https://www.dedietrich.com/en/solutions-and-products/ containment/drum-dock-station

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This system allows the contents to be accessed, while guaranteeing total leak-tightness. The station is also equipped with a stacker for lifting the drum and limiting the amount of manual effort. The stacker improves the workplace ergonomics, lowering the risk of operator injuries and optimizing the yield and production cycle times. The modularity of the drum dock station makes it possible for

drums to be docked from below or from the rear, which makes it suitable for a wide range of configurations.

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SELECTING A GAS DETECTOR FOR WATER TREATMENT APPLICATIONS

When choosing a gas detector for use in water treatment applications, engineers should focus on simple, efficient, proven products from a supplier experienced in the provision of end-toend solutions for this challenging marketplace.

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s a process, the treatment of wastewater has a number of inherent hazards, namely the generation of flammable and toxic gases such as methane (CH4) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S). Furthermore, oxygen (O2) enrichment and ozone (O3) can present safety risks if the process requires technologies that use these gases, while for pH control some water treatment plants rely on carbon dioxide (CO2), which can be toxic and create an oxygen deficiency hazard.

detectors help deliver the appropriate process automation levels required to reduce running costs and manage risk with minimal operator intervention.

Toxic chemical gases such as ammonia (NH3) and chlorine (Cl) are common in the preparation of drinking water, which means leak detection is essential to identify any emissions from storage or processing equipment.

Technology decisions Another critical selection decision involves the type of sensor technology, which for gas detection typically centres on electrochemical, semiconductor, infrared (IR) or catalytic.

Essential protection Water treatment plants can protect staff and contractors from the dangers of explosion, intoxication and fire by ensuring portable gas detectors form part of their personal protective equipment (PPE). Indeed, for temporary or mobile use in confined spaces, Teledyne offers a wide range of portable gas detectors designed to meet the requirements of the water/wastewater sector.

For water treatment plants that want to monitor O2 deficiency or enrichment, or the presence of low levels of toxic gases such as H2S or Cl, electrochemical sensors are the common choice. A popular pick here is the Teledyne DGiTT7-E intelligent gas detector. This easy-to-use product features an integral daylight-readable alphanumeric display that indicates local status and alarm level.

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As well as averting health risks, careful product selection can also minimise the gas detector’s total cost of ownership (TCO). H2S, for instance, can corrode metals like steel, copper and brass, which means a gas detection sensor housed in stainless steel is a wise choice.

The selection of semiconductor sensors, which have a longer operating life under harsh operating conditions than their electrochemical counterparts, usually occurs where very


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high concentrations of H2S are present, or where ambient temperature or humidity is high. With its high reactivity, strong signal stability and long operating life, the Teledyne CTX 300 fixed detector for O2, CO2 and other toxic gases, is a popular solution. The CTX 300 transmits data in record time, while maintaining the unit is easy thanks to its precalibrated sensors and optional LCD display. IR sensors are preferable for the detection of explosive gases such as CH4 or CO2, or for very corrosive atmospheres containing high levels of H2S. Here, detection is based on the fact that each gas absorbs light on a specific wavelength in the infrared spectrum. Notably, the robust nature of IR sensor cells from Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection means they require only one annual maintenance routine and come with a five-year guarantee. A case in point is the Teledyne GD10 series IR gas detector, which differs from all other models because it utilises silicon-based solid-state IR sources that carry a 15-year warranty. Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection offers the longest combined detector and IR source guarantee on the market.

Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection can also provide sampling kits for the water treatment industry, for applications such as areas highly saturated in H2S. Take advice As with all gas detection tasks in the water treatment sector, it is essential to ensure the technology is adapted to the application. Strong concentrations of gas, either immediate or accumulating over time, along with harsh and/or corrosive operating environments, demand proven products. But each application is different, so consulting with a specialist such as Teledyne Gas & Flame Detection is vital in defining the optimum solution for any particular requirements. www.teledynegasandflamedetection.com

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The most common alternative to an IR sensor is a catalytic sensor, which is not as durable but consumes less power. As many water treatment plants are in remote locations and take advantage of solar energy, this factor can prove attractive. Among the Teledyne recommendations here is the DG-TX7 intelligent gas detector, which houses a pair of OXYCOL catalytic sensors.

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MONITORING OF ENERGY NETWORKS – HOW TO MAKE IT EASY AND SECURE

Fig. 1 - By using Smart Grid gateways for monitoring energy networks, existing systems, new devices and control systems can be connected – regardless of the communication technology or the manufacturer brand.

Cloud and cyber security in critical energy applications - Digitalization and IoT (Internet of Things) is a clear trend within power plants and substations, just as it is in industrial automation. The Smart Grid is certainly a driving factor, but there are also other reasons for this change. Operators often find that only having data available in the control room is insufficient. Instead, they want to monitor transformers remotely, implement new maintenance concepts from anywhere, optimize utilization and commissioning, or retrieve environmental data online. This requires a solution with a high level of cybersecurity that guarantee critical control data to be strictly separated from monitoring data. The solution should also be easy to use and have a compact form factor to ensure that it is suitable for retrofitting and that it fits into existing cabinets.

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Cybersecurity of utmost importance Substations which convert high transmission voltage into consumer voltage are an important part of the electrical grid, not only for municipalities but also for the railways and industrial companies to name but a few. They usually consist of power transformers, switchgear and a lot of equipment for measurement and control. Substations are usually managed from a control room, or remotely from control centres. This control path is subject to strict security regulations as a successful hacker attack could have catastrophic consequences. There is also a need for cloudbased monitoring. But how can this be achieved without neglecting the required cybersecurity?

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Two separate data streams In principle, there are two different data streams in substations: the first is the control data with which the control room communicates with the substation or individual devices. Control data means sending commands such as “Turn switch on”, “Measure now” or “Send measured value”. This critical communication runs in real time according to the protocols used in the energy sector such as IEC61850 or IEC60870-5-104. The security requirements are high and unauthorized data must be excluded. The second data stream delivers monitoring data from sensors and devices to the control room. Real-time communication is not required here but the data packages are usually more extensive for this IoT data. Of course, the


Fig. 2 - Here is an example to demonstrate how the monitoring works in practice. A gateway collects the data from the various sources via the relevant ports.

data must not be compromised here either, which is why communication is usually handled via TLS or VPN, for example. There are also event-based alarm notifications that can be transmitted via independent data channels such as MQTT or SMS. Since the data only flows one way towards the control room or the cloud, this data stream and the transmitting device are well protected against attacks.

