Automation Update - Issue 75

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Issue 75



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Forerunner Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow. The Sensor People have been setting technological standards in industrial automation for more than 50 years. In the field of safety at work, we convince right from the start with trend-setting inventions, such as the development of the first protective sensor ever, to our latest safety innovation, “Smart Process Gating” – the space-saving solution for access guarding on conveyor lines. This is how we ensure the success of our customers in an industry that is ever evolving. Automation Update - 3


hen covid eventually relents, customers’ expectations for fast, accurate and on time delivery will remain. Manufacturers and distributors are focused on improving fulfilment processes to meet these expectations without adding labour costs

2021 The Year of Inventory Classification Customer demand for fast order delivery has increased exponentially since the start of the Covid-19 pendemic.

A major area that Is not properly managed is classifying inventory. Exactly how a facility’s inventory shoud be catergorised depends on many factors, including the types of products and picking sizes common to the business. At the highest level classiftying inventory based on picking size (by pallet, case or piece) and also by frequency of picking/velocity of movement (fast, medium, slow or very slow). During the classification process, certain shared attributes will appear. For example when comparing pick velocity, group fast, medium, slow and very slow movers together. By crossreferencing the time associated with picking each of these parts against their order frequency, a cost-to-pick graph can be created. The most dramatic improvements in order fulfilment optimisation will come from applying the Pareto Principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) For example, 80% of a warehouse’s picks frequently come from 20% of its inventory (the fast movers) Most companies focus their picking optimisation efforts soley on their fast movers – which comprise just 20% of their inventory. Applying the Pareto Principle, however, tremedous gains in efficiency throughput and cost savings remain to be exploited in medium and slow movers, which likely represent nearly 80% of a facility’s floor space and picking labour efforts. Kardex as a world-leader in automated storage and handling solutions and has put together six steps to optimise order fulfillment, which covers all you need know about clasifying inventory, Matching SKU’s with technology, The fulfilment process, sloting your inventory, mapping workflows and integrating systems to maximise visibility. Click here to download the free white paper or contact us at

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Temperature monitoring and remote monitoring From Ziehl Industrie elektronik TVR Instruments are pleased to announce the addition to the Ziehl Industrie elektronik range of temperature protection relays of the TR640IP and the TR660IP. The two new additions to the Ziehl Industrie elektronik range of temperature measuring and monitoring relays are the TR640IP and the TR660IP. Both units offer inputs for up to 6 sensors, either 6 x Pt 100, Pt 1000, or PTC thermistors. Different sensors can be connected at the same time, e.g. Pt 100 (RTD) and PTC-thermistors. The TR640IP has 4 limit relays and remote monitoring via TCP/IP connectivity, whilst the TR660IP has 7 limit relays, remote monitoring via TCP/IP LAN, and the option of 4 analogue outputs programmable 2 x 0/4 - 20 mA and 2 x 0/2 - 10 V or RS485 RTU. Typical applications are monitoring of motors, generators, or transformers. In applications it can be used as a 2- or more step- controller with additional monitoring of over- or under temperature or monitoring of differences in temperatures of 2 sensors. Pre-set programs allow easy setting e.g. monitoring of transformers with/without monitoring of the temperature of core or with/without controlling a ventilator.

Ziehl’s electronic devices for industrial systems are innovative, future-oriented, and renowned for top quality. Working to the highest technical benchmarks, Ziehl develops and produce using state-of-the-art systems and under a demanding quality management system. We are pioneers in producing electronic devices for modern and reliable measurement, control, regulation technology to meet every requirement – be it in industrial applications, commercial premises, or residential buildings. Ziehl’s goals are that sustainability, energy efficiency and maximum efficiency can be achieved using their products. Ziehl has the highest of standards when it comes to commitment for our customers making us the ideal partner for business and industry. Our products are made in Germany. Ziehl’s operations are certified in accordance with both ISO 9001:2015 and ATEX directive 2014/34/EU and are subject to regular monitoring for UL-approved devices. For further information, please contact us on 0206 575755 or email us on or follow the link

Designed for DIN rail mounting they add to the range of panel and rail mounting temperature protection devices which Ziehl manufacture.

