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Ultrasonic sensors provide alternatives to photoelectrics in more harsh environments

7 The Anybus X-gateway family upgraded to make industrial networking even easier

22 ON CONFLICT MINERALS CHALLENGES AND MOVING BEYOND COMPLIANCE

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KOLLMORGEN

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NEW VERSION OF PCVUE SUPERVISION SOFTWARE

Released in late 2013, PcVue® 11 integrates new tools that simplify application development, maintenance and enhance data viewing and processing.

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RC Informatique introduces PcVue 11, its latest SCADA solution. The company is an independent global SCADA provider with 30 years of experience. Its core product, PcVue®, is a leader in automation. For years, users have been appreciating its flexibility and open-endedness for designing modern supervision systems. It supports an extensive range of industrial protocols and offers a variety of architectures. PcVue® 11’s new libraries, templating and configuration environments will significantly reduce application development time. Application developers now have access to several thousand new images and animated objects (motors, valves, pipes, conveyor belts, displays, etc.) as well as many predefined, instantiable, templates that natively integrate the behaviour of the objects they represent (variables, alarm pop-ups, symbols, processing operations, thresholds, etc.). PcVue® 11 also features sets of libraries for specific fields such as BMS (heat exchangers, air handling

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systems, heating systems, lighting, etc.) and electrical distribution systems (circuit breakers, fault detectors, dynamic coloring, etc.). PcVue® 11 integrates three configuration tools to reduce application configuration times – Application Architect (templating), Application Explorer (configuration and diagnostics) and Smart Generator (automatic application generation). In version 11, Application Explorer enhances diagnostics operations by displaying data flows within PcVue® as well as between PcVue® and external components. Smart Generator imports data from external sources (PLC programs, CAD software, etc.) so that applications can be generated automatically. Configuration data are synchronized and configuration errors are reduced in a single step. Enhanced viewing and processing of data PcVue ® 11 provides operators with tools that facilitate the monitoring and controlling of their processes. Its Web-based schedule manager features a more


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intuitive and user-friendly interface. The new, fully integrated, DataExport module statistically analyses data (min./max., average, duration and recurrence of faults, energy metering) and presents this data in an Excel spreadsheet. Lastly, the TouchVue® solution enables programming-free access, through a smartphone or a tablet computer, to the process information in any PcVue® application and notifies users when alarms are triggered.

and control networks. It also supports all standard IT technologies such as OPC Client/Server, SNMP, SQL Server, Windows Server and virtualization (VmWare® and Hyper-V®). PcVue® 11 is an ideal solution for a host of applications, including building management systems, energy management systems, electricity production and distribution, renewable energies, industry, infrastructure, transport, and water treatment and distribution.

Along with WebVue®, a Web client that allows programming-free Web-based control of PcVue® applications, this module rounds out the PcVue Solutions® mobility offering. PcVue® 11 – open and interoperable PcVue® 11 supports more than 150 protocols. In the case of energy-management applications, PcVue® 11 conforms to the IEC 61850 standard, and its driver is DNV KEMA certified. IEC 60870-5-104 and DNP3 are also available. PcVue® supports the BACnet® and LON® communications protocols for building automation

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HIGH-RESOLUTION LIGHT GRID BLA

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alluff has developed a new, high-resolution light grid for optical object detection with a width of 50 mm and a range of up to 2 meters.

compared and sorted based on minimal differences in size.

Consisting of a transmitter with a highperformance redlight laser and a receiver, the device works completely self-sufficiently, without additional accessories such as PC or special software.

The result of the inspection is then available at two analog and three digital outputs. Starting in May 2014, there will also be a variant with an IO-Link interface.

All settings can be made via a display in the receiver. The high resolution of 0.01 mm opens up many application possibilities. Evaluated are not only the light quantity of the especially homogeneous red laser light, but also the location and position within the light grid. In addition, the emitter and receiver are encased in a rugged industrial housing and can be easily and quickly aligned using the live graphic display on the integrated multi-function display. The user can teach-in up to six different objects using the buttons and can hide obstructions in the measuring field (blanking).

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This way different objects can be reliably detected,

Other applications include presence and height checks.


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ULTRASONIC SENSORS PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES TO PHOTOELECTRICS IN MORE HARSH ENVIRONMENTS

U500 expands the range of the Baumer NextGen sensor portfolio

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ltrasonic sensors provide the coverage needed when optical sensors reach their limits. This is why Baumer has expanded its portfolio of NextGen sensors to include the new U500 Series ultrasonic sensor.

With the same design, dimensions and application concept as its O500 Series photoelectric counterpart, the U500 provides even more flexibility from system planning to implementation. Ultrasonic sensor offers several advantages over photoelectric sensors. The measuring principle makes it possible to detect transparent, high-gloss and multicolored objects - in solid and liquid form. With a sensing distance of up to 1,000 mm, the U500 also offers the greatest range in its class, while also being dust and dirt resistant.

be programmed without causing wear simply by touching it with a ferromagnetic tool. The qTarget feature also saves installation time: by design, the sonic beam angle is aligned to the mounting holes so that the U500 can be incorporated into the CAD design plan early on without fear of alignment issues in production. The U500 sensor is further distinguished by its exceptional reliability and resistance. In addition to its rugged housing (IP67), the new transducer technology also integrates switching output technology and is impervious to dirt, water droplets and cleaning agents.

A further advantage is the narrow, symmetrical sonic beam angle, with a diameter of only 80 mm at an object distance of 500 mm. This allows the U500 to be used in applications with very cramped spaces. As with all NextGen series sensors, the U500 also features the practical qTeach and qTarget technology in addition to the Baumer OneBox design: qTeach allows the sensor to

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SRK SERIES EXTENDED BY NEW DOUBLE LEVEL TERMINALS

The new SRKD double level terminal blocks are available as feed-through terminals with 2 x 2 connections, with four connections, or as protective earth terminals with four connections for all cross section ranges

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ONTA-CLIP has extended its SRK series of screw connection terminal blocks, adding approximately 40 new double level models for nominal wire cross sections between 2.5 mm² and 10 mm².