The data involved can come from various sources. Some data comes directly from the “heart” of the substation – values of the IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Devices), i.e. the control computer for the switchgear or measuring devices in the station. Other data is provided by additional sensors

How to gather and forward the data? So how is it possible to gather the various data and how is it transmitted to ensure the required level of cybersecurity? There are readily available gateways for this task (Fig. 1), such as the Ixxat SG gateway from HMS Networks. These gateways combine the functionality of RTUs (Remote Terminal Units), controllers and gateways; opening up possibilities to digitize substations and distribution networks. Existing systems, new devices and control systems can be connected quickly – regardless of the communication technology or manufacturer. A gateway collects the data from various sources via the relevant ports (Fig. 2). It supports the communication protocols used in the energy sector, including IEC61850 and IEC60870-5-104, and can simultaneously feed in the data from IoT sensors connected via Modbus and analogue interfaces (for example).

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Typical data that is monitored The data typically transmitted along the monitoring path includes, for instance, temperatures of transformers, highvoltage lines and motors, or oil pressure in transformers. If we take SF6-insulated circuit breakers as an example, it is possible to monitor gas pressure, temperature and gas humidity, and transformers, cables or battery backup systems can provide voltage data. Data from building management can also be made available via the monitoring path. For example, door sensors of the access control system, air conditioning values or even a robot lawn mower can be monitored.

that are commonplace in the industrial environment or in building management.

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Fig. 3 - The control unit of the UPS communicates with the gateway via Modbus and is connected to the control room via an IEC61850based gateway. The status data of the individual battery cells is sent in parallel via MQTT to the manufacturer’s private cloud.

types of gateways is usually graphical and does not require any programming knowledge or additional software. There are many use case scenarios. For example, a sensor manufacturer can use a Smart Grid gateway as a platform for communication with its private cloud, for remote monitoring, surveillance and maintenance planning. Substations can digitize the energy supply in an easy way: The gateway feeds the measured data – either from IEDs or sensors into the control system and can forward it directly to the cloud (MQTT) via an integrated LTE modem where it remains available for continual status monitoring.

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Another example of an application can be found in battery back-up systems for local control networks, for example in converter stations in the railway power supply system (Fig. 3). The control unit of the Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) communicates with the gateway via Modbus and is connected to the control room via IEC61850. The status data of the individual battery cells is sent in parallel via MQTT to the manufacturer’s private cloud. This guarantees functional reliability through continuous monitoring and prompt, plannable maintenance. It can even lead to new business models, e.g. renting a UPS system according to usage. And the best part: thanks to the ability to retrofit, older existing facilities can also benefit from the new possibilities of digitalization.

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PATSNAP PUBLISHES THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO CONNECTED INNOVATION INTELLIGENCE (CII)

Guide showcases how CII empowers organizations to more effectively research, develop, and launch commercially viable products and services.

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very year, more than 30,000 new products and services are launched, but less than five percent succeed. High failure rates are typically due to poor or uninformed decision making. To ensure organizations are better positioned to research, develop, and bring commercially viable products and services to market, PatSnap has published the Definitive Guide to Connected Innovation Intelligence. The guide introduces the concept of Connected Innovation Intelligence (CII) and how this approach to innovation uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to examine and connect millions of datasets, and segment insights by industry and relevance to uncover emerging trends, spot risks, and identify opportunities.

including Tesla, Spotify, Colgate Palmolive, Levi Strauss & Co., The Dow Chemical Company, McCain Foods, and University of Oxford, among many other world-renowned brands – to validate and test ideas prior to launch.

Available in e-reader and audiobook formats, the guide provides an in-depth look at CII and the critical role it plays in driving innovation across multiple industry sectors and global markets. It explains what CII is, why it’s the future of innovation, how it’s different from other innovation approaches, and how it can be applied within organizations with examples of how companies have used CII to innovate. To download the guide, visit patsnap.com/definitive-guide.

Ray Chohan, co-founder and VP of new ventures at PatSnap, commented: “The Definitive Guide to Connected Innovation Intelligence is a hugely valuable resource for anyone involved in new product development, IP intelligence, patents, marketing, or R&D. Research from Harvard Business School shows that of the 30,000 new products and services launched every year, 95% fail within twelve months. That’s a hugely sobering statistic – and one that demonstrates the need for CII.”

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The guide explains why CII has been adopted by more than 10,000 successful organizations around the world –

Early adopters of CII – most notably within the life sciences, automotive, academia, biotechnology, manufacturing, and transport sectors – have seen a significant reduction in time to market and development costs for new product innovations. While the guide provides a jargon-free description of the principles of CII, it also includes numerous case studies of leading businesses that have reaped the benefits of this approach to innovation.

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EMERSON MARKS 75 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN PRECISION CLEANING AND WELDING TECHNOLOGIES Branson combines breadth of technologies and a problem-solving approach to deliver advanced solutions to automotive, medical, electronics industries worldwide.

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merson (NYSE: EMR) celebrates the 75th anniversary of its Branson™ brand, a name that has become synonymous with ultrasonic technologies for plastics and metal welding, and precision cleaning. The Branson portfolio has led the industry with expanded offerings beyond ultrasonics, developing nine other material joining technologies including laser, vibration and infrared welding. Emerson marked the anniversary at its new $49 million global headquarters for welding and precision cleaning technologies that opened in January. The new facility bolsters Emerson’s continued innovation in advanced design, engineering and joining technologies that support such complex and fast-growing industries as medical devices, existing and new bio-based plastics packaging, electric cars and next-generation batteries. “We are extremely proud of our history and how we revolutionized the use of ultrasonics in so many remarkable ways,” said Vernon Murray, president of Emerson’s assembly technologies business. “Our goal has always been to deliver proven performance, unequaled expertise, and the broadest technology portfolio for material joining and precision cleaning applications. We look forward to continuing our stewardship in the field as we make advancements that benefit everyone.” The Branson brand traces its history to Norman G. Branson, a research engineer who founded a company in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1946 to harness the power of high-frequency ultrasonic energy for cleaning and degreasing applications as well as nondestructive testing and gauging. But it was ultrasonic welding — developed in 1963 at Branson Sonics and Materials, which was acquired by Emerson Electric Co. (Emerson) in 1984 — that represented the real breakthrough for the company and for manufacturing. It set in motion a monumental change in the way plastics, and later metals, were joined.

