Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Webinar: Get the Most Out of Your Weighing Technology Application



From the sensor to the control: How to get the most out of your weighing technology application, on February 21, 2017 at:
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Does your field of activity include tank weighing, batching or other industrial weighing technology applications? Do you use analog load cells?

If so, this webinar is just what you need: Here you will learn how to integrate your weighing solution - sensors, accessories, and electronics - with control systems and fully utilize the benefits of cutting-edge weighing electronics and software. This means: time savings on configuration, start-up, and maintenance as well as added confidence in your ability to comply with legal requirements such as the obligation to comply with weights and measures legislation.

Presenter: Marcel Richter, International product manager weighing technology & OEM sensors.

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Introduction to Digital Devices – Part 2



Mantracourt Electronics Ltd (UK) - By Dr. Clive Vallance, Senior Electronics Engineer, Mantracourt Electronics Ltd.

Introduction:
The previous instalment focused on the physical communication interface between digital devices and a receiving station. This time I would like to step up a layer and look at the information that is sent along the physical wires. This is often described as the communication protocol and is essentially the ‘language’ that is used to communicate.

I would like to maintain our analogy with the mobile phone interface a little longer. Recall last time we had two phones that were able to communicate and send audio information. This is akin to the physical wires in a digital conditioner. This audio connection does not care about whether the two individuals at each end of the phone understand each other, only that the connection is made. So, this extends a little further if we introduce a language that is being used to communicate. As long as the language is the same, the two parties are able to communicate and understand one another. This is exactly the same in the digital conditioner scenario.

Of course in our discussion we have not spoken about how people negotiate the use of the physical connection. If you have ever made a conference call you will understand how the complexity of getting onto that communication channel increases with the number of participants. If two people try and speak at the same time there is a collision, the information is lost or garbled and we instinctively cease communication and retry at a later point. In extreme circumstances someone may be allocated to control the access of the rest of the group to the communication channel which removes the chance of a collision. Alternatively, there may be one person requesting information from a number of participants in turn. All of these possibilities of negotiating access to a channel exist with a digital communication scenario.

In digital systems there is often one master who controls the communications between entities. This relationship is often referred to as master slave and is itself a mechanism of stopping collisions in the data. These systems often rely on the fact that there is only one master. Another arbitration scheme used in CAN relies on the priority level of a message. This is a little more involved but to be as simple as possible any message on a CAN BUS has a priority level. When a message is sent the message with the highest priority is allowed to transmit data by winning the arbitration phase. This is non-destructive and in a well designed system eliminates collisions. The CAN arbitration method does mean that a master is not required to control the access to the BUS. There are other access schemes which involve allocated time slots and tokens but I won’t dwell on those at this time.

At Mantracourt we maintain communication languages for different purposes and applications. Some are quick and others are easy to understand without a translating tool. Some are industry standardised and others are proprietary. In general we provide 5 main protocols.

MODBUS RTU:
ModBUS is a standardised protocol originally designed for communication between programmable logic controllers. It is versatile and robust and commonly used for industrial communication systems. It is simple to implement, openly published and royalty free. ModBUS RTU is probably the most commonly implemented variant of ModBUS and is used for serial communications. ModBUS TCP is now gaining momentum and is used across Ethernet networks although the real time performance is slightly more limited. ModBUS in general is quite efficient in its use of the communications channel as it is a binary protocol. Unfortunately it is not the easiest to read without a software tool to translate it. The protocol itself operates on a request response basis, so it is an example of our master slave implementation. We at Mantracourt offer digital devices that use ModBUS RTU on 232 or 485 serial interfaces.

I would also like to bring your attention to something we often come across in Modbus tools. Although it is standardised, the offset applied when parameter locations are read is a little ambiguous. I have come across numerous incarnations of PC and logic controller interfaces and they do have a tendency to vary the offset applied to a parameter. This is often the result of confusion between number starting from zero or starting from one. To be honest the pros and cons of zero and one addressing is a rant that I think I should keep for another day.

In conclusion, when the offsets are resolved the data across these networks is delivered reliably, robustly and efficiently. It is a protocol that I like to use. I think the greatest difficulty comes with readability which is often overcome with these translating tools.