The new SRKD double level terminal blocks are available as standard models with two potentials and 2 x 2 connections, with four connections on one potential, or as a protective Ground Terminal Block with a snap-on PE foot contact. The new products are compatible to the existing SRK accessory range. CONTA-CLIP will announce further SRKD types later in 2014, such as models with integrated electronics for switching status signaling and models with surge arresters. Just like the established SRK series, the new SRKD units feature a compact housing and provide excellent stability, vibration resistance, and optimal attachment of the wires to the contact point. The terminals are equipped with a large wire entry bay that facilitates the insertion of wires.

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The connection of multiple wires is also possible.

Manufactured from PA 6.6-V0, the terminal’s robust housing safely anchors the metal parts on the inside. The foot construction of the snap-on units ensures a reliable, firm hold on the mounting rail.


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NEW INTERMEDIATE SIZES FOR PARALLEL AND BEVEL HELICAL GEARBOXES

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he Bonfiglioli heavy duty parallel and bevel helical gearboxes HDP and HDO are now more competitive thanks to the incoming new 125 size. HDP 125 and HDO 125 are available in 2, 3 and 4 stages, with a range of reduction ratios from 1:9 to 1:500. They feature an output torque above 49kNm. It improves both series in the torque area between 40KNm (HDP 120) and 70kNm (HDP 130), which is fundamental for the applications of Bonfiglioli customers like feed screws, lifting systems, pumps, conveyors, mixers and mixer-stirrers, etc. The 125 size also features the well-known robustness and reliability of the HDP and HDO series. It shows a brand new external design that will be applied to the whole series in the future. The new size has just been presented for the first time to customers at the Hannover Messe in Germany. A sample of HDP 125 has been shown to customers and visitors.

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INTERPOWER INTERNATIONAL POWER SOURCE

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nterpower® announces a low-cost, convenient source of AC power that lets you test your product before exporting globally. Common operating voltages and frequencies for global electrical products are typically 110-240VAC/50-60Hz.

The Interpower International Power Source provides fast, convenient testing of AC electrical equipment at those common operating voltages and frequencies. Furthermore, it provides seven of the most common country specific AC receptacles ensuring that equipment under test utilizes the proper AC plug. Testing electrical products with the International Power Source during product design stages or in production test prior to export gives you assurance that your global product will perform when the customer receives it. The unit can also be used to simulate brownouts, or drops in voltage in an electrical system.

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The 85521711 and the 85521701 offer output power at 1725VA maximum, low range variable at 10-138VAC at 12.5Ams maximum and a high range variable 10-276VAC at 6.25Ams maximum, 47-450Hz. The 85522211 and 85522201 offer output power at 2200VA maximum.

The Interpower International Power Source is also available to rent at approximately 10% of the purchase price for a one month minimum, with no maximum in rental term. Interpower houses over 4 million components in their warehouse so their customers don’t have to! Interpower Corporation offers a 1-week U.S. manufacturing lead-time on any manufactured product; any quantity…1-week. No minimum order requirements, and specification sheets and pricing are available online. For ordering and technical information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800/662-2290 or order online at www.interpower.com.


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MAJOR RECORD ADVANCE IN THE MOTION CONTROL INDUSTRY: THE GOLD TWITTER - THE SMALLEST ETHERCAT SERVO DRIVE

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lmo Motion Control, a leading provider of advanced and cost-effective motion control solutions, announced a major record-setting advance with the release of its flagship Gold Twitter product, the smallest, high-power servo drive available on the market today.

load”, thus ensuring the high servo performance and saving huge costs in hardware and cabling.

At just 18 grams (less than 1 ounce) in weight, and less than 13 cm3, the Gold Twitter delivers up to 4000 W of qualitative power, ultra high current such as 50 A / 100 V with the most advanced servo capabilities and support for EtherCAT and CANopen field-bus communication standards for deployment in a variety of application configurations, compliant with international safety, EMC standards and STO certification.

The Gold Twitter runs optimally on any servo motor and operates in current, velocity, and advanced position modes.

“At a record-setting power density while delivering ultra high power of 4000 W, we improved the efficiency by 200%, reduced the volume by 75% and increased the power density by more than 400%. The GOLD Twitter is an excellent solution for applications that require very high servo performance but are very limited with space. In addition, the GOLD Twitter is rugged to meet the growing needs to mount the drives “on the motor”, “next to the motor”, or “on the moving mechanical

We’re not aware of anything in the industry that approaches this power and size density,” Haim Monhait, Elmo CEO concluded.

The Gold Twitter supports “any feedback” sensor in single, dual and gantry loop configurations. Based on the premise that “the best way to dissipate heat is not to generate it in the first place,” the Gold Twitter incorporates Elmo’s proprietary FASST (Fast and Soft Switching Technology) resulting in >99% efficiency with negligible EMI. Easily set up and tuned using the Windows® based Elmo Application Studio II (EASII) software, Gold Twitter servo drive can operate as a single-axis control solution or as part of a multi-axis control system in a distributed configuration real-time network. Among its expanded features, the Gold Twitter incorporates a powerful internal breaking shunt resistor and multi extended I/O interface.

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«CAN FD» CHALLENGES FIELDBUSES AND INDUSTRIAL ETHERNET IN SPECIAL PURPOSE MACHINERY

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AN FD offers an opportunity to use existing CAN systems and CAN knowledge even when demands are high for number of nodes, transfer rates, and cycle times. Thomas Waggershauser from HMS explains how.

CAN-based systems are frequently used in special purpose machinery – both in standardized protocols such as CANopen and in proprietary solutions. The advantages of CAN-based machine networking are the simple data structure in the network, inexpensive and highly flexible implementation, easy extensibility of existing networks and convenient analysis of the system in the event of a failure. Possible applications for CAN FD The growing demands in the number of nodes, transfer rates, and cycle times, lead to bottlenecks that the limitations of classic CAN (8 data bytes and 1 Mbit/s data rate) cannot fulfil: The data rate that depends on the network expansion and the short data length for service and analogue data play a particular role here. In daily use, these limitations are often circumvented by means of compromises: The division of the system into different network segments in various applications – or