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Liquids and bulk solids remote inventory: IIoT monitoring sensors you can stick with!


t’s no secret. The bulk logistics and purchasing sectors are always looking for simple, streamlined ways of remote monitoring of their stocks. Successful implementation of ‘remote/vendor inventory management’ can deliver myriad direct benefits; perfectly timed logistics, CO2, fuel and time savings, optimised stocks, avoiding returned loads or emergency deliveries, less stress and process shutdowns. There are also strategic gains through streamlined purchasing and ordering, improved suppliercustomer partnerships, and retention of supply contracts.

Fast payback The applications for bulk liquids and solids are many: Sites populated with fixed silos and tanks, mobile tanks and IBC’s, on road or rail transport, waste-collection containers, silos at temporary or semi-permanent sites. All offer different challenges; site access, product compatibility, container and infrastructure tracking. While many are based on just in time supply and delivery, others are operating removal and disposal services. Because of the size and weight, speciality and often ‘dedicated’ nature of bulk shipping, an effective stock management overview has the capability for fast payback.

One single device, simpler to implement Up until now, the implementation of remote monitoring has involved complex internal and external engineering, multiple cross-department planning, programming, external cabinets, power supplies, cabling and sensor installation, followed by often complex commissioning and integration into software systems. This is a new technology emerging from the field of process and control, and it offers a greatly simplified solution in a single, battery powered wireless sensor.

Get it right first time VEGAPULS Air is the first IIoT level sensor range of its kind, designed and manufactured for all types of vessels storing or transporting bulk liquids and solids; from waste water to chemicals, fine powders to plastic pellets, animal feeds to aggregates. It has wireless communication, standalone battery power for up to 10 years, vessel measurement ranges up to 30m, ready to locate via GPS, communicate and provide your data - in one compact sensing device. Simple to install, easy to set up and quick to deliver stock management 8 - Automation Update

No cables, wires or boxes, capable of battery power for 10 years, level sensors for remote inventory, waste or environmental monitoring

information in the format you need. VEGA are the world leaders in noncontact radar level-sensing technology, with 30 years’ experience. Easy, reliable and cost effective, it means you can be confident in the accuracy of your inventory, waste collection, or environmental monitoring data, that you base logistics decisions on.

Stick with it Combined with VEGA ‘SaaS’ (Software as a Service) VEGA Inventory System (VIS), to install at your monitoring point it can be as simple as stick it to an IBC, or install it onto a tank or silo, and activate at the press of a button – then all you need is a login to see your data and begin managing your logistics/

supply-chains effectively, whether on the desktop or mobile App, using tables, maps and predicted usage. VEGA offer truly visible, global inventory management, connecting you to the finished product tank outside your door, waste collection depot in your city, national plastic powder supplies, or an animal feed silo on the other side of the world. From Sensor to Server, and to your Screen, VEGA take care, service and responsibility, for it all. To discuss your requirements, ideas and explore solutions, or make a test to see its capabilities, please contact VEGA Controls Ltd.

Tabulated inventory data on your designated web pages, starts at the press of a button on the battery powered standalone non- contact radar level sensor for bulk solids or liquids



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AutoCoding Systems Ltd, global leader in packaging line automation solutions, is acquired by JBT Corporation, Chicago AutoCoding Systems is delighted and excited to announce that they have been acquired by JBT Corporation enabling them to continue with their expansion and growth within the food and beverage industry.

JBT Corporation is a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food and beverage industry. The acquisition of AutoCoding Systems for £12.5 million extends JBT’s capabilities in packaging line equipment and associated devices, including coding and label inspection and verification.