MANTRA-ASCII:
This proprietary protocol is designed for simplicity of integration and debugging. The data can be connected through to a PC and displayed without any special software. A simple terminal program allows the user to evaluate the operation quickly and easily. This does come at the cost of overhead. The transmission of ASCII characters is not as efficient as the binary based protocols and as such it is limiting in terms of throughput. It is able to operate in two modes. Primarily the interface is request response, but there is also a streaming mode that exists. This then reduces the overhead in communication to increase the data rate but it does limit the operation to only a single sensor on the physical channel. As such it is not used often and has its limitations. Mantra-ASCII is available for use on 232 or 485 serial interfaces.

In conclusion the Mantra-ASCII communication is easy to debug and evaluate. As long as the data rate is not particularly high (circa 120 sample per second) it is a very simple and reliable protocol.

MANTRA-BUS:
Mantra-BUS is one of our proprietary binary protocols designed to be efficient and flexible. It has much less overhead than the ASCII protocol and as such uses the physical layer bandwidth more efficiently. This leads to greater throughput on busy BUS interfaces. Of course as a manufacturer it is very useful because we have control over the interface and optimise it for our applications. This also means that it is much easier for us to support.

Unfortunately in most cases proprietary protocols do not play well with others (i.e. all the devices on the bus should communicate using the same language). As such system integrators have a choice. In the event that they are designing the entire system using the BUS then a proprietary protocol is fine and the protocol designer is able to offer lots of support. The flip side of this is that when the BUS is shared a standardised protocol is required and all the devices must use that same protocol.

CANOPEN:
CANopen is a data format that may be used on a CAN BUS. Often people are unsure of the difference between the CAN physical and protocol layers as the lines are a little blurred. CAN open is maintained by the CiA (CAN in Automation) and is one of a number of higher layer CAN protocols. It essentially adds network management controls on top of the CAN network. It is gaining wider usage within industry but does tend to be restricted to certain industry applications at the moment.

Our greatest struggle with CAN protocols is that each of the hardware vendors put together their own proprietary interface for a PC. As such configuration software, including our own, is often limited to specific hardware interfaces. There is another separation between CAN and the other BUS technologies that ought to be raised here. CAN is slightly separated from our analogy of phones and languages. We discussed briefly what the complexities are of gaining access to the BUS and how CAN systems achieve this. The fact that you have a CAN device will mean that it will cohabit on a CAN BUS and not cause any damage to the communications. However this does not mean that out of the box the system nodes will understand one another or know what they need to communicate and to whom. Effectively you will need to tell each node who it reports to and how that is done. This is where all the knowledge and expertise of the integrator is required as the efficiency of the entire system depends upon this configuration stage.

MANTRA-CAN:
Mantra-CAN is our CAN based proprietary protocol designed to be flexible for end users. The key benefit to this is that it can be configured to deliver data onto CAN networks in a format chosen by the user. This is also a limitation as it can never be fully compliant with other protocols but is great at delivering data onto proprietary networks. Essentially it is a protocol designed to play nicely with others without really interacting fully. One thing to note is that the configuration of the device must take place before connecting to the BUS.

We have customers who swear by it and others who are nervous about designing a system that uses it. In general this all comes down to understanding what this kind of protocol can and cannot do. If you understand what it is designed to do, its great.

In summary, there are binary, ASCII and CAN protocols available. Each application may require one or other of these protocols. The first thing to understand is that if speed is important to you, a binary protocol is probably the way forward and if you just want to plug in and use a terminal interface then it is probably easier to use the ASCII type interface. I personally believe that the protocol is chosen for each scenario but I understand that many vendors like to choose one and specialise in it.

There are two aspects I think you should take from this if nothing else. When using digital conditioners, before you get to the software you are using, ensure the physical wires and the protocol are the same between all of the devices you are connecting together. This is where 80% of the problems arise in digital implementations.

Next time I would like to move higher up through the layers again and look at the user interface software. This can be completely customised, use our interface drivers or even our free software. It all depends upon the complexity of the application but I will try and take you through a few options.

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Advantech Launches WebAccess 8.2 to Round Out the End-to-Cloud IoT Applications



Advantech Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) – Advantech, a global Intelligent System leader, will launch WebAccess 8.2 in November to round out the IoT applications from the end to the cloud. Based on the previous powerful features, the latest version supports MQTT protocol and adds two new drivers (Ethernet/IP for Allen-Bradley PLC and B+B Wzzard MQTT) enabling manager/administrator/System Integrator to effortlessly integrate more on-site devices and upload the front-end data to the cloud. In order to push product performance to perfection, Advantech has enhanced Dashboard performance in this new release to ensure stable and synchronous data transmission. Meanwhile, WebAccess provides special network architecture called Super SCADA that can collect the information of distributed nodes by its project upload tool so as to easily achieve centralized monitoring management, no matter how many layers users need to expand.