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even into parallel networks – means that the existing technology is constantly being exhausted, which has often led to solutions that are complex and expensive in terms of configuration, setup and maintenance. In principle, a switch to high-performance industrial Ethernet technologies would be possible. The increased level of investment usually necessary and the change in the data structures and mode of thinking for the configuration, in particular for time-controlled systems, often represent a considerable challenge in extensive networks. In addition, a switch in tools for development, commissioning and service is necessary, which often deters many users from a complete conversion. At the same time, there is a desire to continue to use existing know-how in a useful manner. This is where CAN FD plays a role: CAN FD (CAN with flexible data rate) is an extended version of the well-known «classic» CAN introduced by Bosch in 2012 and that significantly extends the usable data rate and usable data length. On the other hand, tried-and-tested CAN concepts have been retained: arbitration based on message IDs,


expansion of 40 m up to 1 Mbit/s is possible, but at 250 m extension this drops to as low as 250 kBit/s. To significantly increase the data rate without changing the existing communications technology, CAN FD works with two different bit rates. The «arbitration rate» for the control commands (including arbitration, message type, end detection and acknowledgement) is dependent on the propagation speed and thereby on the network extension. By contrast, a second «data bit rate» is optionally also used – for the data content and data security. At this point in time, only the message transmitter occupies the bus, which means that direct feedback within the bit time is unnecessary. The maximum achievable data rate is therefore only dependent on the transmission characteristic of the transmission medium, and not the signal ropagation. CAN FD networks currently enable productive use with 8 MBit/s, whereby the CAN FD standard permits up to 15 Mbit/s. This bit rate has also been successfully used in various test systems. The two data rates are set independently of one another in the CAN FD controller using two bit timing registers. Switching between the two data rates is performed using two control bits in the protocol. The first bit reserved up till now is used as the «Extended Data Length» bit (EDL), and defines a CAN FD message due to its recessive level. The actual bit rate switch is performed by a newly added bit, the «Bit Rate Switch» bit (BRS), in which a switch to the higher bit rate is made at sampling time. Switching back is performed at the time that the CRC restriction bit is sampled.

event-driven dispatch of messages and acknowledgement of messages received by means of the acknowledgement bit. Improved data rate Message acknowledgement by receivers, which is used in classic CAN, offers a wide range of advantages by means of confirming the success of the transmission within the transmitted message – potential transmission errors are quickly detected and the data can be retransmitted extremely quickly. Arbitration of the messages based on the CAN identifier also offers advantages for control applications by avoiding collisions during data transmission and providing short latency times for high-priority messages even at higher bus loads. The disadvantage of the methods used is that at sampling time, the same bus level must exist at all nodes to avoid faults. Accordingly, a bit interval must make sufficient signal propagation time available between the two most remote nodes in a network, including their bus activation. The bit interval and consequently also the data rate are thus directly dependent on the network extension; at an

The control data is still transmitted using the well-known lower bit rates, thereby limiting the achievable data rates. By increasing the user data area to up to 64 bytes, more data can be sent in fast transfer mode, thereby effectively increasing the data rate. Classic CAN provides only 8 data bytes, which is no longer sufficient for many data applications, e.g. for transmitting high-precision analogue values or for controlling a multi-axle robot with its diverse encoding values and drive commands. To this, service data must also be added, which up to now has significantly reduced the effectiveness due to the transport protocols required for transmission of more than 8 bytes. CAN FD now provides the option to use up to 64 data bytes. In so doing, larger data blocks can be transmitted in a single message – particularly in the case of process data, more complex devices can now be completely controlled using only a single process message. For service data, the necessity for transport protocols is reduced, as a single CAN FD message is often only required for configuration data and similar.

To prevent extending the control data unnecessarily, CAN FD also uses only 4 bits for the data length code – the values 0 to 8 are taken directly from classic CAN. The values

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Image 1 that were up to now undefined (9 to 15, i.e. 1001 to 1111) are used for the new, extended data lengths: besides 0 to 8 bytes, 12, 16, 20, 24, 32, 48 and 64 bytes are now also available for the user data. Data lengths that differ form these are not possible, that is, unused areas must be padded with «filler values». Besides the fast transmission of the data area, the effectively usable data rate can be significantly increased using CAN FD, and the cycle time can be considerably reduced. In this manner, a CAN FD network with 500 kBit arbitration, 4 MBit data transmission and 64 data bytes can achieve an effective data rate of over 5 MBit/s. The combining of multiple independent data packets into a single message means that data administration is made considerably simpler, as the individual messages no longer need to be synchronised with one another at great cost. The fast transmission of larger data packets by comparison to classic CAN enables transfer of 8 times the data volume (64 bytes) in roughly the same time that would be required for a classic 8-byte CAN message. In this way, high-priority messages can be transmitted much more quickly and the real-time capability improved.Data security is an important topic: Despite the increased data packet size in comparison to classic CAN, CAN FD fulfils the same requirements in respect of data security. This is achieved by using longer CRC check keys with adapted algorithms, for example. Depending on the number of data bytes transmitted, one of three different CRC algorithms is used: the previous CRC formula for messages with up to 8 data bytes, as well as two enhanced algorithms with up to 16 data bytes or more than 16 data bytes for messages. The algorithm to be used by the CAN controller is determined by the data length code. For improved data security, additional suggestions have been implemented. As a result, the CRC in CAN FD

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messages always starts with a stuff bit; after another 5 bits an additional stuff bit is included – contrary to the CAN stuff bit rule, this is independent of the bit values of the previous bits. Each stuff bit has the complementary value of the previous bit. One disadvantage of switching from CAN to faster communications systems is the frequent requirement for a complete conversion: All CAN participants must be adapted to the new system, e.g. EtherCAT. Alternatively the machine controller can be extended to use multiple heterogeneous networks. Both procedures offer advantages and disadvantages. Using CAN FD, an additional «gentler» option is now also available: As CAN FD controllers can be used as classic CAN nodes as well, all network nodes can be gradually replaced by CAN FD-capable devices. As soon as the entire network is CAN FD-capable, the advantages of CAN FD can be used to the fullest extent. This is of particular interest for special purpose machinery, as network participants that cannot be replaced by freely available nodes are often also used here – in particular customer-specific devices or internally developed devices. A number of solutions are available for the development of CAN FD-based devices and networks – in particular PC-CAN FD interface cards for a wide range of PC interfaces, for example the IXXAT CAN-IB 500/600 PCIe cards from HMS Networks. These CAN cards contain a comprehensive range of driver packages for Windows, Linux and other operating systems, and allow easy connection into existing systems and quick addition of existing software packages to CAN FD networks as they support CAN and CAN FD. Besides the hardware interfaces with the relevant driver software, test and analysis tools are required for the effective implementation of CAN FD. In this regard, HMS will shortly be offering a high-performance complete solution