AutoCoding Systems’ world-class packaging line automation software solution integrates all in-line packaging devices such as coders, scanners, labellers, checkweighers and inspection equipment. By automating the set-up and control of the equipment, the need for human intervention is removed thereby reducing manual inspection and downtime for line configuration. Whilst AutoCoding is scalable across JBT FoodTech’s diverse end markets, it provides a particularly strategic fit with JBT’s Proseal business where its tray sealing equipment begins the end-of-line process. Mike Hughes, AutoCoding Systems’ Managing Director said, “This is an exciting time for AutoCoding Systems in the UK, US and Australia. With the support of JBT and their wealth of experience across multiple businesses supplying the food and beverage industry, including Proseal, AutoCoding Systems can expand their reach into previously untapped markets for packaging line automation software.” “AutoCoding’s offering embodies JBT’s broader mission to make better use of the world’s precious resources by providing a solution that substantially enhances our customers’ success. AutoCoding helps its customers reduce food waste, ensures complete and accurate food packaging information, and facilitates traceability and food safety,” said Brian Deck, JBT's President and Chief Executive Officer. “The acquisition also expands our capabilities in the large and growing global market for in-line coding and inspection solutions, which includes hardware and software for food & beverage, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical customers.”

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BOUNDARIES OF VIRTUAL EVENTS When Industryexpo Virtual Exhibition opened its doors to online visitors in 2018 nobody could have predicted how rapidly the digital events landscape was going to change. The show, which was already hugely popular prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, has gone from strength to strength in 2020. For 2021 it is pushing the boundaries of digital gatherings even further having opened a second hall, networking area and auditorium. All delivered within an industry leading, high resolution 3D environment.

I is the world’s first full-scale interactive virtual trade show, dedicated to all things industrial: from design and engineering to processing and manufacturing.

The show, which is live year-round, has daily footfall in the thousands and offers visitors the opportunity to chat directly with exhibitors or register their interest for oneto-one meetings. Recent visitors include representatives from companies including Princes Foods, Severn Trent Water, Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, Pernod-Ricard, Honda, Allied Bakeries, Thames Water, Arla Foods, Anglian Water, Dover Port, Halo Foods, Pirelli, PepsiCo, Toyota, Merlin Entertainment, Veolia, Tata Steel. With such a pedigree of visitor it’s no surprise that the concept has been popular with businesses of all sizes. Show Directors Nigel Borrell and Sara Gordon comment, “The launch cycle of the virtual show is more frequent than a traditional physical show. We are open and live 24hrs a day, so we set a quarterly renewal date when the latest floor space goes live and we issue e-Tickets to our registered visitors. This way new exhibitors are always able to join the show and existing partners can make changes to their stand and keep their content current. This in turn ensures the show benefits from continuous high footfall as there is always something new for visitors to see. “Exhibitors can further boost traffic to their stand through VIP invitations or by hosting a duplicate of their stand on their own website at no extra costs. Additional leads and enquiries can be generated by taking advantage of the auditorium to host live webinars or supply on-demand content. A networking area in Hall 1 also extends the opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to engage.” With over 10,000m2 of virtual floorspace, the top priority of the platform is to introduce a user-friendly interface that allows visitors to experience all the benefits of a ‘real’ event, with fewer of the drawbacks. Each stand can feature SuperHD 3D products, offer downloadable pdf literature, host company videos or live presentations and even support oneto-one video meetings with a sales representative. Visitors won’t have to face rush hour traffic or parking fees to attend. In fact, visitors will be able to register to the platform and save 12 - Automation Update

their favourite stands or materials to their browser to make return visits even more efficient. As its name suggests, is an industrial trade fair built using high-res CGI and dynamic rendering that hosts a wide range of exhibition stands from SMEs to market leading brands. With a truly multi-national audience, the emphasis is on promoting the global capabilities of the exhibitors. The show is open all year-round with the stands being constantly updated to promote the new products, services, and solutions; registered visitors can access the platform using a PC, laptop or mobile device without having to download any specialist software or apps. Of course, virtual exhibitions are unlikely to replace the social aspect of attending live trade shows when they return. Industryexpo serves to bridge the gap that exists between live events and traditional digital media. It’s a platform that allows visitors to see what’s out there, at their convenience, 24/7 365. Visitors to the platform will be able explore the everincreasing number of exhibitors. Who include – AEMT, Abloy, Altra Motion, Baumer, Burkert, BWB Technologies, CC-Link Partner Assoc, CD Automation, Dugard, , Elmo Motion Control, EMAS, Excel Redstone, Fulton, Hansa-TMP, HT Servo, IFM, IKO, Infologic Design, Inovo Robotics, KEB, Keyence, Kinetic-ID, KMT, Kodenshi, Lafert Electric Motors, Lamonde Automation, Leuze Electronic, Megger, Mitsubishi, Moore International, Motion Control Products, Nvent Hoffman, NS Tool, Optimal, Panduit, Products 4 Automation, Radwell, Rebo Systems, Rift, Routeco, Spelsberg, Sulzer, TEC Motors, Three High Co, WEG, Weidmuller