As the MQTT gradually becomes one of the major transmission protocols in the IoT field, supporting it allows WebAccess 8.2 users to save network traffic costs and reduce the required network bandwidth while getting better network security mechanism to protect the users' important data. Through its lightweight transmission mode, WebAccess 8.2 can act as a gateway and do large data collection, helping integrators or partners to successfully extend their systems to the cloud applications.

Since the dynamic data display is an important function of the SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) system, WebAccess 8.2 HTML5 based Dashboard not only tuned the widgets to meet users’ demands but also improved data transmission efficiency to accelerate the data refresh speed on the mobile phone. As a result, users can view the dynamic data anytime anywhere without delay.

In response to more extensive and complicated IoT applications, Advantech WebAccess’s Super SCADA is a useful tool to link multiple nodes or projects through a simple setting, making integration quick and easy while accomplishing unified remote monitoring management. When the network connection is interrupted, its active retransmission function can temporarily store the data on the nodes and automatically resume uploads after reconnection. Users do not need to worry about data loss as well as eliminating the trouble of manual resetting by the user.

Unlike the traditional HMI/SCADA system, Advantech WebAccess is 100% Web-based SCADA software and provides cross-platform and cross-browser functionality and compatibility such as Intelligent Dashboard, various open interfaces, ample protocols and hundreds of drivers, allowing users to conveniently develop projects and view or control automation equipments.

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Wrapping five bottles per second thanks to ProSoft tecnology



ProSoft Technology, Inc. (Italy) - In Altavilla Vicentina, Italy, a Clever Sleever Machine places and shrink-wraps decorative sleeves on bottles at a rate of 18000 pieces per hour. That’s five pieces per second. So, imagine how much money would be lost every time they have to stop production to replace a damaged or broken slip ring.

That was the problem facing Clever Machines.

Clever provides a wide variety of sleever machines and heat-shrink tunnel applicators. These machines can perform every type of sleeve application required by the client, at different production speeds, including linear and rotary machines suitable to apply full and partial sleeves and safety seals. These machines can be found in many different packaging applications including food and beverage, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

“Through constant technological research, in conjunction with our clients, we are committed to finding solutions to our clients’ needs,” said Tagliaferro Silverio, owner of Clever Machines.

So, when a client came to them with the need to reduce downtime on their Sleever Machine because of the time-consuming nature of maintaining slip rings, Clever contacted Rockwell Automation. Rockwell suggested they use ProSoft Technology’s 802.11n Fast Roaming Industrial Hotspot radios and a 5 GHz radiating cable as the antenna.

The 802.11n Fast Roaming Hotspot supports Access Point, Repeater, Bridging and Client modes and delivers fast data rates up to 300 Mbps.

“The Fast Roaming feature of this radio maintains seamless, high-speed connections particularly well-suited for moving equipment like Clever’s Sleever Machine,” said Andrea Mazzucchelli, Regional Sales Manager for ProSoft Technology.

“This was the excellent packet-per-second performance and robust communications we were looking for,” said Andrea Parlato, Electrical Division Technical Manager for Clever.

Now a CompactLogix™ L36, communicates to the Point I/O through ProSoft Technology’s radios, providing fast and reliable data from their rounding tables which apply the label and heat-seal them to the bottles.

The radiating cables essentially replace the slip rings, virtually eliminating the expensive downtime associated with maintaining them. A radiating cable is a long, flexible antenna with slots to radiate RF signals that can be installed around corners, along monorail systems and through tunnels to propagate wireless data signals in situations that are tough or impossible for traditional antennas. Since the radiating cable antenna can be mounted within inches of where the signal needs to be received, it isolates the wireless signal from going to other machines that may be on the plant floor. And, the cable comes in multiple lengths to meet the needs of most applications.

“The radiating cables have been specifically tested to work with the 802.11n radios,” said Mazzucchelli. “Making this a field-proven solution instead of those expensive-to-maintain slip rings.”