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at a convincing price by way of a CAN FD-capable version of the well-known IXXAT canAnalyser. Besides the tools mentioned above, there are further important aspects for using CAN FD in a production environment. It is advisable to apply standardised higher protocols for use in industrial applications: in CiA (CAN in Automation) work is being done on converting CANopen to CAN FD – the CANopen V5 specification, which also contains extensions for CAN FD, is expected to be available towards the middle of this year. An additional, important aspect for using CAN FD lies in inexpensive microcontrollers that are available in quantities, with integrated CAN/CAN FD controllers. Devices available up till now mostly use FPGAs with CAN FD IP cores. Microcontrollers with integrated CAN FD logic are often high-performance components with multiple CPU cores for complex controller devices in vehicles. Until simple, costeffective microcontrollers with integrated CAN FD support become available, FPGA-based systems represent the most flexible solution. CAN FD extends the application area for CAN-based solutions by means of significantly improved data rates, a simple configuration and the retention of analysis options known from classic fieldbuses. The impending availability of CANopen for CAN FD means that the new network system can be implemented in the industrial sector, and offers an effective solution for networks with a data rate of 100 kbit/sec to 5 Mbit/sec. With the option to use the higher data rates or the extended data framework individually or in combination, the flexible design of CAN FD makes it extremely suitable as an adaptable fieldbus system for special purpose machinery. Image 1: Advantages of CAN FD - 1In this example, configuration data totalling 42 bytes is transmitted. To do this in classic CAN, a transport protocol must be implemented

to be able to transmit the entire data quantity in 8-byte messages. The example is based on a model transport protocol that only uses the first data byte for controlling the data stream. This means that up to 7 bytes are still available for each CAN message. Depending on the transport protocol implemented, additional data fields can be necessary for control. Below this, by comparison, a single CAN FD message with 48 bytes of user data, which can replace the 6 classic CAN messages required. As the data is also transmitted at a higher bit rate in the CAN FD message shown above, this CAN FD message needs significantly less bus time than the classic CAN messages. In addition, the use of a single CAN FD message here significantly simplifies the administration of the data stream. Image 2: Advantages of CAN FD 2 This figure shows the CAN messages displayed in Fig. 1 in a single timeline: for classic CAN a data rate of 250 kBit/s is assumed here. For messages with 8 bytes of user data (1 byte for the transport protocol and 7 bytes of user data in the example) and the maximum possible number of stuff bits, a classic CAN message requires around 500 µs bus time. If the transmitting node is able to send all six messages consecutively without delay, the bus will be completely blocked for three milliseconds for transmitting the 42 bytes of user data. By comparison, a CAN FD message with 48 bytes of user data, 250 kBit/s arbitration rate and 2 MBit/s data bit rate occupies the bus for only approx. 365 µs – also with the maximum number of stuff bits. The significantly quicker data transmission also improves the real-time behaviour of CAN systems due to the markedly shorter response times, and at the same time increases the data rate and reduces the complexity of data administration!

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OLDHAM’S BM 25 TO REMAIN IN ITS PRODUCT PORTFOLIO

Transportable, Multi-Gas Area Monitor with Five Simultaneous “Plug & Play” Sensors

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ldham is pleased to confirm that the popular multi-gas area monitor, the BM 25, remains in its product range after the sale of Oldham to Industrial Safety Technologies (IST) on October 31, 2013.

The BM 25, originally designed by Oldham, has always been manufactured Oldham since its original launch, and will continue in the Oldham business under IST ownership. Powered by a NiMH battery pack, the BM 25 offers up to 170 hours of continuous run time. Other standard features include STEL and TWA values, as well as a datalogging capacity of more than four months.

temporary work applications, team protection, area surveillance or places where fixed detection systems are not suitable. The BM 25 has been sold in more than 60 countries and with ATEX and CSA certifications, will continue to be available globally from Oldham. Contact your local Oldham sales representative, or visit our website at www.oldhamgas.com for more information on the BM 25.

Multiple units can be grouped using optional alarm transfer kits. This protects larger areas by transferring alarms from one BM 25 to the next. An intrinsically safe trickle charger is also available for long-term area monitoring in classified zones. The BM 25 is a rugged, durable mobile monitoring system with global certifications, long run times, flexible signal options, and a wide array of applications. The device detects one to five gases for mobile or

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450 BLISTERS PER MINUTE

To make the machine user friendly for the OEM, easy software development was done using the Pipe Network™ which is one of the key differentiators by Kollmorgen.

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nparalleled innovations and passion to shape up the future of India is what best describes Kollmorgen. Not resting on its past laurels, Kollmorgen exhibits relentless performance, ensuring reliability and quality by way of products and solutions it offers. Bringing in latest technological innovations, Kollmorgen is participating in strengthening the packaging & metal forming market segment in a big way. It is in this pursuit of excellence, Kollmorgen has supplied the complete automation solution to IMA PG for their PG Express machine. IMA-PG India Private Limited is a pioneer in the field of Thermoforming machines in India having introduced its first machine in 1978. It is today well-respected for its ability to innovate and engineer solutions to meet constantly changing demands. It offers a complete range of packaging solutions that includes machines for applications such as cartoning, rotary vacuum forming, rotary sealing, flat sealing and tube-filling besides of end-of-line packaging. Kollmorgen has been associated with IMA PG for the last two years where they have supplied Automation Solution products like Motion Controller, HMI, Servo drives, Servo Motors, I/Os, etc. Through world-class knowledge in

motion, industry-leading quality, and deep expertise in linking and integrating standard and custom products, Kollmorgen provides OEMs with the competitive advantage they need to succeed. PG Express machine is a blister packaging machine which is used for forming blisters. Blister is a pack of some tablets (e.g. 10, 4, 5, 1 etc.) made as per design which is used to hold the tablet. This machine is manufactured by IMA PG from the last three to four years but this was the first machine where Kollmorgen supplied the entire automation solution. It is a 3 axis machine used for Indexing, feeding and punching the blister. Major flow of machine operation is formation of blister, dropping of the actual tablet, sealing of the blister and finally cutting of the blister. Kollmorgen has improved the machine speed through excellent system performance. The machine can now produce upto 450 blisters per minute thus making production much faster. However, the OEM started developing obstacles in controlling the temperature which is a critical aspect of this machine because sealing is dependent on the effective temperature control. If the temperature is not controlled properly then the quality of final blister would be bad & it won’t be sellable in market. When the OEM approached Kollmorgen with this problem,