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Since its beginning, Branson has been driven by the spirit of innovation, and today ultrasonics is just one of many cleaning and joining technologies offered by Emerson’s Branson portfolio. Other welding methods include spin and vibration welding, staking and swaging, and a new patent-pending “dynamic mode” of ultrasonic welding that can automatically adjust itself to part-to-part variabilities and unique materials. “Clean welding” approaches, such as Contoured Laser Technology, Clean Vibration Technology and Contoured Infrared Technology, are being adopted with ever greater frequency.

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Continuing the Commitment Given this depth of technical resources, Emerson application engineers are able to utilize a process-neutral approach to help manufacturers evaluate, select, implement, and optimize the right joining solution, regardless of the application or complexity. This high level of customer support is enhanced by the technological capabilities available at the new 146,000-square-foot Branson headquarters. The facility includes an expanded research and development lab, increased manufacturing space, a dedicated training workspace for seminars, and training classes, technical services and other resources. The 75th anniversary represents a milestone that Emerson will recognize throughout the next several months as the company continues its path of inventiveness, delivering advanced Branson products to solve critical industry challenges. https://www.emerson.com/en-us/automation/weldingassembly-cleaning


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PRECISE POSITIONING WITH THE LMSCA

The German manufacturer Wachendorff Automation is expanding its product portfolio of length measuring systems.

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he new LMSCA system is extremely compact and yet extremely robust. The system is just 120 mm long and requires very little installation space! It can be combined with measuring wheels of 200 mm circumference. WDGP incremental encoders with freely definable pulse number With the pre-assembled encoders of the WDGP series, resolutions of 80 pulses per millimeter or 0.0125 mm per pulse are achievable. The proven Wachendorff magnetic sensor technology is now available with ANY pulse count from 1 to 16,384 pulses per rotation.

The inverted signals, TTL and HTL output are also selectable when ordering. Other important features of the measuring system: Adjustable contact pressure from 0 to 20 Newton in 5 Newton increments, as well as a loss-proof central screw. https://www.wachendorff-automation.com/

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SIMPLIFY NEURAL NETWORK TRAINING WITH VISIONPRO DEEP LEARNING’S GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE AND INTUITIVE PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT

VisionPro Deep Learning’s intuitive graphical user interface allows for fast and easy development of applications.

With VisionPro® Deep Learning, Cognex offers a deep learning-based image analysis software specifically designed for factory automation.

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or tasks in industrial image processing that can be solved by formulating rules, traditional machine vision systems are usually the right choice. However, these systems often reach their limits when the objects to be inspected introduce variability and cannot be easily autmated using rules-based programming. This problem occurs in the inspection of food, in the evaluation of soldered or welded seams, and in many other applications. For use cases like these, machine vision systems based on deep learning technologies have established themselves as an innovative solution in recent years.

applications and significantly reduces the effort required to collect images, train the neural network, and test it on different sets of images.

Until now, the application of deep learning methods required extensive knowledge of the technology. VisionPro Deep Learning from Cognex significantly reduces this entry barrier through a graphical user interface that simplifies the training of the neural network for users.

Identification with Blue Locate The Blue Locate tool is ideal for tasks where parts with different appearances need to be detected or counted. With its robust design, Blue Locate successfully identifies features on confusing backgrounds, low-contrast parts, and even parts that bend, change shape, or are poorly lit. Even with variations in perspective, orientation, brightness, gloss or color, Blue Locate reliably locates parts learned from sample images. For these reasons, Blue Locate is suitable for use in automated assembly verification, among other tasks.

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Users can choose from four image analysis tools in VisionPro Deep Learning. They are optimized for vision inspections in factory automation applications and therefore only require a small number of images for rapid training. Blue Locate, Red Analyze, Green Classify and Blue Read tools solve applications that are too complex for traditional rule-based image processing approaches.


The Green Classify tool is a robust classifier that distinguishes different object types, identifies error types, and inspects and classifies images. Even with varying backgrounds or surface textures, the Red Analyze tool finds the smallest defects. In the example above, the tool detects seam problems in textiles.

The Blue Read tool reliably deciphers and recognizes even deformed, skewed or poorly etched fonts and codes.

Detect defection with Red Analyze When the smallest defects must be found, despite different backgrounds and surface textures of parts, the Red Analyze defect detection and segmentation tool is the right choice. By training examples of good and bad parts, it is able to tolerate normal deviations in terms of appearance, while accurately detecting defects, impurities and other flaws. Red Analyze can also be used to segment variable areas in an image. Examples include welds, glued or painted areas, and background features that are dynamically hidden from the image to facilitate other inspections.

Optical Character Recognition with Blue Read Reading and recognizing fonts and codes is one of the most common tasks of image processing systems. Deformed, skewed or poorly etched characters can pose a real challenge, which can be easily mastered by using the Blue

The user-friendly GUI eliminates the need for complex programming and drastically reduces development time: users only need to define the target area, set the character size, and mark the characters in the images. In just a few steps, the robust tool can be trained to read applicationspecific plain text that cannot be decoded by conventional OCR tools. Plus, training can be completed without any image processing or deep learning knowledge. In addition, the optical debug function detects misread characters, which can then be easily corrected. Deep learning and rules-based vision: the best of both worlds One major benefit of VisionPro Deep Learning is the unique ability to combine the available tools. This allows complex problems to be broken down into smaller individual steps to simplify project optimization and reduce the number of training images required. Another special feature of the new software environment is that developers can easily select the best tool for the given task by combining it with VisionPro’s rule-based vision libraries. Projects can be created in the VisionPro Deep Learning development environment and then exported to a VisionPro project. In this way, VisionPro and VisionPro Deep Learning offer the possibility to combine the best of both worlds.