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Panasonic introduces new high temperature, long life Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery



Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe GmbH (Germany) - Panasonic applied its technical expertise and superior technology to further expand their Nickel-Metal-Hydride high temperature battery line-up.

Panasonic developed a new high temperature, long life type Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery. With a discharge range of -40°C to 85°C, the new BK1100FHU is suitable for applications requiring high capacity in a wide range of temperatures. The new F-size model can be used in a variety of markets and applications, such as renewable energy applications (including solar street lights), tracking devices, light electronic vehicles, buoys, and UPS (uninterruptible power systems).

First samples are anticipated to be available from the 2nd quarter of 2017. Panasonic will apply its technical expertise and superior technology to further expand the high temperature line-up of this kind of product.

Panasonic rechargeable Nickel-Metal-Hydride batteries are designed to meet the requirement for increasingly higher levels of energy demanded by today’s products. They offer about 1.5 times the capacity of same size standard Nickel-Cadmium batteries. Due to their increased capacity and energy density features, users can expect a longer run time between charges and a long life.



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Invertek joy at selling one millionth variable frequency drive



Invertek Drives Ltd. (UK) - Invertek Drives is celebrating reaching the historic milestone of selling in excess of one million variable frequency drives worldwide. The current production rate is in excess of 160,000 units per year showing an annual growth rate in production of over 20%.

The company, which manufactures its variable frequency drives at its headquarters in Welshpool, exports them worldwide for use in applications including general automation, pump control, HVAC building services, elevators and marine equipment.

Rhydian Welson, Invertek’s Sales and Marketing Director, says: “From humble beginnings back in 1998 when the company was formed, it is still hard to believe that we have just sold our one millionth variable frequency drive.

“We have worked hard over the years to develop partnerships both in the UK and overseas which enables us to sell our products in more than 80 countries worldwide and offer all customers the same high level of service through our dedicated distributors.

“Our variable frequency drives are used to control the speed of AC Induction motors. As around 28% of worldwide electricity is used by industrial motors, this means demand for the drives will continue to rise.

“Installing a variable frequency drive can reduce motor speed by 20% and result in energy reductions of up to 50%, saving not only running costs but also reducing the harm operations have on the environment.” he added.

To meet growing demand, Invertek is investing in a new 5,000 square metre factory, adjacent to the company’s current HQ facility in Welshpool, which will enable it to produce in excess of 400,000 drives per year. The new facility will also lead to increased capacity for our larger power drives.

The company needs additional space to expand its operations, increase efficiencies and capacity to meet the growing global demand for its services.

Rhydian added: “Scheduled to open in 2018, the new factory will ensure Invertek continues to be the variable frequency drive supplier of choice throughout the world. As it will be able to manufacture 400,000 drives a year, I’m sure we will be celebrating our two millionth sale in no time at all,” he added.

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Korenix Wireless Solutions to Flood Monitoring: JetWave 2310 Series



Korenix Technology Co., Ltd. (Taiwan) - Korenix has successfully provided a wireless solution to a flood monitoring case with its JetWave 2310 series Industrial Cellular Router/Gateway.

With the progress of technology, people nowadays are able to monitor on the nature and try to prevent the disasters from causing too much loss, protect human safety and preserve the completeness of social/personal properties.

Before, the analog detect devices were applied in the monitor process, which turned out to be ineffective. Therefore, IP Camera with water line recorder, centralized management and automatic alarms which requires cellular gateways for transmission has risen to replace the analog ones.

Korenix JetWave 2310 series Industrial Cellular Router/Gateway stands out in the market by its slim size for flexible deployment, extraordinary performance on cellular communication, and easy remote management by using Korenix Mobile Manager. It supports dual SIM standby for carrier provider redundant, which can assure seamless and stable transmission. Furthermore, the next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology supports up to 100Mbps DL and 50Mbps UL high speed bandwidth, allows large data transmission under a short period of time.

In the flood monitoring case, the JetWave 2310 is placed in the field site, connecting to IP camera and the sensor which detects the water lines. At the meanwhile, transmit the data collected to the control center securely through VPN. As a result, the manager can easily manage the real time status of the field sites by using Korenix Mobile Manager, and be alerted at all times.