The machine can now produce upto 450 blisters per minute thus making production much faster. Currently the P G Express machine is installed at a leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in India and is running successfully from last eight months...

they were quick to respond. An inbuilt function for temperature control was installed which is around 15 times faster than the external controllers. This saves additional PID controller costs and more importantly it results in better quality and less wastage. The program is controlled using AKD PDMM controller. This is a drive based motion controller with integrated PLC functionality, which is specially designed for small and compact machines typically used in packaging machines. AKD PDMM brings high performance PLC and Motion Control into technologically advanced machines. The integrated Motion Controller can synchronize up to 8 axes with 250 µs cycle time. It supports various motion control functions from simple point to point positioning to linear and circular interpolation. PDMM can take care of PLC logic, temperature control, motion control, HMI control & drive control for entire packaging machine.To allow the highest flexibility and freedom of programming, Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ software has been used where PLC logic, HMI programming, Motion control & drive control are all integrated at one place. It complies with IEC 61131-3 standard for programming languages. To make the machine user friendly for the OEM, easy software development was done using the Pipe Network™

which is one of the key differentiators by Kollmorgen. The software development was done in just 10 days as compared to 45 days by competitors thus saving valuable time and money for the client. With the Pipe Network™ it is possible to get rid of mechanical components (e.g. gear, cam) in the machine by defining equivalent motion blocks in the software. This is extremely user friendly, easy to implement & easy to troubleshoot. The user simply needs to draw the scheme & ultimately connect to the machine axes as per requirements. All necessary interconnections are done automatically in the program. The biggest benefit for programmer & end user is the ease of programming & troubleshooting with clear visual understanding of the scheme. At Kollmorgen, the “after sales service and support” to the customer is of prime importance. In this case the first commissioning of the machine was done with the help of global expertise in this kind of application.

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FIRST PICTURE WITH JUST ONE CLICK: THE NEW BAUMER GAPI SDK

New SDK allows ease of set up for cameras in diverse applications

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ll Baumer GigE and USB3 Vision cameras are now available with the newly released version 2.2 of the Baumer GAPI software development kit (SDK).

Thanks to end-to-end compliance with the GenICam standard, the peak-performance programming interface enables easy implementation of Baumer cameras into diverse applications. In addition, the new improvement allows integration into application-specific environments. As another new feature, the cameras now support USB3 Vision standard. The further enhanced Camera Explorer is intuitive to operate, delivers the first picture with just one click and allows for easy camera evaluation. Numerous sample programs and documentation support camera integration.

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Baumer GAPI version 2.2 supports the C++ and C# programming languages under Windows or Linux and can be used with all Baumer GigE and USB cameras.


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EXTENDING THE BARRIERS OF POWER DENSITY ELMO EXHIBITS ITS ULTRA HIGH CURRENT SMALLEST SIZE SERVO DRIVE

Gold Bee Nano Drive Delivers Ultra High Current of 50 A / 100 VDC in Harsh Environments

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lmo Motion Control, a leading provider of smart and super-efficient motion control solutions, demonstrates its new record in servo power density: over 4000 W out of only 8.7 cm3 (0.53 inch3). In addition to its superior servo performance and its ultrasmall size, the GOLD BEE was designed and qualified to operate in extreme environmental conditions from -40° C to + 70° C, and mechanical vibrations up to 14 GRMS.

heat dissipation capabilities, and operate in extreme environments.

The GOLD BEE is new member of Elmo’s GOLD Line servo drives and thus includes all the capabilities, features and functionalities of the “field proven” GOLD Core.

We’re not aware of any product on the market today that attains this performance, power or size density”, Haim Monhait, Elmo CEO concluded.

The GOLD BEE, as any other GOLD Drive, is capable in conjunction to the EASII software (Elmo Application Studio II) to optimize the control results of any servo mechanism.

The GOLD BEE operates in current, velocity, and advanced position modes in conjunction with a permanent-magnet synchronous DC brush and brushless motors, and linear motor or voice coil. The GOLD BEE supports a wide variety of feedback sensors in single, dual and gantry loop configurations.

“The GOLD BEE is a real world record. We improved the efficiency by 200%, reduced the volume by 75% and increased the power density by more than 400%. Customers’ needs are challenging us to dramatically improve the power / size factor. The GOLD BEE is our solution for applications that have critical space constraints, requires a powerful servo, limited

Actually, the servo control of winglets was our motivation to go even ‘”Smarter, Smaller, and Simpler”. Our very high powerful ultra-small servo drives enable “electrical motion control” of winglets, that significantly enhances the dynamics of the missile and thus reaching the required performance.

Based on the premise that “the best way to dissipate heat is not to generate it in the first place,” the GOLD BEE incorporates Elmo’s proprietary FASST (Fast and Soft Switching Technology) resulting in >99% efficiency with negligible EMI.

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THE ANYBUS X-GATEWAY FAMILY UPGRADED TO MAKE INDUSTRIAL NETWORKING EVEN EASIER

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nybus X-gateways are used in thousands of industrial applications all over the world to enable communication between two industrial networks (fieldbus or industrial Ethernet). These popular “network translators” are now modernized as HMS Industrial Networks introduces a new version of Anybus X-gateways, designed to meet the future of the automation industry. The new version contains several new features, but is fully backwards compatible meaning that existing users can easily upgrade to the new version without hassle. The new X-gateway comes with a USB interface, enabling the users to easily connect the gateway to a PC and configure the network communication via the Windows-based tool “Anybus Configuration Manager.” No programming is necessary. The new housing with upright design requires less rack space and enables easier installation in the switching cabinet. The flexible design also allows mounting on the side (flat) similar to the previous version of the X-gateway. Additionally, X-gateway now offers even lower power consumption. As part of the new release, HMS introduces connectivity to CC-Link IE Field in the X-gateway family. Furthermore, several of the industrial Ethernet versions now include integrated dual-port Ethernet interfaces with an integrated

switch, removing the need for external switches. “This new version of the Anybus X-gateway will provide machine builders, system integrators, OEMs and end users with a modern communication gateway that is very easy to use when it comes to configuration and integration,” comments Markus Bladh, Product Manager at HMS. “The X-gateway product family is a proven and trusted solution already in place in thousands of industrial automation plants. For these existing users, HMS ensures backwards compatibility within their industrial automation systems – keeping the same high performance, reliability and low latency.“ Anybus X-gateways help system integrators to easily interconnect any two networks, enabling consistent information flow throughout the entire plant. In today’s industrial installations, one common problem is that there is often more than one control system and industrial network. Most new factory upgrades need to integrate Fieldbus with Industrial Ethernet. Connecting these similar or dissimilar control systems and networks can be a challenge. With over hundreds of individual Master/Slave and Slave/Slave versions, Anybus X-gateways allows users to connect almost any possible combination of industrial networks.