• 300,000 visitors in 2020 • Global traffic from more than 80 countries • Open and live 24/7/365 • NEW Exhibition spaces available

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Case Studies “Since launching at Industryexpo we’ve had almost 6,500 people from over 80 countries visit our stand. This is a platform that allows us to present our smart sensor portfolio 24/7 globally, I’m overwhelmed by the interest it has generated” – Karsten Just, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Baumer

“Moore International has been part of Industryexpo since the show’s launch. We decided to extend the size of our stand to enable us to introduce a wider range of products – including our brand-new series of high precision planetary gearboxes from Apex Dynamics. Just imagine how many miles and resources this has saved us.” - Mark Moore, Managing Director, Moore International Ltd.

“We are really excited by this novel concept. Of course, the current situation with global travel restrictions has further strengthened the argument to augment our online presence. The platform is an excellent solution for showcasing our products to a global audience and allowing us to interact with potential customers without attending physical meetings.” – Carl Knight, Managing Director, Fulton Boiler Works Automation Update - 13

PushPull offers a secure fit with just one click


eveloped with the user in mind, the PushPull family is available in a range of materials to suit your requirements. From the robust V4 Industrial with a housing that protects from aggressive industrial chemicals to the sleek M12 with its capacity to deliver data transfer rates of up to 10GBit/s, the entire range relies on a simple yet effective connection method. As its name suggests, PushPull incorporates an uncomplicated connection and termination technique that ensures absolute dependency and reliability. The intuitive, toolfree method guarantees an errorfree connection as the two sections click into place, the audible feedback indicating the connection is secure. The sturdy housing is also inscribed with pronounced contours, which gives the operator a firm grip on the connector. To further simplify the process and eliminate the possibility of incorrect connections, HARTING has fitted the PushPull range with colour-coded marks. The first is a yellow triangle

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Control cabinets often contain a myriad of switches and connections, so the ability to quickly and efficiently disconnect and reconnect the industrial lifelines of data, signals and power are vital if expensive machine downtime is to be avoided. That’s where HARTING’s PushPull technology comes into its own. which appears on both the plug and socket, meaning it’s incredibly easy to ensure both connections are orientated correctly before they are mated. Secondly, the user has the option to allocate colour codes to each PushPull plug and socket in an installation. For example, they could easily colour code data, signal and power lines to ensure each line can be easily identified; a simple system to help reduce cabling errors. In addition to the audible click, the PushPull range also comes with a spin-

lock which firmly secures the connecter in a mated condition, preventing any inadvertent disconnection. Simply plug in the PushPull then rotate the ring one-eighth of a turn clockwise to lock and secure the connection. Finally, when it comes to variety, the PushPull range can handle all your requirements. Whether you’re looking to transmit data via an RJ45 or 690V / 16A of power via 5 poles, HARTING’s range of interfaces, inserts and housing materials can provide universal solutions for your specific applications.

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Three outstanding women celebrated nationally as Young Woman Engineers of the Year Three young women engineers have been recognised at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards for their work in engineering.


Yo u n g Woman Engineer of the Year: Ella Podmore (25), is a Materials Engineer for luxury British supercar maker McLaren Automotive. Ella is responsible for all the material investigations in the business across the development phases of the company’s supercars; from concept drawings, all the way to customers in the field. Balancing her time between experiments and leading technical meetings, Ella created this department from the ground-up and plans to demonstrate the importance of materials in the automotive industry even further. IET Mary George Memorial Prize for Apprentices: Denize Ivy Pilatra (21), is an Apprentice Non-Destructive Examination Engineering Technician at BAE Systems Submarines. Denize is responsible for ensuring the structural integrity of submarines, working alongside technicians confirming critical components are free from unwanted defects. As a passionate STEM ambassador, Denize supports many educational events and has been awarded for her dedication to continuously improve and actively promote the endless possibilities within STEM to young girls. Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Prize: Shrouk El-Attar (28), is an Electronic Engineer at Elvie. Shrouk engineers smart tech that improves the lives of cis women and trans men, whilst breaking down barriers and smashing taboos. Shrouk has been a STEM Ambassador since 2011, teaching children about engineering solutions and most recently headed up a project, teaching maths to children of refugees. On winning, Ella said: “I am absolutely honoured to have been chosen by the IET and the judges to be this year’s winner. Those who know and work with me recognise how passionate I am about my science and being able to talk about that and the amazing supercars I get to work on at McLaren. I want to encourage the next generation of engineers 16 - Automation Update