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Classification with Green Classify VisionPro’s Deep Learning tool, Green Classify, is a robust classifier that can distinguish different classes of objects, identify defect types, and classify good and bad parts. Trained with a set of labeled images, Green Classify identifies objects based on their common features such as color, texture, material, packaging, and defect type, and divides them into classes. In doing so, the tool tolerates natural variations within the same class and effectively distinguishes acceptable variants from different classes. Green Classify handles even complex classification tasks very quickly and does not require complicated and time-consuming programming.

Read tool. The tool uses a pre-trained deep-learning font library and deciphers difficult characters on this basis.

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FLUKE PROCESS INSTRUMENTS DEBUTS NEW DATAPAQ® FURNACE TRACKING SYSTEMS FOR DEMANDING HEAT TREAT APPLICATIONS

The new thermal profiling solutions feature new sealed quench thermal barriers and IP67 rated data logger.

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luke Process Instruments, a global leader in infrared imaging and thermal profiling solutions for industrial applications, releases the latest Datapaq® Furnace Tracker System – complete with the TP6 data logger, thermal barriers and intuitive software.

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The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System is designed to be used repeatedly, in-process in the most hostile manufacturing environments, providing accurate and reliable throughprocess temperature surveys. Each system can help users improve process performance, decrease downtime, reduce temperature uniformity survey (TUS) reporting times and more.

The first component of the system is the Datapaq® TP6 Data Logger, which can withstand the longest, mostdemanding operating conditions. The Datapaq TP6 features a 316-grade, stainless-steel case and a IP67 rating, making it water resistant. This datalogger is available with either 10 or 20 thermocouple inputs and can be specified for use with base or noble metal thermocouples. The latest thermal barrier models are ideal for hightemperature heat treat processes and have been designed to provide maximum thermal protection – including applications such as vacuum and controlled atmosphere, slab reheat and solution aging, among others. The new patented quenchable thermal barriers eliminate the need for fiber blankets. Fluke Process Instruments also offers bespoke design services to create a solution that specifically fits a customer’s process. To complete the system, Fluke Process Instruments offers the Datapaq Insight™ Software which transforms raw data into actionable analytics, clear user interface, context sensitive help screens and assistance options for infrequent users. Three software options are available and the complimentary Datapaq Insight for mobile is offered for free. This mobile

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application allows users to reset, download and analyze right on the factory floor and check thermocouple operation before a thermal profile run. The advanced TUS software also provides full temperature profiles and traceable reports for industry regulations like AMS2750 and CQi-9.

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“The latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System offers customers a robust solution that is designed for harsh environments like quenching and high temperatures,” says Rob Hornsblow, Product Manager at Fluke Process Instruments. “Whether users are working with raw materials or finished products, measuring product and atmosphere temperatures throughout the furnace is critical in ensuring both product quality and process efficiency. Datapaq continues to provide real-time, repeatable temperature data that can help improve performance and system accuracy, decrease downtime and much more.”

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“We’ve really focused on what customers wanted in when engineering this new system and we are excited to introduce the patented quenchable thermal barriers, an IP67 rated data logger and the Insight for Mobile application that will allows users to check thermocouple operation before each run”. The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System – including the new TP6 Data Logger and thermal barrier models – are now available. 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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100 YEARS OF MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC – A STORY OF SUCCESS

A century of Mitsubishi Electric – a company with a rich history which parallels that of modern-day Japan. Since 1921 Mitsubishi Electric’s success has grown as a global player in the field of automation.

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he very first Mitsubishi company was established back in 1870 by Yataro Iwasaki. This company provided the foundations for what would later become the group of independent companies which are active in almost every industrial sector. In 1921 the company known today as Mitsubishi Electric Corporation was formed and became renowned the world over for its expertise and innovation in the development of high-quality electrical and electronic products.

Products developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric can be found in all fields of industry, including information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, home electronics, industrial automation, energy, mobility and building technology, as well as in HVAC systems. Europe has long been a key market for Mitsubishi Electric, and in 1969 the company as it opened its first representative office in the region which would form the basis for its EMEA operations today.

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Factory Automation Throughout its history, the Factory Automation division of Mitsubishi Electric has been one of the global leaders in automation product development. Combining innovative technologies with advanced functionalities and feature sets, with the highest levels of reliability. As early as 1973, the company developed its first PLC which was designed to replace relay control panels. Innovations in frequency inverters, servo/motion products and industrial robots followed, and in 2007 the company 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., German Branch, located in Ratingen near Düsseldorf.

launched the iQ Platform, the first automation platform to combine four types of controllers on a single platform – robot, motion, CNC and PLC. Digitalisation pioneer In 2001, Mitsubishi Electric launched its e-F@ctory concept – a pioneering approach to digitalisation that was years in advance of the definition of Industry 4.0 or the rise of the Internet of Things. It has seen the company develop a reputation with customers as a trusted partner through all stages of their digital transformation. Strong partnerships have also driven the company to continuously evolve its e-F@ctory Alliance, an integral part of e-F@ctory concept. This has enabled Mitsubishi Electric and its partners to offer their joint customers a wider range of optimised solutions that help them to enhance their competitive advantage and further drive their digital business transformation.

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With the development of Maisart (“Mitsubishi Electric’s AI creates the State-of-the-ART in technology”), the stage has been set for the company to continue to be a driver of innovation for the next 100 years. https://www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/100th/index.html

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VIEWSONIC INTRODUCES COLORPRO VP56 SERIES OF PANTONE VALIDATED MONITORS FOR UNMATCHED COLOUR ACCURACY

Tap into Limitless Creativity with USB-C, Lifelike Colours, and Versatile Working Modes.

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iewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, introduces the ColorProVP56 series of monitors which are designed for creators. To assist all creators in visualising and realising their ideas, the VP56 series features a wide range of instantly applicable working modes, delivering true-to-life Pantone Validated colours and efficient USB-C 3.2 connectivity. Models include VP2756, VP3456, and VP3256, featuring 2K QHD and 4K UHD frameless IPS panels.