EPLAN WITH THREE NEW SUBSIDIARIES: JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA AND TURKEY

«Our customers, who are largely active in international circles, profit from our extensive presence in the global market and a uniformly high-quality level with respect to services», explains Haluk Menderes, Managing Director of Eplan Software & Service.

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ith currently over 700 employees, solution provider Eplan is pushing forward with its expansionary course in the year of its 30th anniversary: new subsidiaries have been founded in Japan and South Africa. Customers in Turkey will shortly also be able to profit from the direct presence of the CAE specialist. Until now, the three countries have been sup-ported by cooperation partners.Eplan is pushing forward with its international expansion course: Japan, South Africa and Turkey are the new direct sales locations of the engineering software provider. At the start of the year, Eplan Software & Services K.K. was founded with its headquarters in Tokyo. Establishment of the branch is progressing with Shinya Nito as Managing Director and Dr. Carsten Metelmann as International Sales Director. This move involves intensive collaboration onsite with sister company Rittal, which has been active on the Japanese market for the last 25 years with system solutions for control cabinet engineering. Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for software and manufacturing industry. Eplan intends to participate more intensively in the fastpaced development of softwarebased engineering, and at the same time can bring its expertise

into play in the course of globalisation. Within the last year, Mitsubishi Electric has accepted Eplan into its eF@ctory Alliance partner programme. At the start of June, the new subsidiary Eplan Software & Services (Pty) Ltd. started trading in South Africa under the leadership of Managing Director Johan Reyneke. The office was established in Edenvale near Johannesburg and is thus also a neighbour of Rittal. From here, the Eplan Platform will be marketed with its integrative systems for electrical and fluid power engineering, control cabinet engineering and harness design. Gradually, services such as training and consulting will be established and the sales team will be further expanded. Until formation of the new subsidiary, Eplan had been represented in South Africa for ten years by a co-operation partner and was able to continuously expand on its commercial success. Above all, the automotive sector offers great potential. A further subsidiary is being established in Turkey: at the start of July 2014, Eplan Yazılım ve Yazılım Hizmetleri A.S. will commence trading in Istanbul. Under the leadership of Managing Director Özgür Emekli, the team will directly and comprehensively serve the sectors of machine construction and plant construction, through to the automotive industry

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FIRST PRODUCTS IN ANYBUS® COMPACTCOM™ 40-SERIES OFFER FAST COMMUNICATION TO ETHERCAT, POWERLINK, ETHERNET/IP, PROFINET AND PROFIBUS

The Anybus CompactCom range of embedded communication solutions from HMS Industrial Networks have provided automation devices with connectivity to any fieldbus or industrial Ethernet network for more than a decade. With the new Anybus CompactCom 40-series, HMS now introduces a new technology generation.

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he existing Anybus CompactCom 30-series (based on the Anybus NP30 network processor) has been installed in millions of automation devices and systems around the world and is tailored for general purpose automation such as AC drives, weigh scales, valves, barcode scanners, sensors, HMIs etc. The new CompactCom 40-series is based on HMS’ Anybus NP40 network processor and is especially suitable for high-end industrial applications that require fieldbus or real-time Ethernet connectivity. Offering close to ”zero delay” between devices and real-time networks, the 40-series is ideal for high-performance applications such as servo drive systems, which require fast network cycles and synchronization capabilities.The CompactCom 40-series will support all major industrial networks, and the first release in April 2014 includes connectivity to EtherCAT, POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET and PROFIBUS.

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Like all CompactCom solutions, the 40-series covers all types of industrial networks — traditional fieldbuses as well as industrial Ethernet. Device manufacturers that choose to use CompactCom get access to all networks through one single development project, during which the user simply integrates the generic Anybus interface (hardware/

software). After this, any CompactCom 40-series product can be connected, offering instant connectivity to industrial networks. The CompactCom 40-series extends the level of flexibility even further since it uses a common reprogrammable hardware to support several Ethernet networks. For example, it is possible to install the CompactCom 40-series Ethernet hardware into an industrial device and simply download ready-made firmware to connect to the desired network (for example POWERLINK, EtherNet/IP, PROFINET IRT or EtherCAT). Three form factors – Chip, Brick and Module Anybus CompactCom comes in three different form factors offering different levels of hardware integration to automation devices: CompactCom Chip: A full network connectivity solution on a single chip for integration into the user’s PCB design. CompactCom Brick: Ideal for users who have limited space or want to add their own choice of network connectors. CompactCom Module: Complete and interchangeable communication modules that offer the fastest time to market.


FAST, EASY, FLEXIBLE: USB 3.0 BOARD LEVEL CAMERAS

New board-mount models allow greater flexibility in cramped installation spaces

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aumer further develops the MX camera series by adding the fast USB 3.0 interface and additional performance features, increasing added value for users in industrial image processing installations or medical and laboratory technology.

Diverse application possibilities, easy USB connection and maximum flexibility in minimal installation spaces characterize the ten new camera models.

integration. The USB 3.0 interface allows for a single cable solution for data transmission and power supply. The small, remote 28.5 x 28.5 mm sensor head is connected to the system printed circuit board by flexprint with only an 8.2 mm overall height. This allows the utmost flexibility in camera integration where space is very limited.