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Korail Successfully Increased the Efficiency of Ticket Machines by Importing DFI’s COM Express



DFI Inc. (South Korea) - With a rapid population growth in Korea, Seoul Metro has become one of the world’s busiest subway systems with a ridership of more than eight million passengers per day. Since studies have shown that ticketing experience plays a vital part in customers’ perception of transit service quality, Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail), a national operator of railway lines, recognized the need to deliver efficient passenger services by upgrading the ticket vending machines at major stations.

Korail laid out several requirements such as expansion capabilities, hardware reliability, technical support and value added services, and cost-effective solution for selecting the right solution and partner. After conducting a thorough evaluation of DFI products and services, Korail decided to redevelop the machines with DFI’s COM Express.



But how did DFI successfully contribute to this initiative?

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Ziehl-Abegg grew 8 percent in 2016 thanks to commitment and innovation



Ziehl-Abegg (Germany) - Ziehl-Abegg posts sales of 482 million Euros. The Number of employees rises to a good 3550.

Sales at the fan and motor manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg grew in 2016 to 482 million Euros (previous year: 447 million Euros). “Global and economic policy framework conditions have been more than difficult but we have succeeded in more than asserting our position in the markets", says CEO Board Peter Fenkl, commenting on the preliminary figures. The significant growth was facilitated by new products, improved logistics and a greater commitment to sales and service.

“The pure sales figures, which are up by about 8 percent, are the one side but the other is the personal contact, talks with suppliers and customers” explains Fenkl. That is the reason why sales and service have been strengthened. One example of this is the opening of a branch in Dubai last year for ventilation and drive technology. Fenkl: "We are providing more local support for our customers all over the world”.

The fact that exports account for a more than 75 percent share of sale shows where the growth is coming from: whilst business in Germany, which is at a high level, has risen slightly, the bulk of the increase is coming from the other European countries. Sales in the countries on the American continents also have reported above-average increases. "Asia has also performed well but is no longer showing the same dynamic of previous years," emphasises Fenkl.

The increase in sales is largely attributable to new products. The radial fan Cpro, which was first unveiled to customers six years ago, has once again also reported a nearly 50 percent rise in the year just past. Demand for the compact fan unit ZAplus, which has been on the market for five years, was in fact up by 56 percent last year. And even the most recent fan, ZAbluefin, which utilised the knowledge gained from studies of the body shape of the humpback whale, also got off to a very good start. “As such, we have further underlined our expertise as a technology leader in the field of bionics" stressed the Chief Executive. But Ziehl-Abegg is also doing well in conventional motor construction: the energy-saving ECblue motors are key drivers in our success as they are used in a number of products. Sales of the current control device for elevator drives (ZAdyn4) are also 47 percent higher than the previous year.

One trend intensified in 2016: customers are looking for products which have a wide performance range but are simple to operate. “That’s why we have received a great deal of encouragement for our consistent operating concept which extends beyond motors, fans, and controllers" underlines Fenkl. This means that installation and service must be carried out faster and safer for the OEMs and their customers.

The number of employees at Ziehl-Abegg has risen to more than 3550 (previous year: 3450); the five Hohenlohe plants employ are good 2000 people (previous year: 1950). The company traditionally publishes no information on profits.

In the years to come, rising energy prices and statutory regulations will also compel end customers to use increasingly more efficient products for new plants and to modernise old ones. Particularly in Central Europe and specifically in Germany the issue of retrofitting will dominate the next few years. “Ziehl-Abegg is therefore very positive about the outlook for 2017” says the CEO, in summarising the indications of the first few weeks of the year.

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VIA Launches Custom IoT Platform Design Service



VIA Technologies, Inc. (Taiwan) – Provides fastest & most flexible path for the design & manufacturing of application-specific IoT systems & devices.

VIA Technologies, Inc, today announced the launch of its VIA Custom IoT Platform Design Service to enable customers to accelerate the development of application-specific IoT systems and devices tailored to meet their exact usage requirements.

The VIA Custom IoT Platform Design Service provides a one-stop custom system design solution that covers all steps of the development process, including the definition of the core system specifications, rapid prototyping, hardware and software development, I/O and wireless connectivity integration, and management of the path2production.

As part of this process, we work every step of the way with the customer to select the appropriate form factor, identify the key components such as the ARM SoC, operating system, storage & memory, and determine the I/O & wireless connectivity features, in order to ensure that the system meets the precise performance, power consumption, and functionality needs of their target IoT application. Specialist chassis design, middleware and application development, and peripheral validation and sourcing services are also available to enable customers to further accelerate time to production.