and scientists to push the boundaries of what’s possible.” Finalists Bethany Probert, Melanie Jimenez and Neera Kukadia were all highly commended. All winners and finalists will play an ambassadorial role for the engineering and technology professions in the forthcoming months, promoting engineering careers to girls and young people. Now in its second year, the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award, which recognises an individual’s hard work in achieving gender equality within the engineering industry, was awarded to Pam Wilson. The award aims to showcase innovation and good practice to compliment the YWE Awards, by recognising the support and encouragement of women in STEM careers. Pam is passionate that engineering is seen as a rewarding and enjoyable career and she supports the promotion of STEM whenever she can. She actively mentors within her own company and externally and sees key skills for all future engineers to be problem solving, knowledge sharing, balancing risks, process improvement and a continuous desire to learn and evolve in what is an ever-changing environment. These prestigious engineering industry awards celebrate women working in modern engineering – and aim to help change the perception that engineering is predominantly a career for men by banishing outdated engineering stereotypes of hard hats and dirty overalls. As well as highlighting female engineering talent, the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards seek to find role models who can help address the UK science and engineering skills crisis by promoting engineering careers to more girls and women. Just 12% of those working in engineering and technical occupations are women (source: Engineering UK).

Jo Foster, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the IET, said: “I’d like to congratulate our fantastic winners and highly commended recipients of this year’s awards. They are inspirational and a real credit to the engineering profession and will play a huge part in altering the perception of what a career in engineering and technology can look like. “It’s vital that we champion engineering careers to the next generation – it’s a diverse, creative and exciting career, which offers the opportunity to do something life – or even – world-changing.” The winners were announced at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year virtual awards ceremony on 4 March. British Astronaut, Tim Peake made a surprise appearance at the end of the ceremony with a video message congratulating the winners and finalists and talking about the importance of the awards. The YWE Awards are sponsored by BAE Systems, Boeing, BP, Collins Aerospace, Frazer-Nash, GCHQ, Leonardo UK, MBDA, Ofcom, Royal Air Force, Royal Mail, Teledyne e2v, Thales and Wiley. To find out more information, please visit the IET YWE website. You can also find out more about the awards and this year’s virtual ceremony by listening to the latest edition of our Engineering a Better World podcast, featuring our winner, Ella Podmore! Available to listen to here.

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A closer look at our Altivar Process Modular hire panels. We recently launched the new generation of hire panels, utilising the latest variable speed drive technology from Schneider Electric as the only authorised Altivar Process Modular (APM) panel builder in the UK.


hese new Hire Panels are completely weatherproof for outdoor use and suitable for indoor too, up to 500KW/880A rating at 400V. The new unique design allows for additional modules, each at 160KW rating. So your power requirements can be matched using the same panel design by simply adding the number of modules to obtain your required design power output. This panel is unique at this power rating as it is small enough (with the rain hood removed) to fit through a standard doorway! Enabling access to areas which would have previously been unreachable! This is the first design of its kind in the UK VSD rental market but also first for having an outdoor rated unit, up to 500KW and without the need for an additional enclosure or container to house it in. They come with our previous easy to install, cable and set up options and with a genuine 24/7/365 engineer support throughout the whole of the UK. This truly is a market leading design, with added features created by our inhouse Control Panel manufacturers which no other hire VSD has:

Built in 3 phase line choke. Each drive module has a 3-phase line choke built in for harmonic mitigation, this allows for operation on either the customers own mains supply or mains supply from a diesel generator source without the need for further harmonic filtering.