“We believe the launch of the brand-new, all-purpose, ColorPro VP56 series will help promote a wider spectrum of professional visual imaging,” said Oscar Lin, Head of the Monitor Business Unit at ViewSonic. “We aim to empower everyone’s creativity, regardless of profession, in turning digital dreams into reality. Feature-rich, user-friendly, these entry-luxury professional monitors deliver out-of-box colour accuracy and impeccable visual clarity can accommodate all needs.”

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User-Friendly Editing Features for Immediate Use A wide range of applicable working modes make image and video editing easier. The built-in Landscape and Portrait Mode optimises the details and sharpness of images, which is perfect for photo editing. Users can also leverage the CAD/ CAM Mode that provides extraordinary image contrast to accentuate the lines and details of 3D, engineering, or technical illustrations. Video Editing Mode strengthens contrast, making videos stunningly vivid. For a seamless graphic editing workflow, its Auto Pivot function allows for users to toggle between full-sized portrait and landscape photos with no more than a simple 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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rotation of the monitor; vDisplay Manager also provides split-screen functionalities for simultaneous viewing and editing.

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Pantone Validation for Vivid Colours The VP56 series plays an indispensable role in delivering true colour accuracy. It is validated by Pantone for international colour standards and covers a 100% sRGB wide colour gamut for producing lifelike images. The series comes with convenient factory-calibrated colour accuracy that delivers stunning colour reproduction, which is nearly indistinguishable from the colour seen by the naked eye. USB-C 3.2 for Easy Connection Equipped with USB-C 3.2 connectivity, HDMI 1.4, and DisplayPort, the VP56 series effortlessly connects peripherals. It not only provides 60W highspeed charging, but also transfers data, video, and audio through its onecable solution, allowing users to pair up with other devices easily. MORE INFORMATION

Blue Light Filter for Hours of Eye Comfort For everyday use, the VP56 series is equipped with Blue Light Filter Mode and Flicker-Free eye care technology that helps reduce eye strain over an extended period of viewing. Its full range of swivel, tilt and height adjustments also enable users to find the most comfortable monitor positioning for long hours of working. 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURERS SHARE EXCESS INVENTORY: PERZEPTRON CREATES FREE COMPONENT MARKETPLACE

“Now is the time for the electronics industry to stick together,” say Andreas Koch and Markus Renner, managing directors of the consulting firm Perzeptron. With MiG Stock-DB, they have developed a free platform where electronics manufacturers can offer excess stock and components they no longer need. A+B Electronic, Eckelmann and Phytec, as well as other electronics companies, have already pledged their support and uploaded components for sale. Perzeptron is now calling on other companies to participate.

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he purchasing departments of electronics manufacturers are faced with a procurement situation constrained by allocation and supply bottlenecks. Precious time, effort and money are lost due to the difficulty of procuring components, not to mention the customer dissatisfaction caused by late deliveries. At the same time, companies have a sizeable amount of capital tied up in excess inventory that they have accumulated due to large packaging units, production order cancellations, or for other reasons. Perzeptron’s MiG Stock-DB addresses both these challenges: Surplus component stock is entered in the database and offered for sale. Using the availability check feature of the MiG - Materials Management in Balance software, the parts inventory can be displayed, and direct contact can be made with the supplier.

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Pinpointing critical components, and selecting an alternate source with a single click MiG is a docking solution for existing ERP systems that uses dashboards for purchasing, production planning, sales and management to provide a company-wide, transparent overview of customer and production orders, the purchasing situation and work in process. Since version 4.00, it offers a fully automated availability check for components. Users can see at a glance which components represent a risk to the production schedule of a manufacturing order. With a single mouse click, they can identify where an alternate source for the critical component is available, including the price and quantity. In addition to authenticated, direct connections to broadline electronic component distributors, it also directly linkes to catalogue distributors such as DigiKey, Farnell and Mouser. MiG also provides access to anonymous Internet search results, for example from Octopart. And now, components from the MiG Stock-DB are also displayed.


The MiG platform offers an automatic availability check which shows immediately which components represent a risk to production schedules and how they can be procured from an alternate source.

3-month free trial period for ERP add-on The latest updated version of MiG - Materials Management in Balance will be rolled out to existing customers in the coming weeks. Companies that wish to sell their excess inventories and who do not yet have a MiG license can, on request, receive a free 3-month test installation of the intelligent ERP tool with a connection to their ERP system. This will allow them to also benefit from the availability check and other functions of the software. MiG is easy to install, poses no risks, and both administrators and decision makers can start using it immediately.

participating companies to apply moderate pricing to cover their costs and only small, reasonable margins. https://perzeptron.de/en/

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Registration and component upload in just a few steps Using the MiG Stock-DB online portal, registering and transmitting the component data is done in only a few steps: Once the account has been activated, a template is available for download, which can be used to prepare the component data in the form of an Excel list for entry in the database. Uploading is then also done through the website. By registering the vendors, Perzeptron ensures that no agents or brokers use the tool. “We are making MiG Stock-DB available free of charge to promote solidarity in the electronics industry, something that is needed more than ever right now. We want to avoid unfair price markups, which happens worldwide, because certain dealers are exploiting the component shortage and the pressure on electronics manufacturers,” say Andreas Koch and Markus Renner, voicing agreement. That’s why they also ask all 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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IN A NEW LEAGUE: THE TOPLUS PREMIUM CHUCK WITH ≤ 5 ΜM ACCURACY

The ≤ 5 μm accurate Toplus premium chuck with premium clamping head. With the new Toplus premium chuck, Hainbuch always guarantees a runout of ≤ 5 μm without alignment.

With a new development in the hexagonal chuck series from Hainbuch, the clamping device manufacturer from Germany, enters the next round. In 2006, the first Toplus chuck with hexagonal clamping geometry began its career. Just one year later, the Toplus IQ with integrated measuring technology followed, and in 2012, the mini version with a smaller interference contour and lower weight was born. Now Hainbuch presents its latest development: The highest precision Toplus premium chuck is available from stock and points with many additional advantages.