“The VIA Custom IoT Platform Design Service provides the fastest and most flexible path for designing and manufacturing new application-specific IoT systems and devices,” commented Richard Brown, VP of International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “By leveraging our deep silicon design expertise and rich embedded hardware and software development capabilities, we can enable our customers to transform their innovative ideas into ultra-reliable systems optimized for their specific IoT deployment requirements.”

The VIA Custom IoT Platform Design Service is one of a growing number of flexible development pathways that VIA offers for accelerating IoT system innovation. These include an extensive range of flexible and ultra-reliable VIA Enterprise IoT boards and systems optimized for a wide range of industrial, transportation, and embedded applications, and VIA IoT Studio system platforms targeted at emerging smart home, smart education, and smart business segments.

“Standardized ‘one-size-fits-all’ hardware platforms are no longer sufficient for harnessing the full potential of new IoT applications,” concluded Brown. “Our multiple development pathways provide our customers with the greatest flexibility in optimizing their systems to meet their exact requirements without having to compromise.”

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Compact Bidirectional Data Memory Module from Balluff



Balluff GmbH (Germany) - Balluff offers a compact, bidirectional data memory module for tight mounting spaces. The compact memory module with IP 67 protection is just 34 x 16 x 8 mm in size and can be used as a memory storage device on interchangeable units such as milling heads on gantry type machining centers.

This means the assemblies can carry their actual operating data along with them. With the following advantage: When a machine is changed, all the data such as the number of use cycles, shock and vibration values or lubrication and oil change intervals are directly loaded.

The work required to install and parameterize the module is minimal. Only a single standard cable is required for stable, fault-free, bidirectional data transmission between the milling head and controller. The cable is connected to the milling head interface in the system ring. Data transmission is noise-immune as well as resistant to EMC effects. The module can hold a total of 14 segments of 64 bytes each.

Machine operators will profit from the fact that when a milling head is switched from one machine to another, all the identifying and usage data will be automatically copied and loaded from the milling head memory into the NC controller through a cable. When maintenance or repair work is needed, the service personnel can read out all the data from the memory chip on a PC or laptop and update it as needed. This gives the plant operator continual and transparent information about the current status of the milling head.

Once again IO-Link proves to be a key technology for high-performance, space-saving Industry 4.0 concepts.

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Control your machine or your robot while moving around it with Delta Electronics’ DOP-H



Delta Electronics, Inc. (Taiwan) – Delta Electronics, the worldwide supplier of complete automation systems, announces the new DOP-H HMI. This portable handheld interface enables the operator to move around the machine or the robot - to be able to monitor and control closely the process and interact with it in real time. It is suitable for use with industrial robots, robot arms, assembly machines and other motion control systems. Cable connection enables safe Ethernet or Modbus, and further safety feature include a built-in emergency stop switch. The HMI also enables control of motion systems using an optional MPG (Manual Pulse Generator).

Delta’s handheld HMI DOP-H series features a 7-inch high resolution LCD display. The exterior has a simple dark etched surface and clear plastic touch screen cover. Its IP55 waterproof, anti-fouling and oil repellent case ensures durability in harsh industrial environments. The touchscreen has low power consumption and mercury-free LED backlights with no environment impact. The compact and lightweight 750g design reduces the burden of long-term use with integrated and marked cable connections to make wiring easier.

The DOP-H Series has a user-friendly interface with large-size icons, and provides powerful control drivers to support effortless communication, save system development time, and meet customer needs for a wide range of industrial automation applications. The DOP-H Series provides the most economical solution for competing in the global market.

Like other Delta HMI’s the DOP-H is cost attractive, highly reliable and very easy to configure thanks to Delta’s DOPSoft software. Compatible with all DOP series HMI’s, project files can be easily upgraded and converted to DOPSoft format and utilized on other DOP series devices. Additionally, the DOP-W Series integrates a number of very useful remote monitoring functions such as eRemote which enables users to view and monitor the same screen shown on the HMI at the production site and the manufacturing control process via Ethernet. Additionally, eServer, the data collection software, allows the transferring of information and history data directly from the production site to a remote PC via Ethernet.

The DOP-H series HMI features a backlit LED screen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 65536 colors and a luminance of 450 cd/m2 for high quality images. Compliant with CE and IP55 standards, the DOP-H is suited for harsh environments conforming to IEC61131-2 vibration standard and IEC60068-2-27 shock standard.