Built in dv/dt filter. Each drive module has a dv/dt filter built in allowing up to 300m motor cables without any external components required, this allows for not only long cable runs but also offers further motor winding protection.

Variable Gland Plate Options Hire panel available with either plain gland plate, brush or quick connects depending on your requirements: Quick Connect – suitable for indoor or outdoor use with appropriate cables, simple plug and play type connections to allow for ease and time saving connections. Brush - suitable for indoor use with flexible single type cables Plain Aluminium – suitable for indoor or outdoor use with armoured or

flexible single cables and appropriate glands. Aluminium to prevent induced circulating currents and associated heating of the gland plate with single core cables. The different gland plates are all the same size so can be interchanged as required. They can also be mixed and matched as required so you could have quick connect for the mains and a plain gland plate for an armoured motor cable, as an example. We also have cable entries at the top, side and bottom of the panel for both mains and motor connections. The top ones would be for indoor use only as the rain hood needs to be removed to access these.

Door mounted controls with lockable transparent cover All door mounted controls located behind a lockable transparent cover (except E-Stop). This gives added security when operating on site and allows for authorised only access to door controls. The cover allows for a water / weatherproof option whilst maintaining a clear view to the variable speed drive keypad for operating data.

Recessed door mounted controls All door mounted equipment is recessed to reduce the overall depth of the panel and reduce the risk of damage during transport or whilst in situ on site. These Hire Panels are available now, get in touch at for your no obligation quote and receive a FREE Easy Guide to Rental Drives.

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Torque sensor with separate sensing head can probe deep into machinery Sensor Technology has extended its new range of torque sensors with a model that has the sensing head and electronics in separate housings. This has two advantages: the sensing head can fit into very confined spaces, and the electronics can be located in a position where they are protected from physical damage, dust, dirt, moisture, electromagnetic forces, etc. 20 - Automation Update


he new TorqSense SGR530/540 series operates on the same principle as all the other SGR510/520 units, namely a full four element strain gauge bridge. This uses four individual stain gauges affixed to the drive shaft; each measures the deflection of the shaft in a different direction as it rotates under load. The electronics collects readings from all four gauges and calculates the torque value. Sensor Technology launched the TorqSense SGR510/520 range in 2020 as the successor to its RWT range which worked on surface acoustic wave (SAW) measurement and detection. It has specialised in real-time torque measurement for over forty years, and pioneered the development of wireless technologies that use radio frequency pickups rather than hard-wired solutions involving delicate and unreliable slip rings. Initially launched in sizes up to 500Nm, interest in the SGR sensors was so high that the introduction of larger sizes up to 13,000Nm was brought forward 6-12 months to December 2020. “Because of our experience with the RWT, we have been able to compress the development times for the new SGR models considerably,” says Sensor Technology’s Mark Ingham. “So, we have been able to react to specific enquiries from individual users and bring forward model launches “ The new range is designed to meet emerging user requirements, notably accurately recording transient torque spikes. In the past transducers didn’t have the bandwidth to capture these spikes, so they were ignored.

However, advances in automation, continuous operation and the increasing need for accurate track and trace data has led to the need for more detailed measurement and analysis, as Mark explains: “A single spike could indicate say the wrong amount of an ingredient being added to a compound or an over-sized workpiece, both of which could affect product quality. A series of spikes would probably suggest the beginnings of a problem within the machinery, so their detection gives the plant engineers an early warning”. In use, a rotor mounted ultra-miniature microcontroller, powered by an inductive coil, measures the differential values in each strain gauge and transmits them back to the stator digitally, via the same coil. The SGR510/520 series transducers then use state of the art strain gauge signal conditioning techniques to provide a high bandwidth, low cost torque measuring solution with high overrange and overload capabilities. An advantage of the design of the SGR torque sensors is that they automatically compensate for any extraneous forces, such as bending moments, inadvertently applied to the sensor. They also offer high sensitivity and have a wide temperature tolerance, attributes that are required more and more and production machinery becomes more and more sophisticated and performance demands increase. Other advantages of the SGR range include: elimination of noise pickup and signal corruption associated with slip rings and hard wired solutions, a 400% mechanical overload limit with accurate torque measurement even at these extremes, and multipoint calibration to eliminate linearity errors within the sensor. All units are accurate to +/-0.1% and resolution to +/0.01% of the transducer’s full scale. Other features include an adjustable moving average filter, power supply range from 12VDC to 32VDC, user settable analogue output voltages, and RS232, USB, CANbus and Ethernet comms options. “Like the RWT sensors the new SGRs can integrate digitally with TorqView software and LabView virtual instruments,” says Mark.