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High precision without alignment Hainbuch’s chucks have always been very precise. Once the chucks are aligned, the runout is close to zero for repeat clamping. If the various chuck heads are then changed, the runout is usually between 3 to 7 μm without alignment. With the new Toplus premium chuck, Hainbuch always guarantees a runout of ≤ 5 μm without alignment – regardless of which clamping head is used. Until now, this was only possible with a high-priced hydraulic expansion or diaphragm chuck with the drawbacks entailed by their design. In many cases, a runout of ≤ 10 μm is perfectly sufficient. However, components or machining processes with a runout of ≤ 5 μm are increasingly becoming the standard. Using a Toplus premium chuck with the associated premium clamping heads and by clamping against the workpiece stop, this level of accuracy is always achieved. This means that manufacturers don’t lose time making alignments for small batch sizes and they can be highly flexible, because it is just as accurate as a chuck aligned for series production.

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Easier automatic loading To save time and costs, a robot is often used to load the workpieces in the machine. This can become a problem if the clamping stroke is too small. With the Toplus premium chuck combined with a clamping head, the stroke is large enough, and makes loading easier, even if the robot works somewhat imprecisely. In addition, it is very robust and not as sensitive as some other clamping devices. A slight contact with the workpiece during loading has no effect on the chuck. The process remains stable. It is also sealed against contamination and vibration. With the Toplus premium, both thin-walled and solid parts are clamped securely with no centrifugal losses. And last but not least: the Toplus premium – like all chucks – is available in the Hainbuch system. This means that changing from external to internal or jaw clamping takes no more than two minutes. https://www.hainbuch.com/


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COGNEX VISIONPRO SOFTWARE BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS BETWEEN DEEP LEARNING AND TRADITIONAL VISION

Two major new releases deliver advanced vision tools and tighter deep learning integration in a highperformance platform.

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ognex Corporation announces VisionPro® 10.0 and VisionPro Deep Learning 2.0, two new releases in its VisionPro line of vision software.

VisionPro 10.0 is a major update of the company’s industryleading PC-based platform that delivers faster application performance and simpler application setup. VisionPro Deep Learning 2.0 is designed to integrate tightly with VisionPro 10.0, enabling customers to combine deep learning and traditional vision tools in the same application.

The new releases also introduce advanced vision tools for precision gauging and inspection applications. SmartLine is the industry’s first hybrid smart tool. It combines deep learning enhanced line finding for complex scenes with precise positional data from traditional vision algorithms. The new VisionPro Deep Learning high detail segmenter is designed for demanding medical and electronics applications that require precise measurement of scratches, contamination and other defects.

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“As deep learning gains a foothold in the factory, we are seeing that many applications require more than just traditional vision or deep learning alone - they need both for the best solution,” said Joerg Kuechen, Sr. Vice President of Vision Products. “The new VisionPro makes it easier for users to leverage the full range of powerful Cognex vision technology to address new and increasingly complex vision challenges.” https://www.cognex.com/

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BUNDLED KNOW-HOW FOR IIOT APPLICATIONS: COOPERATION BETWEEN MOXA EUROPE AND ROBOTRON

Objective: Fast provision of easy-to-use and scalable IIoT solutions – with focus on four application areas.

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oxa Europe GmbH and Robotron DatenbankSoftware GmbH announce their collaboration in the configuration and provision of IIoT platforms. The two partners are focusing on the “Industrial Internet of Things” – applications in demanding industries such as process technology, oil & gas and energy technology. The first joint IIoT projects have already been realized for customers in the energy sector.

Most industrial companies have the use of IIoT solutions on their agenda. Some face the challenge of needing to see the first results quickly and with as few resources of their own as possible in order to determine whether the creation of an IIoT infrastructure is even worthwhile. Others have already invested time and money and have initial results – but no scalable platform to be able to efficiently undertake the next roll-outs and further projects. Moxa Europe GmbH and Robotron Datenbank-Software GmbH are addressing precisely these challenges. They have combined their activities in the field of Industrial IoT and, effective immediately, are preparing complete solutions that lead to quickly installed, easy-to-operate and broadly scalable IIoT platforms.

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Moxa contributes the reliable industrial hardware with which the sensors, machines and other components are integrated. At the heart of this IIoT infrastructure are industrial-grade IIoT gateways and edge computers. For these components, Moxa also makes an operating system available with Moxa Industrial Linux. Major releases of this operating system will be provided with security updates over a period of ten years. This ensures a long service life 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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4. Real-time applications based on Robotron’s Realtime Computer Vision platform (RCV). Together with the hardware from Moxa’s appropriately certified edgecomputing technology, this platform is also suitable for use in demanding industrial applications (e.g., in industries such as oil & gas, mining/extraction technology, rail technology, etc.). With this well-prepared collaboration, both partners see great potential for offering their customers clear additional benefits as well as opportunities for opening new application fields. Hermann Berg, Head of Industrial IoT at Moxa Europe: “The collaboration with Robotron puts us in the position of also being able to very confidently offer complex IIoT projects with high requirements on software and cloud technology.” Those responsible at Moxa are certain they have found the right software partner with just the right solution portfolio. Hermann Berg: “I am impressed how well developed and stable the Robotron platform is and with how much attention to detail the pre-processing of the data on the gateway has been implemented.”

and stability of the installed hardware – including the everincreasing cyber-security requirements. As a specialist for the collection and evaluation of large quantities of data, Robotron offers various software solutions and platforms for high-performance IIoT applications. For the area of industrial production, focus is on current edge and cloud technologies as well as artificial intelligence for intelligent process control and optimization. These solutions can be adapted over a broad spectrum to the individual and widely varying requirements of the industrial users.