MX Series models are available with resolutions from VGA to 4 megapixels and high performance Sony CCD and CMOSIS sensors. Fast motion sequences are detected at up to 160 frames per second and global shutter sensors in monochrome and color. The MX Series’ proven large range of functions, including sequencer or storable user sets and matching Baumer GAPI SDK v.2.2 software, round out the benefits of the new USB 3.0 board level cameras. All models are certified in accordance with the new USB3 Vision standard, making them compatible with software libraries for industrial image processing such as NI LabVIEW, MVTec HALCON or Matrox Imaging Library. Plug-and-play functionality enables quick and easy camera

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ON CONFLICT MINERALS CHALLENGES AND MOVING BEYOND COMPLIANCE

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ertain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A broad range of public, private, and civil society groups have been working to bring light to this issue and, in recent years, legislation has been passed to address this problem. In 2010, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was put forth in the US Congress to address the problem of conflict minerals by requiring publicly listed companies to disclose their use of specific minerals originating in the DRC and adjoining countries. In 2012, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its final rule to implement the requirements in the Dodd-Frank Act. This was the first legislation of its kind in the United States. Canada and the European Union are taking similar steps to address conflict minerals through legislation and it should be expected that many other countries will follow. The legislative aim of the current conflict minerals regulation is to bring transparency to the supply chain

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so that financial links to armed groups can be identified. Indeed, with requirements for due diligence, reporting, and public disclosure, the legislation has been designed to ensure accountability and discourage companies from doing business in ways that ultimately support exploitation and conflict. There is also potential for unintended consequences to arise from this legislation. In aiming first and foremost to ensure conflict-free supply chains, many companies are deciding to source from outside of the DRC and its adjoining countries altogether. A mass disengagement from these economies is having clear impacts on local poverty and, as highlighted in comments to the SEC proposed rule, this could even create drivers for conflict. Thus, it is important to highlight that constructive engagement with mineral supply chains originating in conflict areas is the most effective solution to the difficult problem of conflict minerals.

WHAT ARE THE CONFLICT MINERALS? Commonly referred to as ‘3TG’, tantalum (columbitetantalite), tin (cassiterite), tungsten (wolframite), and gold make up the class of conflict minerals for which the legislation presently applies. The US State Department and Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank define it as such, as


Points to consider when determining if conflict minerals are necessary to “functionality or production” include the following: tIf it is intentionally added to the product or any component of the product tIf it is necessary to the produc t’s generally expected function, use, or purpose tIf it is incorporated for purposes of ornamentation, decoration or embellishment WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT? This legislation will likely affect a range of industries, including electronics, aerospace, medical devices, jewelry, apparel, and more. The SEC estimates that approximately 6,000 issuers will be directly affected and that many others will be indirectly affected, including issuer and non-issuer suppliers, with an estimate of initial compliance costs between $3 billion and $4 billion, and an estimate of subsequent annual costs in the range of $200 million and $600 million. THE COMPLIANCE PROCESS The process for compliance can be broken down into three steps: 1. DETERMINE IF THE RULE APPLIES TO YOUR COMPANY. tAn issuer needs to determine whether its products contain minerals that subject it to Dodd–Frank Section 1502. 2. DETERMINE WHETHER CONFLICT MINERALS ARE FROM SCRAP OR RECYCLED SOURCES AND IF THEY ORIGINATE IN THE COVERED COUNTRIES.

does the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in their Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from ConflictAffected and High-Risk Areas. Of course, other minerals can be included in this distinction on a voluntary basis in accordance with a company’s sourcing practices and identified risks related to sourcing from politically unstable countries. It is also conceivable that other minerals may be classified as ‘conflict minerals’ under US or other legislation in the future. WHERE ARE THE COVERED COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN? Minerals mined in the DRC may pass through numerous locations in neighboring countries as they are shipped to processing facilities. Thus, the Dodd-Frank Act applies to minerals that originate in the DRC as well as its adjoining countries. WHO IS AFFECTED? All US-based and foreign issuers to the SEC under Sections 13(a) and 15(d) of the Exchange Act that manufacture or contract to manufacture products for which “conflict minerals are necessary to the functionality or production ”fall under the scope of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. An issuer that only services, maintains, or repairs a product containing conflict minerals is not affected.

tAll affected issuers are required to conduct a ‘reasonable country of origin inquiry’ (RCOI). tAn issuer that knows or reasonably believes that its conflict minerals did come from scrap or recycled sources or did not originate in the Covered Countries must briefly describe their RCOI in a Form SD (Specialized Disclosure Report) but does not need to move on to Step 3. 3. AN ISSUER WITH CONFLICT MINERALS THAT ARE POSSIBLY NOT FROM SCRAP OR RECYCLED SOURCES AND THAT POSSIBLY DID ORIGINATE IN THE COVERED COUNTRIES NEEDS TO EXERCISE DUE DILIGENCE. tIf an issuer believes that its conflict minerals possibly did not come from scrap or recycled sources and possibly did originate in the Covered Countries, it must exercise due diligence. tIf, after exercising due diligence, an issuer can determine that its conflict minerals did come from scrap or recycled sources or did not originate in the Covered Countries, it must describe its RCOI and due diligence measures in a Form SD, but the issuer is not required to submit a Conflict Minerals Report (CMR). tIf an issuer cannot determine that its conflict minerals are not from scrap or recycled sources or that they did not originate in the Covered Countries,it must submit a Conflict

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Minerals Report as an exhibit to the Form SD.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR DELIVERABLES? All issuers that are subject to Dodd-Frank Section 1502 are required to file a Form SD, the Specialized Disclosure Report. It is thus important to understand what this form entails. Below is an overview of the elements that may need to be included in a Form SD. Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) The RCOI must be conducted in good faith and must be reasonably designed to determine country of origin. All issuers are required to describe their RCOI and the results thereof in the Form SD. The issuer is also required to disclose this information on its publicly accessible website and provide a link to that website in the Form SD.

In these cases, the Conflict Minerals Report shall include: tThe country of origin of the minerals,if known tThe facilities used to process theconflict minerals, if known tAny efforts made to determine the mine or location of origin with the greatest possible specificity, if applicable tThe steps the issuer has taken, if any, since the period covered by its last report, or the steps that the issuer will take to mitigate the risk that its conflict minerals may benefit armed groups tThe steps, if any, the issuer has taken to improve its due diligence If the issuer’s products are “DRC conflict undeterminable,” an independent private sector audit of the Conflict Minerals Report is not mandatory.

Some issuers will need to exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of their conflict minerals. The due diligence process must be based on a nationally or internationally recognized framework. One example of such a framework is the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from ConflictAffected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Due Diligence Guidance). This framework has special supplements to ensure the particularities of the different supply chains for gold and the 3TGs are manageable.