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New date set for PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link Birmingham seminar 17th November at the National Conference Centre This free-to-attend seminar organised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK) addresses the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention being paid to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Covering key application areas such as control systems and energy management, pulp & paper, chemical, utilities, pharmaceutical, packaging and printing, mechanical handling and logistics, robotics, automotive engineering, electrical and electronics assembly, it focuses on the practical aspects of using PROFINET, PROFIBUS, and IO-Link, from system design and safety & security considerations through to fault-finding and maintenance.

Live Demonstrations Supported by an exhibition with demonstrations of actual tools used in configuration and maintenance, the seminar will be of great value to Designers, Production/System Engineers, Instrument Technicians/Engineers and C&I Engineers involved in the design, operation and maintenance of modern automated factories and process plant.

Abstracts Introduction to PI Group and its technologies An overview of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International and the group’s supported technologies, its protocol basics and their significance in the global automation market.

Network gateway technology A vendor-independent overview of how to connect PROFINET networks to existing fieldbuses and expose the data to IOT technologies using OPC-UA. This presentation, including live demonstration, will take a “how it’s done” approach and will 22 - Automation Update

include PROFINET to PROFIBUS DP and PA, CANOpen, IO-Link and OPC UA.

PROFINET Network Design

Industrial Ethernet networks that utilise the PROFINET protocol, how to prevent network failures and resolve cable and network issues faster.

This presentation examines the fundamental principles of good network design for PROFINET and other networking systems. It will discuss the main factors that must be considered at the design stage of an automation system with practical examples showing how facilities for health checking, fault-finding and maintenance can have a crucial impact on plant availability, plant up-time and profitability.

PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration tools.

Industrial network commissioning & testing

Industrial networks safety & security

Take a walk through the process of certifying a new PROFINET installation against the standards and see how easy it can be, then look at a few gotchas that can easily be avoided by careful planning. Learn how to simplify the process of testing both cabling and networks in

What does this greater acceptance of Industry 4.0 mean for Functional Safety and Cybersecurity in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)? This presentation will discuss the basics of Functional Safety and Cybersecurity for PROFI based applications and then

A look at the available device configuration tools and their development including the move to unify the different types into one format – FDI. This will be followed by a live demonstration of PROFIBUS and PROFINET device configuration using an existing open platform and web browser option.

will consider the impact on these areas from Industry 4.0. What should System Integrators and Product Manufacturers be doing now and what can you expect to be seeing from PI in the not too distant future? We will also consider the impact of open architectures/systems, common technology, international standards and trust in technology.

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) A short journey to explain IIoT, The Industrial Internet of things, IND4.0 from IND1.0 and Big Data. How PROFINET is placed as the ideal Industrial Fieldbus to fulfil the above, how it is implemented and why you should consider it. Some of the myths explained.

PI’s Technologies With over 80 million nodes installed worldwide, PROFINET, PROFIBUS and IO-Link are truly market leaders, providing state of the art digital communications addressing all the needs of manufacturing and process industries, significantly lowering capital expenditure on installation, commissioning and maintenance. They offer unprecedented integration of automation, control, monitoring and safety systems using standardised and widely supported communications and networking solutions. This seminar is ably presented by specialists from PI UK member companies. Attendance is free of charge to pre-registered delegates from the User community, i.e. companies that own, operate, design, build or maintain automated process plant and manufacturing facilities. The event will provide delegates with an excellent networking opportunity and the ability to speak to experts.

Sign up here for more information and to be kept updated: Birmingham - or Belfast or Scotland, exact dates TBA: Belfast Scotland - Note: all dates are of necessity provisional, but registered delegates will be kept informed of changes and will be assured of a place at the event of their choice. Places are limited so don’t delay - book today! Contact Details: PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK) +44 208 144 9597 Automation Update - 23

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