From Robotron’s perspective, the combination of hardware and software expertise for IIoT applications creates the ideal condition for being even more successful together. Michael Baling, Head of Division Industry at Robotron: With the broad industrial-grade and robust portfolio from Moxa, we have found a partner to whom we can simply leave discussions regarding topics such as environmental requirements, longevity, and hardware-based security. In the area of logistics as well, Moxa – together with the German distribution partner Sphinx Computer – has relieved us of all complexity, allowing us to concentrate fully on our core competencies of software and data analysis.” You can learn more about the application cases and joint solutions on a new website created together by Robotron and Moxa: www.moxa-iiot.eu

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Together, Moxa and Robotron are focusing their collaboration on four application cases: 1. General IIoT platforms in demanding industries and applications, for which Moxa provides hardware components: Transportation (especially railway technology), oil & gas industry. 2. IIoT solutions for the energy sector – a particular strength of the partnership. The first projects have already been implemented here: using affordable IIoT hardware and innovative data analysis and visualization, insights into the distribution network can be generated that were previously only possible with considerably more expensive traditional solutions. 3. Energy efficiency and management in industry. Here, the industrial experience of Moxa and the data analytics expertise from Robotron (based on, among other things, the robotron*IPEA platform) form an ideal combination. 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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NEW CAMERA MODELS FOR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS IN FACTORY AUTOMATION

uEye FA industrial cameras: tough thanks to IP65/67. Special cameras for special requirements in factory automation.

uEye FA camera family with new sensors – 12 and 20 MP Sony STARVIS and 5 MP polarisation sensor.

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trong and sturdy: uEye FA industrial cameras are particularly robust and therefore ideally suited for demanding environmental conditions, for example in factory automation. Starting in August, IDS will offer three new sensors in the family: The 12 MP (IMX226) and 20.44 MP (IMX183) Sony sensors are true high-performers with high resolution and low noise. For special requirements, the company will also integrate the 5 MP polarisation sensor IMX250MZR.

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Housing of the uEye FA models, lens tubes and the screwable connectors (8-pin M12 Ethernet connector with X-coding and 8-pin Binder connector) meet the requirements of protection class IP65/67. The GigE cameras can be operated either with 12-24 V or alternatively as a PoE setup (Powerover-Ethernet). PoE enables practical single-cable operation up to a maximum length of 100 m. The cameras are typically used for machine vision tasks in industrial plants and quality assurance. Software support is provided, for example, by the modern IDS peak SDK.

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Both the 12 MP rolling shutter sensor IMX226 (4000 x 3000 px) and the 20.44 MP rolling shutter sensor IMX183 (5536 x 3692 px) are part of the Sony STARVIS series. Thanks to BSI technology (“back-side illumination”) they are characterised by exceptional light sensitivity and low noise. The 5 MP polarisation sensor IMX250MZR also enables interesting application scenarios. It shows its strengths especially in low contrast or reflective light and helps to detect scratches on surfaces or the stress distribution within transparent objects. This makes details visible that remain hidden from other sensors. https://en.ids-imaging.com/store/products/cameras/idsinterface-group/ethernet/ids-family/fa.html


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SOFTING INTRODUCES SOFTWARE MODULE FOR CONNECTING MODBUS TCP CONTROLLERS TO IIOT APPLICATIONS

edgeConnector Modbus supports innovative industrial edge solutions. (Source: Softing Industrial)

Softing adds to its Docker technology-based edgeConnector product family. The new edgeConnector Modbus is a flexible Docker container application for Modbus TCP controllers.

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“By using container technology, our edgeConnector products are very quickly started up and running. They are operated on standard hardware and can be managed easily from a central platform. In this way, we offer our customers a simple and secure option for integrating data from production into innovative and flexible Industrial IoT solutions,” says Sebastian Schenk, Product Manager at Softing Industrial.

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All edgeConnector products support state-of-the-art security standards such as SSL/TLS, X.509 certificates, authentication, and data encryption. They are easy to configure locally via an integrated web interface or can be managed remotely via a REST API. For the future, Softing plans to further expand the edgeConnector product family to enable Ethernet/IP connectivity for Rockwell and Omron controllers. There are also plans to expand the configuration options from the cloud. edgeConnector Modbus can be downloaded from online directories such as Docker Hub or Microsoft Azure Marketplace and tested for free. https://industrial.softing.com 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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MORE SAFETY IN HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

The LBK safety radar system enables reliable 3D area monitoring in hash environments.

3D safety systems are a good option for reliably monitoring danger zones. They present a safe alternative, even in harsh environments where e.g. sparks, dirt and dust occur. They are therefore also a solution for applications where previously optical sensors were unable to provide a reliable answer.

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3D system with radar technology For over 50 years, Leuze as a high tech company and pioneer in the field of optical sensors has repeatedly set new technological milestones and standards on the market. Particularly in the area of safety technology, Leuze’s optical safety components, services and solutions can be used for a wide variety of different applications. With the LBK safety radar system, Leuze has now added a new, innovative sensor system to its product range. This system implements an operating principle new to safety technology. As a result, it is also able to provide a solution for applications that previously could not be solved reliably using optical sensors. Even in harsh environments where e.g. sparks, dirt and dust occur. The LBK safeguards danger zones close to machinery and systems using radar technology.

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Detection of objects using radar waves The LBK system operates in a frequency range of 24 GHz. This means that the electromagnetic waves are much shorter than sound or light waves. Unlike light, the radar waves can penetrate non metallic objects. The compact sensors with their integrated antennas emit electromagnetic waves. These waves are reflected off objects. The sensors receive these reflections and then evaluate them. The electromagnetic waves of the LBK radar system are completely harmless to personnel. New applications solved using LBK Utilizing the properties of the radar frequency electromagnetic waves in sensors provides a solution for applications where optical sensors have so far proven unreliable. Even non metallic objects such as dust, welding sparks or chips are penetrated without the sensor being influenced. As a result, the LBK system is particularly suitable for applications in harsh environments. For example in wood or plastic processing. Such applications typically produce a large quantity of particles that are then suspended in the air. However, these particles do not prevent the LBK from performing its task of reliably detecting and protecting


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persons. Even if radar waves penetrate the particles, the latter still reflect a small proportion of the waves. As the quantity of radar waves reflected by a person is significantly different to that reflected by wood chips or moisture, the LBK can detect whether the reflection comes from a person or from non metallic particles. In other words, particles in the air are not detected whereas a person is. The LBK therefore switches off reliably when a person is located in the danger zone. The LBK sensor emits its radar waves in three dimensional space so that not only the surface area but also the volume of this space is monitored. This allows the LBK to detect persons who enter a hazardous area or who are located in this area, regardless of whether they are standing, kneeling or lying.