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NORD DRIVESYSTEMS LogiDrive – high-efficiency, low-maintenance drives for intralogistics



Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) – NORD DRIVESYSTEMS now offers standardized drive units in three highly efficient and easy-to-service versions for typical requirements in conveying applications. The line-up of LogiDrive systems enables a quicker selection of the suitable drive for a given application and allows for reducing the variety of versions to a manageable few. IE4 synchronous motors with 1.1 kW, 1.5 kW, and 2.2 kW rated power are combined with two-stage helical bevel gears for speed ranges of 0-565 rpm (size 1) or 0-482 rpm (size 2 and 3). The transmission is continuously variable in the range from 1 to 500. Distributed frequency inverters for installation on the conveyor frame near the motor ensure optimum accessibility. They feature a key switch for disconnection from the plant control system and a direction switch for local set-up.

LogiDrive systems are designed for horizontal or inclined conveyors. They integrate the safety functions STO and SS1 according to DIN EN 61800-5-2 and DIN EN 60204-1. The motors feature a high overload capability. The system is fully modular: all components can be serviced separately. This significantly reduces maintenance and repair costs. NORD integrates all standard fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet interfaces directly in the AC vector drive. LogiDrive systems deliver reliable performance anywhere in the world and are suitable for 50 Hz as well as 60 Hz AC frequency.

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New Wireless Inductive System 2 from Pepperl+Fuchs



Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH (Germany) – Wireless Inductive System 2 for Wireless Sensor Connection New Generation with Greater Power and Longer Transmission Distances.

The new WIS 2 (Wireless Inductive System 2) is the ideal way for Pepperl+Fuchs to round off its portfolio for the wireless connection of sensors to moving machine parts with a higher-performance system.

The WIS 2 is used both for signal transmission and for supplying power to the sensors connected to the secondary side, making wear-prone trailing cables and slip rings redundant. The WIS 2 supports ratings of up to 12 W over transmission distances of 0...7 mm compared to the WIS 1 with a maximum of 1.5 W and 0...5 mm, which has been available for years. In addition to the 8-channel design, a streamlined 2-channel variant is now also available for small applications with up to two sensors.

All system variants use a primary and a secondary transmitter, either for two or for eight channels. They come in size M30 in a cylindrical design and fitted with 30 cm cables and M12 connectors as standard. Since the transmitters are not paired, the secondary transmitters are freely interchangeable. As a result, for example, any number of different tool carriers can easily communicate via the same system. Inductive, capacitive, optical or ultrasound models with binary switching output and standard 3-wire connection technology are suitable as sensors. Whereas the 2-channel system uses a space-saving Y-splitter, the 8-channel system has an 8-way connector box with an IP67 degree of protection that can be installed up to 20 m away from the transmitter. Pepperl+Fuchs provides a wide selection of cable lengths and connectors for every application.

The WIS 2 has numerous potential applications in rotary tables, presses and change tools, for object detection on workpiece carriers, on rotation tools, robot gripper arms and all similar devices.


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Kollmorgen’s New AKM2G Servo Motor range with 30 percent more performance



Kollmorgen Europe GmbH (Germany) - The AKM servo motors from KOLLMORGEN are among the best on the market with their flexible usage options and performance. The new generation presented as a concept by the specialist in servo drive technology and motion control at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg is capable of even more - KOLLMORGEN has increased the power density of the AKM2G by up to 30 percent.

The increased power density with an improved torque/speed ratio is primarily the result of the optimized winding technology. KOLLMORGEN has thereby managed to reduce the copper losses for the windings. The advantages: Improved energy efficiency as well as room for more performance with the same installed size. The AKM2G motors also feature smoother cogging behavior, which also ultimately improves the control accuracy.

The new generation of synchronous servo motors will be launched in 2017 and will initially feature six design sizes with performance levels between 0,3 and 10 kW. The AKM2G motors can be fitted with different feedback systems and are primarily provided with single-cable connection technology. As a result of the modular structure of the range, KOLLMORGEN is better able to adapt the 2nd generation motors to the requirements of a specific application in parallel with series production. Machine builders are thereby able to use drives that fit like bespoke drives without compromise – especially in combination with the servo controllers from the AKD2G range.

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