The “undeterminable” reporting option relates differently to smaller and larger issuers. For larger issuers, the option will be allowed only during the first two fiscal years (2014-2016). For smaller issuers, this alternative will be permitted during the first four fiscal years (2014-2018). At the first reporting deadlines after the transition periods (31 May 2016 for larger issuers, 31 May 2018 for smaller issuers), an issuer with “undeterminable” products will need to identify them as “not been found to be DRC conflict free” in the Conflict Minerals Report.

An issuer required to exercise due diligence must describe its initial RCOI and subsequent due diligence process and the results thereof in the Form SD. The issuer is also required to disclose this information on its publicly accessible website and provide a link to that website in the Form SD.

INITIATIVES DERIVED FROM THE OECD DUE DILIGENCE GUIDANCE

The Conflict Minerals Report should specify:

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Issuers submitting Conflict Minerals Reports that are unable to determine whether their products are “DRC conflict free” are allowed to describe their products as “DRC conflict undeterminable” during a transitional period.

The due diligence process must conform to a nationally or internationally recognized framework if available.

If an issuer cannot determine that its conflict minerals are not from scrap or recycled sources or that they are not from the Covered Countries, it must submit a Conflict Minerals Report as an exhibit to the Form SD. The report must describe the measures taken to exercise due diligence over the source and chain of custody of the conflict minerals.

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tThe country of origin of the conflict minerals tAny efforts made to determine the mine or location of origin with the greatest possible specificity tThe facilities used for processing the conflict minerals, such as the smelter or refinery tA description of any products that are not “DRC conflict free” An issuer must have an independent private sector audit (IPSA) of its Conflict Minerals Report. It is estimated that 6,000 issuers will be subject to Dodd-Frank Section 1502 and that 75% will need to file an independently audited Conflict Minerals Report.

There are a number of responsible sourcing initiatives which ensure conformance with the due diligence recommendations of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. These include the Responsible Jewellery Council’s Code of Practices and Chain of Custody Standard (RJC), the World Gold Council’s Conflict-free Gold Standard, the EICC’s Conflict Free Smelter Initiative, the London Bullion Market Association’s Responsible Gold Guidance, and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre’s Responsible Sourcing Guidance. Not all will apply to your business, and some


seek to assure more than the business practices and human rights issues prioritized by the OECD Due Diligence Guidance. HOW BUREAU VERITAS CAN HELP TRAINING Bureau Veritas, in partnership with Estelle Levin Ltd. (ELL), offers public training to issuer and non-issuer manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors to educate them on conflict minerals regulations and to present the solutions available to address their challenges and build capacity for action. SYSTEMS GAP ASSESSMENTS As regulatory deadlines approach, organizations need to ensure that their conflict minerals due diligence systems are effective and meet Dodd-Frank requirements. Bureau Veritas offers to review due diligence systems to identify any gaps between organizations’ existing systems and the recommendations outlined in the OECD Due Diligence Guidance or a specific industry framework. THIRD-PARTY AUDITS AND CERTIFICATION Once due diligence systems are in place, Bureau Veritas provides Conflict Minerals Chain of Custody Certification and Third-Party Audits against industry standards and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance, respectively. Bureau Veritas is an approved auditor for RJC, LBMA, and DMCC chain of custody standards. Impartial audits ensure accuracy, and reliability, and demonstrate the highest level of commitment.

Benefits of certification and third-party audits: t4USFBNMJOFEQSPDFTTFTBOEPQFSBUJPOBMFóDJFODZ t*NQBSUJBMWFSJöDBUJPOPGZPVSDPNQMJBODF t*ODSFBTFPSHBOJ[BUJPOBMWBMVF DVTUPNFSQFSDFQUJPO BOE stakeholder relationships SEC REPORTING All issuers that are subject to Dodd-Frank Section 1502 are required to file a Form SD, and depending on the origin of their conflict minerals or level of determination, issuers may need to submit a Conflict Minerals Report (CMR). This reporting can be a complementary output of the thirdparty audit process. The independent private sector audit (IPSA) of Conflict Minerals Reports must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) as established by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). With core values of integrity and ethics and an established history in impartial counsel, Bureau Veritas meets all GAGAS performance audit requirements and is fully prepared to provide independent private sector audits of Conflict Minerals Reports.

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MOTION IN MINUTES: ELMO APPLICATION STUDIO MAKES MOTION CONTROL IMPLEMENTATION FAST AND EASY

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etach Tikva, Israel Elmo, a leading provider of comprehensive motion control solutions, has launched EASII, the second generation of Elmo’s Application Studio that “walks you through” the entire machine’s motion control implementation, placing the full power of Elmo’s knowledge at your fingertips. Windows®-based EASII shortens development time by providing simple-to-use, fully automated configuration, tuning and motion tools for field engineers. EASII is ideal for use both by motion newcomers or veteran servo control experts. Regardless of servo drive and feedback types, the number of axes in motion or which network is used, EASII unifies all machine communication, motion and programming, and provides tools to streamline your entire implementation process. Elmo is offering login access to its unique EASII Experience - RPS, enabling anyone to experience first-hand the many automatic tuning and intuitive motion tools provided by Elmo’s newest Application Studio. The remote system will be released within the near future. Among these tools is the unique EASII Quick Tuning Wizard. In minutes, EASII automatically performs expert motion testing and makes all required servo drive adjustments. A process that once demanded an experienced motion control engineer can now be performed by anyone with a basic knowledge of the machine.

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After burn-in, EASII simplifies refining the entire motion control process with features like network autoconfiguration, automatic mechanical load adjustment, easy dual loop tuning, and an unprecedented range of advanced motion control features.

“EASII is the fastest and easiest way to reach optimum machinery motion goals. We created it to bring our 25 years of motion control experience to any machine designer, and make their work a lot simpler,» said Haim Monhait, CEO of Elmo Motion Control. EASII can also dramatically reduce the need for custom programming during application development. A comprehensive design environment, EASII integrates all the tools needed to develop and debug complex multi-axis motion sequences without manual coding, providing instant ‘drag-and-drop’ access to hundreds of standard programming routines and scripts. When released, you will be able to log in to the EASII Experience (RPS) directly from your browser at: http://www.elmomc.com/support/elmo-rps.html For more details, visit our web site or contact your Elmo representative.


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