Flexible in use, easy to install In addition to use in harsh environments, the LBK safety radar system is used primarily for preventing unwanted restarts and for monitoring hidden areas. Users can adapt it to their individual requirements. The system consists of a controller to which up to 6 radar sensors can be connected. The positioning of the sensors, the adjustable operating range and the selectable opening angle allow flexible adaptation of the monitored area to the danger zone. This also allows areas on steps or pedestals to be monitored reliably. The user can define the system parameters using the easy to operate configuration software. Certified safety experts from Leuze are available to assist with configuration and commissioning if required. https://www.schmachtl.at/de https://www.leuze.com/de/DE/

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Detecting human movements The LBK 3D radar system not only operates in a wavelength range new to safety technology. It also uses FMCW, an operating principle which is also new to safety technology. FMCW stands for Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave. Here, the transmission frequency changes within a defined bandwidth. Starting at a fundamental frequency, it increases continuously up to a maximum frequency and then returns to the fundamental frequency again. If a person reflects this signal, it reaches the receiver with a time delay. Subtraction of the reception signal from the transmission signal produces a difference frequency. If the distance between the LBK sensor and the person remains constant, the difference frequency also retains its value. However, if the person moves, the time delay between the transmitted and received signal changes, and therefore also the difference frequency. The faster the person moves, the greater the change in difference frequency will be. In this way, the LBK sensor is able to determine the speed at which the person is moving.

Precise determination of movements This method is also referred to as radar Doppler. It allows movements to be determined with a very high degree of accuracy. The LBK sensor therefore detects not only a moving person, but also a person who is currently standing still, even if the movement is extremely slight. Even if a person is standing still, they are never absolutely motionless – there is always some movement, e.g. from their pulse or heartbeat, etc. The LBK sensor utilizes this to reliably distinguish a person in a danger zone from a static object, e.g. a pallet or material container. The slight movements of a person are sufficient to generate a reliable switch off signal for the machine. As a result, the LBK system interrupts the operating process only if somebody is actually located inside the danger zone. For example, completely static, motionless material containers can be left inside the protected area without them leading to interruption of the operating process. In this way, the LBK system prevents unnecessary downtimes and thereby increases the availability and cost effectiveness of the system. On the other hand, it ensures that the machine only starts to run again when all persons have left the danger zone, and therefore contributes to reliable personnel protection.

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TO PREVENT COUNTERFEITING, THE BEARING GIANTS ARE ADOPTING SIC MARKING TRACEABILITY SOLUTIONS

The bearing market has been facing a scourge of counterfeiting for many years leading to huge consequences. No less than 5.4 million jobs are at stake, as well as a loss of 36 billion euros for the global economy (figures from the World Bearing Association).

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hese alarming figures are prompting major bearing manufacturers around the world to mark their components. On the one hand to facilitate internal traceability and maintenance actions, but above all to improve their corporate identity, by offering distinctive and aesthetic signs.

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Various marking requirements. Every year, millions of bearings are manufactured for numerous sectors such as the automotive and aerospace industries, but also for the energy and medical sectors. Obviously, this large demand generates a wide variety of products, in terms of used materials (steel, ceramic or other treated metals) but also in terms of dimensions (larger or smaller diameters or widths). As a result, marking solutions must easily adapt to these differences.

The marking type is also different. The bearings are marked with a variety of information, ranging from alphanumeric production codes or product data (site or date of manufacture) to Datamatrix codes or logos. The inscriptions must be clear, readable and unalterable. This last point is especially true if the bearings are subject to significant mechanical or thermal stress. In addition to their great modularity, the marking solutions used must be able to adapt to the different parts’ shapes. Consisting, among other things, of an outer and inner ring, it is common to engrave both. This involves flat, circular, concave and convex markings. All of this while considering cycle times that can sometimes be in the order of a second. Laser marking, a cutting-edge technology. SIC MARKING, the world leader in industrial traceability, has been committed for over 30 years to providing the most appropriate marking solutions to meet the challenges of industry. Its experience has enabled the French group to offer a technically superior range of laser marking machines as well as a large number of automatic reading solutions (Datamatrix). SIC MARKING’s integrated lasers are particularly well suited to marking ball bearings, providing clean and permanent results on all materials, from plastics to ceramics to hard

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metals. The various options available, including the 3D function and Autofocus, ensure perfect marking on all bearing surfaces (outer or inner ring). The range is completed by 3 workstations (L-BOX, XL-BOX and XXL-BOX) allowing a dedicated marking station. This can be integrated into a production line or used as a stand-alone marking station. The production of small, medium and even large series is possible. The resizing of the boxes, the creation of specific tooling, the addition of additional movements (Z axis, rotary axis) are options available on request. Personalized support around the world. What makes the strength of the 300 employees’ company, apart from its product quality, is its ability to adapt to the different needs of its customers, perfectly illustrating its knowledge of tailor-made solutions.

With its many years of experience, SIC MARKING was able to offer a customised station, equipped with an IPG 50W laser, marking on the bearing face and an IPG 3D laser, automatically controlled on 2 axes, capable of marking on the part radius. A proofreading system was also integrated in order to proofread the marking directly, as well as a conveyor belt, allowing the machine to be integrated into the production line. In addition to a solution that perfectly met the specifications, SIC MARKING was able to convince the customer thanks to its dedicated organisation, local support via its German subsidiary and a major marking test campaign that mobilised its Laser experts. www.sic-marking.co.uk

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SIC MARKING has 3 competence centres in Europe, America and Asia, enabling it to offer specific solutions, developed and studied locally. Thus, the team dedicated to the customer’s needs is perfectly capable of adapting to the various contacts, whether they are multi-site, process, workshop or line managers. The particulars of the different sites are carefully studied whether it’s the surface area available, the technologies for conveying parts or the environmental constraints. This ability to provide multisite support is highly appreciated by the ETIs and large international groups that place their trust in SIC MARKING.

bearings with diameters ranging from 150 to 600mm. In addition to adapting to the different part sizes, the solution had to be integrated directly into the production line and be able to mark the bearings in two places at the same time, while ensuring that the Datamatrix was read back.

The laser marking specialist had the opportunity to prove the qualities of its solutions by taking up the challenges proposed by a major Swedish ball bearing manufacturer with a presence in Germany. The manufacturer wanted to mark an alphanumeric and Datamatrix code on steel 31 | Industry EMEA | October 2021

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